Betty and Bono are the big kids, and eat pretty well most of the time. BonBon clenches his mouth shut and flails away at the bottle, fighting it off. Once I get it in his mouth though, he sucks (he didn’t much yesterday). Binky is worse, although there is less flailing, and he’s just barely starting to suck now. Betty had a couple of bloody poops last night, so I took them all in. She seems fine other than that, and there guess is just that her digestive system is working extra hard: if it continues, I should dilute the formula. Binky and Bono are not dehydrated, despite their poor eating skills.
More poop notes: I’m not sure about Betty, but am sure that every one else’s first poop was meconium, meaning they had not pooped ever before. That and the fact that Betty, now presumably 6 days old, is the only one to have lost her umbilical cord, and the vet thinks they may have been only 1 or 2 days old on Friday, instead of 2 or 3.
Betty is still a bit of a mystery. When Berkeley Humane was contacted about this litter, they were told 3 black kittens. What arrived were 4 tabbies, 3 admittedly very dark on their backs. The dark boys had consecutive numbers that whatever group found them assigns to all new clients, and Betty was a different number. Also, she is the only one whose eyes are starting to show an almond shape: not open yet but getting more ready. She may be gestationally older or even from a different litter, but not much older.