Category Archives: Hale Bopp and all
Wherein a box is made available on 5 out of 6 sides and a fleece strings loops forever. There’s one fuzzy black kitten inside the box and Hollywood outside. With the holes on all but the end of the box, there are many chances for interaction between kittens. Having it in the air makes the bottom holes usable.
My latest variation for the box is putting it at a slant. Maybe I’ll suspend it.
I never know quite what I’ll get when I bring the camera into the kitten room, but Hollywood obliged with a lot of cute popups through the box hole. Despite the lack of focus in the third picture, I like the “Calvin & Hobbes” four-eye look.
Hollywood and Hamilton are now above 2 pounds; Huxtable is suddenly at 30 ounces, Hale Bopp at 28. They’re scheduled for neuter/spay next Thursday, the 15th, but Hale might hold them back if he’s not at 32 ounces. When I got them, he was the heaviest one. The fuzzy black kittens have a meandering path weight gain pattern; Hamilton and Hollywood are more linear.
We got Em an electric cello and the box makes a great playground. Huxtable fits through some of the holes I cut; I guess they all do, but it looks funnier when the fuzzy ones slip through a small opening.
Hamilton has a little meow, not loud, but fairly mature. Huxtable’s squeak is so high it’s practically a whistle. Hale Bopp does the silent meow: visual with a little bit of sound from the lips opening. Hollywood doesn’t tend to ask for anything. Most of the meows are the “Pick me up, please” type.
This group really likes this toy–the ball is constrained but not grabbable, touchable but not bitable. It also makes a distinctive sound as it scoots around the track. Laser light dots are even less tangible. Usually, kittens will ignore the dot if it is on another kitten, but I got one to pounce on another by keeping the dot on him.
If you’re trying to socialize a very timid cat, laser pointers are great because you cause a lot of action with very little motion of your own. The cat can more easily forget you’re there and you get them to run across your lap without and maybe even settle on your legs without freaking at the contact. Not a problem with this set.
Another thing to be aware of with toys for fosters is how easy or hard it is to clean between litters.
Hollywood stars in this movie, enjoying having caught her tail. At this point, the kittens all are healthy and gaining weight and eating like crazy. Yay!
Huxtable is much better this morning. Last night he seemed very down, until about 30 minutes after his opiates. Then he took an interest in things and played, very gently. Throughout his ordeal, he’s had a good appetite. This morning he’s even putting a little weight on the foot.
The photo is the boys just disturbed by the camera from from a pose that looked like an Escher no-background picture. Feline continental drift: you can see how they fit together.
Just 3 on deck. Huxtable iis at the vet’s. He started standing funny while eating–his back legs splaying out, then avoiding any pressure on his front right paw. The back foot was perhaps because he had poop on it. I washed his feet and felt around on his paws but could find nothing. Then he just wanted to nap, but got more lethargic than seemed normal. After an hour of phoning and not reaching anyone at BEBHS, I called the emergency pet place, just as BEBHS called back so I aborted that call.
Huxtable complained on the ride over to BEBHS, which shows some perkiness.
Turns out, Hux had pulled a muscle or done some sort of soft tissue damage to his elbow. He gets kitty morphine for a few days. I guess it was Hux that fell off my lap today, and that he somehow snagged with one arm and broke his fall badly. Normally they can tumble off my lap with no problem. I’m going to trim a bunch of front claws now.