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Apr. 18th, 2006

10:16 pm - kitt0nz!

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This past weekend, damndirtyzombie and i ran down to the far-away PetCo where ACAT holds it's adoption clinics on Saturdays. I'd been promising J., who works with them and ferries their cats into our Clinic for treatment, shots, and fixing, that i'd fill out a volunteer application, because ACAT don't currently have any volunteers who can bottle feed tiny kittens.

Today, he delivered two male, three-ish-week-old mewling things to me at work. Someone found them "inside a wall," which is all we know about them. Their eyes are open, but they only walk about shakily. They're currently confined in a kennel in the walk-in closet. One of them is black with black stripes and is a bit on the thin side, and the other is black and white and round as can be. Both are eating kitty formula well from a bottle. They're pretty precious, but are going to be a lot of hard work for the next few weeks. Once they start running about and being kittens, they'll need homes or another foster quickly, as i can't mind them after they need to have more space than the closet provides.

However, if anyone is looking to adopt a kitten in 3 or 4 weeks, let me know.

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From:elegantelbow
Date:April 18th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Kittens from a wall! Oh!

I absolutely, positively, without doubt cannot take in any more cats. It doesn't mean I don't want to, but I just can't give 'em what they need.

I'd love to see pictures, though.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 18th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, there will be pictures. Way too many cute, shaky kitten pictures. ;) In fact, it's entirely possible that i will be bringing a basket of kittens (ok, well, a closed carrier of them) everywhere with me for the next week or two...i'm trying to work out how i can attend any of the social events this weekend sans kittens, as they need to be fed every 2 hours or so. Eek.

But keep your eye out for good people who need kittens ;)
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From:elijahdprophet
Date:April 19th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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damn, if it were a little later in the year Sarah and I could maybe take one, but getting a kitten around finals means no time for kitten.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 19th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
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Well, your finals will be over by the time these two are ready to go. ;)
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From:catness
Date:April 19th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
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Okay, just out of curiosity... how the heck do you tell if they're male at that age? I've never had any boy cats, so I'm totally ignorant of their anatomy.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 19th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
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The short answer is, male cats have penises even when they're kittens ;)

It's odd, lots of people have different ways of working out how they think it's easiest to describe sexing tiny kittens. There's some bit about their nether regions looking like aa semi-colon v. looking like a colon.

I find a combination of looking to see if there's a noticible penis sheath (which there usually as as the young 'uns don't have a lot of belly hair at this age), and noting how far apart the respective holes are. In females, the vagina and anus are fairly close together, in males, the opening of the penis sheath is noticably farther from the anus.
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