Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Pumpkin's Momma here: My sister Leona did it again! On Monday, she "captured" a pretty, friendly, feral momma cat and her kitten who were hanging out in her yard (the same yard where she found Pumpkin), with the intention of turning them over to a no-kill shelter to find forever homes for them. However, since the kitten isn't old enough to be weaned yet, the shelter won't take them. So guess where they ended up? Yep, you guessed right if you said our house. She says this is just temporary. We just need to keep them until the kitten is old enough to be weaned. But I have a sneaking suspicion they might be permanent residents. Pumpkin and Tiger are not happy AT ALL! Pumpkin, in particular, is keeping as much distance as possible between himself and the intruders in the patio. Blackie's cage has been comandeered to house the new cats since we don't know if the mother will attack the other cats to protect her baby. Blackie doesn't seem to mind too much but she's not happy that she gets booted off whenever I have to feed the cats or scoop the litter box since the cage opens from the top. Leona thinks the kitten is male. I think it's female. I'll have to take a closer look again but the poor thing is just CRAWLING with fleas! We treated the mother with Advantage but the kitten is too little and we'll need to keep using the flea comb on him (or her). Pumpkin, Tiger, Bebe and Blackie are due for their monthly flea treatment too which I'll need to do to keep them from catching the kitten's fleas. So, for now, we're a 6-cat household!