Friday, May 14, 2021

Foster Kitten Friday - A Week of L.A.M.B.S.

Happy Foster Kitten Friday! It sure has been a lamb kind of week and not just because these three little ones look like baby lambs, either. So what exactly is a lamb week? Read on to find out...


L=Laundry 
Oh my, the laundry. While these babies aren't nearly as messy as they will be when they get a bit older and start on gruel they are still plenty messy. Their faces, bottoms, and should I mention the pee? On my clothes, on their bedding and blankets (thankfully I made a bunch of blankets when I did the no-sew pet blanket tutorial), the warming disk covers (another thankful moment since I made a bunch of those when I did that sewing tutorial). So much laundry. So many blankets. 

A=Alarms
As the babies need to eat every two hours both day and night there is only one way to make sure it happens. 

Alarms.

Instead of setting an entire 24 hours' worth of alarms I finally realized it made much more sense to use the timer. Hmm...am I waiting for bread to rise or am I raising kittens?! With me shutting it off when it’s time to feed and starting it again when they’ve finished I've touched my phone more in the last week than I have in the entire last year.

M=Mothering
Newborn orphaned kitties should be with their kitty cat mama for a reason. Mama feeds them, cleans them, licks them so they go potty (and then eats it), and keeps them in line. With no mama around, it's the foster parent's job to make it happen (minus the licking/eating part). I have them corralled in a plastic bin right in the bedroom. It's quiet there during the day and gives me easy access at night for feedings. 
Did you know bottle babies aren't fed on their backs like human babies? On the tummy it is. I have a couple who like to be helpers...
and one who goes all spread eagle on me.
Then there is bathroom time. Baby kitties can't go on their own so they have to be stimulated by the foster parent every single time they are fed. No matter how hard you try - whether you use a tissue or wipe or soft cloth - you will inevitably wind up with a handful of pee. And many times you'll wind up with some poo somewhere. Which leads me to the next letter...

B=Butts
These poor little guys have had a bottom problem this week. As in something that should be coming out from there isn't. We've tried several things, including some warm water butt baths, but they needed to have even more of an intervention yesterday at Simply Cats. (Remember, Simply Cats is a no-kill feline shelter here in Boise and the only shelter I work with.) Did you know there was such a thing as a kitty enema? Well, my three little fellas could tell you all about it. And I could tell you how it's done because I came home with the equipment to give additional ones to them, if needed. Let's hope their systems take care of themselves and plumber Deb doesn't have to be called.

S=Strikingly Similar
Do you remember the song from Sesame Street, One of These Things?
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Well, the song definitely does not apply to these babes. They ALL look like the others and with their umbilical cords now gone they have become impossible to identify. Seriously, these are three separate pictures of three different kittens. Yowza.

So what can we expect next week? Look at this little one's eyes. 
I think we might just "see" something new!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Make Your Own Gardening Apron - Quick and Easy Tutorial Tuesday Sewing Project

For today's Tutorial Tuesday we are making this quick and easy gardening apron. Not a gardener? Turn it into a sewing apron, teacher apron, or a gift for someone else. It's a simple project great for anytime of year!

Handmade gardening apron

Makes an apron measuring approx. 11” x 21”

For this project you will need:

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Foster Kitten Friday - A New Edition


Yep, the day is officially here. It's a new edition of Foster Kitten Friday! 

Three little sweet orphaned kitties arrived this week. Three little kitties who were just born on Tuesday. And boy, are they little. 
And cute. 
And they look just alike. 

Right now the only way I can tell them apart is by the length and shape of their still-attached umbilical cords. Don't worry, umbilical cords are normal for kitties this age. They've dried up and will fall off soon.

Official names will come later, but because I can't tell one from the other right now we're going with:
*Stubby. Short and stubby cord.
*Curly. Curly cord.
*Longboard. A cord reaching past his(?) legs. 
See the top little kitty in the picture? That's Longboard.
Names, even temporary ones, are important at this age because I need to take daily weights to make sure they are gaining and not losing. 
Yeah, little one, I don't like to see my weight either.
They spend a lot of time sleeping at this age. Their preference is to be curled up together, and when one wanders away from the group I'll know about it because I'll hear it about it. They have all found their voice.
While two may be asleep, number three is looking to be reunited.
Eating is another pleasure for them. They need to be bottle fed every two hours - around the clock - so my phone alarm is set all night long to make sure they don't miss a meal. Somehow they think one hour forty five minutes is a better nighttime feeding schedule. Again, they let me know they are ready for an early buffet. Yep, nights are long around here. 
When was the last time you had a milk mustache both day and night?

The tiny bottle is bigger than these little foster babies.
Welcome to our home, little lambs!