Wednesday, October 1, 2008

'Fraidy Cats to Confident Kittens in Just Seven Days!

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It's been a week since The Livermores moved in with us. They were feral kittens, so there's been a bit of an adjustment period. Their first day was spent mostly under the bed. They snuggled up together and only one kitten (Albert) was brave enough to venture out to say hello. The next morning they were feeling safer and more adventurous. Each day they have improved, and now they are quite confident kittens. I feel like we have gained their trust.

The bigger challenge with these kittens has been getting them to eat. On the first day, they lapped up everything we put in front of them. Their new diet rocked their system, and made them pretty sheepish around the food dish. We've had to spend a lot of time syringe feeding them to make sure they take in enough calories. They are eating a lot better now, but we still have to give a little extra to the little ones.

The Livermores are such darlings. It's been so amazing to watch them develop. Each day, they show us a little more of who they are. And what we've seen so far is sweet, sweet, sweet.

22 comments:

  1. wheeee!!!! lyle is luscious!

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  2. Yup, those ferals can be a bit of work! Thank goodness you are up to the challenge.

    The Livermores are all very lovely!

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  3. Once a feral kitten decides to trust and love his/her people it's forever and incredible. Those who give any of these Livermores forever homes will be so fortunate.

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  4. Feral kittens are such a satisfying challenge. Like anon saud, it's amazing once they decide humans are ok, they give a special sort of love.

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  5. Is that Lyle or Davy? I thought Lyle was the one with those unbelievable silver eyes...

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  6. Lyle has the sweetest facial expressions. He always looks so happy.

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  7. Lyle's got a serious case of the cutes!

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  8. Oh, what a scrumptious kitten! Lyle, all his fuzziness on full display, is sitting on a windowsill looking at the photographer with a sweet, trusting expression.

    He's another dark tabby with a lot of white on his chest. Under his chin it's almost pure white, then under that it's mixed white and brown, and just where his legs begin it's almost a diamond shape of pure white.

    His fur is in artful disarry and he's wearing very neatly applied white eyeliner. He could definitely be in a kitten boy band--he'd be the soulful lead singer. Parents wouldn't worry about their kids' crushes on him, though, since in interviews he talks about not doing drugs and his steady relationship with his college girlfriend who works for Amazon reforestation or something like that.

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  9. so this has to be Lyle.
    I see he has found the pristeen window sills for perching.
    just adorable!
    i swear if i walked by your house every day, i would run right into a telephone pole staring at and/or looking for the kittens and Ms Butterbean.

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  10. What a little beauty! He is so adorable.

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  11. Only 7 days? We *knew* you were wonder workers, Laurie! Lyle is gorgeous, but don't let it get to his pretty little head.

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  12. What a sweet little face. That is a really nice photo, very pretty. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. When I read this my first thought was: what life would they have had if they hadn't been found and brought to the Safe Home of Charlene Butterbean & Co.? And there they are, getting good nourishment, lots of love and plenty of warm-n-dry for sleepin'. Blessings on you, IBKC.

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  14. How about a post on how the regal Charlene Butterbean is working with the Livermores? Talk about a fantastic foster Mom!!

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  15. We adopted a feral 6 month old kitten almost 2 years ago. Yesterday was the first time he curled up on my husband's lap and fell asleep purring. Talk about a long road to trust. He had a really rough start in life, outside, hungry and cold in the winter, but he is finally starting to come around.

    Thank goodness the Livermores don't have to go through all that trauma. Yeah for you guys.

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  16. Loving the Lyle.

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  17. Blessings to you Laurie & hubby for taking on this challenge. I'd love to see a photo of Albert, pls.
    Kate

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  18. I love those little black noses!

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  19. God Bless you for caring so well for this little family of kitties. Lyle just looks so sweet sitting there - your pictures are awesome!

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  20. I just LOVE this picture... he is absolutely adorable!

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