Thursday, August 21, 2014
Bigger and Better
I snapped this picture with my phone the second I got home with our dear little Von Tussles.
They were a wee bit crusty when they arrived, and a couple of them had goopy eyes. This can be a symptom for upper-respiratory infections, fortunately it did not lead to that, an ointment cleared their eyes right up, and I was greeted by six sets of bright, blinking eyes the next morning.
I was also greeted by a litter box filled with puddles of poo, so everyone went back to the HS to visit the doctor and they returned with medicine, probiotics, a nutritional supplement, a bag of sub Q fluids and a couple dozen needles.
The one part of fostering I do not like is giving fluids to tiny kittens. I don't mind doing it when they're a little older and a little meatier, but when they're only 13 ounces and on the scrawny side, it's difficult to find the right spot to poke them and even harder to hold them while you do it. These guys are wigglers, too, so it was quite the challenge keeping the needle in long enough to get them properly hydrated. Fortunately, my dear friend Sarah is an expert in needle inserting and kitten holding, and she came by a couple of evenings to give the babies fluids. I am so grateful to her for the help! Thank you, Sarah!
The babies are turning it around, and five out of six are now pooping perfectly! Everyone is eating great and on their own. They're gaining weight, getting bigger, and feeling a lot thicker in the middle.
When Malcolm pooped his first solid poop the other night, I snapped a picture of it and sent it to Sarah. I know that sounds kind of gross, but it made her very happy. Don't worry, I deleted it from my phone and I won't be sharing the picture with you!
I'm so glad we moved through this phase quickly! Onwards and upwards, Von Tussles!!