We took the first two of our five kittens to their new home yesterday. It’s almost kinda sad….almost. 🙂 Considering I didn’t plan on keeping any of them past 6 or 7 weeks and they’ll be eleven weeks tomorrow…I’m sure I can get over it. Okay, I’m over it.
Everything was right on track until the kittens were four weeks old and popped up with ringworm. Oh what joy when I found out that I needed to BATHE them (and the mom!) at least once a week and preferably twice a week! Fortunately, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined it to be. They didn’t like it, but they didn’t turn on me and I never got a single scratch. Unfortunately, I stopped the treatment too soon and it came back and then my kids popped up with it, too. After 7 weeks of dealing with this, bathing 6 cats weekly, treating my children twice a day for the last week or two… “ringworm” is almost like a bad word in this house. Yeah, I know, I’m probably way too nice and should have dumped them all off at a shelter a long time ago. But you know, we named them. And you’re not supposed to name them. But we did. And so Tasha, Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone and Austin (Backyardigans fans anyone?) have been living at the Shelter de Amber Oliver.
At last they are nearly rid of it so the friend who was expecting to adopt the two girls said that she’d go ahead and take them and finish their treatment on her own. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Yesterday evening the kids and I loaded up Tasha and Uniqua and took them to their new home. They took to their new backyard immediately and when I left they were letting the two kids pick them up and carry them around. I have no doubt they’ll do just fine. 🙂 And hey, since it’s a friend we’ll get to visit them on occasion. Of course, they’ll get new names, but that’s how adoption works. It’s not like we could tell them apart anyway – they’re completely identical.
So now there are three! And of course, we’ve gotten attached to one. Oh come on, you were expecting that, I know you were. 🙂 The boys are identical as well, and almost identical to their sisters, but two of them have little crooks in their tails (born that way) so we can tell the boys apart by their tails. The one we call Pablo (crook at the end of his tail) has taken a special liking to us and us to him. We’ll probably end up keeping him. Austin (the straight tail) is spoken for as soon as he is ‘cleared’ and Tyrone (crook in the middle of his tail) hasn’t been claimed yet but I haven’t been trying because of the ringworm. Honestly, I could probably handle keeping him, too. He’s my second favorite. 🙂
I couldn’t take one last picture of them all together (sniff, sniff), but I’ve snapped a few pics along the way.
Day 1: 8-06-07
Pablo, 7 Weeks
Pablo, 7 Weeks
Yeah, there’s a good chance we’ll be keeping Pablo. 🙂