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God is laughing

on June 17, 2013

011I’m reading what is starting out to be a great book, Cutting for Stone, and a quote from it is sticking in my mind as I pen this post.  The quote is, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”  Recently there has been a few, not necessarily a lot, (but close) things that fall into this CATegory.  Wink wink.  I said in my last post that my blog may be winding down.  But, it seems that I’ll be around for at least a few more weeks to chronicle the progress of my latest project.  My family has been involved, over the years, with rehabilitation of litters of feral kittens.  Basically this means taking a litter of kittens and socializing them to become friendly, adoptable pets. I’ve been told we make “bomb proof” cats, due to the general chaos in my house.  As such, we’ve designed a kitten “boot camp”.  It’s been a while since we’ve had a litter, but it seems that kitten season is running a bit late this year.  We got two recruits yesterday, with their two remaining siblings scheduled to arrive once they’re lured into the humane trap.  These pictures were taken last night-this morning the shorthair was amenable to being held, and both are eating from a spoon. Our bootcamp basically runs on the Stockholm Syndrome principal, obviously sans any abuse on our part. Most feral kitten litters are found between 4 and 7 weeks old, usually in window wells, under decks, or in/around yard structures (grills, sheds, etc.)  Their eyes are clear blue when born, start getting cloudy around 4 to 5 weeks, and turn brownish/greenish between 6 and 7 weeks.  That’s how we typically age them.  I know that some breeds have blue eyes, but those breeds are typically treasured purebreds and not wild or stray.  These two are probably at the 6 to 7 week stage.  The rehab or “bootcamp”  is a loosely organized stepwise process, which at this point involves getting them used to human household smells and sounds.  We have them in a large cage in the laundry room and will move them to the common area this afternoon.  The longhair is going to be a bit more of a challenge, but this will be fodder for posts for them next few weeks.  Hooray!!

P.S.  As of 8am this morning they’re still nameless.  Quel suprise-bickering about what to name them amongst my human ferals:)ImageImageImage

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