The Squee Diaries. Chapter 3 The Unbearable Cuteness of Kittens

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. Petey meets the chick.

The kittens are almost two weeks old and have been with me for a week and what bliss this week has been. I'd forgotten what it's like to be near such unbearably cute creatures. Even though I can't hold them for long periods of time and they're still a few weeks away from being ready to start playing, just watching them sleep or take nourishment from their mom, Minnie, heals my soul. Whatever lousy things are going on outside of the foster room, can wait as I marvel in the wonder of tiny toes and eyes opening upon the world for the first time.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. Box of Joe!

I managed to capture a few photos of the kittens. Keep in mind I don't have a photo studio and I literally have 1 to 2 minutes, tops, to get a photo. After that point the kittens get fussy and Minnie, alarmed, will start chirping at them. Yesterday she got fed up that I took too long, came over and grabbed the kitten by the scruff and took him back to the safety of his siblings! I had to laugh and also be humbled by this protective mama.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. Gracey.

Speaking of mama, Minnie is doing much better. Her appetite is greatly improved and today when I weighed her she had gained 2 ounces. It's not a lot of weight, but it's the start of a trend upwards to health for both her and to insure health for her kittens. She even seems a bit less scruffy. Her coat is slightly cleaner and softer. She seems much more at ease. She can focus on caring for her kittens which she does with amazing dedication. This is one very impressive mama-especially for one that is so very young.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. Joey getting sleepy.

All the kittens eyes are open and their ears are starting to grow larger. This morning for the first time when I entered the room, they all looked up at me and in that first moment of connection my heart melted even more. I love these babies and am so glad I could open up my home to them while another family, with an orange mama who could be Minnie's sister, was about to be euthanized in a shelter in Georgia.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson.

After MANY emails and phone calls yesterday morning, the mama, who was literally about to be put down, was spared because I'd called and asked them to hold the family. Our intrepid Bobby picked them up and whisked them off to the Vet where Mama, who was suffering from mastitis, could get the care she needed and the kittens could get their first vaccinations and check up. I couldn't live with myself if I knew that I could enjoy Minnie and her family while another, just as deserving family, died. Another tiny battle one. Seven more lives saved.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. Watch out! Joey likes to drive fast!

Although I can't invite you to my home to meet our amazing family, you CAN watch them on our brand new web cam I call Squee-TV. I have it running 24/7 so you don't have to miss a wiggle, purr or meow. I've been told it's very addicting so be forewarned!.

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©2013 Robin A.F. Olson. The chick tells Petey a secret.

Don't forget to VOTE! If you like what we're doing here at Covered in Cat Hair, simply use this LINK every day until June 28th to cast your vote for BEST CAT BLOG, BEST CAUSE BLOG, BEST BLOG WRITING (here's a LINK to a good article or you can choose your favorite) and make sure you add KITTEN ASSOCIATES as your SHELTER NOMINEE! THANK YOU!!!

You DO NOT HAVE TO COMPLETELY FILL OUT THE NOMINATION FORM TO VOTE! The $1000 prize donation could go a long way to helping us help more kittens like Petey, Gracey, Joey, Stanley and Mellie and mom-Minnie!

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Comments

Makes me smile every day

Those gorgeous little furrry babies make me smile every day. They are getting so sweet and fat, Stan is going to be boss man I think - I've watched him pushing the others out of the way when he wants his milk. 

I love the way Minnie gazes at you so adoringly when you enter the bathroom - she loves you of course! She looks the picture of perfect bliss with her little family all snuggled up to her - I just love to watch them.

Thank you for sharing them.

Barbara UK

Lighting

I've had SqueeTV on for several days now. I wish the camera could be just a little closer and aimed a little higher, and the lighting be more focused on the bed. I love looking at Minnie and her kittens!!

Lighting

I'm sorry I can't change the lighting. The cats are in a bathroom and I don't want to add lights that shine onto them at their fragile age when their vision is just developing. The camera is a foot away from them-if even that far and I do have the lights on as bright as I can for a few hours during the day, eastern standard time, then I put on lower lights so they can not be so troubled..then lights out after 10pm-11pm. I'm sure you understand. As the kittens get bigger I'm going to move the camera onto the surface of their bathtub so you'll get a really great closeup of them running around-stay tuned! It will get better!

RE: KITTENS!

There's no doubt about it -- the cuteness is almost unbearable!  (But I bore it somehow)  Voted for you, and hope you win -- you deserve to!  Thank you so very much for rescuing TWO families, and may each and every one find the loving, forever home EVERY cat and kitten deserves!  Each cat is a treasure :)

Squeeeee!!!

I'm so happy to hear that Minnie is eating and growing stronger! She probably won't gain weight quickly while still nursing her hungry family. Once the kittens are weaned she'll probably fill out more rapidly.

Thank you, Robin, for saving the lives of this kitty family, and the family of 7 that were about to be put down.  I have the highest appreciation and respect for your devotion to cat rescue! Thank you too for sharing it all honestly with your readers; both the good and bad times. I have laughed and shed tears with you, and experienced many "Aww! moments! Thank you so much!

 

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