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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What's Wrong With Scarlet?

I took Scarlet and her kittens to the vet today because Scarlet is just not gaining weight.  When I first got her, she weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces.  She got up to 6 pounds and I stopped weighing her, figuring she was well on her way to recovery.  Last week, my boyfriend noticed she was thinner after he had not seen her for a few days.  I weighed her and she had lost weight.  She weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces.  She should weigh 8 or 9 pounds, maybe more since she is still nursing a bit.

They took some blood and will have some results tomorrow and Thursday.  They are sending blood to two different places.  She did have Coccidia and Hookworms when I got her and I hope she doesn't have them still.  She finished the medicine but there is a possibility that it is still in her system.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Humane Society Condones Chaining Dogs and Allowing them to Drown

A dog drowned after it was chained to a stake and left outside during the storm Sunday night.  It happened in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

A volunteer firefighter tells that the dog was always chained and left alone. It does have a doghouse but she says the dog did not fit inside.

For several weeks, she's complained to the homeowner and the Humane Society but has been ignored.  When flash floods hit overnight the dog was left to fend for itself. The water took over the homeowner's backyard and since the dog was chained and could not escape, it drowned.

The homeowner says he didn't realize it was going to rain that night and he didn't know there was a flood warning.  

The Humane Society does not plan to press charges.  

Contact the local humane association here.

Click here for video.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pictures of the Kittens!

The kittens turn 5 weeks old tomorrow!  They are getting really active now!  I know I put a lot of pictures on here but I couldn't help it!  They are sooo cute!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scarlet Vomited

Ugh.  I don't know what's wrong with Scarlet but she vomited twice today.  She hasn't eaten since 2 pm which is good I guess, if she is just going to vomit it back up.  She slept in the corner under my desk for awhile today.  If she isn't feeling better tomorrow, I will take her to the vet.

I hope she gets better.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kitten Behavior 101

I thought I would just post some information I have learned in the last few days.  As you may know, I have a litter of four kittens who turned 4 weeks old yesterday.  My biggest is 1 pound 4 ounces and my smallest is right at one pound.  The difference is huge when you are talking about little kittens even though it sounds miniscule.

It's a good idea to watch if the kittens go into the box and you happen to be there.  I know it sounds gross but watching them poo and pee tells you how everything is working and looking at the poo, can tell you how they might be doing health wise.  Anyway, I saw that Spot was in the litter box meowing very loudly-almost as if she were in pain.  I watched her and her poo seemed to come out fine (ugh, I know-it's gross) she didn't strain, there was no blood, etc.  Today I asked some of my more experienced friends and one of them told me that the kitten could have some gas that caused pain when she was trying to eliminate.

So, when I got home today, I massaged all of them in a downward motion to try to help the gas come out.  My friend told me that sometimes mother cats will do that if their kittens are meowing like that.

I learned another lesson today, just now in fact.  I was getting fresh food and water for the kittens and mama cat for the evening.  All the kittens were asleep in their little bed except Sunset.  I bring in wet food every few hours but I haven't been giving them the dry baby cat food very often because Scarlet eats it.

I weigh the kittens each evening and I noticed that Spot and Sunset haven't gained very much in the last two days.  Sunset and Spot are both a little more shy and reserved.  I think the reason why they haven't gained that much is that they want to eat alone.  Sunset ate and ate and ate some more when it was just her at the big plate of food.

I think what I am going to do in the morning is offer them all food on their own little plates.  We use lids from butter containers, etc.  They work really well.

Friday, May 1, 2009

No More Homeless Pets Spay/Neuter Clinic May 17

The NMHP FixKC clinics are offered for people who are financially disadvantaged and/or individuals who are dealing with feral or stray cats, or large populations of cats. Individuals must qualify for the FixKC Cat Clinics and appointments are required.
The clinics are in high demand and our appointment books fill quickly. In 2007 we fixed close to 2000 cats!

Interested in learning more? Watch our FixKC Clinic video!
(Please note, there are some graphic images in our video)

Please call for more information at 816.333.PETS or email us at
(Appointments are required.)

KITTENS? Yes, kittens weighing at least 2 pounds, and in-heat or pregnant females, are welcome!

DOGS? Call us. We offer low cost dog spay/neuter programs, too.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? Yes, financial assistance programs are available. Contact us for more info.

VOLUNTEER? Volunteer Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and clinic helpers's gratifying, interesting, and fun! Email us at to sign up.

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