Quick update

I’m a bit behind, Loki’s had more of my attention tonight, while I’ve been trying to keep him from suffering because of Eva’s presence. Sorry, I never even got back here last night to post the video, I’ll add it below. Eva is now 5.8 oz, continuing her trend of 0.3 to 0.4 oz gain every day. She’s still voraciously hungry at the beginning of each feeding, but is also enjoying the social contact more visibly now. Her eyes are still in the process of opening, and the muscles around them are visibly twitching and moving, trying to get them…

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Precocious!

Eva’s eyes are definitely beginning to open! Also, she’s up to 5.4 oz. I stopped today to talk to the veterinarian who’s program coordinator for the Vet Assistants at my college, to see if there was anything else that we could do to help Eva with her social development. It’s hard for singleton orphans to get socialized properly. She thinks that short of trying to find a litter near her age for her to join, we’re doing just fine for her. Also, since she shows every sign of being healthy, odds are pretty good she doesn’t have anything nasty from…

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Busy day for Eva!

And to think, when I started this, I was worried there’d be days I’d have nothing to say except, “still eating, still peeing, still sleeping.” Today, Eva was one week old! She weighed in at 5.1 ounces, so she’s still growing like crazy. Her umbilical cord fell off, leaving just a tiny nub where there used to be a centimetre of dried cord. There are traces of tears (I think?) at the inner corners of her eyes, and given the timing, I’m thinking that means her eyes are going to be opening very soon, right on schedule! We’ve stopped using…

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Still growing!

Eva is up to 4.75 oz now, and it takes almost 5 cc each meal (8 meals a day) to satisfy her so that she’ll go to sleep when we put her back to bed. She had a very large bowel movement this morning, which was good to see. Normal consistency, normal colour. I was getting a little concerned, because she just wasn’t passing enough feces despite the stimulation, but it looks like she’s okay. With any luck, she’ll be a bit more regular now. Her fur is getting thicker and longer every time I look at her, I swear.…

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Double bill – pics and video, Day 5!

Eva gained another quarter of an ounce, up to 4.25 oz (4.3 oz after she ate!). By my math, that’s the equivalent of a 100 pound person gaining 6.25 pounds in 24 hours. We’re very gradually increasing the amount of milk she gets at each feeding, and after yelling briefly when the milk is gone, she settles right down to sleep when she’s back in her bed. I’d be happier with a little more by way of bowel movements, but she’s urinating at every feeding, her abdomen doesn’t feel distended (except right after a meal! ) and she shows no…

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Hungry Eva!

Eva’s growing! She weighed in today at 4 oz even. Not surprising, given how insatiable her appetite is! I forgot to mention this morning: last night, just after I showered, it was time to feed Eva. Even though I was dry, Eva refused to have anything at all to do with me – would not eat, would not stop crying. Sean had to feed her. It certainly wasn’t that she wasn’t hungry, so I assume it was a scent thing. She was fine at her next meal, ate for me with no problem — maybe I smelled more like me…

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More Eva Pics!

We’ve made a slight shift to Eva’s schedule. Feedings every two hours meant that she wasn’t getting enough milk to satisfy her each time, and we were having to wake her up after less than 90 minutes of sleep at a time. We’ve gone to every three hours. She gets the same total amount of milk per day, but she gets enough that she settles down to sleep with her plushies pretty quickly instead of yelling for a few minutes first. Each feeding takes longer, so she still gets lots of cuddle time. It also means I can get a…

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Say hi to the orange twins!

So. Monday March 16, I’m in class at the local Humane Society, and a partner and I are giving a big gentle teddybear of a black cat (recently no-longer-a-tomcat). And one of the staff come in, with two tiny, and I mean TINY, orange bodies cupped in her hands on a facecloth. Orphaned babies, she tells us, only a little over 24 hours old, and they desperately need a foster home to have any chance of survival. Well, my classmates all came over to see, but no one looked like they really thought they could. Being me… I offered to…

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Memories of Nermal

Today marks five years since I made a final trip to the vet with my beloved feline friend Nermal.  Two and a half months before, he had been diagnosed with renal failure – which was fairly far along by the time we caught it.  From the day of his diagnosis on, my life was a blur of struggling to find ways to fight it, which turned into struggling to find ways to make him more comfortable and make sure he wasn’t suffering.  I was in college at the time, trying to create a better life for me and my cats,…

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Happy Adoptiversary, Trick!

Today, four years ago, Trick showed up on our doorstep on a cold, drizzly day, a cute small black-and-white cat about six months old.  Loki had been yelling by the front window for hours off and on. And, after a few hours in a back room with a comfy kitty bed and food and water, he started howling incessantly.  Since he showed every sign of being a housecat, we cautiously let him out.  He promptly began to act like he’d been there forever, and instantly became Loki’s shadow.  I’m actually kind of happy that we could never find out where…

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