Sunday, November 16, 2014
Sunday Reading - Snow and a Kitten Update
Well we finally got our snow today. So far it isn't really sticking much and not on the roads at all but they show more to come. Supposedly points South of the Small-Hold are getting hit harder all the way down to I-44 so I decided to not go cut wood today. I have plenty of reserves and the Lord only knows how many truckloads I can split out of the big pile. I split a load yesterday and didn't even make a dent in last years leftovers and I have at least two cords split and stacked in the deep reserve pile as well.
I think it's pretty safe to say the abandoned kitten is now a permanent resident. I know we don't really have room for another cat of all things but even with this new addition we are still down one overall for the year so the needle is moving in the right direction. The problem is the poor little guy is now so attached to my son I am not sure it would be fair to separate them. If it had been an entire litter maybe but this one little kitten has no litter mates and no mother so his entire world is kinda directed to the only creature around all the time.
He is between six and seven weeks old now and still way too small to be allowed to free range so he spends most of the time locked up in my son's bedroom. between the wife and I we get him out to do a bit of exploring but he is still soooooo small you cannot take your eye off him for a second or it's hunt the kitten time. I swear I have no idea how mother cats keep track of these little buggers. We tried keeping him locked in his cage when my son is gone but that didn't work very well. He really hates that cage.
He still takes milk everyday but no longer needs the bottle and will readily eat solid foods and drink water too. Instead of sleeping 85% of the time he is now down to sleeping about half the time and his eye infection is completely gone. He has managed to escape and find his way down the stairs a few times but the other cats (who are now inside more than out due to the cold) alert us quick that there is an intruder around. Usually he doesn't even make it down the steps before they are like "Hey get that thing NOW"
The interesting thing is the two neutered male cats tolerate the new guy and one of them (Pantheon don't ask why) has even taken to playing with him and showing him the ropes. The two female cats hate him like he is a spawn of the devil or something. My bet is though that once he gets a bit older and before he gets neutered the two females will decide they like him. That's how it worked out with Pantheon. For a while there he was the most popular playmate of the girls around until that fatal day and now he is just an annoyance.
Oh ya and my son named him Ezreal apparently it is the name of some hero or other in whatever weird game he is playing right now. The two of them have quite the system going on with microwave heating bags and a basket on my son's desk. About every couple of hours the Son comes down and reheats the bag so the kitten can sleep in the warmth.
Aside from Pantheon the kitten only has one other animal friend which is the ancient border Collie rescue we have. She tolerates him whacking her nose and grabbing her tail and is usually instrumental in helping us find him when he escapes. She can sniff out a kitten blindfolded if you can get her off her bed and motivated to do it.
Anyway I had a couple of emails asking about the kitten's progress so I thought I would share for today's Sunday Reading. Now I guess I will go out and get my shop back into some semblance or order and switch it over to reloading configuration for Winter.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!