Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Uh Oh

We have a friend who seems to attract stray animals.  In the past year she's found and ended up adopting two small dogs.  I was always amazed at how this seemed to happen to her in particular.

Now I'm afraid she may have rubbed off on us.

We found this adorable ball of fluff when we went out to walk Rosie this evening.  It was mewing loud enough to hear halfway across the park.  We tried to find Mom and any siblings, but no luck.  And then Rosie tried to eat it.

Seriously, she snatched it out of Miss Chef's hands and...well, I can't say I'm proud of the way I started thumping on my dog, but it finally dawned on me that grabbing her jaws might be more effective.  We were both terrified that she had seriously injured the poor thing, and I knew there was no going back.  Off to the emergency animal clinic we went.  An hour and a hundred dollars later, we became the reluctant and TEMPORARY owners of a tiny 4-week old kitten.

We are in for quite an eye-opener, I'm afraid.  She has to be fed no less than every four hours.  We both work two jobs and are often away from home for 12 hours at a stretch.  We've recruited a neighbor to help out the next two work days, but I'm not sure how we're going to manage on such interrupted sleep.  Not to mention keeping her out of dog's reach once she becomes more active.

Whoo-whee.  Wish us luck, wouldja?

Yeah, there's more than one reason we don't have kids.


  1. Temporary huh? Hmmm, I guess time will tell. I've said the same thing many a time only to have them become permanent.
    Rosie will learn that kitty is not a treat. I have one dog in the house now that was a playroom dog and she hated cats. Well, she got used to the cats pretty quick and all is well now.
    Bless you for taking the fluffball into your lives.
    Nothing like bottle feeding a baby. :) Done it quite a few times.
    A name picked out yet? :)

  2. I think you should name her Kibble and let Rosie get used to her. She's a cutie!

  3. Oh, she's adorable!!! She'll grow out of the every-4-hours stage quickly. Rosie is a good dog, and she'll adjust. It will all work out. Don't worry, enjoy!!!

  4. AJ, I know, I know...that's why I put "temporary" in all caps! Rosie's already killed a tame duck and a songbird; I am not at all ready to trust her.

    Dillypoo, lol! But: NO NAMING THE TEMPORARY CAT! ;)

    Terry, thanks for the light at the end of the tunnel.

  5. Rosie the dog and Posey the cat!

    She's sweet...

    I have a friend who fosters infant kittens for our local humane society and it does require a lot of work!!

    Word verification: lotsmo As in "taking care of a wayward kitten requires lotsmo work than I'd anticipated."

  6. Definitely an awww! Awww! Whoo-whee is right... you've got your hands full, but I have a feeling someone is going to be eternally grateful that you saved her life.

    Ohmygosh - she's tiny! Hmmm... I wonder how temporary this'll be... ;)

  7. Oh my goodness! Look at that baby! Resistance is futile....give in now.

  8. That's such a cute little baby. Take her to work with you. I've known a couple kitties who have grown through the four hour stage under someone's desk.

    As for when she gets older, well, hopefully, a couple of slaps with those sharp little kitten claws on Rosie's tender nose, and she'll learn to leave kitty alone.

  9. I do believe you've named this kitty and it's Temporary (or Tempie for short)!

  10. I am so happy you found her. She is so tiny, I bet Rosie won't have a problem with her when she gets older.

  11. Odd how we humans gaze into those little eyes and lose all control. Ahhh, the power of a kitten!


  12. How'd you get Rosie not to eat the cat?

    1. Time, mostly. It helped when the cat got bigger than a mouthful, too.


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