Monday, December 19, 2011

A Kitten?

We have a kitten in the house!  No no, it's not staying permanently...REALLY.  A cat boarding client found a kitten mewing and wandering around his gate and he waited for the mother cat to turn up but she did not so he took it before it got mashed up on the road by passing vehicles. Then he thought...oh oh.  Now what.  It was a very young kitten (3 weeks, possibly) so he called to ask if I could foster it until it could eat solids and litter box trained. And that's how Merlene ended up at our place.

Coco was very interested in Merlene (everyone else, especially Meow-Me, hisses at her.  Poor little thing)
Ain't I just cute?  I love my horse "mummy".  Heh heh
Oooopsie!
Merlene is very active and each day brings new developments.  When she first came just 4 days ago, she was still crawling unsteadily but today she is walking quite confidently and starting to pounce on her toys.  She is still on milk and needs to be stimulated to eliminate.  I hope to transition her to babycat kibbles sometime later this week and also litter box train her at around the same time. It's such a joy to watch her grow up.

Her "sister" is here for boarding and she isn't too happy with the tiny mewing kitten. But Chi Chi is a very friendly cat so we think she would accept the kitten if introductions are done correctly.  Anyone has any tips on how to make the introductions go smoothly?  Chi Chi is an almost 4 year old spayed female who has been an only child for that many years.

33 comments:

Rachael G said...

Awww so sweet, poor thing I hope any siblings she may of had are alright as well!!

Admiral Hestorb said...

How precious a little morsel of life. She reminds me of "our" baby we found by a school a few years ago. She was only 2 weeks old. We fed her kitten milk and floundered around not sure what to do. We inquired at a Pet Smart store within hours of finding her if they knew any one who could foster her and someone was standing right there who heard us..another teacher like my son but in a different school and she, the little one, was taken and raised by that person. She is a beautiful lady cat now.

xoxoxox

Mom Carole

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a little beauty ~ we're so glad she was rescued and hope her siblings and momma are safe too. xx

The Monkeys said...

What a gorgeous little baby! We're so glad that you have him/her with you to foster!

Remington said...

Beautiful! Looks like he/she could be Rippy's sibling....

Brian said...

She is so cute, cute, cute!!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, my, she's a doll! Are you sure she won't be staying? She'd be very hard to let go!

Gattina said...

How lucky was little Marlene to end up in your home ! she is so cute !
Female cats are not easy when it comes to kitten ! It's strange but males are far easier. It also depends on the character. Pookie has never accepted Rosie and still hisses at her and now that Rosie is 4 years old she hisses back. At the beginning she wanted to play with Pookie, but she only got slaps ! Arthur adopted the kitten immediately ! At that time I still had Lisa, but she just ignored her, she was too old. Just let them and see how it works. Normally they always find a way to go along with each other either or ...

Hannah and Lucy said...

What a sweet little lady - so tiny and very, very, very cute.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Lucy the Cat said...

Oh, Merlene is so cute and tiny. I'm so glad she's safe there with you. I wish I had advice on how for introductions but I don't have any experience with a kitten that young.

Katnip Lounge said...

What sweet little toes! We have never had problems introducing a kitten into the Horde, but I imagine introducing a kitten to an "only" might take a little more finesse. I'd start by exchanging bedding, then maybe a meet-n-greet.

Marg said...

Oh my gosh Merlene is too darn cute. I love her and I love the name. My only suggestion to introducing them is to let Merlene have her very own room to start with so she has a safe place that she is comfortable in. Then let her out like for 5 or 10 minutes at time so they can get used to each other slowly. Also that gives the older cat the feeling that it is still in charge.
Just my thoughts. Take care.

Kitcaboodles said...

Oh my goodness she is working the camera like a pro - and are those beautiful blue eyes that she has? Thank goodness there was someone as caring as you to take her in and let her grow

Kjelle Bus said...

Oh meowmie how cute isn´t she !!!

BeadedTail said...

What a sweet little baby! Merlene has the most precious face! We're so glad she was saved from harm. We bet she's going to be so much fun to take care of!

Bert said...

Oh Merlene is so cute. We sure hope you find a great home for her.

Bert

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

She's just ADORABLE!

OMC! Gurss what came today???? Spitty has never reacted very strongly to any kitty "drug", though he does like his Nip Cigar.

BUT!!!

The minute he got wind of the silvervine powder--he went absolutely INSANE. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! I put a tiny bit on a plate and he almost inhaled the plate!

Be sure to visit Spitty's blog tomorrow as there will be pictures (though most of them are blurry as he was squirming around so much, LOL!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Pip said...

Squeeeeeee That's the cutest little kitten ever! Glad she is safe.

Your pal, Pip

m.q said...

awww...shes a darling. is she for adoption?

Nola said...

She's beautiful!
Dachshund Nola

Boman said...

What a pretty one! Just keep doing what You started with and it´s going to be a purrfekt pet for someone.
Having trouble with an older kitten our selfs. Friends living at our house for the moment, have a 6 months old boy kitten and our 14 year old male is not approving:-) Their dog is okay, he made clear by one swipe of the paw who´s the boss and she obeys.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I have had cats most all my life and never had any problems with cats and younger kittens.
I DO LOVE A KITTEN !!!!
Merry Christmas to you all!!!
xx, Happy & Zoie & their Mom

Finn said...

oh my goodness, how did I miss these?! how adorable!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

So I guess you saw how, uh, "happy" Spitty was with his magic powder, MOL!!! I've never seen him act like that--it was hilarious! I think I might've given him a little bit of an overdose, ha ha ha. Thanks again!!!

The Island Cats said...

OMC! What a cutie Merlene is! It's nice of you to take her in!!

Cory said...

What a sweetheart! We have never had any issues introducing kittens...although experience has been limited. A long tome ago when I had an "only" adult female and I introduced a baby kitten, my cat hissed at first but when all she got was a kitten mew in response, it took about 2 days for her to start mothering the kitten.

Cory has been our only other baby and everyone gets along with her.

The Purr Diaries said...

Hi there, I just discovered this blog - LOVE IT! And I LOVE that little kitten!!! Soooooo cute! Hope you can swing by and visit us some time too ;o)
We'll be back!
Sarah xo
http://thepurrdiaries.blogspot.com

Clooney said...

What a sweetheart she is and so fortunate to have you fostering her. That "Oooopsie" pic is something else!

Au and Target said...

What a little cutie! I'd put the cages together first so they get to sniff each other in safety.

yuki and rocket said...

Aww! She's so cute especially how she's posing in the last pic, like 'take my picture'.

Tamago said...

Oh my goodness, Merlene is so tiny and sooooooo cuuuuuute!! Look at the pretty face with big round eyes!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hi guys! Just dropping by to say I am still pestering the Human for another "dose" but she says I need to wait, MOL! Maybe next week? We'll let you know ;-)

Debra Taylor said...

Marlene is just the cutest thing ever! I'm so glad to learn you can foster her for awhile.

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Debby in Arizona