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Refugee Kittens (Cute ones!)- It's that time of year (vanity)
Hair of the dog

Posted on 05/18/2008 8:48:58 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog

It's that time of year when all people who have been thinking about getting a new kitten and even some who haven't, are suddenly faced with a lot of choices!

Well, if you want a lot of smiles and fun, I say adopt not just one, but two. :~)

We think they are best in pairs. We have two we adopted two years ago.

But we also have two wild cats who have taken refuge in our barn... I've fed them and given them that safe haven, though I can't get near them. They hunt and kill mice and at least one large mole, so they've more than earned their keep. I thought about the possibility of kittens of course, but the idea of trapping them seemed daunting and stressful for them, and because I'd never seen signs that they were attracting males, I'd actually convinced myself that maybe they were already spayed.

Well... the other day, high up on top of the cabinet in the barn where I've made them a bed, I saw her... and the kittens she could no longer hide, they were starting to move around too much!

I'd seen her up on that cabinet a lot lately and I noticed she'd stay there when I came in instead of running off like she used to. I thought she was finally getting used enough to me to not run away. Now I know she was protecting them.

She was NOT amused at my interest!

I was very concerned about them being on top of that cabinet. It's very high, over a concrete floor, and I realized if we didn't take them now, not only would we not be able to catch and tame them, they'd probably all start wandering and falling off of there.

So we caught them and put them in a dog crate... FOUR kittens. Healthy, fat, cute kittens. She'd taken good care of them. We ~tried~ to catch momma too, but she's a much harder challenge and she escaped.

We did pick up some milk replacer, and I'm glad... they aren't really ready for solid food yet.

In fact, I wasn't convinced they were eating enough on their own, so I've been feeding all of them with a dropper.

Sometimes I've felt I get more on them than in them.

For not having been handled from day one, they are remarkably happy and well adjusted in their new life.

Now enter the dog... yes there is a dog in this story!

My Gidget the Dalbrador, has been obsessed with these kittens since they were found... I thought a little ~too~ interested, she's lethal on mice, after all, and these are not much bigger. But she seemed very worried and maternal about them... so I opened the crate door and let her look in.

And they aren't afraid of her at all, in fact, they seem drawn to her.

I know we see stories now and then about mixed species adoption of babies, but it's still surprising... She's really a good momma to them, cleaning their dirty bits and playing with them...

This morning at breakfast... I feed the kittens...

And she washes their faces afterwards...

Aren't they CUTE?

And now the punch line... I know this is a national board and many of you are too far away to adopt these kittens... but For those of you in Western Washington, these kittens are nearly ready to make someone very nice pets, they're happy, well adjusted, and they need homes where they'll be taken for shots and spay/neutering once they're old enough... My hubby and I will travel if you are within a reasonable distance!

My hubby and I already feel like we're full up with animals, with our three dogs (two of which are refugees themselves!) two cats, horses, and now these. We want to focus our expenses now on taking care of the mother, and getting her spayed so she doesn't do this again. We can't afford spays and shots for ALL of these.

For everyone else who is too far away, please consider adopting some kittens this spring from your local shelter or rescue. Get two. They're inundated with them, and they are so much fun!

And if you have an unspayed cat around or ferals, please look into having her spayed... the life of a refugee is often a hard and short one, even without the burden of more litters of kittens.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our bunch, and hope it will inspire you to get a couple... these smiles can be found all over the country, just go to your nearest shelter.


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KEYWORDS: cats; doggieping; kittens; pets
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1 posted on 05/18/2008 8:48:59 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Slings and Arrows; sionnsar; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Joe 6-pack; ...
Pinging the Doggie, Kitty, and Washington lists!

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

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I've lost my list! I did a deep clean of my computer and I guess inadvertently deleted the folder I kept the ping list in.

If you were previously on my ping list and would still like to be on the list now, please let me know... I am re-building the list from scratch!

2 posted on 05/18/2008 8:50:18 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Bumpitttt.


3 posted on 05/18/2008 8:51:19 AM PDT by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: HairOfTheDog

BTTT


4 posted on 05/18/2008 8:54:12 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Talk about coincidences! My SIL called about an hour ago to let us know that her cat, Boogie, is having her kittens at this very moment! Whereabouts and identity of the father is unknown. :O)


5 posted on 05/18/2008 8:57:36 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (<----- Typical White Person)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Thanks for the cute pictures!

List me.

6 posted on 05/18/2008 8:59:20 AM PDT by lonestar
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To: HairOfTheDog

I was on your list, please add me again.


7 posted on 05/18/2008 9:00:14 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. They are wonderful....cute of course......They made the morning.

Lots of luck with all of them. Have you named them yet and what is the name of your magnificent dalab?


8 posted on 05/18/2008 9:01:34 AM PDT by Postman
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To: HairOfTheDog

They’re very cute - but isn’t that part of the definition of the word kitten? ;~ )

I know you had to find a safer place for the kittens. I can’t help feeling sorry for the mom having all her babies taken away.

Good luck adopting them out.


9 posted on 05/18/2008 9:02:56 AM PDT by nuconvert (There are bad people in the pistachio business.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Consider the Cute-O-Meter pegged!


10 posted on 05/18/2008 9:03:40 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanksd for the Sunday morning smile. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 budgie and 4 ducks.
I do cocker rescue and I wish people would spay or nueter their pets, but more importnatly I wish people would think LONG and HARD before getting a pet. It is a serious investment of money and time as well as a long term committment.


11 posted on 05/18/2008 9:04:10 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I think I’m in LOVE!!


12 posted on 05/18/2008 9:05:12 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: kalee

neuter I can spell.


13 posted on 05/18/2008 9:05:39 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ooops! I should read more cerefully. Give Gidget a kiss on the nose for me.


14 posted on 05/18/2008 9:06:17 AM PDT by Postman
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To: Postman
The Dalab's name is Gidget... Shown here doing one of her other jobs, supervising the unloading of the hay!

We're trying not to name the kittens... we'll leave that to their new parents. ;~)

15 posted on 05/18/2008 9:06:27 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: kalee

Oh my goodness. I really CAN spell.
lol

Thanks
importantly


16 posted on 05/18/2008 9:06:53 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I wish I knew how to do picture links and imports, there’s a good one over at icanhascheezeburger.com about feeding their own doom.


17 posted on 05/18/2008 9:07:42 AM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Too Cute....

On Monday, I looked out my window and there, in the backyard, was a lone kitten, chasing lizards.

She is now getting used to my three grown cats. It's been a long time since we had a kitten around here!

18 posted on 05/18/2008 9:08:09 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (A good man has come home to San Diego! Thank you Congressman Hunter)
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To: HairOfTheDog

That is SOOOOO sweet! :*)

From one catmom to another cat lover, kudos to you and your ‘mamadog’ for adopting these babies. :*) I’ve got two adopted feral kitties (now 11 and 10 years old and spoiled rotten)—WTG on taking care of God’s innocent creatures there!


19 posted on 05/18/2008 9:09:03 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: nuconvert
I can’t help feeling sorry for the mom having all her babies taken away.

Me too... I feel really bad for her. I was glad to see her come back, she was up on top of the cabinet this morning, but she took off when I came in. I'm sure she thinks I ate her babies. But I really just want to give them a better life.

20 posted on 05/18/2008 9:09:13 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Girlene; RedRover; bigheadfred

Hello Kitty


21 posted on 05/18/2008 9:09:35 AM PDT by lilycicero (Hello Kitty)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Mrs. VR-21 and I hope someday to have another pair of kittens in the house. They bring so much sweetness and laughter into our otherwise quiet home. Problem is we have an elderly cat who does not adapt well to other animals. We adopted a pair of Kittens four years ago (one of which we lost) and our old cat became very stressed. Newcomers simply would not be good for her.

It's a shame too, because we live in Kirkland. Good luck with them.

22 posted on 05/18/2008 9:20:04 AM PDT by VR-21
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To: VR-21

It’s true... not all pets play well with others. It’s funny, the other pets have not given these kittens more than a passing glance. Our two cats haven’t even been curious, and the beagle just wants whatever they’re eating.


23 posted on 05/18/2008 9:32:20 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanks.....Gidget is gorgeous....You’re right about the kittens....once you name them, it makes it very hard to part with them.


24 posted on 05/18/2008 9:46:54 AM PDT by Postman
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanks.....Gidget is gorgeous....You’re right about the kittens....once you name them, it makes it very hard to part with them.


25 posted on 05/18/2008 9:46:55 AM PDT by Postman
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To: HairOfTheDog
Bumping to vouch that they're even cuter in person... ;-) Especially the little black kitten twins. It's hard to photograph black cats! But they're very cute little fuzzballs. A little more laid back than the other two, but awful cute.

I love this picture...


26 posted on 05/18/2008 9:56:44 AM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: HairOfTheDog

I looked into having the cat that lives under our house spayed; $288. I nearly fell over.


27 posted on 05/18/2008 9:57:29 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: LongElegantLegs

It shouldn’t cost that much. Maybe try a less expensive vet’s office. We had BOTH our house cats fixed AND all their shots for around $200.

And there are sometimes cheaper spay neuter clinics just for ferals and barn cats through the humane society.


28 posted on 05/18/2008 10:00:45 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Please add me to your list.


29 posted on 05/18/2008 10:08:16 AM PDT by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
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To: HairOfTheDog

We’re looking into one of those city-funded low cost spay & neuter clinics now; I hate to take her to a discount surgeon, but it’s better than adding to the feral cat population around here, I suppose.


30 posted on 05/18/2008 10:11:22 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: LongElegantLegs; HairOfTheDog

Our ASPCA has funds for spaying feral cats. It’s a way to reward you for your kindness. Last I heard in Mass. it was $50.


31 posted on 05/18/2008 10:17:31 AM PDT by Lady Jag (You can contribute to FR any time at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Well, some of the upscale suburban clinics have taken luxuries a little too far for the pampered pet. I mean... I had one clinic ask if I wanted a heated blanket in the cage during recovery for 20 more dollars.

There’s nothing wrong with practical, simple, veterinary clinics.


32 posted on 05/18/2008 10:20:39 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: lilycicero; Girlene; RedRover

Our cat managed to get herself wedged into one of the small drawers in my daughters makeup dresser. Yes, that makes this is a “vanity” post. She must have been looking for Stuart. Stuart is the mouse that was living in my daughter’s closet all winter. Sheila (the cat) would get him out and play with him. Sheila deposited him on the computer desk, next to my wife, one day. She wasn’t really paying attention and freaked when she saw Stuart next to her. She swatted him across the room. I just haven’t had the heart to tell Sheila that Stuart has passed on, they were such good friends.


33 posted on 05/18/2008 10:21:43 AM PDT by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA, freeevanvela.com)
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To: HairOfTheDog

You are a natural storyteller HairOfTheDog. Thanks for the great photos as well.


34 posted on 05/18/2008 10:27:55 AM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Very cute kitties. There is a special place in Heaven for folks who care about critters enough to do what you have done. Please add me to your doggie ping list.


35 posted on 05/18/2008 10:32:47 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Awwwwww. This is making me want another one. I’m a certified dog person but I love teh kittehs.


36 posted on 05/18/2008 10:33:58 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: cyborg

Your moment of Zen.


37 posted on 05/18/2008 10:35:52 AM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Have you checked with your local humane society? Sometimes you can get it done on a sliding scale. It’s likely to be a LOT cheaper than that.


38 posted on 05/18/2008 10:37:26 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ahhh, how cute! I love kittens!


39 posted on 05/18/2008 10:37:34 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Sue Perkick
Awwwwww. This is making me want another one.

Then my work here is done. Where shall I deliver them? ;~)

40 posted on 05/18/2008 10:37:34 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Your kittens are ADORABLE! I wish that I were nearer, but 2000 miles is a little far. They are going to make someone very nice pets, and thanks for the pictures and the story.


41 posted on 05/18/2008 11:01:43 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: HairOfTheDog

LOL. They have the most beautiful eyes. Just adorable.


42 posted on 05/18/2008 11:04:22 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I was just thinking that. Far away myself. Darn it!

{{{sigh}}}

43 posted on 05/18/2008 11:06:17 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: HairOfTheDog; mylife; NYTexan

You’re a wonnderful person, HOTD!
Critter lovers PING to my buddies!


44 posted on 05/18/2008 11:09:17 AM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: HairOfTheDog

That mother cat is gorgeous!


45 posted on 05/18/2008 11:27:37 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: CodeToad

And pretty well fed too, for a barn cat. :~) I hope we can catch her.


46 posted on 05/18/2008 11:30:12 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Dual ping. The Awww-meter goes to 11 for this one, folks.


47 posted on 05/18/2008 11:32:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: HairOfTheDog; Slings and Arrows

I want that orange one.


48 posted on 05/18/2008 11:35:56 AM PDT by Allegra (TEHRAN DELENDA EST)
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To: HairOfTheDog

HairOfTheDog > icanhascheezburger.com > cuteoverload.com

Well done.

Please note: if anybody thinks cuteoverload is better than icanhascheezburger, you won’t get an arguement from me. I just had to put them in some order.


49 posted on 05/18/2008 11:44:09 AM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: HairOfTheDog

What wonderful pictures! The one of the Mamacat glaring at you is priceless....Gidget is a very special dog too.

I wish I was closer, but my 5 are on the porch all looking in as if to say “NO!” and besides, I think BunBun has had another batch of baby bunnies.

~~sigh~~

Good luck to you and your wonderful brood.


50 posted on 05/18/2008 11:56:08 AM PDT by najida (On FR- Most guys see themselves is Brad Pitt, and think every woman here is Aunt Bea)
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