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estherchaya
estherchaya
on motherhood and cooking.
Just gave the little guy his 2am feeding.

He's crying.

He's a freaking cat, not a baby!

Poor thing. He can't figure his food out. He thinks he doesn't want it, until I put some formula on my finger and he voraciously licks it off (and chews on my finger hoping more will come out...ouch!). THEN, and only then, does he figure out what that milky white stuff in the bowl is. Then he can't get enough. And only when he actually HAS had enough milky white stuff will he pay any attention to the yummy kitten tuna in the other bowl.

Boy did he make a mess of the tuna.

Someone needs to tell the little guy that it's rude to play with your food.

I think his name may be Spike. But I'm not sure yet. Neither is he. When he and I are both sure, I'll let you, my faithful readers, know.

Oh, and I cooked the mushroom soup I was supposed to cook tonight, but I haven't cooked the carrot soup and frankly I don't think I'm going to at this point. It's 2:30. I think a girl deserves some sleep for once. We'll see. Tomorrow when I get home I have to make mashed potatoes, but that shouldn't be difficult, nor should it take very long. Hopefully everything will get done. I did manage to clean off the dining room table a bit. Not that we'll be using it... we'll be eating out in the succah. But still. I don't like to stare at mess.

Oh, and our two big cats are really severely pissed off.

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leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 29th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes-the two older timer cats are bound to be pissed off. Who is this new baby cat in their midst and why is it messing up the pecking order? Oh, by the way, their cat lawyer called and they are going on strike. Just kidding. We seriously considered getting another dog for us and for Charm but we figure we'll adopt the kid(s) first and then see if we are up to another baby dog.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
they are hissing and growling like I've never seen before. Both of them. I only expected that out of one of them. They are far more pissed off by this kitten than they were by the ferret that we ferret-sat for 6 weeks once.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 29th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait til you get a kid :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
kids are better. The cats are afraid of kids.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
you use baby formula!?
From: gingy Date: September 29th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Kitten formula. It's what the vet recommended we feed it, since it's so tiny wee little.

Karen, do you want some help with the cooking? Dave's home tonight, so I'm available.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
i didn't even know such things existed!!!@!
From: gingy Date: September 29th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It smells just like baby formula. Looks like it, too. And oh my gosh, that little kitty baby looks so adorable after eating it, with a little white goatee and white nose and paws. Aww!
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
you're making me miss my little kitties :(

i traded 2 kitties for 1 hubby.
From: gingy Date: September 29th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see that and raise you. Or at least my husband can. He had two cats and a dog when I moved in, and now he has nothing but fish.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
it's so sad :(
From: gingy Date: September 29th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, he's pretty happy with the trade-off. It was me, or his pets. I'm horribly allergic to animals.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah my hubby is allergic also. and i'm happy. but i miss kitties :(
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
you can come visit mine.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 29th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe i will :) i hope they dont mind kissing. i love kissing kitties!! and i hope they dont mind muffins....i have one of those too ;)

also..it's sad b/c you work when i'm free :(
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From: geekosaur Date: September 29th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I had to bottle-feed Frankie kitten formula for the first week; he hadn't been weaned yet when we found him (mama cat hid him under a bush near my bedroom window and then got hit by a car).

He still thinks I'm mama. And still occasionally tries to suckle the blouse my mom gave him to cuddle up to when we retrieved him. He never quite did learn how to be an adult cat.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I honestly think he needs to be bottle fed. I can't get him to drink his formula unless I first stick some on my finger and let him chew on it for a while. However, I couldn't convince him to use the bottle, either, so I don't know WHAT to do. I've never had a kitten.
From: geekosaur Date: September 29th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeh, Frankie didn't quite get the point of the bottle at first either... until something happened and he finally got it right. (Maybe it just wasn't producing milk easily enough or quickly enough; I adjusted the nozzle/resized the tip/etc. before each attempted feeding to see if it would help. Also, it's not like raw rubber smells much like mama cat, so the "hints" about what to do were missing.) Then he gulped down something like half the bottle in a single feeding.

That said, if he gets the idea of drinking it from the bowl/plate after finding it on your finger, you should probably just wean him: keep doing that, moving your finger closer to the plate each time, until he gets the idea that he doesn't need to start with the finger.

Another tip: that young, cats don't get the idea of solid food yet. Once you have him eating from the plate instead of bottle/finger, start gradually mixing the formula thicker until it reaches the consistency of mush; at that point he'll be more likely to associate soft solid foods with it.

Also, don't try to start with tuna; he's liable to choke on it. There are solid foods for young kittens which are designed to be mixed with water to soften them; start on that and then gradually reduce the water until he eats it dry.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.
He definitely can drink the formula by himself, but I think he just doesn't think to go looking for it. It's sort of strange. He knows how to eat, he just doesn't realize it's right there in front of him (yes, his eyes are open).

Once I get him to lick off my finger a few times, I sort of stick his nose closer to the bowl of formula and he usually then hops right in and starts drinking. He makes the funniest sounds when he's drinking!

The vet said he had enough molars that he could eat solid food (and it's probably a good thing, because I don't think he's drinking enough formula to do him much good). The tuna we're giving him isn't tuna out of a can, it's a really soft kitten food mushy smelly icky thing that he loves. He gobbles it. Once he figures out it's there, anyway...

Vet also said that he's a little young to be weaned, but since he seems to have figured it out, to just go with it. Makes sense.


He's very cute and very fuzzy and VERY LOUD when he's sad and wants attention. I'm not sure, though, that I'm exactly cut out for being a momma cat!
From: gingy Date: September 29th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course you're cut out to be a mama cat. Just let him sit on your neck and purr, and you'll know it!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: September 29th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Good Yontif!!!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: SPIKE??

Okay, first of all, there is no definite plan that you're getting this cat. Second of all, I got him first, I get to name him! Third of all, I haven't settled on Spike, but even if I do neener neener to Cary! :)
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