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my litter of orphans... *pics added!*

yesterday, i heard a knock on my door. i opened it and the girl from across the street is standing there with one of her (brothers? friends?). she told me they have these kittens to sell, and wanted to know if i wanted to buy one. i told her i can't. i have two of my own (not to mention the other animals), and my husband would kill me.

a little bit later, we were out in the yard cleaning up all the branches and leaves from the last big storm. i heard a chorus of kitten cries. you know the cries, those "i need something! help!" cries. i looked across the street to their house, and sure enough.... there are tiny little blobs sitting on a box on their porch crying for all they were worth. it looked like mama was staring out at them from the window. it was too far away (and i need new glasses), so i couldn't get a good look, or even tell how many there really were. going off the size of the blobs and the pitch of the cries, i knew they were way too young to be away from mama. my heart just broke!

today i went to return these people's wayward puppy (let me tell you, i love my neighbors!). against my better judgment, i looked in the box....

they are so tiny. maybe three weeks old (i'm guessing, it's been a long time since i've been around kittens this little). there was a bowl of dirty water, so big it's amazing the kittens didn't drown in it, and a handful of dog kibble (kibbles n bits type). there were flies buzzing around and a couple big beetle bugs in the box. i asked where mama was, and it turns out she was hit by a car two days ago (it was their chihuahua i'd seen in the window). i came home and told david about it. he just sighed and said "go get them." i have the bestest hubby ever! the guy asked me, "you're gonna take them all?! how much you gonna give me for them?" i told him i wasn't going to give him a dime. i was going to take the kittens and keep them from starving to death, then help them find homes. he said, "oh, i was hoping to get some money for them." i told him i wasn't paying for them. he could give them to me, or i could call animal control and report them for animal cruelty. needless to say, i left with the kittens.

there's six. they took to a bottle with no problem, but also loved tracking through canned food thoroughly thinned with kmr. poor things are so little! i need to brush up on my orphan raising- it's been a long time. i need to pick up a postal scale tomorrow so i can keep track of their weight.
 
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Good for you!!!!:ThumbsUp:
What a bunch of jerks you have across the street!
Yah for hubby!
 

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good luck with the itty bitty babies and hoping you find good homes for everyone!
 
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Oh thank goodness you were able to save them!
How awful your neighbors are....dog food for baby kittens??? And they wanted money??? They are insane!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for saving them! At least they'll have a good chance at life with you. Please keep us updated! Two summers ago I fostered 2 week old kittens, and had to bottle feed them every 2 hours. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end. Best of Luck!
 

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Good for you! I am glad hubby let you take them!Pics are a must you know!:Wink:
 
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here are some pics! they've eaten twice now, and are perking up. i can't sex kittens this little, so other than the tortie and the torbie, i have no idea if they are boys or girls...

there are:
torbie girl
tortie girl
b&w
tabby and white
tabby 1 (tiny! more grayish)
tabby 2 (biggest. much browner)


tortie girl

tabby 1

tabby 2 (the smallest of the bunch. you can feel every bone in his body.)

b&w
 
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They are gorgeous! The black and white has such cool markings. Now I want kittens in my home again.....Give them a kiss and a cuddle from me!
 

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I love the third pic!! So cute!! Reminds me of my Cat Gizmo who was an orphan and had to feed him but he was only like 3 months old when he had to be put to sleep due to a speaker falling on him and he had a severe concussion!:Cry::Cry: Very cute kitties!!!
 
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They're so tiny! What darling little babies! Oh, my heart breaks for them and their super rough night on the porch. They must have been terrified. Good for you for getting those babies and giving them a chance at life!
 
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They are so cute.... Good for you, everyone needs a helping hand one or twice in life( the kittens not the jack a$$ across the street)

Some people have no brains.. I have just had my fill of stupid people these days, Like my grandpa would say "line em up and shoot em".
 

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Such cute babies. Thank God for you and your hubby, people like your neighbors make me so mad:Angry:

Try the kitty glop recipie, it's great! and please do keep the pics coming!:Laugh: We want to watch em grow!
 
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Oh and what is the difference in a tortie and a torbie?
a tortie is orange and black all swirled together. a torbie is more like a calico, with well defined spots, but the spots are tabby striped. it's like she couldn't decide if she wanted to be an orange or a brown tabby! i'll have to see if i can get a better pic of her, she's adorable!

here's a great comparision of two much older and healthier kittens. the one on the left is a tortie, the one on the right is a torbie.
 

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Bless you for taking such beautiful creatures in. I hate to think what would have become of them without your intervention.
 

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Wow, thanks for the info! I learned something new, turns out I think I have one of each, but I just call em both calico! lol

Or is calico something different?

This is my Cooback, she is a tortie, right?
 

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My, my, my--it sounds like that special place in Hell reserved for jerks and cruel ba$tard$ just never stops taking reservations. The balls of some people are just amazing--asking for money! Glad you kicked a$$ and took those babies. God bless you for your kindness to these helpless little angels.
 

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So sweet. I love the black one with the white face.

I'm so glad you rescued those babies.
 

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Those poor babies. I hate bastards like that who think they deserve to make a buck from a poor creature's misery. Bless you for taking care of the little ones.

And your Coo is technically a tortie (tortoiseshell) with white. If she had tabby markings she would be a brown patched tabby with white (or brown torbie with white, in cat slang). The difference between a tortie and torby is the absence or presence of the tabby pattern (which can be classic, mackerel, or spotted).
 
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Bless you for taking in those cute little babies! I can't believe he had the gall of asking for money!! Too many idiots in this world!
 
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So sad that there are such stupid people out there. Thankfully there are people like you guys that helped out. Hope you can find homes for all those cuties.
 

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Bless you and your husband for being such special people and kudos for getting the poor kitties of the ignorant d!ckwad!!!

I'm glad theres people like you in the worlfd, otherwise where would we all be??

Love the photo's the second one just melts me!!

Can't wait for more updates!

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