Monday, 6 April 2009

Meet the Babies

Dulcie's kittens are three weeks old this week and the change is in them is incredible.
They've gone from being happy squashed in this little bed with Mum, to trying to get out whenever possible.

Much to Dulcie's dismay I removed them from the bed (which was in a HUGE box) and put them in the box itself. The kittens loved it. Arthur was rather bemused by it all.

I do relent and put the bed back in for the evening as I would hate to think that the kittens are cold! But the fun they have learning to walk and then trying to chase each other is such entertainment.

Although sometimes it is just a little too much .................

I am off to the vet this evening as the tabby has an infection on her tummy. I have bathed it for a few days and although the swelling has gone down, it hasn't gone completely and there is still a small amount of pus. (Hope you're not eating your supper when you're reading this)!

I am hoping that it is something simple and inexpensive. I found out after Dulcie had given birth to the kittens that she was infested with fleas - that she kindly passed on to Arthur too. They have both been de-flead and I don't think the kittens have caught them. But there's a possibility that it was a flea bite that got infected. So Dulcie and the four kittens have to be put into a pet carrier and taken to the vets.

Fingers crossed it's something that's easily cleared up.


Anonymous said...

I believe it is a navel infection. Unfortunately, it's somewhat common with kittens of that age. It usually happens when the cord begins to loosen and drop off. The kittens can't walk properly yet, and when they crawl their little tummies rub off on whatever they are lying on, and that can cause an infection. Fortunately, it can be treated very well.
As for the fleas, if the kittens have caught them, don't use spray on them. Most sprays contain a tiny amount of alcohol which is okay for adult cats but can cause severe allergic reactions with kittens. And don't use spot ons before their 13th or better 14th week of life. Spot ons are absorbed through the skin and then go straight into the blood, and can cause brain damage to kittens under 12 weeks of age. You can treat kittens successfully with very small amounts of power.
Good luck for the cat family.

Rosie said...

What a delicious family! I loved it when our kittens were at that stage. We had one who was very adventurous, always trying to climb out of the box. We had two litters and we kept 4 of them. That was 20 years ago, and we still have two of them who sit on the radiator and keep warm.

GigerVamp said...

Aww, look at that spotty tummy!

BusyLizzie said...

Wonderful kittens, lovely blog!
Glad they have all found a home as or I would be asking where you live (and can I take one home)! However I don't think Boris or Maisie would be too impressed as they are now 7 years old & VERY set in their ways!
Lizzie xx