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SMOKY MAMA & HER KITTENS III
Finally, pics of Smoky nursing her kittens
Continuing story of Smoky and her kittens and Candy
SMOKY'S NEW ROOM
Last night, we moved Smoky and her kittens to a larger room with a view! Originally, we placed her in the bathroom of the cottage, across from the main house. There, the space was small but comfortable and safe. She had her kittens and the little room served its purpose well for the time being. But, we knew that, in a very short while, she would need more room for her growing kits. This was all considered before ever bringing her to the sanctuary. Prior to her relocation, she lived in the upstairs bathroom of the home which is being sold. So, we knew that it would be a temporary situation. Smoky is so incredibly mellow and mutable that she has dealt with these changes in her life with ease. She is an amazing little mother.
Now, she has a much larger place to rear her young, with windows on three sides and an entry into the kitchen. We removed the wall which once separated the dining nook from the rest of the kitchen. Then, we replaced that wall with tempered glass windows that we reclaimed from a house scheduled for demolition. So, sweet Smoky has a view from all sides along with the security of having her own, private area for the kittens. All is working out wonderfully.
There is a great perk to this new situation, too! Now, I can see when she is nursing. So, of course, Al and I quietly entered her domain to take the pictures which accompany this little update.
Some of the kittens’ eyes are open; but we haven’t been able to take those pictures because we don’t want the flash to startle or injure their tender eyes.
Enjoy this little scene. All is well.
UPDATE on CANDY
Little Miss Candy had her dental extraction surgery yesterday; all teeth pulled due to extreme infection and decay. However, this little girl is doing splendidly! She slept all night last night but, this morning, she was ready to make up for lost time by eating every morsel placed in front of her. According to our Veterinarian’s instructions; Candy can eat kibble which has been soaked in juice (preferably tuna or chicken broth)…the good thing about this is that the kibble keeps it’s shape but softens as it soaks up the liquid…making eating much easier for a cat whose just undergone extraction surgery. She ate two huge helpings! What a gentle and lovely cat little Candy is. She’s been through so much in the last 4 days that we’ve known her and, before that; I can only imagine. This I DO know: she was starving, flea and ear mite infested and practically comatose…now, her life is going to be blessed with love, nutrition, safety and security.
This is what matters to me…”I live for this.”
More to come.