Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Will she never pop?

Cedar continues to eat 2 cans of food a day. Clearly the kittens are growing, but still no sign of them arriving. I keep expecting to open the door to the office only to see tiny newborns...but no luck.

The clavamox seems to be helping with the face infection. Mostly she seems to be shedding tiny scabs, with no new injuries evident. I really hope that she will regrow all her facial fur once the infection is completely gone.

I'll post more pictures this evening.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Still no kittens

Cedar has settled in nicely. She spends a great deal of her time in her cat carrier, but she has started to venture out more and more. We have opened the door to find her curled up in the cat pillow several times.

Her appetite is still voracious. She seems to be eating 2 cans of wet cat food a day. Between the improved nutrition, and the twice daily antibiotics, her head infection seems to be clearing up. However, still NO KITTENS. I'm disappointed, because I have to head back to work this morning, and the chance of her giving birth without me here is higher. I had really hoped it would happen over the weekend. On the other hand, I don't think this is her first litter of kittens, so hopefully she will be fine without me acting as her doula.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The photos I promised
Here are the pics of Cedar I took this morning. You can see that her face is pretty roughed up from the infection, and that her belly is HUGE.
But I have to say, she is the sweetest thing! She has a full-body purr that starts the second I touch her. And this morning, I tried to pick her up and put her in my lap. She hesitated for a moment, then sank down and put her face in the crook of my arm and just purred and purred. I got the feeling that it took a moment, then she remembered what it felt like to cuddle in a lap. It was heart-melting.
Cedar is the first cat I have been around who is declawed. It feels so strange when she tries to make biscuits! I am so completely against declawing. To know she has survived for nearly the past year without any real way to defend herself makes me even more impressed with her.
Can't wait for the kitten debut!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Long time in between fostering

Wow, I can't believe it has been a year and a half since my jazz babies! A new home, a new kitteh of our own, and the loss of Merlynn in that year and a half. And now a new mama in our new kitten room!

I got an email from the shelter this afternoon about Cedar, and I was able to head down there to pick her up. She is a grey tabby, about 3 years old. She has been declawed on her front paws, so at some time she was someone's pet. However, according to the shelter, she has been homeless and living under a tree for the past 9 months or so. She has an infection on her face and ears, which means she is not very pretty. But what a sweet personality! She purrs the second anyone touches her. And she is ready to POP. I would not be surprised if we see kittens within 48 hours.

Pics to come later this evening.