Oct 29, 2007

Blind Kitten?

It looks like that lil Rusty might be blind after all. He acts like as if he can see, but from looking into his eyes....:














but he acts as all the other kittens..no difference..

Here's a very photogenic Kitten from the other litter 6 (which are now 4, the 2 runts didn't make it...), lil Tiny Tim:



Oct 24, 2007

Kicker, the Dumpster Puppy is back!!!

Yes, he is back! The people that had adopted him, had a family emergency and have to move back to Alaska. Of course I took him back when they asked me. They took very good care of him.

Kicker is 5 1/2 months old now. Looks like he is mostly Anatolian Shepherd and maybe hound mixed with it. He's tall and skinny! I will have him neutered ASAP.

My other 2 boys, Olliver and Butters, welcomed him back into the pack as if he never left. Even our old Sandy's tail went a million miles an hour!

Oct 23, 2007

Eye Infection is improving after 3 days

Here's an update in pictures. I named him Rusty for obvious color reasons :



and he's having quite an appetite lol:



Oct 22, 2007

Cat and Dog

Cat and Dog

Neighbor's Dogs

I finally took my neighbor's dogs and brought over to my place. He doesn't live there anymore, asked me to feed his dogs while he's looking for a new place.

It's the old man that can't go back into the house anymore since that lady died there few weeks ago. He grew up in that house, he said, and he saw his share of people die there..he can't take it anymore. And as run down as the place is, roach heaven for sure, I don't blame him.

These 2 dogs never saw the outside of this tiny front yard or the inside of a house. Everybody else in this street was complaining about them barking all the time (one is a terrier, what do ya expect?? lol), but I can see how that would go on somebody's nerves.

Today it's bitter cold here and the terrier, pretty old dog, over 10 years at least, was just shivering up a storm..so I made them a nice area in my yard where the wind doesn't blow, put a crate, blankets, and food and water out there.

I don't want to let them roam with my dogs, at least not yet, because both are female and none of them is spayed and that can trigger a lot of crap in my males (even though they are neutered) that I do not want to risk.

Here they are..Shilo is the terrier and Cinnamon is the chow mix (her father was pure chow, I knew him):



Still cold



Eye Infection

I often encounter eye infections in kittens when they just come in, but today I got the worst case ever! The eyes were crusted over and after I finally soaked it enough to open them a bit, a load of pus and gunk came shooting out of there..that must have hurt!

I cleaned it all out and put some topical penicillin in the eyes, but I don't know if that kitten can see at all. Here's a picture, AFTER half an hour of cleaning!

You see the black stuff on top of the eyes? That's how the the entire face was, except the nose!!!!

Oct 17, 2007

New LoLCats Postcards on Kittenbaby.com !

LolCats Postcards Orphaned Kitty Care
All ur ballz r belong to me!
U letted them eatz mah cheezbrgr. so I iz here to kill youse
High, meh luvz the kitty grass, k.
Where iz mah mouze???
All Your Kibbles R Belong To Us!
I waz in ur base, I killed ur d00dz
singz i believez is can flyz i belivez iz can touch da skyz
I iz gonna killz joo!
I r sleepin on the job, dun tell da boss, k?
I iz in your house scarin away ghostz
Xuzes meh, has u seen my mummy maybes pleeze?
I is frekin out dog!
I is ninja and i assasseeneete ur dog
Woot i waz trying to tell joo before was that i ate your cheezburgrz.
Iz huggliez time now!
k, i kiss u, cuz I know it teh only action ur gon get
Drugz iz bad, mmmkz!
i iz on ur cowch eated your babiez, k
K not now, meh needz mo sleepz
Iz in ur house steelin ur ballz
Dis not cheezbrgr, kitteh is not pleased!

Oct 16, 2007

It's getting colder...

It's getting colder...
and the cats are coming inside again hahaha:

It's getting colder...

It's getting colder...
and the cats are coming inside again hahaha:

Oct 14, 2007

Tractor Tracy is growing up!

Did we grow, or did we grow? Here is Tractor Tracy!






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Male Calico!

We actually have a male calico here!



Wiki says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_cat:

Tortoiseshell and calico describe a coloring found in cats caused by a combination of specific genetic traits. In female cats, where this trait primarily occurs, it is a result of X-inactivation, in which different patches of fur receive coding for different hair color due to the activation of an X chromosome from either the mother or the father. Calico coloring is a mix of phaeomelanin based colors (red) and eumelanin based colors (black, chocolate and cinnamon). Cats of this coloration are believed to bring good luck in the folklore of many cultures [1]; in the United States these are sometimes referred to as money cats[2].

Patterns

The mix of colors results in a cat with patches of red and black, chocolate, or cinnamon. The size of the patches can vary from a fine speckled pattern to large areas of colour. Typically, the more white a cat has, the more solid the patches of color. Dilution genes may modify the coloring, lightening the fur to a mix of cream and blue, lilac or fawn. The markings on tortoiseshell cats are usually asymmetric. Occasionally tabby patterns of eumelanistic and pheomelanistic colours are also seen (these are often then called "torbie" or "caliby").[3] Tortoiseshell also can be expressed in the point pattern. The description "tortoiseshell" (also called "calimanco" or "clouded tiger" in North America) is typically reserved for cats with brindled coats that have relatively little or no white markings, while those that are largely white with red and black patches (rather than a brindled aspect) are described as tortoiseshell-and-white (in the UK) or calico (in the United States). Tortoiseshells and calicos are not specific breeds of cat. The tortoiseshell markings appear in many different breeds. Both calico and tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. In Japan, calicos are called Mike (pronounced Mee-Kay)This pattern is especially preferred in the Japanese Bobtail breed.

Coat color genetics

Coat coloration in cats is complex, and controlled by several genes. One gene involved has two alleles: the Orange allele, O, which is the dominant form, (XO), and produces orange fur; and the "Black" allele, "o", which is the recessive form, (Xo), and produces black fur.

For a cat to be a tortoiseshell or calico, it must simultaneously express both of the alleles, O and o, which are two versions of the same gene, located at the same locus on the X chromosome. Males normally cannot do this: they can have only one allele, as they have only one X chromosome, consequently virtually all tortoiseshell or calico cats are females. Occasionally a male is born (the rate is approximately 1 in 3,000 [3]). These may have Klinefelter's syndrome, carrying an extra X chromosome, and will almost always be sterile or they may be a chimera resulting from the fusion of two differently coloured embryos.

The spotting gene causes white patches to cover the colored fur. Although there is no genetic difference, the amount of white is artificially divided into mitted, bicolour, harlequin, and van, going from almost no white to almost completely white.

In normal female tortoiseshell cats and in Klinefelter males, the position of the patches depends on which X-chromosome is active in each cell and which is inactivated to become a Barr body.

Oct 13, 2007

Oct 12, 2007

6 kittens plus 1 kitten plus 1 kitten

nimal Control dropped off one kitten this afternoon..lil boy was all starved and didn't have any fat on him. Few hours later, AC brought me a litter of 6 and I already have Tractor Tracy, that makes 8 lol.



Tracy isn't on this picture..she's too old to be put together with the babies.