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Old 10-04-07, 06:27 PM   #1
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Just as I was pulling in to work on my bike, two weeks ago Friday, I spotted a orange tabby cat dead on the side of the road...hit by a car it looked like. As I climbed the stairs up to my office door, I heard baby kitties crying in the underbrush below. So of course I went down to investigate...and sure enough, two kittens...same coloring as the dead cat in the road, were stumbling around crying. I went and checked out the dead cat in the road...sure enough, a momma cat who looked to have been nursing. Crap.

By this time everyone else is rolling into work and wonder what I am doing...so I explain. Our receptionist pipes up right away...'Bring those kittens up here, I'll take at least one home. Two other co-workers say they will do the same...so I am off to round up kittens, while Tera runs up the the pet store to get some formula and bottles.

I get the two kittens I spotted, but everyone insists that there must be more. So I keep going outside and checking, listening and rummaging around in the underbrush, but can't find any others. In the meantime the first two kittens are getting fed and bathed "Eek, fleas!". I had a TV dinner for lunch and took the remains down to the underbrush, figuring if there were any other kittens, the smell might draw them out. Sure enough an hour later I hear another kitten crying...and there she is, right by my tv dinner. So I round her up, feed her and bathe her myself.

Well of course, all but one of the people who claimed they would take a kitten backed out for one reason or another...but luckily one of the gals from upstairs commits to take one. So there is only one kitten left who is unspoken for....the last one I found, the runt of the litter and cute as all get out. The rest of the story is obvious, isn't it? Yes, we have a new kitten.




Both of my female dogs took to the kitten like mothers. She loves playing with them too...no fear at all!

Here is Bailey with a little furball sleeping in on her legs



And Bandit, worrying over her as she sleeps all curled up with the heating pad after a bath to de-flea her somewhat.


and with Thor, who's no longer the littlest and never had much use for cats.


She looked to be about 3 weeks old when I found her. I've had to drive to work and take her with me so I could bottle feed her...but she's making progress weaning from the bottle and is already litter trained pretty well. Finally made a vet appointment for next week...hopefully they can give me something 'safe' to get rid of any remaining fleas and that stubborn flea dirt.

Tonight she figured out she can climb stairs...my baby is growing up!
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Old 10-04-07, 06:30 PM   #2
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It's all over now Chip. Save one cat, you have to save them all. I know, we foster for the local shelter.

But good for you. I think that's great.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:32 PM   #3
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Mwuaha. Kittens are so adorable. We had 2 for a while.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:32 PM   #4
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Old 10-04-07, 06:35 PM   #5
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Mwuaha. Kittens are so adorable. We had 2 for a while.
Want a couple of more? With 7 of the little bastids running around, I am always looking for an excuse. Fernando especially tonight is looking to become roadkill himself if he doesn't lighten up.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:37 PM   #6
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Good on ya, Chip. Ya done good. See, had you been in a car, you never would have heard the kittens' cries.

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Old 10-04-07, 06:38 PM   #7
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I love cats....good job.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:38 PM   #8
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Good work, Chip. My pound kitty is sleeping on my shoulders right now. Makes it tough to type...not that he cares.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:40 PM   #9
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Good job, chip. I just finished rescuing three feral kittens that had made a home in my neighborhood. Found homes for all three, thankfully, since I'm allergic.
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Old 10-04-07, 07:15 PM   #10
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if that is the tv dinner kitty you gotta name her swanson or hungryman or something along those lines. awesome pictures.
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Great stuff, Chip !!!

the kitty katz !!!
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It has to be said - I've always been a sucker for cute *******
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Old 10-04-07, 07:38 PM   #13
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You're a good man, Chip! And the kitty is so cute- love the pic of Bailey sniffin' around. yep, that's what they do all right....
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DAMN!

That cuteness is too much. I almost can't stand it.
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Old 10-04-07, 08:06 PM   #15
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Yay, Chip and Cheri! September must have been Foundling Kitten Month or something.
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<wipin' tears from eyes> That is such a nice story to hear.
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I think a submission to dailykitten.com is in order.
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Good job. Cats add a lot to a family. They're very entertaining.
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It has to be said - I've always been a sucker for cute *******
i so wanted to go there, about you tramping in around in weeds looking for it, but that would be too high brow for me.
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Old 10-04-07, 09:57 PM   #21
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That's how they get you. The cuteness. If they were baby slugs, no one would try to adopt them. But cute little furballs beg to be picked up. Good job chip!
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jyo, my boys have come home from walks with giant slugs more than once. admittedly they ended up squished on the front steps as soon as the novelty wore off and it was time to come in for dinner. still they were giant slugs.
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Old 10-05-07, 07:18 AM   #23
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jyo, my boys have come home from walks with giant slugs more than once. admittedly they ended up squished on the front steps as soon as the novelty wore off and it was time to come in for dinner. still they were giant slugs.
Be glad you didn't end up squished on the front porch when your wife brought you home to meet her parents, ya big slug.
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Have you broken her in for a bike ride yet?

Just put her in your jersey pocket, she'll be fine.
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Have you broken her in for a bike ride yet?

Just put her in your jersey pocket, she'll be fine.
A jersey is way too thin to protect my peaches-n-cream soft skin from them little needle claws!

I did take her for a spin in the handlebar bag...but I ain't gonna commute 25 miles each way like that.
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