Piglet didn't have very good odds in reaching his first milestone of opening his eyes, but as you can see in the photo, our little guy isn't so little any more (and he DID open his eyes we promise!). Piglet not only has a mom, but his grandma-Laney also gave birth to SIX very BIG, healthy kittens and Piglet is part of their family now, too.
Having double-mamas made all the difference for this precious kitten. Piglet gained an ounce in a day after Laney gave birth and has been gaining every day since. We couldn't be more pleased that Piglet is doing well and his new "aunts and uncles" will give him the companionship he needs to thrive.
Winnie and her mother, Laney are our latest pregnant cat rescues. Winnie, barely out of kitten hood herself, gave birth yesterday morning to 3 precious kittens. Winnie's youth, living in filth with little food or support, she was covered with fleas and very likely inbred with her siblings. The odds were against her kittens having much of a chance to survive. As it turned out 2 kittens were stillborn and only one survived birth. His name is Piglet and he weighed just 2 ounces when a normal birth weight is 3-4 ounces.
We named the other kittens Tigger and Eeyore because every kitten that arrives is named and loved even if their time with us is short. We owe it to them to give them the respect and care they should have had for a very long life. Though our hearts are broken we are focusing our efforts on supporting Winnie, as she learns to be a caring mother and helping Piglet stay warm and well fed.
Tonight is Piglet's first weigh-in and we're praying we see a slight weight gain, which is the first sign that he may be with us for some time to come.
Winnie and Piglet NEVER had a chance to survive if it wasn't for the efforts of our devoted foster mom, Moe. This is a perfect example of why ostering literally saves lives.
If you'd like to get updates on Winnie and Piglet, please visit our Facebook page or check back here.
If you're interested in fostering either in the Newtown, CT or southeastern Atlanta, GA area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Piglet is resting on a tube sock filled with rice that is gently warmed in the microwave oven. That way he doesn't get cold when he's not snuggling with his mama.
Dogtime Media announced their list of Finalists in their “Oscars of Pet Blogging” contest called the Petties this week. We're completely shocked to announce that our little rescue, Kitten Associates, was chosen as one of FOUR finalists for the Best Rescue/Cause Blog!
Not only is this a GREAT HONOR, but if we win the coveted award K.A. will get a $1000.00 donation! This could be a game-changer for us because not only has our rescue been chosen as the recipient of this award, but if the following finalists win, we will get THEIR $1000.00 awards, too!
YOU CAN HELP US WIN by simply visiting this LINK and VOTE EVERY DAY until August 7, 2014. Make sure to bookmark the page so you can find it again. Then check back here in September to find out if we won!
VOTE FOR KITTEN ASSOCIATES and our friends: Covered in Cat Hair for Best Blog post
The Conscious Cat for Best Overall Pet Blog
The Tiniest Tiger for Best Cat Blog
and Texts from Mittens for Funniest Blog or Blogger