As from 16-11-2014 you can find cat stories and information on my cat blog.
I leave this page here… Well because I like it.
Gibor is a young, recently castrated cat, and a sole survivor out of the four cuties in facebook my profile picture. The other three disappeared on the same day under suspicious (in my eyes) circumstances.
Vika is a younger female who is too old for mother care, and too young to be alone.
The two youngsters ‘found each other’. They play together, albeit Gibor sometimes tends to overdo it.
Anyway, today first time I saw this incredible scene: Vika was trying to suckle on Gibor’s belly… I was too slow to videotape the actual event, but… I caught on tape Gibor licking his quite wet tummy…
Look how cozy they are together…
Viko is the house cat. We found him in our yard maybe a couple of days old.
When his mother did not return for him we decided to take him in.
That was a difficult decision. We have been much experience (about 20 years) observing yard cats growing up, from since kitten-hood to old age, Some were eating regularly in out yard, the oldest were maybe 15 years old, and right now we have 9 and 8 year olds.
We know that cat mothers sometimes take their time when they relocate their kittens. But sometimes they do not return for a kitten. And the worst, we didn’t know who the mother was.
Now, viko was left in the rockery, and he came out when he was hungry, crying loudly. Do we leave him to be exposed in the night, do we let him crawl back between the rocks out of our reach – and possibly
let him die?
Obviously, as you can see. we voted for saving him.
That was four years ago, September 1, 2009.
So here is what I can tell you:
Baby kittens need to be fed a lot, like human babies.
Baby kittens are playful.
Baby kittens need warmth, and love.
A good substitute for mother warmth at this age (a few days) is a hot water bottle, well isolated from the baby, right under his blanket. And a stuffed animal that used to belong to one of my children. It is to this day a special friend to him, and he brings it almost every night to my bedroom, doing things to it…
He is a great companion, has never caused any damage to furniture or curtains, and these days he spends many hours of the day sleeping, either close to me or close to my husband.
Some of our prize yard cats:
Mitzi-2 (disappeared at age 3-4 )
Red cats, can’t tell which… had many of those…
Nahum’ a most loved cat. Survived a car accident
Mother of quite a few red cats, black cats and Vika ( a young kitten that looks almost identical to Viko). Believed to be descendent of Viko’s mother, a cat that looks almost identical to herself, except for the black spot on her chin
Alpha about 8 years old
Lo Simpati (actually, a really nice cat)
This is Shula, our oldest documented yard cat. She became very sick and ultimately she was put down by a vet after being in observation for ten days. She scratchd my husband when he tried to put her in a cage, to go to our regular vet.
That was a very unpleasant 10 days between Rosh-Hashana and Yom-Kipur, a couple of years back. Fortunately, she survived the ten mandatory days and saved my husband the need to have a rabbies-shot.
Ginger mother of four, disappeared. Three of her kittens also disappeared on the same day
- Llamas befriend kitten (winonadailynews.com)