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Day 4: “No Name Yet” Kitten: Video Update

Be sure to enjoy my typo in the closing message of the above video…I’m such a spazz.

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One: The Rescue
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Two: The Bad News
| Day
Three: First Photos
| Kitten
Naming Contest Part One
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Naming Contest Part Two
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  1. Glad to hear the little miss is doing so well! Keep up the good work.

    A suggestion about the “extra” money you’ll probably end up with. Buy some treats for the staff at the animal hospital that has been so wonderful. Have a couple of pizzas delivered or buy a few boxes of ice cream pops and drop them by. Vets and their staffs are wonderful and often go above and beyond for our animals, don’t forget a special treat for them.

    Finny & Buddy

  2. My beans foster sick and sometimes abandonded tiny ones. It is easier to socialize kittens between 2 and 6 weeks of age. After that age it tends to go a little slower, but it does happen. Your tiny one is probably a feral who has had no human touch up until this point. Now she is in pain (even though instinct tells her to hide it)but she is warm, fed and dry. She has no clue what to think. The mommy bean says that she seems more comfy in the box than in the big room. Perhaps you can get a carrier for her to stay in, but leave the door to the carrier open so she can explore when she feels like it. Dont let her explore in an area that is too big though, us kitties like small, enclosed spaces.

  3. First off, from me and the rest of us in the house, THANK YOU for being such a kind human and helping out the little one.

    The Mom suggests that you do keep her in a small room, in her box. Just talk to her and try to make her feel comfortable. She’s in a lot of pain and is probably really scared.

    I recommend getting a kitty carrier, taking the door off, and putting a nice comfy blanket or towel in the bottom for her to sleep in. This way she’ll have a nice secure spot to sleep in.

    Give her time to heal and get over the shock. Even though she is feral, she should eventually come to trust you and feel more secure in her surroundings.

  4. Hi again,
    I made a post on my blog for No Name Yet & your cause:

  5. Have you considered calling the vet and asking about her shaking etc. They may have a great answer for you. Unless there is a Vetrinarian that has answered you already on your posts.. but i’d check with the hospital and see what they say..

    And.. nice spelling btw 😉

  6. Glad to see No-Name is out of immediate danger. You’ve done a good thing.

    Just a suggestion about the litter box: you can try to screen it so that it’s very near the sleeping box but out of sight. It might make NN feel safer. You could also rig up a larger sleeping box and put a small litter-container in the big box with her. That way she doesn’t have to go far and she’s got her privacy, which ferals seem to like.

    Keep petting her, drop some kitty treats in and let her smell you nearby while she eats them. Gives her some good associations with you. Remember that, if she seems nervous around you, the first time she was aware of you she was terrified and in pain. Give her time to build the loving associations. It’ll come.

    My wife and I adopted our first cat from a shelter and just rescued a geriatric stray cat that showed up in our yard. We understand how you feel and what you’ve done. We could have let Ivy die, but compassion won out. We’ve been rewarded many times over. Purrs are better than gems.

  7. Dude…I just heard about this through a mass email. Two big paws up for having the cojones to take on a kitty in need.

    Lots of kitties in the blogosphere are pulling for her…I think she’s cute, being a tux and all, so I’m really hoping she recovers 100%, decides she likes you, and that you actually get more donations than you need for the vet bill.

  8. I wouldn’t force her. Let her come to you. Everyone else’s ideas are great too! I did the carrier thing with my girls….they used to fight over who got to sleep in the carrier.

  9. It takes some time even for cats who aren’t in pain and distress to get used to their new environment. It’s still early so just have lots of patience and love for her. She’ll come around when she’s ready so just let her feel safe so she doesn’t stress out even more or she may end up with an upper respitory illness on top of what she’s already going through.

  10. I was directed here by the PsychoKitty.

    Poor little thing.

    I hope it all turns out OK.

  11. As the owner of two tuxedos of my own, I congratulate you for helping out NNY. I’ve just made a donation. I think the other suggestions about leaving NNY in a quiet place, and not pushing the socializing issue are right. Check with the vet clinic, they’ll know. And I think using some of the extra funds to boost morale at the clinic is also a good idea. When you can, give NNY a pet and cuddle for me.

  12. I popped a donation your way. You have no idea how much I wish it could be more. I really miss my fuzzy kids in my life. (Severe asthma/allergies forced me to find them new homes after having pets all my life.)

    You’ve done a really great thing here. I hope you can keep her after all this, but even if not, you’ve touched her little furry life forever.

  13. hello: I’m Chatham’s “Cat Couch”. My advice would echo those that say let NoName progress at her own speed. Have a box or carrier for her to hide and sleep in, but with a door that she can venture out when she feels safe.

    My sister AP3 had a cat that was painfully shy all its life. If everyone was very still and quiet, then Sphinxie would come out and look at us. Otherwise, only my sister and my mother ever saw her.

    It will take time. NoName has been thru alot of trauma – the car, getting hurt, all that went on at the vet’s, losing her mama and perhaps other siblings and now a new home. She’ll come ’round, just continue to be there for her. You’re doing a great job!

  14. Malcom (hope I spelled that right), I’m on foster kittens #’s 67, 68, 69 and 70 and believe me little no name yet is frightened. All she needs is a little time and lots of attention. I don’t mean you have to constantly sit with her. Every hour or so you should give her some love, when you feel it’s ready (and you will know) give her a little more freedom. Oh, and I guess you now know that you do have super powers. You made a little mewling noise and all the kitty (people) came and defeated your foes.

  15. Hello- I found your website from Max, the Psycho Kitty.

    Thank you for taking the kitten in. This is a great story.

    My suggestions with no-name are leave out a bunch of toys, if she’s playing with them while you’re out of the room, she’s probably feeling better, in which case you might want to start playing with her (long string, ball thrown to her from other side of room, etc, and slowly move yourself closer to her). I also spent some time reading a book out loud to my feral cat, just to get him used to me. If she was an older kitten, I would say don’t rush handling her, but kittens usually only have a small window of time where they can be socialized with people easily, after that, it takes great patience, (although not impossible) and 12 weeks is the upper edge of it.

    Also, you might want to call the vet to find out when she should start feeling better- this will give you an idea of how she’s doing, and if somethings wrong.

    A great resource for dealing with cats is:

    There’s a whole category dealing with wild cats, and they might have some suggestions that you can use.

    Good Luck, and No-Name will come along, it just takes a little bit of patience.

  16. You’ve done a wonderful thing. Millie is absolutely precious and now she needs time to heal her physical and emotional wounds. Lots of changes for a little one. I like the suggestion of getting a carrier and taking the door off. Cats seem to like that enclosed feeling, especially when they are feeling scared. She’s young enough though that she’ll probably grow up to be nice and friendly. Thanks for rescuing her from a horrible death.

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