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God’s Provision

I felt the need to share a story today.  I’m not going to share any pictures (you’ll understand why in a little bit) but I hope that doesn’t deter you from reading this!

We have barn cats at our house and most of them do their job quite well of keeping the mice, mole, bird population to a minimum.  Our mama, Sassy, delivered a cute little litter of 4 just over a week ago.  She had one peach tiger, one gray calico, one gray tiger, and one mostly black kitten.  Cute as a button, they are!!

Anyway, she does a fantastic job caring for her babies and so we don’t check on them all that often.  We gave her a basket of rags, tucked her babies into it, and put them under the porch up against the house for shelter from the fall wind and rain.

Earlier this week my son went to check on them and came in to tell me that one kitten had been crying.  He discovered that the kitten had gotten it’s paw twisted up into the frayed threads of a rag and it looked really bad.  He brought the kitten in and sure enough, his whole leg was a mangled mess.  Every time he rolled over or tried to crawl around his leg got wound tighter into the threads.  So, we got out some scissors and pain-stakingly  cut away each little thread until his leg was free.  We put the kitten back with the others and Sassy immediately came to offer him some comfort.  The baby immediately began to nurse.

A few hours later, I checked on him again.  Although very swollen, his entire leg had untwisted and looked nearly back to the normal position of a kitten leg and he appeared to be moving it!  We were thrilled!  The daily vigil of checking on the little guy began.  The next day his paw was still very swollen but Sassy had been keeping it stimulated by licking it continuously while she nursed.  We were hopeful that we had removed the twisted mess of threads just in time!

However, God had a different plan for this little determined kitten.  By day 3, the paw had begun to shrivel and die.  The little kitty continued to nurse and was doing amazingly well despite his injury!  His mama continued to care for his paw and leg.  As the paw shriveled, his leg got a bit more swollen but no other signs  infection or difficulty.

Today, I went and checked on him and his paw was gone.  His mama had ever so carefully removed the part that had died and was now caring for what remained!  He continues to nurse, he is strong and can crawl as good or better than his siblings with the 3 good paws that he has left!

We  will continue to monitor his health and progress but in the mean time. . . .. .

It dawned on me that  this is a perfect (yet slightly gruesome)  example of God’s Provision for each and every one of us!!

Matthew 6:26
New International Version (NIV)
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

2 Peter 1:3
New International Version (NIV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Philippians 1:6
New International Version (NIV)
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 46:3-4
New Living Translation (NLT)
I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you.

God is Good!!  All the Time!!

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Care and Feeding of Kitten orphans

Homemade Formula Recipe

1 can evaporated milk

1 egg (or just the yolk)

2 Tbl light corn syrup

1/8 tsp vegetable oil (or less- if diarrhea, decrease or discontinue altogether)

dash of nutmeg (optional- use in cases of diarrhea only)

1/2 tsp liquid vitamins (optional)

Combine and store in the refrigerator.  To feed, don’t waste money on a special kitten bottle- a child’s medicine dropper that holds 2 tsp and a steady hand that will deliver it slowly (or drop by drop) will work just fine.  

Very young kitten (before eyes opened) or sick kitten will drink 2 tsp or less

If the kitten doesn’t know how to drink or is so hungry that they won’t be still, swaddle them (wrap them like a newborn baby) in a wash cloth or soft cloth and hold them like a baby too.  This will keep their paws down and will keep them a bit cleaner while they learn the ropes of being fed by hand.  It will also give you a bit more control over the dropper.  As they grow, gradual change their feeding position to no swaddling and more upright. 

Here are some general “care tips” written in no particular order:

  • If milk or bubbles come out their nose, you are feeding them way to fast and they could drown.  Slow down and maybe rub their throat to encourage the “swallow reflex”.
  • Kittens do not know how to go the bathroom and they will die if you don’t help them.  Similute their mother “washing them” by wiping the “potty area” with an absorbant paper towel until you notice some dribbles.  Do this after every feeding.
  • Kittens may not poop right away but will learn how by doing the same “simulation”.  Be careful- it may come out all the sudden.  If they pass gas, they will be pooping very soon.
  • I crying kitten is either cold or hungry.  They need to be warmer than humans at first.  They need to be fed often (every couple hours at first).
  • To keep a kitten warm- when you are home, where a hoodie with a center pocket and carry them around in there- or something that keeps them close to your body. I’ve also been known to carry one in my bathrobe pocket!  If you can’t do that, get an empty juice bottle (1-2 qt size) and keep it filled with hot water.  Wrap it in a towel, and lay the kitten next to it.  Replace with hot water as needed.
  • Kittens need interaction and stimulation, just like human babies.  I got into the habit of giving a rub-down every morning after the feeding.  A stimulating massage of sorts.  Now that she is 5 months old, she won’t stop following me around until she gets her morning massage!  Talk to them, teach them “no” early, give them routine, etc.
  • Only bathe a kitten if absolutely necessary.  Our orphan made a total mess of herself at every feeding so for the first few weeks she got a bath every day.  She gradually learned to clean herself.  We bathed her in the bathroom sink with warm water, and Basic H ( an organic and safe household cleaner from the Shaklee corporation).  You could also use LOC (similar product from Amway) or Dawn dish detergent.  Don’t use pet shampoos when they are little.

If you have other tips, please add them in the comment section!

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God answers prayers in the weirdest ways sometimes!

A few days ago the boys found 3 little kittens in the barn.  We knew that our 2 calicoes looked pregnant a while back, these kittens looked like the  normal litters for our “barn cat club”- 1 tiger, 1 black, and 1 tortoise calico.  The little kittens just cried and cried all the time.  The boys found a mother who appeared to be nursing and showed her the kittens and she growled at them.  Cats can be so moody so I told the boys to leave them alone and their mama would find them and feed them.  The second day, I brought the kittens to the house to feed because their bellies just weren’t very full and I put them in the pet taxi.  When the boys got home, I had them take them back to the barn still thinking their mother was down there.  They made them a nice spot with a towel and straw  in the pet taxi and left the door open for the mama.  I didn’t check on the kittens yesterday while the boys were at school- forgot.  The boys went to the barn yesterday and the kittens were laying on a soaking wet towel (it rained hard that night/day and the wind blew the rain into the barn, I’m sure).  Two of them were dead and the little calico was just screaming her little head off- the sound that comes from a tiny kitten who is cold and hungry is piercing!!!!  How the other animals in the barn didn’t kill her just for being annoying is beyond me. . .  .

So, in the house comes a crying #1 child, a very sad #2 child, a very informative and willing to remove the dead ones #3 child, and one screaming kitten. . ..   We fed the kitten and held her close but she just kept screaming, that glass shattering cry for mama.  We took turns carrying her around and I finally couldn’t take it anymore!  We put in her in the pet taxi and sat her near the register in the laundry room and turned the light off.  After awhile she fell asleep. . . . . but only for a short while.  So, we repeated and repeated until bedtime.  At bedtime, I gave her a wipe down, dried her off, put her to bed and went to bed myself. 

At 6:50 a.m. this morning that ear piercing scream woke me.   I fed her again and did some research online.  I read that orphaned kittens will cry when they are hungry or cold otherwise they will sleep and be quite content.  I then read that at 2-3 weeks of age they need 90^ temperatures and at 3-4 weeks of age they need 80^ temperatures!!!!!  She was in that cold barn with her dead siblings for only God knows how long!  She probably stayed alive by managing to get on top of the pile of kittens- her brothers probably saved her life!!!  Poor thing- she can’t get warm!!!  My mom suggested a warm water bottle (since we are not turning the thermostat on the rurnace up. . . .lol) and it helps. . .  . . .

Anyway, why am I telling you all this with a title about God answering prayer?  That 6:50 a.m. alarm clock!!!!!  I’ve been needing a reason to get out of bed earlier than I have been and the little kitten did it!!  Now 6:50 is not as early as I should be getting up but I realized that once I drag myself out of bed it’s so much easier to get started!  Thank you Jesus!!!  Even screaming kittens have a purpose!!

Now, if you’ll all pray that she warms up and stays that way, we would appreciate it. . . .  (-;

Update- its Feb. 21st and Sassy is still with us.  She never grew a winter coat so we have kept her in the house until spring.  She is named Sassy for a reason-  she fights with us, she plays “scare the human”, she climbs our legs and trunks like trees, and she only listens to the word “no” when it pleases her to do so.   She loves to go outdoors, even in the cold, so the boys and I made her a coat.  They take her outside at chore time each day and then make her come back in with them when they’re done.  She’s a cutey and a keeper!  We are hoping her adjustment to outdoor kitty will be an easy one come warmer temperatures.

Oh, and me?  I still hate getting up early. . . .

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