Friday, March 5, 2010

How can something so tiny make my heart explode?

This week has been a little different around the Spaz household. We've been waking up every few hours, heating bottles, and oohing and aahing over the newest member of our family.

His name is Felix.

See, last Sunday Bug and Munchkin were outside playing with Sudo in the yard. I was inside preparing a lovely pot roast with roasted veggies (parsnips - yum) when Munchkin ran inside in a frenzy and yelled "MOMMY!!! SUDO IS KILLING KITTENS!!!!"

I immediately pictured a horrid blood bath. I pictured tiny little kitty parts strewn across the grass and Sudo's mouth stained red with blood. I resolved in the five seconds that it took me to get outside that I would never be able to look at my beloved dog the same again.

As I ran outside I screamed like a banshee "SUDO!! DROP IT!! SUDO!!!!"

I'm sure I was heard by everyone within a five mile radius.

Sudo dropped it.


Evidently, while playing, Sudo had scared off a mother cat and found a den of kittens.

After much "oh my gosh isn't that the cutest thing you ever saw it's so adorable oh my gosh awwwwwww oh my gosh oh my gosh" we examined the little guy and found that he seemed to be just fine with no broken skin or bones or anything.

So we put him back in the nest with his brothers and sisters.


Later that evening, I went back out with a saucer of milk and set it out. Momma cat ran off again and then looked at me as I sat the milk down. (I've since learned that giving a cat milk is a no-no, I didn't know!) I was relieved that she had come back and went inside to leave her alone.

In the morning, before bringing the kids to school, I sent them out with a can of chicken and a bowl of water for her. They assured me that she ran out of the den again so I was thrilled, assuming she'd be happy to have food and stay put with her kittens.

That afternoon, though, Bug and I went out to check on her and found poor little Felix all alone in his den, crying and cold. Momma cat had abandoned him and moved all the other kittens to an unknown location.

So we brought him inside and googled how to take care of the little monster.


Since we took him in, Felix has gone from 5.8 ounces to 7.0 ounces and he's started purring and sort of kind of playing by batting his little tiny baby kitty paws at my hand when I rub his belly.

Or maybe he just doesn't like that.

I'm not sure if we'll be keeping him or not since I'm terribly allergic. I'm hoping someone in my family will be able to take him in (hint, hint guys!) so I'll be able to visit him. I'm sort of attached.

And how could I not be?



Jason, as himself said...[Reply to comment]

You saved a life! Are you keeping it?

sarah said...[Reply to comment]

This same thing happened to my family when I was 13! We found an abandoned kitted who the vet said was 24 hours old. My dad gave him to me to raise (to my mothers HORROR) and I did. I fed him with a bottle and once he was big enough he slept with me. My mom and dad said when he was six weeks old we would find him a good home. That was 17 years ago and I still have my sweetie Sammie. He curled up next to me and Henry in the bed last night. Hope your new baby turns out as great as mine!

Domestic Spaz said...[Reply to comment]

Sammie! I had a cat named Sammie! She was seriously the love of my life!

I'm not sure what's going to happen with this little guy. I'm so allergic. We'll see how well this Claritin works. ;)

mah-meeee said...[Reply to comment]

sooooo cute! you must keep it!! maybe some allergy meds are in your future?

sarah marie said...[Reply to comment]

Just stumbled across your blog. I did the same thing with an abandoned kitten and when it came time where he was big enough to give him a permanent home, I just couldn't give him up! Too much bonding! Are you giving him kitten replacement milk? You can get it at any pet store...that was the trick for our little guy and then canned food for a while. Good luck!