May 29th 2009 11:16 am
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I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I've decided that a new blog schedule is going to be taking effect.
Don't worry, it's still all about Melvin. I've decided to schedule certain subjects for each day of the week and then ALSO post any updates on Melvin or other random stuff along with it. So basically, you're going to be getting MORE Melvin!
But anyways, back to the topic...
Melvin lost one of his baby teeth (I'm thinking one of the back ones) while eating his hard food (He enjoys the hard much more than the wet for some reason). I heard a tiny yelp from his little room and went over and found that he didn't want anything to do with his hard food anymore. Well, seeing he refuses to eat soft food from the plate, and now refuses to eating hard food from the plate, I've decided that it's time to bring back the syringes. This way I know he's eating enough and he doesn't end up having a love-hate relationship with his food.
(He's wrapped in a towel because he likes to knead on my hands while he eats, and that kind of hurts)
He loves the syringe for some reason.
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And then he's content.
Usually after he's done being fed, he gets a bath because, as you can see, he gets pretty dirty. He really has no problem with taking a bath, he just hates it when I wash around his eyes to get all the goopies out.
After his bath, he gets wrapped up in a warm towel and naps until he's feeling warm enough to come out. After that, he gets a brush and goes off to play.
For those of you that are wondering what the schedule is going to be, I'm going to be leaving that a surprise. I'm going to try and post the same time every day, but who knows how well that's going to work out. Along with the daily scheduled posts, I'll be adding update posts as well. All will be labeled and easily accessible on the side.
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Hi, just something to think about.... I have fostered over 200 cats & kittens in the past 6 years from 2 animal shelters in my area. I also volunteered 30 hours a week at one of the shelters for 4 years. I've seen every Veterinarian's office in town at one time or another. I've experienced a few times when 1 or 2 kittens would weight as much as .09 oz. to 1 lb. less then other litter mates. I found that sometimes those guys needed alot more help and time making it through the first 8-10 weeks then the others. I had a Veterinarian tell me (5 years ago, now) that the one was the runt or a dwarf and would not get bigger then 3-4 lbs. , if he makes it ! Well we ended up adopting him. He is now 5 years old and weighs 16 lbs.!!!!!!! He is normal height & length. I found that many times these guys just are not ready for wet or dry food. ( or are younger then everyone thinks, Veterinarians included!) What ALWAYS worked for me, maybe you can try this, is a milk replacer for kittens. I have had luck with the KMR brand. Need to get the 1st step, NOT the 2nd step. ( I found the 1st step works for all ages, even weak or sick cats) I think the 2nd step is a waste of money, kitties never go for it. They usually love the taste of the 1st step and it is full of vitamins. You can also syringe it if needed. I found that the 1st day or so you may need to syringe it, but after that they will lap it up on their own and they seem to love it!! You should see results and improvement within days. Weight gain and more energy! Often we do not know what all they have been through before we get them & they just need a good boost of vitamins to get back that energy needed & "will to live". Most of the better kitten replacement milk that is worth anything will be in powder form. You will usually only find it at a pet store NOT a grocery store or a Wal-mart. Serve it warm. He will love it . It always worked for us! Good Luck and Bless you for your efforts! He is completely adorable & the two of you will have such a strong bond that you will never forget for the rest of your life!
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Mayhem was very small and sick when I got her and the vet had only given her about a 50/50% chance. I agree with the prior comment. KItten milk replacement is real good. I also tried the unthinkable...Gerber brand cat...sorry "baby" food. When I could neither get Mayhem to eat or drink she would lick the Gerber chicken food off a spoon. This is about as unconventional as it gets, huh? Granted baby food may not be the best for a kitten and it may not have the nutrients a kitten needs but after many many jars and spoonfuls Mayhem started to get bigger and fatter. Even now, at a little over a year she still like the occassional "spoon" of Gerber. All the best!
Melvin was actually found to have Primordial dwarfism. Besides being underweight, he has a very very tiny heart. Right now he's about the size of a 4 week old kitten, but he's at the right weight for his size. He gets quite a bit more feedings than usual due to Hyper(hypo?)thyroid problems. He basically burns more calories than he can take in!