They spent the night under my deck in a large crate. Thank goodness we're having summer-like temperatures and there was no rain (although the area under my deck is actually very protected). The temperature is supposed to drop again tonight, so I knew I'd need to move them indoors and accept the risk of fleas in my house (which I've never had!).
This morning, their rescuer came back to help me bathe them in preparation to move them into my spare room which I cleaned out for them. The poor darlings are riddled with fleas. We managed to drown most of the fleas but many still remain.
Once they were moved to the room and given some alone time to dry off, we (me, the rescuer, and another friend) hung out and played with them. All are very playful and friendly, and appear to be healthy. We suspect they may have worms along with those fleas, which wouldn't be unheard of.
My third friend brought along some food-grade Diatomaceous Earth to sprinkle over my carpet, in their food, and in their fur, to help kill the fleas.
Another friend dropped in some kitten food and more litter for us.
Another friend is going through her network of contacts to see if a foster home can be found if the SPCA won't take them.
What a great network of rescuers we have here!
Here are some photos....
|3 of the kittens, in one crate|
|Mama cat, and her smallest kitten in another crate|
|they were then moved to a jumbo crate with a litter pan in the back for the evening|
|My friends named them. Tip on the left, and Sasquatch on the right (who is named for her big mittens, with thumbs! - both are girls.|
|This is the only boy, CircusCat (Acro-Cat)....|
|.... for obvious reasons!|
|Beard - an unusual name for a girl - she had a soapy beard through much of her bath which made us laugh!|
|Kittens at play - L-R: Sasquatch, Beard, Tip, Circus|
|Mama cat.... the poor darling. These kittens were her 2nd litter and its suspected she is pregnant once again. She's not much more than a kitten herself - maybe around 1 year old! She's beautiful and friendly. She seems to be part Siamese.|
PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR CATS AND DOGS!!!