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    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
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    Look what hubby brought home last night! Three little kittens!

    My husband is an underground coal miner. There had been this cat running around up there for the last year. It was wild, wouldn't let anyone touch it or even get near it. So, the miners would leave food for it, and all the miners started bringing cat food for it.

    It winds up pregnant, and still won't let anyone anywhere near it. It has the kittens. They looked everywhere for them, and couldn't find them anywhere. She was a wiley mommy, she hid them well.

    Fast forward a 4-5 weeks and the kittens started coming out! She had them down inside this concrete block like thing. They found 6 kittens.

    Ok, now here's the funny thing. They found another mommy cat ran over in the road in front of their mines. They looked and looked for her kittens and couldn't find them anywhere.

    A few days later, they go back to try to see the kittens, and there were 10 kittens now! They think that mommy cat #1 got the dead mommy's kittens and is taking care of them!

    The kittens were eating good, so they all decide to take them home. My husband got 3. BUT, they are TINY. I think they were too small to take from the mommy, really. Two of them are eating great, like little pigs, the other one is really skittish and isn't eating at all. I'm going to try a dropper with milk, and see how that goes. It may be sick, poor thing.

    The little white one is so TINY! Its about a fourth of the size of the other two. Its so sweet, its played with me all morning! They've(the kids) named it "Diamond", because coal turns into diamonds. Poor little thing was covered in coal dust when they got here.

    Now, I've got to find some homes. I can't keep them all 3! But, I really want to, lOL!
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    Aaawww!!! Cute kitties and a wonderful (a little sad) story to go with them!!!
    Good luck!!

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    They are adorable. Perhaps the white one was one of Mom#2's kittens, and born a little later.

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    mix a little cat food in some milk and strain it then give it to the little white one it will help it to learn to eat, they all look to small to take away from the mum but if you nead to quite them down a bit now is the best time, put some food on your fingers and feed them like that for a few days and they will let you do anything with them after a week or so. good luck finding homes for them

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    Congrats on your new kitties. What a story. Thanks for sharing that. Glad they will be taken care of. Now thanks to caring people like you they'll have a wonderful life. ;)

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    Precious kittens. Such adorable faces. Give all of those men a hug from me - they sound like a very compassionate group of men. God Bless them for their kindness.

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    AW, what great guys, to make sure the kitties are okay!!!!
    At the petshop, they have cans of "kitten formula", just like for real babies, you might want to try that. Some cats cant tolerate cows milk, and will get the runs, (ask me how I know, LOL).
    They are all just adorable, kittens are so fun!

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    They are so adorable! May you and all the other miners be blessed for taking in these babies.

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    They have tamed down so quick! Last night, they would hiss and bite and scratch, but this morning they are loving all over me! Especially the little black and white one. He's taking his head and rubbing it against my hand, so I'll scratch his head. But, they all will let me hold them and they are all playing, too, sweet as could be! Fast learners, aren't they?

    The little white one is eating great. So it the black and white one. Its the one I've been calling "Patches" (white with black and brown patches) that won't eat. I tried putting cream on my fingers, tuna , milk, cat food and he wont eat any of it. The other two are eating like little piglets, LOL! The little, tiny white one is eating more than the other two put together.

    I took a dropper and put cream in it, and kind of made him drink it, but it was rough. I hate to do that to him. My vet is normally in on Sat. but he's closed today, answering machine said he had a family emergency. I know they sell the kitten formula, I had to bottle feed a baby possum once and that's what it had to have! Thats a whole other story, LOL. I'll post it another time.

    Any other suggestions until I can get to the kitten formula? I may have to go to the next town over and get it today, if he doesn't eat soon.

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    What a great story, and cute kittens. Give the guys some high fives for their caring about the wee ones. And mamma cats will take in orphans! Mine took in a babby rabbit years ago.
    Sorry, I can't help with the food situation. Keep us informed so if we have that problem, we will know what to do!

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    Do you have a Mounds Petfood Warehouse, or even a small petshop should have the kitten formula!!!!!!! The little calico is my favorite, but they are ALL so cute!!!!!

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    So cute, I'd take one if I lived in Kentucky!

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    Not sure how rural of an area you are in. But I have seen the kitten formula at my local wal-mart. Hope that helps out

    When I had my puppies and they need a little extra. I mixed up coffee creamer, rice cereal and little bit of warm water. You might try something along those lines. But I am not a vet, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

    By the way, very cute kittens. Wish I lived closer and I would adopt one for sure :)

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    "Oh" how adorable they are. Such a happy ending to such a tragic beginning. I'm sure you will find homes for them.

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    They are so sweet.

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    He's eating! Yay!

    I held him for a long time, and kept trying to give him milk on my fingers and in the dropper, and he finally started licking it off. So, I figured I'd try tuna, and he started eating it out of the bowl like crazy!

    Maybe he was just insecure and finally felt better about me?

    Either way, I'm very relieved that he is eating. He's a cutie pie!

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    What cuties! I've used "filled milk" for kittens before - it is like evaporated milk, and comes in the same cans, sold next to them in the grocery. Good to see he's eating!

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    Ooh, they're just darling! I'm so glad Patches is eating now.

    I like what you're wearing in the picture, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisanne
    Ooh, they're just darling! I'm so glad Patches is eating now.

    I like what you're wearing in the picture, too.
    LOL! I love my red jammies!

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    Be careful--sometimes kittens can get the runs from eating human food--milk and such. Getting some mild cat food would be good. Then of coarse getting formula as soon as possible. I grew up on a farm and we always watered down the milk we fed any kind of baby.

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    I found some kittem formula! My friends' cousin had a few cans left over from a litter of kittens that she had that the mommy didn't have enough milk for.(she breeds Siamese) It a couple of months old, but the expiration date on it is still good and it's cans so it should be fine.

    I'm going to run by there and pick them up in a little while. Even with them eating, she says that we should still give them formula, too, for another week or so.

    She also said that about cow's milk, too, the same thing that CarrieAnn said, they usually can't tolerate when they are this young.

    I kind of wish that they would have left them with the mommy a little longer. But, the guys figured as long as they could eat, they would be better off with people than in the coal mines. He said the mommy was sooooo skinny, too. One of the other guys was going to take her, but there was kind of a dispute over that, LOL! Some wanted to leave her at the mines since she's been living there, kinda like their "mascot" or something. I don't know what they wound up doing, my husband left before they figured it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    Look what hubby brought home last night! Three little kittens!

    My husband is an underground coal miner. There had been this cat running around up there for the last year. It was wild, wouldn't let anyone touch it or even get near it. So, the miners would leave food for it, and all the miners started bringing cat food for it.

    It winds up pregnant, and still won't let anyone anywhere near it. It has the kittens. They looked everywhere for them, and couldn't find them anywhere. She was a wiley mommy, she hid them well.

    Fast forward a 4-5 weeks and the kittens started coming out! She had them down inside this concrete block like thing. They found 6 kittens.

    Ok, now here's the funny thing. They found another mommy cat ran over in the road in front of their mines. They looked and looked for her kittens and couldn't find them anywhere.

    A few days later, they go back to try to see the kittens, and there were 10 kittens now! They think that mommy cat #1 got the dead mommy's kittens and is taking care of them!

    The kittens were eating good, so they all decide to take them home. My husband got 3. BUT, they are TINY. I think they were too small to take from the mommy, really. Two of them are eating great, like little pigs, the other one is really skittish and isn't eating at all. I'm going to try a dropper with milk, and see how that goes. It may be sick, poor thing.

    The little white one is so TINY! Its about a fourth of the size of the other two. Its so sweet, its played with me all morning! They've(the kids) named it "Diamond", because coal turns into diamonds. Poor little thing was covered in coal dust when they got here.

    Now, I've got to find some homes. I can't keep them all 3! But, I really want to, lOL!
    Try some baby food rice cereal I mix this up with a litttle powdered milk for the kitten also add a little karo suyrp to the cereal. It will help to sweeten the mixture to get the kitten to eat it.
    .They have powdered milk for animals . When they have lost there mommy.
    Could the smaller kitten be from the other cat qnd younger then the other littler.

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    Adorable kittens, and i am soooooooo glad i DONT live closer , dh would be dragging me over to get one.

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    They are so cute! And they are very lucky to have been saved :)

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