This is me at 2 weeks. Mom
said I looked like a bug and kept calling me bug-kitten!
I had some problems. I kept
getting sores on my feet. This had happend with some of the other kittens,
too. Mom called it "rotting kitten disease". The vet said it was a sign
of immuno-suppression. Fortunatley Clavamox cleared it up quickly and
we tolerated it fine.
I had trouble nursing from a bottle. I would often inhale my formula
and choke! This happens when I ate too fast, it still happens
Mom knows a lot about caring for tiny kittens. She knew what to
do to get the milk out of my airway.
One time, however, the usual techniques did not work,
and I stopped breathing!
Mom didn't panic (much). She thought FAST. She put her mouth
over my muzzle and, very gently, sucked.
The milk came out my nose!
Then she breathed, again very gently, for me several times.
I started breathing on my own then.
Breathing for kittens is tricky, mom knew if that my lungs
are tiny and not used to lots of pressure or air, so she was
very VERY gentle.
Fortunatley I never had that happen again!
Mom named me Six Toes because each of my hind feet has Six Toes
on it. My front feet have five toes, not thumbs but extra "fingers." If
you feel my feet, you can feel extra toe bones that didn't develop into
full toes! My front toes are very short and stubby, so I can't climb screens.
I can run and jump and climb other things just fine, though!
am looking better in this picture! I still have other problems. I have
a very touchy GI system. If I eat even just a mouthfull of the wrong food,
I will throw up and get diahhrea! I have had many bought of coccidea,
it seems I always get it when my GI system is unhappy. Fortunatley for
Mom, I am very good about taking my pills.
like to sleep in my hammock. Ferret hammocks make wonderful beds for kittens!
had it rough growing up with Bendy! Even without his braces he kept pouncing
me! I was much bigger than him, but it didn't matter. He still pounces
me! And now that we are grown he chases me!
Mom says I am the cuddliest kitten she has ever known. I always want to be held,
and I always purr. I am very polite when I ask to be picked up. I will tap her
leg with my toes, or climb up on something and tap her head or shoulder. She cradles
me and I just PURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. She calls me her snuggle bug. Sometimes
if Bendy is getting all the attention I have to climb on Mom's lap and sit on