Dh got the kitten when she/he wandered into the garage last night. When I got home I went and saw it and tried to give it some tuna. I put some on my fingers for her to come out and she was very gentle. On the occasion she would nip a little trying to get the tuna down...(eats like she's been starved.) Well we found out why even more. I know it should be common sense to realize that this kitten was probably starving but I didn't realize just how much. As she began eating the tuna off the tips of my fingers she started purring and walked out. After 10-15 minutes she came out and was eating infront and inbetween DH and I.
She let us pet her and DHs face made me want to cry. He said, "ash....shes literally just skin and bones." I touched the kitten and she looks fine from the outside....She's tiny, but REALLY fluffy, so it doesn't give it away. When you touch her, her bones, all of them, are severely protruding. I'm talking I could feel ridges of her spine, the most prominent one I felt when brushing her back was her hip bones I believe. They all stood out....
Today I am calling the vet to talk to them about bringing her in and I'm seeing if the vet has a microchip checker there, or if i need to go to the humane society and have her checked. She looks like the two month old kitten upstairs that my roomates brought home from the humane society a few days ago, but the difference is that I believe our little stray kitten is younger than that. I googled what age a kitten should leave its mom and it said no sooner than 8 weeks....This kitten that we believe isn't even 8 weeks yet, or could be but barely, has been running around for at least 2 weeks. if the military families (one of them) of just the mama cat in general left the kitten than thats probably why she's been runnnig around our houses because she's looking for her family.
After I take DH to work I'm going to the store to get her some kitten food, but also am researching because i think she might need more than just kitten food. I dont know...lol....Calling the vet to get her seen. To be honest I'm a little scared as it was alarming to touch such a tiny healthy looking kitten only to find it's all fluff and she's really just skin and bones. Made me and still makes me want to cry. :'(
As of right now though we have her and she slept in our house last night and I never could have imagined that such a LOUD purr could come from a tiny body hahah. :) She's eating and drinking well and later on today like I said I'll call the vet. Let you guys know what they say.
(We think she's a her because we didn't see any male parts)
*** Pics on page 2 ***
*** Update 2 ***
We took her to the vet yesterday and they told us that she isn't as malnourished as we originally believed. She's about half a pound under what she should be. They confirmed that the kitten is a she. We had them scan for a micro chip and there was none. We paid for her vaccinations and medicine and took her home. We introduced our 2 year old DD last night which went alright for a little then she ran under the chair. We left her be until this morning and I tried to get her to come out. She just watched me, so DD and I went to get ready and as I was getting DD dressed we turn and the kitten was sitting next to us watching.
She then got up and walked to DD and was purring. She is really laid back, doesn't mind being picked up or held. DD was jumping around and the kitten sat by her and when I asked DD to sit down so the kitten would go to her, she did and the kitten went to her. DD went to give her a hug and I was like, "hmmm..." wondering how the kitten would react but she walked forward and bumper her on the chin with her forehead. DD gave her a hug and the kitten just sat there like, "ahhhhhhh :) " after she laid next to dd and fell asleep. lol
She really likes DD. Isn't afraid of her and has come A LOT of her shell. The vet says he's very surprised as we've only had her with us for 1 day 1/2 and she's socialized and progressed THIS much. He said usually for a regular cat or kitten it takes 12-13 days. He thinks that she could have very well been with some other people but he believes they let her go. If she was born in the wild he said that would further his shock on her progression. She was very friendly in the vets office and only made a tiny spitting noise when the carrier was opened. (the carrier we borrowed from a friend makes a noise when you open it)
We got her a litter box and to our amazement she took to it immiediatly. We showed her where it was and she's been going to the bathroom there. We introduced the puppies last night as well. Because of their breeds I was concerned how it would go but they're all around the same age so they said just give it some time. The puppies had been let int the house where the kittens were allowed to play then taken out , so they could get used to their smell. We let them into the room together and I was amazed as our pups just went to the chair she was under, sniffed around, and laid down. When they went to the back of the chair, she made a tiny spitting noise (not a full blown hiss or kitty attack) and our pups didn't growl back, bare teeth, raise fur, etc. they just laid down.
So far so good. She is a perfect fit for our family. She actually came out and was saying hi to them and they didn't mind her one bit. Very curious but they didn't see her as a snack. She gets along GREAT with DD, doesn't mind getting held one bit, LOOOVVEEEESSSS to snuggle and be pet. I dont think she ever had toys before because she was looking at it like, "uhhh...?" So we introduced the other kitten (our roommates kitten) and supervised for a good while. After that we went out front and came back in 5 or so minutes later and they were playing...So thats also a plus. Gets along with all the animals in the house, DD, DH, other people. She doesn't nip or bite, and when she grabs your finger to say I want more pettings, she doesn't use claws. She licks you to death too hahah. :)
Oh, we named her Artemis. :)