I had a couple of ideas for this week’s Photo Challenge – but as I’ve talked about my Baby Fiends quite a bit, I wanted to focus on one of my other rescues, Sonic.
This was basically my second look at Sonic, when I picked up him from the vet:
The first look was a glimpse of a scrawny kitten laying behind my local Sonic (a fast-food place in the US, if you’re not familiar with it). It was one of those days where it’s 95 degrees by 10am, and when I jumped out of my car to approach, he didn’t even raise his head, just barely meowed at me. I immediately rushed him to the vet, where he stayed a few days getting sub-Q fluids and undergoing flea treatment (Vet: “An hour after I dosed her, there were probably 300 dead fleas in the crate. I think he’d have been dead in another couple of hours.”) He was severely dehydrated, overheated, underfed, and when I came back to get him – despite the fact that we’d bee together a total of 8 minutes in the car – he greeted me with a meow and a purr.
And just a few months later, this was my handsome boy. It’s amazing how resilient they can be with a little love – and food. 🙂
Last October, I went to the barn and heard a very familiar sound – kittens crying. After an intense search, I found the four babies, premature and abandoned, and spent the next eight weeks saving them. Only two survived: Maximus Imperius, and Tiny.
They were so small for the first three weeks that they had to be fed with an eyedropper. To give you some idea how small they were, the basket they’re in here is only 5″ wide and 6.5″ long! I sneaked them into my office every day, until they were able to go 3-4 hours between feedings.
Finally, they started to get bigger, and more rambunctious. Tiny learned to ride on my shoulder. Maximus started doing Gene Simmons impersonations.
Today, The Fiends are STILL itty-bitty kitties, even though they’re 9 months old and basically fully grown, Maximus has topped out at nearly five pounds, and Tiny is holding strong at 3 pounds. Maximus is scary-smart, and his new favorite trick is to jump into the freezer when I’m not looking. I have no idea why. Though they do like their ‘alone time’ now, they still share a bond that makes them inseparable.