They were all 3-5 days old when I brought them home and now they're almost 3 weeks old. Of all the little milestones they pass, like eyes/ears
opening etc., my favorites are during weeks 3-5. That's when they start learning to walk and play with things. The first few weeks are pretty much just alternating between sleeping and sucking like Hoovers on the bottles. It's really funny because when they latch onto the bottle good and start sucking, their little ears wiggle up and down.
I suppose it's a fortunate affliction that I only ever sleep for a few hours at a time, so I don't have to worry much about
waking up. BUT.. make no mistake, the little monsters aren't kind enough to indulge a poor soul that wants to sleep just a bit longer.. they may be tiny, but they're LOUD when they need to be! I've been taking care of orphans every "kitten season" for almost 20 years now. It's kind of sad to look back, because in the beginning, I'd have 1 or 2 kittens a year. Then, maybe 10 years ago, I'd have 5 or 6 a year. So far this year, I've had 26 with the "peak" being 14 at the same time.
The babies I have right now are from 2 different mothers. I'm not sure what happened to one of them, but the other was hit by a car, as far as we could tell. If it wasn't a car that hit her, it was someone in a very, very bad mood.
She was with the babies when I found her/them. I took her directly to my vet and he went above and beyond (as he always does for me) and she put up such a brave fight, but in the end, she had too much stacked against her. My vet estimated she was only about
9 months old, and already having kittens. I promised their Momma that I would make sure her babies were ok.. and they are. It was a bit of a rocky start because they all had respiratory infections, but now they're strong, healthy, and very well loved! When they're old enough, they'll be spayed or neutered and adopted out to indoor-only homes, so that they never have to live the life their mother did.
In the meantime, they'll hang out here for as long as it takes to find them that perfect home.. and I won't complain a bit about
how long that takes!
Of course, my dogs are a little peeved by the whole thing.. but they have too much prey drive to be around little fuzzy things. If they'd stop looking at the babies like they're a midnight snack, we'd be able to come to some agreement on playtime.. but all those blue eyes, staring so intently at those little fuzzies..........