For those of you following the story of Ladybird and her little blended family, here's an update!
As of today, both kittens are bigger and stronger. When Alison first met them yesterday, they were both small and fragile, and the smaller one was so weak that she could barely meow. Today, both kitties are feeling vigorous enough to jump up when Alison enters the room and mew for attention.
Alison has been offering raw goat's milk to supplement the kitten's feeding, because kittens are smaller than puppies and she wasn't sure they would be strong enough to nurse efficiently from Ladybird, but they have very little interest in the goat's milk today so it seems that they are nursing well. Ladybird has fully accepted them as her own babies. She doesn't like Alison to take them away for supplemental feedings, and tries to pull them out of Alison's hands whenever she picks them up, then licks them all over when she puts them down again!
Both kittens seem to be either calicos or tortoiseshells, which makes them most likely to be girls! With that worked out, who wants to vote on names?
To vote, click the link beneath your choice and donate. One donation of any amount equals one vote. Donations to Lee Shore help us to help more vulnerable creatures like ladybird and her family.
Here are the choices:
The lady warriors: Joan of Arc, who led the French army against the English as a young girl, Grace O'Malley a pirate queen from Ireland who rivaled Elizabeth I and won a battle on her ship the day after giving birth to her son, and Lozen, an Apache warrior who fought alongside Geronimo and who did battle for her people with compassion, protecting women and children from the violence.
The queens: Elizabeth I of England, Cleopatra of Egypt, and Catherine the Great of Russia.
The Superheroes: Nakia the Black Panther, Diana the Wonder Woman, and Natalia the Black Widow.
Check Facebook next week to vote for your favorite!
Ladybird came to us a few days ago, an abandoned momma expected to give birth any day. Her little girl made her appearance last night. While both mom and baby are doing well, it was a tough delivery, with a breech positioned baby, and when no siblings appeared overnight, Lee Shore's resident maternity expert Alison decided a visit to the vet was in order to confirm that the delivery was complete and that Ladybird and her little girl were doing well.
The vet confirmed that Ladybird had only one baby, which is a little unusual for a dog, but not unheard of. That being the case, Ladybird had way more milk than her pup needs, which put her at risk for mastitis, or an infection of the breast tissue. With that in mind, Alison asked the vet to keep an ear out for puppies in need of a mother's milk, since Ladybird had plenty to share. The doctor became very excited and asked Alison to wait a moment, then left the exam room. She returned a moment later holding two tiny kittens, both in rough shape. She explained that a gentleman had found them that morning under his house, and brought them to the clinic for care.
A little nervous, waiting to see Ladybird's reaction, the doctor offered a kitten for Ladybird to sniff. Immediately, the momma reached out a paw and scooped the baby protectively to her chest. Alison and the vet were delighted, and Ladybird went home with three babies instead of one.
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Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.