There's a hodgepodge in the room. A lot of orphans and a couple of litters combined to make a super troop of kittens.
A few of the Zimmerman kittens have been adopted (Georgia, Clay, Thelma, and Jolene). Shane and Dixie have been pre-adopted by my parents. They'll go home soon. Colten is the last Zimmerman kitten and is still waiting for his forever home.
The carpet kittens are named as such because one of them crawled into a rolled up carpet to hide and got stuck two-thirds of the way in. It was quite a struggle to get him freed. These kittens were left in a carrier on the doorstep of our shelter overnight. The shelter is on a very busy road. The kittens, when found the next day, were incredibly scared. The two brown tabbies came around fairly quickly; the third was the shyest. Berber is the giant male tabby; Frieze is the smaller tabby. Saxony (now adopted) was all black.
The orphans -
Dougie is the orange and white kitten with the head tilt. We're still uncertain as to the cause, perhaps an inner ear defect or a neurological defect. He's a happy guy who absolutely loves attention. He does not let the sideways view of the world get him down!
Larry is a black and white kitten who is desperate for attention. All. The. Time.
Quentin is an orange guy who loves to play and is starting to catch on the being petted and kissed is a good thing.
Nigel is a long haired chocolate point Siamese. Incredibly gorgeous. A little shy. If I can catch him, he'll purr when I hold him. He typically hides when I enter the room but is coming around.
And finally - Jackson
Jackson is the fluffy orange guy. He came to spend the rest of his life with me after all his siblings got adopted. He has kidney failure. He's 5 months old but only weighs two and a half pounds. He should weigh at least 5 pounds. He gets daily (sometimes twice a day) fluids and meds. He purrs and follows me around the room. He has his good days and his bad days. He's been with me a month, and that's a good 3 weeks longer than he was expected to live (yes, the vet only gave him a week to live). His values are off the charts. That's not an exaggeration. One of his kidney values is 100 times what it should be. Again, no exaggeration. Several vets have reviewed his values and each have said the same thing: I have no idea how this kitten is still alive with these numbers.
Jackson purrs every day. He eats a bit. He seems content. As long as these things stay the same, Jackson will be with us for awhile. Jackson has his good days and his bad days. Some moments he seems like a normal kitten. And some moments he looks as though the end is quite near. When he looks like he can't handle being here anymore, we'll make the decision to let him go. For now, he's content and so I am.
Read more about these kittens: http://adoptthiskitten.blogspot.com/
Learn more about Feline Rescue and other cats up for adoption by visiting felinerescue.org.