I knew right away these were not going to be easy kittens to raise. Someone brought them to the shelter at 1 day old and they went out with a foster volunteer. The foster volunteer returned them the next day, they were too fragile and she felt she couldn't be successful.
I got a call on Day 2 to see if I would take them. Maybe it the experience of all the kittens I have raised, or maybe it is my overactive optimism, but I didn't have to think this over at all. I wanted to take them.
One of the volunteers in the lobby whispered that they didn't think these kittens would make it. I said to myself... you wait and see people, I can do this. It is amazing how lots of love can save kittens and is the best medicine.
Well nothing was easy, but nothing was so difficult to make me give up. Peanut was half the size and weight of his brother and in survival mode. That meant everything went with a struggle. At one point I told my husband I wasn't giving up, but Peanut was a lot of work and I wasn't sure I even liked him. Those are words I have never said, and it is the first time I had a tiny baby kitten with no teeth bite me in anger.
Butter was as sweet as Peanut was desperate. He seemed so huge, but when I weighed him, he was perfect size for his age. It was just because his brother was so little. They opened their eyes the same day, reassurance that they were from the same litter. Both were still all white but Butter had very long fur and Peanut was just a little fuzzy.
As time went by they changed dramatically in coloring. At age 5 weeks, all of a sudden Peanut went from all white to orange tabby. His little white fluff just fell out. In the meantime Buttercup, as we stared calling him, got fur as thick as a sheep. Just beautiful and plush. He got a little tint of apricot in color, but no stripes.
Kittens eyes change to their permanent color at about 6 weeks old. Right on time Peanuts eyes turned blue, and Buttercup turned green. Things were getting better, and by about 7 weeks old, little Peanut finally became a sweet cuddly kitten. I even started to like him. A lot!
They are both 10 weeks old now, and Peanut will be up to the required 2 pounds in a the next few days. They are both healthy, cute as can be. Soon they will have their neutering surgery and go up for adoption at the Sonoma Humane Society. I just love happy endings...