The Case of the Missing Kitten.... and the smell in the wall . . .
by, 04-12-2013 at 06:01 AM (1209 Views)
We recently adopted a pretty little grey kitty cat... and shortly thereafter, she surprised us with 5 adorable little ones. One of them, sadly, did not make it through the first night, so we've been entirely too protective of the remaining 4; So you can imagine my extreme distress when I went out to see how momma and babies were coming along and discovered that one of the babies was missing. Mind you, they're 9 days old at this point and barely have their little eyes open, so mobility really isn't much of an option for them.
Momma cat seemed oblivious to her missing kitten and I searched the yard, the garage, the barn and even watched the skies for any hawks that may have taken a chance and grabbed her. Nothing, nada. After forcing the entire family to play detective and search for several hours, we concluded that something must have lugged the baby off in the middle of the night. However, the next day I spotted our gray momma cat attempting to lug one of her babies across the back patio. Did I mention she's almost completely Blind?
After dropping him half a dozen times on his little head, she finally changed her mind, picked him back up and dragged his little butt back to her kitty house, safely with the other 2 kittens still inside. I started to get hopeful, I mean, the fool cat just played basketball with her kitten across the patio, maybe, just maybe she moved the other kitten and something didn't eat him after all! So I again searched and searched and still nothing. 8 hours later, ds gets home from school and heads upstairs in the garage for something, he comes running downstairs, face flushed, eyes wild, the kitten is in the Wall of the garage.
I'm thinking, oh Yuck- a few months ago the house suddenly took on a horrifying smell in the kitchen, I cleaned the fridge out- found Nothing, scrubbed the floors- despite the fact that they were already cleaned and still found nothing. We checked under the house to see if something had crawled under there and died and NOTHING. Then, we decided to change some cupboards which required us to move the refrigerator & freezer and discovered that a mouse had attempted to squeeze into an electrical outlet that didn't have a cover on it- and managed to electrocute itself, Hence the horrible smell of rotting flesh that I could not find! I digress, back to the kitten... so immediately I'm thinking, oh yuck, the poor thing died, it's 85F out and he can smell it upstairs... but NO!
It's still alive, in the walls, literally Screaming for it's (not overly bright) momma! We removed some panels and dug him out of the wall and we're happy to say, he's doing very well, albeit a bit "needy" and rightfully "clingy".