Bob the Kitten

Gayle Ferguson, a biologist at Massey University who’s hosted me for a day and a half, has fostered twenty-five stray or abandoned kittens, and hasn’t lost a single one: none have died and all have found loving homes. (You may remember her as the rescuer of Jerry Coyne the Cat.)

Her latest acquisition, number 26, is a four-week old male, a tabby, but one nearly lacking stripes. He’s a “pink tabby,” much like Grania’s beloved ex-cat Trinket. Gayle hasn’t named him yet, but I call him “Bob”.

Here are a few photos as we play with him and Gayle feeds him every few hours.

Bob wasn’t expected to live at first, as he was severely underweight, but now he’s doing pretty well and I have high hopes for his survival and adoption. Gayle has lots of experience tending sick and malnourished kittens.

At first he had a special cat formula and was fed from a bottle, but yesterday he graduated to special “kitten meat food” and ate from a syringe.

His first meat!

Bob on my knee:

Self portrait with Bob in a moving car:

Bob and I; I’m unkempt as I just woke up and haven’t had ablutions. This was taken about 15 minutes ago:

Isn’t he adorable? He’s just started playing.

28 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    OMG Bob is cute & tiny!

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    My wife tried to rescue a brand new kitten several years ago but failed. A very hard and emotional task.

  3. natalielaberlinoise
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful kitten. Gayle is an angel for saving them all.

  4. Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Love ‘Bob’. Keep up the great work. -huge hugs-

  5. Peter N
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    That face! My heart melts. We lost our beloved Gus just a week ago (he was 18 years old) and I’m … I can’t find a way to finish that sentence.

    Thank you, Gayle.

    • Blue
      Posted April 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      O m’golly, Mr Peter N: I am sorry for your loss.

      Yeah,I know: no words.
      Blue

    • Posted April 15, 2017 at 4:41 am | Permalink

      My condolences on the loss of your long-time friend.

  6. rickflick
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Cute as a button. Now, you have to do the cliche thing and put him in a tea cup for a formal portrait. 😎

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      😀

  7. LB
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe how incredibly tiny he is! How adorable! 🙂 Thank you for sharing and thank you to Gayle for saving such precious little lives.

  8. BJ
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Please be OK, Bob. Please be OK, Bob. Please be OK, Bob….

    Jerry, you’ll update on us whether Bob makes it, right? Right?

  9. BJ
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    And thank you so very, very much to Gayle. You are a (completely non-divine) angel!

  10. Blue
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    +1, BJ: … … completely and godlessly angelic Thee are, Dr Ferguson !

    Blue

  11. Stephen Barnard
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Number 26 looks hale and hearty.

  12. Heather Hastie
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    What a gorgeous kitten! Well done Gayle – the world needs more people like you. 🙂

  13. Sastra
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Ok, Cutest Kitten Ever.

    And he will become a Bob-cat.

  14. Claudia Baker
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Bob is adorably tiny and sweet. What a lucky kitty to have Gayle and you on his side.

  15. Stephen Barnard
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Given Gayle’s track record, number 26 has a nice ring to it. It must be difficult to impossible to come up with unique names. Identifying the cats with a number also takes the pressure off, in case they don’t make it, which Bob seems well on the way to doing so.

  16. Joseph Stans
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, You’re going to have to leave Bob there. Get ready.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think the animal quarantine regulations coming to the US are nearly as dire as those for going to New Zealand. Otherwise, I’d be tempted to move to NZ with my dogs.

  17. donna darden
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Adorable

  18. Dawn Oz
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Those photos almost did me in with a gush of constant awe……….thanks for sharing.

  19. Andrea Kenner
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    He’s so sweet…. Maybe he has found his forever daddy???

  20. darrelle
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    All respect to Gayle. Bob is unbearably adorable. Our whole family is hoping that he pulls through.

  21. BlueCornMoon
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    He is adorable ! Prayers he grows into a happy healthy kitty !😻

  22. Ashley D
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    That picture of Bob sitting on a glass table is so cute. Kitty paws squished on a glass surface (pictured from underneath of course ) needs to become an art form of it’s own for real!!

    Anyway, I hope that adorable baby finds a loving forever home!!

  23. purradisecat
    Posted May 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    wow lucky Bob. he is cute and wonderful. reblogged this in mypurradisecat.wordpress.com.


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