New Kitten Academy Litter Are “Shoe-in’s” For World’s Cutest Feline Baby Names

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Kitten Academy’s 24-hour online live stream just welcomed a new batch of students. These 5 neonatal kittens and their mama Lace, were brought to the Northern Illinois organization just this week. Working with the McHenry County Animal Control and On Angel’s Wings, the foster home is exactly what the family needed. And with more than 230K subscribers on their YouTube channel, Kitten Academy has the support to give felines everything they need to thrive!

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For these kittens to graduate, their “tail” will follow the same path as the many pawprints of their alumni. 

Unkempt diluted Calico mom Lace, comes from an unknown background. She’s not a former feral because you can see how sweet she was from the start. The poor beauty is like a stray or dumped cat; perhaps when her former “owners” found out she was pregnant? It’s certainly an odd situation as it is NOT even kitten season yet in the frigid Illinois winter. Hopefully not a portent of the upcoming season! 

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Lace and her week old litter were all showing the signs of a neglected life already. Mom seemed to be very skinny, not eating well and her fur looked and felt greasy. Fortunately, fans and viewers don’t get to smell the actual cats when they arrive from their sad circumstances. Apparently the entire crew was pretty “ripe” in this instance. Sorry Lace!

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A few minutes after their arrival at KA, they were introduced to the delight of their fans. Even with all 5 of the kittens asleep on mom’s belly after a good feeding, new arrivals are always exciting. They were going to need one very important thing before they could start their training–names. 

That evening, everyone was treated to some unique and adorable names given to the clowder. 

With the number of felines saved over the years, co-founder and house mom DJ, has gotten quite creative in naming the newcomers. Kitten Academy proudly presented the “SOLEmates Litter”. Each of the sweet little babies was given a name of style of shoe! HAHA

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As one fan put it, “Shoe-tt theyre cute.”

Surprise Hushpuppy!

— Kitten Academy (@kitten_academy) February 25, 2019

With the lives of newborn kittens being so fragile, it’s a good thing this class had fallen under Kitten Academy’s watchful tutelage. 

After a few days, the KA human purrfessors became a bit concerned about the family. Mama Lace was still eating less than they wanted. For neonatal kittens, their weight gain–or loss–is an extremely important factor that MUST be monitored. 

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Our friend and newborn kitten rescuer Kitten Lady, reminds us all JUST HOW important! 

Monitoring weight is an absolutely essential part of orphan kitten care. Knowing the kitten’s weight will help you determine their progress and well-being, will help with dosing medication and food, and will alert you when the kitten is unwell. Weighing kittens is not optional–you must make it part of your kitten care routine.

Weigh kittens at least once per day and write down the weight. A healthy kitten should gain a minimum of 10 grams per day. If the kitten is not gaining weight, or is losing weight, this is a sign of illness and should be addressed immediately. ~ Hannah Shaw a.k.a. Kitten Lady /

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So when the babies weren’t gaining or losing any weight at all, KA made an appointment for the whole family to see the vet. Announcing it on the page, dedicated followers anxiously awaited any update. So that they wouldn’t worry, they were gavin some encouraging words to settle their nerves. 

This page will be updated after the vet visit tomorrow. Please don’t panic it’s not an emergency. If it were they would go to the emergency vet tonight.

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Knowing that without the support from their fans, KA couldn’t do what they do, they were sure to post the long-awaited update ASAP. 

The family was actually still at the vet when the results came in. Poor mama Lace had tapeworms that were making her feel sick. 

Lace is getting fluids, antibiotics, probiotics, and continued help with feeding and pooping her tinies. Tinies will be getting antibiotics, antiparasitics, and supplemental feeds until Lace feels better. Everyone expected to be back on track over the next few days.

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She is eating her new food, about half the bowl is gone as of now. The tinies will be supplementary fed by DJ and Mr A as well as helping Lace potty the kittens.

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AND Pennyloafer was the first out of the box! She climbed right out almost as soon as Mr A put her in when they got back from the vet. She hurtled the lip of the box like a pole vaulter! Obviously, she has places to be, people to see and things to do!

Screenshot: YouTube Kitten Academy ~ Peaking Pennyloafer

Now when your life is broadcast 24 hours a day online, people are forewarned that it comes with the good AND the bad.

For Lace we learned just how bad her tapeworms had gotten. She likely ingested a flea who had itself, ingested tapeworm eggs. The tapeworm grows within the intestines, usually breaking off and being “dispelled” in the cats feces.

Just skip reading this next quote if you don’t want to picture the horror that mama Lace was actually dealing with. Although it fully explains why she was feeling too sick to take care of herself or her family! 

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So news of the day. Last night Lace pooped out the biggest adult tapeworm I have ever seen! Usually they look like little grains of rice. That we’ve seen in kittens and cats with tapeworms. But I’ve never seen a giant adult tapeworm that looks like an egg noodle. It was huge. And it was moving around and DJ was completely freaked out. But it’s good news, because now it’s something we can treat her for.

With mom starting to feel better and the kittens eating regularly, they are now putting on healthy, and much needed, weight.

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It hasn’t even been a week yet for the SHOE-crew at Kitten Academy, and already they are learning how to cat successfully.

That is after all the motto, “Where a kitten learns to cat”. At less than 2 weeks old, their lesson plans are beginning to fill up. 

Open their eyes; Check. Begin waddling around to practice their walking; Check. Explore outside the box; Check. Try to eat slurry, a mix of wet kitten food and milk replacement formula; Check. 

Screenshot: YouTube Kitten Academy ~ First baby to open her eyes

The solo girl of the group, Pennyloafer has decided she’s not going to be overlooked in the sea of boys. Instead of slowly working her way through the lesson plans, she has completed all of her purrsignments already!!! 

Penny is anything BUT a loafer!

Happily we can all witness these milestones as they happen–even if that happens to be during the wee morning hours via the live cam! 

Tip for this class? The only way so far to tell Sneaker and Oxford apart is a bit of white on Oxford’s foot–literally on his Oxfords!

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Be sure to follow Kitten Academy on YouTube for their live videos, online streams and up close and personal updates. To help their worthy cause, you can support them on Facebook, Twitter and their website. Super fans also have another option, Patreon where you can get even more perks! 

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We’re sure this class has nothing but bright futures ahead of them now! When the babes are old enough to be adopted out, I’ll be curious to see if their new owner(s) keep their names. Regardless of any future aliases the team are given, they will always be Solemates.

We know they’ll be sure to find the “purrfect fit” for each one!

“There are only two kinds of women in the world, those who love shoes and those who had the misfortune to be born without the ability to experience total bliss on finding a pair of perfectly designed pumps in the right size at half price.” 
― Jane Eldershaw, Heart and Sole: The Shoes of My Life

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