Events along the way have included her eyes opening up. As a teeny kitten with eyes closed, she could sometimes sense when we turned the light on in the room where she lived. But, once her eyes opened, she soon learned about her surroundings and became interested in exploring. “Lights on” stimulated her. She dearly wanted our attention. Her loud mewing signaled us she was ready.
She was small enough to live in her box, but with our companionship, we picked her up and let her check out the kitchen floor. After a while, she tired of the exercise and looked for a soft place to settle. You see, her petite size made it impossible for her to scale the sides of her box. Yet, she found a soft place to nap in my daughter’s bedroom slipper.
This orphan kitten showed positive signs of growth and adjustment to living with us. She got so she could sleep all night without being dropper-fed. With her health no longer in jeopardy, we felt it we were free to choose a name for her.
Naming the kittens on the farm can be done by their appearance, their traits, etc. This kitten tended to look white. Yet the white was subdued. It was not gray, nor did it appear as pure as fresh fallen snow. She looked a bit ivory in color. “Ivory” was considered in the name list. As a newborn she seemed squirmy. So we thought “Squirrelly” might fit her. Another take on her appearance prompted us to consider, “Dusty”. After all of choices, “Ivory” seemed best. However, the name seemed awkwardly long to say. Hence, we shortened it to “Ivy”.
After a few weeks, Ivy became notably stronger and energetic. I spied her sitting and grooming herself. She still met with Baby, her adoptive, mother each day for some motherly attention.
Cards are available. Try the one that shows Ivy’s home, “Cozy Farmhouse”.