Saturday, May 5, 2018

When is Esau Not Esau?


I received word from the woman caring for Esau last night. I was immediately confronted by a problem. It seems that in my haste to keep him alive, I incorrectly judged Esau’s gender. It turns out that he is a she. It matters little at this point, of course, but will be of some importance in a few months. As well, the little survivor needed a new name. The biblical Esau and Jacob did not have a sister, so I chose the name of one of the former’s wives. Let me introduce – or re-introduce – Adah.


At one week of age, the tiny one is still tiny, but growing. Clearly, the generous cat who is providing surrogate parenthood for Adah is full of nutrition, as well as kindness. The woman caring for them says that Adah’s eyes are beginning to open. There is little else to report at this time as, I imagine, all Adah does is sleep, eat and flail about a bit. But, considering that it was an open question as to whether she’d survive just seven days ago, I think that’s enough to ask of the little creature. And I suspect that she eats, sleeps and flails about quite well, thank you very much.

14 comments:

  1. The little sweetie is adorable no matter the gender.

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  2. And such interesting markings! She'll grow up to be quite the striking beauty.

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  3. It sounds like Adah is doing quite well, and I'm sure the wonderful care you initially gave her has a lot to do with it. You really deserve credit for helping her pull through. As for the error regarding her gender - it happens. Until a kitten is a few weeks old, it's very difficult to determine if it's male or female. Meanwhile, please continue to keep us posted on how Adah is doing.

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  4. I agree with all, it doesn't matter the gender, she's precious. And while I've never tried to determine gender on a newborn kitten, I know it's very difficult. I do know a few people with adult (rescue) cats that were incorrectly sexed. LOL. It happens!

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  5. That is an easy mistake to make at such an early age. It looks like Adah is doing well with her surrogate mum.

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  6. My entire day, week and rest of the month is made!!! Thank you again and again and the foster two mama's as well.

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  7. Wonderful news! Keep on growing little Adah.

    Before I read the earlier post, I had chuckled at the Esau name. My dad used to recite a little rhyme to my siblings and I, that went:
    I saw Esau kissing Kate,
    The fact is we all three saw,
    I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    Good luck with catching the mom kitty!
    Eileen

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    1. Ha! Funny rhyme. It reminds me of the 'I scream for ice scream' ditty.

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  8. Good news! Male or female, you’ve got a thriving kitten! Good show to all involved.

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  9. big time awwwwwz heer frum uz in TT two ewe Adah ~~~~ continmewed best fishez N blessingz frum st francis ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥

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  10. Thank you for the update on little Adah. She looks to be very content with her adoptive mummy who also must be so happy to have a kitten to nurse and care for. Eating, sleeping and flailing about of very good signs.

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  11. Well, they don't exactly come with a gender notice tied around their wee necks, so no worries on that score! Adah, keep up the good work!

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