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Fostering four bottle babies, The Palette Kittens- Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Diego Rivera 🐾🎨💙

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Each corner has varying degrees of warmth so the kittens can move around if they get too warm or cold. I have fun news! The kittens are looking more kitten like, and I discovered that Claude and Pablo are little ladies! So Claude is now Frida Kahlo, and Pablo is now Georgia O'Keeffe. 💕🖌️🎨 Frida gained a smidge of weight and seems to be doing well today. Paws crossed it stays that way!

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Leo is underneath this cuddle puddle- can you see his ear peeping out? How they're comfortable like this I'll never know 😂

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Tiny Monet is hanging in. He's only eating one mil at each feeding but I'll take what I can get. His poop is completely normal. I think his little lungs just need more time to finish growing so he can breathe a bit more steadily. He fought me like hell when it was potty time, so I'm really glad to see some strength! Baby steps. 🐾

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Diego is finally becoming more kitten than hairless baby mouse! 💙🖌️🎨

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A Pablo Purrito, having a delicious 3 am snack 💗 little Claude had me really scared for a few hours, but we had a long talk about his namesake, then we (me) sang some off-key Fleetwood Mac and he decided to stick around for an encore. To my surprise he ate about one milliliter of formula and is now snuggled up with his brothers. Touch and go, but for now, he's comfortable and loved. 💕

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I'm concerned tonight. Claude and Leo are acting a little lethargic and Claude is drooling, which makes me nervous. Premature kittens are heartbreakingly fragile and unpredictable. We're taking it hour by hour tonight, and I'll keep you posted. On the flip side, Pablo and Diego are thriving. They'll eat again at 3 am and I'll update then. 💜

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Be our guest, be our guest, take a peek into our nest 👀

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This rice sock is getting a TON of love. No, of course I'm not jealous. 👀 (this is Diego)

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We're three days old today 🎂 every milestone is major with babies this fragile. Can't wait to see how they are at a week old! Thank you so much to everyone for your kindness and support. Couldn't do it without you! 💕

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A very small increase in weight from Leonardo, but I'll take what I can get. He also had a slightly runny stool so I'm going to reduce his feeds a little bit and see if he's just getting too much. His behavior and appearance are totally normal, thank God. Check out that increase from tiny Claude 😍 moving right along, little by little💙🖌️

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Four little pieces of my heart ❤️

Rachael and Foster Kittens (@okfosterkitties)

Pablo purred himself right to sleep 😍

Rachael and Foster Kittens (@okfosterkitties)

This handsome devil puts away 5 ml per feeding. I was concerned it was too much, but his poops are perfect, so I think he's just a super hungry boy. Grow Diego Grow! I love the way he sprawls out 😍

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Pablo Picasso, you are so cute it hurts. Even when you poop all over your siblings. 🙃

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Second (third? Fourth?) dinner was a huge success. Goodnight little ones 💕

Rachael and Foster Kittens (@okfosterkitties)

I used Hannah's (@kittenxlady) method and bought a toothbrush to help soothe the kittens after I stimulate them to potty. All four of them immediately started to try to purr and relaxed completely, and then fell asleep in my hand. My new favorite trick! Here's Leo demonstrating his post-poop chill. 🖌️🎨❤️

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Darling little Claude didn't gain any weight over the last 24 hours, but he didn't lose any, either. Since he is still working on latching well, I'm considering that a win! The other three kittens gained 8 grams each. Quadruple win. I'm tired but so tickled. They are SO worth it. Nothing makes my heart happier than doing exactly this- just what I'm meant to do. 💓
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