This is Lulu, back in the summer of 2011. Her first vet visit and first solo photo.
This is Bessie, fall of 2011. We estimate she was 15 months at this time.
And this is Manhattan, recovering on Z-Girl's bed after her Great Capture and 10 day hospital stay in March of 2010. We estimate she was 8 months old.
Given that these girls were all born on the streets of Jersey City, the best we can do is estimate their dates of birth.
Manhattan was about 3 months old when I started feeding her, and before I entered the scene, Natalie had been feeding her and her siblings. This little girl is the one from the litter who was left behind--one sibling died and the other two were rescued prior to my introduction to the kitten who stole my heart the first time I saw her.
Bessie was a very dutiful mama kitty begging to be fed when Natalie and our friend Eugenia first found her. They quickly saw that she was caring for two tiny kittens. In a 24 hour rescue mission, we were able to sweep Bessie in one Great Capture, and the next night were finally able to get Lulu and her brother. The kittens were about 4 weeks old and the vet estimated that Bessie likely was only a year (if that) herself.
And now, here we are. Manhattan is 5 (born July 2009, rescued February 2010), Bessie is 4 (born approximately July 2010 and rescued July 2011), and Lulu is 3 (born July 2011 and rescued the same month). It may not be accurate, but it's unimportant. Instead, we focus on living healthy, happy lives together and taking stock in every single day.
Happy Birthday to my three beautiful girls. I'm so lucky to share these days with you as my companions!