Friday, August 10, 2012

19 Kittens and Counting

19 kittens and counting? The Duggars recently welcomed a few new members to their family. Okay, so they don't have quite nineteen, but the title sure is catching. Back in June, the kids rescued a mama cat and her kittens while doing construction on a building. One thing led to another, and the Duggars ended up adopting the cats and bringing them home to join their other two felines.

Michelle writes the following in her latest Parentables post: The kittens were just a week old, so at first I stayed up through the night feeding them...Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Justin, Joy-Anna, James, and Jason all researched what the kittens needed --like how much stimulation to give them and how often they needed to be fed.

Recalling the kittens that she cared for as a child, nineteen-year-old Jessa eagerly took on the challenge of daytime feedings and patiently showed her younger siblings the ropes.

She was stepping back at times, not taking complete authority of the situation, but letting them learn. It's just really great when you see your older children encouraging their brothers and sisters in life, helping them to understand what it is to be responsible and caring.  

Does your family have pets?

At the request of our readers, we have embedded a few new videos of the Bates family at ABC studios in New York City:

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Bates Family on ABC News: Raising 19 Kids
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37 comments:

  1. that is a great learning experience for the children. I have 4 dogs and a cat...They are just like my babies. One of my dogs are handy cap an get around just fine.

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  2. No, we don't and I don't want any :)

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  3. None right now. We have had hamsters, birds, fish, and a snail in the past.

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  4. yes we ahve a guineapig

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  5. Any pics of the kitties?

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  6. we have three cats and maybe one more! we love cats!

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  7. Does anyone know if the Duggars still have a dog?, I don't remember having seen one, but I remember in the beginning they did, or their pantry had bags of dog food.

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  8. 9 chickens, 15 rabbits, 2 cats, and 2 temporary mice. =) Yeah, we have some pets. ;-)

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  9. We have a dog 6 guinea pigs and 2 hamsters and they really teach children how to care for others.

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  10. We have a stray cat that has adopted us (we dragged our heels about doing anything for him - we didn't want one, but now I worry about him when he's not home) named Reilly. A painted turtle named Tod (who is a girl, but was named after the fox in The Fox and the Hound), and a very stubborn Eastern Box Turtle who won't eat named Franklin.

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  11. Pictures please!! I love cats! :)

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  12. Aw! That is so nice of them to adopt and rescue them! I have a cat, two dogs, three guinea pigs, a parakeet and a cockatiel. I used to have hamsters and fish but they died unfortunately. I've also rescued orphaned baby raccoons and rabbits. I work at the local animal shelter and it's so hard not to bring all the animals there home!

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  13. yeah. i used to have a cat, but i have dog now

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  14. So Sweet!
    We have 2 dogs!
    ~Alaina~

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  15. I have 2 guinea pigs, 2 chickens, 1 bird and my younger brother has a fish.

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  16. Bunnies, ducks, chickens and cows! :)

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  17. We have three dogs and two cats. One of the dogs is much younger than the other two and has so much more energy! It is so funny sometimes to see how they interact together.

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  18. Right now my family owns a sweet mutt that we adopted from the shelter. We used to own several goldfishes and betta, but not any more.

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  19. Yes, we did have 2 kittens in the past, but for right now we do not have any. Lily and Ellie, do you the names of all the Duggar cats? If you do, could you post them on the blog?

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

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  20. We have two dogs and that is plenty. I think a family can have too many pets (but not too many children). The reason I say that is because if a family wants to be hospitable, they will think about guest they have over. Most guests do not like a bunch of animals underfoot in a home.

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  21. We have a lopped earred part angora rabbit! He's 8 now and blind but he finds his way around!We love our Bosco dearly!

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  22. I love the Duggars, but I wonder what their stance on spay/neuter is?

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  23. We have a gorgeous purebred applehead Siamese. Also saltwater fish: Clown fish, Tangs etc. Fresh water tetras and a twin tail Siamese fighting fish that's over 1 year old.

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  24. Yes. Right now we have 2 cats we adopted as kittens from shelters. Before the cats we had a string of unusual pets--like 6 snakes, 2 scorpions, and an iguana. We also have had more "normal" pets like a hamster, a bunny, and a dog.
    I love our cats, but they haven't satisfied my need for an animal that is unconditionally loving, so I believe we'll also add another dog in the next couple of years. :-)

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  25. I have two cats and a little pom dog. They are the loves of my life. I did have three cats, but, sadly, I had to put down my cat Knuckles when he was 17. He had cancer. It was the hardest thing I had to do. I have lost friends, grand parents, and that hurt, but oddly putting my cat down hurt even more. I think it was more difficult because I had to make the decision for him. I hope God has a place for our pets in heaven. I think he does. He has made us our their care takers here on earth. Why would he not allow them in to heaven?

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  26. Chickens, rabbit, cats, budgerigar, cockatiel, and fish at the moment. In the past we've had guinea pigs and mice.

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  27. In the past few years we have had 9 dogs, 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 horse, and we've had countless fish. I'm an animal lover so that was all okay with me!:) I think this is an awesome opportunity for the Duggar family. Having pets is a great way to learn about responsiblity. Thanks again Lily and Ellie for keeping us all posted!!!
    Ivey

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  28. Will the Duggars have the cats spayed or neutered? What is the difference between all God's creation and how do the Duggars explain why cats should be spayed and neutered?

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  29. I am glad they are caring for these little kittens! They were created by God too.

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  30. Thank you Lily and Ellie for the videos of the Bates family! You ladies are awesome! God Bless!

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  31. Oh that was too funny! Carlin is soooo bad!! Was that guy one of their tv anouncers? I hope the egg came off their floor!

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  32. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous,

    The man who was partnered with Carlin is Josh Elliott, co-anchor of "Good Afternoon America."

    Thanks for reading!
    Lily and Ellie

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  33. @Taylor Leigh

    Hi Taylor Leigh,

    Visit the TLC Parentables page for a picture of the kittens taken by Michelle: http://parentables.howstuffworks.com/family-matters/meet-newest-members-duggar-household-kittens.html

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  34. No, no pets right now. But we used to have a guineapig and 4 fish.
    We used to kind of take care of a cat for a while, but she wasn't really a pet...
    I WANT MY OWN KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    his is probably a weird comment, so I'm gonna go now.

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  35. Michelle Duggar needs to stop having kids . She is too old . She is putting her life at risks .

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  36. God will worry about that.

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  37. 4 Chicken 4 duck 1 dog 1 rabbits and we used to have fish's and i want a KITTY!!! Thanks for posting!
    Don'quit!
    God bless!
    Catherine K

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