Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tails from the Foster Kittens - a year in review.



January: 



January started off with some leftover kittens from last year, and some serious bladder issues for Jack. I shared with you some photos of my time in Kansas where I got to meet the incredible kitties of Sebastian the Sensitive Soul and A Tonk's Tail. I boasted about four amazing kittens and three wonderful homes for them, and my B4tC post was about taking your kitty to the vet. I also had a serious breakdown admission about how sometimes I simply have no clue what is going on.. because cats are like that.

February: 



This month started off with Maxwell over A Tonk's Tail injuring himself and we were all quite worried... thankfully he was just fine, but it was a tense time. I took home a kitty that had high blood sugars named Gigi, and then took home an injured kitten named Charlotte. I fully accept that sometimes I can not help myself ;) Jack and I watched some Olympic skating.. I went shopping for Charlotte and I showed off Tweedle's spots.

March:


Little Miss Charlotte and I developed a routine after sending Gigi back to the shelter to be adopted.. Then the giraffe Marius was killed and there was some major upset over that, but I had a different perspective. Skippy showed off his bow tie, while Charlotte showed off her toes and Fleurp enjoyed it when we changed our sheets. Jack had more bladder issues. I also introduced you to one of our chipmunks (we have one in the front of the house and a pair in the back)

Charlotte's wound started healing up nicely, and I shared some of her glamour shots..

April:




Charlotte was still with me, so I took her to work to let her get used to new things. She went back for adoption shortly after that and we started the Great Kitten Watch of 2014, which was interrupted by Chandler and Abby, two diabetic cats that needed a little help. I did another post about adopting rabbits for Easter, and the "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign and my B4tC post was about adopting diabetic cats. I ended the month with a nice photo of Eli

May:



May had CBS promoting cat adoption on The Bold and The Beautiful. Thirty one days into kitten watch three little hissy kittens showed up.. and the annual kitten shower at the shelter happened. The kittens found Happy Bear and baskets.. well I posted a lot about them..

June:


The kittens continued to improve. I brought a meal down to the kitten room and ate with them and that was a bit of disaster.. but it helped them understand I don't eat kitten.. Kit helped my husband celebrate Father's Day. I returned the three kittens to the shelter and took two more home. We celebrated International Box Day and my birthday which introduced a DropCam to the foster room so anyone can stop by and view the kittens any time (unless I'm in the room at which case you just see gray)

July:


My foster kittens had gone up for adoption so I kitten sat for another foster home and four new ones showed up. I did a series of posts on most of The Crew..this time in reverse age order starting with Skippy and working my way through to Jack and my B4tC was talking about 'Unnecessary Vet Visits" because I was sick and tired of hearing people call vets money grubbers.. and because one of those suggested tests for my kitty diagnosed him as hyperthyroid despite not having any standard thyroid issues.

I also took home four more kittens who needed a little tlc and were only here for a short stay.. and Skippy rounded out the month with a unique staring contest..

August:



Another month, another batch of kittens.. I blogged about copyright and what you should know if you use images online. Traveling Jack had a pool party thanks to Chewy.com

I also took on three bottle babies.. Shared with you how we often eat dinner at our house, and celebrated Black Cat Appreciation Day and National Bow Tie Day. I also introduced the world to the "Morning Mews" and some of the silliness that comes with motherless kittens. I also reviewed Hartz litter.. and it was a big fat no.

September:



September opened up with The Tribute kittens growing and trying new things.. including Happy Bear.

This month also saw my first gig with BlogPaws, which was fun and interesting. I made yet another photobook, I love those things, this time with Shutterfly. and I had to break out my soapbox and rant against NBC. Raffe made his first appearance in the kitten room - and I still seriously need to get off my duff and fix his neck!

Jack and Eli went in for a dental.. sadly it set off a huge firestorm for poor Jack who then ended up in the emergency room.. and the month ended with the Tributes going up for adoption.

October:
I started out freaking out about Jack and all that was going on with him, so to distract myself I took home four more kittens. I also started a fundraiser to help with Jack's upcoming I131 treatment and I was able to raise about half of the amount needed. I also decided to bring Twee in for a dental, which freaked me out since she had such trouble with sedation as a kitten, but she did very well.

My foster kittens were leapers, which is always fun and makes for pretty good blog fodder.. B4tC came around again and this time I chose to focus on the upcoming election here in Maine where we were voting to ban Bear Baiting; sadly it did not pass.

The month ended with my getting ready to go to Barkword and taking Jack down to Angell for his I131 treatment - which I didn't blog about until I got back.. (so that post is technically in November, but it happened in October, so I am putting it here)

November:


Upon returning home from Barkworld, I ran right out and got myself some more kittens.. These two were a hot mess of health issues having lived alone in bad conditions for far too long. Hindsight will also tell us their rough start started long before they were born as one of them was born with a deformity. I blogged a lot about these girls this month.. as they simply amazed me since I really did expect them to die when I brought them home.

We celebrated Thanksgiving happy that things were relatively stable health wise in the household, and celebrated our 3000th post with a little giveaway

December:



December brought us the infamous Target Gingerbread House - which to this very day lives on and is Kit's favorite place that is not her daddy to hang out. The Fluff Kittens were still with me, and I started doing regular Monday morning updates on them. The Elf on the Shelf showed back up as well as Hanukkah Harry.

Eli also ended up with urinary issues. He had them years before as a young mancat, but the distress of Bravo foods changing their formula and going into recall and selling us a couple of batches that stunk to high heaven was too much for him.. and we ended up starting to make our own food again.

I took home three more kittens, which brings my total for 2014 to 32 (not including the four we started the year off with.

Sadly we lost one of the Fluff Kittens during their neutering.

We had anniversary celebrations, and Christmas celebrations, and there was much rejoicing. I ended the year by dressing up the kittens in holiday attire.. The new kittens got their names in 2015, and were here for a few more weeks.. and then I brought Abby back home, and here we are..

I was able to get six people to participate in my "Interview with a Fosterer" series.. I had 20 sponsored posts, including one of my two new favorite products, and posted 314 times..

Yup, that was one busy year..

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BlogPaws nose to nose nominations



It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who has read this blog for any length of time that I pretty much stink at self promotion.  I am happy to sit around working in the background promoting the kitties, or feline causes, or share health and wellness information that I have acquired, but when it comes to seeking fame and fortune, that is just not who I am.  For years BlogPaws has been giving out awards for outstanding blogs, and I have been happy to watch others win.  

Over the past few years I have thought of ways I could grow my blog and possibly do more with it than just share with you cute photos of kittens.. I have made some improvements, I have more to do, but I'm starting to think that getting an award for my blog is important.. it seems so much more impressive to be able to say you are an award winning blogger.. no?

I asked for nominations last year and several of you nominated me.  I also nominated myself in a few categories.. if you don't enter you can't win.. and sadly I wasn't chosen to be up for consideration.

Nominations this year are open until the 31st.  If you would like to take a moment and nominate me, I would appreciate it.  I fear nothing will come of it again this year, but I cling to the fact that if I don't try then I never will.

Regardless of winning or not, or being chosen for a nomination, I can not tell you how much I appreciate all of you. I was blogging for years without an audience.. if I got a comment a week I would be thrilled.. and for your interest and your taking the time to read and comment, well I already feel like a winner.. 

So the nominations.. 

You will need to know my name.  I still choose to go by Connie Kittyblog. Many of you know my legal given name, but this being the internet I choose not to use it. I know that is probably pointless because if someone really wants to track it down they probably can, but I don't want to make it easy :)

My email is connie at kittyblog.net

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