Friday, January 23, 2015

Former Foster Friday February..

Last February I did a "Former Foster" post on each Friday.  I'm hoping that a few of the owners of some of my former fosters will volunteer to write up a few words on their kitties and how they have fared since adoption..

I thought I would start this off with Kit.  I know this is kind of cheating since all of my cats are former fosters at this point, but it is late, and without kittens I really don't have much to say and I had this photo of Kit on my husband that I wanted to share.

Kit adores my husband with a wild abandon that I don't think any of 'my' cats even begin to rival. She curls up on his chest when he is sitting or laying down, at least once a day and stares up at him with such love and adoration that he will often lament he is just not worthy of. She will sometimes come and snuggle up to me, but that is only if she is in a snuggly mood and he is not available..  She only weighs six pounds, but she is a little spit fire when it comes to trimming her nails and grooming her, and the only way I can usually get it done is by having my husband tell her that he wants her to have her nails trimmed.  Jack sometimes gets a little jealous of her, I am unsure of why, and will harass her for a few days.

She used to, and will still occasionally, play fetch - chasing toy mice we throw for her and bringing them back to us. She also has started to become viciously car sick when ever we take her to the vet, drooling quite badly and doing so for hours after the fact, which can make caring for her difficult, but fortunately other than a few abscesses (thanks to Jack) she has been pretty healthy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saying goodbye.

Well this one was harder than I expected it to be. Interestingly enough not for the new kittens, I know they will be fine, but for Lena.  I love Lena, I do, but I have known all along she is not my kitty.  So, knowing this, I though I would be sad to bring her back because I love snuggling her and I knew it would be hard on her, but I didn't expect to cry..

I know my issue isn't so much her not being with me any more, but the uncertainty of the life she is about to enter.  If I knew where she was going, knew what home, what people, what was there for her, it would be easier for me. Granted I know there are not certainties in life, but will she go home with Glimfeather? will she adjust to her new family, will they adjust to her? will there be snotty kids who won't respect her? Will there be a yappy dog who will harass her?  I just want her to be happy, she has had such a rough life so far.. She has lost everything she has ever known and loved.. (it didn't help that she did not want to be caught this morning and avoided my attempts to get her)


I will write up an adoption card with her history, her likes and her dislikes.. the staff know her story and will adopt her out with those considerations, I can hold on to the fact that they will work to find her a good home.

After leaving her there, my eyes started to tear up driving to work.. the radio was on and I noticed the song that was playing..

I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright.. 

this is not the first time a song  has been playing on the radio as I have left the shelter in tears that seemed to be talking to me.  It is pretty amusing too because I so infrequently listen to the radio these days, I tend to listen to books on tape.  After that song came

and I had visions of a 10 yr old me at the roller rink, (seriously check out the link) which for me was some old warehouse type building in the back of an industrial park in the middle of nowhere except it was THE place to go because it really was the only place to go, being so excited this song came on and jumping up and rushing to get out on the floor to skate to it..   It made me smile..

So while I'm weepy today, and probably will be for a bit.. I shall randomly yell out in my mind (not stand up in the office and do it because that would just be weird) REVERSE SKATE! and think of Joan and music from the 80s..

The kitten's time at Casa de Gato has come to an end

As I mentioned on Monday I had someone come to the house to take a look at the kittens.  They were looking for just one kitty, not thinking that they could responsibly take two. I gave them my 'spiel' of why two kittens are better, and said I respect their decision if they feel they can only take one. I left them alone in the kitten room for a while to let them get to know the kittens. They were all initially a bit freaked by the newcomers into their territory, but with our chatting and some encouragement from toys, they came out much quicker than I had expected.  Formerly feral kittens tend to have a hard time with change.  Tawny was the first one out.

They had originally come to see Lena, but with my thinking she would be better with a friend and their limitation of only being able to adopt one, and Tawny's fierce adorableness.. well hopefully you can see where this is going.  They left that night without being sure, but the next day I got a message that they were going to adopt her. I can't blame them in the least, Tawny is pretty awesome. I think she will do okay as an only kitten.

Now we have a more pressing need to get these kittens in to be neutered, so I sent another message to the shelter and they have a opening for them today, so I will be bringing them back this morning.  I doubt they will be coming back to me, so last night was my last night with them. I walked into the room and they were all 'oh love me love me pat me pat me' but probably because they were out of food. I brought the camera down with me in hopes of getting a few more good photos of them for adoption cards, but these guys would NOT sit still.. after feeding them I had them running around and leaping for almost two hours.. it was crazy..

I finally got another good snuggle in with Lena, and when she was done I left to go edit photos and blog.  A huge part of me doesn't want them to go, but the practical side of me that not only knows it is beyond their time, but knows they have entered that crazy, into everything, so much energy if you could harness it you could power the world phase, and with them all in that one room it is just too much mayhem. I'm really surprised they haven't broken something yet *knockwood*

So here are the pictures from last night..

Lena is looking a bit ragged these days.  It is tough being a long haired kitten as they need to lose their kitten fur for their real coat to come in.. I've been combing her regularly but even still there is a lot of fur laying about the kitten room.

Good luck sweet kittens. I wish you well