Tuesday, October 16, 2012
One day at a time..
When I was at the shelter prior to dropping off the last set of fosters (I am so starting to see the value of giving sets of fosters last names) they had a very cool cat condo on display in the "to be sold" area of the shelter. I admired it and the manager said I could take it.
I like it way better then the one I had. While it is smaller in size, it is much more kitten friendly. The last one with the rounded doors provided pinch points if kittens decided to climb up the side of the cage (something I discouraged anyway but you know kitties.. ) That and the front entrance is big and the top comes off easily so there is no more hiding and cowering away from me for ferals.. Bonus! that and it is just prettier. But once again someone in their infinite wisdom made shelves that were fabric-ish and not removable. I will end up covering those some how.. either I'll break out my sewing machine (I so need to do that anyway) and make something or see if old pillow cases will work with out modification.
The nice thing about it is that because of the really big door, it is pretty easy to get Elsa in the cage and then lock the door behind her so I feel comfortable dishing out food and cleaning up the room and inspecting Ella.. (still not 100% on the names but they seem to be sticking)
Elsa is still very high energy. If I push even a little I can see her getting over stimulated (the fur on her back starts to ripple) but so far she hasn't lunged at me again. I can see she has intelligence, it is getting her calm enough to even try to work with her that is the hard part.
Ella is a laugh riot. She looks barely three weeks old in size and how she interacts with her mom, but she plays with objects which usually doesn't happen till four/five weeks.. she has good eye paw coordination and is able to track toys easily. She also wants to climb up my leg constantly. I feel so bad that the back of her neck is all scabbed up. I tried to get a look at what was going on back there but her fur is so thick I couldn't get to her skin, and trying to hold her and look was causing her to squirm. I think it is painful for her and she does not scruff at all.. At least at this point it feels like it is getting better. Considering how hard Elsa plays with her I was worried about her getting to nurse properly, but she is gaining weight so I am less worried about her then I was after day one..
I do really need to get a picture of her from the back of her head.. her ears are all silver / gray except the very tips.. it really is quite stunning.
Elsa had decided to give me space and sit in a box.. I must say I totally appreciated it.. I think getting her neutered would help us both tremendously, I think once Ella has started eating on her own I'll ask the shelter to consider it.