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..

16 comments:

  1. It was A busy year and we hope no more health issues for Jack and the crew,xx Rachel

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  2. we love these reviews.....you get to see it all in one place (or two) and reminds you of things you may have forgotten.

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  3. A busy year indeed - Mummy and I are full of admiration for your love and dedication to all those very special kitties.
    Purrs ... Rainbow

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  4. Wow, that was a busy year. I'm in awe of your ability to care for so many kittens (and cats) while working, taking care of a household, and blogging. Thank you for sharing your experiences, you truly are an inspiration!

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  5. You sure had a busy year. I think you'll have another busy year in 2015 as well, but I hope it'll be busy without any health issues.

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  6. Busy year. Thank heavens for busy years and a lot of cute kitties.

    Emma and Buster

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  7. You do such amazing work - and so much of it! All these kittens were so much better off for having spent time at your place. You don't get enough thanks for your efforts... so thank you.

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  8. Great recap! I didn't start reading blogs until May 2014 and I didn't find your right away so now I am all caught up :) You do an amazing job saving so many.

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  9. A very busy year indeed ! Great year review, you do a pawsome work for kitties ! We loved seeing Charlotte again ! Purrs

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  10. Wow, what a year. You sure helped a lot of kittens during that time. Thank you.

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  11. Wow, what a jam-packed, busy year you had! We are so thankful for all you do. Here's to a great 2015!

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  12. I enjoyed every post! I wish to add one more highlight of the year. My favorite quote of the year was your husband saying "Stop chewing on your sister's head". It made me laugh then, and it still cracks me.

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  13. And we have enjoyed you sharing it with us.

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  14. What a year you've had! Bless you for all you've done to help those kitties.
    xoxo

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  15. A very full year, we have enjoyed being part of it and thank you for helping the cats and kittens they way you do.

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