Monday, November 19, 2018

Checking in with Darcy and her Darlings

Darcy still thinks I am kind of suspicious and is just waiting for me to do something to prove her right. The other day she came out of the cage while the bathroom door was open to eat something and I didn't realize so when I walked into the bathroom to get some water for Onyx she freaked and bolted back to the cage.

I know she isn't going to get used to me hiding in the cage covered by a sheet, so I have been pushing and pushing, trying to get her to realize that while I am an intrusion I am not a harm or a risk and that being scratched behind the ears is pretty nice. The other day I lifted the sheet so she had nowhere to hide in the cage so she had to look out at the world. Often I'll climb in the cage and pat her and she just balls her self up and endures it.

Food helps. When she is hungry she will come forward to get some food. I tried hand feeding her and that wasn't easy going but eventually, she started taking food from me. Yesterday I got her to come down to the bottom level to eat while the sheet was up and in full view of me, which was a major accomplishment. I doubt we'll be snuggling any time soon, but it made me happy.

Her kittens are doing very well. Onyx still doesn't like them and growls and hisses at them when she goes to investigate them. I am doing my best do desensitize her to their presence so that she will stop being so upset by them. I open the door to the bathroom and the kittens come bounding out and investigating the areas of the room that Onyx doesn't hang out in. I've probably got another week before they are too bored with the bathroom and start becoming destructive because they have no way to burn off their kitteny energy... but things are still working well so I'm just going to hope for the best.

Wyatt is becoming an absolute goofball. He was throwing himself down on my lap and showing off his belly yesterday. He is a bit of a ham.

Spottacus is also a bit of a ham. If I am cooing over Wyatt or Zephy he will come over and park himself nearby to soak up some attention.

Zephy is still forming her personality. She is beyond cute and I just can't capture her cartoon-like nature in a photo. She does toddle over to see me when I enter the room and likes sitting on my feet but she's not really a fan of my covering her with kisses.. we are totally working on that - well I am anyway

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Adopting "Tails from the Foster Kittens" kittens

Occasionally the convergence of a reader of the blog wanting and available to adopt a kitten happens while I have kittens and contacts are made (aka email me or message me) that there is interest and arrangements are made and poof, adoptions happen.

In the past, I have fostered for open admission shelters who adopted out on a first come first served basis so connecting someone up with a kitten they like was pretty easy. We would work it out that the new owners show up on the day of adoptions when I am returning the kittens and the shelters were always happy to have me bring adoptors along with the kittens.

Now that I am fostering for NH Kittens things are going to work a little differently.  They have a waiting list of people wanting to adopt kittens so they run a little different. If you find yourself in a position to adopt one of my kittens I would recommend you fill out an adoption application and make note that you are interested in adopting one of the kittens seen on my blog.

Because they are not an open admission shelter they have a list of policies that not every shelter has. The fee as of the date of this post is $120 per kitten but like most rescues, it includes a whole host of vetting prior to the adoption such as Spay/neuter Rabies vaccine (if over 12 weeks old), FVRCP vaccine, Ringworm culture (negative), FeLV/FIV test (negative), Multiple dewormings, Flea treatment, Fecal exam (negative), Microchip, and a Health certificate.

On top of that, all TFK kittens come with weeks of socialization at Casa de Gato and the love and training from myself and the CatMan which is priceless..

So, if you find yourself wanting to adopt, let me know and I will do my best to walk you through the process from my end..

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Darcy's Darlings are five weeks old

Zephyrine is totally judging my photography skills..


Photographing these kittens is a little harder since they are in a bathroom. There is no good place to set up a nice background to take their photos on and the lighting is horrible. I ended up rearranging the cage after doing this so there is a little more open floor space for them to run around.

I'm afraid that Darcy's unwillingness to be around me is rubbing off on the kittens so I am doing my best to be a 'good thing'. I've been trying to share the joys of canned food with them. They all like the taste, only Spottacus was able to make the connection to the food outside of his mouth with the yummy taste that was in his mouth. 

They still aren't all that interest in object play, but they might not like the toys I have for them in there. I'll have to bring some new ones in there and see what happens.


Zephy still has watery eyes. I keep looking for signs of URI, but she has none. No idea what her issue is but I'm keeping an eye on her - and she totally is judging me for it..

Tune in tomorrow for a discussion if you think you might want to adopt one of my foster kitties.. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

#TeamOnyx is now four weeks old

Milo, Ren, Romy, and Kreb are doing well. They are fat and happy kittens that are starting to investigate the world and are just starting to interact with toys. Milo and Kreb have a bit of a belly waddle going on which is super cute. The excess skin was impeeding Milo's ability to get up on his back feet and I was worried that he might have "swimmers syndrome" but as soon as I mentioned I was a bit concerned to the rescue, he got up on his back feet the next morning. He's still not perfect, but he is improving.

Onyx is doing well. I have a hard time not calling her Michaela as she shares a lot of the same traits and personality quirks. Onyx isn't comfortable picking up the kittens like Michaela. Onyx gets a little nervous when the kittens are out of the nest like Michaela and she loves to play like Michaela and also gives up quickly when a kitten is nearby.. like Michaela.. Unlike Michaela, Onyx has a little kink in her tail, and I think it is just a little bit shorter than it 'should be'.  Onyx also has no idea canned food is food, so she is on a dry food diet only..

Milo is still learning where to place his feet. This photo is kind of deceiving as he has never looked this grown up in person.

Kreb is going to be a really cool cat when he grows up, I can see it in his personality, but right now he is still not sure of my grabby hands so he's a little leery of me.

Romy is in love with the CatMan.. but then what girl kitty isn't? She is a total sweetheart and is a bit smaller than her brothers at this point.

Ren is going to be hard to tell apart from Spottacus when they are finally introduced... well when they are free running in the room.  I introduced Spottacus to Onyx's kittens yesterday and Spottacus was quite unsure of what to do.. Onyx took one look at him and took two sniffs and then went off to count kittens.. it was amusing. She will go over to the bathroom door when I leave it open and look in and no longer hisses, which is encouraging, but if Darcy won't come down and introduce herself I am unsure of how to proceed.  I took a nap in the kitten room this weekend, leaving the door open and the lights off and nothing happened.

I would leave the door open and leave but the bedroom is on the top floor and the kitten room is in the basement so I know I would not hear a squabble if one came up *shrug* I am really unsure how to proceed at this point, but I'll keep leaving the door open and hopefully the kittens will make it easy on me. If not, we might have to visit one of the mothers going up for adoption while the other stays behind to do the remaining few weeks of care - but that several weeks from even being a consideration. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ren goes on an adventure #teamOnyx

I am going on an adventure! - Ren

It is a big world out there, but I'm ready -Ren

There are large swaths of land to cover, but I'm ready.. 

I mean look how far I've come already!!

Dude, you haven't gone that far - Onyx

Then I'll just go over here, this is far, right mom?? Right?? -Ren


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