Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tails from the Foster Kittens 2019 Christmas Card

Kreb from 2018

I'm a little shocked that I have already gotten my 2019 Christmas Card to the printers, but I did.. (gives self a gold star)

So I thought I would let you guys know if you want a no-obligation Christmas Card from us you can enter your address at Postable.  I won't be getting the cards for a week or so and I am guessing I'll be mailing out the first batch by December 1st (if you are an international follower you'll want to give me your address sooner rather than later).  If you don't trust Postable, just reach out to me directly.

I'll probably be mailing out cards until the new year - because I know how people let these things get away from themselves, but I'd rather you get them sooner because who doesn't want to enjoy cute kittens for the holidays.

If you would like to send me a card (not that you have to; your comments on the blog are more than enough) you can at:

Tails from the Foster Kittens
PO Box 554
Grantham, NH 03753

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Casey and Cabana had a visit from The Cat Guy (and an update)

Years ago, I ran across "The Cat Guy" who blogged over at Four White Paws.  I enjoy reading blogs about cats as it helps remind me that there are people out there who love cats simply because they love cats - being in rescue you often see the negative side of the cat/human interactions - and they give me faith. (to all of you who right cat blogs, to the others that share their beloved kitty with me, thank you)

Shortly after I started following him he started talking about a feral family that was visiting his home.  When he decided to share with the world that he was trying to befriend them and built them a feeding station I was hooked. It helped that I was already smitten with all of his own kitties.  And when he shared how he converted his porch for Piere and his feral family so that they would have a safe place to go, well let's just say I became a fan.

He lived in Seattle and I lived in Maine. It seemed I would never get the chance to meet him.

Then two years ago I moved to NH and weirdly enough The Cat Guy also decided to move and landed about half an hour from me I thought maybe we'd get the chance.

I am pretty sure that both of us being raging introverts played a big part in our not getting together before this past September. That and my life went quite wonky there for a while and from the few things I've heard from him his life was a little weird there too..

But I was trying to socialize Casey and Cabana I was frantic to get people to visit to see how they would react, so I begged him to stop by for 10 minutes or so to meet the kitties.. I mean who better to meet the undersocialized/feral kittens than the guy who socialized a family of ferals..

Thankfully The Cat Guy made some time for me and stopped by for a quick visit.

As you can see Casey was all for some company, but Cabana was a little more reluctant.

Well, that didn't take long.

The Cat Guy sat on the floor to let the kittens get to know him first but then Cabana started calling him into the room to sit on the couch with him.

and then there was some playtime as well as the obligatory kitten photos

I'm pretty sure Cabana is telling me he appreciated the new friend and that he could totally stay.

It was an absolutely lovely visit and it was nice to show off my kittens and have them behave so well. It really helped me be okay with sending them off to be adopted without worrying "too much" (oh who am I kidding, I cried and you know it)

I was thrilled when I heard from Casey and Cabana's new family with photos of them doing incredibly well. I was a bit afraid they would cower in a corner for a day or two but very quickly they came out and investigated their environment. (and if you are on facebook she shares regular updates on them on my facebook group)

Monday, November 4, 2019

The 2020 Tails from the Foster Kittens Calendar is live!

Last year I put out a calendar of Michaela and her kittens and the kittens she fostered because everyone loved her so much.

The Catman looking in on a pile of kittens which is the cover for the 2020 Tails from the Foster Kittens calendar

This year I wanted to do another calendar for you but I thought I would highlight all of the kitties I fostered this year. For the most part, the 2020 calendar follows the 2019 fosters.. Since I have no fosters in Nov and I am unlikely to get any in December (and they wouldn't make it on to the calendar anyway) I just added a few extra photos of kittens.. because who doesn't like photos of kittens?? (and if you don't, what are you doing here?)

The cost of the 2020 Tails from the Foster Kittens calendar is $14.99 and shipping is $3.99

I hope you check it out.

If you want to wait until I share the photos inside the calendar, I will be doing that a little later on. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Casey and Cabana

We have news!
I am sorry for the failure to update the past few weeks. There wasn't a lot to report and despite my begging for a home for these two on social media, there was painfully little interest.

Wednesday I received a text asking me how old they were and a few hours later I received another that we might have an adopter for them. Later that day I was asked to bring them to the vet on Thursday for a wellness exam to get a health certificate.

I have absolutely no reservations about Casey moving along and going to a new home and environment as she was always the first to adapt to new things. Cabana was always much more reserved. I was glad to see him exploring the exam room at the vet and not hiding as if the entire world was out to get him. I worry about all of my fosters, but the ones that were once feral or incredibly fearful are the ones that I stress over. To make his life a little easier I packed a gift bag for their new owner that included some of the food that they love, some toys they loved and two different scent soakers to keep their scent with them in their new home. I probably overdid it.. but I don't care. Because they were adopted by the shelter and not to someone I found on social media, I probably won't get updates, but that is okay.

I also took some glamour shots before they left and here are the best ones. Hopefully in the next week or so I will go through all of my photos and see if I have twelve of them so I can create another calendar this year.. that is if there is any interest in one..

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Remember Me Thursday - Stolen from Random Felines (with permission)

Every year, unwanted pets die in shelters due to lack of space. People need to be reminded of this on a daily basis, but Remember Me Thursday gathers together the public, bloggers and celebrities to shine a light on this problem on this special day once a year in the hopes to catch even more attention. While we hear reports that more and more animals are being adopted and this means less lives lost in shelters around the country and the world, there is still a huge problem. It isn't just adoption that will solve it - there needs to be more focus on spay/neuter, TNR and education. How do we keep those animals OUT of shelters? How do we work to reduce the population in the first place??

As a blogger and kitten foster, I have said more than once that while I love having kittens in my house, I would love to be put out of business. I doubt I am the only foster that will tell you this either. While we see a lot of joy, we also see a lot of heartbreak.

What can you do? Help us spread the word. Talk about adopt don't shop. Find a local rescue and volunteer your time. Seek out your local low cost spay/neuter clinic and ask for flyers you can keep in your car to give to people (yes - I do this). Find out if your area has a pet food bank and donate - but also keep the information in your phone in case you talk to someone that needs help.

Remember - a lot of surrendered pets are very loved. With a little education and support, those animals could stay with their families and stay out of shelters.

Stolen with Permission from Random Felines because it is a totally awesome post
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