Monday, June 30, 2014

Rose and Whitley are up for adoption

I brought the two of them back on Sunday. I originally had an adopter for Whitley but something came up at the last minute and they backed out. So off they went.

Whitley keeping an eye on the dog in the lobby
They were ready for their next adventure. I however was totally unprepared as I didn't have adoption cards made up for them so I hand wrote them out. I quickly came to the conclusion that I have not done a great deal of hand writing in a very long time. I used to fill up notebooks with stories and poetry and journalling, now I could barely fill one page of information with out getting a hand cramp!  technology.. *eyeroll*

I got a good photo of the heart Whitley wears on her sleeve..

and then they went into the room where they will hang out till their people come to get them. (yeah yeah yeah, I know, I should have turned the camera on its side before starting the video..)

another kitten up for adoption
Sadly, Chandler is still looking for a home. I spent a little time with him which was nice. He's rather a funny little cat in that when he wants attention he will get up and ask for it and rub his head into you like it is the best thing in the world, and then two minutes later he is completely and utterly done with you..  I do not know why, but this boy has called to me from the moment I laid eyes on him. Oh if only I could take him home and make him happy - well technically I could do one of those things.. but then really no one would be happy.  I sure do hope his people show up soon!

Chandler says "I'm done now, move along"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Former Foster Friday - Odilia

I so love when I get to do these.. This time I kinda stole the images off Facebook to share them with you - but I'm pretty sure Odilia doesn't mind :)

Odi is doing very well.  Her momma got married and moved into a home with additional pets but she seems to have taken it all in stride.  She is still a petite little thing and still so very full of it, but oh so cute.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It is so time for them to go

Well the kittens are now being a total pain in the patootie.. I often tell people that when it is time for foster kittens to go up for adoption, you become very ready for them to go.  I don't think people believe me, but trust me, multiple kittens in one room - no matter how kitten proofed it is - is chaos.

Whitley proved that once again. She has decided that being on top of the cat cage is THEBESTTHINGEVER! and could not be deterred.  She found her way up there when she and Rose were running around the room and jumping up on the litter box box as a way to make their running around more interesting. Well that got boring quickly and she looked for new places to jump on to, and *insert dramatic light bulb moment music here* there was the cage..

That was SUPERFUN!! because she could run around the room, jump up on the box, jump up on the cage and then jump down on to the couch and then down to the floor and around and back up on to the box.. *rolls eyes* She totally didn't care I was using that for storage, nor that the web cams were up there.  So I tried to block her using a sheet of plastic and propping it up between the box and the cage.  This worked. She couldn't figure out how to jump through it, so she plotted and plotted.  She remembered she would jump down on to the couch, so logic would figure she could jump from the couch to the cage, so she came over to the couch, and each time she looked like she was going to jump up, I casually pushed her toward the floor.  By the third time we did this dance, she figured she would bypass the couch and simply climb up the outside of the cage..


So I then took the plastic and put it on top of the cage to try to protect her from the wires and the wires from her.  As you can see, that didn't work..

So I removed everything from the top of the cage and covered the plastic with the sheet and left the web cams to see if they would stay there..

About three seconds after this photo one of the web cams ended up being knocked off.  Whitley will tell you that it jumped..

How can you not believe that face?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two for Tuesday

The meds have been given, and it looks like they have healed up nicely from their URI, so they'll be going back to the shelter soon.  I'm contemplating holding them for ransom.. I'll only turn in these kittens when there are new ones for me to take :D

Monday, June 23, 2014

Curly Whiskers

Rose has naturally curly whiskers.. I tried very hard to get a good photo of it..

And then Whitley decided we needed to celebrate National Pink Day by sharing her tongue and her toesies..

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My birthday present

I FINALLY have a camera that will broadcast to the world with out my giving my IP address out to the world.. I've been trying to set up a ustream account, but I couldn't seem to do it with my IP webcam, and we have tried several different cameras with no success.

So when DropCam decided to have a sale for Father's Day, I decided that would be the present for this birthday.  My husband agreed with me.

So.. you can watch it at DropCam if you want at

or you can watch it on the page I created here on my blog (see the link above on the orange bar)

Now, I just need to figure out how to shut it off before I go in and take care of the cats each morning and night.  As I'm sure you've figured out, I'm not a fan of broadcasting myself all over the internet.. I can schedule it to turn on and off at certain times, but I'm not sure I'm ready to go that route yet.. we'll see.

One great thing about this is the wifi signal in the kitten room was miserable so we had to move the cable box, and now we have wifi signal in the kitten room.. I'm a little too excited by that..

Friday, June 20, 2014

settling in

Rose and Whitley are becoming more comfortable in the kitten room which is nice..

finally sleeping out in full view
Here are three videos of them playing, shared in order of my taking them.  Whitley was ALWAYS a jump first think later kitten, but Rose is now starting to enjoy that type of play as well..


Thursday, June 19, 2014

International Box Day

I often miss Box Day. I don't know why, my cats LOVE box, and often will jump on it or in it with in seconds of it being unattended. This year we I lucked out.

I recently purchased a new Sleep Number bed. We bought one 10 or so years ago and there was really nothing wrong with our old bed, but I kept seeing the commercials for the bed where you can raise one side and stop your mate from snoring - yes my husband snores. We looked at the bed, and realized it wasn't going to work for us and the cats. However they were clearancing out their floor models so we got a newish (they replaced the cover everyone laid on) king size bed for about $1000 less than a new queen. That deal was hard to pass up, even if we did have to buy a new headboard (eventually, right now we don't have one). Fortunately we didn't need to buy new sheets, as I have been buying king sheets for quite some time now so we would have overhang on the sheet and since our previous mattress was so think, it just made it easier.

So in order to get this monstrosity in our house, the current bed went into my husband's office to make a guest room.  My husband's office went into the solarium - since he was using that for an office too and frankly it is his favorite room in the house - and the furniture in there has been displaced until we find a home for it - be it in our home or someone else's.

talk about your upheaval!  to make matters worse we also decided to swap the couches in the media room and the living room - but that will happen once we clean up the ditritus from the chaos we have been living in lately.

but you didn't come here to see me loose my mind.. I know you, you want to see the cats and (one of) the box..

It was enjoyed, but isn't nearly as fun as smaller boxes, because it was hard to claim as one's own, and a shared box is not as much fun.. king of the mountain just doesn't work when there are three of you at the top of the mountain.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Allie, Maxwell and Faraday

Saying goodbye to Maxwell and Faraday was bitter sweet. It is always a little sad when they can not stay, and saying goodbye is hard, but knowing I will get updates from their mom from time to time made it a bit easier.  I've already seen a few photos (and shared a couple on my Facebook Page) and it looks like they are settling in as expected.

While we were doing their adoption, I once again tried to convince her to take Allie too. It is kind of hard not to when you take two out of three.  Maxwell and Faraday's new mom even mentioned it was hard on her to leave Allie - but I completely respect when there isn't an 'opening at the Inn' and try not to push too hard.

Ironically enough there were other people there who started kitten pushing too... They had just lost their dog and were totally up for cuddling Allie, which was nice for me; seeing how she would do being held by others with all of the noise and hustle and bustle of the shelter.

I was fearful of leaving her there with out the comfort of her brothers. I was fully prepared to bring her home for a day or three to let her have time to adjust to being alone, but she did so well in the lobby that when Maxwell and Faraday said their goodbyes, I headed off to the room that held the two remaining kittens that were available for adoption to see how things would go.

Zinnia (black and white) and Clyde (orange and white) were the only two kittens, and they were cuddled up and sleepy in a basket in the window.  I walked over with Allie in my arms and got close enough so that she could sniff them to see how it would go.  Allie was very interested, and started slowly climbing out of my arms and into the basket.

I totally adore how Zinnia has a single black toe too.. granted hers is on the front, but still.  Anyway, as Allie climbed in a very sleepy Clyde felt a sibling walk over him and he moved slightly to give her room, and Allie snuggled up to Zinnia, and there was nose touching and purring from both of them. I so felt like one of those helicopter moms on the first day of Kindergarten. I gave Zinnia a kiss and thanked her for being kind to my Allie, I kissed Clyde even though he was too sleepy to notice, and gave Allie a bunch and left.

When I was called back to the shelter the next day I saw this:

Apparently Clyde had been adopted and these two were back in the basket hanging out. There was also a young girl, maybe five or six, who came into the room and gently walked up to them and offered them patting, and Allie did not run!!  I was so incredibly pleased and a bit proud.  I very much hope that she and Zinnia go home together, as it seems like a match, but if it is not meant to be, I'm sure Allie will adjust.  I sent her along with Flatty McFlatterson, so no matter what she will have a friend.

I also wanted to share these are two picts I took of Faraday before he left, I think they are my favorite..


Monday, June 16, 2014

for Anne

Anne, Isaac Arnold and Smedley's mom, is scheduled to go into heart surgery right now.

Good thoughts, prayers, purrs, reiki, etc are all welcome as she travels down this path in her life journey.  (also for the surgeons that are doing the surgery to be of steady mind and body and that everything goes well)

What's two more?

I returned Maxwell, Faraday and Allie to the shelter on Saturday (their story tomorrow) and when I did there were no more kittens needing fostering.  There had been a couple of scared kittens and a batch of six kittens and I left a note saying I wanted kittens when I saw them when I picked up the three from being neutered, but alas they didn't save them for me and sent them off to other foster families. When I left on Saturday I was kittenless

photo credit: Hiii-Fiii via photopin cc
I had several discussions about this.  Being the height of kitten season, it was pretty amazing to be kittenless and a true testament to the power of the low cost spay neuter programs that have been in place in the area. I still remember the days when the shelter would be forced to euthanize box after box of kittens not only because of over crowding, but because they did not have a foster program and it was not humane to try to keep them in the shelter knowing they would get sick and die.

So "YAY" for no kittens needing help, but "BOOO!!!" for not having kittens to help..

But then I got an email offering me a kitten that had come in that was sneezing. I haven't had an ill kitten in quite some time, but I am always up for a challenge. When I got there yesterday they offered me two as someone else had some in.


As you can see they took no time at all to get used to the amenities.  They also took to one another very nicely, not even a moment's hesitation, no growling, nothing.

They are on meds for a week, and we'll take it from there. They are already neutered and already purr like a motor boat, so this one should be a quick one.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

With out any real kids to call our own, my husband and I celebrate "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day" on behalf of the cats. This year I got a cake and a nice hand written card from "The Crew" thanking me for all I do for them through out the year, even if they don't like it.

This year, a few weeks ago, my husband showed me a picture he took of Kit and he said he really liked it, so I thought I would have fun with it this year. When I got an email a little over a week ago from offering me a free card, I thought I'd make one using the image.

I had also previously won a photo frame from A Pet's Life and I had every intention of putting Kit's photo in it for my husband, so I had it engraved for that purpose.  A Pet's Life is a pet memorial site, so generally it would be engraved with the name and dates of a pet that has passed. While I adore all of my pets and miss them terribly when they pass, having an actual physical reminder of that displayed in the house is not something I really want, so this worked out nicely.

I wrapped the gift and put it on his chair..

and apparently Kit really wanted to see him unwrap his present, because when my husband found his gift a while later he took and sent me this photo

Thank you honey, for loving the kitties as much as I do.
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