Tuesday, November 19, 2019

VIsiting friends #formerfosters



I knew for a couple of weeks that I was going to go to the shelter from yesterday's post, so when I was invited to visit Casey and Cabana I couldn't resist piggybacking a trip down to see them.

Lauren was incredibly generous to invite me down and I was glad to know. She had been sharing photos of the duo on Facebook so I knew they were adjusting well, but seeing it in person.. of cuddling them one more time.. well, I couldn't resist. As you can see I got the trademarked cuddle from both of them.. (and they didn't even know I had treats at that point.. yes, I am not above bribing my former fosters for attention)

Sadly, my camera was dead so I only had my cell, and they were so excited and active that I got relatively few photos.. (and most of them were quite fuzzy) but it was wonderful to spend some time with them, to feed them some treats, and get to know their mom a little better. I knew Lauren was a lovely person by how generously she has been sharing them with me, but spending time with her was a delight... and seeing her goats was such fun!

But then there was this..


Yup, they ended up right where they were supposed to be..

Then I received a message from Jasmine's mom (former foster Slate).  She had some food her kitties weren't eating and she offered it to me. I figured I could swing over to see them and it all worked out as well..

Jasmine showed off for me a bit, showed me her bed, told me I was not going to take her back, and was downright adorable.. It was lovely to see her and spend a little time with her family, but it was getting late (there is so little sunlight this time of year in New England and driving at night is not a lot of fun)

I also visited another set of fosters a while ago..

My friend Kathleen, who adopted two of my fosters years ago and who has connected me up a number of people who have ended up adopting from me, invited me out for a visit. I had to be in the area for work, so I made a quick jaunt over to see them.. yes, on an island off the coast of Maine, yes, it was absolutely amazingly stunning.. Meghan who also adopted some of my former fosters came along. It was a wonderful time among friends.  While Kathleen's kitties were mostly a no show (except for Rocky who decided to pose for me so beautifully) I did get to go over and see this year's most popular foster kitty and his sister


Now I swear there is no food in my purse and trying to get in it was completely her idea.. :) (and yes, I was frisked before leaving)

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I do want to remind you that I am sending out Christmas postcards again this year. If you would like one you can submit your address here. I am also selling a calendar with photos of my fosters from this year. You can pick it up here

Monday, November 18, 2019

Shooting at the Shelter Series 2019


I used to like to go to the shelter and take photos of the kitties for several reasons. It would show there are beautiful cats at the shelters waiting for homes and they aren't all "broken" or second-hand problem cats. Also because it helped me work on my photography skills. It is very hard to take good photos of cats in the standard shelter environment because there is rarely good lighting.

I went down to the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey, NH for a volunteer orientation. I am hoping to continue to foster this winter and I figure the more shelters I put my name down at, the more likely I am to get fosters.  NHKittens has closed up for the year, so it is either this or go without.

After orientation I asked if it would be okay to take photos and I was given permission and sadly I realized way too early in the day that my battery was not well charged.. so I didn't get as many photos as I would like. Nor did I get a lot of great photos because the shelter was open and I was by myself so getting photos of kitties in cages was hard and most of the cats in rooms were... well they were labeled Spirit Cats.

They also had a lot of "pocket animals" as well.


When I asked, it was mentioned that they were hoping for a really nice photo of Tina (aka the kitty above) she had been at the shelter for some time and they were hoping to promote her. I sat with her for a while. I tried to entice her to play with me, but the longer I sat there and attempted to ignore her the further back into her cave she withdrew. I so wanted to take her home to foster and give her a break from shelter life, but being new and unknown I didn't know how that ask would go. I have to say I adore that they have someone who makes blankets for the cats. I saw several like the one above with the name of a kitty in the room with it. It is a blessing for cats to go to a home with something that smells like something familiar.. so not only do they have possessions, they literally have a safety blanket.. how awesome.

They also had a cool set of shelving in one room for the cats to get up off the floor. I thought this was a really cool option that ould easily translate into someone's home if they have a wall.


I then went to one of the Spirit cat rooms.


The fluffy black one, in the middle, eyed me like she might like to get to know me better, so I went over to say hi, but she did not respond to my request for an exchange, so I left the kitty "un-molested".. and for a woman with the nickname of grabby hands, you have to admit that was pretty impressive.

Next a couple of the pocket pets:


and a few of the kitties up for adoption. I don't see them on the website so I will avoid using names.. The black and white kitty had several photos because I just loved the bokeh and the whiskers..  The lighting wasn't great so focus was an issue.. ah well..


And then there was this beautiful kitty - which caused me to drain my camera to the point the battery died..


He was highly playful and really wanted to get out of the cage, so getting photos was not easy. He was a little mouthy but gentle and the second I said no he stopped. I probably could have spent all day right there with this kitty, but I had things to do after - but that is for another post.

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I do want to remind you that I am sending out Christmas postcards again this year. If you would like one you can submit your address here. I am also selling a calendar with photos of my fosters from this year. You can pick it up here.. I am planning on sharing a few more photos in it later this week.  I am sure there will be a black friday sale happening if you want to wait for a discount, I totally get that. 

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..


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