Monday, September 23, 2019

An update on Hedy

I know many of you have been wondering what is going on with Hedy. I talked on FB how she was up for adoption for a while after she left us. She went back early to be neutered to see if removing the hormones from her system would help with her weight loss and diarrhea, and it did.

The woman who runs the rescue was very much wanting to keep her but she has enough on her plate right now so one more kitty wasn't really in the cards. It turns out one of my loyal readers reached out to the rescue and ended up making Hedy part of her household, and I could not be more thrilled.

From Marianne:
We were adopted by Hedy on August 27, 2019! I know Hedy has a lot of fans out there so I’m writing to let you know what she’s been up to. She settled in easily, and loves exploring the house in great detail; eating and drinking quite a lot for such a small cat; loves her cat toys, especially her flirt pole, and loves to sit on the windowsill of an open window. I know she was a great Mom from following “Tales from The Foster Kittens,” and that she is a great face buffer. I was messaging Connie earlier today that Hedy rarely seems to stop moving, and doesn’t like to sit still for long. I can get a quick face buff if I lean down where she is walking or playing, but sitting still on a lap is just not her thing yet. When she wants to sleep, she favors a spot behind the sofa that no one can reach. She is exceptionally alert to every new sound in the house. She’s just as talkative as you might have seen from Connie’s videos! She will talk to you nonstop if you keep talking back to her!

We are keeping her separate from our beloved 6-year-ikd rescue dog, Theia, who has been in environments with cats before (a dog daycare, where the resident cats walked around freely) and is very enthusiastic about playing with her dog friends, but needs to learn to be calmer around the cat. Hedy is unafraid of the dog… she would walk right up to Theia, and Theia is anxious to play too, but we are working with Theia to be calmer around Hedy. We are working on having Theia be able to see Hedy from a distance (we’re down to only 4 feet!) while staying calm and flat on the floor in a “down”, “relax” (on one hip) position. So we’re almost there, but I will still keep Hedy separate from Theia if we aren’t around to supervise, at least until I am sure that Hedy has suitable “escape hatches” (up or under) in every room. Quite reasonably, Hedy’s extra alertness may be due to Theia’s occasional moaning to be allowed in to play with us. We are a family that has always, always had cats (multiple cats, actually) and Theia is our first dog. Once we had Theia, were not sure we could even have a cat, but Hedy’s exposure to Kristin’s two dogs convinced us this could work. Hedy is the perfect cat, and we are so thrilled she has joined our family!

She loves to sit on this toy; takes most of her after dinner baths sitting right here! It looks like she's locked up in a castle with a moat....

Thank you, Marianne. Know that a lot of people love your girl and are so glad she landed the good life.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Looking for a home for Casey and Cabana #caseyandcabana

Homeless kittens have a harder time in the fall. For so many different reasons but finding a home this time of year is quite difficult because most families who were looking for kittens found them this spring or summer. Adoptions just are naturally slower this time of year as people settle back into routines from the summer and get mentally prepared for the holidays to come.

But that doesn't mean they are impossible to find. But finding a home for a pair of kittens that have a few requirements... well that is a bit harder.. so if you happen to know anyone who is looking for kittens, could you please share these two with them.

Casey and Cabana are a lovely set of kittens. I am not going to sugar coat things though. They started off life as feral and while they are quite social now, Cabana still has a few rules he is keeping hold of in order to feel safe.

Casey was the first one out of the group, of four under-socialized kittens, to realize that humans were awesome. As such she is very friendly and outgoing. She is first to investigate things, first to climb up on to your lap and first to ask for a belly rub. Cabana, Casey's brother, was the last to figure it out. He now realizes that human beings are pretty good, but he still harbors some ingrain reactions when we move too quickly as he tends to get hissed off.  He wants to be the one to initiate contact. He would rather come to you than have you track him down and try to pick him up. Once he touches you, it is an invitation for you to touch him and often you will be blessed with a wonderful belly rub.

Casey and Cabana have really bonded over the time I have had them. Cabana more so than Casey. She is his social bridge to let him know that things are okay. If she is doing something it is safe for him to.

Cabana needs someone who can respect he needs a little structure in his life. He thrives on routine. If he knows what is going to happen he can get used to it and thus it is no big deal. He now loves watching me scoop the boxes and my moving about the room has him following me where it initially had him running and hiding.

They will sleep with you, they will eat out of your hand, they will probably eat off of your plate if you let them, they love baby food and playing with wand toys and ping pong balls and sky raisins and Cabana even ate a cricket. They are an amazing pair of kittens that simply are not the right fit for every household but if you have a little bit of patience and can wait to be invited to pat the kitty, these kitties will bring you so much joy and love.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Safe Journeys to #Cabanaandthegang

The kittens are doing well and it is time for them to move on. They went for their health exams the other day - and as you can see Capa was not thrilled by the whole experience. She was actually a little stressed so her temp was a little higher than it should be so she got to hang out in the cool sink to see if we could bring it down so she could be cleared for adoption.

The other exams went better than I was expecting. Every single day I become more and more impressed with the progress they are making. With all of my experience and the ones I couldn't turn, I was so sure that Cabana could not be brought to be a house cat, but I think that having his sister be that bridge to human affection was the key. Why she was so willing to love me when everyone else was not willing to give me the benefit of the doubt I have no idea, but I am very thankful she was because it was the opening that they needed. - well that and the baby food..

Capa was the first to be adopted and she is now gone.. I miss her little fuzzy butt and hope she is happy in her new home. Since she became a lap kitten, I have no doubt with minimal adjustment she will be just fine.

Saying goodbye as I'm dropping her off.
I love how the light hit her eyes

Cape also has a home waiting for her this weekend and Casey and Cabana will be scooped up in no time I'm sure.

I'm not afraid to admit I wouldn't mind watching them grow into beautiful kitties, which I am sure they will do, but that is not what I signed up for.. It doesn't help that right now my own kitties are having some issues so I've been a little stressed with that. Having this group willing to climb up on my lap and even up into my next for a little kitten therapy was so wonderful and so rewarding.. Watching them bloom and blossom has been a great joy.

That will do woman, that will do - Cabana

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A family photo for #Cabanaandthegang

Hey, Casey, do you think we can get a family photo??
Is there baby food involved? - Casey
Did someone say baby food?? Cape and Cabana (with Casey in the background) 
Okay, everyone on the couch, try not to move too much while I figure out the white balance
Could you get a little closer?
Arrgh, my white balance again.. Cabana, could you be a little less brilliant for me?
Okay, but more brilliant than that, I kinda need you to look at the camera
well now you all look like you are about to be abducted by aliens.. 
Lady - you are weird - Capa
Okay, that's better, that is a little less alien abduction and a little more album cover photo..
but can you get a little closer?
oooh, got it!!
Casey!! it is not that kind of photoshoot!!
and no, these kinds of photos will not have people sending you oodles of baby food.. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pawsome customized Jack socks made by Socksery

Olivia from the Socksery Team - that want to spread joy by making pawsome customized pet socks with people’s furbabies on them - reached out to me last month regarding their custom socks. She was wondering if I might be interested in a free pair of socks in exchange for a review.

I jumped on board immediately. I was offered a similar opportunity a while ago but it slipped out of my fingers because I couldn't find the right photo of Jack to use. This time I was prepared as I had found one and kept it on hand in case I decided to buy a pair.

Because... Jack. He was just so freakingly handsome.. *sigh*

I sent off the image and Olivia said that would be great, so I sat back and waited for the "magical socks, personalized with (my) furry friend’s face" to arrive.

I chose a size Medium and to have the background purple. The background comes in different color choices such as blue, light blue, pink, red, green and orange. You can also choose two or even three faces to put on your socks. You can see those options here. They also have a face mashup where there is no background to it. (Okay, fine, you can even get your dog, or put your own face on a pair of socks. Heck, if you were clever you could probably use just about anything - but you know my preference.. kitties!!)

So.. what do I think of the socks? Well, come on, they have Jack on them, they are freakin awesome!!

customized purple socks with a nebelung cat face on them
A pair of Socksery custom socks one face up the other face down
Looking at the inside of a custom printed sock from Socksery
a side view of a pair of purple custom socks from Socksery
a photo of a pair of custom socks from Socksery being worn by a woman with size 9 wide feet

I will tell you that I wear a size nine wide shoe.  I'm also not a completely fair representation of what they look like on because my calves are incredibly thick due to my lipedema.  Because I generally have an impossible time getting socks like this on my feet at all, I was incredibly impressed that I was able to get them on. They have some good give to them, but they aren't all loosey-goosey so you would have to worry about them falling down.

Negatives?? well, um.. well there is a seam down the side that runs all the way up the sock, but that's minimal... I mean like I'm digging for a negative here.

Now that I'm looking at the photos I will say that the purple is showing up on my screen as a shade or two lighter than they actually are.

So I grabbed some Crayola crayons to help you understand the color a little better..

showing the true color of customized socks by Socksery by using Crayola Crayons the purple sock is closest in color to the purple crayon

The wrapper on the Plum and the Violet are very similar to the sock color, but the swatch of the violet was the closest in color.

I love them.. LOVE them.. Now, the question becomes if I had normal-sized calves would I wear them. I am so torn on that because I'd LOVE to show them off, but I would hate having them wear out. On the flip side of that, I could always buy new ones! 😸

If you have a pair, or you buy a pair, I'd love to see yours.. cause I think these things are so cool..

Monday, August 26, 2019

A photoshoot for #Cabanaandthegang

Being afraid of their own shadow, I wasn't very comfortable bringing my big camera down and subjecting the kittens to the click and the flash of my Nikon.. so all the photos so far have been on my phone.

But with their time drawing to a close I wanted to try to get some better photos of them.

Since they weren't keen on sitting still for me, some of these aren't the best.

Casey - she takes a minute to realize she likes me
Cabana finds me interesting, my hands are still very evil.
Capa is now a lap kitten. She was not sure about the camera, but if I sit down she's on my lap
Cape is almost always under the cat tree.
If I pull her out she purrs like a motorboat and loves attention.
If I have baby food or a toy she will come out on her own.
Capa wondering what the camera thing was
Cabana almost looks worried that I am going to try to sit on Happy Bear with him

All in all not a bad time of it. They didn't make it easy as they moved a lot so I have a lot of fuzzy photos.. and white kitties and flash do not go well together as you will see in the next post about them.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Major developments with #CabanaandtheGang

With Briget and her sisters gone, it was questionable if I should let Cabana and his sisters out of the bathroom or not. There is a lot more space to get used to, a lot more to defend against, a lot more to be afraid of.

But the four of them were destroying the bathroom in less than 12 hours which meant leaving them there was a lot more work for me and it wasn't challenging them at all. They were used to the bathroom, they were not progressing any further toward me (well except Casey who figured out she adores having her neck scratched) so I took stock of the full room to see what I was dealing with.

The new couch is kitten height off the floor so I realized pretty quickly if I left that in there I'd never see them. Fortunately, we still hadn't taken the old one out, so we switched couches. They can still hide on one side of the couch where the arm comes up off the floor, but I can easily reach them in there without acting like a predator (scrambling to get them) so that worked.  The cat tree nearish the cabinet wasn't going to work either because I could just see Cabana making a scramble to get over there and leaping, and either making it and I wouldn't be able to get him or not making it and his falling from 7 feet, so I moved the tree far away from it. I removed a few items that would make scrambling for cover possibly worth it (like the unicorn and the giraffe) but left a few things to hide in. I also left the bathroom open because that was comfortable to them, smelled like them, they knew that.

And I was fully expecting to have to return them to the bathroom because I didn't know how it would go.

That first night they were out exploring and having a grand ol time. I knew in the morning they would be right back in the bathroom hiding from me - and they were.  After that, we have had some successes and some not so successful moments.

Casey loves me. She is usually quick to remember that the great big thing that invades her space delivers love and baby food..

and with baby food, usually, I can entice everyone else over. Cabana trusts Casey, so he'll usually come over to check it out and his love of processed meat product does the rest.

He still does not trust me though. I can only get him to come over if I have something he wants. Food, toys, or his sister's snuggles. Other than that he stays well out of reach, but the fact that he is not hiding is incredibly impressive. I did not think it was possible. I was certain he was going to have to be a barn cat when I first met him, so huge kudos to him.

Capa, the black and white one, still growls at everything. I offer her baby food and she growls. I go to pet her and she growls. She doesn't mind being with me once I have my hands on her, even volunteering to lay next to me the other day when the food was gone and I told her she could leave from our forced cuddle session. She has a way to go - or she needs someone who is willing to put some work into her.

Cape, the tabby, likes attention a lot but does not feel comfortable asking for it. She skulks around the room like she's expecting to be called on by a teacher after not doing her homework. If you can get your hands on her, she purrs up a storm. She likes baby food and play but holds back as if the other kitties have told her that they get to do these things first.

Since they are already neutered, I'll probably have them for another week or two, but we'll see. I've already the next litter set up waiting for me..

Monday, August 19, 2019

What a difference a month makes

This past weekend Briget was adopted by a lovely woman who has already given me an update. Her new name is Kit. My husband and I both teared up at that. I am so happy for her.

Molly and Evie are going to be adopted together. I have not heard, nor do I expect to, where or when they are going, and I am okay with that. I know that people love updates but they aren't always meant to be.

They came so far from the scared little balls of floof that showed up here a month ago. It was a privilege to know them.
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