Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Before you criticize.. ask


I know I'm not a active on the blog as I used to be,  but I wasn't seeing the engagement that would make the work worth it for me.  I've been posting on Facebook,  Instagram and occasionally to Twitter. 

My current batch of kittens has gone viral.  Mostly because Facebook has decided to show my videos on their media section. I am thrilled.  It's nice to see so many people love my videos and the kittens. It also warms my heart that I can bring a smile to so many faces. 


As you can guess by the opening image,  it isn't all whiskers on kittens.  I'm getting criticism for the most basic of things.  People saying I shouldn't be recording hungry kittens but feeding them.  I shouldn't let kittens fall.  I shouldn't confine the kittens,  among others. 

Personally, I couldn't care less as I know what I'm doing and why.  I know that the kittens are well fed,  loved,  happy, and are in one of the safest place (20 years of tweaks to my foster room has made this as safe as it can be and not be a padded cell). I am constantly complemented on how social and well adjusted my foster kittens are.  Do I wish I could do more?  Of course, but there is no money in volunteering to raise kittens.  I have to work, which puts me out of the house 11 hours a day.  I have a family,  friends, five cats, six email addresses, a blog and social media.. and I need to sleep and deal with my lipedema.. 

And after 11 hours of work I do get to come home to this..

But also this..

And I, nor anyone else on the internets, really need you to do that as well. 

What I do care about is being an advocate. Not only for the kittens but for fostering.

So, basically, for people who don't know me..  I've been fostering for 20 years.  Well over 500 kittens.. I've lost track. I study cat behavior.  I understand behavioral development in kittens.  I have taken on incredibly difficult cases, heartbreaking ones. I've learned to tube fed, I've given a kitten a vet sanctioned enema, I can give a 3 oz kitten fluids. I haven't met a cat I can't medicate. I can trim 120 claws in under 10 minutes.  And I'm generally faster than a speeding kitten (but not four).. so before you tell me what I'm doing wrong in a 2 to 4 minute glimpse into one part of my life,  please tell me what you do to support unowned cats and kittens.  Do you volunteer? Have you ever fostered? Have you even shared a plea from your local rescue to find a home for a kitty in their care? Donated?  No?  I didn't think so.. so maybe you can trust that I might know something you don't. 

And if you really really can't stop yourself from telling me I'm doing it wrong, could you try formatting it to ask a question instead? Like "why are those kittens behind a baby gate" (to keep them safely contained in the very large foster room) or even "those kittens look really hungry,  why are you not feeding them faster?" (A couple of reasons.  A)kittens are unreasonable and don't understand that sometimes they have to wait.  Teaching that now helps when they are older so they don't scream in your face at 3 am. B) because making cute videos of them when they aren't hungry is harder and people like to hear mews, and the more people that see the videos the more people learn about fostering.  And most importantly... C) they simply aren't that hungry.  Think of a kid on a hot day when they hear the ice cream truck. I give them enough food to last until the next time I tend to them.  They like canned food,  they want more.  They don't care of they are actually hungry or not.  Hasn't your cat every conned you out of a second breakfast? )

I love questions.  I'll talk about cats and kittens all day if someone is genuinely interested (and sometimes even if they aren't)... so have at it.  Any questions you've ever wanted to know about me, my cats, my fosters,  cats in general? 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Renaming day for the Fluffernuggets


This post is a bit overdue.  Mostly because I couldn't wrap my brain around the name my husband picked for Miss Mouse and I only recently started calling her by her new name without having to think about it. 

It is a little bit sad as I like the idea of a cat named mouse,  but I feel she needed a stronger name to try to help her overcome her fears.  She's a rather timid kitty and we rarely see her during the day.  She does like to come out at night and is quite demanding about being pet and getting attention.  It's nice for me because I'm really uncomfortable letting more than a day go by without us putting hands on a kitty in our home. 

Anyway,  the Catman decided that Miss Mouse was going to be Xena - the worrier princess 

As for Mr Darcy.. I tried name after name for him and nothing stuck until one day I came in the house and for some reason called our "Toby!!" And he came running over,  ever so happy to see me.  His official name is Tobias,  but I call him Tobes, or Tobes McGoats, or Toby.. 

He brings me an inordinate amount of joy.  He loves throwing himself at my feet and he often makes walking across the room quite difficult.  He is trying very hard to fill the large holes left by Muffin and Jack

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Naming day has been postponed

 I have settled on names for the kittens and went to take photos of them to post here, but I was cocky enough to think I would remember which kitten was which when I took the photos.. and I don't. So you get to look at cute photos of kittens today and I will get more photos and post for Friday.. 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The kittens are growing like weeds


Grimmkin is doing a wonderful job raising her kittens.  The kittens are quite rotund and I joke they remind me of fuzzy potatoes.  We had eyes open pretty quickly and they have even started walking practice all in their own. 

Mom isn't making it easy as she doesn't want any bedding in with her.  She's shunned all of it from the beginning.  That blanket there was bunched up long before the start of this post,  but I wanted it for the photo. 

If I'm not mistaken,  the first two are the boys and the second two are the girls.  I'm going to work on names for them this week and how to tell them apart..

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Tailspring for kittens


Momma Grimmkin didn't like the breakfast I served this morning and was feeling a little dehydrated (not concerning,  just a bit) so I wanted a good source of calories for her. I also knew if I gave the kittens a little formula it would reduce the demand they put on her for a little while and let her catch up. 

Tailspring sent some samples a few months ago.  I actually used one can for Millie, my last mother kitty who had the same issue.  

Normally I prefer to use goat milk, but having this on hand is convenient. I noticed a slight issue and I could quickly fix it. 

Grimmkin approved 

The kittens are going great.  They are getting fat and are quite happy.  

Grimmkin doesn't seem to like the blankets I put down,  but I keep straightening it out.. I'm hoping I can get her into the basket soon.. but with all things,  it's her call

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Four happy and healthy kittens

Grimmkin's minions are a pair of match sets





When I walked up to the kitten room,  Grimmkin hissed at me. When I opened the door she was laying on the floor right in front of the door and basically said "oh, good,  now feed me!!"

I was able to look at three of the kittens while she ate.  Despite their not making any noise, she showed up and crawled in the box with the last one.  She eventually came back out for some attention and I was able to put her in the bathroom for a quick peek at #4 and to change out the bedding which had a little bit of kitten poop on it. 

For fun, I put them in the basket.  I hour she keeps them there,  but I'm guessing not. 

It also appears my webcam is on its last legs so I need to do some research and find something that broadcasts.. any ideas? 

Monday, June 14, 2021

And then there were five


Some time early this morning,  Grimmkin finally had her kittens. As is often with kitties,  not all survived but we do currently have four healthy babies. More info to come this evening.. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Meet Nadya

Nadya lost both of her people (old age) and she couldn't find a home. Her vet kept her in a cage for a few weeks trying to seek out a possible owner among their clients. After about a month, they asked me if I could find a placement for her and one of the shelters I work with graciously agreed to take her on.

I say graciously, because Nadya has a few issues. The main one being her age.. she's 14. The other...

Now I'm not willing to say she's twice what a healthy weight for her body  would be,  but man if it isn't close.. fortunately she likes low carb canned food.. 

She's only here for a night.  I'm driving her to her foster home tomorrow afternoon.. 

She's a love and I'm sure if we could just get her to drop a few pounds a lot of her other issues would no longer be issues..

She will make someone really lovely kitty..

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Meet Grimmkin

 Grimmkin is a fairly young kitty who found herself in a home that was unable to get her neutered in time and she found herself with kittens.  Her people were uncomfortable taking on the added responsibility of birth and raising even more kittens so they reached out to the shelter for help.  Kudos to them. 

Unfortunately, she is severely lacking manners.  She bites and scratches with no real warning and she almost seems to be ready to go off on me when I try to correct her.  Fortunately I think the biting and scratches are simply because she doesn't know better and not because she really wants to hurt me.  She slowly is starting to understand that I'm not a fan, but she is a fan of snuggling on my chest.. sooo... neither one of us is all that happy right now. 

Yesterday I realized she had tapeworms.. that was fun.  I was a bit afraid of pilling her as she reacted really badly to getting her nails trimmed, but it was pretty easy.  By the time she realized what was going on, the pill was already in her and it was over. 

I think we are a couple of days from giving birth. But we'll see

Friday, April 16, 2021

Meet Morganne

 Right before I agreed to foster Millie, I was asked if I would take on another kitty for a different shelter who was losing her home due to inappropriate urination. 

The owner was quite upset to let her go but did so knowing her home was completely inappropriate for Morganne. Morganne is blind and that coupled with the stress of living with other kitties and some very young kids was making her life hard.  

It has taken her quite a while to relax. Even now I can tell she isn't 100% comfortable and I get the impression she is afraid of being stepped on a she runs to her perch whenever we move around

She likes attention, a lot, and is a bit of a goof when asking for it but she reacts badly when I picked her up and put her on my lap.  She still does more lip licking (a sign of being uncomfortable) than I would like. 

She has very definite opinions on pretty much everything.  She makes me a little nervous occasionally because sometimes when I run my hand down her back she'll whip her head around like she is going to give me what for.  However, she loves to have her belly rubbed and will roll around next to me showing off her belly and asking for rubs.

She is one of those blind kitties that the internet warnings on how to deal with blind cats were made for.  I put a chair in the room and she had run into it multiple times. I made the mistake of putting her wet food in the wrong side of her dry food and it was obvious that she completely disapproved. 

She would love a quiet home where her new people will be okay with multiple weeks of her adjusting to them and give her a regular routine on a daily basis.  She growled at me when I came home smelling like a dog so I'm guessing she would prefer to be the only pet.  

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Naming day

This group was hard because I didn't get to see them. All that much. 

It was interesting because Millie started out loving me.  I spent quite a bit of time scratching her ears and loving on her. She would get so into it that she would forget about the kittens and roll around causing them to get upset. I believe she started to blame me for that. 

I do often joke that I have grabby hands but I'm very respectful when a mother cat shows me that this is unacceptable.  Millie, however, didn't care.  It got to the point where if she saw my hands she would violently lash out. I even tried offering her food and treats through the small opening on the side of the box, where there was no chance of my touching her or the kittens and she still was not welcoming. 

It made it more and more difficult to care for the kittens.  So when she started spitting at me,  I reached out to the shelter about separating her.  Since she has a home who is waiting for her,  it seemed best. 

So, now the kittens are on their own.  Right now, because of the example their mother set,  they are afraid of me. I'm guessing a few days after some regular feeding and play time they'll get over that. 

So, the names... someone on fb suggested Squish, and I liked it.  I had a friend who wanted the orange kittens when I thought they were boys.  When I was able to verify genders that all changed. The shelter got things all mixed up, they told me the tabby was a girl and the orange ones were boys.. nope. 

My friend doesn't want two more girl kittens,  but the second greatest kitten pusher I know,  Kathleen, has made all the right connections and the kittens are spoken for. 

So, without further ado..




Names were taken from the Richard Scarry books. Squirt is short haired while Goldbug is quite fluffy.. 

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