Sunday, October 31, 2021

Julie Rose, Ellen May, and Sophie Bell

 I really was not expecting to get any more kittens this year, but then an email landed in my inbox and well.. 

I was told they just need a little time to fatten up, but at this point, they are not reliably eating solid food so it might be a little bit more than bit of time. 

They came with names, but I didn't get a copy of the contract and I haven't heard back from the shelter what the names were. I remember they were pretty generic so I don't feel bad changing them. 

I've got three little girls and when I googled this is what came up so.. this is what it is. 

Now, who is who?  Good question. How about you pick.. :) 


She is the one that is doing the best. She is feisty (in a playful way) and adores little furry mice. 


This little one was not really thriving after the first day and I realized she wasn't eating enough so I broke out the Tailspring formula and she loves it. It has helped her make some good strides and she is starting to feel like she's filling out. She is very much a lap cat, and really likes being near me (even before I started hand feeding her formula)


Despite this photo where she looks pretty big, this little girl is currently the smallest. She is also sneezing a bit.  She also likes hanging out with me, but she also really likes wrestling and playing with toys so she is a nice mix of the other two personality-wise. 

So who do you think should get which name?

Friday, October 22, 2021

September's Fosters #trickortreatkittens

 On September 9th, I drove down to the shelter and picked up a litter of kittens to foster.  Meet Corny Cornucopia, Tornado Tommy, Lemon Drop Larry, and Meowy Shelley (from top to bottom) 

They were feral and were on bite hold for 10 days because when they were found they resisted being captured in the only way they knew how. The safest option is to put them on "bite hold" and only allow people who have been vaccinated against rabies to handle them on that one in a million chance they were exposed prior to the bite. 

I was told they weren't eating that well when I picked them up.  It is so hard to assess feral kitties when you bring them home because they are so fearful.. are they not eating because they are ill or because they are feral? are they not using the box or having diarrhea because of the stress? 

I gave them some food that they could not resist, so at least I knew they were getting some calories, but they still felt very thin and the diarrhea was concerning.  I reached out to the shelter and got some dewormer and when things still weren't going in the right direction I pulled out some milk for them and they started turning the corner. 

Except Lemon Drop Larry.

He was still struggling. He was grumpy and stressed over being held and cleaned and tended to. Just when I started getting hopeful, he passed away  It was absolutely heartbreaking to walk into the kitten room to see him there. 

With that, I was not taking any chances and they spent a few days getting fluids and regular care and they started to pull through.  I waited another good week before the kittens graduated from the bathroom to the full foster room to be better socialized and on the off chance they had some major communicable disease, I wouldn't have as much to disinfect.

Corny came around fairly easily.  He was not a lap cat, but I didn't really tighten him that much anymore. Meowy Shelley and Tornado Tommy were less than thrilled when I was walking around but in the end, they realized that humans were a good thing.  When they made weight (to be neutered) I was a bit hesitant about sending them back not 100% fully socialized, but I thought it might be a good idea that they get into their homes and let their people love on them, which would be more frequently than I could

They were quite playful and awful cute.. it was totally fun to be part of their lives. I am guessing I am done fostering for 2021.  I am considering investing in some new flooring for the foster room as what is in there really isn't kitten proof and the water is getting into the joints of the flooring and we have a little warping, but I'm not sure when or even if I am going to do that.  I do want to do some more catification in there with shelves and other climbing options, but then again I also want to do that for my own cats.

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