Friday, August 26, 2016

random Fridays

If you didn't see it on our facebook or instagram feed, Birch was ADOPTED Tuesday night!!
orange kitten in blue cat bed

Ivy wishes you a peaceful and cooler weekend. We like having our windows open...but it is August in the mid west, so it will be hit and miss for a while.
torbie cat asleep

Now on to the changes around here. Juniper went to the adoption center yesterday to be spayed.
tortie kitten
Juniper is SUPER sweet and outgoing and will be available for adoption. We hope her family shows up soon and that people don't get hung up on the tortie coloring and can see the sweet kitten we have seen around here for the last few weeks.

Liberty was supposed to go, but there is a lot going on at the adoption center, and the head of the rescue asked if she could stay with us for a few more days. Since mom doesn't think it will make much difference one way or the other, Liberty will be hanging around for a while.
brown tabby kitten on a box
Liberty is a tough nut. Despite mom's efforts, Liberty never adjusted to liking people. Or at least liking mom. And mom has tried just holding her (she never relaxes at all) and bribery. Nothing seems to work. She was a little bit older when mom got her and Freedom and Liberty made it clear from the start that she wasn't all that interesting in being a "people" cat. When mom approaches her, Liberty cowers and hisses and struggles to be put down. It is certainly heart breaking for mom to see Liberty so frightened....and mom feels a little like she has failed Liberty. However, at least Liberty is getting much more of a chance with the rescue than other places....a lot of shelters would see her attitude and euthanize her rather than try to place her somewhere. Colony Cats says - ok, so if she doesn't want to live with people, let's see if we can do what is best for HER.

Fortunately Freedom is becoming more accepting of mom. It is hard since she is sick and mom has to catch her to clean her nose and medicate her twice per day. But, while she acts like she doesn't want to be caught, she doesn't fight, doesn't hiss and will allow herself to be snuggled and eventually relaxes. So, while she isn't bomb proof, she is adoptable but the right understanding family. Once she stops sneezing on everyone....

Thursday, August 25, 2016

litter review

Every month as a #ChewyInfluencer, we get a free item to review. The free stuff does not influence our thoughts and the review below is our own honest opinion.

This month one of the options was cat litter. Heaven knows we go through a lot....and with the kitten foster room now right near the living room, mom thought this might be an interesting item to try. Mom was going to put it in the foster room, but with added kittens, decided to try it in the tower instead.
Admittedly, it is a little pricey for us at $17.99 for a 16 pound bag. (keep in mind that shipping over $49 is free per order and you can also set up an auto-ship account that will give you a discount as well - we use this feature for our food orders). The information on the website states it is vet recommended, 99% dust free, clumps instantly and scoops easy while eliminating odors and lasting longer.

looks like cat litter to us

We are going to say right up front - this is NOT dust free. Not even close. Mom says she had never found a clay litter that actually IS dust free. She used most of the bag into an empty container and dust went everywhere. Granted....pour out a small amount or pour it out slower and it may throw up less dust. But dump it out and you are on your own. However, it is pretty dust free when being kicked around by active kittens.

However, it works like a charm. Everything clumps up hard and once the kittens cover up, the smell is gone pretty quickly as well. For a house with smaller spaces (and less cats), this would be something to really think about using. Mom liked the effectiveness....but it is a bit out of our price range for every day usage.