Wednesday, May 24, 2017

all sorts of fun

Mom headed off last week for the Blog Paws conference. This year it was in Myrtle Beach SC.

The drive was about 10 hours and mom made it in one shot. The kittens traveled pretty well - some protesting for the first hour or so. Once mom got there, she got everything out of the car and up to the room. First step was to set up the kittens in the bathroom and safety check the room. Mom and Miss Julie shoved pillows at the head of the bed, but then discovered the box spring was bigger than the platform on the floor. Which meant the kittens could actually get under the bed. Fortunately after the first day the kittens got comfortable and were usually out and about.


mom's roommate was the head peep from 

Miss Julie  brought presents, including
this kitten sized camper


Mom loves that the kittens get a chance to experience so many new things when they travel like this. New spaces, new people, new smells and spaces. Harness and leashes and wide open spaces. Armani was the most bombproof and went lots of places. Gucci also did very well though the exhibit hall wasn't his favorite place. Dior was a little more hesitant out of the hotel room, but after a little more exposure, they did very well and seemed unfazed by the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A quick note

Mom had a great time at Blog Paws. She got home yesterday after stopping to see her family on the way home. She took today off from work and hopes to get unpacked, laundry done and a couple of posts done. Of course to do that, she needs to remember where she packed the camera (or stumble across it as she unpacks).



Thursday, May 18, 2017

the boys

Boy pictures....
Gucci

Versace 
(still known as "ouch dammit")

Gucci checks Versace for brain activity
we are pretty sure he didn't find much

Armani
yes, he always looks startled
(and yes their eyes are turning color...booo)


I keel you
I keel you more



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blog Paws

I'm Going to BlogPaws 2017! Join me!

Mom is headed off to Blog Paws. She is going to try to get a few posts up in advance, but no promises. And she isn't taking the laptop, so nothing will get done while she is gone. Be sure you are following us on facebook, twitter and/or instagram as she will be posting. And follow the #blogpaws to see our friends as well. Mom is looking forward the most to seeing her friends again as she only goes every other year. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

momma and her girls

Millie is a very good momma, but as the kittens are now 7 weeks old, she is finding them a little less amusing. She tends to get up and try to find somewhere else to take a nap if they won't leave her alone.
Dior, Millie and Chanel

Chanel and her momma


Monday, May 15, 2017

weekend report

It was fairly quiet here this weekend thankfully. Plus nice weather with open windows!!


"ouch dammit" (Versace) tried to convince mom that he is a nice well behaved kitten when she took him out on a trip to socialize. He was actually very good in the car, but he is still a bitey little monster. MOL

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Random Fridays

Oops - mom forgot that Junior's birthday was on Wednesday. HAPPY 7th Birthday!!

By the way, mom would like to know how the heck it has been 7 years!!
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We have contestants for the Blog Paws trip. Right now mom is sure she is taking Gucci and Armani, and is leaning toward including Dior.
Gucci was so excited he fell asleep

Dior is stunned that she made the list

Armani knew he was in all along.

Here's the deciding factors: they have to be outgoing and people friendly. They have to be pretty calm about weird things going on. They have to like to be picked up and carried around.

Gucci and Armani have this in spades....they are the first to jump on mom for attention. They do get squirmy being held, but all kittens do. However, they don't immediately fight to get down.

Dior is a little behind them. She comes over for attention and likes it but seems to sometimes have better things to do.

Chanel is a little skittish and shy right now. Mom is concerned travel and being around crowds would freak her out.

As for this hairy orange monster:
Versace
the kitten about to be renamed "ouch dammit"
He's a biter.....and he has no remorse or shame. He will let you hold him but he has much more interesting things to do somewhere else thank-you-very-much. He comes right over for attention and love, but just is WAY more trouble than anyone needs in a hotel room. Seriously.... And did we mention he bites???

Why 3 kittens? It actually works out....if mom takes one out of the room, there is still a pair to keep each other company. Mom feels bad if she takes one and they don't have a friend in the room or if she takes 2 and one spends time alone when the other is out of the room. She took 3 kittens to Nashville and it seemed to work out very well. Plus, if she gets one that absolutely freaks out being in a crowd due to noise or whatever, she has other options.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

chilling

The kittens would once again like to thank their Fairy Catmother for the duck. He is VERY popular and there is normally at least one if not two kittens sleeping on him at a time.
Armani has a think
(we hope he doesn't hurt himself - haha)

Chanel ponders if there is enough room up there for her

Armani toes

and because we can show them...
Daiquiri toes


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

in and out and around

This scratcher is a big hit in the foster room. So far all the kittens can still fit in the holes and that leads to all sorts of fun and games.
Versace half in the scratcher from the front
Gucci going in from the side

Armani sneaks up from the other side

suddenly - Chanel appears
no wonder the boys were so interested

Versace and Armani wage an epic battle for the scratcher

After everyone finally leaves, 
Chanel sneaks off hoping to avoid future battles

They really do have a blast playing with that thing. We suspect they will be seriously heartbroken when they won't fit in the holes any longer.

Mom forgot to get weights this week, but everyone continues to do well - eating and playing hard. Amazing to think they are 6 weeks old now.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

the shelves

Mom thought she was being smart. She didn't want Millie moving the kittens to the bottom shelf of the cabinet, so she put a small carrier and a bunch of towels in there. You can see how well THAT is working....

Fine...whatever....so long as they aren't big enough to get into trouble and get up on the second shelf.

Ummmm....about that....

And getting down is even harder:

We think if mom had been REALLY smart, she would have bought a cabinet with doors! MOL

Monday, May 8, 2017

weekend report

It was pretty quiet around here. Pretty chilly for May, so no open windows. Mom spent lots of time with the kittens. They are pretty bitey - especially Versace.
Dior and her momma's tail

Chanel

Armani
(he always looks startled)

Chanel again

Gucci, Dior and Versace getting a snack

Mom forgot to weigh them over the weekend, but they did get their first vaccines. Hard to believe they will be 6 weeks old tomorrow.

Friday, May 5, 2017

intruder alert

Well, there was a minor incident last Friday night that we thought we would share. Before we get into the details, let us just say that everyone is fine....
momma cat

Millie is fairly protective of her kittens. Not from our mom - that is fine. But if she hears something on the other side of the doors, she is VERY alert (see above) and in fact has been known to growl at us on occasion through the doors. She will also lay right next to the sliding door and right in front of the entrance to the foster room and stare at the crack where the screen door hits the wall. But...she doesn't charge the door or try to get out so that is fine. Thankfully she will also back up when mom opens the door and sticks her foot in Millie's way.

Now, most of us have a healthy fear of are well trained to ignore momma cats. We had one a few years ago that charged out of the bathroom several times and caught Tim, Mozart and Ivy before mom sent her back to the humane society to be spayed and adopted (the kittens were weaned thankfully).

However, Daiquiri has never experienced a momma cat in full protection mode and therefore keeps pushing the boundaries. Daiquiri is mainly the one on the other side of the door or up on the shelves.

Friday night, mom went out with a friend, came home, took care of all of us, watched some TV, read some and went to bed about 11pm. A few minutes after it was dark, she heard a cat scream from the other side of the condo. She was sure that it was us, so she got up to check. Nope.... but another scream led her to the foster space. Where she found that Daiquiri had managed (somehow) to get into the room and Millie was protecting her kittens.

Mom cracked the foster room door open and thankfully Daiquiri knows her name - mom yelled and Daiq headed for the door and made her escape (and went straight under the bed). Millie was ALL puffed up....as were the kittens....but everyone in there looked fine. Mom wasn't about to go in there and risk annoying Millie, so she went to check on Daiquiri. After about 15 minutes, Daiq finally came out from under the bed and mom was able to at least get a good look at her. With her being mostly white, mom was able to see there wasn't any blood. (and has since grabbed her and run her hands over Daiq to be sure she didn't miss anything) However - there were bits of Daiquiri fuzz all over the foster room.

Hopefully Daiquiri learned her lesson and will NOT try that again.

Mom isn't sure how Daiquiri got into the room. The only options are over the doors (see above) or through the pass through from the kitchen (see below).

While mom has never seen Daiquiri on the counters, she suspects it was the pass through. That being the case, she is going to have to find a better way to block the opening while still being able to see through....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

snoozing

FYI: be sure to click on the web camera. Mom bought a new router, got it set up, screwed up the camera, managed to get it reconnected (thank you Wayne from MeShare) and now we are up and running. Hopefully with no interruptions!!
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Of course with all that bouncing around, the kittens then crash and burn. They play hard and sleep hard.
3 tuxedos
Armani at the top, Chanel to the left, Dior to the right


sweet sisters

Dior

They are discovering new and inventive places to sleep. Mom went in the other day and Gucci was sleeping inside the scratcher. The bottom shelf of the tall cabinet has a carrier and towels on it - and several kittens have still climbed up and jammed themselves into the space on top of the towels. The castle is still a popular place as well. And the LOVE the happy duck from our Fairy Catmother.