Tuesday, December 12, 2017

and of course then this happened

Earlier this fall a homeless woman came into the spay/neuter clinic that the rescue uses. She had a mom cat with 5 kittens. Mom was VERY underweight and the clinic called our rescue to help. Unfortunately all but one kitten did not survive and this little girl was supplemented for weeks to keep her alive. Mom was nursing but didn't have the resources to provide everything the kitten needed.
pretty momma cat

Mom fell in love with this pair over a period of time and would love on them when she went through the intake part of the rescue. With the Texas kittens back at the rescue, mom asked to take this pair. She brought them home on Wednesday. The mom cat enjoyed stretching out and the kitten ran around in circles for about 15 minutes.

Mom cat is very tiny and we suspect she is pretty young. The kitten is 8 weeks old (as of 12/11) and SO tiny at 1 pound 3 ounces. The joke is she will be 6 months old before she can be spayed.

Meet Sigourney (mom) and Weaver (kitten).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Let's try this again

By Friday, the Texas kittens were running around like nuts....no sneezing, no drooling, no nothing. But...they were taking up mom space and Chanel was acting more and more unhappy about it. That said, mom took Chanel out on Saturday and then asked if the Texas kittens could come back to the adoption center on Sunday. Mom got them up there just as the center opened and they are set up in a wire cat tower all together. When mom left, Marfa was toward the back but everyone else was acting curious and checking things out. Mom gave their background to a couple of volunteers. As of this writing, no news on adoptions, but we hope they go quickly (and in pairs).

Friday, December 8, 2017

Random Fridays

We have Christmas cards....lots of Christmas cards. MOL If you would like one from us this year - no obligation - send us your address here and we will send you a card. (and delete your information)

Seriously - how can you not love that face??

Nothing too exciting this weekend. Mom is still working on the database for the rescue - which is taking a lot of her time so we apologize for not visiting and commenting much lately. She also wants to make sure Chanel gets a chance to get out of the house this weekend. It didn't happen last weekend and mom wants to keep her in practice.

Well, color us surprised about the Texas kittens being out overnight. Mom posted on Instagram on Wednesday evening that she was giving it 50/50 odds that anyone would get any sleep. Well...they were curious about the bedroom and did some investigating (the bedroom door is closed during the day), jumped on the bed, and checked out the dressers. But once the lights went out, they settled down and spent most of the night curled up right next to mom. So sweet (though hard to turn over).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

that was NOT the plan

We have Christmas cards....lots of Christmas cards. MOL If you would like one from us this year - no obligation - send us your address here and we will send you a card. (and delete your information)

The intention was to take the Texas kittens up to the adoption center Tuesday night to find them their forever homes for Christmas. However, Amarillo started drooling over the weekend and by Tuesday night there was various sneezing. Under the category of "better safe than sorry", they are back with us for a few days on meds.

And of course....they figured out how to get out of the foster room. Mom didn't witness the ACTUAL escape, but Wednesday morning they were all out playing in the living room when mom came out to get ready for work. Mom walked into the living room to see three of them sitting there - all with this "We have no idea what happened" expression. sigh..... She cracked the door into the foster room, but we suspect there may not be much action on the web cam.

hooligans - all of them

Wednesday, December 6, 2017



Our Blueberry boy went home last night - along with a new sibling to play with.

We have Christmas cards....lots of Christmas cards. MOL If you would like one from us this year - no obligation - send us your address here and we will send you a card. (and delete your information)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

adoption events

We have Christmas cards....lots of Christmas cards. MOL If you would like one from us this year - no obligation - send us your address here and we will send you a card. (and delete your information)

The Texas kittens went out both Saturday and Sunday to adoption events. No applications though. They were fairly nervous on Saturday but by Sunday had relaxed.


Bristol - what a poser

smooshed behind her siblings

Shiner and Bristol

They will go up to the adoption center today. Hopefully they will adjust pretty quickly and get adopted quickly too. We would love to see them go in pairs...heaven knows Bristol at least will need someone to keep him company (out of trouble).

Monday, December 4, 2017

back story on the Texas kittens

While mom had the kittens out on Saturday, she decided to reach out to their original rescue organization and give them an update. The kittens came from Wharton County SPOT in Texas.

 the area after the flooding

 Amelia - mom cat to the kittens. We think the paperwork got separated during transport as Amelia wasn't with the kittens and neither mom or the rescue knew Amelia is the kittens' mom until we got the email from the rescue with more information.
The kittens in a crate on the front porch.

Mom was going to give you their story, but decided to just let Christine tell it to you in her own words:

Our community was devastated by catastrophic flooding. It was unprecedented and caught many county residents off guard, necessitating rescues by boat in the pitch dark/middle of the night. Some were alerted to the situation by their dogs - who ran off due to the water quickly rushing in.

We were contacted during the flooding by someone with a contact with Alley Cat Allies. As a result, we were able to transfer 24 cats/kittens to Austin Pets Alive when the water receded - these were cats/kittens already in our care or at the two municipal shelters. Alley Cat Allies also awarded us an emergency grant which then allowed us to help more cats/kittens. This was a godsend because many of our Board members/fosters/donors were affected by the flooding and are now focused on getting their lives back on track. Many community members and some businesses are living in travel trailers on their property while renovations to their homes/businesses are being done.

About 3 weeks after the flood waters receded, we received a call from a woman who's home was flooded. A stray cat had made her way to her porch with her four kittens during the flood. I went to meet with her and assess the situation (were they healthy, friendly). It can be tricky with outdoor cats with our limited resources. It costs us about $200/cat for vaccinations, exam, and other expenses.

The other positive was that Colony Cats had already agreed to take in more kittens/cats from us and we had transport scheduled the following week. As a foster-based rescue, we are challenged with having enough folks to care for cats until we can either get them adopted or transferred. And transfers are tricky because the ground transport group we use for dogs has a driver that is allergic to cats. We have found a different transporter who transported the cats to you both time, but it isn't cheap - about $700/trip. The grant helped fund the two trips.

The kittens were adorable and she had already caught them in a milk crate; I was able to handle them. The momma cat was approachable and Mary's daughter was able to catch her and get her in a kennel. I thought it best they come into SPOT's care while they were all "caught." They hung out in our office for a week until we were able to transport them to you.

We are VERY grateful to the lady who found Amelia and her kittens and to SPOT for taking them in knowing they had a safe place to go. Thanks also to Alley Cat Allies for grants to help with transport costs. It really does take a village to help save animals.

The kittens are all safe and healthy and will be at our adoption center starting tomorrow looking for forever homes. Amelia was spayed and is in our intake department getting over a cold. Mom got a good look at her on Sunday and she is very cute and looks very much like her kittens. Once she is over her cold she will go back out to the adoption floor.

Normally we ask for your support for our rescue. But...in this season of giving if you are so moved, we would be grateful if you decided to give a little to SPOT to help them rebuild.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Random Fridays

If you would like a Christmas postcard from us this year, drop us a quick email to randomfelines at hotmail dot com (yes we spelled it out - trying to avoid the bots).

Speaking of Christmas cards, mom took Chanel last Saturday to a photo shoot being held at a local pet specialty store to benefit a senior dog rescue. A local professional photographer donated his time and talents and did a great job. Chanel was the only cat and was wonderful. Mom was giving it 60/40 odds against her cooperation, but she got into the back area, mom sat her down on the bench and she sat there like a champ. Mom sort of wishes she had taken off Chanel's harness and just put on her collar (the photographer photoshopped out her leash) but thinking now, it may not have worked as Chanel seems to "sit" more with the harness on.

Mom is using a different one for our card.

The Texas kittens are all spayed and neutered and ready to go. Adoption events this weekend and then up to the adoption center. Hopefully they will go quickly as they are just such a nice group of kittens and VERY people friendly.

Oh - and there were comments about how long the log cabin would last with the kittens. The log cabin in the living room where the permanent residents have access but NO KITTENS allowed (except for that tuxedo one that lives here).

Have a nice and safe weekend.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

it is that time

Well, they have been here a while,  but it is just about time for our Texas refugees to find their forever homes. They are so super sweet that we hope they get adopted extra quick. They were dropped off this morning for their spay/neuter surgeries and will be ready to go. There are adoption events this weekend and they will go with mom then next week head up to the adoption center. They are very purry and lovey and just adore people. They were a little freaked out this morning at the clinic but that was mainly the big barking dogs (with dumb owners).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

the log cabin

Every year Target (no affiliation or sponsorship - we bought our own house) has a new house for sale. They started out pretty basic and just for Christmas but have expanded from there. Mom wasn't planning to buy one this year, but we have trashed all the others and it does get used, so she broke down and got us the log cabin (apparently there is also a sky chalet, but this was all that was available at the store she where she was shopping).

doing it weird

So far everyone has had a chance and it is usually occupied. Chanel was actually the last one to get the right to use it...stay tuned to tomorrow to see her opposition.

Monday, November 27, 2017

long weekend

We had a 4 day weekend here in the US and mom decided to take it off. Well sort of. She gets off from work for the holiday anyhow, but took a break from some other things.
This was a popular "sport" over the weekend.

Mom was invited to spend Thanksgiving with some friends. She didn't drive to be with family as it is a lot of time on the road. They had a nice dinner and she spent some time over there after dinner just chatting.

That is Ivy's favorite spot right in front of the floor vent.

The rescue had an anonymous donor sponsoring adoptions this weekend, so mom was at the adoption center Friday night helping out. She is also still working on their database, so she spent some time scanning documents and uploading things to that as well.

Of course, napping, tv watching and sports were also on the agenda. Mom spent time playing with the Texas kittens and took Chanel out on Saturday afternoon. She did do a little shopping but waited until Saturday. Otherwise it was a nice quiet few days off. Of course, she says that means this week will seem all that much longer. We have no idea what she is talking about. MOL

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Texas kitten update

Well, we are hoping (knock on wood, cross your paws) nearing the end of the snot. It was pretty epic though. Bless those kittens - they stayed friendly and purry the entire time. The meds helped though they disliked the nebulizer (we think it is probably the noise).



Marfa apparently had other places to be that didn't involve the kitten room. And check out the behind in that last picture over by the food dish. Yep - Chanel has figured out there is kitten food in there and makes a run into the kitten room every time mom goes in. Which is hilarious considering now that they are feeling better, the Texas kittens run OUT of the kitten room every time mom goes in. Thankfully they come right back either for attention or for canned food.

We wish all of our US friends a Happy Thanksgiving. Mom decided not to travel again this year, so she will be around most of the weekend. However, she got a new laptop AND is working on the database for the rescue, so we doubt we will get as much attention as those two things. MOL

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

calendar review

This month we got a request to review a calendar from Chewy.com. They are starting to have stuff for pet people on their website and wanted mom to take a look.

Disclaimer: we did receive the book and calendar at no charge, but that doesn't affect our review. All opinions expressed are our own (or mom's in this case). 

The Mom here....

I love me a good wall calendar. I hang it up in the entry to the kitchen and it helps keep me on track. Look - for me, if it isn't written down, it doesn't happen. So...payday, volunteer days, rescue events. Those are all on there. Plus...kittens arriving, vaccine dates, spay dates. The whole thing tracks what is going on in the house.

Of course, cute factors in as well and this one is adorable. The spaces are big enough that I can write in my notes and whatever and sturdy enough to hang on the wall. LOVE IT!

As a bonus, I also got a book with a similar theme. It is a small size and the pictures are adorable. I do love books like this - something cute to flip through and take your mind off of things.

So, next time you place your pet food order, get something for yourself.