Tuesday, August 22, 2017

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

It still amazes mom when she is working on applications for the rescue when she calls the vet office only to learn that pet listed hasn't been seen in....years. This year Royal Canin is getting on board and helping people be more aware that cats need regular vet visits.


In the United States, less than half of cats see the veterinarian on a regular basis. Cats need regular check-ups to make sure they’re healthy. National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22 was created to build awareness among cat owners for the need of regular veterinary care.

The American Association for Feline Practitioners has great information and WHY and HOW to get your cat to the vet. As rescuers, we always recommend taking a new pet in to meet your vet within 30 days. Mom says it is more a "look we got a new cat visit" than anything else, but it helps to have been seen before something urgent pops up and you are scrambling to get an appointment.
wait - we is going where??

Don't get us wrong - stick us in a carrier and take us to the v-e-t and we will LOUDLY sing the song of our people. To which mom replies - suck it up kids. MOL She knows it is stressful but she also knows it is necessary.

Cats hide illnesses better than anyone out there and it pays to keep on top of things. From just an annual check up to make sure everything looks and sounds good, to regular vaccines (based on your vet's recommendations), to blood work, to dental cleanings, it is all important. Preventative care is always going to be cheaper than the panicked moment when you have to try to get an appointment or worse have to find an emergency vet.

Luckily the vet we are using now is wonderful and does everything to make sure things are done quickly and without stressing the cats. Of course, Tommy and Mo don't mind strangers, so they are pretty easy. Daiquiri and Ivy get wound up, but mom has taken to using the carriers that have the top come off easily, so she simply takes the carrier apart and no one has to be forced out.

And here is where mom confesses something: Junior and Spud don't actually get regular visits. We know - it is a bad thing. However, both are pretty wild (Junior would actually be considered semi-feral in all honesty). It causes more stress to catch them and get them to the vet and have them be handled than to just leave them alone. It is a hard decision to make, but those two boys aren't your "typical" housecats and so mom makes the exception. Mom has had conversations with the vet and we do have a medication that we can try to "slip" them in order to get them to the vet if mom notices changes in their habits or behaviors. Don't get us wrong....this is NOT ideal and you need to talk to your vet about these situations...but Junior and Spud are exceptions not the rules.

In fact - this is a good reminder: she needs to call to get Mozart in and get his vaccines updated.

During the month of August, if you post a picture or a tip about getting your cat to the vet and use the hashtag #Cat2VetDay Royal Canin will donate $5 to Frankie's Friends which is an organization that helps provide grants for emergency care to family pets in need.

Monday, August 21, 2017

weekend report

The girls are hilarious together. Daiquiri found a couple of spring toys from the black hole where she hides them and has been playing with them all weekend. This of course gets Bacall all wound up and she feels the need to intrude play along.

shining up her whapping paw

Daiquiri is kind of possessive of those toys however and feels no
compunction about growling at Bacall.

Come on Miss Daiquiri - please let me play with it

Some kitten will be here for another week or so. She has this on again/off again sneeze that mom is medicating. In the meantime, she is having a blast sleeping on the bed, snoozing on mom all weekend and chasing Ivy and Daiquiri around the house.

There is a family out there that is going to adopt an awesome kitten. She is a little nosy with no sense of personal space some times, but she is fun loving, outgoing and super friendly. We would recommend she get adopted with another kitten or a young cat in the house willing to play with her.... a lot.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Random Fridays

         UPDATE: Flynn and Bogart were ADOPTED TOGETHER last night!!!
Bogart and Flynn are still at the adoption center. Mom did get a little excited as someone had expressed interest in them, but alas those people changed their minds and the boys are still available.

Rooney and Harlow are doing well at the partner store. Mom says when she dropped them off last weekend, they were completely well adjusted. It's nice not to see them freaking out, but mom says it would be nice if they could at least ACT like they were going to miss her until she leaves the store. In the meantime, they are having fun harassing ankles that walk by their cage. One of the store associates told mom that a lady came in to the store the other day with her standard poodle that is a bit....barky. MOL The dog stuck her nose right in the cage with the kittens (which is something we certainly wish people didn't do to cats in cages at stores like this) but the kittens didn't seem to have a care in the world.

Bacall is recovering well from surgery on Wednesday to be spayed. She has been on and off sneezy though so mom is going to keep her here a few more days just to be careful. That said, she is certainly ready for her forever home.

Beyond that, nothing too exciting here this weekend. The little kittens are 8 weeks old today but going to be one of those groups that just takes longer to get to 2 pounds. With Panache weighing in just over 6 pounds and coming from a bad situation, no surprise there. They did get their first rounds of shots however, so they are getting closer to being ready. They are certainly having a good time playing in the bigger space of the foster room. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

little kittens





Remember to check the web cam (tab at the top of the page) to watch them playing (or more likely sleeping) through out the day. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

on the loose

With her siblings all off at the adoption center or a partner store, Miss Bacall would have been in the foster room by herself. Except we needed that space for Panache and the kittens. She could have gone in the crate, but she is big enough to be out and honestly after listening to her brothers howl in the crate, there is no reason for it.

As of Saturday morning, Bacall had free run of the house. She came right out and made herself at home - no hissing, no nothing with the permanent residents. Of course, none of them got too bent out of shape about her being out either. She did get up in Mozart's face at one point and he gave her the paw of doom so she has learned decided to leave him alone.
It has been a while since there were kittens on the loose in the house. Mom wasn't too sure how it would go overnight. Saturday night Bacall found somewhere else to sleep - mom thinks most likely on the back of the sofa since that is where she was Sunday morning. However, Sunday night Bacall got up on the bed and made herself right at home. Luckily, she picked a spot right next to mom's pillow once the lights went out and she didn't move all night except to occasionally get more comfortable.

Of course, there are always toys to play with....and a Daiquiri to get interested.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

change of space

Let us out....

Saturday afternoon the foster room was cleaned and Panache and the little kittens took up residence. Panache sniffed around, found the food and water, then fell over for a nap.

The kittens sniffed everything, Fish hid for a while, they started to play, then decided to hide for a while just in case.

Fish isn't so sure about the open spaces

Mallard and Foxy have found the incline scratcher

Momma Panache

yep - more kittens find the trackball fascinating

yes, she is sticking her toes in first

Mallard is the most outgoing of the bunch. They are still a little jumpy in the new space and checking things out. Mom is a little scary for them but they will come over and see her after a couple of minutes. Hopefully with more space to run around and mom able to spend more time in there with them, they will come around and be more outgoing. Mom hasn't had a chance to weigh them but they will be 7 weeks old on Friday, so at least a couple more weeks.

Monday, August 14, 2017

weekend report

Mom took Rooney and Harlow to an adoption event on Saturday morning. They did great - interested in the store and all the people and generally unfazed by the noise. After that, there was an opening at the partner store where mom cleans, so they are now up there looking to be adopted. Paws crossed. Mom did get a text from her friend that also cleans that they were all lovey on Sunday though some kitten did try to escape. MOL



Hanging out at the event

Mom came home from the event and cleaned the foster room, transferring Panache and the kittens into there. Bacall was released into the house and we will tell you more about that later. So far the little kittens are seeming to enjoy having more space....and so is Panache. Bacall just can't seem to figure out why she can't get back INTO the room.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Please adopt Chanel

Our last remaining design kitten still hasn't been adopted.

She is on the rescue's website, so she can be seen on various rescue sites as well. She is at the adoption center but caught a cold being in the "teenage" kitten room. Mom wonders if the stress of being up there isn't helping her.

We are asking if you all would be willing to share her on facebook and/or twitter for us. Mom says if you or anyone you know is interested, email us at randomfelines@hotmail.com for more information and adoption information. Mom says she is willing to drive a couple of hours if someone nearby is looking for a super sweet, confident, outgoing tuxedo kitten.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Random Fridays

It was pointed out to us in the comments yesterday that it was our Blogoversary (oops). 9 years of posting about the permanent residents and foster kittens. Thanks as always for coming along for the ride.

Do you recognize this cat??
This is Miss Katie Isabella. Mom got to spend some time with her mom when she was visiting her parents in Tennessee. Miss Katie came out for a few minutes when she discovered mom brought treats.

Check out the sign mom hung on one of the doors to the foster room. Mudpie's mom lives in the land of no retail shopping and asked if someone would be willing to pick up a couple of things at a home store. Since there is one right near mom's office, she volunteered. And of course picked up a couple of things for herself. Including this sign.... Mo approves (though he wishes there was no "S" on the word cat)  (fyi - the chain you see isn't attached to the sign or the holder - it goes to the light in the background that is hidden behind the sign - nice picture taking skills mom)

Bacall is trying to figure out the phone
Mom has to leave it upside down or some kitten will 
inevitably slide across it and turn it on
(that ring is from Triple-T Studios)

Guess what??? A certain one-eyed kitten was adopted on Wednesday. Mom wasn't at the adoption center, but a friend of hers was and mom got a text. A family that adopted from the rescue before came in specifically looking for a black kitten since they know they don't get adopted as quickly. Strangely, there are no black kittens at the adoption center at the moment. (weird right?) Miss Amanda pointed them over to the boys in their tower and they fell in love with Romero.
Romero - ADOPTED

Harlow was spayed on Wednesday and Rooney got his stitches out and the cone off. The clinic said Rooney was a serious ham all day at the clinic - we have no doubt he was BORED out of his mind and enjoying having the cone off.

Mom has an adoption event tomorrow morning and will be taking those two. From there they will head up to the adoption center. When mom gets home she will figure out how to rearrange everyone else.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Harlow and Bacall

We just have to say right off the bat that this has been a fabulous group of kittens. OK - they have been snotty and had eyeball issues and given mom some heartburn. But....they are lovey and purry and outgoing and never met a stranger. They have wonderful personalities and will make great additions to any family.

Harlow was spayed on Wednesday. Bacall has some on again/off again snot and mom didn't want to deal with the clinic, so she is on hold for right now. However, the girls are hilarious together and have such similar markings that mom thought she would give them a day to themselves on the blog.

Bacall in action sliding over Harlow's head

Harlow in purple (front) and Bacall in red (back)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

wordless Wednesday (mostly)

*ok - that last one makes mom laugh like crazy. Poor Rooney, cone on, zipper showing.... hahaha

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

meet up

Yesterday we showed you pictures of Panache and the kittens in a crate in the living room. However, before mom decided to move them, she opened up the big exercise pen and used it to block off space in the hallway and sat down to spend some time with this group.
Godzilla had to come check things out
(she kept trying to climb over to mooch kitten food visit)
mom spent more time making Daiquiri stay down than anything else.

Daiquiri and Mallard checking each other out

Mom wasn't sure what Panache would do about seeing Daiquiri.
Obviously she has know about the cats on the other side of the door, 
but she hasn't seen one in person. Thankfully she was so very good.
She came out, sniffed some and went back in for a nap.
Check out how much Mallard looks like her momma.

Ivy coming to check things out. 
The kittens were curious and no one pulled out their stranger danger suits.

Foxy isn't too sure about things but still curious

"come closer"
Hey look - Fish finally ventured out.
She is definitely the shyest of the kittens and it took her 
a little longer to decide she wanted to see what was happening in the hall.

Mozart comes to check out the kittens

After a while of this it become more evident that the bathroom wasn't working. While the floor space is a little more in the bathroom, they are trying harder to escape. Hopefully within the next couple of days we can work something else out.