Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Look what we got

**quick kitten note: 4 of the 6 were neutered on Monday (don't get mom started on the other 2 - she is SO NOT HAPPY about how this turned out - though the kittens are fine so it isn't that). However, if you are watching on the web cam, they are spending even more time asleep. Puzzle HOWLED all the way home from the clinic and spent the next two hours wound up until he finally passed out - proving that his "Screamy" nickname is well earned.

Last week, mom took Chanel and headed off to St. Louis to the Cat Writer's Association convention. It was a chance to hang with her cat ladies friends, learn some stuff, meet new people and socialize a certain tuxedo cat. As you can see, said cat didn't enjoy the hotel room at all. HAHA

Anyhow, there were lots of great sponsors and one of them was Sturdi Products. They made the badges for the convention and make lots of great pet stuff. One of them is the large pop up kennel you see below....

They make a small that is half of this one. Mom was pretty interested as it unzips in the front and on both ends. There is a middle panel that also zips closed or can remain open (and if mom used it for a mom and kittens, it can be zipped 1/2 way so the kittens can't get over into a litter box or food). Plus it basically twists twice and lays flat in it's own carrying case. It also has straps on the back so it can be belted into a car.

Turns out the owner didn't want to pack up stuff to take home with her and made mom a deal. Mom couldn't pay her fast enough. She got it strapped into the back seat of the Escape with the help of Miss Julie (from Cats Herd You and mom's roommate for the convention). It was pretty easy (and would have been easier except there is a cover on the back seat and they had to go fishing for the buckles). Mom put Chanel in there for the ride home and she seemed to enjoy the extra space.


It is a little deeper than the back seat of the Escape but since it is belted in, there is no risk of it tipping over in the car. Mom was hoping to use it for adoption events with kittens, but she isn't sure about that now since the mesh is actually kind of hard to see through for the public. It has several pockets too. Overall - a definite win for cat travel.

**we weren't paid for this review and mom paid for the kennel, even at a discount. We just wanted to share a fun product that we found and enjoyed. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

up to no good


Cipher sees something at the sliding doors

Roomba marching off to do girl stuff

Enigma - please stop chewing on mom's seat cushion

don't jump....don't jump

It seems odd, but having all 6 kittens in there seemed to MORE than double the quantity of kittens in the foster room. They are all over the place - moving cans, tipping over the water jug (there is a reason there is a lid on that thing), trying to open the drawers, pushing each other off the Kasas. The noise is impressive too - between the thundering around the space and the screaming when someone bites someone else, we wonder if those kittens ever actually sleep.

Mom weighed everyone on Sunday:
Puzzle 2 pounds 5 ounces
Enigma 2 pounds 5 ounces
Cipher 2 pounds 8 ounces
Hoover 2 pounds 5 ounces
Roomba 2 pounds 2 ounces
Dyson 1 pound 13 ounces (lightweight...haha)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

kill the towel


must...kill...the...towel

what? not doing anything

Hoover is coming over to check out mom
but even cuter, check out Dyson's toes


The towel was originally in there for....well mom can't remember. Now it is in there to wipe kitten eyeballs. It ends up all over the room however as kittens drag it around. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

family pictures


what are you staring at over there??

no kittens - over here

so close

look lady - just give it up

The kittens are doing very well together. Mom checked on them the other day and there were 4 out
of 6 kittens stacked up on the penthouse on top of the Kitty Kasas. The decoders are fine with their collars which is nice since it is easier to tell them apart in pictures and even on the web cam.

The vacuum kittens are doing so much better and are seeking attention and love from mom. She thinks that they were mostly jumpy due to Bissell being jumpy. It really does make a huge difference for kittens to have examples showing them that things are OK.

They are having a blast running around the foster room. Sometimes it is absolutely silent and you wonder if there are kittens in there are all, and other times it sounds like there is an army in there.

Friday, May 10, 2019

more kittens


vacuum kittens: Hoover, Dyson and Roomba

Hoover getting his thruup on

those boys always look so surprised

nope - no birds in here

So the decoder kittens finally got new names - and new collars. Our Fairy Catmother sent collars that are small enough to fit kittens. Green stayed green, Yellow stayed yellow, and the FCM decided Screamy could be neon orange since he's loud. hahaha

Anyhow, mom decided since she needed to do their paperwork, she should actually assign names: yellow is Cipher; green is Enigma; orange is Puzzle. If you are watching the web cam, the nice part is that these collars show up pretty well on the camera. The black kitten without a collar is Roomba.

All 6 kittens are getting along really well. The nice part is that since the decoders are so darn friendly, they have convinced the vacuums to be the same. Dyson is no where near as skittish as he had been - he is now coming up and asking for attention and isn't running when mom tries to catch him.

Surgery is scheduled for all of them on May 20. So if you live in central Ohio or are willing to travel, let us know....  :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

kittens

With Bissell back at the rescue, mom decided to see about integrating the kittens. The vacuum kittens could use an example of being more brave with people and the decoder kittens needed more space than the bathroom to run around.

Step One: introductions through the play pen. Roomba was the most curious and the boys inside couldn't have been less interested in the other kittens.

Step Two: find a cozy spot to sit and stare at the new guys.

Step Three: toys

Green was amazed!!! It went remarkably well. Despite being almost 3 weeks different in ages, they are all really about the same size. Mom did weigh them and everyone is almost 2 pound except Dyson who is slightly less than everyone else. Which is odd considering he is kind of aggressive about that food bowl.

The kittens are doing very well with each other. The decoders are more coordinated as they are older and they play a little rougher. But mom noticed Monday night when she was in there that the vacuum kittens are definitely a little bolder and more curious about her. Whether that is their momma being gone or the example made by the decoders, we aren't sure.

Monday, May 6, 2019

weekend report

family picture

Bissell went back to the rescue on Saturday and will be spayed today. She managed to get out of the foster room about 11pm on Friday and went after Daiquiri and Chanel. No one was hurt but Bissell was VERY angry.

Mom is hoping that her being spayed and away from the kittens will calm her down some. Bissell is still kind of hard to read but right now mom isn't sure if it is hormones, kittens, both or just Bissell. Until she is spayed and away from the kittens, it is hard to say. And since she either figured out the door or Daiquiri pushed it open, it causes a scary situation for mom. So back to the rescue and some decompression. She will be by herself for a few days after being spayed while the rescue gets a better handle on her attitude toward other cats. Mom is very sure she shouldn't be with kids, so that will be part of it.


We aren't sure when it happened, but guess who had a birthday on Sunday??  Goldfish turned 1 year old. HAPPY Birthday sweet girl!!!

Mom went shopping on Saturday and bought a new harness for Chanel. She isn't sure what she thinks about it, but she sure is cute.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Random Fridays


Bissell
She is still very much not happy with the other adult cats, but again at least is able to be distracted. She got all ticked off the other day when mom was in there as some cat was on the other side of the door. Bissell sure can make a lot of racket and she whacked the door a couple of times. She IS getting better about smacking at mom, so that is a good thing.

Something else interesting happened last week though. While Miss Z was here and entertaining the decoder kittens in the playpen, mom took food from the table and went to get their dinner ready. They know the sounds of the container and started howling like the beasts they are. Mom couldn't hear anything, but apparently Bissell started chirping from the foster room as it seems "starving" kittens make her upset. Which makes mom wonder if she might be ok with other kittens in there. Who knows?? The main reason the decoder kittens were kept on their own (besides getting vaccinated and a little snot) was mom wasn't sure she could trust Bissell.

Speaking of the decoder kittens, they are doing well though they will never be very big. Both of mom's friends that were over last weekend were amazed when mom told them how old the boys actually are as compared to their size (born 2/25/19). They are still super social and friendly and their snot has cleared up as well.

some tuxedo cat is suspicious of your intentions
(and yes, she LOVES to sleep on that scratcher)

her favorite perch
(and also suspicious - must be a tuxedo thing)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

really kids

Roomba - look over here

now we lost Hoover

nevermind - apparently they were done


Things to climb, cans to tip over

Monday, April 29, 2019

weekend report


we have hit the messy stage

Dyson - so very judgy
The vacuum kittens are still jumpy. They will let you hold them and at least are no longer as squirmy to get down immediately, but they are still a work in progress. Miss A went in with mom on Sunday and Bissell HISSED at Miss A something fierce. But...she then backed off - she was never aggressive, but hissy - and did come over for pets and scratches. Definitely one of those times when you wish cats could talk. 

the decoder kittens in the pen in the living room

The kittens got to socialize this weekend - Saturday night our friend Miss Z came over and Sunday morning Miss A came over. Since the decoder kittens are in the bathroom and it will never fit 2 people and 3 kittens, mom moved the pen into the living room and let the kittens hang out in that. It actually worked really well. Mom would never leave them unsupervised, but it gives them a little more space to run around and a different environment to check out.

They spent the first few minutes being weirded out by the different space and the ceiling fan and then got into playing and climbing on the ladies. They are now 10 weeks old and about the same size as the vacuum kittens so they are pretty little for their age. But eating and active and social so that is more than enough for us. Mom needs to weigh them, but isn't worried about them at all. They are no longer sneezy and snotty and have their first round of vaccines. Their neuter surgery is scheduled for May 20, so we have a few weeks with them yet.
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Daiquiri was having a case of the crazies on Sunday morning. She doesn't get them very often and they don't last long, but when she does:

Friday, April 26, 2019

decoder kittens


Chanel getting all flirty with the boys


They are doing well. Mom gave them dewormer preventative and it gave them....the runs. However, it seems to be clearing up so hopefully that is over. Yuck. They are still super friendly and VERY vocal about what they want. Daiquiri went over the gate the other night and hissed at them (which is rude considering she is in there to steal their kitten food). The boys just stared at her.
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tuxedo girls
always looking for trouble

Chanel has recovered. Her foot looks all healed up and now she just needs the fur to grown back. She has been chasing Goldfish around the house (who is very glad the bandage and the cone are gone) and Chanel also pounced on mom in bed the other morning, so she is obviously feeling much better.

Ivy has decided to spend the weekend like this
she suggests you find something similar to do with your time


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

vacuum kittens - 5 weeks old

Dyson
He is our scaredy boy. He hissy at mom and takes the longest to come 
over when she is in the room (unless she just grabs him). He actually
got startled the other day and spit at Bissell which was pretty funny.

Roomba
Our bold intrepid girl. She is the first to come over for attention 
but gets squirmy being held. She is all about beating up the boys though.

Hoover
Oh he is a lover. He will come over with some encouragement 
but will let mom flip him right over and rub his belly.

Dyson - king of the scratcher

Roomba in her cave

Love Dyson's expression - "stop mom"

da boyz

All the kittens are doing well. Bissell is too though she certainly still has some hand issues that mom is working on with her. Bissell loves to be scratched and have her ears rubbed, but move your hands to fast and she will slap you around.

The kittens are all eating canned and dry food. Mom is having to limit the canned food as we seem to have an ant invasion. Mom got some advice and seems to have thwarted their efforts for now. (she cleaned the threshold to the sliding door with a lemon cleaner and put down cinnamon along the base boards and also along the wall in the garage where she feeds Allie).

Monday, April 22, 2019

weekend report


We have birds that build nests in our gutters and also bang occasionally on the windows. While it drives every cat a little nuts, those birds seem to be taunting Chanel and Goldfish.

Chanel got the cone off this weekend. She is just so terribly pitiful and mom isn't sure she is eating with it on anyhow. Dr F took off the big bandage on Friday. She suggested a sock to cover it and keep stuff out while letting it breathe. She even gave us some vet wrap to use to keep it on. The sock didn't even stay on overnight. MOL But is looks SO much better and seems to be either healed over in one spot or scabbed over, so mom gave up, left off the sock and removed the cone. As of last night Chanel was doing laps around the condo chasing Goldfish, so we are sure she is feeling fine.


Can you stand the cute??
Roomba and Hoover in one of our Kitty Kasas

Hoover LOVES to have his belly rubbed.

The vacuum kittens are still a little shy. Mom has to sit with them for a few minutes before they will come over and act friendly. They are having a blast playing in the kitten room however. In fact, Bissell was playing with them the other day and the floor pads were all over the place.

The decoder kittens are doing well also. They are pretty small though so mom is making sure they get plenty to eat. And....their mom was spayed so that problem is taken care of. Mom got to see her last week - turns out she is only 9 months old. And she is pretty tiny.

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Could you all do us a favor and send some purrs to our friend Miss Connie over at Tails from the Foster Kittens? She had 2 momma cats from not great starts and the one was pretty sick. That mom seems to be doing better, but all of her kittens have since passed away. It is so very hard as a foster to love these fragile lives and do everything we can only to lose them.