Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember the snack kittens who came here in March of this year. In fact, if you attended Blog Paws, you may have gotten to meet Triscuit.
Well a couple of weeks ago, mom got an email from the woman and family that adopted Chex and Milano. It seems their son (who is about 7 years old) developed some pretty serious allergies. They had tried lots of things but none of them were working. The whole family was devastated and wanted some suggestions. Mom has allergies and gave them some ideas, but it seems the little boy was having some bad reactions - in fact he would break out in hives if one of the kittens licked him.
So mom made arrangements for them the come back and we will get them up on Petfinder and to the Petco store when there is space and when they are ready. Right now they are in the bathroom and adjusting. Chex is pretty outgoing and happy to see mom. Milano spent most of Saturday hissing at mom every time she walked in the room (which is ok and understandable). They haven't been out to meet us yet, but they have to know we are out here as mom has seen both Amelia and Ivy sleeping outside the door. But there is no rush..... And as of yesterday morning, both kittens were greeting mom and making all lovey with her. Chex got out of the bathroom and headed towards us with no name-calling, so mom said she is going to see about letting them out for a little bit.
Mom said she barely made it through it all without crying. She could tell the woman was very upset. And it seems the kittens were pretty popular in the neighborhood - and their son and the neighbor kids all had a party Friday night to tell the kittens goodbye. That did it.....mom almost lost it. She did ask if they wanted to be kept up to date. The woman said she and her husband had talked about that and really weren't sure. But she said email her and they can always decide later what, if anything to tell their son.
So, welcome back Chex and Milano. We are so very sorry it didn't work out. But you were very loved and are missed....and we will do our very best to find you another wonderful home (the family said they will be talking to people too).
Mom did say that she doesn't remember Cookie being very big....so their daddy must have been a big boy. Milano is probably average size, but that Chex boy is a moose. :) And Chex is pretty hard to get a picture of as well.....he spends a lot of time rubbing against mom looking for love. Milano is a little bit shyer but is coming around. It is a lot of change for them.
For anyone who volunteers or works in animal rescue, returns are the worst. And they can happen in so many forms and for so many reasons. Thankfully with the advent of microchips, rescues can now get contact from other shelters if their animals are taken somewhere else. We don't know of any rescue that doesn't have language in their adoption contracts about bringing the animal back to the rescue if you can't keep them. Not that people are always that responsible.
Most recently our friend Miss Kelly had one of her kittens returned. But Garnet is lucky and will shortly be on her way to her new forever home. Mom says we are lucky that we have had one return since we started doing adoptions from the Petco store....and Opal was much better off coming back (and was adopted again pretty quickly too).
Returns can be for any reason - and some are better than others. Moving, new baby, new spouse....those make mom nuts. Maestro has crossed MANY state lines with mom over the years. As for a spouse, she doesn't have one of those but tells us that it is "love me love my cats" around here.
But, financial reasons abound in this economy. We are seeing lots of returns as people lose their jobs and their homes and are barely able to take care of themselves.
And sometimes medical issues become an issue....and that is where this story starts. more on that tomorrow
Mom says that 19 years ago today she never could have forseen the journey she has taken with our old mancat. For those of you who haven't heard the story, mom got Maestro when she was in college. Her brother was allowed to get a kitten (see the orange guy in the second picture) and mom was SURE that Butterscotch was lonely. Turns out not so much.....B would chew on Maestro's ears until he yelled. And then one day Maestro went off and got neutered...sympathy was a good thing and they were buddies until Butterscotch left for the Bridge.
Maestro may not LIKE the kittens, but they do seem to like him
and Maestro is just too old to care enough to get up and leave
a good flashback picture - Maestro, Mo, Butterscotch, Tim and Tom
(not sure when it was taken though)
Maestro favorite habit now-a-days
snoozing with Ivy - sun puddles ROCK
We hope you can join us in celebrating 19 years with the old mancat. He has moved many times with mom and has gone through cats, fosters and roommates. He is pretty mellow and laid back. And for being 19 years old, pretty healthy.
OK, normally we do random Fridays....but we have something else going on tomorrow. :)
Thanks for the purrs for Amelia. She still sounds kinda yucky.....but the vet said she should start improving after a couple of days. Mom caught her actually sneezing the other day - after being SO stuffed up, that is improvement.....
Remember us telling you about our friend Miss DeLynn and the kitten she is fostering?
She-Ra and her protector Jack
Well, Best Friends has a guardian angel program where special animals are featured. One of those cats is a boy named Piazza. Well is seems before She-ra went to live in foster care, she spent some time charming Piazza. And when she went in for a check up she got to see him again - and the picture of her is adorable.
Mom has been slacking, so we decided to pin her down and make her tell you about some of the contests we participated in and won something:
Tails from the Foster Kittens had one (like way back this fall) where we won a box from Pet Flow. It had some treats and food and cat grass (get on that mom) and toy. What fun (though to be honest, the kittens that got the food didn't seem all that interested.
Then we won this book in a contest on Sparkle's blog. We are still waiting for mom to read it to us and show us the pictures. That Simon guy is pretty funny.
We won this one from Hilary - Lucy's mom on Feeling Beachie. Mom said she is going to use it with the foster kitts. Though it says size large....not sure which kitten she thinks that is going to fit on. But so long as she has no plans to use it on US its all good. MOL
THANKS to all of you....we love getting stuff in the mail.
Miss Amelia ended up at the v-e-t yesterday. She just can't seem to shake the snot that she got. She is back on another drug and we are hoping this one works. We can tell she just doesn't feel very good. And we don't think it is very nice that mom is calling her Darth Snot.
Rosemary contemplates how many toes she has
(a lot - she is a polydactyl or mitten paw)
prior to his manicure, Basil wants you to know
he has claws and is not afraid to use them
This is not the first time we have had polydactyl kittens, but Rosemary's white feet make her seriously even more adorable. And Miss Saffron's toes are a little more obvious as she gets bigger.
We got some good suggestions and will add them to our list. But this seems to fit her. We had a couple of suggestions for Thumbelina - that's kind of hard to keep saying plus we have NO idea how it relates to Basil and Saffron. MOL
She is cracking mom up. She has NO fear and the three kittens seem to be doing very well with each other. Everyone got manicures the other day....mom was tired of being used as a scratching post.
Mom has modified the paypen by adding baby jail to it. It gives them a little more room to run around. Rosie and Basil have both tried to climb the outside of the playpen to escape, but the manicures helped with that. Rosie is pretty bouncy and when they wear each other out, they go back inside to crash.
And of course the box is pretty popular. Normally either Saffron or Basil are sleeping in it, or Rosie is climbing all over it. But when Basil climbed in on top of Saff, mom had to get a picture. :)
The other day mom got a call from our friend Miss Kelly. She asked.... "do you have kittens?" When mom stopped laughing she said - yep. What's up??
It seems that a friend of Miss Kelly's called and said she had found a sick kitten in her back yard all alone. She brought the kitten inside and was caring for it but didn't know exactly what she was doing. So Miss Kelly gave her some advice and mom filled in the blanks through texts.
Miss Kelly fosters as well but everyone agrees that single kittens aren't a good thing - they are better in groups where they can get experience and social skills. Miss Kelly doesn't currently have fosters, so mom agreed to have the kitten come here.
No name yet. Little girl, short haired gray and white. And....polydactyl. Yep - she has thumbs like Saffron. We would like to stick with the theme, but we are taking suggestions.
She just came into the house last night after getting her "negative" test results. She is vaccinated and in with Basil and Saffron. So far they are checking each other out and it is going well.
We will have more updates for you, but wanted to let you in on the newbie.
This was going to be wordless until Monday night. See, Amelia was playing with the same red fuzzy toy you will see in the videos. Only Monday night....she was running around the outside of the playpen where Saff and Basil are living. And as she was running around - with the toy in her mouth - she was growling at the kittens. Saff was chasing her (to no avail) and both were a little baffled by the sound effects. Mom would have gotten video but it wasn't bright enough in the living room (ok - and she was laughing too hard).
Well it was an adoption weekend at Petco so mom decided to be there both days due to the fall season and trying to get some adoptions. We didn't have any adoptions, but mom talked to lots of people, got some donations and talked to potential adopters that might come back or go to our adoption center. Plus she said it was "old home" week as she got to talk to Cheerio's mom, the couple that adopted Cooper and Ashley, the lady (and her big dog) that adopted Jonny, and the couple that just adopted Luke - who said he came right out of the carrier and moved in like he has always been there. Plus on Sunday, the lady who adopted Busch and Miller came in so mom got to see pictures of them, and since she is related to the lady who adopted Sierra and Sebastian, mom got to see pictures of them too (everyone is getting so big - and Sierra appears to be slightly crossed eyed). Both of them like us on facebook so we hope to see some updates.
Friday afternoon mom moved Basil and Saffron from the bathroom to the playpen. They haven't been out yet, but Amelia finds them fascinating.
Yes, Amelia is ON the playpen in that first picture.
Amelia was in baby jail with the kittens at Petco and was great with them. Since Friday night Amelia has been out and about with us all the time. Mom let her out way early on Friday am when Amelia decided she didn't want to be in the playpen by herself. Amelia spent part of Saturday night in there with the kitts (she wanted the canned food) but in the middle of the night was crying to get out. She hasn't been too bad to sleep with so far. MOL
Our friends at Perfectly Parker are asking for our help making people and animals aware that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.
Our friend Bella over at Paws and Effect even features a "sugar kitty" each week looking for a home. Bella is diabetic herself and has made it her mission to debunk the myths and show people that having a pet with it isn't such a big deal.
So with Maverick and Goose at Petco, mom is faced with a decision.....Amelia is now on her own in the playpen in the living room. Basil and Saffron are in the bathroom. Hmmmmm
Gonna be a busy weekend here.....Petco's adoption weekend is this weekend and rather than just Sunday, the manager asked mom to come both days. So hopefully we will have adoption news on Monday. In the meantime, she has to get organized so she can get over there with the three kittens from here and all her stuff.
Our guys in green aren't playing football this weekend. Mom says they have a "bye". If they are just off for the week, we have no idea why it is called a "bye". Peeps are weird.
We want to add our purrs to Ginger Jasper's family as he ran for the Bridge yesterday....
Loved reading some of the comments from Tuesdays post about adoptions. Mom says she will never cease to be amazed by people.....
And along that line:
Luke went home last night. Yep - no sooner did we post about him than mom got an application. Nice retired couple....with no other animals. :) Luke will be in heaven. They did ask about maybe some day getting another cat and mom talked about VERY SLOW introductions. Concats Luke!!
And that means that Maverick and Goose will be on there way to Petco starting tonight. Mom talked to the assistant manager and the store is going to clean both top and bottom cages and then move Licorice to the top cage. Hopefully she will get a little more notice....and at the very least she will be able to see something outside other than people's knees. MOL
So, last night was the last night with these guys running around:
Maverick snoozing with Amelia
Goose and Ivy
Mav killing the mouses
Amelia is still kinda snotty....once that clears up she will get to go up there as well. It will be interesting to see how she handles being alone. Mom isn't ready to let Saffron and Basil out - maybe over the weekend the three kittens will get to meet.
Speaking of Amelia....did you read the Catster article about ****y faces on cats? Miss Janiss wrote it - she is Sparkle's assistant. We were thrilled when mom and Amelia were asked to be part of the article.