Monday, June 18, 2018

weekend report

melting....she's melting... hahaha

Really is a shame she can't relax isn't it??

The spice kittens are doing better. They have some sneezes and runny eyes, but they are very active and eating and SO friendly. Mom has been putting up the gate and leaving the door open when she is home and they can see into the house. This also means Junior and Daiquiri can go over the gate and "invade" the kitten room. The boys ran over to Junior and were being all friendly at one point so much that he couldn't get out fast enough. MOL

They have been on new meds since Thursday so hopefully by mid week they will be doing much better.

**oh hey....we got a new foster room camera too. There is a tab in the top labeled Foster Camera (Nest). It is on a different wall from the other one and has a little better picture.The other one still works. Mom was convinced it she did some research, got some advice, spent some money and installed the new camera. And the discovered that the kittens must have somehow unplugged the old one. (that sound you hear is mom rolling her eyes are herself)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adopt a Cat Month

June is officially adopt a cat month (though we think if you plan to adopt, it doesn't matter what month it says on the calendar). However, it does give shelters and rescues a chance to get the word out about great cats that need a home. It also comes right when most shelters are in the middle of kitten season....and adults very often get over looked due to overwhelming baby cuteness.

Our rescue is also very lucky in that people volunteered their time to put together a special room for our FIV positive cats. (we blogged about the room here) A lot of shelters don't even adopt out FIV+ cats. Fortunately with the room right next to our adoption center, people are able to see the cats and it has led to lots of great adoptions since the room has opened.

This is Stanley - he is a 6 year old brown tabby boy found out on the streets. As you can see from his ear tip, he was living with a feral colony but was determined to be friendly and is now looking for his own home.
 This is Soda -  he is a handsome adult boy found in some bushes. He is very friendly and mom has to admit she has a little crush on him.

There are some people who still believe FIV+ cats cannot live with other cats. This is not the case...UNLESS your FIV+ cat is aggressive and a biter. Otherwise they can live in harmony with other cats. Just introduce them slowly - like you would any other cat.

 We hope that you will go out and see what great cats are available in your area if you are in the market to adopt. If not, share your cat stories with friends and family and see if you can convince them to adopt.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

goofy cat

Long cat is long....
And yes, her feet are hanging off of the edge of the steps

Her carrier basically sits at the top of the steps anymore. She will walk over there and roll over for a nap. Mom is never sure if Chanel just likes that spot or if she is trying to tell mom to get it together and they need to go out.

Lest you think she is being deprived however, she got to go out last Thursday. Mom packed up Chanel and the stroller and met Miss Andrea (mom's friend and our vet tech) for a drink. There is a local brewery that has outdoor space and they picked a spot to sit. Chanel was in the stroller while they ate but popped out to visit for a few minutes. Everyone around them was amazed and Chanel got to meet several new people.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

spice kittens

Mom left the pen up as a gate over the weekend to give the kittens a sight line into the living room. Fortunately they aren't big enough to climb it yet, so they are still pretty stuck in there.

Let's see if we can get this correct: from left to right
Chive (with Chicory's tail over his face), Chicory, Caraway, 
Clove (in the back) and Cilantro

They are very purry and friendly. Mom was hoping to get the room cleaned over the weekend, but that didn't happen due to other things popping up. They are still kind of a hot mess - especially Clove. But mom thinks the meds are working so hopefully they will be back on track soon. Though Clove may be getting another bath. (shh...don't tell her)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Just One Day

Every year organizations take a stand and put down their is about saving move lives and not taking them. We certainly hope that one day the US and worldwide animals in shelters will not be at risk in shelters just for time or other reasons. Unfortunately we aren't there yet. So Just One Day has asked organizations to take one day and focus their efforts more on adoptions. Last year certain shelters actually were able to clear out their cages.

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We are lucky that the rescue we are with is considered no kill. However, we also live in a large city where the humane society is the only open admissions location for cats. They are not no kill and animals, particularly cats, are at serious risk when they are taken there. Neo natal kittens, shy cats, mildly ill cats...all at risk. If our Junior had been taken there when mom first trapped him, he would not have come out of the shelter alive....he would have been deemed not adoptable based on his temperament.

If you are able, PLEASE support your local rescue. If you are not in a position to adopt, donations are always welcome.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Random Fridays

Katie Isabella asked if it is unusual for mom cats to get hissy with kittens. It really depends on the mom cat. We have had it happen a couple of times here. For Cardamom, we suspect since she is fairly young, this might be her first litter and she is just done with the antics. We don't think she would have ever hurt them, but better to move her along for her own peace of mind.

For reasons unbeknownst to mom, the web camera for the fosters doesn't seem to be working on the blog or on our facebook page. She can still see it on her phone, so there must be something else going on. Unfortunately, do to changes at the camera company, their support is spotty at best. Not sure if or when we will get it back up and running. Sorry about that....

Mom took one of the playpens/gates and is using it to block the spice kittens. It has been really nice here the last few days and mom has wanted to leave the windows open. She also likes leaving open the sliding door for a breeze, but the kittens like to climb the screen. It finally occurred to her to block their access to it. She pulled out the smaller playpen and is using it to block the door. The nice part is that 3 panels stick out beyond the foster room wall/door so mom has been using that to block kittens from getting out into the house. They are quick little buggers and rush the door whenever mom comes into the room.
Mom was just going to take a picture using her phone and the web camera until she notice two kittens beating the heck out of each other in the corner. If you look at the sliding door however, you can see the bars and that is the playpen acting as a barrier.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

food puzzle

Mom got the food puzzle out and put some treats in it to see what Chanel would do with it. She had some assistance, but figured it out after a few minutes. Mom loaded the puzzle by leaving some treats on top of the box and then put some inside.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

spice kittens update

We do have some news....

Cardamom (our momma cat) was getting kind of rude with the kittens....smacking them and hissing. Rather than stress her AND the kittens, mom reached out and the rescue was able to get her in to be spayed. Sunday she was moved to a partner store and hopefully she will find her forever home soon. The vet aged her about 1 year old which is what mom was expecting.

To add to everything, one kitten is sneezing and some of them have .... the runs. They are getting meds so hopefully that will clear up quickly. One kitten has already gotten a bath.

Monday, June 4, 2018

weekend outing

There were a couple of places that mom wanted to take Chanel this weekend so Saturday morning she packed her up and off they went.

First stop was a local pet store that was having an open house and Chanel got to hang out and got a bag of treats as well. She was sitting at the front of the store (the front door of the store was open as the weather was nice) when a metal grocery cart went by and rattled quite a bit. Chanel got startled and mom took a few minutes to calm her back down. Part of going places is making sure the experience always ends on a positive note. If she were to go home after being startled or whatever, then she would be more reluctant to go the next time. She took a couple of treats from the store clerks after a couple of minutes, so we know she was OK. Mom also gave her some treats once they got back in the car.

Second stop was a local store that was hosting a photo shoot to raise funds for a local group called Rescued Rollers that takes donated pet wheelchairs and refurbishes them for rescues and low income families. We have met up with this photographer before and when Chanel came out of her carrier, he got excited as he remember her from last winter.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Random Fridays

So mom is guessing the kittens are about 6 weeks old. She does need to weigh them over the weekend just to get a the meantime they are playing and having a good time in the foster room. Cardamom can't seem to decide if she likes them most times or not. She is being a good mom, but she seems to lose patience with them fairly quickly.

Mom says she is going to try to make a better effort this weekend to get Chanel out on an adventure. Stay safe and cool (and dry for those of you getting all that rain).

Thursday, May 31, 2018

what is in a name

We have decided on names. There was a suggestion of tuxedo designers, but we did that last year with Chanel and her siblings, so on to something different.

Mom is Cardamom.

And here are the kittens:
(half and half black and white on his face, both front legs are black)

(more white on his face, black stocking)

Clove and Chicory
(she is on your left, he is on the right...his eyes have started
changing and she is actually smaller than him)

(black mask on his face down to his chin)

Now all we have to do is stick the note in the foster room until we remember everyone. MOL

BTW - for those who are new, we love a good theme but try to avoid regular people names. And yes, mom has a spreadsheet so she doesn't repeat herself. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

weekend report

Good news - all the greek kittens have been adopted.

Momma cat Delphi is spayed and ready to go and now at one of our partner stores. Hopefully her family shows up soon and she finds her forever home.

We have been getting updates on Sparta - now known as Elliott. Over the weekend, they had a celebration for Claire's birthday (Sparta was her birthday present)....Elliott made himself right at home...and enjoyed dessert.

The new group of kittens are doing well. Everyone is a little skinny, so no doubt they were outside on their own for a while. But mom and kittens are super sweet and will come right over for attention.

Also, upon further investigation, the tuxedos are all boys. The large black kitten is also a boy and the smaller is a girl....the only girl other than her momma.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Random Fridays

At the adoption event last Sunday, mom was stopped by a nice young couple. Come to find out, there are Rooney's (now Ragnar) mom and dad. He is doing great and is the baby of the family. His mom says he will follow her around and if she sits down even for a second, he is on her lap on his back with his big bunny feet up in the air. The continue to work with him on a leash and harness. PLUS - his mom has started volunteering every other week at Colony Cats (where Rooney was adopted from).
    Some of you have already seen this - possibly twice. Mom the techno-dork strikes again (though she swears she fixed it....both times).

Since we are sure you didn't get NEARLY enough tuxedo goodness last summer.....we introduce this new family:
Mom cat - she is very skinny but very sweet

5 kittens - 2 black, 3 tuxedo. 3 boys, 2 girls.
(mom didn't write down who was who, so more on that next week)

checking out the new place

They were found under a deck. We don't think the mom cat is very old. Mom picked them up Wednesday when she went to check on the Greek kittens at the adoption center (they are doing fine - but no adoptions yet). She cleaned the foster room and let them loose. The momma cat stretched out and then picked a spot for a nap. The kittens all did their stretchy yoga poses and checked out the entire room. One of the black kittens even purred at mom. YAY!!

However, the momma cat threw up several times Wednesday night. She is super skinny and we suspect that new food and stress just didn't agree with her. Mom gave her a dewormer and hopefully that will help as well. Nothing overnight, so we are hoping the momma cat is back on track and feeling better. The kittens were eating kibble yesterday so at least she isn't their sole source of food. They are super cute and fat and healthy which is good as well.

No names yet....suggestions on a good theme always welcome. (just no people names....not our thing)
    we are thinking another spice group - maybe all "c" names: Cardamom, Caraway, Chicory, Chive, Cilantro, Clove, Coriander

Thursday, May 24, 2018


The rescue took in a mom plus 5 kittens found under someone's deck. Everyone looks great and mom is a nice girl.....

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Ivy likes nip.

Chanel does not.

Daiquiri however may be headed to rehab one day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

more adoption news

Yep, Veria has figured out the containers

Argos after the trackball

Delphi and her kid

Olympia showing off her belly

Well, we thought we had an adopter for Olympia. However, she ended up rescuing a tiny kitten with some medical issues and felt she needed to focus on that kitten. She was heartbroken to give up Olympia. We assured her that the new baby needs her and Olympia is in a good place to be adopted. The rescue doesn't have many kittens on the adoption floor.

At the adoption event on Sunday, we got an emailed application for Olympia. However, that was denied by mom on Monday. Veria has a pending application as well, but the vet check is up in the air and that may not go through either.

Sunday after the event mom dropped Argos off at the adoption center. With pending applications, she didn't want to leave the girls and have arguments start. However, if the applications we have bust, the girls will go to the center this evening.

Delphi will actually be spayed tomorrow so she will be ready to go then as well.

With it being mid-May, we suspect the kitten room won't be empty very long however.

Monday, May 21, 2018


photo (c)Sarah

A few weeks ago we were contacted online about a possible family for Sparta. Mom actually took him and Argos over to meet the family. They have a small dog and an older female cat. And 2 kids. The new kitten was to be a gift for the younger daughter.

For her birthday this past week, her mom and dad put a note in a box with his picture and gave it to her letting her know that the final decision had been made and they were getting the kitten this weekend. (they had previously told her that the decision was up to our mom)

Arrangements were made and Sparta was handed off to his new family this past Saturday. The daughter apparently was up at 4:30am she was so excited. Mom has gotten several pictures - including the one above - over the weekend and it looks like he has settled right in to his new home. No report on the dog situation, but the older cat is giving him a wide berth so far. MOL