Friday, June 28, 2019

Random Fridays

At the event last weekend, one of our favorite photographers David Brown was there taking pictures for rescues and adopters (he has taken several of Chanel that we have posted before). Mom took over Cipher, Roomba and Fate for pictures. As always, they are awesome:


aka danger nugget

(she looks like she is in training for the next serial killer movie)

Also, since this is the time of year when we are up to our ears at the rescue with mom cats and kittens, but also with single kittens, mom took in another single and she is in the foster room with Fate and Mopar.
Meet Lane. She was left at one of our rescue's partner stores in a carrier all by note, no nothing. She has been tested (negative) and vaccinated and met the boys on Tuesday. They spent a good deal of time getting up in her personal space and she spent that same time telling them to get lost. She is a little bit smaller than Fate and Mopar but definitely holding her own.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

in other news

Before we go too far, let's start with this: everyone is FINE!!!

However, last Wednesday, Anastasia started acting like she wasn't hungry. Thursday she didn't eat anything, Friday ate a couple of bites. Mom contacted the rescue and took her and the kittens over Friday evening. Anastasia got fluids and a good looking over. Mom took home some meds along with a bottle and formula to supplement the kittens (oh joy).

With the adoption event this past weekend, mom made arrangements to drop Anastasia and the kittens back at the rescue on Saturday morning. They would get looked at again and at least someone would be able to monitor them during the day.

Friday night was....long. Mom worried and didn't get much sleep. Anastasia was cranky and didn't want anything to do with the kittens. The kittens wanted less than nothing to do with the bottle thank-you-very-much. Luckily they were still bright and alert and active by Saturday morning.

Mom dropped them all off and close to the end of the day sent a text to see if she was picking the family back up or what. Well, turns out they tried removing the kittens to see what Anastasia did when she was alone. She immediately started eating and acting like the sweet cat mom took home a week ago. Based on that, the kittens went to a bottle feeder and Anastasia will get spayed and moved to the adoption floor. She came to the rescue after her owner passed away. She was home, then at the rescue then with us and mom thinks the stress of all that along with having kittens was just too much for her. No worries Anastasia - we understand and you and the babies are in good hands.

We will keep you posted if/when we learn more about them, but for now, they aren't with us. Fostering is about remembering that no matter how attached we get, change is necessary some times for the best thing for the animals. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Big weekend event

Sorry this is a little late going up - mom was gone all weekend at a large adoption event both Saturday and Sunday. The event was 11-4 but of course as volunteers, that means set up on Friday, getting there early both days, not leaving until 4:30pm on Saturday and packing everything up on Sunday. Makes for a long weekend. Mom came home Saturday, had a snack and was asleep by 9:30pm. MOL

But there were lots of rescues, lots of local vendors for shopping and food trucks!!!

these are Miss Sarah's kittens having a good time 
on Saturday in our pop up play pen

Cipher and Roomba were both there
mom bought Cipher a rainbow bowtie for the event

cats and stuff to buy at our booth

adoption events are hard work - but this looks
a lot like sleeping on the job

We didn't get any cat applications though we did get a couple of two of the dogs that we had there. Mom says events like these are sometimes more about exposure for the rescue and getting our name out there. Plus it is a great way to socialize kittens to dogs and loud noises and everything else. Sunday morning before they opened, there were sparrows flying around (the event was in a big arena building at the county fairgrounds) and the kittens were mesmerized. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Random Fridays

If you are anywhere near Ohio, there is a big event this weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Fetch A Friend and Shop Local got together for a huge shopping and pet adoption event. 11-4 Saturday and Sunday. Mom will be out there both days with Colony Cats and is hoping to take Roomba and Cipher.

Mom is a little concerned about Anastasia. She is taking good care of the kittens but certainly isn't eating much to keep herself and 3 kittens going. Mom gave her some canned food Tuesday night and she ate it, ate most of another can Wednesday night but wouldn't touch anything Thursday morning. Mom spoke to the rescue and they may try an appetite stimulant just to jump start her.

what? mini panthers are tasty

Good news: Cipher is now neutered!! So he can be put on the website and we can start searching for his forever home.

In other news, Cipher seems to think it is a giant game to see if he can get OUT of the foster room before mom gets IN the foster room. The other night he made it out and mom gave up and left him out for a while as she spent time with Mopar and Fate and cleaned and fed everyone. She came back out and he was having a blast so she let him run around for a little longer. He headed down the steps and must have stopped a couple of steps from the top. Goldfish wandered over (keep in mind she did KNOW he was loose in the house), his head popped up over the edge of the steps, and Goldfish went FULL Halloween cat on him - though no hissing, just all fluffed up.

Mopar is still kind of suspicious of mom. She is thinking about maybe moving him to a smaller crate in the living room for a couple of days. It tends to work with scaredy/feral type kittens to help them friendly up some. Not sure WHY it works, but it tends to. Of course that will leave a very whiny Fate in the kitten room by himself if Cipher goes to the adoption event all weekend. Oh well - mom says she won't be home to listen to him complain about it. MOL

you really going out looking like that?
(honestly we never know quite what that girl is thinking,
but she sure looks like she has opinions about everything)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

the other kittens

Mopar and his tongue
He is doing....OK. He is out a lot when mom isn't home but still
isn't too sure about being held. She has started giving them some 
canned food in the evening and is going to use that as bribery.

The boy is a lover. Once he makes weight and is available for
adoption, some very lucky family is going to get a great kitten.

yes - there is a cat on the other side of the door

so concerned about everything

no Fate, you really can't fit through that opening

Darth Cipher
That boy and his snot. He is on a second round of antibiotics and has been nebulized a few times to help him breath better. Seems to work for a few days and then we are back to hearing him breath across the room. However - he isn't sneezing green snot and heaven knows he is active and eating and being his dorky self. The rescue is concerned it may be a polyp but the only way to really know is knock him out and stick a scope up his nose. We aren't there yet, but that may end up being an option. Of course, he hasn't been neutered yet and therefore can't be adopted yet either. In the meantime, he is very BORED in the kitten room with the littler boys and will happily howl his complaints in the evening.

Monday, June 17, 2019

weekend report

Mom was at the rescue's kitten shower on Saturday. There were lots of donations, baked goods and of course kittens for adoptions. They raised over $1,000 and there was (mom thinks) 13 adoptions, including 2 kittens at the shower and applications for 3 other kittens. Roomba went with mom though she didn't get an application but some good attention. Since there was some space, mom left her at the adoption center and we will keep you posted.

Of course since mom was there, she went wandering through the intake section of the rescue and saw these nuggets. And brought them home. They are about 2 weeks old so it was easy to take them as she can put them with their mom in the bathroom and they are easy care.

This is mom. She is very sweet and pretty calm. She did get a look at another cat at the rescue when she was in the carrier with her kittens and got pretty mad though. Since mom isn't sure what she is going to do, there is an "airlock" system in front of the bathroom door to keep us from sniffing too close and annoying the momma cat. She came with the name Anastasia the Third.

Mom decided to go with "A" names for the kittens. They are all girls and the one in the back looks like a meezer. The others are gray and white like their momma but only one has tabby stripes. You can see their names in the first picture, but mom went with Arctic (the meezer), Alaska (the tabby), and Alsace (white with gray spots). The kittens are very calm and don't mind being handled, which is great.

Cipher seems to be doing better though she had him nebulized again on Friday as he sounded really congested. Fate is his friendly self and Mopar is slowly coming around.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Random Fridays

Ummm - so a quick note. Mom was playing with the kittens last night and noticed something about Fate. Well, to be blunt, 2 somethings. Yep - she screwed up and Fate is a boy. So he is now wearing a blue collar and we will be dropping the "Miss" from his name. But he will forever be the #dangernugget

Yep - mom gave us another paper bag.
You all can go away - important private meeting here.

That Roomba - so judgy
There is a kitten shower tomorrow at the rescue (if you live near central Ohio, come visit - baked goods, cat stuff and KITTENS). Since Roomba is spayed and ready to go, she will go with mom. She even has a new pink collar with a bow tie to wear (don't tell her - we don't think she will approve). The rescue is hoping for a good turnout with lots of donations and adoptions.

"something touched me"

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

oh Cipher

Mom seriously loves this boy. He is seriously goofy though. Over the weekend he raided the storage bins and found this jester hat. He was playing with it and mom decided she was going to put it on his head. He was not amused. MOL

His cold is clearing up so hopefully he can be neutered next week. He has definitely hit that long and lanky stage. He is super sweet, very purry and just a goofy kitten. He will play by himself but would probably do much better in a home with a young cat or another kitten to keep himself busy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

one of these things

First, Roomba was spayed on Thursday. The head of the rescue dropped her off at the clinic with other kittens and mom did the pick up. In the Escape was Roomba, 4 other carriers and a live trap with a feral boy that had been neutered. Makes mom glad she got the bigger car.

Roomba was going to go up to the adoption center on Saturday but we have a TON of kittens and the cages are full. Mom put her up on the website and will take her to the kitten shower next weekend (or to the center sooner if space opens up) and she will hopefully find her forever home quickly. The rescue has lots of available kittens - as does every other rescue out there.

As with every rescue out there, we are up to our eyeballs in cats and kittens. Our director finally had to say we can't do intake for a few days unless it is an emergency due to lack of space and foster homes.

Some rescues and fosters won't mix litters. We absolutely respect and understand that. Our rescue will and mom is OK with it once kittens are tested and have a vaccine on board.

That said, a single kitten came in mid week and mom agreed to take him home on Saturday morning. He was a little scared when he came in so it will benefit him to be with other kittens that are super friendly. Someone found him in the exhaust pipe of a car and brought him to the rescue. He is about the size of Fate and skittish. He has hissed at mom a couple of times but she catches him and loves on him and the last time he relaxed and purred for her so we have no doubts he will be fine.
Meet Mopar

friends already - Mopar and Fate

Ciper and Roomba do tend to treat the little kittens like cat toys. Fortunately they also like the beat the daylights out of each other. Fate seems to take them both in stride but Mopar isn't really sure what to do with the two bigger kittens right now.

Oh and as for the title of today: we had originally anticipated getting more black kittens (sensing a theme here) but another foster home opened up on Friday and they went to that home. So we now have - one of these things is not like the others. MOL

Friday, June 7, 2019

got nip

Our friend Miss Z gave mom some fresh catnip for us to try. While it SEEMED interesting, no one really seemed to care much after the first sniff. Mom finally gave one leaf to the kittens and Cipher ate the whole thing - though no "nip" effects.
Ivy checks it out

Goldfish: but what IS it?

Junior says...maybe

Chanel gives it a sniff

We hope you have a restful weekend. This will be the only weekend that mom doesn't have plans, so we will be taking advantage of that and doing some serious snoozing (oh wait - we do that no matter what).

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

fun and games

Oh hey - all four kittens (Hoover, Dyson, Enigma and Puzzle) that went up to the adoption center have been....ADOPTED!! Hoover went home with another kitten, Puzzle has an older cat in his new home and the others went home as singles (though mom did Enigma's adoption and let them know if he gets lonely that we still have his brother).

the danger nugget
Miss Fate was tested on Saturday and is negative for FeLV/FIV so she is now in the foster kitten room with Roomba and Cipher. Roomba isn't too sure about her and Cipher was thrilled that mom brought him a new toy.

ok - mostly thrilled - haha


They are actually all getting along fairly well. Mom heard some baby howling Saturday afternoon. She can check the web cams on her phone (since they stop screwing around if she comes up to the door). She was expecting maybe it was Fate. Nope - it was Roomba getting chewed on BY Fate. Oh well. Cipher thinks it is all fun and games until the new toy bites back. That doesn't stop either one of them from running after each other and banging around the room. It is a good thing kittens are mostly rubber and fluff considering that Cipher is sometimes none too gentle with Fate. Roomba will play with them but seems more content to watch them screw around.

Monday, June 3, 2019


Seven years ago we caught this girl

and her kittens

kept them crated for several weeks in our entryway

Yep - that is Allie and her kittens. Amazing that is has been that long. We leave our garage door up and she still comes and goes. Mom doesn't see her as often in the summer when the weather is nice, but food, water and shelter are always available to her. Since the vet thought she was about 2 when she was spayed, that would make her about 9 years old.

While mom has never gotten to pet her, we hope she knows she is loved.