Monday, September 28, 2020

Happy kittens

 Hitting all the milestones: eating kitten food, using the litter box, playing with everything.

They are super cute. They've also hit the stage where people need to become more of an influence, so mom will be spending more time in the room with them.

Yahoo, Hurray and Yippee

Yahoo

Huzzah got herself a kitten

Hurray

Yes we know.....no individual picture of Yippee. She is spring loaded and doesn't hold still. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Random Fridays

 Be sure to check out All Pet Voices tomorrow for a post by the mom promoting #MyUnspokenPet and Cuddly (she did get paid for the post, but it didn't not influence her story). 

Daiquiri and Ivy are feeling better. Eating normally already. Considering how many teeth try both lost, this is probably an improvement over pre surgery.


The kittens are all doing well. Using the litter box and eating dry and canned food. Mom split the foster room to keep them out of the big boxes but will likely take the barrier down this weekend. It fun listening to them get more mobile (though not more graceful) and find toys.









Thursday, September 24, 2020

Remember Me Thursday

 **a blog post by the mom

Oh how I would love to not post one of these some year. But until that happens, please join me and other bloggers bringing attention to those animals that are still in shelters waiting for their forever homes. 

The Helen Woodward Animal Center started this movement to bring awareness to those animals that spend too long in shelters or are euthanized every year simply due to lack of adoptive homes. While nationwide annual euthizations for space are decreasing, the number is still too high. Lack of space is no reason for an animal to lose its life.

This year I want to spotlight one of the long term adoptable cats at Colony Cats where I volunteer. Colony Cats is a no kill limited admission shelter that takes also does a lot of work in the community doing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). That means sometimes we take in cats that are harder to place. This doesn't mean they don't deserve a forever home, but it does mean that it can take longer for them to find the RIGHT home. 

Ares is one of those cats. He came into the shelter February 2018. He was found as a stray and neutered as part of our TNR program which is why he has an ear tip. We think he is about 7 years old but we have no idea how long he was out on the streets or what he went through to survive. He is a big tom cat that needs a special person who will be willing to let Ares be Ares. He is fine in our adoption center with the other cats. But he had been adopted once and developed a weird habit of stalking the people in the home. He went through "boot camp" with the rescue director and seems to be doing better. 

Ares needs a home with experienced people and no kids. Maybe another cat. Maybe a dog that will respect his space. But if that never happens, the rescue stands by him. He will have a home with the rescue for however long he needs.


Please join me and other bloggers and social influencers and celebrities in holding up hope for those animals in shelters that are waiting. #RememberMeThursday #SeeTheLight Share your story and be sure to use those hashtags. You can also light a candle in their gallery to remember a special animal and tell their story.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dentals

 Both Ivy and Daiquiri needed dentals. With the pandemic it was postponed a couple of times but they both went yesterday. 

Mom dropped them off at 7am and they got home about 6:30pm. They were both very drunk. Chanel was not pleased. 

Both lost some teeth: Ivy 7, Daquiri 8. And Daiquiri's cleaning was more extensive. Hopefully we are good for a while and they will be feeling better in no time.

(The x is pulled teeth, the o were already missing)



Post surgery nap


Monday, September 21, 2020

Weekend report

 It's finally fall here. Open windows and no more of the hots. Yay!!

Mom rearranged the foster room a little. Half is blocked off to keep the kittens out of the big litter boxes. Those have clumping litter and kittens like to try to eat everything which is a bad combination. They have their own box which Hurray used in the first hour. Genius!! Poor Huzzah is chirping up a storm trying to keep the kittens in one location. 


Kittens:
Hurray - short hair black female
Yippee - short hair gray male
Yahoo - fuzzy gray female

Daiquiri and Ivy both go tomorrow for dental cleanings. Based on what we've been told at their last wellness check up, they are both probably going to lose some teeth. But Daiq has been super grumpy lately so hopefully this will help her feel better.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Happy kitten update

 Momma cat was taken yesterday for the important test: and she is negative for FIV and FeLV.


The kittens are all over a month old and looking great. They are all over a pound and their teeth have started just coming in now. Pretty soon they will be ready to try out a litter box and kitten food. Mom is trying to determine how to reconfigure the playpen walls to keep them out of their momma's stuff.

They are getting more active and funnier to watch every day.





Friday, September 11, 2020

Babies




 The fuzzy one kills us. They are starting to get a little more active and testing their legs. There was a couple of baby yells yesterday when 2 of them got into a wrestling match. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

News

 The boys headed off yesterday to a partner store to find their forever homes. The rescue is pretty crowded right now with kittens their age so when a spot opened up, mom jumped on it. They will hopefully get adopted fairly quickly since they are young and have great personalities. They need to get out of here anyhow as they are beginning to drive the momma cat a little nuts....she is NOT happy knowing they are out here trying to get in there.


 

In other news, Juneau was adopted and went home on Saturday. The couple have no kids but a 6 year old girl cat and a couple of small dogs. They wanted a sassy black cat. Mom got to talk to them and gave them fair warning that Juneau is kind of a jump-first-ask-questions-later kind of girl and they were pretty excited.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

names

 A friend suggested "happy" names for a group of kittens and mom thought it was a little funny. The big chonky kitten is a boy, the other two are girls. Meet: Huzzah (momma cat), Hooray (black female), Yippee (gray female), Yahoo (gray male).






 Huzzah put the kittens into the drawer on Sunday. Monday morning mom took the drawer out of the cabinet and put it in the play pen. Thankfully Huzzah left it there and mom was able to watch every one on the camera. When mom got up Tuesday morning the drawer was flipped over and the kittens were in the pen with Huzzah. Mom thinks something scared Huzzah on Sunday morning and she has since settled in here and seems fine.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Sunday morning

 The rescue got in New kittens last week and try to get them into foster homes as quick as possible. Mom picked up a mom plus 3 kittens in Friday night.

*on a side note, this means the capital kittens have been loose in the house since then. Good grief....

 Well mom woke up Sunday morning and checked the foster camera to see this:


 Notice....no kittens in the pen. Mom went to check and discovered the momma cat has pulled a towel out of a drawer and put the kittens inside. Scrolling back on the video feed, she did it some time around 5:15am. We have no idea why of course. Mom did worry about them being in there without their momma, but a different clip shows she can clearly fit in there with them (though it can't be comdortable). We will just have to see what happens.





Monday, August 24, 2020

ready to go

 Well, it's sort of that time. We've had a lot of kittens get to the same age at the same time. Since the kitten cages at the rescue are full, mom got the capital kittens showing online but they will be here for a little while. Let's be honest...not a hardship. 



(yes, his ears really are that big)


 Bismarck


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

so you want to adopt a cat

**a post by the mom

With people being home more - for who knows how long - the rescue has noticed more people deciding to adopt. Some have experience, some do not. So I got thinking about what do you need to get started. The basics? The high end stuff?

 First is picking the cat. I always suggest going to a rescue and letting the cat pick you. Our rescue is still doing adoptions by appointment so people are seeing pictures. Which is great but may not tell you whether that cat likes you or not. Go in, sit down and play. See who decides you are their new person. And think about your lifestyle - are there kids, is there a lot of activity, is it fairly quiet? Ask questions - I promise that staff or volunteers will be happy to help you make a match.

Before you bring your new cat home, you need some basic supplies. Food, dishes, litter, litter box, scoop, scratcher and some toys. Start basic, see what you cat likes and go from there. There are good litter boxes, but I don't like the ones with the hoods. Think about odors getting trapped in there and your cat may stop using it. I actually use large storage containers with one end cut half out for entrance/exit. For dishes try to get ceramic or stainless steel. Some cats do react to plastics and end up with acne on their chins. A basic cardboard scratcher is a good place to start until you discover what your cat prefers.

make sure you have some good comfy beds too
(this is actually a baby bed)
 

There is a variety of cat furniture in this house. On the far left are Kitty Kasa boxes. Then a tall scratcher. There are now two here and they are both about 36 inches tall. The most important thing when I look at tall post scratching posts is the base - you have to make sure it is stable (see below). Some cats will run and hit it. Goldfish likes to hang off of ours. It has to be sturdy and heavy enough not to tip over. The stand that Goldfish is standing on above is made by Vesper. Of course there is also the ever popular cardboard box as well.

The ability to stand and scratch is an important feature for a post scratcher. Some have larger platforms on top for cats to sit on as well.


Another thing that I recommend is leaving your cat carrier out in your main room. I know - it may not go with your furniture. But...cats are pretty smart. If the only time the carrier comes out is when they go to the vet, they will disappear every time they see it. This creates stress for every vet visit plus if there is an emergency you will have to chase your cat. If it is out, they may actually use it as a den and it becomes comfortable. Our round Sleepypod is out on my coffee table all the time. There can be any cat in it at some point. While these carriers are expensive, they are crash tested and the great part with the round one is that the top zips off (which makes it great at the vet).

They do make shorter scratching posts. I use them for the kittens. My adults find them WAY too short. 

As for toys, start with a variety to see if you can find a favorite. Something round to be chased (Daiquiri loves foam balls), crinkly mylar toys (Goldfish loves these), spring toys to be bounced around, and a wand toy for chasing around (make sure these are put away when you aren't playing to avoid your cat chewing on the cord). There is a round trackball toy in the kitten room that I've seen Chanel play with as well. That one is more kitten sized but they do make larger ones. 

For home set up, I suggest kittens get their own room for at least a week. They have tiny brains and need a chance to learn where things are located and adjust to new surroundings and noises. As you let them have more space, just make sure you have "kitten proofed" your house. They can get into and under so many things. Keep doors closed if you don't want kittens in a space. 

Adults should adjust better but keep in mind their personality. If they are more shy, the new cat may appreciate a quiet space in while they adjust. Again make sure you check for escape or traps and keep doors closed for certain spaces. A TV or radio for noise will help too. But if you are home, leave their safe space available but let them out to explore as well.

I know it is exciting to get a new cat home, but also let them adjust at their own pace. Find some high value food or treats to make yourself more appealing. Some cats will walk into a new home and it will seem like they have always been there. Others will find a place to hide and come out on their own schedule. Have patience. 

More than anything, have fun. Enjoy your new companion. Make a life long commitment to their health with good food and vet care along with a safe space. You get back what you put into the relationship.

Monday, August 17, 2020

weekend report

 Good news: Napa and Savoy got ADOPTED together!!! The family has 3 kids and actually saw them online. Mom talked to them about giving the boys time to adjust and thinks this is a great match.

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 Mom also rearranged some of the cat furniture in the living room. The cat ladder is now centered on one window (it was previously centered on both windows which meant it ran along the center line on the windows). This gives the girls a clearer view outside. Mom bought another tall scratcher too.



The capital kittens are doing well. They are goofy and active. Surgery is scheduled for Friday. We knew they were short term fosters but they've been fun. Juneau and Columbia are super friendly and outgoing. Bismarck and Albany are a little more cautious but warm up after a few minutes. They've been a fun group.