Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Life with cats

 Or just Chanel....whichever


This post has been here a while. Mom tried to rewrap it but it didn't work. In an effort to reorganize a little, this is getting recycled. Only, of course once it was in a new spot, some cat had to check it out.

Though in typical Chanel style, she lost interest fairly quickly.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Same as before

 They are getting bigger, friendly, sweet and purry. About 4 pounds. Both have families waiting once they are fungus free and fixed. 





Friday, February 26, 2021

Kitten report

 Well...30 days out and the fungus is ongoing. So plan B is the meds which we just started. So frustrating.

Have to say, these are some of the happiest kittens. They love to play and constantly purr. 



And she LOVES to play with the boy....



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Interesting

 For those of you who have been on this journey with us, you know Goldfish is our skittish child. 


Well she has one eye that is a little runny. And then she had this crusty eye booger. Hmmm

Well mom grabbed her the other day and wiped it out. Happily, Goldfish backed up but then...came right back over for pets. 

Yay for small positive steps.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Kitten report

 The muffins continue to do well. There are very vocal complaints twice per day for canned food. Down to a couple of spots from the ringworm hopefully only a couple of more weeks. 




Thursday, February 18, 2021

Tailspring

 *this is a sponsored post 

all opinions expressed are my own

I don't raise bottle babies. I have done it once and baby sat for a weekend. It is HARD!! I have all the respect in the world for those fosters that take bottle babies and raise them. They are so fragile and it can be seriously heartbreaking. Those fosters pull out all the stops to save these tiny lives and are always looking for new resources to help them. 

Right now there are two main brands of replacement milk out there being used to bottle feed tiny kittens and puppies. There is a new brand coming out from Tailspring that is available on their website and Amazon. The main difference in this new product is it is goat milk based. They have learned that goat milk is easier for small puppies and kittens to digest and therefore can cause less side effects. They are a division of a larger company that sells products for people as well.

What struck me right off the bat was the difference in the ingredient list. Tailspring has so many less additives. They are using human grade ingredients and trying to keep their product as clean as they possibly can for the animals they serve. 

I did get a sample of the Tailspring kitten formula from the company.


This will be great to keep on hand for future kittens. While I don't take bottle babies, I have had some I want to supplement. It comes in cans that need to be used within 72 hours once opened. The powder will stay good and once opened will keep for 3 months in the fridge. That would totally get me through most of kitten season here in the mid west. 

I admit, this will be added to my supply closet. I try to keep something on hand "just in case". I priced out the difference between this and KMR (which most rescues use) and it is $5 more - which isn't bad when you consider it doesn't have all the additives. 

They don't recommend this for adults except maybe as the occasional treat due to the added lactose. Kittens can process it up to a certain age, but then lose that ability and cannot process the lactose. 

I wish I had known about this when I first got the muffin kittens - it would have been a much better thing to use to supplement Cranberry when he was so tiny. 

Thanks to Tailspring for the samples, supporting rescue and coming out with a product to help those tiny babies that need the most.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Geez it's cold

 It has been FRIGID here for over a week. Supposed to stay cold for a least another week with maybe 4 to 8 inches of snow this week.

Mom always worries about our feral girl Allie but even more so now. So she went out and ordered a heated cat house that can be plugged in to be put in the garage.

It's made by K&H and made to be outside. It seems pretty sturdy though mom used several HBO words getting it zipped together. It does have a clear flap in the front that mom wonders if she is going to have to remove. 

Since mom isn't leaving the house every day, she doesn't always see Allie. But the food is being eaten and she did see Allie on Friday and she looks ok. 

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Mom spent part of Saturday on the road going another bloodhound. Someone got Hank as a puppy and he spent most of his life on a chain. We this weekend he got a serious upgrade and is heading to NJ to be a search and rescue dog.




Wednesday, February 10, 2021

New toy

 Well things are pretty much the same around here.

Quick note: it is really really cold here. Mom worries a lot about our feral girl Allie. The food in the garage hadn't been touched on Monday and mom was freaking out. But mom ran put quick last night and Allie had eaten and actually was in the garage. Sigh....





Monday, February 8, 2021

A weird day in rescue

 *a post from the mom

For anyone in rescue, you know it can be a total up and down adventure.

Friday was totally one of those days. The alarm went off and when I turned it off I discovered a text from another volunteer that the family that adopted Annatto who was here as a foster in August 2017. For new readers, he was surrendered to a local vet. When they tested him they discovered he was FIV+ and sent him to rescue. Of course Colony Cats believes FIV+ and negative cats can live together, so I took him to foster and introduced him to the spice kittens and when they were adopted, he met Goldfish.

Well his name is now Roe and his family adores him. 



So that's a pretty great way to start the morning. 

However, later that morning I got a text from the director of the rescue. I had done an adoption on Wednesday to a family of two cats - one went home and the other we kept back when we realized she had a big bump over her spay incision. She was seen by the vet the next day. Friday morning the volunteers came in and found she had passed away over night. She was 3 years old and super sweet. I had to call the family who was waiting for an update on when they could take her home only to have to tell them that she had died. (before you judge, I offered to contact them since I had met them all on Wednesday) Fortunately the family was very understanding and will be coming in next week to see if they meet another cat to adopt.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

So much for that

 Baby jail 2.0 lasted a week. It appears Miss Blueberry has enough upper paw strength to grab the top rail and pull herself up. Cranberry is appalled of course.



Monday, February 1, 2021

All the swear words

 Ivy was supposed to be getting ear drops once a day for 2 weeks. Mom was sneaking up on her while canned food snacks were served. Good news - it worked. Bad news - only for a week. That said, her ears do look better. 


In other news, Blueberry discovered on Saturday that she could climb the pen used as baby jail. Dang it. However, mom had ordered the taller Tespo panels. Now they are zip ties to the inside and the kittens are once again trapped.

However.....the swear words really came into play on Friday. Mom was on a call and had Blueberry out on her lap. There was something on a back foot and mom figured it was litter. It was not....it was a scab that came off revealing: a ringworm lesion. ALL the swear words. As we say, it's not fatal unless the animal is in a high kill shelter (most won't treat due to the time it takes), it's just annoying. It can be passed to people so they stay in our intake department or the foster home until it clears up. Stupid fungus

Now, it will clear up but they are here for the duration (probably another 30 days). Not that we don't enjoy having them here, but dang.



Friday, January 29, 2021

Muffin videos

 Just a couple of quick videos.

First mom got out a spring toy and Blueberry is obsessed.


Then evidence that dispute his whining to the contrary, Cranberry does start things with his sister. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Almost that time

 Mom hasn't weighed them in the last week, but Cranberry and Blueberry should both be big enough for surgery. 


If you look close, you can see something on her lip. We have a plan to get a vet to look at it but it isn't spreading so not entirely sure what it is.

For those of you have seen them on the web cams, don't believe for a second that Cranberry doesn't deserve the butt kickings he tends to get on a regular basis.

He's back there isn't he?




Monday, January 25, 2021

Goofy girls

 Just a couple of short videos today.

Chanel about once a day gets a case of the crazies. She tends to bounce around the sofa, chase her tail and generally act possessed.


Ivy on the other paw just occasionally gets wound up. She must be feeling good cause she has several times this weekend of running around and chasing toys.



Friday, January 22, 2021

The old lady vet visit

 Ivy is going to be 13 years old this year. Per our vet, she won't be vaccinated any more (she has been regularly up to this point so mom is OK with this decision - please talk to your vet about they recommend based on lifestyle and age). But she still needs annual wellness check ups. Plus it has been 2 years since she had bloodwork done so they did that as well just to give us a good read on where she is health wise.

She weighs in at 10 pounds 4 ounces and no comments from the vet about her weight, so she is good there (she is about the same weight as last year and scores a 3 out of 5 on the body score so she is in good shape). She got her ears cleaned and is on meds for 14 days to get those cleaned up. Yuck. 

Mom was disappointed to hear that Ivy's teeth look pretty bad still. It is frustrating since they were just cleaned and she had some pulled in September. Her gums are pretty inflamed and look painful. So mom has to make some decisions about how to move forward. Certainly she isn't comfortable considering annual dental cleanings based on Ivy's age. 

All of her blood work came back completely normal except for a high globulin level which usually indicates inflammation of some sort. Since we know her teeth are bad, for now the vet is presuming that is the reason. Rather than trying to put a band aid on everything, Ivy is scheduled for total extractions on May 25th. Better to just do it to clear up any issues she is having plus is avoids issues in the future as she gets older.

As a side note, our purple Sleepypod stays on the coffee table at all times. We suggest this to adopters all the time - leave the carrier out so it doesn't become a huge event when you have to pull it out to make a vet visit. There is generally someone asleep in it most of the time. Ivy actually spent most of Monday afternoon napping in it - getting out just before she and mom had to leave. haha


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Muffin update

 They were weighed on Sunday. Blueberry was 2 pounds 3 ounces and Cranberry was 1 pound 14 ounces. 

snuggled up together
(taken from the web camera)



We don't have a date for surgery yet. Clearly Cranberry doesn't weigh enough yet. Blueberry has a weird thing going on with her lips and we want to keep on eye on that for a little bit to make sure it isn't anything serious.

They are doing great. Love attention, love playing with each other. Cranberry is still pretty whiny when Blueberry chews on him, but he starts it more than half the time so don't feel sorry for him.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Weekend report

 It was cold and snowy here though not much of the white stuff stuck to the ground. Mom mostly stayed home after running a couple of errands. We mostly slept. 

Goldfish on the floor heat vent

Chanel on the cat ladder

Ivy judging

Daiquiri looking for snacks

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It's Huzzah
She is now Zhima which means black seasame. Her mom says she is doing great.


And some sad news....
Kale aka Ashoka passed away suddenly
Her mom is a friend and called to tell us


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Pet Bloggers Journey

 Another blogger has challenged others and mom decided we need to participate:

Except maybe Ivy

1. When did you begin your blog and what do you currently write about?  

August 10, 2009. We write about fostering kittens, my cats, rescue, education and cats. Ha

2. Name one thing about your blog or one blogging goal accomplished during 2020. 

Mom had a job change in November 2019 so the goal was just to try to keep post in 2020. We had to cut back from every day but managed to keep posting as often as I could.

3. Which 2020 post was most popular? Why do you think it does so well? 

A post about Chanel and Goldfish - and no idea why it got the most views. 

4. Biggest blogging challenge in 2020 and how you tackled it. 

2020 was just weird. It was hard to try to focus on being positive about posting and kittens when the real world was experiencing so many negative things. It helped to remember that people were following us and reading as an escape.

5. One thing you learned in 2020 that can help other bloggers. 

Do what you can. And know that everyone is frustrating with the changes to readership and technology. Focus on what you know and what you feel you can contribute.

6. Top three goals for 2021. 

Get back to a regular schedule. 

7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and the blog in one year? 

Honestly, doing the same thing. We never got into this for money or fame or anything like that. For us it is about tracking the kittens that come through here, our personal stories and spreading the word about rescue.

8. If you have $1,000 to spend on your blog, how would you spend it? 

Actually, mom would love to spend it on my foster room. So much of what we write about goes on in there and the room could work so much better. 

9. What is one skill you would like to learn or improve? 

No doubt there is much to learn about SEO and increasing readership and followers.

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you're having with your blog, what would it be? 

That's tough. We love being part of this community and we know we can always reach out to fellow bloggers with issues. 


Monday, January 11, 2021

From Texas to Ohio to home

You should remember the Texas Flower kittens that were here last fall. 


Lantana

We heard from the rescue in Texas, The Never Nix'd Rescue Initiative. These kittens had been born into a feral colony in a rough section of their city. The colony caretaker pulled them and they were in bad shape. The rescue did a great job saving their lives and curing their mange. 

We gave them a good medicated bath once they got to our house and just gave them time and nutrition. 

If you remember, Lantana was slightly more standoffish than her siblings. The family that adopted her says she has adjusted so well and loves everyone including her kitty siblings. As you can see, her fur and body condition looks fabulous. 




We love being able to help other rescues. And we love getting updates and seeing how much progress our kittens have made in their new homes. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Really Crash

 So some cat....who shall remain nameless....but looks like this:

Got herself in trouble the other day. 

Mom had gone to bed and heard a noise in the kitchen. A lot of noises she will ignore but this sounded like something crashing to the floor, so she got up to check. Things were moved in the basket on the dryer, so mom figured some cat (probably Daiquiri or Goldfish since they were "casually" walking away as mom came down the hall) had grabbed the edge of a bag and pulled. 

She turned to go back to bed and heard another noise. Her eyes adjusted and....there was a cat on the counter. With her front feet in the sink. Who then flicked a paw covered in water at mom. RUDE!

Mom considers herself pretty lucky in that we stay off of the kitchen counter. Though in our defense she isn't the best housekeeper so there is stuff up there we might run into. However, if you remember Chanel's run in with the momma cat, we know she can get up there since that is how she got IN the foster room. But she still got a lecture about staying off the counter.....

The kittens continue to do well. Mom needs to weigh them this weekend and they just got another vaccine. Right now it is just about feeding them, letting them play and keeping them social.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Muffins

 The kittens are doing great. Thankfully they've gotten the hang of being self cleaning. Mom has been leaving the airlock open during the day while she works since they aren't tall enough to get over it (yet). Daiquiri likes to go over to clean the plates. Chanel can't figure out how to get over so she lays in front and flirts with the kittens.


This right here is the face of trouble. She would be to differ. But mom has chased her around the condo more than once. And this one likes to chomp on her brother to make him cry.


This would be the crybaby. He could fight back. He could run away. Instead he lays there and howls while she smacks or bites his tail.

Jail break fail