Friday, June 11, 2021

too many balls in the air

 a post from the mom

There have been some changes at the rescue and I've been helping but geez I'm tired. Between work and kittens and paperwork and people texting me, I am developing a twitch.

Celtic kittens are still here until there are surgery openings. Between covid backups and kitten season, it is hard to get spots. 

Gordon is doing well and feisty as ever. It helps that he purrs while he chews on me - at least he is cute. He is set up in the living room in a pen with the clear Tespo panels and Chanel is baffled on a regular basis on why she can SEE the baby but she can't TOUCH the baby. 


The permanent residents are doing well. Ivy seems more comfortable so hopefully the dental bought us some time with her until she can get back in again. 

So other than I need a vacation or I'm going to throw my phone out the window, it's pretty good here. Well it's hot....but it's June. haha

Monday, June 7, 2021

Weekend report

 First some sad news: as happens in foster care when you take in strays and the very vulnerable, there are losses. Carsen died on Sunday. We didn't have him very long but he was loved. The rescue has a trapper working hard at the trailer park where he was found doing spay and neuter to break the cycle. If you would like to help, you can donate at colonycats.org using the yellow donate button on the left. 

____________________________

Gordon was getting a little wild in the crate, so with the help of Miss Z the large Tespo panels were put up and he now has a bigger spot. In the middle of the living room. He and Chanel are very confused by the invisible walls. Haha

It didn't take very long for Daiquiri to figure out how to get in to raid his food dish either. 



Mom did a bunch of laundry on Sunday and Gordon's lamb and in with it. He got the sniff test and then they curled up for a nap.




Friday, June 4, 2021

Stop biting the new guy

 One of the TNR trappers for the rescue reached out to mom about a single kitten she had found. Since Gordon needs a kitty friend, mom offered to take him.

Well, turns out the new guy is about half the size of Gordon. But he is fiesty so that helps. Gordon spent the first part of the introduction treating him like a cat toy. By Thursday morning, they were getting along better. The new guy is named Carsen after the daughter of the volunteer. He needs some work but hopefully as he puts on some weight he will start kicking Gordon's butt.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Hes so bitey

 There is something fosters and cat people call "single kitten" syndrome. Young kittens without a mom or siblings tend to be mouthy and pushy because they don't get bitten or slapped back.

Gordon has an evil version of it. He is SO bitey and will slap too. Mom us trying to break the habit but he gets excited and it gets worse. He may need a friend to teach him better lessons. 

He can be sweet but right now no family would adopt him. He is not gentle at all. 

But he is cute.



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Third Monday in a row

 Well, not for us, but it's been a long week for mom already. She been super busy with rescue stuff. 

The Celtic kittens are on meds for a minor thing but will then get on the surgery schedule and be ready to go.

Ivy had a dental yesterday that didn't go like the plan. Ivy is fine....mom isn't really happy with the surgeon (not our regular vet). 

Gordon continues to grow and is totally unfazed by the girls. 



Monday, May 24, 2021

Weekend report

 Morrigan was spayed on Friday and is back at the rescue. She was making it pretty clear she was done being a momma. So when a surgery spot opened up, she was put on the list. Cross your paws she gets adopted quickly. 

Her kittens are doing well. They don't seem to notice that Morrigan is gone and in fact the tabby boys are getting even more friendly. Mom had planned to leave the door open with the air lock up but they are big enough to big over so they will be in the room. 


Gordon continues to do well. Daiquiri stood up next to his cage the other day and growled at him. Mom had given him a spring toy and Daiq is sure all the springs belong to her. The tiny boy came over and just slapped at her - totalky unafraid. 


Mom also work a little more on the balcony. She needs another small bag of potting soil and a couple new chairs and it's ready to go. Now we just have to hope she doesn't kill all the flowers. 


Monday, May 17, 2021

Busy weekend

 Morrigan is in heat. Save us all from the singing.


Gordon decided mom isn't so bad. She was cuddling him on Sunday and he purred!! His eyes are still runny but he is eating well and full of spunk. 

Mom was busy this weekend. She got plants for the balcony on Saturday and then spent a couple of hours on Sunday at the zoo. She got to see the cheetah run and they were posing for the camera.



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Oh look

 





One of the rescue volunteers spent Monday chasing this little guy around a yard to keep him away from a big dog. No sign of a mom or siblings. They kept him overnight and dropped him off here yesterday morning. 

He's too little to be tested and he seems to have a cold so he is on his own in the crate for a while. He is a little nervous but no doubt will come around in no time. 

The woman who first saw him and contacted the neighbor made name suggestions: meet Gordon

Monday, May 10, 2021

So long as you are comfy

 When Morrigan and the kittens first arrived, mom stacked some clean blankets on a shelf to use if needed. They were still there until the other day when one kitten climbed up and knocked the blankets to the floor. 






Friday, May 7, 2021

Really Morrigan??

a post by the mom

I've talked before about the set up of the foster room. Due to just general space restrictions in 980 square feet of condo, I converted the dining room I never use into my foster space. To close it off I bought 3 screen doors and screwed them together. It works pretty well....most of the time. 

Wednesday night after my shift at the rescue, I came home and about an hour later heard growling near the door into the foster space. I looked over expecting to see one of my cats standing near the door. Oh no - Morrigan had managed to pull the door IN and got it open enough that she and all five kittens were standing in the airlock space created by the exercise pen. Everyone was herded back inside and I starting using the lock I put on the door when I was fostering Soda.


Morrigan decided to take the challenge and then started using the cubes to jump to the top of the doors. Seriously??? Fine - I moved the cubes to the other side of the room. That didn't stop her. Several times between 9pm and 11pm she jumped up. She came into the main house once but after that would jump back into the foster room with the kittens.

I did text the rescue asking if there was surgery space today thinking I could get her spayed and then up to the rescue for the weekend. No luck. There is an open spot on Tuesday. My plan Wednesday night in my frustration was to take her up to the rescue and she would have to stay there until Tuesday and then go to the adoption floor after being spayed.

Of course, if an effort to screw with me, she stopped jumping after a while last night and didn't do it on Thursday. She may still have to go back but for now she is good in the room (for those curious, my cats tend to be ok with foster cats, but I don't want to take the risks that either one of them or Morrigan will start something that results in someone getting hurt).

Monday, May 3, 2021

Not quite big enough

 The plan was to try to get collars on one of the tabby boys and one of the girls. Turns out they aren't quite big enough. The tabby boys don't quite look alike but they are very hard to tell apart.


The girls are hard to identify as they are moving around. One of them does have a white locket 9n her chest so that helps....but you had to catch them to check.


And then there is the boy with his tail light.

About the Kitty Kasa behind Taliesin - that is duct tape you see. The cubes all have a cut out cat face. A foster we follow on Instagram had one of her foster kittens get a leg stuck in the cutout. The kitten was fine but it made mom worry so she covered them up. They also has bern turned backwards but are now turned around so they can be used now that the kittens are bigger.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Uh oh....

 Mom went in to feed the kittens the other day and one of the girls slipped by the door and into the airlock (which is why it is there). Upon seeing Ivy and Daiquiri, she did this:


It also makes mom laugh to watch us around the house. Normally we don't snuggle too much with each other. But the top of the bed next to mom's pillow is a prime spot. It is normally taken by the oldest cat in the house: Butterscotch, then Maestro, then Tim  then Mozart and now Ivy. 

However every once in a while Daiq decides to join her and mom will wake up to this:




Monday, April 26, 2021

Freedom

 With the kittens reliably using the big litter boxes, it was time to take down the bigger panels dividing the room. Mom left the small panels to attempt to block the storage drawers but they came down pretty quickly too. 

Morrigan is not sure she approves of more space. They run around more plus she lost her private kitten free zone.



They have discovered toys now too. Everything is fun, but the mylar ball is a favorite.



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Change of scenery

 First, since mom has been working from home.l, the TV tends to be on for background noise. Yesterday morning, there was a zoo show on and Chanel heard a tiger:

In the meantime, the kittens are 4 weeks old today. They were getting more and more active so mom rearranged the foster room a little. Barriers up to keep the kittens out of Morrigan's litter boxes (those have clumping litter in them and kittens are this age eat everything....). Other barriers up to cut the room in half to keep the kittens slightly contained. 

A quick word about the Kitty Kasas. A foster we follow on Instagram reported she had a kitten get stuck in the openings in the back. To avoid that, mom took duct tape and covered the openings.


Pretty Morrigan the momma cat
Good news: negative FIV & FeLV test results


The kittens are doing great and are pretty active. They are using the litter box and mom has seen one of the girls eating with her momma. They come running over when mom comes into the room - certainly no issues with friendly momma cat and kittens in this crew. haha

Everyone weighs in just around 15 ounces, so right on track (kittens average about a piubda month). Don't forget the web cams are live and you can find them at the tab near the top of the page. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Official names

 If you missed it on social media, Morrigan ad the kittens got a trip to the rescue on Saturday. Morrigan needed blood drawn for her FIV/FeLV test (she was very good...waiting to hear results though). The kittens went for a second opinion on genders. Turns out mom was right the first time and we have 3 boys and 2 girls. 


The tabby boys are now Herne and Alator.



Have we mentioned this is the "impossible to get picture" stage?

The other boy is the black kitten with the tail light - named Taliesin.

The girls (one has a white locket on her chest so yay!) are Brigid and Danu.

Mom plans to rearrange the foster room a little bit but did give them a litter box to hopefully start using. The plan is to block off the big litter boxes (kittens this age put everything on their mouths and that will keep them away from the clumping litter) and divide the room in half to keep them sort of out of trouble. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

It's the ears

 


It seems like kittens go from blobs to tiny cat creatures overnight. We think it is the ears. Once those pop up to further they look more like real cats. This crew is just starting to get their teeth in as well. 







Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Taking a break

 Saw this on the webcam yesterday.


Morrigan has started spending time outside the nest. In the next week or so a litter box will go in their set up and we will try to expand their space a little bit. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

19 days old

 They are getting more active. If you watch them on the webcam they are starting to check out the entire pen. 

Mom posted on social media thay she MAY have been wrong about genders. So no assigned names just yet until that is completely figured out.

Morrigan






Mom is sure these are individual pictures since she took them as she was weighing them. Wish their eyes would stay that blue.....