Monday, May 23, 2022

Weekend report

 The tuxedo boys were all neutered last Wednesday and adopted by Saturday. Yay!!

Mom left us for the weekend but for a good cause. The kid (her niece) graduated from high school. Mom isn't sure how that's possible but the kid has a diploma to prove it.


Mom also cheated on us with the kid's new puppy Koda...she just had surgery so is wearing the cone



Monday, May 9, 2022

Mike and the boys

 We weren't sure how things would go with the smaller boys in the foster room with Mike. Turns out the answer is - it's all good. Mike was a little annoyed the first day, but she doesn't like change much. The kittens quickly learned her patterns and to get out of her way. Mike does get a little bad when the 4 of them get really wound up and running, but we've learned over the months she's been here it is mostly frustration. 





Friday, April 29, 2022

That was not the plan

 The little kittens have been in the tespo panel pen in the living room since we got them. For several reasons, mostly that they are smol.

However, mom came home last night to find loose kittens and this:

Yep. One panel is snapped in half. So there goes that plan. And time to get new panels. There is a really nice panel system out there but it is WAY out of our price range. Maybe someday.

Which means Mike has new roommates. There was a little name calling but considering it was a rush introduction, not bad. Mom will keep an eye on everyone and see how it goes. 

Never a dull moment though.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mike's big adventure

 

Mom decided to take Mike on an adventure this past weekend. It was warm here (finally) so she and a friend went mid morning to a nearby park. Mom put a harness and leash on Mike - not that she moves very fast but better safe than sorry. 

She did so well. They didn't stay long due to the heat, but Mike wasn't fazed by the sounds or anything else going on around them.

Honestly, she was mostly interested in having two people pay attention completely to her. She snuggled up with mom and crawled in her friend's lap for some love as well. It just reinforced to mom that Mike needs her own people.

Of course after that much excitement, it was time for a nap. 

**Mike is looking for her forever home. She cannot be around steps - her balance is just not good enough to keep her safe. But she is fine with other cats or by herself and would be great as an apartment cat. Mom says she is willing to drive within 4 hours of central Ohio for the right family.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Weekend report

 Hold smoke it got warm. It was snowing last Monday and in the 80s this weekend. But warm weather means open windows so we got to enjoy warm air and a nice breeze. 

Chickpea is now officially available for adoption and is at the local Petsmart. Hopefully her new family finds her soon. 

Mom reached out to the shelter where she has volunteered for a while and offered to foster again for them. So we have new kittens too. They are probably 6 weeks old but SMOL so we may have them for a little while.



Four boys, all tuxedos and very friendly!! 

Friday, April 22, 2022

An empty trap

 

As someone in rescue who works within the realm of TNR, this happens. Picking up an empty trap from the spay/neuter clinic. 

A cat was trapped but had severe injuries and the best decision the rescue could make for him was to end his suffering. It is never an easy decision and no one takes it lightly. But rehabbing a feral cat and medicating them while keeping them confined can be nearly impossible. This is better than a long painful end he would have had outside on his own. But it still breaks our hearts to know he suffered before we trapped him.

Any rescuer will tell you the first line of rescue work is spay and neuter. It reduces the number of kittens and it also reduces fighting amongst tom cats. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Did you dilute that torbie?

 A post by the mom

OK, I admit I can get a little geeky about cat facts. While I don't understand all the science behind it, the colors fascinate me. 

So to start, to get an orange cat, the male had a red gene and the female doesn't. Male kittens from this pair end up being an orange tabby. You can get an female orange tabby about 25% of the time. 

For female cats, you get a calico, tortieshell or torbie (calico with tabby stripes). About 1 in 3,000 can be male so they are fairly rare (and due to genetics to get the color tend to be sterile). 

A "true" calico is orange, black and white. A "true" tortieshell is orange and black - no white.

Then you can get a dilute - a washed out version if you will. Dilute calicos will be peach, gray and cream while dilute torties will be gray and peach.

So then a torbie.....fiest let's talk about the name. I've heard this color variety called a callitabby, tabbico or torbie. Technically the first two would be more accurate as they are calicos with tabby stripes. A torbie would be a tortieshell with stripes - something I've never seen ( which doesn't mean it doesn't exist). However, the torbie term seems to be the one most commonly used though they are interchangeable. 

This is Ivy. She is truly a torbie: brown and black stripes, patches of orange stripes and white patches. 

I had a friend ask me about Chickpea and if you could get a dilute torbie. Which would make genetic sense, but I had to really think about it. Honestly before Chickpea, I dint think I had seen one. But she is peach and gray and white with stripes. Tada: dilute torbie. 




So there you go - my short geeky moment of calicos, tortieshells and torbies. 

In case you want to read more, there is a good article on Love Meow

Friday, April 15, 2022

Ivy and the box

 Mom ordered some stuff and Ivy claimed the box. 

So mom decided it needed a sign. 

Chanel has been in it a couple of times but normally Ivy is the occupant. 

She so cute.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Foster kitten update

 We still have Chickpea and Mike. 

Chickpea has seen a surgeon and he felt a polyp at the back of her soft palate. So that will need to be surgically removed and then she will be available for adoption.


We suspect that we just haven't found the right person looking for a Mike to add to their lives. ROCK is going to put him on their Facebook page, so if you feel like sharing, we would appreciate it. Mom loves Mike but this is not the right place to be his forever home. 


Chickpea has discovered a new game. It's called "annoy Mike". She jumps back into the Foster room, runs around, pokes Mike, get her wound up, then leaves. 



Monday, March 28, 2022

A case of the goofies

 The joy of cats is sometimes the weirdest thing gets them wound up. For Chanel it doesn't take much....

Happy 5th Birthday Chanel aka Crash and to her sister Cupcake at Cats Herd You


Oh yeah....the lid? Goldfish found it somewhere in the morning and it was a hit all day. 



Wednesday, March 23, 2022

New cat bed

 Mom bought a new cat bed. She had been seeing these fuzzy beds. Turns out this one is a little smaller than she would have expected. But she still thought it was cute so it was put out in the living room.

There was investigating:

Took another couple of days for anyone to try to sleep in it. Chanel was a sort of fail.

 
 And finally yesterday Junior decided it was comfy and declared it good. YAY!!!

Monday, March 14, 2022

Really Chickpea

 That girl sleeps in the oddest positions



For reference she is on mom's lap in this picture....with her head hanging toward the floor.




Friday, March 11, 2022

Sad news

 

                      Baloo 4/11/21 to 3/10/22

My sweet boy is gone. I didn't make our struggle public as some people would have wanted to insert their opinions and I needed to try to do my best for him.

With symptoms starting in January, my vet and I suspected he had the wet form of FIP. I decided based on his age and attitude, I want to try to treat him. I'm not going to debate the merits of that decision. If you have opinions, please keep them to yourself.

After 52 days of treatment, his body gave out. He just didn't have any fight left and I made the kindest decision to let him go. 

I'm broken. He was a special boy: tormenting Chanel, snuggling at bed time, playing with foster kittens. The house is missing a presence. 

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To make yesterday worse, sweet Soda 0assed away suddenly too. 

You may recall he was here when Goldfish was a kitten as I was looking for a kitten raiser. He flunked out here but my friend Heather adopted him and he did great at her house. Fly free sweet boy

Monday, March 7, 2022

Weekend report

 Oh it was nice here this weekend. 70s and mom opened the windows for son fresh air. 

We got a suncatcher from a friend and mom finally got them up on the window. Chanel of course has to check out every new thing. Fortunately she has a short attention span so she left it alone after the original inspection.

Chickpea is happy snoozing away the weekend.

Baloo likes to work on his tan. 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Weekend report

 


Things are pretty quiet here. Mom has skowly started helping a small local rescue but it won't be the same level of time commitment which will be nice for her.

Mom was gone Saturday and when she came home there was a big brown tabby sitting behind the trash can in the garage. Time to break out the trap and do some TNR.

Mom has been watching the news and like everyone has a sad. We are send so much love to all those affected by this tragedy in Ukraine. 

Monday, February 21, 2022

Chickpea

 She is so goofy. We are still trying to figure out the reason for the snorty noises she makes. The vet suggested a different med but that is complete and while she seems a little better, it's not gone. So on to the next step.

In the meantime, she spends her days loose in the house and nights in the foster room. She and Baloo chase each other around and have a blast. She is mostly respectful of the older girls but has a few kitten moments that get her popped in the head by Ivy or Daiquiri. 

She is so super sweet and just unfazed by everything. Hopefully we can get her cleared up soon and on to the business of finding her forever family. 




Monday, February 14, 2022

A new era

 A post by the mom

Sorry its been quiet here for a while. Hopefully I can get back into a rhythm. 

It's been stressful here. The rescue I've been with for over 10 years is unraveling. I've done everything I could to help bring change and progress. Unfortunately a dug in minority has decided they aren't going to budge. 

So as of this weekend, I've walked away. I had made it clear there were decisions I couldn't live with. They made it clear where they are headed. And I can't do it anymore.

So where do I go from here? Taking a break. I've got time before kitten season im the mid west. I can't imagine not being a part of rescue. But not like this....

I'm actually really OK so I don't want people to worry. This has been coming and I've been planning for a couple of weeks. But change is always hard. 



Monday, January 31, 2022

Taco accident

 


The taco truck is pretty popular. Chanel and Daiquiri like to sleep inside, Baloo prefers the top.

Well the other day he may have leaned too far to one side:




Monday, January 17, 2022

Weekend report

 Horton went up to the adoption center on Saturday and went to his forever home that afternoon.

Mike is on the website and ready to go. We just need to find the right family for her. If you know anyone wothon a couple of hours of central Ohio, send them our way.

Chickpea needs to go back to the vet. Her breathing issues are SO frustrating.

Thaddeus is doing better. He was neutered on Thursday. Mom felt bad as he was friendly for the first time that morning and she had to grwb him and haul him to the vet. She still has to catch him to love on him but he is much better.

We also now have Titus that cane from the same area and is likely Thad's brother. He is much friendlier and comes up for love pretty quickly.