11-23-18 Friday

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Archie is the prettiest cat ever! How would you describe his fur colour?

I call him silver tabby and white, but I can’t swear that that’s correct. Gray tabby and white would work, too!


How do the little squirts manage to get out of the tub?!

They jump! They look small and the tub looks huge in pictures, I know, but they have ridiculously long legs, and have no problems getting in and out of the tub. LoJack and Tank needed help getting out the first few times (since they’re smaller), but they’ve since gotten the hang of it.


Do any of the kittens miss their mom?

They miss nursing. They were fine for the first week, but suddenly they all started nursing on their own abdomens and on the collar of my shirt. They’re not all doing it, but the ones that are are SERIOUS about it. It’s happened before with lots of previous fosters, and they nearly always grow out of the behavior.


Do all black and white tuxies have white whiskers? that is part of their charm.

You know, that is an excellent question. I think they do, but I can’t swear to it!


15 cans of Fancy Feast a day? Pardon my pottiness, but shit Robyn, that’s a lot of cans. I know Fancy Feast are smallish cans, and yeah, you’re fostering 10 teenager kittens, but damn…

That’s a lot of can-opening, too! I’ll practically need carpal tunnel surgery once these kittens have moved on. (And also, I don’t know why I said we go through 15 cans a day – they get 8 in the morning and 8 at night, and that does not add up to 15.)

I SO wish Fancy Feast came in much bigger cans!


How is Ryder doing? Has she gained some weight?

She had gained some weight before she left us to go to Steve’s house, though I couldn’t tell you how much since she was not a fan of the scale. But her spine didn’t protrude nearly as much as it had been when she first came to us, and without kittens constantly trying to nurse, she’s probably put on a little more much-needed weight.

By the way, Ryder will be headed to Petsmart today. Fingers crossed for a fast adoption!


I have Archie’s twin brother Lark. They even have the same white strip down their nose.

I asked Bethany to send a few pictures of Lark, and she did. Here’s Lark’s story:

Here is my sweet boy Lark. His mother was rescued from a high kill shelter when she was pregnant. When the kittens were born they went with a bird theme. The two kittens left at Petsmart when I found them were Lark & Robin. While I was giving all the kitties some love, a woman came in with a carrier. She was bringing Lark back from a visit with the vet. I asked if he was ok & she said he had recently started limping & was diagnosed with a subluxating patella. It was at that very moment that I knew Lark was coming home with me. I laughed & she looked at me with confusion. I told her that I had another little muffin at home with bilateral subluxating patellas. My vet had explained this condition is pretty common in small dogs but quite uncommon in cats. What are the odds I would come across another one? She literally jumped up & down as she had feared this diagnosis would mean a lifetime spent in the shelter. She waived his $100 adoption fee because she was so excited. So I made a $100 donation to the group. I know how important that money is to care for the animals. That was almost 3 yrs ago. He is my shadow & always wants me to hold him. However, he terrorizes my other cat Chloe. He drives me crazy but I love him.

Lark has certainly perfected Archie’s expression, hasn’t he? Too cute!


You guys! I have found a basket for you. Remember when I said that the basket we have in the foster room is made by a company that no longer exists? Well, I was surfing around Amazon one day, and I found a basket that was NOT super expensive, and I bought it to try it out.

At first the kittens wouldn’t use it, but then they warmed up, and…

It’s a hit!

Fender agrees.

It is the Kitty City Cotton Rope Woven Cat Bed, and at this exact moment it’s $17.97. The kittens like it and are using it, and it seems to be pretty well constructed, though of course only time will tell how well it’ll hold up against the destructive forces in the foster room. Just wanted to let y’all know!

“What the-? How is the weird lady in there? She was just behind me, wasn’t she?”

“Yes, there she is….”

“I am so confuuuused.”

I love this picture of Cam on the windowsill in the bathroom.

Solenoid in the bath tub with the ping pong ball.

Tub full o’ kittens.

Fender’s all “Come HERE, Axle! I wanna kick your butt!”

And then he regretted his big mouth.

Cruise, chillin’.


Frankie, Jake, Khal and Alice (up on the table) in: Post Turkey Coma.


2017: Alice, practicing her “Why are you doing this to me?” expression of woe.
2016: “I am not hiding over here because a noise startled me. I’m doing a pillow inspection.”
2015: She lays in her bed and dreams of being an only cat.
2014: Every morning while he waits for his snack, Jake walks around and tries to mind meld with the other cats.
2013: “A-ONE and a-TWO and a-THREE…. I’m DANCING!”
2012: If you weren’t always sticking it where it doesn’t belong…
2011: “Sitting in boxes is the ONE THING I do for ME. All day long I do and do and DO for everyone else. I need some CORBIE time!”
2010: No entry.
2009: Then we’d have to call them The Puddin’ Heads.
2008: The many moods of Delmar.
2007: “Stupid trees with their stupid leaves.”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



11-23-18 Friday — 11 Comments

  1. Do you have SNOW down there?! In the last photo it looks like the yard has a thin white blanket—either that or you have a lot of light outside!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Look at the muscle definition on Axle, that is one solid little boy! Cam cracks me up, always looking so amazed by the world. That is a beautiful picture…

  3. Do your cats get turkey? The cat we had when I was a teenager LOVED turkey. As soon as it started to smell like turkey, he was in heaven and would roll around under foot telling you (mom) how much he loved you. He always got a couple of bites before the rest of the family. After we ate, mom would cut up a bunch of scraps and he’d have his feast. He usually got turkey for a week after Thanksgiving. Mom says the chicken saved his life when he was on strong antibiotics and wouldn’t eat. My mom had my brother who worked at a restaurant bring home uneaten pieces of chicken. He couldn’t resist the chicken, and ate. He was wobbly when he walked he was so weak. He ended up having the infected toe amputated.

  4. It’s time!!!!! As in years past, I raced to enter my address to get a holiday card from y’all at the now Shady Cove!!! I will happily add it to my refrigerator homage to Love & Hisses of cards from past years that has become the traditional holiday dress/decor in my kitchen!!! I love your cards and can NOT wait to start scrolling through all the cards you receive to try to spot mine! OMGosh… typing this out and re-reading… I am both excited and a little scared that this confirms that I may need help… I can’t quit you, Love & Hisses and I. Do. Not. Care!!!! Oh, and Ryder’s Fleet are just the cutest and Archie is just the handsomest and Frankie, Jake, Khal, and Alice are just the best!!!! 🙂

  5. When will Ryder’s fleet go up for adoption? It’s going to be sad to see them go, but I assume you’ll still have Tank and LoJack for awhile. Maybe they will all find good homes in time for Christmas!

  6. As the proud handler of a tuxie aka cow kitty, I can safely say no, not all of them have white whiskers. Miss Leah has black whiskers, with only one white one. I’d like to think she grew it especially for me but I doubt it

  7. I live in the Soundside area of Wilmington and am moving Jan3rd.
    For 6 months I have been feeding 2 stray males. One is a orange neutered male with his ear clipped. the other one is orange and white. I call him a Hemingway cat with the fifth toe on each paw. They are now fat and pretty. but not completely social. I am hoping someone in the are would feed them after I leave but so far no luck with the neighbors. Do you know of anyone in the Soundside area that may be feeding a colony?

  8. “Solonoid in the bathtub with a ping pong ball” Someone needs to invent a game of Kitty Clue.