Oksana and Katarina have not, despite the many times I’ve tried, been the slightest bit interested in the canned food I bring into the room; they’ve been subsisting on kibble and the milk bar. And then yesterday, as I had done just the day before, I picked up Oksana, put a little canned food in her mouth, and the light went on over her head, she dove onto the plate, and ate and ate. Same thing with Katarina. For some reason the exact same food they turned their noses up at the day before was suddenly AMAZING. I stepped out of the room to grab my phone to take a picture of them eating, and when I walked back in, I found Brian Boitano at the plate with them. I mean, it’s no Andouille eating at 18 days, but still. Brilliant Brian Boitano!
For those who have asked about Katia: You won’t see Katia with kittens nursing because she doesn’t do that when I’m in the room. I can see that she has nursing sessions in the middle of the night, but I think that’s too vulnerable a position for her when the humans are in the room. She prefers to stay hidden most of the time I’m in there, but as soon as I leave the room she comes out, examines the kittens, and snuggles with her mother. If I’ve been in the room for a long time without too much moving around, she’ll come out and hang out (those of you who watched the live stream I linked in yesterday’s post saw her), but she does keep an eye on me. She is not warming to me, but she’s not super freaked out by me, either. I think she knows I’m not going to mess with her. I would like to be friends; she’s decided she’s got enough friends, thank you.
Kristi, on the other hand, while shy and will scurry away from me if she has the room to do so, isn’t shy about letting the kittens nurse when I’m in the room (as long as I don’t get TOO close) and will allow petting (she’s even allowed it from strangers.) I don’t know that she’ll be a lap cat and may not ever request attention – but then again, she might. It’s hard to know how cats will be in the future when they’re busy caring for and raising kittens. I do know that I do NOT want to separate Kristi and Katia, because I think that Katia would die of a broken heart. She absolutely adores her mother.
So what’s going to happen with those two, you’re wondering. Honestly? I don’t know. They could go back to the colony they came from, but even though they’d have food and shelter, that’s a pretty rough life for these two girls. In a perfect world someone who would like to have cats as companions, who knows that it’s a long road to befriending them but is willing to make the effort, and who is willing to let them be who they are and understands that they might not ever come around would fall in love with them and want to adopt them.
Know anyone like that? Feel free to have them contact Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org and discuss.
(Before you go suggesting that the obvious solution is that we should keep them? No. We have 10 cats, half of whom are 8 or older (ie: aging) and if we were to keep Kristi and Katia, that would be the end of fostering for us. They are beautiful girls, and we will not be keeping them.)
Video! In the first, Scott gives Tessa a bath.
In the second, Dean gets BOOP’d.
2017: The little explorerer (Beignet) is busy exploring!
2016: “Whatever THAT means.”
2015: #Belushi don’t need no stinkin’ eyeballs.
2014: “What? Was nappin’!”
2013: “WHAT GOIN’ ON OVER HERE, MAMA? OH, THAT’S BIG KITTY FOOD. I’MA GO EAT SOME LITTER!”
2011: Rufus, fangin’ it.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Kara’s birth story.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.