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First, the good news:


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I feel like I can relax now, knowing that all my Peppers are now in their forever homes. Yay Sally! She went to a home with two kids and a cat already in residence – a solid white female. I bet when the two cats become friends (which they WILL), those are going to make for some stunning pictures.

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Luckily, there’s no “bad news” to balance that good news. It’s all good! Emmy and the babies are doing well. We took pictures of the kittens and weighed them yesterday. Since Fred took the kittens out of the box on Friday to replace the pink bed with a clean one, and then took them out and weighed them, then held them so I could snap a few pictures, I think it’s safe to say that Emmy is pretty much over one Fred Anderson. She swiped at him a couple of times yesterday when he was petting the kittens, but by last night she seemed to have forgiven him, mostly.

The weight on the kittens: Razzie’s the lightest at 7 1/4 ounces, Newbery’s 7 1/2 ounces, and Darwin’s at 7 3/4 ounces. Big baby Logie is the largest (no surprise there) at a solid 9 ounces. It’s amazing how much difference an ounce can make at this age – you don’t even have to pick her up to see that she’s the biggest one!

And the babies at 9 days old:

Darwin (1) Darwin (2)
Darwin (the kitten formerly known as Stripey2)

Newbery (1) Newbery (2)
Newbery (the kitten formerly known as Stripey1, the only male)

Logie (1) Logie (3)
Logie, da big baby.

Razzie (1) Razzie (3)
Razzie (the kitten formerly known as Stumpy)

I’ve been meaning to mention this – with the birth of Emmy’s babies, that brings us up to foster #174. We’re almost even with Ted and Martha at 50Kittens, who are on #175. Of course, Connie blows us all away with her 273!

I went back and looked at my list (which is just an Excel spreadsheet) and we fostered 31 kittens last year (okay, that’s kind of misleading – we got the Brady Bunch in the Fall of 2010, but they were actually in residence until early 2011), and since I took about a month and a half off from fostering due to surgery last year, I think it’s a strong possibility that we could maybe get to #200 this year. Wouldn’t that be neat?

And on a side note, of the 174 kittens fostered so far, we’ve had 91 males and 83 females.

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Poor Emmy. Those kittens REALLY like to hang around under her tail.

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This picture cracks me up so much – that back foot sticking up in the air? That belongs to the kitten nursing. Why she feels the need to sit in that particular position, I’m not sure. She was like that for a long time.

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“You touch me, I scream. Mama doesn’t like it when I scream. She’ll mess you up. So no touching, you get me?”

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Sweet sleepy baby.

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The whole family.

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“I lubs my mama.”

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I always worry that Tommy’s going to roll off that platform atop the cat tree. He hasn’t yet, but there’s always a first time!

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Silly boy.

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2011: That cat tree is leaning rather dangerously under the weight of Elwood (aka “Ellie Belly”), but he doesn’t care.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: “The chickens are here!” he said.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



3-11-12 — 30 Comments

  1. Aren’t they the cutest thing ever? How do you differentiate Darwin from Newbery? I can’t tell them apart. So inconsiderate of them, not even having a white patch somewhere to act as a name tag! 😉

    • I’ll have to throw together a couple of pictures to show up the difference. I’ll admit that I’m not always 100% sure which is which, but I’m usually *pretty* sure. 🙂

  2. Hip hip hooray for Sally…!!!! That’s so great that all the Peppers have been adopted!

    As for those little Nominees… so cute I can’t stand it. In the picture labeled “The whole family”, seriously, could they BE any more comfortahbuls??

    Silly Tommy 🙂

  3. A bonus Sunday post! Thank you!

    Tommy probably will roll off that someday, and then you know what he’ll do? He will promptly start grooming himself, all “yeah, I meant to do that”. Cracks me up every time.

  4. It would funny if the white cat was named Artemis and Lucy got renamed to Luna. The sailormoon fan in me believes that it what will happen.

  5. Hooray for Sally!! At last!!

    Hooray for chunky kittens!! Keep on packing on those ounces, kittens!!

    Hooray for Tommy knowing what he’s doing… and he’ll be just fine even if he does ever fall off!

    Finally, congratulations on fostering so many kittehs so well! You’ve saved a lot of furball lives, Robyn!!

  6. Yay again for Sally!! Black kittehs rule!

    And yay for tabbies!! Tabitha had her babies this morning…4 beautiful little tabbies just like mom! 🙂 Counting Trixie that brings the household tabby count up to 6. Jinx and Tuxie are feeling black, white and blue right now.

  7. Logie, Logie, Logie! We lubs Logie! LOL!

    Awww happy dance for Sally Peppers!! Finally – all the Peppers in happy happy homes! Yay!

    Big wave to Tommy! Take care

  8. Yay for Sally and her new family! Yay for Emmy and her tots, though Emmy, you need to give one Fred Anderson a break. Has One Fred, as I shall now think of him, put on chain link armour and weighed Emmy? She must really be a small girl, judging from how big her babies look beside her. Many thanks for allowing us to follow all the kitties you’ve ever enrolled in Crooked Acres Kitty Charm School!

    • One Fred wouldn’t dare to try to weigh Emmy, he’s under orders to back off for a few days so Emmy can learn to trust him again. I have no doubt that will happen – there’s not a mama cat alive who doesn’t end up loving him with a crazy-eyed passion. 🙂

      I can report that her spine isn’t nearly as prominent as it was when we got her, and she gets about 4 canned kitten food/ baby food meals a day to supplement her bowl of kibble, all of which she eats, so she’s doing well!

      • Fred clearly has a way with the ladies — and you both, as we know, have a way with words.

  9. You do know that if Tommy rolls off it will actually be an intentional, planned, graceful dismount, do you?

  10. Wow, they all have open eyes already! I didn’t think that happened until two weeks- but the internet has corrected me. Next those ears will be poppin’ up!

  11. Just when I didn’t think those kittens could possibly get any cuter… they got eyeballs!!! Amazingly beautiful, yet skeptical eyeballs 🙂

  12. YAY for Sally!!! I’m so glad all the black kitties have a home now!

    That picture of the kittens under the tail…. Kittens.. you are not going to find anything good under there… keep moving!

    I don’t think you’ve ever said that Tommy was klutzy, he seems to know what he’s doing up there. My Leo, now, he WOULD roll right off! He rolls right off of everything he lays on because he’s too goofy! I call him klutzy, but it’s really more than he wont stop rolling!

  13. Robyn, we may have had one more foster, but your number of permanent residents trumps all! And good luck to Sally–yay!

  14. Yea!!! Sally!!! She was waiting for just the right family! 🙂

    *sigh* your babies are so cute.. oh who am I kidding, every set of kittens that I look at are the cutest kittens eva!!