3-20-20 Friday

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Honestly, Robyn, I don’t understand why people get upset when kittens continue to nurse even after they begin eating kibble and canned food. They are much like human babies who continue to nurse even after starting solid food. Babies of all species nurse, not only for nutrition, but will go to Mom for comfort and reassurance while navigating their new world.

I don’t get it either, but some people are VERY of the opinion that kittens should be weaned ASAP even though mamas are perfectly capable of cutting them off when need be (having said that, I have to admit that Katriane is the only mother I’ve had who decided she was done and then she was DONE.) It mostly cracks me up when people say “Shouldn’t they be WEANED? Shouldn’t they be EATING ON THEIR OWN?” Just ’cause they eat on their own doesn’t mean they won’t nurse ’til the last possible moment.


Whatever happened to toe-bean Toesday’s?

Slackery and forgetfulness! (And I really have only ever done it when I happen to have enough toe pics which I haven’t lately.)(Toe pick!)


How is Isabella’s skin issue doing?

She’s still overgrooming. I’m hoping that once the kittens are eating on their own (in another week or two, I’d imagine), we can get her spayed ASAP and see if the overgrooming is caused by hormones (and if not, she’ll have an allergy test.) The fur she does have is very soft and silky – and she’s had no recurrences of all the scabs she had when we first got her, so that’s good.


So….I no longer have resting bitch face, I have rain frog face?



Oh these babies are so fluffy!! Does Pablo still have his tail light? I don’t see it in pictures.

He does, though it doesn’t show up very well in pictures. I assumed that as he got bigger his tail light would too, but it’s staying tiny and is just the very tip of his tail. I’ll see if I can get a few good pictures of it.


What kind of heated pad do you use in the Kitty Kasa? Do you keep it on all year round?

It’s a K&H pet bed warmer and I’ll keep it on most of the year, though I might unplug it in mid-summer if I notice that Alice isn’t hanging out in there any more. Just a note: the Kitty Kasa bedroom we have didn’t come with a hole in the back, so Fred had to use some drill attachment that he has to drill a hole in the back so I could slide the cord to the heated pad through. Some of the Kitty Kasas do have holes in the back (the kitty faces you can see in pictures), so might be big enough for a plug to fit through.


Ever had one of those naps?

Pablo was taking a nap. But then…

… he woke up. And he was like…




“Who AM I?”

That’s the sign of a really good nap.

Javier’s all “Not impressed with your offering, lady.”

Carmelita’s all “Hmm… I could eat!”

“He’s behind me, isn’t he?”

If you look closely, you’ll see that the eyes are definitely changing.

Diego has a sleepy.



Alice Mo the calico sure could use a lot less rain, yo.

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2019: Mary, sun drunk and attitudinous.
2018: Kristi’s birth story.
2017: He can be a wild man, too!
2016: This picture is killing me dead. Between the “I’m da BAYBEEEEE!” from Bert Macklin and the “What the frick is your issue, kid?!” expression on Regina Phalange’s face, I can’t stop laughing!
2015: Can you tell that he’s just a sassy little monkey, full of attitude?
2014: Orlando is showing that camera strap who the boss is.
2013: “Oh lord, how am I going to pay for college for all five of them at the same time?!”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: I bet the country cats would kick his butt all over the yard, though.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



3-20-20 Friday — 11 Comments

  1. some people are VERY of the opinion that kittens should be weaned ASAP even though mamas are perfectly capable of cutting them off when need be

    Ah, those people who have an opinion on everything and are dead certain that they know better how to raise your kid than you do. The problem is that the Internet gives these experts-on-every-topic a platform for their opinionating.

  2. Sitting here laughing as I had to shut Orlando out of my room last night for lack of social distancing at 3am and continuing to try to eat my hair after 3 attempts of being shoo’d away…. Now I see him eating that camera strap in 2014 and think… oh, this is all Robyn’s fault!!!

  3. They are looking so cute. Pablo, that must have been a really good nap you were having there. Just too funny. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. Have a fantastic upcoming weekend.

  4. Let them nuggle & Nurse as long as possible- they need it psychologically & socially! Going out with a family,no matter how loving & caring,is majorly disruptive & demanding after having a mom & siblings around. It’s how they learned to socialize after all….enjoy those close moments as long as possible!

  5. P.S. those blue eyes have been hanging around a tad longer than in other litters,right? Or just my wistful imagination?

    • They’re actually starting to change – it just doesn’t show up that much in pictures unless I get right up in their faces.

  6. The “Diego has a sleepy” photo has made all this social distancing worth it.

  7. Hi

    Not sure if I am doing this right, but in desperate need of some help with a foster.
    I guess the advice is for me, as he is not actually listening to what I have been telling him.

    We have been fostering Max for a month. I believe he had some sort of trauma before getting to us. We were making great progress with him (he was cuddling for short bouts, showing interest in us). But I think having all of us home is stressing him out. We have resident cats that he is attacking, but shows stress when he is by himself. He still won’t let us pick him up, so he is not easy cat.

    I have had difficult fosters before and don’t give up on them. HOWEVER, a feral mama on the block gave birth and I apparently am taking those kittens in in a few weeks. I have been trying to find a place for them too, but they have ring worm, which does not make them a popular bunch.

    I need advice on what to do with Max (his behavior, stress and some litter box issues). I have feliway plug ins, he has his own box–and practically his own apartment too. He is not hiding, he lays around but if we walk by him sometimes he just growls out of no where.

    I did not get him from a shelter, but rather from my street. When we first started to see him he was very sweet. Right before we took him in, he had a personality change that we can’t understand and can’t fix. He has been neutered.

    I am sure my stress is not relaxing him either.

    I will take volunteers, suggestions on how to help him–anything. I feel like crying because he just is not happy and we are trying.

    Alana (whose apparent solution to being shut in, is to start hoarding cats–send help!)

    • Alana, except for suggesting Rescue Remedy (which sometimes works for me and sometimes doesn’t), I can’t think of any other suggestions. I’ll post your question in Monday’s post in hopes that there’ll be suggestions that might help. Has he seen a vet? Do you know how old he is? Is his behavior changing at all since the time you brought him inside (that is, is he getting worse that you can tell?)

      Having typed all that, I’m wondering if something like Zylkene might help. That’s something you might be able to get from your vet, but I’ve bought it online in the past.

  8. You kiddin’? There’ve been lots of Toesday pics – I sign my weekly work tracker emails with them to a lady in my home office who just adores them (no cropping, y’all). Alejandro’s backfoot photo bomb (with bonus tail tip in the eye) was the best! I don’t need the label, she said sniffily, I am a conniu- connu- iz an ekspert – raawr!1