I got to take part in Connie’s Interview with a Fosterer series, she posted it yesterday. Go check it out!
If you haven’t been checking out the previous years’ entries (linked at the bottom of the post), you are missing out on some serious cute. Last year, we had Kate and the newborn Royals. Two years ago, we had Emmy and her 2 1/2 week old Noms. Three years ago we were waiting for Maggie to give up those babies (which she didn’t do ’til April 2nd). Four years ago, we were waiting for Maura to have her babies (which she never did, since she wasn’t pregnant), and were watching the Bookworms (AKA Corbie’s litter!) grow up.
I love it!
Since we’re talking about gorgeous kitties, dear LORD, have you seen this?
I had not seen that – I love it!
Photo #8: we call that “resting b*tch face”. Some of the best of us unintentionally practice it 😀
I myself suffer from that particular affliction!
I have been considering a screen door for my foster situation as well. Updates please on how well that works.
Will do – so far, so good!
I know that when one of my guys gets a glimpse of my neighbour’s outdoor cat at my back screen door during the summer, there is much puffing up of chests and tests of manhood. How do you think the Players/Permanent Residents will react to each other (because kittens – so threatening!)?
And what’s that pink fuzzy thing around Tommy’s neck in the last picture?
So far, the kittens and the permanent residents have only looked at each other through the screen. None of the permanent residents have gotten too close (ewww, kittens!) as of yet.
That fuzzy thing around Tommy’s neck is his collar that works with the electric (invisible) fence around the back yard. It’s frayed and badly needs to be replaced. (The collar, that is, not the fence!)
So they make pet screening? Good to know since I have 13 pounds cats who think they needs to hang on the back screen door like they are 3 pound kittens! Plus Jinx tore a hole in the bottom screen going after a bug or leaf last fall… And even though I hope the snow and ice killed off a lot of the mosquitoes, any that are left will find that hole and come after me for dinner!
They do make pet screening – you can buy a roll of it at Amazon, and I’m sure they carry it at Lowe’s/Home Depot. You can also get doors that already have pet screening in it. The screened porch at the shelter has pet screen in the windows – they installed it in 2001, and I swear it looks brand new to me!
We have a roll of pet screen, and once all the Players have left us, we’re going to take the door down, polyurethane (or paint, we haven’t decided) it, and replace the screen in the top part of the door with pet screen.
You’ve probably been asked this before, but do you notice if you bond more with certain fosters/litters than others? If so, what do you think causes the difference? Just curious.
I do tend to bond more with the kittens who have issues. Remember Tony Rocky Horror Pickle? He was SUCH a mess when we got him, and we actually thought he had died/was dying at one point. As a result of spending so much time worrying about and hovering over him, I was IN LOVE with that boy. I’m still amazed I managed to let him go.
(I should probably confess that I had a plan when I took him to Petsmart. I was positive that all the other Pickles would be adopted and he’d be left alone, since black kittens are always the last to go. Then I was going to make a big fuss about how he was in that cage ALL ALONE and go pick him up and bring him home. But I was foiled, since he was adopted with his brother!)
I think it’s probably only natural to bond with the sickly kittens, since you do spend more time worrying about and fussing over them. Another confession for y’all: I always have a favorite from every litter, and I always feel so guilty about actually having a favorite that I bend over backwards to not let y’all know who my favorite is. I think I do a pretty good job of it!
Robyn – where did you get the soft cone Tommy was wearing as a ‘cape’ in one of the ‘previouslies’ from last week? My kitty Annie has glaucoma and has lost the vision in her left eye. Because her pressures are still high, and the eye is causing her discomfort, we’re going to have it removed. She’ll have to wear a cone of shame to protect the stitches and I’m thinking a soft cone will be more comfortable.
Also – do you know where I can get a kitty eye patch? I’m SURE she won’t wear it for long – but Pirate Annie must be immortalized at some point.
My poor kitties. Boo has only a stub of a tail, we had it amputated when we found her. I think a coyote had caught her by the tail at some point. Now Annie is losing her eye. We’re an odd looking bunch here.
I didn’t have any suggestions on where to find a kitty eye patch, but Roland chimed in:
I didn’t see commercially made patches for cats in a quick search, but there are designs out there to help make your own.
An adjustable velcro fastener at the back like this looks more practical than some of the elasticised ones on Etsy which looked to be fitting a bit too tight.
From the same web site – crocheted beanies, with ear holes!
Does Dennis ever play? Or does he just sit there looking cute?
He does play – I’ve seen him doing it on the webcam – but it tends to make him a little nervous if the other kittens are getting too rambunctious (and a human is present) so he’ll go sit on his bed, or hide on the cat tree. He’s just a somewhat nervous boy. I usually have to coax him into letting me pet him – though of course once I start petting him, he’s all “Hey, I like this!” and purrs like crazy.
I also think it’s time for Tricki or someone to come home for a visit. I don’t understand why they’re still there.
I’d bring Tricki, Livia, AND Khaleesi home for a break (Livia’s been there the longest), but have nowhere to put them. Once again, Fred stealing my second foster room has made life difficult. The nerve!
Seriously, we’ve talked about adding another room to the house (the simplest way would be to put a sunroom off the front room, I think), but it’s not in the cards for us just yet. Hopefully in the future that’ll happen, and we can keep it loaded down with fosters!
I have a question for you, and for anyone else with multiple cats. How do you know when one is sick? And I don’t mean obviously sick, I mean the kind of sick you’d only notice from the litter box. Like, when we had only two cats, I’d know what the box was supposed to look like when I cleaned it. I scooped every other day, so there’d usually be 4 pee clumps and 2 poos. If there was more or less than that, I could very easily narrow down which cat it was. And living in a small apartment, I could usually very easily see if one was having an issue while they were actually in the box.
Now, however, I have 7 cats and more litter boxes spread throughout a bigger house. One new cat, I followed him around the first few days, making sure he was eliminating ok, and discovered blood in his poo. Then I REALLY had to follow him around, trying to get a litter-free sample for the vet. But discovering urinary issues is harder, because they don’t usually do much digging first. I only noticed one cat having issues because I was home all day for once, at my desk most of the time, and a box is in the same room, and I noticed Loki in there quite a lot with not much to show for it. My husband cleaned the boxes once, and said the pee clumps looked bigger than usual to him, but the next time I cleaned, they were all normal-sized to me.
So how do you do it? If you think a cat is having an issue, do you follow them around all day, have a camera on the boxes, what? We’re more concerned than we used to be because we had a cat pass away from kidney failure last summer, so we try to watch the rest of the cats more closely, but it’s hard with so many.
I think I’m really lucky – I spend a lot of time in and out of the laundry room and the front room (where the litter boxes are), and if someone’s in the litter box more often than they should be, my subconscious tends to notice and alerts my conscious brain. Fred’s pretty good about noticing that sort of thing, too. But that said, I do have two webcams, and if someone was having litter box issues – or I suspected they might be – I would absolutely set up cameras on both sets of litter boxes to keep an eye on them. I have DropCams (one “Pro”, one not), and they’re great, but a little pricey. There are a ton of different webcams out there, you certainly don’t have to lay out that kind of money for them. Look around to find something less expensive that will work.
Connie suggested (in the comments yesterday) that you could also do a process of elimination – lock each cat up with a litter box and see what happens.
Anyone have other ideas? We’re all ears!
I have to tell you I finally did it. Just had to have one more “kitten” before I get too old (don’t want to leave any behind when I go, if I can help it. Most of my crew of 12 are aged 10 – 17). And I just had to name her Stinkerbelle – my now all time favorite name for a kitty. So I adopted her from a local shelter where a friend volunteers. She picked her out for me as I can never decide and I went in the cat room to get acquainted. Another volunteer handed her to me and were getting all bonded when my friend said I was holding the wrong kitty! Oh dear. So I adopted both of them, of course. Stinkerbelle (the 2nd) and Sugarbuns are both tabicos (tabbicos ?) six and seven months old respectively, and of course vaccinated, chipped, spayed, tested, etc.
Except that three weeks after adoption – and while the new girls were still in the transition room, Stinkerbelle came into heat! Oops. Some sort of mixup there, but she’s to be spayed by my vet as soon as she stops doing that slutty little dance thing. Stinkerbelle indeed! She is a sweety. And now I have (gulp) fourteen. That’s a lot of little bowl washing.
Awww, Patrice, good for you! Aren’t cats in heat the MOST fun (not!)?
Stinkerbelle and Sugarbuns: I LOVE it! (PS: One way to have an unending stream of kittens: fostering! Just sayin’. 😉 I know, I know, it’s not for everyone.)
Maria and Ferdinand, hanging out on the landing. Maria’s looking up toward the window, where there are no curtains. I mean, there are SUPPOSED to be curtains, but there are not. A certain kitten (FERDINAND) thought that hanging from them was SUPER! FUN!, and down they came. After Fred hung them back up and they came down again, I made the executive decision not to put them back up ’til there are no kittens around to hang from them.
Dropping Ferdinand, Maria, and Orlando off at Petsmart was as fun as it usually is (ie, not at all.) They were freaked out and climbed into the litter box. I know it’ll take a while for them to calm down and get into the daily routine, but I sure do hate it when they immediately go into hiding. HAAAAATE IT. Fingers crossed for lots of adoptions this weekend!
2013: “MAMA WHERE YOU IS I AM HUNGRY!”
2012: “Wait… there are TWO of them?!”
2011: No babies yet.
2010: We’re staying inside where it’s nice and warm.
2009: No entry.
2008: Fred thought it would be a good idea to pick up the pig.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.