Readers? Anyone in the Jacksonville area know of a place where sweet Skeletor will be allowed?
I was wondering if you have used Twilight character names for any of your fosters? Bella sounds Irish to me!
I haven’t used Twilight characters, but I did a quick check of the names list I got from the shelter, and Bella, Edward and Jacob have all been used in the past, rendering them ineligible for use by me!
I remember Beulah! I always loved that tiny little girl. I can’t remember who ended up with her but have you been able to get any updated pictures of her?
I did get some updated pictures of her back in 2009 – see those here – but none since then.
Do you have to brush George and Gracie? I know they live outside, and they seem relatively free of big nasty snarls!
George and Gracie need lots of brushing in the Spring when they’re shedding their winter coat. Fred goes out with the brush and brushes and brushes them, and the amount of fur that comes off them is absolutely amazing (I’ll have to get a picture next time he brushes them). They require occasional brushing in the Summer, too, and then hardly any in the Fall and Winter. I always say that their fur is made of Teflon, because they’ll get absolutely filthy, then you see them an hour later and they’re completely clean again!
Have the permanent residents shown any curiosity about what is happenning in the “nursery”?
Not really – they sniff at the barrier in front of the door sometimes, but they’re used to not being able to go in there sometimes, so they aren’t all that curious.
Newt goes roaming where?
Newt and Maxi are our two free roamers, who are allowed in the house and also allowed outside (the real outside, not the back yard outside) to roam wherever they want. I know they spend lots of time at the house two doors down, and I believe they go down the street further to where there’s a horse barn. I was just telling Suzanne yesterday that I’d love to put GPS collars on them both to see just exactly where they roam!
I imagine that their eyes open with a little “plink!” sound.
And their ears will pop up with a sort of ‘sprojoing!’ sound
I love the idea of this more than I can possibly express.
I think you may have addressed this question before, but if so I’ve forgotten the answer. Here’s a random (and kind of gross) question: what do kittens do before they learn to use the litter box?
Warning: grossness alert. If you have a weak stomach (or are eating), skip down to the next section. I’m not kidding!
Oh, it’s grosser than you suspected, I bet. Before kittens are about 2 1/2 weeks old, they cannot urinate or defecate on their own. Therefore, they need to be stimulated to do so by their mother. How does she do this? With her tongue. What happens to the, uh, results of the stimulation? She. Swallows. It.
You weren’t eating, were you? 🙂
When I said Maggie gave me this look after she’d been licking some kitten behind the other day, it was for good reason.
When I’ve had to bottle feed kittens who were without a mother, I had to stimulate them to pee and poop using a piece of paper towel (you can also use a cotton ball or a soft rag) to do the same job, but at least I could throw the whole mess in the trash.
There’s not enough money in the entire world to entice me to do that job the way poor Maggie has to. And after having to do that with all six kittens, numerous times a day, don’t you just know Maggie is THANKING HER LUCKY STARS that she’ll never have another litter?
Firstly, several people have asked what the “soothing-mama” noise that I’ve referred to sounds like. So I got it on video! You’ll hear her make it a bunch of times in this video (no kittens were harmed in the making of this video. I had to move them out of the cave so I could change out the bedding).
And then, kittens hanging out in a purple bed. I call this one “I sit on you head.” Watch it,and you’ll see why.
Here are those wee babies at one day old:
And here are the little fatties at 10 (actually, might have been 11) days old, same bed:
2010: Isn’t it amazing how quickly they go from little round roly-poly babies to long and lanky kittens?
2009: I can only stand so much sad meowing from kittens, so I caved pretty quickly.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.