7-30-18 Monday

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Check out this cuteness!

That is Torvill (the kitten) and Arwen (the human). Arwen and her mom Kristin were cleaning at Petsmart Friday morning, and Kristin sent me some adorable pictures of Torvill and Oksana getting some love.

Oksana’s FACE is cracking me up.

Sweet girls.

(Thanks, Kristin & Arwen – not only for the pics but also for giving my babies lots of love!)


Sleepy Buxton (whose nickname has been Buster, but lately I’ve been calling him Bucky.)

Sleepy Dexter.

Lots of drama over there under the ess scratcher.

Eliot needs a kiss.

OtisMallow in the box, and Buxton’s whiskers.

Sweet Arundel.

Calais and Eliot on the big bed.

Kenneth Borkleton Moopers has a lot to say, and mostly what he has to say is “You can’t get me hooked on Gerber chicken and gravy baby food and not bring some to me every time you come into the room, FYI, lady.”

Now that I’ve moved all the cat trees out of the foster room, this is what that end of the room looks like. I hate that there’s nothing for them to climb up, but it’s impossible to properly sanitize those cat trees every day. I mean, they’re not SUFFERING – there are plenty of places for them to hop up, and then can get up onto both of the cabinets on that end of the room. They’re pretty happy, really. I’ve moved the cat trees into the garage and am trying to decide whether to attempt to sanitize them (soak them with Rescue spray and then put them in full sunlight for a couple of days) or just toss them and get new ones eventually once these guys have moved on.

I was getting tired of walking into the kitten room and finding the ham-mick upside-down and in the middle of the floor, so after much pondering I tried making a double-decker ham-mick by… well, I won’t go into the specifics, you can see that there’s a bottom “layer.” They can’t get under the bottom and push the ham-mick over, so it worked – and they love it this way, too.


So the kittens are doing well. The ringworm baths will continue for the time being. They’re handling the baths really well, and are handling the topical stuff I’m putting on their spots well also, though it’s certainly not their favorite part of the day. They always act like I’m being mean to them while I’m applying the topical stuff to them, but lucky for me they forgive easily. I’m completely spraying down the room every third day (while they hang out in the bathroom), mopping the hallway regularly, cleaning the bathroom after their baths, doing laundry constantly. If I thought dealing with little kittens required a lot of cleaning and laundry before, I had no idea how work-intensive it could really get. When (IF) the day comes that I don’t have to clean the room, do 7 loads of laundry and then bathe multiple kittens, I’m not sure what I’ll do with my time.


Walking along, ::thlurrrp::ing his song, it’s RBF Archie!


Regarding Stefan: so far, he’s doing well. He’s only been on the meds for a few days, but he seems more alert and clear-eyed. He still isn’t eating on his own very much (he’ll walk to the bowl, take a few bites and then walk away), but Fred is syringe feeding him many times a day, and Stefan tolerates it well. I mean, he probably would prefer not to be fed QUITE so often, but we suspect it’s the extra caloric intake that has him more bright-eyed.

We have no answers yet, because it’s too soon. When it’s been 4 weeks from his last blood work (depending on how he’s doing at that point), we’ll have it done again and see if there’s been any improvement.


2017: International Man of Mystery Gaston.
2016: No entry.
2015: Random cuteness.
2014: “Give me your paw! I’ll help you get back up on the bed!”
2013: “I get SLEEPY!”
2012: “Don’t make me bite you on your neck, Caspian, while that lady’s taking pictures.”
2011: You can deflect Het Rays from stumpy little gray cats with SCOOP HANDS!
2010: Bad news, good news, and a happy ending for two Challenger’s House cats!
2009: No entry.
2008: Zoe makes this face a LOT.
2007: Now THAT is a signal I understand.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



7-30-18 Monday — 18 Comments

  1. Just sending you guys some love. You and Fred are awesome critter-parents and all the furry folk are lucky to be in your care.

  2. Well, Mr. Borkleton-Moopers, Esq. has made a very good point!
    Gosh, how I love this cat… If only I lived on your side of the pond…

  3. Glad Stefan is a bit perkier. I had to syringe feed my Emma for a year as she just would not eat due to her CRF. You do what you have to for the ones you love.

    If the cate trees were not cheap-o’s, I would certainly sit them in the sun (right side up and upside down – to get the under side).

    Happy to see Torvill and Oksana getting some love. I hope those pictures help them get adopted by showing just how friendly they are.

    Those kittens are just so precious!!!

  4. 2011- Ah yes, the famous SCOOP HANDS. One of my many favorites.
    I still can’t believe no one has adopted Oksana of the fabulous whiskers and her gorgeous sidekick Torvill. And my heartfelt condolences on all the extra housework. You’d think the little buggers would at least leave you the occasional tip for making all that extra work :).

  5. Oh those kittens! The Marshmallow and The Moopster are my current favorites, but all of them are just silly cute. Thank you for all you do for them and all the kitties.

    I was shaken about Miss Maxi and knocked out by the news about Stefan. Both such blows for you guys. I’m so sorry about Maxi and hoping and praying that Stefan will recover. Thank you for caring and loving all those kitties and thank you for sharing this portion of your lives with us. It must be so difficult during times like this. You both are angels.

  6. Chicken and gravy human baby food is my miracle worker. I was just singing its praises to a friend with a 24 year old tabby last night. But it is heroin to cats, just saying. I have one addict who is relentless in the morning until he gets his fix. I wonder if the Gerber people know about this off label use.

    • I actually have a cat-lady friend who works for NestleGerber and we have talked about that. Since the conglomerate also includes RalstonPurina I think they could package and market some of the baby food as cat food! They’re missing a marketing opportunity…

    • My vet even uses it. That’s what she gave to Bander when he quit eating. He ate every bit she gave and of course the stinker that he is when I got him home he refused to eat any of it. LOL

      Yep, they’re missing out on a cash cow with it.

  7. I’m glad to read that Stefan is doing better. Baby steps, right? It really is like one of our own is feeling poorly, so we’re all rooting for the boy!

    And how I love seeing Archie…

    Doing all that clean up work and maintenance with the kittens must be like running a daycare, with kids still in diapers (of the cloth variety, lol).

  8. My new baby, Lenny, definitely prefers canned food over dry. He is 10 weeks old. I was wondering how often you feed your fosters canned cat food. I have been feeding Lenny 2x a day. I’m wondering if I need to add another feeding?

    • Twice a day is what I use. Just remember that a cat telling you that they are STAAAAARRRRRRVING and they haven’t eaten in FOOOOREEEEEEEEVER does not make that true. Some of them are just drama queens about it.

  9. Otismallow…love all the cuties, that’s today’s best tho!!
    And snuggles for the two babies at Petsmart.
    Glad that Stefan is improving a bit, too.
    Thanks so much.