Note: I usually do these roundups once a week, but due to the move and being busy with that, I hadn’t done one since July 4th. So it’s a LONG one!
A side by side (kinda) of permanent residents Charlie (left) and Archie. As you can see, Charlie’s stripes are much darker and bolder than Archie’s. I still confuse the two of them occasionally if I’m not paying attention, though.
Our hearts go out to Jennifer and her family, who have said goodbye to former foster Jack. Jack (then Starsky) and his brother Percy (then Hutch) were our fosters back in 2010, two tiny kittens who were tossed from a car. They were about 4 weeks old when we got them, and were the first kittens I ever stuffed into coffee mugs (they were the perfect size!) Jen came all the way from Indiana to adopt them. Jack has had health issues the past few years, and it got to be too much for his poor body. He’s been a lucky boy this past decade to be so well loved and cared for, and we know that he’ll be missed terribly. ❤️ ❤️❤️
In case you missed it on the blog this morning (love-and-hisses.com) we have fosters again! Say hello to floofy orange and white mama Molly Marinara and her kittens:
Alfie Alfredo (boy) is orange and white and has no white stripe on his forehead (and a blue collar).
Christopher Chutney (boy) is orange and white and has a thick forehead stripe (and a yellow collar).
Franco Fondue (boy) is orange and white with a thin white stripe on his forehead (and a green collar).
Sofia Soy Sauce (girl) is a tiny black house panther.
Theo Pesto (boy) is an all-orange tabby.
Tia Teriyaki (girl) is a torbie with an orange spot on the top of her head.
Molly was rescued as a hugely pregnant stray who was wandering around a neighborhood looking for a safe space. She went to Michelle and had her kittens on June 4th (which makes them 7 weeks old today.)
Sofia Soy Sauce was not born to Molly, she’s an add-in – she was found on a loading dock in a rural town and when they added her to Molly’s bunch, Molly was willing to take care of her. As far as they’re all concerned, Sofia is just part of the litter. She’s about a week younger than the others and quite a bit smaller, but is a feisty little thing and holds her own in tussles.
Molly is a super sweet snuggly girl with a sweet, quite meow. The kittens were suspicious of me at first, but have decided that I’m okay and good for a snuggle.
New foster kittens Franco Fondue (who’s doing the most skittering), Christopher Chutney (the other orange and white kitten), Theo Pesto (all orange) and Sofia Soy Sauce are getting their skitter on.
(We have total of 6 kittens and one mama cat in the foster room currently – the kittens are 7 weeks old today (except for Sofia Soy Sauce, who is a week younger). I will work on doing an introductory video so you can see who’s who.)
3 minutes of kittens playing. Seriously – how CUTE are they?!
“Mama, we is HUNGRYYYYY!” (When Sofia Soy Sauce goes waddling over to the milk bar, it kills me dead.) (Sorry for the crookedness of the video – I clearly wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing, I was too caught up in watching the kittens.)
It cracks me UP that Sofia Soy Sauce (black) is so little that she can basically walk around the track toy like it’s a walking track (that’s Christopher Chutney on the track toy with her.)
The milk bar is open (reluctantly).
A sweet mother-daughter moment. To answer the questions: yes, Sofia nurses. Molly treats Sofia just like she treats her own kittens; as far as they’re both concerned, she’s always been Molly’s kitten. (If you missed it, Sofia is an add-in: she was found on a loading dock in a rural town, and came to Forgotten Felines when she was tiny (tinier) and Molly was willing to take her on. She’s about a week younger than Molly’s kittens, and the other kittens treat her as a pesky little sister for the most part.)
Tia Teriyaki’s feelin’ skittery.
Startled kittens with floofy tails. (They crack me UP.)
We’ve got joy, we’ve got fun, we’ve got tusslin’ in the sun. As you do. 😻
Foster room tour. A few people requested a video tour of the foster room (we recently moved, so our foster room is completely different now) – so here you go!
(Whispers) “We are here at Love & Hisses Headquarters, where we’ve secretly replaced the regularly scheduled housepanther they usually serve with this baby bat. Let’s see if anyone can tell the difference!”
It is time for the morning wrassle!
I thought we were just going to have a little chat with Molly Marinara; I had no idea Alfie Alfredo was going to be all “YOU MIGHT BE WONDERIN’ WHO DA BAYBEE IS, IT IS ME, AND I AM DA BAYBEE AND LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT.”
Here comes Theo Pesto! (He loves his Mama.)
Line ’em up! Left to right: Sofia Soy Sauce, Theo Pesto, Tia Teriyaki, Alfie Alfredo, Franco Fondue and Christopher Chutney. (Mama Molly Marinara absolutely refused to stay there and have her picture taken with her babies. Hmph.)
Sofia Soy Sauce and Tia Teriyaki on the ham-mick (and some Christopher Chutney, too). Those girls crack me UP.
Having a discussion (kinda) with Molly Marinara.
Awww, Franco Fondue ;oves his mama! (And Sofia Soy Sauce and Tia Teriyaki love to fight in the ham-mick.)
Time for breakfast! (And Alfie Alfredo defends his food pile from little Sofia Soy Sauce. Don’t worry, I moved him down a little and all was well.)
A very belated happy birthday to Amber (left – formerly our foster Ambercup in 2015.) On the top right, her sister Stardust (2017) is enjoying some sunshine. And on the bottom right, Amber and sister Phoenix (from the same litter as Stardust, 2017) have a snuggle while beautiful big sister Mollie (not a former foster!) poses prettily. Talk about a pretty bunch! (Thanks, Debra!)
BOOPing Sofia Soy Sauce. Oh, I could just squoosh that girl!
Molly Marinara is off for her spay surgery this morning! She should be back home recovering by mid-day. She will continue to produce milk as long as the kittens nurse, which, in my experience is usually until they’re separated. (Hat tip to Neko @keepingtabbies – formerly Katriane – who is the one and only mama who ever weaned her kittens while they were all still being fostered by us.)
Meet the Dippers and find out who my favorite is!
Meet Hannah Hollandaise, the newest Dipper!
The milk bar! Molly Marinara and her kittens. (This video was taken last weekend – she was spayed yesterday and I haven’t seen her letting the kittens nurse at all since then.)
Saying hello to Hannah Hollandaise, Christopher Chutney and Sofia Soy Sauce.
We’ve got a case of the skitterbugs, it appears.
Hannah Hollandaise is happy to hear that her days in the sitting room are over. Molly Marinara hasn’t exactly warmed to Hannah, but she has decided that Hannah is just annoying – not a threat. Hannah Hollandaise has been vroom vroom vroom ever since the news was announced.
Wherein Hannah Hollandaise pokes the bear and comes away unscathed. (The part of the bear is played by Molly Marinara.)
I’m not sure what I like most about this picture: Franco Fondue rolling around in the (clean!) litter box, Sofia Soy Sauce saying “Hey, don’t roll around in the litter box!” or Alfie Alfredo staring at his reflection in the bowl of water.
Hannah Hollandaise playing – by herself and with some of the others.
2020: No entry.
2019: HERE I AM, LADY! In your lap, trying to shade my eyes from the glow coming off the whitest legs on the planet!”
2018: I think Dexter’s a little hiiiigh.
2017: Ressler hanging out with Uncle Stefan.
2016: When Uncle Stefan came avisitin’.
2015: “Lady, why you do me like this?”
2014: “I gives you the stink eye, lady.”
2013: “Draw me like one of your French girls, Jack.”
2012: Meet the Pickles!
2011: I’d happily wait ’til next Spring for another bout of really bad weather, though, if it’s all the same to you, MOTHER NATURE.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: New kitten movie!
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: “Who’s the one who couldn’t wait ’til 6:30 and had to run up and let them out an hour earlier?” I pointed out.