There are a TON of updates on former fosters (and Challenger’s House cats who weren’t fosters) on the Challenger’s House Facebook page in honor of LAY-PURR Day. It was wonderful to see so many updates (and thank you to Teresa who worked so hard to get them posted yesterday!)
Last week, we opened the screen door at the bottom of the stairs, since Hemlock was showing some interest in exploring, FINALLY. We’d open the screen door for a few hours at night, he’d come down and run around, and then around 8 I’d put them all in their room and shut the door for the night. After a few days, Juniper started coming down, too. Yesterday morning Fred opened the screen door when he saw Hemlock hovering around the bottom steps, and Hemlock and Juniper spent part of the morning running around downstairs, snoozed upstairs for the afternoon, and then came back down around dinner time.
Privet has not been down the stairs at all, and is not interested in doing so, thank you very much. I worry about that girl, because she is so quick to run and hide in her safe space – but she’s also so quick to come over to me for petting when I sit down in the foster room. I hope a wonderful, patient person or family falls in love with her gorgeous, sweet self and are willing to let her take her time in coming around.
Edited to add: Of course, as soon as I wrote that, guess who started coming downstairs? Privet came down several times, played in the doorway to my room, even ventured as far as the dining room. And when I went upstairs to put them “to bed” for the night, she was very obviously much more confident already – she was hanging out in her box on the wall, but she immediately came out and demanded that I give her her little pile of treats. This makes me feel so much better!
By the way, Stefan is VERY much enjoying the new open-door policy, and spends pretty much the entire day in the kitten room, moving around from sleeping spot to sleeping spot.
2015: No entry.
2014: Polo works on his yawning skills.
2013: Brandon and Hodor like to live dangerously.
2012: Then they were all like “Hmph. We ain’t skeered.”
2011: “Can’t they TELL what an awesome kitten she is?!” he says.
2010: No entry.
2009: Hoyt registers a complaint with the management.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: And licks and licks and licks.