Question for Friday: Do you know what marking/coloring the Weed’s mama cat is? Just curious!
She’s white! Not only is she white, but she’s got one blue eye and one green. This is NOT their mother, but I suspect she looks something like this:
(That’s Sofia, who was our foster back in 2010, along with her brothers and sister.)
Is Jake a Russian Blue? He reminds me of my gorgeous girl cat I had while growing up.
He might be! He and Elwood were abandoned on our doorstep three years ago, so we’re not sure of what exactly they are. They kind of look like they could be Russian Blues, but they don’t have the really bright green eyes of Russian Blues.
The ham feeding reminded me of this
I rarely sit and watch videos longer than 60 seconds, but I watched that entire video, and LOVED it!
Long time reader, first time commenter- I know you love people’s dreams. I had a dream this weekend that I needed to stop talking to my friend Erin (another big fan of your blog) because I had urgent business to attend to with you! I had names for your next batch of kittens- the Busters! They were named after the dust buster and the kittens would be Decker, Dyson and Eureka. I was desperate trying to remember the last kitten’s name and I was screaming “THE ONE WITH THE BOWLING BALL!!!” which I now recognize would be a kitten named Oreck lol!
I love this name theme idea! Also, there were additional suggestions for the theme:
Don’t forget Bissell! Bissell Buster! (yeah, I’m cracking myself up over here…)
I always said my next dog was going to be named Hoover, since Grizzly did such a stellar job of keeping the floor clean. Then this one came with the name Charlie. He knew it, so we went with it.
The Busters is awesome! I love it! Do they make Kirby dust busters?
Oh, I also have a question about Alice. You said the doctor told you she’d stay a small cat. How old was Alice at this point? I have a cat who’s a year old, but he’s so small compared to my other cats, only 8 pounds! Especially in comparison to our other boycat, who’s nearly 14 lbs! I always thought 1 year was pretty much full grown, but wondered when Alice started getting bigger. Snoopy might stay small, though, his mom is fairly small, and she’s a stray who I haven’t been able to get fixed, but usually never has more than 2 or 3 kittens, so maybe his size is a bit stunted?
When the vet said Alice would stay small (LIES! All lies!), Alice was about 6 months old. I think by the time she was a year, she’d gone past “small” to average-sized, and now she’s a full-figured gal. Cats do keep growing past a year, I know that for sure. I would say that if he’s still small at 2 years, he probably won’t get bigger than that (though that’s also not always true – I’ve heard of cats who waited to hit their full size ’til they were three years old, some even later!) If his mother is small, he just may be taking after her.
Thistle actually looks like she’s batting at the ball in the picture above her!
She certainly does! I hadn’t noticed that.
At work on Labor Day…no crisis at the moment so I’m reading some of the posts on your food blog. I miss the photos with Inspector Stompers. Was wondering if Tony RH Pickle could maybe inspect a few dishes…he has the belly for it.
We’ll see what we can do about training The Terrible Pickle to inspect for food blog pictures!
Wouldn’t it be neat if the new forever families knew that their new adoptees had such a huge fan club base? How many people had kept up with their progress and sat on pins and needles while the adoption process was going on? And how we all get excited and cheer for them when it happens? And shed a few tears of relief? I wish they only knew…
In the bag of toys that go home with my fosters, there’s also get a note letting their new parents know about this blog, along with the direct link on where to start (url to the post where they were introduced here on the blog). So, they have the ability to come and read about their new kitten and the readers who love them, if they’re interested. 🙂
Robyn-I didn’t get a chance to post this in time for today’s round up of questions/comments so maybe you could put it in next week? Is there a place on the website (or can you list them yourself) where you have all the themes you’ve used in the past? It would be neat to see what you’ve used and also be able to suggest other themes without repeating some (and then feeling dumb).
Well, there’s this page, which is only updated through the end of June 2010 (I keep meaning to add to it, but… haven’t. Clearly.), and in the sidebar there’s a link to all previous fosters, which goes to this page – which isn’t totally complete because between Rambo & Jodie (2005) and Kara, River, Inara, Kaylee & Zoe (2008), there are about two years’ worth of fosters that I still need to cut and paste over here. That’s eternally on my to-do list. Maybe I’ll actually get around to it this Fall!
Fingers crossed for the Weeds. Can you tell us what the policy of the rescue is if the test remains positive? Fortunately more and more groups are realizing that FIV isn’t so bad, but every group is different. I had thought that maybe Dandelion’s eye color just hadn’t changed yet, but then saw her sisters so maybe she will get to keep those brilliant blue eyes!!!
In the past, I believe it’s been shelter policy to euthanize FIV positive cats. But if these girls were to end up definitely FIV positive (which I really and truly think they won’t), I’d keep them here until we could find a home for them.
Robyn, do you and Fred ever get to take a vacation together with all your permanent animals? It must be hard to get away and have someone care for your indoor & outdoor animals. This may sound like a weird question but it comes from a suburban mom with only one cat and occasional foster kittens. I sometimes have a hard time finding care for one cat when we travel.
We haven’t taken a vacation together since we bought this house in 2006. When we lived in the ‘burbs, we’d occasionally go away for a few days, and Fred’s parents would check on the cats and scoop litter boxes for us (we also had a lot fewer cats back then!) The main reason we haven’t gone anywhere since we bought the house is because Fred would worry an awful lot about the chickens and dogs, but seriously – it’s time to get away for a few days! He has the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so we’re talking about going away then. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but I hope it does!
PS: Awww, look what I found! Pictures from the very first time we met Maxi!
She was so tiny!
The picture of Dandelion as the “Fluffmonster” reminds me of one of your chickens 🙂
I definitely see the resemblance!
I am sure I can’t be the only one to look at the second photo of Tony Pickle and think there might be some looniness in his future…
Oh, I DEFINITELY see the loony potential! Just wait ’til he gets to spend some time with the King of the Loons!
Is it just me or in the first of her pictures, does Purslane look like the app of the talking cat you use sometimes so we can hear your special cat songs? Named Tom the Kitten??
Talking Tom! I think it’s something to do with the earnest looks on their faces. 🙂
Can we have video of the Weeds voicing their complaints? And, by, “we” I, of course, mean “me,” for I have a weakness for whiny kitten footage, especially when they whine right into the lens.
I’ll see what I can do – the Weeds are actually not a very vocal trio, they might peep at me a few times if they think it’s time to eat and I’m just sitting there, but I’ll do my best to get ’em talking.
Terrible Tony still has the ratbat thing going on, but he looks SOLID now! How does he compare weight wise with his siblings? Is he catching up, or just growing steadily at his own pace?
As of Tuesday evening, the Terrible Pickle weighed in at 1 pound, 11 1/2 ounces. His siblings weigh between 2 pounds, 6 ounces (Petey) and 2 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces (Polly and Joe). He’s still quite a bit smaller, but he’s definitely catching up. I thought for sure he was at 2 pounds, because he feels like a heavy little brick when I pick him up, but he’s not there yet. (You can compare that to the Weeds, who the same evening were at 1 pound, 4 1/2 ounces (Purslane), 1 pound, 5 1/2 ounces (Thistle) and 1 pound, 6 1/2 ounces (Dandelion).)
The kitties look so healthy and fluffy. You are a Cat Whisperer! Do you play music for them? My semi-feral cat, Moo Moo, used to love listening to “smooth jazz” while eating his dinner. Then I’d let him out for a night of fighting, chasing lady cats and hunting.
I leave a radio playing for them – on low – during the day. They get to listen to either Country music or Top-40s stuff. Polly’s quite partial to Katy Perry; Purslane loves her some Keith Urban. 🙂
Dandelion looks like she’s sporting the bat look too, with that translucent armpit action!
She certainly does! No wonder she flies through the air with such ease when she’s chasing her sisters around the room.
Connie asked the other day, oh-so-casually, how recently I’d checked my PO Box. It had been a few weeks, so yesterday morning when I was out running errands, I made a point of stopping by. I suspected there might be something waiting for me, but I totally did NOT expect to find a pack of Winnie’s Wish Toys from Andrea – Connie made the donation to Winnie’s Wish and directed Andrea to send the toys to me because she knows how my poor babies don’t have ANY toys at ALL!
As soon as I got home, I went into the guest bedroom to share with the Pickles.
To say that the toys were a hit is a HUGE understatement!
Every single time I’ve gone back into the guest bedroom, there have been at least two Winnie’s Wish Toys being played or snuggled with. These kittens LOVE these toys – and all those toys for a mere $15 donation? You really can’t beat that! Go get you some!!!
Did you know that Corbie is beautiful? True story!
We call this “The Lean-To.” Originally, the wood was over the air conditioning unit, protecting it from the elements, but it got knocked over, and then the cats started hanging out under it, so I’m sure it’ll be propped up like that for them forever and ever.
2011: I hope you weren’t trying to swear Sunday afternoon, because we were using up all the profanities.
2010: They were distinctly underwhelmed.
2009: When a kitten falls asleep on you, it’s bad luck to wake them up.
2008: No entry.
2007: Wherein Stinkerbelle becomes a permanent resident.
2006: No entry.
2005: Good thing for him he’s so cute.