New Fosters – Chanel & Darla

After adopting Maya, I took a little break from having fosters in the house.

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I wanted to give her a chance to bond with the two adult cats, Coco and Max. As well as recover completely from her upper respiratory infection.

But it didn’t take long and I was ready to help some more little cuties. So last week two sisters, Darla & Chanel arrived 🙂

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Chanel is a spunky all black domestic short hair around 6 months old.  She is a little chatter box! She loves to play in everything and with everyone.  This kitten has no fear of even the meanest of cats (side eye to Max).

Darla

Darla is a black/white domestic short hair around six months old.  Darla is more reserved then her sister, I think she needed some time to figure out if we could all be trusted.  After 3-4 days she started to show her playful side and is exploring more of the apartment. Not really into getting affection, I’m working on getting her to trust me and enjoying lap time.

Both of these cuties are available for adoption from Lost Dog Rescue Foundation and will start attending adoption events next weekend!

http://lostdogrescue.org/chanel-3/

http://lostdogrescue.org/darla-3/

 

 

 

New Addition – Little Maya

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It was inevitable, my first foster failure is little Maya.  She won me over within a week.

Maya came with her brothers Austin and Walt to recuperate from some kennel cough.

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All three were little heart breakers. Playful and affectionate with a skill for kitten trouble making. I could have easily kept her brothers as well.

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They shared my affinity for serious coma-like naps.

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But something about Maya’s sweet nature won me over completely.

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This past weekend Walt and Austin were adopted together by a great family, they found their forever homes together!

So the tally now is up to three cats and one dog.

Life Lately – Kitten Edition!!

Three weeks ago I took in a little family of six.

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I volunteered to be a kitten foster for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF), my dog Sadie was rescued by them and I’ve always tried to support their organization through donations and eating at the restaurants 🙂 Within a week I got the call that they had a little family (five kittens & mom) that needed my help.  They were transported from a shelter in West Virginia and came straight to my house to recover from the road trip. Since then they’ve been busy eating, sleeping, and investigating.  I have them setup in my guest room with pet beds, toys, and litter boxes.

Seemed liked perfect timing to finally invest in a webcam, I’d feel more comfortable going into the office during the week if I knew things were nice and quite at home. I picked up this guy from Amazon after doing some research, I liked that I can set it up down the road to take motion activated pics.

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Turned out to be a great investment, the momma and kittens spent most of the first two weeks under the bed! I could make sure everyone was nursing and healthy without causing further stress.

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Night vision mode makes me feel even more like a stalker…

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Everyone is growing and thriving, the kittens are now more interactive with each other and their surroundings.

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They spend a lot of their play time wrestling each other and testing out their cat skills (arching their backs, pouncing).

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Gaining more independence from their mom each day but not quite ready to eat cat food 🙂

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There is one grey stripe, one calico, two grey/white, and one white/orange.

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They started using the litter box this week, all I can say is it’s a good thing I have this on hand:

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Best. Cleaner. Ever.

If you are interested in any of the kittens or want more information let me know. They’ll be available for adoption by early May, Lost Dog’s cat adoption info can be found here: https://lostdogrescue.org/adoptions/adoption-policies-procedures

Sarah

My Cat is an A$$hole

I need to take this blog post towards a cat lady/future animal hoarder topic.  One of my cats is driving me a little crazy, but I have a plan.

Adorable little Max came to live with me in October 2013 at 8 weeks old.

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The first few weeks he had my undivided attention, I was impacted by the government shutdown and a furlough kitten was a great distraction.  Things went well, he keeps my other cat Coco company and doesn’t seem stressed when I dog sit or have company over.  Poor Husker was terrified………

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Fast forward to January, Max has grown into an energetic teenager.  He has discovered his love of heights and is jumping on everything.  I’ve tried to train him away from jumping on the kitchen counter, no luck.  Then two weeks ago he was climbing around in the kitchen and knocked a bottle of red wine off the top of the fridge.  Yey, wine splatter everywhere. Here’s a pic of a ceramic candle votive that bit the dust.

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So I’m on a mission to keep Max entertained, and to keep my sanity.  I’m not going to drop him off at an animal shelter.  Only LOSERS abandon their pets.  When I adopted him, I made a promise to take care of him for the rest of his life, through good times and bad.

Here’s how I plan to keep from going crazy…..

Keep him busy – Devoting time to him each evening to play with him and wear him out helps keep his energy level a little lower.  He loves the cat tunnels, its the only way he’ll travel down the hallway.

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Reaching new heights – His love of climbing is part of a cat’s natural instinct, I plan on changing around some of my decor and furniture so that he can climb to his little hearts content. Some Ikea floating shelves will serve to let him climb the walls. And this little door shelf should give him an excellent view of his territory.

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Training – Cats can be trained, just takes patience and understanding their motivation.  Max isn’t motivated by affection, he likes cat treats.  I also have a spray bottle of water that I’m using to keep him off the kitchen counter. My stove top is flat glass, so its dangerous for him to get comfortable jumping up there anytime he pleases. He could burn his paws, or even knock over a hot pan.  I’m using this spray on my power cords and tv cables to keep him from chewing and playing with them.

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If you have a pet that you are having problems with, don’t give up.  There’s little changes you can make to keep you both happy.  He’s also giving me an extra push to declutter and better arrange my bookshelves, got to look at the positive side.

He’s really sweet when he’s sleeping………..

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If all else fails, just laugh. Stop taking things so seriously and enjoy the utter entertainment your pets provide. And try not to laugh at me when I’m walking him outside on a cat leash.

Sarah