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Kitten Season is in Full Bloom!

On March 11th our foster, Gigi gave birth to FIVE healthy kittens! The photo below was taken just 10 days after they were born. Yeah, the photo is a bit dark. I did what I could. If you look closely you can see them squirming or nursing on their kindly Mama. She's truly marvelous with her young ones.
Lunch Line

Next week, I'll begin chronicling my time with my newest foster, Mama-cat. She gave birth on Pi Day (March 14th) to three kittens. I don't know anything more about them than that, but I'm already reading up on setting up a proper nesting box, how to keep the room nice and warm for the babies, what to feed mama and so on. I have their room all ready to go and I can't wait to meet them. I've never fostered kittens younger than four weeks old, so this will all be new and wonderful.

Of course, I'll be posting LOTS of pix on my Flickr pages, as well as a few shots here.

I'll also take suggestions for naming the kittens, once they're here. I'm thinking about giving them names like; Apple, Rhubarb, Pumpkin. ;-)

18 March 2008

It's been a long few weeks since I've had any foster cats. Spring kitten season is in full bloom and we've already taken in our first pregnant Queen.

GiGi, a black, long-haired, beauty, gave birth last week to five lovely kittens. I'm going to visit them in two days and hope to get some photos of the new arrivals. GiGi is with one of our other foster families, and good thing, too. She's such a beauty and so well tempered I know I'd have a hard time giving her up. I bet she has some pouffy offspring. Ooo! How I love long-haired cats!

Farewell Mrs. Bonnie

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I was truly heartbroken to see this article last night. A tornado hit the farm of a sweet Georgia couple, who dedicated themselves to working with dogs. Mrs. Bonnie, as she was called, was thrown 50 feet during the storm and died. She was probably trying to save her dogs, many of which were lost or killed.

Take a moment out of your day to think good thoughts or send a prayer to Mrs. Bonnie and to her husband, Michael, who is in critical condition as of this post.

You can visit their web site here. and send them your kind words, directly.

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bonnie and all those rescue pups.

Save Your Cat's Life with a Simple Test

Spencer's had a breathing problem since I took him in as a foster six years ago.

Spencer Knows

During those years, I've taken him to both my Vet and specialists. Spent thousands of dollars hoping to find a way to keep Spencer happy and healthy. Sadly, I've had the following done to him:

• Tested for FeLuk, FIV, Diabetes (he went into ketoacidosis shortly after I got him)
• Blood tests to determine allergies, then treated for ONE YEAR
 with hypo sensitization (shots) therapy because they thought his
 allergies were causing the wheezing
• Treated with a nebulizer for asthma
• Had a CT scan and visual exploration of his sinuses and palette
• Diet change many times
• Treated with allergy meds
• Small course of steroids
• Antibiotics up the ying-yang

NOTHING WORKED.

Then, I was told Spencer probably had scar tissue built up on his right sinus that was from and old upper respiratory infection and that he would just wheeze for the rest of his life, probably be sickly and that that was the best they could do.

Until two days ago.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ok. I know this post is a bit late, but heck, I'm lost! I don't have any kitties to foster and I don't know what to do with all this excess time. You'd think I'd work on writing something worthwhile, but that's such a time waster, really! I'd much rather be watching, My Big, Redneck Wedding!

Anyway, hope you had a special day!

Hope I get some kittens soon! Until then. See a cute photo of Spencer and my Valentine's Day tulips. See? I scored some nice flowers even though I'm mean to my boyfriend!

You Know You Have Too Many Cats When...

...Ok. I give up. I have too many cats.

There.

I said it.

Would you believe I just contacted the President of a pet food company and asked him if I could get a discount, considering I buy about TEN cases of 5.5 oz cans of cat food a MONTH, plus supplemental grain-free dry (they get just a little bit) and about EIGHT POUNDS of RAW (see my article Why Your Cats Are Fat, Sick and Unhappy)

To my amazement, said President, kindly wrote me back and suggested I become a RESELLER!!! Having my own Graphic Design business, I find I have a handy, never used, TAX I.D. number, so technically I could sell pet food to other folks and buy mine at WHOLESALE.

This is way better than just a retail discount.

Dearly Departed

My foster cat is gone. He was rescued from being put down two weeks ago. During that time I've fallen in love with him. He's one of the most wonderful, charming, sweet, silly and chatty cats I've ever known. He's my poor Stanley, reincarnated. Stanley, the cat I only had for five short years, who died suddenly and unexpectedly from HCM. Stanley was the only cat I ever chose to be mine. He didn't find me. I found him...on Valentine's Day. He was proud and serene; a gorgeous, tuxedo Maine Coon. He was the one. The cat who all others would be compared with. He died almost five years ago. I still miss him.
Stanley_Portrait

A Touching Tale

Just when I think I've gone as far as I can to help animals in need, I find I can face new challenges and take it a step further. Whatever it takes, right? I've been caring for a 9 month old Maine Coon, who was surrendered by his owner a week ago. The owner said the cat had chronic diarrhea and he couldn't deal with it any more. He was also going through a divorce and his ex-wife felt the cat's soiling problem was a danger to their young son. The owner wanted the cat put down, which is where I came in.

One Less Cat.

It's been a few days. The emotions aren't percolating as badly, as they were on Friday. I'm calm enough to write.

Although the entire journey is going to be detailed in my Foster Cat Diary, the event, itself, sparked a question—an old question; one I never seem to understand any answer other than this:

NO.
The Lucky One

The answer is NO.

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