Archive for December, 2007

(A118682) Snuggle

December 15, 2007

Snuggle

Snuggle wants to be a model when he grows up – that’s why he’s practicing his sexy wink in this photo. We think that before he can be a model, he needs to stop liking things. He likes people, he likes cats, he likes being petted, he likes lying on his back in your hands, staring at you and purring, he likes pouncing on cat toys… models need to be more aloof.

But, try as we might, we just can’t dissuade him from being so nice. We’ve had one minor success with him: when he runs around a corner, he expects someone (or some other cat) to be there to play with him. And when there isn’t someone (or somecat) there to play with him, he announces his displeasure: meow-WOW mow wow-meOW-wow wow. mrow.

He very well-trained with the litter box, with scratching posts, and with other cats. He loves our two housecats, and they love him back (although he does get a bit nervous when his 11-pound ‘big brother’ decides to pounce on him).

Update! Little Snuggle has been adopted by a friend of ours. His new name is Oliver and we will be updating new pictures of him soon!

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(A118681) Cuddle

December 15, 2007

Cuddle
Cuddle has the smoothest, sleekest fur out of all the 17 cats we’ve fostered this year. He also has the athletic build of an Olympic gymnast (or, perhaps more appropriately, an Egyptian Mau). Because of this, he’s decided to to choose a career that suits his natural abilities, and become a ninja pirate.

He’s very adept at slinking around quietly, hiding behind walls and anything else that will give him cover, and leaping out without warning to pounce on his brothers (they are mostly good-natured about his job training activities). That’s the ninja part.

He also burrows into anything he can: under pillows, blankets, other cats, the crook of your arm, your neck, etc. There’s only one explanation for this activity, when you think about it. Buried treasure. That’s the pirate part.

And when he gets tired from all the sneaking and leaping and digging, he likes to spend time with people. Cuddle (now you understand the name for our ninja-pirate) happily spends hours curled up on or near any available lap, neck, or arm. (He’s not very happy being held off the ground, and would prefer to hug close to your body. Heights make him nervous.)

Finally, he’s well trained: he uses the litter box, his scratching post, and doesn’t mind having his nails clipped (grab his scruff to keep him calm). And he’s well-socialized. Our two big cats (a boy and a girl) like to play with… I mean help him with his ninja pirate training.

(A118680) Fuzzle/Grapenut

December 15, 2007

Ewok
Grapenut has two important sides to his personality: on one hand he’s a very cheerful, easy-going cat who is perfectly at ease playing with toys, playing with people, playing with other kittens, playing with older cats, or playing by himself (he can improvise toys from bottle caps, pens, pieces of paper, etc.) He loves to run around and attack shadows. He purrs when you flip him on his back and rub his belly. And he’ll happily sleep on your lap or the foot of your bed for hours. (Speaking of feet, he likes to chase them.)

But he’s also a little bit shy, and doesn’t like leaving the house very much. He gets scared when he has to go to the vet (actually, he gets scared whenever he has to leave the apartment), and it took him quite a while to get comfortable in our apartment at all. It will probably take him a day or two to get comfortable with new people – you can expect him to run away from you whenever you approach, but calm down and purr contentedly when you catch him, pick him up and hold him. Since he doesn’t like loud noises or movement, make sure he stays inside! If he heard a loud noise outside, he could bolt.

One little thing to watch out for: he’s a bit clumsy. He can’t jump very high, and has a tendency to fall off things that many cats wouldn’t.

Grapenut is (of course) litter trained and scratching-post trained. And he eats a lot – he’s more than doubled in size in the last 2.5 weeks, and shows no signs of slowing down. He inhales his wet food every morning and evening, and snacks on dry kibble throughout the day. (That’s how he got his name – he used to eat so much as a little kitten that he looked like a little grape. And he’s a nut.)

But with a little bit of patience, he’ll be an absolute doll of a kitty – and he’s not too demanding of attention. If you’re gentle with him and patient for the first few days, this little guy will be a great friend for the next decade or two.

Batch #5, just in time for X-mas

December 15, 2007

Batch #4

Our last batch of the year, all boys, all grey tabbies, and all of them will melt hearts this x-mas. They are one of the healthiest, and happiest batch we have so far. Already they have a fan base with our friends and gets lots of kisses and hugs. We hope too that this winter, they will find a forever home with you.