Archive for March, 2008

Batch Seven!

March 28, 2008

My goodness, it’s definitely Kitten season again! We just got these lovely four fluff balls of joy today and are looking forward to another year of fostering.

They are all grey, cute, soft and purring!

A117743 Zipper comes to visit!

March 27, 2008

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Remember Zipper? She was the little runt that refused to grow. My how things change! Zipper is now 6lbs and has been staying with us for a few days while her normal staff is away. She has been spending her days exploring her old stomping grounds, chirping her approval at the level of serve we are providing her and playing with her old cat pals. It’s amazing how much more personality this little girl has now! We are learning something new about her each day. For example, she still like to perch on our shoulders like the way she did when she was 800 grams. She also loves to play chase with people, cats, dust, ghosts…

Our friend is scheduled to come and pick her up tomorrow. HUMPH… that’s what he thinks…

A120324 (Minnie, Whitesnake)

March 16, 2008

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Whitesnake (named to match her brother-in-80’s-hair-metal-bands, “Pantera”), is essentially a perfect cat. She’s affectionate, semi-independent, happy around people and other cats, happy playing with just about anything (including, among other things, dust motes), happy sitting in laps, and well, just generally happy.

She’s also a bit of a gymnast, and very happy to climb from the floor to waist height in about two bounds when you haven’t clipped her nails in a week or two. And she burrows like a little groundhog. I found her deep at the bottom of my pillow case once, purring away.

Also, she follows you around like a puppy, right on your footsteps. And she comes when called. If you ever wanted a puppy in kitten form, you’ve found her.

She’s litter- and scratching-post-trained, too. One thing she’s still working on learning is “chewing.” Consuming dry food is a skill that’s quite beyond her so far. We’ve tried, and if you add water to the bowl of wet food, she’ll eat some, but she generally just waits to be fed wet food, then vacuums it in as fast as she can.

She’s gotten more independent with age, but she’s still completely attached to her brother, so she’ll want some love and attention when you get her home so she’s not too lonely. But other than that, she’s not very demanding. She seems happiest when she’s dozing on your lap in the afternoon.

A120323(Mickey, Pantera, Piggy)

March 16, 2008

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Pantera (that’s “Panther” in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) is an amazing cat, quite beside having the most stunning markings of any kitten that we’ve ever seen. He’s incredibly good-natured, and will happily sit on your lap when he’s, looking up occasionally and saying “Squawk” (that’s “Hi” in Kitten). We haven’t yet found a cat toy that he doesn’t like.

He follows you around, too, which is adorable. Not just a little. Like a little puppy. We think he can be trained to come when called. (He already responds to “come here!” in a high-pitched voice.)

He gets along well with our two adult cats, guests, and the big golden retriever who lives down the hall (well, they bumped noses before we caught him), but he absolutely adores his sister. He’ll probably be lonely for a little while once the two of them are separated, but he’s a pretty resilient guy.

He’s also very picky. So far, he doesn’t really like to eat dry food. If you put some water in it, he’ll pick at it, but he likes to sing and beg for wet food whenever you’re near the kitchen. He’ll eat just about any wet food, though. And he’ll apparently never stop. (If it’s been a week since you last cut his nails, he also likes to climb your pant-leg to get at the wet food before you put it down for him.)

(An aside: we call him “Piggy” since that’s what he sounds like when he’s snuffling in his wet food bowl.)

Also, he doesn’t like dirty litter. Or possibly sandy litter. We had wet spots on our bathroom floor for a few days until we put out a separate litter box for Senor Pantera with “Yesterday’s News” as litter, and cleaned both litter boxes at least twice a day.

He’s well trained on scratching posts, though. No issue there. Overall, little “пантера” (Russian) is a demanding little cat at times, but if you can provide him with the right service, he’s also pretty awesome.