…And Then There Were None

I took my kittens to the shelter yesterday. Soon they’ll get their surgeries and shots and go to the kitten room to find a forever home. This foster situation was new to me. I’d never had a cat give birth in my house before and I was happy to have hard-working mama to take care of the babies. My only real job was to take care of Midnight.

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You won’t believe what just happened to me!

I trapped her March 5th and ten days later she gave birth to five cute kittens. We named them Sheba, Blackjack, Misty, Shadow and Ashley.  After the babies were mostly weaned, Midnight and Shadow went to their forever home at the Butterfield farm and sanctuary. I kept the remaining four babies until they weighed enough to bring in. Miss Tayunia was there to welcome them and prepare them for the next step.

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We meet again my friend! 🙂

I will share some final photos of my cute babies. I will miss them, but I know they will have a happy future with their new families. The workers and volunteers at the Montgomery Humane Shelter are my heroes. Think of them when you’re in the mood to make a charitable donation to a VERY worthy organization.

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Ashley & Sheba take a sweet nap.

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Some days you just need to take a nap with a monkey puppet.

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Mommy, we have a situation!

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My pal Andrew has a weakness for kittens and wine. Smart guy!

I highly recommend the experience of kitten fostering. I’ve been doing it for 8 years now and I can’t imagine stopping. For now we just have four fat couch potato cats at home and one more batch of pets that I’ve been keeping on the down-low for a while. Want to make a guess what they are?

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Shhhhh…Don’t make a “peep”

Going…Going…

The babies have almost made weight. They go to the shelter on Monday. I am still able to adopt them out from my house until then. Here are a few photos to entice you to take one of these little puff balls into your heart and home.

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Misty & Ashley

It’s kind of funny how my two gray babies stick together most of the time. These two little girls have sweet, shy personalities. They love to play and they enjoy falling asleep next to the HU-mans.

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Blackjack & Sheba

These two little hellions tear around the house like they’re on fire. Miss Sheba will be a long haired beauty. She’s super lovey-dovey and she’s the softest thing in our house. (Unless you count Rowdy’s tummy). Mr. Blackjack is our only boy and he feels firm and tough like he has muscles. He chases all the dust bunnies in my house (there are many) and he’s super-playful and crazy.

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United Colors of “Kittyton”

They all love each other and will be sad to leave the first home they’ve ever known. The shelter does such a great job of finding forever homes for these babies, but I selfishly would love to adopt them out to a neighbor. Won’t you consider it? Burlingame-raised kittens come with a grade A+++ seal of approval. Guaranteed happiness or your money back!

 

Come by for a test drive while they still have that “new kitten smell”.

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And Then There Were Four

Midnight and one of her babies went to their forever home today! My kitten helper Miss Victoria Butterfield will be her new mommy. She named her gray baby Shadow.

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You’re a lucky kitten Shadow!

I’ve been able to move the remaining four kittens downstairs to my normal kitten nursery, (The Office). They are acting shy and wondering where mommy went but otherwise they are eating their kitten chow and using their box like good little kids. Before Midnight left the house this morning, I took a final picture of her with her little bunch.

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Calgon take me away!

I gave Victoria a choice of all the kittens, and instead of choosing the sweetest and friendliest, she chose the shyest and most scared. I asked her why and she said that this kitten will need her mommy more than the others. I choked up a little. What a thoughtful, sweet girl. I would have chosen the most fun kitten, but we all know that my soul is a dark place.

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It’s OK Shadow. Go with the nice young lady. 🙂

Midnight and the kittens have had lots of visitors and they enjoyed playing with the neighborhood kids. But of course, their favorite was Jim. This is always the case. He must smell like an animal. Or maybe it’s because he’s so “furry”.

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What am I? Chopped liver?

So I’ll have the babies a few more days and then I’ll have to take them to the shelter to get shots and surgeries. I’m sure they won’t last too long in the kitten room because they are so cute and sweet. I would love it if some of my neighbors would take one (or four) off my hands before they go. Come by anytime for a test drive while they still have that “new car” smell. 🙂

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24 hours old. March 16th, 2018

One Month Old

The babies are officially one month old today. They’ve started eating grown up cat food and pooping in a proper litter box. These are great milestones for Mama Midnight. Now she gets to rest a little bit instead of constantly cleaning and feeding the little pester-heads.

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King of the Kitty Kondo!

 

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Is this the world?

We’ve started letting them explore the house a couple at a time. We put them in the bed with us in the mornings to get used to new places.

And of course the visitors just keep coming!

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My new young pal Anna Grace.

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And my two “old” pals, Betsy and Wendy. Ladies you look 20 years younger holding those kittens!!!

 

These guys will be ready to go to the shelter in about two weeks. I already have a home for Midnight and one of the gray babies. The rest are up for grabs! HINT, HINT!

Family Affair

The babies have had so many visitors this week! Erica brought her cousin to play for a long time this weekend.

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Erica, the kitten chow is NOT for little girls!

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Erica’s cousin was enchanted.

Later that day another Waters family paid their respects to the little fluff balls.

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I always enjoy seeing fully growed men turn into cotton candy in the presence of a tiny kitten.

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Cathy, you need to take one of these home for Jack!

The crowds keep coming and that’s fine with me. The more love and attention these babies get, the easier they will be to adopt out to a forever home. This morning was the first time we introduced one of the babies to a long-time kitten caregiver of the furry kind.

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Stick with me kid. I’ll show you the ropes.

I have the kittens for about three to four more weeks. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this adoption opportunity!

Three Weeks Old!

I’m behind on photos of my little fluff balls. At three weeks they start to be interested in Mommy’s soft cat food, but they really just like to smell it. They also begin to roam out of the basket and try out their wobbly little legs.

They’ve had many visitors over the past few days and they are beginning to realize that humans can be fun!

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Erika looks like she’s in love. 🙂

Victoria continues to visit regularly and help with comforting Mama Midnight.

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A veterinarian in the making.

And no kitten experience would be complete without a Cofer girl!

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Vivi’s little face is a mixture of joy and fear!

I’ve had my upstairs carpets cleaned this week so I had to make a kitty enclosure in the bedroom with dog fencing and old blankets. More on that hot mess later. Mom and babies seem very happy with their small compound and I expect the little monsters to start terrorizing their environment soon. I’ll be sure to make a little movie of that. Meantime, the kitten nursery is open for visitation. Line queues at the front door! 🙂

And so THIS Happened

IMG_E5064I got to hold a baby Ewok!

I’d love to say that Mama Kitty trusts me now and that she let me grab a baby, but no. Victoria HANDED me this little guy. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. Her dad Robert took this picture. Look at his tiny little claws and his pink mouth and nose! I’M MELTING!!!

The kittens are one week old today and their little eyes are just opening. The fun is just about to begin!