No Fleas on Me!

Miss Olivia smelled a bit ripe so I gave her a bubble bath.  While I was bathing her I noticed some little black dots leaving her fur.  I didn’t know she had fleas, but I was washing her in Dawn dishwashing liquid, so perhaps that will do the trick.  When I had flea-ridden kittens in the past, I was instructed to bathe them in warm water and to use Dawn.  It’s the stuff that is used on those poor oil-slicked, waterfowl whenever Exxon or BP has a blonde moment.  (no offense to blondes)

She was NOT very happy with me.

She dried quickly after a good towel rub, but for a while she was not looking her best.

Is this really necessary?

Meanwhile, I made my three remaining babies a fort using an upside-down doggie bed (thanks Margaret!) and a very fluffy blanket.  Mulder decided it felt a lot like his mommy.

Yes, this is a little sad.  I wish all kittens could stay with their moms and grow up with their brothers and sisters, but alas this is impossible.  All we can do is make their foster lives as nice  and safe as we can until they find forever homes.  I have these little monsters for at least another week.  Otto almost weighs enough, but I won’t return him alone.  It would be too sad for him.  When Mulder and Olivia catch up they’ll all go back to be adopted together.  Good for them…sad for moi.

Kitten Delivery

I left Matilda and Harry in very capable hands at the Montgomery Humane Shelter.

Don’t worry kids. Mr. Matt is going to take good care of you.

While there, I dropped off some donations and then went into the cat room to see Miss Lori.

She’s in a roomy cage with two other nice cats and she seems fine.  They alternate letting cats roam around the room and all of them get a couple of times a day to get out and stretch and play with toys.  I gave her some good scratching behind the ears and she started to purr.  She has gained some weight too, which made me very happy.  It was hard to put any meat on her with eight babies sucking the life out of her every day.  Don’t feel sorry for her.  Soon someone will recognize her sweet personality and take her to her new home.  I saw none of my former babies in the kitten room, which means they have all been adopted.  🙂

So for now, I have three left.  And I’m trying very hard to convince myself that I don’t need to keep any of them.

Wish me luck!

Two Kittens Less

Today I return Matilda and Harry to the shelter.  They both weigh two pounds so they are ready for their “surgery” and to be put up for adoption.  This is the thing I hate about fostering, but it is the most important part of the process.  Here are some final pictures of my sweet charges.

Harry & Otto scale the heights of Mount Tiffany!

Matilda and Mulder make a nice bed out of my basket tree.

Yin Yang bread basket.

Olivia and Harry have one more go at play fighting.

As do Mulder and Matilda…

Mulder and Harry share a final cat nap.

BFFs parted by weight

So bye-bye, little kids.  You’ve stolen my heart, but you will find a great forever home soon.

Are you sure we can’t stay here?

Please?

The kittens will be ready for adoption very soon.  Here’s all the info you need to add a sweet family member to your home.

Montgomery Humane Society, 1150 John Overton Drive Montgomery, AL 36110

(334) 409-0622–Be there or be square!

I’m told Miss Lori (their mommy) is still in the cat room.  I plan to give her some good lovin’ when I drop off the babies.

The Gang.

Chick Magnets

There continues to be a steady stream of lovely ladies dropping by the kitten farm.

Tama almost exploded with joy when she met Miss Olivia.

Skeeter and Jaymee are regulars at the B’game petting zoo.

Once again, fully grown women, magically transformed into six-year-old girls.

And who can blame them, when faced with this much cuteness?

We’re sending this one to “Playkitty Magazine” for their centerfold.

Olivia and Mulder are big buddies now.  Mulder is showing her the ropes.

But what if I don’t WANT to bite Daddy’s feet?

She still shares a strong bond with her littermate Otto.  They can frequently be found taking naps together separated from the other three.

MINE!

That’s not to say that Miss Olivia does not choose other nap partners at her whim.  She’s quite the fickle girl, and lately she and Mr. Mulder have been catching some serious ZZZs together.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh…my new girlfriend is getting her beauty sleep.

Someone really needs to adopt these two together.

I take two kittens back on Wednesday and then I’ll be down to just three.  If any reader would like any info on becoming a foster parents for cats, dogs or other animals, I’ll be happy to fill you in.  It is a fun and rewarding way to help out your fellow creatures, and I recommend it highly.  🙂

Mulder on Steroids

Yesterday we gave Mulder a dinosaur bone to munch on.

Yum!

He really enjoyed it and the affect it had on his appearance was astonishing!

Poof!

He became 10 times cuter, his fur fluffed out, and he turned into a GIRL!

Meet Miss Olivia!

We got two new foster kitties to add to the party.  Olivia and Otto joined the family for two weeks while we’re fattening up Mulder, Matilda and Harry.

The two newbies were very shy and sad for the first 24 hours, but then they joined in the kittymania like they’ve lived here all their lives.  They were strays, and who knows what their lives were like before someone brought them into the shelter.

It’s funny how she and Mulder look exactly alike except for the fluffiness.  Miss Olivia is definitely a Persian/Siamese mix.  She’s very prissy and she moves cautiously, but she likes to be scratched and she has a good purr motor.  I thought no kitten could ever be as cute as Mulder but PLEASE!

This is just ridiculous.

Life Goes On

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to give me a hug, sent me an email, FB message or flowers.

We have great friends and you made a tough time easier with your kindness.  I still have some very sweet animals and I was lucky to have my old girl for so many years.

I found an un-posted picture of Mr. Mulder and had to post it today to lighten the mood.  He was stacked on top of his siblings after his tummy was full of milk.

Great supper mom!

My three remaining foster kittens are growing and making the best of every day.

We’re being good!

They still like to sleep a lot and their two favorite places are on top of their kitty condo…

and on the couch with Dad…

Stop snorin’ Harry!

Missy is very lonely and she stays near Jim when he’s home.  Harry tried to cheer her up last night by trying to nurse from her.

Alas the well was dry, and Missy was not amused.

I found a new pretty spot in my yard this morning when I was taking the garbage out.  You never know where spring is going to pop up.

Now go hug your pet.

Boots

We lost our sweet cat Boots today.  She was 17 and her health had been failing for a few months.  She seemed to be in no pain and we just tried to make her last days comfortable and peaceful.  We will miss her so much but she had a long happy life and she gave us lots of joy.

Here is a memorial to our dear old friend…

Boots was found in April 1995 along with another abandoned kitten on Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX.  We’re not sure if Missy and Boots were actually sisters, but they were the same age and found in the same vicinity.

Our daughter, Hannah was six years old at the time, so she and Boots grew up together.

Boot’s favorite person was always Hannah but when she left home, Jim became her best buddy.

This was taken on his last day in the Air Force. He wouldn’t let me take the picture until he’d picked her up.

She really loved sleeping on him and for the last few years she became very lovey, dovey.

When Boots was younger, she was a slightly plump, very fluffy girl with luxurious fur.

She had a very cute and prissy way of crossing her paws when she sat.

In later years she got thin and her fur was not as fluffy, but we still thought she was beautiful.

Boots had an unusual personality for a cat.  Instead of being temperamental and high-strung, she was very laid back, friendly and sweet.  She put up with a lot in her long life and she always seemed to be happy.

This too shall pass.

Now I’ve really seen it all.

Boots really loved being outdoors and she spent much time in our yard enjoying sunshine and grass.

Boots also had a bit of arthritis in her old age and she felt most comfortable near the fireplace in winter or in a sunny window curled up with her sister.

Missy is still with us and in reasonably good health.  I know she will miss her best friend and we’ll try to make up for her loneliness by giving her extra love and attention.

Boots had strayed from the porch yesterday and did not come home last night.  We looked everywhere for her and were very worried.  This morning I went for a walk around the neighborhood to try to find her and had just said a short prayer asking that I could at least find her body if she were dead.  At that very moment I saw my friend Jonathan carrying her from the pool.  He kindly brought her home for me to bury and now she is in our small pet cemetery with Bitsy and Boo Boo.  I don’t know why she had walked so far from home.  Animals have mysterious ways and I am just so grateful to be able to say goodbye.  Were very sad, but pain comes with joy and she gave us 17 years of that.  Goodbye my dear old girl.  You were dearly loved.

Boots 1995-2012