Friday, January 23, 2009

Puffy is no longer available

Puffy finally got adopted! Yay! He spent a long time waiting for the right person to come by, but at last Puffy has found his permanent home. That is one of the reasons I like kittens best -- when you bring them back to the shelter they get picked up very quickly...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kiki update

Kiki is feeling much better now. She is grooming properly again, so it looks like we are not going to have to give her a bath after all. Which is good. Another thing which has surfaced as she gets stronger is she appears to have an archeological bent. When she uses the litter box, she spends a considerable amount of time digging around as though she were trying to excavate Pompeii. If you are thinking of adopting her, a covered litter box would be a prudent investment...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

But on to current business

It is not all kittens in the foster program. Currently, we are hosting Kiki, a beautiful two year old (seven year old? There is some confusion in the records...) who is stricken with calicivirus, and needs to be quarantined for six weeks. She does not feel well, so we have had a hard time getting her out from under the bed to give her medicine to her. Until last night.

There is a wonderful moment in fostering where the terrified, possibly slightly wild, likely ill cat suddenly realizes that you are one of the good guys. We call this the moment they "break". We have experienced this with feral kittens, and it can take anything from hours to weeks depending on the condition of the animals and how badly they need you. Bottle feed kittens break almost instantly (it never hurts to be the food bringer).

Sick two year olds take a few days, but it is worth it. I will see if I can get some good video with the monster purr she produces.

UPDATE: There will be no video, for Kiki has returned to the shelter. She is going into surgery today and should be available to adopt this weekend.

Puffy the Cat

Say hello to Puffy. Puffy came to us with an eye infection. Have you ever tried putting antibiotic ointment (like neosporin) in the eye of a strong cat? Not lots of fun.
Here he is squinting at you so that you know his eye is uncomfortable.

The rest of him on the other hand, is squishy, fuzzy and large. Look at that vast expanse of belly!

And here he comes to say hello to the camera. Not shy, this one.

I would also like it known that even though the shelter named him Puffy, we resisted calling him Puff-Kitty, P-Kitty, Sean or any other such thing. Nope, never even crossed our minds.