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Friday Memes for Friday Smiles

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I have a couple of guest memes today and one from me, myself and I!!

As most of you know, we now have a mom cat and four of her six week old kittens in my castle. This is the smaller of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Thankfully, the other eight live at another place…sigh.

Remember Frodo?? He has clearly mastered the art of “hanging out”!

And there you have Senorita Mirabel’s most fervent wish. That some human (s) will come along and realize that she is just the sweetest most adorable six year old kitty ever!! Please send her your most pawerful POTP to help her bring her forever home to her soon. We do not know how long we can keep her in foster care. If no one will give her time and cuddles, then Mom L and Dad P and I will give her a home. She will not ever be returned to the cat colony where we found her. PLEASE SHARE!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

The Hole in the Wall Gang: New Twist!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Oh boy, oh boy!! Do I have an adventure to share with my loyal readers!! So pull up a seat and enjoy  this kitten and mom cat rescue. Of course the rescue of the Hole in the Wall Gang started on a pretty normal morning for my castle. Humans and feline furramily all enjoying a nice morning stretch before Dad P goes down stairs to get our brekkies prepared.

  1. Then about 8 AM, Mom L got a call from a lady she helped three years ago rescue a mom and 6 kittens. This time, the lady and her grown children think they hear scratching and maybe mewing in their garage.

Mom L, Dad P and my pet sitter Miss Kandi all go over about 10 AM and search and search. Nothing heard or seen.

  1. Next day, April 6, Mom L gets a text about 6:30 AM from the same lady. This time they saw some wires up near the ceiling of the garage move and they heard mewing.

  1. Mom L gets another rescue buddy, Miss Venus, and they go over about 8 AM. Nothing heard or seen—and then!!!

Mom L hears scratching in the wall above a freezer and sees the cable wires move a teeny bit.

The wires go into a hole in the back wall of the garage. Miss Venus and Mom L find a tall ladder from a neighbor and Miss Venus goes up to try to peer into the small hole using a flashlight. Nope! Can’t see anything, but now they can hear the scratching again and wait! Was that an itty-bitty mew???

  1. They don’t have any tools to cut into the wallboard. So Miss Venus calls on her good friend, who is a contractor,—Mr. Ron. He comes right over! And he has just the right small power saw to cut through the wallboard. So up he goes to do some cutting.

Miss Venus goes back up and tells Mom L to get a soft towel and a carrier. She can now see one or two tiny kittens!! And they are ALIVE!!!

  1. Miss Venus hands down about 4-5 tiny kittens, some with eyes still closed. Mom L takes a quick photo and so does Mr. Ron.

  1. He is excited too! Then Miss Venus says “I can see more!” But they are too far away. Mr. Ron goes back up and cuts another hole to the right of the first one.

  1. Miss Venus goes back up and YIKES!! She starts handing more kittens to Mom L until there are TWELVE!!

  1. Mr. Ron decides that one of the kittens, a very tiny one, must be named “Tiger”! And he gets a selfie with that itty-bitty kitten! What a hero!!

  1. Mind you, Mom L has only ever seen ONE mom cat hanging around all morning watching the action near her babies. She is a small all black kitty. But TWELVE kittens from one mom cat??? Mom cats only have eight “dinner plates” to serve their kittens. Maybe that’s why several of the kittens are clearly smaller?? Because they didn’t get to have as much time at the dinner table???
  2. So Mom L, Miss Venus and Miss Jeanne set up a “kittens as bait” trap to hopefully trap the babies mom cat. The kittens are safe and warm in a carrier at the back and a humane Tomahawk cat trap is set up in front. We hope that Mom will hear her babies crying for food and come to care for them.

Long story short, by 8:30 PM, that same day, Mom L saw ANOTHER mom cat approaching the kitten bait trap set-up!! That’s it!! There are TWO MOM CATS who found the same birthing space most likely within 7-10 days of each other. We are betting that the moms are related!!

We tried the gray mom with eight of the smallest kittens and she refused to even look at them. So then we pulled them out and put in the four that were bigger. After about two hours, our gray mom cat started to nurse her babies!! It was midnight, but it was a day well spent!!

The other mom cat refused her eight babies for over 12 hours so Miss Jeanne, her foster human, had to bottle feed eight kittens. But the next day, by early afternoon, after placing each kitten, one at a time with their black mom cat, she was nursing them all!!!

I want to introduce you to the twelve members of The Hole in the Wall Gang!! I have Butch Cassidy( light gray tabby) and his gang of three living in my castle—The Domino Kid (black with white dot on throat), Jesse James (all gray), Laughing Sam (all gray with white speedo trunks between his hind legs).

Here are a few more action shots of Butch and his members of The Hole in the Wall Gang.

And Miss Jeanne has Sundance and his gang of seven at her home.

I know my story is long but I hope you will stay one minute more to enjoy the 60 second video I made showing my foster kittens growing up and learning to play!! Just shot yesterday!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Changes in Savannah’s Castle

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!

I am turning my blog post over to Mom L today.

Thank you, Nana, for allowing me to talk about the changes in your castle residents.

It is with great sadness that I want Nana’s readers to know that her Dad P and I made one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. Our gorgeous, precious, loving, cuddly Court Jester Eowyn, needed to be rehomed.

Eowyn is a perfect snuggly, affectionate lap cat with all people. She and I were especially bonded over the six months she lived with us. I was so excited that Eowyn got our shy Katie to run and play with her all over our home.

Katie was starting to behave like a senior cat because of nine-year-old TKS and seventeen-year-old Savannah, my heart kitty for all times. To see her become her young five-year-old self was heartwarming.

In August 2021, Eowyn and her two kittens, Arwen and Frodo, were found abandoned in a city park where Delta View Cats, our nonprofit, feeds a cat colony. We decided in October 2021 to adopt Eowyn. I registered her chip to me. However, in January, we finally found a wonderful home for her two kittens, Arwen (with the head wobble and asthma) and her brother Frodo. Eowyn always liked to go in to their kitten room and do some rough and tumble playtime with them. But as they got older, she was less inclined to spend much time with them, but she always visited every day.

Once the kittens were gone in late January, Eowyn’s behavior began to change quickly. She began to play too rough with Katie so Katie stopped playing. Then she started to stalk and attack Nana and Sage. She would corner them in the litter boxes, or back them into a corner where they had no escape. Nana is deaf and could not hear Eowyn and Nana has severe arthritis so she cannot get away quickly as Sage was able to do. Eventually, the three girls started staying most of the day and even the evenings in our master bedroom. Sage wouldn’t come down to have licks of Dad’s ice cream because Eowyn was always right there. Nana wouldn’t come sit by me on the couch to watch TV and get brushies because Eowyn would always try to sneak up on her from the back of the couch.

And yes, Dad and I asked for advice, coaching, cat behaviorist input etc. It only continues to accelerate and we saw to way to give Eowyn the attention she needed and deserved while also being able to give Nana, Sage and Katie all the attention and love they needed.

Long story short, Eowyn is now “Callie” and living as the only cat with a delightful, loving and kind young couple not far from us. She gets to sleep with them every night, and she gets all the cuddles she wants, she has no other cat giving her competition for her humans’ atention. She also has a doggie pal who she doesn’t mind at all. So, her life will be the best life she needs. I will never stop loving her and missing her. Please enjoy a couple videos and some photos of her in her very own castle where she is the reigning Princess!!

 

Watch Eowyn, aka Callie, climb up onto her new Dad’s neck to relish in cuddling with him!

Dad and I made the best decision for all four cats involved. I hope Nana’s readers can see this. Thank you for understanding.

Within the first week Eowyn was gone, all three girls started coming back to our living room at night; Sage to share ice cream with her Dad, Katie has started playing like crazy again with her wand toys and other toys, and Nana is once again back comfortable next to me on the couch at night. Clearly they are all more at ease and outgoing now that Eowyn has her own castle.

Lastly, I want to let you know that Nana goes in today, Monday for an ultrasound to learn if her irritable bowel disease (IBD) has escalated into lymphoma. She has had this for 8 of the ten years she has lived with us. Her heart murmur has moved from a stage two to a stage three, likely due to her chronic kidney disease (CKD) and her IBD. She has been losing weight, and lost six ounces from January 2022 to yesterday at her vet visit.   Her arthritis is severe but this spunky lady still hippity hops up and down our stairs from bottom floor to top and back again. I will let you know what we learn from her ultrasound. Send her purrs for it to show only the IBD.

Nana asked me to sign off with her usual, so here it is—

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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