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Bittersweet Fostering with Happy Tails Endings

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Oh my cat! Do I have breaking news for you all!! I think my first introduction of our foster kittens, Arwen and Frodo was like December?? We have had them with us since late August 2021. They and their mom cat, our adopted Eowyn, Court Jester, were all dumped at a local waterfront park where our Delta View Cats feeds a colony of 12 abandoned community cats. The kittens were about 4 months old. Here are some videos of them at the point where our Delta View Cats feeders discovered them! FYI—Arwen looks like she has something wrong with her eye, but it turned out to just be a speck of dirt and her eyes are both fine!

Did you hear little Arwen’s teeny mew? They were so small. I know you can’t see Frodo, the orange boy too well, but you get the picture, right?

These cutie pies have been fostered in my castle for over four months, since August 26, 2021. Little Arwen has a little bobble in her head, especially when she is trying to keep track of wand toys. She also has short infrequent asthma episodes when she is overly excited, anxious or plays too hard. But she is a tomboy girl all the way! She may be smaller than her brother, Frodo, but Arwen gives him a run for his money when they play! Frodo is becoming a love bug! He likes a nice lap and ear scritches. They both give nose kisses too. Because they are very emotionally bonded, we could not adopt them separately so it has taken a long time to help their permanent family find them.

But Saturday, January 15, their new humans found them at last! Miss Alicia saw them on Adopt a Pet and traveled from her home in another city to the adoption event Mom L and Dad P have been taking them to every Saturday and Sunday since October, 2021.

ARWEN AND FRODO ARE ADOPTED!!

APAWS!!    APAWS!!

They are going to a new human Mom and Dad and they also get to have a little eleven year old human to play with as well! Mom L and Dad P had leaky eyes of joy and sadness.  They knew we could  not keep them and yet their love, patience and long foster care brought them into a close bond with the two kittens. They are about eight to nine months old now. Arwen is still needing to put on more weight but Frodo is just fine as he is! What a chow hound Frodo is!! LOL!!!

Frodo

ARWEN

And here they are together! They were so little and then they could no longer comfortably fit the top of their tower!!

And, Delta View Cats, our nonprofit community cat group that Mom L and Dad P and I founded, had an even more amazing weekend! We pulled a colony cat off the street where his feeder, Miss Kandi, serves him because he had an abscess on his front paw. Turns out that Mango, who is only about eighteen months old, is a great ole big sweetie love bug and lap cat!!! Mango was not at adoptions this past weekend, but a  couple showed up last Sunday and wanted to see him. Long story short, they visited him here at my castle and they took him home yesterday too!!!

MANGO IS ADOPTED TOO!!

Miss Kandi has cared for Mango since he arrived at one of her small colonies as only a nine month old kitten. She and Mom L and Dad P shared some leaky eyes but we all know that Mango is going to his best home ever!!!

Fostering adult cats and kittens is not for the feint of heart, let me tell you! It is so sweet when they are adopted, but losing their presence in our home is bittersweet. Even Katie missed having our foster guests! Hope my blog post was worth waiting for today. I am late ‘cuz Mom L was still sniffling last night and couldn’t see to type.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Do you know what the future will bring?

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I never ever thought my future would hold more than me, Mom and Dad. And then, because I bonded so closely with Mom L, Dad P really missed having a cat that was close to him. This is me when I was dropped at the night drop box at our county animal shelter in 2010.

My Intake Photo: Kill Shelter

ENTER—TKS aka The Kid Sage aka Sage. I had a really tough time accepting Sage. But Mom L and Dad P’s patience got me through that adjustment. Sage came along about twenty months after I made myself comfy in my new forever castle.

Contemplating Zen

Sage and I have become good furriends. I know she always wanted to snuggle, but my previous traumas before coming to my forever castle made me a very hesitant to trust kitty. Na’mean??

And then, as Mom L and Dad P became involved in community cat rescue in 2017, they happened upon a desperate five month old kitten who was traumatized in a hoarder’s home.

ENTER—Katie aka KK aka Kit Katie. Katie came to my castle in the summer of 2018, she was adopted twice and returned both times because she was “too shy”.

Mom L and Dad P said forget that crap!! This kitteh is ours!! And Katie has become such a treasure in my forever castle!

Our concern has been that sweet Katie is only three years old, and she is starting to sleep more than she used to play. I am now—ahem!—a sixteen year old lady cat and TKS is a nine year old gal. Neither of us has the energy to keep Katie playing  and I have to admit, I am also now deaf so’s I can’t even hear her calling to me to play.

ENTER—you decide if this entry may be in my future. I am yet not convinced, but there are possibilities. This was taken in my our master bedroom during afternoon siesta time. Notice any introoders?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

So about my current castle guests—

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So I had a bunch of my readers askin’ about my newest “castle guests” “introoders”. So yeah, it’s been a rough couple of years for me to maintain order and submission tolerance in my castle. Our county animal services stopped without tell’in any community cat that they aren’t gonna help the friendly adults and the healthy kittens get adopted. Period! Sigh—they told our Delta View Cats that from now on managing our county’s overpopulation of abandoned community cats is up to us little guys, the nonprofits and our cities, to take care of this county wide debacle!! AIIIEEEE!!!

So here we are, in my castle, not expect’in to be doing much in the “foster cat” arena and we are smack dab in the middle of it!! So my castle has become a kind’a revolving cat flap of fosters.

The newest threesome: Eowyn, the calico and about six months old; Arwen, the “torbie” and a cerebral hypoplasia kitten (CH); and her brother Frodo. All named after characters in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Mom L’s fave books for decades!!

All three kitties were abandoned at the city waterfront park where Delta View Cats manages a 12-15 member cat colony. Two weeks ago, about dusk time, one of our colony feeders called Mom L to let her know there was an older kitty (Eowyn) and three littles that had clearly just been dumped at this waterfront park. Mom L dashed over and she picked up the one very ill kitten that the feeder could easily capture—he named him “Dancer”. A little Siamese, barely six to eight weeks old, who could do nothing but spin in circles. The feeder fostered the baby over night and Mom L took him to our only treatment option, our county animal services. Their medical staff determined that sweet Dancer was so neurologically damaged that he could not be treated nor adopted. Dance was humanely euthanized. He had very severe cerebral hypoplasia (CH)

Dad P and four other Delta View Cats volunteers went to the park the next night, and after two hours, they were able to capture all three of the remaining young kitties. Of course, Dad P and Mom L brought them to MY CASTLE our home for comfort and help in socializing them for adoption.

Eowyn, the six month old calico, we thought might be their mom cat, showed us immediately that she was the most friendly six month old kitten ever!! You can see that our feeder was able to pet her immediately. And that is her lounging in a cage as soon as we brought her home to foster.

Eowyn is such a snuggle bug, crazy pants high energy playful young lady. She went through her first “heat” with us the day she arrived. YIKES!! The noise!! But Mom L and Dad P comforted her for six days and then she was through that. And now she is spayed!!

And yes, she is reclining on Mom L’s shelf ABOVE her monitor!! She is a climber!1

And Frodo and Arwen are indeed bonded siblings. Frodo only has a teeny bit of CH while Arwen’s is visibly noticeable. Nonetheless, Arwen give as good as she gets during play sessions !!

And cutie pie Frodo is a wonderful big brother to his CH sister Arwen. Frodo snuggles with her and he always protects her—except when he has his favorite mousie wand toy to protect!!

And the three are so joyful when they are together. Eowyn cleans them when she can hold them still!! And she teaches them how to hide our in “TAG! You’re it!”

The littles are so bonded and snuggle when they sleep. They all bring joy to our hearts!

So what have you guys been up to??? MOL!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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