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Our Fosters and Colony Update

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I decided as I have introduced you to our foster kittens as well as the twenty-seven member cat colony Mom L and Dad P help feed and care for, that it is time for a little update on both.

But first let me just tell you an embarrassing secret I have. Shhhhhh—don’t tell your humans—especially if they are active in cat rescue like Mom L, but—I so want these foster kittens to be GONE!!

THERE!!! I said it!!! I am starting to take out my stress and frustration over not being allowed in Mom L’s office on The Kid Sage. So not her fault. But she is the only cat I can ready and give a smacky paw to when I am frustrated.

Sorry TKS that I whapped you kind’a hard this morning

Mom L had to break me off of TKS so’s she could find cover. I really am starting to have a tough time having these kids here much longer. That said, I know they need help and we are all still doing our best to give them that help.

Here is a nice photo of several of the twenty seven community cats who call River View Park home. This colony increased tons when our California housing market crashed between 2008-2012. Humans drove by the park and dumped their cats when they didn’t want to take them to a new home once the humans had to give their homes back to the big banks. I know that lots of folks like to tell the tail tale that our “economy” is all recovered—but I want them to come explain that to all these cats that were abandoned by humans during that time.

Chow time!!

See that orange dude in front? That’s Garfield who is at least twelve to fourteen years old. He has lived in this colony since before 2006. He is losing weight and gets extra wet food every day. Mom L took him to Community Concern 4 Cats Clinic a couple of months ago and found his blood work was OK but his toofies are really bad. We are hoping to raise $400 USD to  cover his upcoming dental cleaning.

Meet Opal. Timid, scared of most of the cats in the colony

Opal is a diluted tortie who is so afraid for upsetting any other cat that she only comes to eat as the others move away. As you can see, her winter coat is already on and every so stylish!!

As for our foster kittens, let me give you a bit of information about Katie, who is about ten months old. She is pretty healthy, but we just learned she has juvenile gingivitis which can lead to stomatitis which would mean she might lose all her teeth in the next year or two. She also has a limp that appears to be a birth defect or some injury that occurred at the cat hoarder home where Mom L found her at about five months old. Remember, Katie had been lactating and had kittens by that age. None survived.

You can see her limp in this short video.

Katie is such a sweet love bug. Timid and needs time to trust but once she does, she just has the best purr motor ever!!

And guess what?? Spitty and his human gifted our foster kittens with a toy!! Spitty told his human to just pass this toy along to younger kitties and boy are Katie and Lilly happy his human did!

Whapping three layers of balls!!

Katie and Lilly will start going to an adoption event this coming weekend, please send your best more pawerful POTP to them that they find their forever home together. They have become very bonded.

Here is Lilly helping Mom L get this blog post done.

Are we done now? Can I eat?

Hope you enjoyed my update news.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Monday Meowsie News: Can we please get some POTP?

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I decided to let my little foster kitten Miss Lillian aka Lilly have the blog post today. As you can see in the following photos, she kind’a sort’a took over Mom L’s computer so I just said “go for it kid!!”

Hmmm…now that is one fine photo of a darling kitten

As you all know, I don’t try to help Mom L with the blog technical stuff. I am more of a “visionary” cat. And besides, I just can’t jump up on her desk anymore—darn arty-right-us!! But Miss Lilly sure can get up there and I think she did a mighty fine job of it.

Oh, nice composition…but it looks a tad off focus on me!

So Miss Lilly tinkered a bit more and finally seemed satisfied.

I changed focus to me so’s to not wake up Auntie Katie

What can I say, except that our foster kittens, nine month old Katie and four month old Lilly, have been with us for almost five months and they are tryin’ to take over my blog!!

Now about the POTP request in my headline. You see, sweet Miss Lilly has been very sick since about last week of October. She has been to emergency with Dad P two times and to three different clinics. Unfortunately, her blood work indicates, but doesn’t prove, that she may be a genetic liver shunt kitten. Mom L and Dad P are taking her to a special Veterinarian tomorrow, Tuesday.

Please if you have a moment, send sweet precious Lilly your most kind and caring POTP. We may not be able to save her so she can find her forever home. But Mom L and Dad P sure as heck are gonna try and The Kid Sage and I are right there with them.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Friendly Community Cat Rescue—Joy and Worry

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Let me get to my apology for missing my Friday Memes post right at the get go of this post. Mom L totally messed up her back at some stuppy gym class and she could not even work that compute mouse with me helpin’ her! But we are back (pun!) on track this week!

Now for my sharing about my latest Paw It Forward project with Mom L and Dad P. You do remember our foster kitten, Katie, right? Dad P pulled her from an overwhelming situation the first of July when Katie refused to leave her carrier to be returned to her original caretaker. Katie lived in Mom L’s office for almost 4 months. Eventually we brought in a younger kitten named Lilly to see if she could get Katie to come out of her fear. And it worked! Katie grew confident and became the most darling, lovable kitty.

Do I have to go?

This photo was taken the morning Mom L and Dad P transported Katie and Lilly to Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner free roaming shelter. My long time readers know this is my former shelter where Dad P found me and brought me to Mom L’s attention. The staff at Kitty Corner were open to accepting dear Katie, and Lilly and on other youngster, found dying in a friend’s back yard—Duchess. Duchess is a Lilac Point Siamese.

This is so scary!

The morning Katie was to leave, Mom L played with her and tried to make sure she knew how much she is loved and how special she is.

Ohhhh…thanks for the tummy rubs Mom L

And then whoosh!! Off Katie went to Kitty Corner. Little did she know that her former roomie, Lilly, would be joining her. Lilly was recently spayed and so returned to her first foster for her recovery care so she and Katie had not been together for about ten days.

Lilly when she lived with Katie in my castle

What a reunion Lilly had with Katie! When Mom L opened up the carriers little Lilly bounced out of her own carrier and went straight to welcome her Auntie Katie!

Auntie Katie!!! *rubs, purrs* So happy to be with you!!

Katie was afraid and timid. Mom L and Dad P were holding back tears because they are learning the joy and now comes the “worry” of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens.

Dad P reaching in to comfort scared Katie

Finally Katie was willing to peer over the top of her carrier with her buddy Lilly cheering her on.

Come on Auntie Katie, let’s play!

Eventually Lilly helped her Auntie Katie get brave enough to venture out of her carrier.

See!!! I told you Auntie would come out and play with me!

And this is the joy and worry of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens. Where do you find a path for their adoption? Who will want a youngster like Katie who is about nine months old, with a permanent limp, and needing lots of patience and understanding? The concerns for their futures are real. Humans return kittens and cats for reasons that are mind numbing—too needy, not affectionate, timid, won’t get in my lap, etc. etc.

Time, patience, love and understanding are required for anyone who ever takes a friendly community cat or kitten into their home and life. Mom L and Dad P will stay on top of what happens with Katie, and of course, Lilly and Duchess as well. After all, there are four more following in their paw steps this coming week. More about that later.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

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