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Our seven week old foster kittens


I wanna give you an update on our current foster kittens, Butch Cassidy (boy) and his Hole in the Wall Gang. His side kicks are Jessie James (a girl), The Domino Kid (boy) and Laughing Samantha (girl). They are growing up so fast. When I posted their rescue story, they were only about four weeks old.

And now, this coming Wednesday, they will be about seven weeks old. You can see them climbing on Dad P like he is their very own purrsonal jungle gym!!

In the two weeks since I last shared about them they have started using the litter box!! SCORE a big one for mom cat Cassandra!! She doesn’t have to lick their butts anymore! And, they are nursing less and less and eating kitten food mixed with KMR replacement milk to make a sort’a pablum. Another SCORE for mom, ‘cuz they aren’t hanging on to her!

And today, we saw Butch and Domino use their cardboard scratcher!! WOO HOO!!! Oh yeah, and Mom L watched Samantha carry a crocheted mousie, made by Miss Ellen from 15 and Meowing. Silly Sammie had it hangin’ by the tail outta her mouth as she proudly carried it around, growling at her siblings if they came too close!!! Too funny!! Sorry, no photo!

Our crazy pants kitten is turning out to be the smallest, Laughing Samantha! She is just da’bomb!!

Each one of them is now looking for human contact and cuddling. Check out darling Jessie James, fallen sound asleep in Dad P’s lap.

Yeah, well she is upside down, but she didn’t even notice!! MOL!!!

Have a purrfect month of May!



TNR during Covid19: Another story


I just know my readers are going to be innerested in the work Mom L and Dad P and I have been doing through our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) group. You know I posted about our efforts to rescue kittens, spay mom cats, while our municipal shelter remains in modified shut down.

We received a distressed request from residents in our city of Pittsburg, CA about a mom cat and her one baby they had just started feeding in their apartment complex. They asked if we could possible help them get mom cat and kitten trapped and spayed/neutered and then coach them about how to try to socialize both mom cat and kitten!! We were on board for sure!!

Mom cat and kitten were living in a tiny crawl space under one of the apartment buildings, right next to the loudest air conditioning units you can imagine. Those units a clear in the video above.

The residents were able to trap the kitten, and then use the kitten’s cries to entice mom cat into a trap. YAY!! Now we are able to help both of them.

She appears to be a lynx point type Siamese kitty. The surgery clinic believed she is only about eight to ten months old herself. She weighed about five pounds.

The residents named mom cat “Conchita” and the kitten “Tomas”. In the photo above Conchita is safe back from her spay surgery and as you can see, she is very scared.

Tomas on the other paw, within two days of being brought inside and after his own surgery, was happy to receive a very gentle ear cleaning and mani pedi—after which he fell asleep in one of his human’s arms.

Tomas settled in quickly and he is warming up to his foster humans. All he needs is time.

He is learning to play and get comfortable with being held.

Tomas still wanted to nurse on Conchita yet he is fully weaned. It is clear that Conchita is a very comforting and caring mom cat. She allowed Tomas to nurse whenever he wanted and she just fell asleep!!

The story of Conchita and Tomas is far from over. We still need to support the new fosters in trying to socialize Conchita. It will be a very sad day if the fosters must release her. She is so young and so precious.

As for Tomas, even if the fosters are not able to adopt him, he will certainly have a forever home just for him.

Please, during this pandemic, remember all those cat rescues who are dedicated to saving as many mom cats and kittens as possible during this trying kitten season, consider fostering or at least donating to your local TNR groups.





Joy and Sadness—Rescue Hurts


*wiping leaky eyes*

Oh, hey everyone. Glad you stopped by to have a look at my favorite Sunday Selfie contribution of the WHOLE YEAR! I am again joining the gang Kitties Blue for their infamous Sunday Selfie Blog Hop. Paw that badge and be transported over to some of the most fun photos ever!!

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Yes, I am serious, this is, and will always be, my most fave photo submission for 2016. And it hurts as much as it gives joy. Trust me. Remember the kittens and their feral Mom Cat. I introduced the kittens about eight weeks ago? here, here

The kittens slept through their first Vet visit. Mom L had to haul each one from its slumber to get weighed. They are so very confident, thanks to their foster family and their feral Mom Cat who trusted this family to protect her and her kittens.

A day at the Vet's.

A day at the Vet’s.

They settled in quickly at Contra Costa Humane Society‘s  free roaming small shelter for cats, Kitty Corner, my former home.

Oh, hiya! we are just waiting for our permanent home

Oh, hiya! we are just waiting for our permanent home

The Mom Cat, Muñeca, has been crying and crying hoping to find her kittens and bring them to her. Mom L and I have been helping the foster family understand the joy and heartbreak of helping a feral Mom cat and her kittens. Thankfully, the foster family wanted Muñeca to be returned to them. She will be forever cared for and loved. She has been spayed, microchipped to the foster family, vaccinated, combo tested, wormed etc. She will have a safe life free from further kittens.

As Mom L has told me before, there is always great JOY and sometimes great HEART BREAK when we get into a PAW IT FORWARD project.

Let me know what’cha think of our latest PAW IT FORWARD project and PLEASE share with our readers what your experience is with doing the same thing.


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