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UPDATES: Former Adopted Fosters!!

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We just received updated photos from two of my former castle foster guests. Do you remember Mackenzie? She was about five years old, abandoned and injured with severe abscessed punctures on her tummy. And do you remember Pipsqueak? We trapped him when he was about ten weeks old, for neuter and release, then realized he had an eye injury.

Pip is now about two years old. And he is living the best life with his pal Barsik, and Pip also has a new name, Begemot. Both are Russian names because his human Mom is from Russia!

Begemot aka (our) Pip, was so little. He was the smallest in the litter of six kittens we trapped in mid-2020. But look at him now! He is soooo floofy!! Not sure how much he weighs, but looks like about eight to nine pounds.

Pipsqueak was such a character and so much fun. His eye injury did not bother him one bit.

We cleared it up as best we could. However, as you can see, he still has a blocked tear duct and a bit of cloudiness from scaring. Check out his awesome toe tufts!!

Right before receiving our update on Begemot (Pip), we received an update on Mackenzie, now Momo. She was about five years old, abandoned and living in a neighbor’s back yard. We discovered that she had a severe injury on her tummy and Mom L’s retire DVM pal Doc Josie, performed surgery to clean and repair her tummy abscesses.

Momo is now an adventure cat!! Her human Mom trained her to a harness and leash and now she gets to go outside for walkies and sniff the flowers! She also does yoga with her Mom and she helps her with her art projects like crocheting and painting.

Her Mom made this stuffed Momo!! Isn’t she cute??

I hope you enjoyed seeing my former castle foster guests now one and two years later as much as I did! Happy Tails Endings are so much more fun when we receive updates!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

What a way to start February!

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This was one crazy pants week last week!! At least in the world of rescue and humane management of abandoned community cats. Pardon me if I bore you with a long post, but oh well! It’s my bloggy, right?? MOL!!

We started the week with what we thought was a “new” cat that was dumped at our park colony. The cat is friendly for sure. But, when Mom L got a microchip check, that kitty was chipped to HER!!! Back in 2018!!! From the park!!! Mom L finally (*smacking hand to forehead) figured out that this cat was one she thought was friendly and could be adopted so she took it to our “back then” partners at our county animal shelter. The cat was pronounced “feral” and Mom L had to return it to the colony. She disappeared until NOW!!!

Talk about us cats having nine lives! This cat is about 5 years old. No telling where she has been. We fostered her for a short time and now she has been with the best kitty foster ever, Miss Yasmin! Because of Miss Yasmin’s way with scared, abandoned cats,  Senorita is on her way to adoptions this coming weekend!! Her foster adores her! You can see her eating when she returned to the park and now look at her looking at her foster with such adoration in her eyes!! Her name is “Señorita”. Please send her purrs of encouragement for her first time at the adoption even this coming Saturday!!

And not a day past by before my kitty sitter Miss Kandi called for help with one of her colony cats, Sweet Pea, that was walking like a tripod! This darling boy has been in Miss Kandi’s care for twelve years!! He gets fed mid-day and Miss Kandi sits with him in her van for about an hour so he can eat and then spend time in her lap getting and giving nose kisses! So Sweet Pea came to my castle over night and then Mom L took him for medical treatment from our county shelter. They were kind to him but nonetheless, Sweet Pea turned “feral” acting and any exam took sedation. Long story short, he is a senior mancat and likely has arthritis.

But check him out as he transitions behavior from being in a trap to being in Miss Kandi’s arms within thirty seconds of leaving that trap at my castle garage!

Out of the trap and out of the shelter!

Sweet Pea wanted to be back outside and that is where he will live out his life. My nonprofit, Delta View Cats, will make sure that Sweet Pea has a heated shelter where he normally sleeps. The resident at that home offered to run an electric cord for power out his window! And Sweet Pea will live out his nine lives loved and cherished by Miss Kandi and Delta View Cats.

I know you think that was enough for one week—but not in the world of community cat TNR and rescue. Remember, this is all happening in just one week!

A couple of our volunteers have been trying to trap a mom cat at their apartment complex for months and months! She has had four litters in three years! They have fostered the kittens from two of those litters. Finally, they trapped her!!! WOO HOO!!! And they also trapped another young female, less than a year old. Mom L and Dad P offered to recover the two girls as they need to be kept for a minimum of four to six nights. The black mom cat was in heat and the gray juvenile girl was pregnant with six kittens!

You can see mom cat outside the apartment complex, and then both of them as they are being transported to their “freedom” called SPAY surgeries, and then recovering in my castle garage.

The mom cat will likely be released in another 5 days, but the gray girl, named in the Nahuatl language as Tozi (Aztec goddess of healing and sweet water) will be going to Miss Yasmin for foster and then on to adoptions. If you are not in a hurry, please view Tozi’s first video the afternoon of her spay surgery. Would you adopt this kitty? Please do tell me in comments ‘cuz we think she is gonna be crazy adoptable!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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

 

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