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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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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

Pawing Forward: The Second Recipient of Mandy’s Hope Chest

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On my Monday post this week you met Nitro, the first recipient of half of Mandy’s Hope Chest. Today you get to meet Jimmy, aka CJ (Charming Jack).

CJ’s new permanent family changed his name to Jimmy but they purromised us that he will always be “charming”.

Jimmy appeared out of nowhere one day at a feeding station for community cats. He was new, but clearly he had once had a home as he was also very social with the feeder. Not much time passed until he showed up with a severely injured right hind leg. The kind colony feeder trapped him and took him to my county’s animal services shelter.

They determined that Jimmy had a badly broken leg and it would prove impossible to repair. Sadly, Jimmy lost his right hind leg, most likely from having been hit by a car. Not long after his surgery, my former rescue organization, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) pulled Jimmy from the county shelter and transferred him to their no kill Kitty Corner. As expected, even missing one leg, Jimmy was adopted within less than a week!

Even better—he was adopted along with a play pal he found at Kitty Corner, Athena. She is now called Jilly! A great pair don’t ya think?

And please notice that Jilly quickly determined that the handmade toys from Miss Ellen of the 15 And Meowing cat blog belonged ALL to her!

Jimmy likes to semi-hide and then surprise his pal Jilly. She doesn’t mind and then a game of patty paw ensues.

That  blue mousey is one of the toys Mandy gave to Jimmy. They are wonderful eco-friendly cat toys from Honest Pet Products. Be sure to check them out! I have some information about this wonderful brand at the end of this post.

When Mom L pulled out Jimmy’s bag of Incredible Cat Litter, he ran right over to see if his head matched the top of the bag!! Silly charming Jimmy!!

Jilly was tickled to be able to share in Jimmy’s bounty and once again you can see she is luv’in on one of those special Miss Ellen drumstick toys.

Mom L was so pleased to get to meet one of the senior resident cats named Chop. He is seventeen years old and very social. The new cat bed is now called The Bed of Chop.

Kitties I must tell you that TKS and I are wonderin’ if maybe we ought to have kept that way cool cat tower Jimmy got. It is a modular system and so Jimmy’s new parents can add pieces on and make it even BIGGER! Jimmy was first to test drive the tower. He doesn’t know he is missing one leg. He is runnin’ around like any other crazypants kitty!

Jimmy and Jilly each received cat food bowls like the ones TKS and I use. So did Nitro. Every kitty loves these pedestal wide bowls which don’t cause any whisker fatigue.

Jimmy is gonna be a rock star cat, just you wait and see.

I know all of my readers are relieved to see Mandy’s (aka Momma Kat) Hope Chest having a happy tails ending of its own. Mom L and I know that Mandy is purring away knowing that Jimmy and Nitro, both victims of car injuries as she was, are enjoying all the wonderful contents of her Hope Chest.

Mom L and I are also relieved to know that Mandy is at least safe and will be fed and given medical care as will her five grown kittens. I am calling this a Happy Tails Ending for Mandy’s Hope Chest. I hope you all do as well.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

About Honest Pet Products—$2.00 USD from every toy purchase goes to a foundation to save the Mongolian Snow Leopard. Check out what they say about the source of their wool—

“Our 100% truly NATURAL wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders are protecting the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.”

Momma Kat (aka Mandy) Is Home

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I won’t keep you in suspense. Mandy, as I have named Momma Kat, will remain for the rest of her life in the care of her foster human. The foster human is also keeping all five of her kittens for as long as they live. It was determined by the foster that the tightly bonded family would suffer too much anguish if they are split apart.

Mom L has tried to get contact with their now permanent guardian in order to deliver Mandy’s Hope Chest. We have had no response after a few attempts to reach out to schedule delivery.

So I made another decision. I told Mom L it was time to find another cat who is as deserving as Mandy to give the hope chest items to. I’m sure Mandy won’t mind and would approve of the two adult male cats I have chosen.

We have never been able to get updated photos of Mandy and her five kittens, who are about ten to eleven months old now. But I thought you would enjoy viewing those that we have collected over the course of this story.

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Alas, none of the five kittens have been given names either. The rescue organization and foster human decided that this family of six did not need to be separated to assist them in becoming more socialized to humans. They have therefore become more bonded to each other and even other cats in this home. They did not want to hurt the cats’ feelings by separating them. The foster believes separating them might mean taking a chance that someone might grow tired of them or decide to get rid of them which would leave them with never seeing their siblings again and years of loneliness and even pain.

The rescue did not promote Mandy or her kittens through their network of supporters since last summer. We do not know why. They have been listed on Pet Finder and the other cat rescues Mom L got to courtesy post them on their own websites. And of course, Mandy has been hugely promoted by all of you! Thank you for trying to help her.

I don’t know about you kitties and woofies reading this ending to Momma Kat’s Mandy’s story, but I don’t think we have the same feelings about sticking with our birth family as humans do. We are not the same as hawks, wolves, Sandhill cranes and others who mate for life. We are not like Elephants, wolves and Kangaroos who stick to our birth parents for a year or longer.

We can be separated and once placed in a loving home with a safe space in which to live and food to eat, we do not look back over our tails to see what happened to our siblings, or even our parents.

This makes me wonder if humans all too often attach their own feelings to us rescue cats and make decisions for our care based on what “they” would want. What about what “we” want like our very own humans to give us chin scritches and laps to nap on?

Please help me figure this out by leaving a comment to answer this question.

Can humans assign too many of their own range of “feelings” like “anger”, “guilt”, “sad”—to rescue cats, when considering a best placement for them?

Now allow me to introduce you to the two adult shelter rescue cats I have chosen to be recipients of Mandy’s hope chest. It will be split between them. (please do paw each photo to bigify—worth it!)

Charming Jack aka CJ

His rescue organization describes him and his story—“This poor little guy was brought in to a county shelter assumed to have been hit by a car and with his right rear leg in bad shape.  After being evaluated by specialists, it was determined that surgery could not fix the bad break and an amputation was necessary.  Three sturdy legs later, this guy is all purrs, pets and affection!”

Happily I can report that CJ has just been adopted into a marvelous home!!

Bailey

Dad P provided limo service for Bailey when he went in for one of his checkups. His rescue organization describes him and his story.

“Once being fed as a stray cat, a woman found him in bad shape one day with his right eye badly damaged and his jaw out of alignment.  Taken to a public shelter, it appeared he’d been hit by a car and immediate care was needed.  His right eye was beyond repair and was promptly removed and his jaw was realigned and sutured as it heals.  Yet despite all of this, nothing slows his purrmotor down, nor his muffin-making with his paws in total contentment.  He is such an amazing soul!”

So there you have it! The hope chest contents are still going to adult shelter rescue cats who have survived being hit by a car—just like courageous Mandy!

Don’t forget to answer my question in comments. Here it is again—

Can humans assign too many of their own range of “feelings” like “anger”, “guilt”, “sad”—to rescue cats, when considering a best placement for them?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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