Another group of feral kittens. You might remember that last fall we took in a litter of six feral kittens. I was deeply concerned that we would NOT be able to tame those kittens to the point of making them adoptable. However, Tuxie (Trixie) now lives with Amy in her House of Cats, and Leo lives with Andrea at Celestial Kitties. Mitts was adopted and easily adjusted to her family. (She was not properly cared for and is back with us.) Glitter, Cashmere, and Spritz have never been given the opportunity of a home, but I feel confident they would all do really well if given the chance. I mention the previous group because I no longer feel that a feral group is an impossible task. Tuxie and Leo were terrified of us at first, and now each one lives comfortably in a home with a family of humans and other cats. Their moms report that all is well - even better than well - that all is great! So I take on the challenge of this current group with confidence.
Now let’s meet the four.
For the first time ever, we have a litter that is more male than female. It’s been hard to check (it’s been very quick), but it appears that we have three males and one female.
Meet Charms. This is the only girl in the group. She tamed within 24 hours. She plays and plays and plays. She purrs and rubs, loves toys and her siblings. Like Mitts from last fall's group, Charms is the ring leader of her litter. Mitts showed her siblings that we were not going to hurt them. Charms is showing her group the same thing. What a wonderful little girl she is.
This next kitty has a very special name. We have named him Elfin, in honor of and memory of that precious little Elfius, another little stray that we lost in May. They look very similar. Elfin, however, is full of life. He and sister Charms play together and sleep together. Elfin did not tame at record speed like Charms did, but it didn’t take long. He rubs on my legs when I walk into my kennel office. He and Charms have played many a game of chase.
This next little guy is the smallest in the litter, quite a bit smaller than brother Elfin. He is a gorgeous kitten who will grow into a sleek black panther. We have named him appropriately - Bagheera, the black panther from the animated movie - The Jungle Book. He is panther-like in every way, including his current desire to kill us. Everything he does is motivated by fear at this point. He hisses continuously and pops at us if we get too close. But we have reached in slowly and touched his toes a couple of times. We also make it a point to hold Charms and Elfin very close to the cage. Bagheera is forced to hear us talking sweetly to these two and he can hear his siblings purring. Yesterday, I opened the cage door and sat very still at my desk. Watching Charms and Elfin playing got the best of Bagheera, and he joined his siblings. He ended up playing for quite a while with them. Getting him back in the cage was nearly impossible, but at least he was able to see that there is fun to be had here.
The final little guy was the one we had been unable to trap. When we finally did catch him, we were afraid he might go into shock. He is completely terrified. No hissing. No popping. Just a will to disappear altogether when any of us approaches the cage. We can reach in and pet him, but he nearly dies each and every time. His name is for a very definite reason. ALL of us thought the same thing the first time we looked at that face. He looks exactly like a certain type of monkey. That little white face does not look like it should be on a kitten. His name is Monkey. Now we’ll start hoping that eventually he will begin to act like one.
Charms and Elfin are already SO tame that they are ready for a home now. If another opening comes along at the shelter where my daughter works, we will send these two. The shelter absolutely will not take any adults, but they took four of the kittens from the Fantastic Fifteen, and they might take a couple more kittens if some of what they have get adopted. If anybody is reading this and thinks they might be interested in one or both of these sweeties, please let me know. As always, I’d rather send them into a home than into a shelter. However, even with four going to new homes really soon (Max & Dearest, Soapy & Jasper), that leaves eight in the blue room at the cathouse, and nine in Winnie’s Room, plus Daphne in a cage. I definitely still need homes. I can assure you, kitten season is NOT over. We need to know we can accommodate the cats or kittens that are yet unknown but in our future.
Have a great day!