It was a productive weekend. Thursday, the four boys (Trex, Bagheera, Monkey, and Elfin) were neutered. Waggles went for her cancer follow-up. There will be a third treatment (tomorrow). The two little dogs we took in during our bout with the stomach flu went back to the shelter. I will tell their story this week. We took in a puppy with pneumonia on Saturday, to keep her from being alone at night at the shelter. Her prognosis is poor, but she still deserves to be cared for and loved. Brazzle, Dazzle, Thelma, and Louise had their vaccinations while still with us, and after assuring no complications, we returned them to the shelter on Friday. With all males neutered, we released the Formerly Feral Four and Survivor kitties Trex and Frosting into the expanse of the cathouse.
As you all know, I am hoping beyond hope that somebody out there is considering adopting a Winnie’s Wish kitty. This week, I will highlight more cats and kittens to make sure every one has been adequately described. Today, I want to talk about the dynamics of the cathouse since releasing the six new kittens. Even though it has been wonderful to watch these guys explore and play and bounce and run, a problem has developed. I remember when we were having our problem with Sparkles (now Lady Audrey, living with Kat and the Teenage Mutant Ninjas), I did a special post to get help from the Blogosphere. I’m hoping my special request today will net similar results.
Frosting is being picked on. There is no way to predict the relationships that will develop amongst cats. Frosting has a great, easy-going personality so I know the other cats don’t see her as a threat. She is the smallest of the kittens so maybe that has something to do with it. I don’t know. But she can hardly walk across the floor without being hissed at or smacked. We can’t figure it out. Several of the adult female cats have chosen to bully little Frosting. If she tries to run at a toy or join one of the other kittens in a tunnel game, she only needs to get a little too close to one of the attackers to elicit a pop or a growl. I would say that it was just part of the adjustment period. But it has gone on all weekend long. Yesterday, I noticed that she is now nervous about running to me when I first walk in for fear that someone will attack her. It’s breaking my heart.
Frosting is the kitten who used to leap from the washing machine in the storage room to our shoulders nearly every time we walked into that room. She then starts making her way around the front of you until she is hanging on your chest. She wraps her two little front legs around your neck and starts giving nose bumps, nibbles, and kisses. She is an absolute little doll. When one of the cats growls or hisses at her in my presence, I race to her and pick her up. Immediately, she hugs me. I’ve started carrying her around with me while I’m in the cathouse; she hangs on and rides there for as long as I will hold her. I’m desperately hoping that someone out there would love for a Frosting kitten to join their family. She gets along with all of the other kittens, so if you’re thinking of two, any of the others would do well with her. I REALLY hope there is someone out there who would consider adopting the sweet little Frosting. THIS IS MY SPECIAL REQUEST - A HOME FOR FROSTING.
The girls and I have compared stories from being in and out of the cathouse all throughout the weekend. We’ve had some of the same experiences. To begin with, when any of us enters the building, seven kittens come running from wherever they are to meet us. You just can’t imagine what that looks like. They start scampering from all locations and fill the floor with their colorfulness. They stop whatever they are doing when they hear the door open, and they race towards whoever is entering. What a joy that is. The biggest surprise here is Bagheera. At first, we thought he was just running towards us because he got caught up in some kind of mob mentality. But that isn’t it. Bagheera has decided people are OK. He usually busies himself playing, but over the weekend, each and every time one of us was in that building, Bagheera made his way over for some attention. I can now say with confidence that every kitten down there is completely ready for a human of his or her own.
I’m sure I’ve felt this way about every kitten I’ve ever known. But I can say honestly that we have an amazing group right now. You just can’t go wrong with ANY of these darlings. Golden has lost her need to stay with Luna. She is enjoying the company of others her age. She does seem to be a bit of a loner, though. She plays with some of the new youngsters, but she also seems quite willing to hang out by herself. I don’t know if this is a personality characteristic, or if it is because she has been without others her age for quite a while now. It appears that she would do fine being adopted with another kitten (as a pair), or as a single.
Trex is having loads of fun and seems to be past his intense neediness and sensitivity. People, he is such a little chirper. I know some day he will be a grown mancat, but I’m betting he will still have that tiny little mew.
Frosting and Trex
Charms is extremely busy now. There is just so much to do in that cathouse. She especially likes the little sparkly ball toys and can often be seen just carrying one around. She has a face so cute it won’t let you go.
Elfin is becoming absolutely stunning. He is not an average-looking cat. He is becoming long and lanky, with long legs that end in absolutely giant feet. His face is longer than the faces of his siblings, and he still has those elf ears. White eye liner sets it off. He is gorgeous. But he is not just a beauty. He has an amazing personality - playful, but also desiring human contact. I guess he is about the perfect blend of the two characteristics. And Elfin is a silent meower. I love it. He opens his mouth to speak to me, and nothing comes out. Over and over and over.
Monkey is 100% lover. If anyone out there is looking for a cat that will shower them with constant love and affection, this is the cat for you. He walks around beside us when we’re working; he would be content to be held 24 hours a day. He plays with the other kittens when we watch him through the window. But the minute one of us goes into the building, there is no other goal than to get us for himself. He does not quit. He needs a human. Of all of the kittens, Monkey is the one who definitely WOULD NOT need another kitten in order to be happy. Just a human - a human who is ready to shower him with love. (It’s impossible to get a picture of Monkey just sitting. If he’s looking at you, he is at your feet begging to be held. With patience, I caught him playing a couple of times.)
PLEASE let me know if you are interested in any of these kittens. I would love for them to go to a home of their own before they become adults. It would be great if they could find their homes now, as youngsters, and get to grow up with their forever families.
Leave a comment or email me with any interest you may have. As I’ve said (and the CB has proven), we can get kitties to nearly anywhere you might be. There’s a kitten here who needs you. Please jumpstart our Winnie’s Wish anniversary adoptions.
See you tomorrow.