It’s been far far too long since I’ve posted . . . chronic pain is killing me!

Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering!

Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering! I suffer with chronic lower and mid back pain for many years now, but in the past several months things have gotten much worse and I am in an insane amount of pain. I’ve recently been diagnosed with lots of “inflammation” in my body that is most likely a result of an autoimmune disease. As of right now I don’t know which disease I have. I could have more than one!

My pain has stopped me from just about every area in my life, but I refuse to give up fostering or volunteering. It’s far too important for me. Since I’m home most of the time now I’ve been taking on  bottle  babies, which has been challenging but fun. I don’t do much trapping anymore. Physically I can’t go  and sit for hours and hours waiting on traps, or do the walking or climbing that is sometimes required when trapping. I’ve always called myself “the world’s worst trapper” anyhow, although I have been successful trapping a few times. I still have not trapped the kitten machine mama cat that got me into rescue and fostering almost two years ago, but I will save that depressing story for another post. World’s Smartest and Most Trap Savvy Cat lives in my neighborhood!

I’ve gotten very involved with a newer local rescue called Kitty Queen Cat Rescue and Lounge. It’s a  kitty lounge where people can come and hang out with the kitties and they pay by the hour and they host different events. Yoga night sells out, it’s the most popular event at the lounge! I volunteer once a week where I go care for the cats that live at the lounge. I help them with their website and listings on AdoptAPet, and I also foster for them. Here is their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kittyqueencatrescue/ . I am still fostering for the Beaver County Humane Society also!

Here are two of my current fosters, Gabby and Hercules. Gabby is the female grey kitten and Hercules is the black male kitten. I got both of them separately but very young. Both orphans and only about 3 weeks old, they were “bottle babies”. Now they are close to four months old and were just spayed and neutered a few days ago. The time for “goodbye” sadly is coming very very soon for these sweet babies!

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Bottle baby fosters Hercules and Gabby ❤

More about Little Orphan Winnie

I posted that I had another foster named Winnie. This is her! I found her out in the cold and rain on my deck last August. Winnie was born to a local feral cat that I feed and provide shelter for. I have also been trying to trap Winnie’s mom since last July! Now we are in February, and I still haven’t trapped her, but I’m still trying!

Winnie was the only kitten I was able to find, so I believe Winnie is the only surviving kitten of the litter. We have hawks in the area and then have been seen swooping down and picking up kittens by my neighbors! 😦 Winnie bonded so much with my 8 year old tabby cat Henrietta that I adopted Winnie! Here are some of her photos below.

 

 

Winnie Loving Henrietta!
Little Orphan Winnie really bonded with my 18 pound chub Henrietta!
Winnie chillaxin Snuggle Kitty
Winnie had not one but TWO Snuggle Kitties to keep her company while she was in quarantine!
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Winnie has some BIG BUG eyes, similar to my Halloween kitty decoration!
Winnie and Henrietta heart bed
Winnie and Henrietta having a nap ❤

My Current and Former Foster Kittens

This page will be to post the foster kittens I am currently caring for.

Ernie

Ernie is about 8 months old. He is one of my original Smock foster kittens. Ernie tends to be shy, which is why he is still with me. I’ve been working with him and he’s really coming out of his shell. He doesn’t hide at all anymore and interacts with all the cats and kittens. I am still confused by Ernie! He will follow me  around the house and he always paws at my feet and ankles, like he is trying to get my attention. If I stop and say “Hi Ernie!”, he takes off! Ernie’s favorite things to do is to take naps on the Ikea kitty beds, playing with toys and the other kittens. His favorite toys are a fake kitten named Comet that is battery operated and runs around, and he loves this stupid Halloween skull. He knows how to press the button and a black snake pops out of the skull and says different sayings. Ernie also LOVES to kick cat litter, so I have litter boxes that are covered or have high sides with him!

When Ernie was a tiny kitten, he developed a condition called “cloudy eye” that resulted from an injury to his eye surface. He was treated with antibiotics for several weeks. His left eye still looks like it has a little “cloud” or film in front of it, but it doesn’t affect his vision and it doesn’t hurt him at all. It may go away on its own with time. Ernie has been neutered, treated for worms and fleas, microchipped, is FIV/FeLV negative, and has been vaccinated for rabies and FVRCP.

UPDATE: Ernie was adopted, along with two other male cats all from Pittsburgh CAT. I personally took Ernie to his new home and met his new family, and I couldn’t be happier! Ernie is loved very much and is going to have an awesome life with his two furry brothers!

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 Julia

Julia is about 7 months old. She is one of my original Smock foster kittens. Julia was one of my smallest fosters, so she used to be shy, but now that she’s getting a little older she’s really opened up and has become quite the little cuddle bug!  Julia likes to cuddle up in bed with me and likes to get her belly rubbed! Her favorite thing to do is to pop catnip bubbles with the tip of her nose.

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Pretty girl Julia is ready for her forever home!

Julia is currently listed for adoption on PetFinder. Here is the link: https://www.petfinder.com/cat/julia-40933877/pa/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-c-dot-at-pa967/

UPDATE: Julia was adopted! A very nice woman adopted Julia. This woman already had one older female cat, and she let me know a few weeks after the adoption that Julia settled in perfectly and gets along great with her new sister. Yay for Julia!!!

First blog post

This is my very first post, and this is also my very first blog ever. I started this blog because I recently became a volunteer with the Homeless Cat Management Team and their sister organization, Pittsburgh C.A.T. I decided to start this blog to keep track of the stories of the kittens I am fostering, their progress, and of course to have a place to post pictures of these cuties!

I also created this blog as an informational resource for other fosters, volunteers, and anyone who would like to learn more about cats and kittens, the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, and to show how the TNR program works! I will be posting things that I have learned, links to other helpful websites or videos, and links to any good deals on kitten supplies and products I have found to be very helpful with my foster babies. Happy fostering!

Abby and Bert chillin'
Here is calico Abby Cadabby hanging out with her brother Bert in a little cat bed. I converted from an Ikea doll bed to a kitten bed. More to come on the bed in another post . . .