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 ❤

Where I’ve been . . .

I haven’t posted in a while as I have been dealing with a foster mom’s nightmare – ringworm!!! I think I am finally at the end of this. Will know soon after retesting. I’ve been spending most of my time cleaning the foster room, sanitizing with bleach and sulfur dipping the kittens. Ringworm SUCKS!

Even with ringworm, I still have lots of fun with my fosters. We can play even when they have to be crated. Catnip bubbles are great for those times! I have some video of the kittens popping bubbles with their noses that I need to upload. It’s super cute!

Other big news is I picked up another foster. I really did “pick her up”, right off of my deck! I found her outside in the rain and cold. I took her in with plans to foster her, but she has become my first “foster fail” as she has bonded with my adult cat Henrietta. More to come and lots of cute pictures of Winnie and Henrietta!

Winnies first photo
Meet little orphan Winnie!

 

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 . . .