Friday, June 09, 2017

Foster Friday

Pleased to report that all four of the foster kittens have now been adopted!  Bella is still waiting for her forever family to show up, but fingers crossed it will be soon!




They each went to their own home.  I do not know if there are already other cats or animals in the home or not.  I believe they will all be just fine.  Here's to happy and healthy lives little grey babies!

We should get another set of fosters in July.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wordy Wednesday

 Tanner went back this morning for a recheck.  His abdomen did not appear to be painful this time.  This is good news.  He is eating well and not vomiting.  So we think the pancreatitis is on its way out the door!
The eye still looks swollen and is quite red.  He is now on a second eye drop to try and help it heal.
He is also sneezing quite a bit now and seems congested.  He was given an antibiotic to start that healing process.  While we know that colds shouldn't respond to antibiotics, they seem to be the only thing that helps Tanner overcome it.  You may recall in September we tried numerous things to combat the cold and finally, six weeks of antibiotics did the trick!

In other news, this bed of babies and their mother have been returned to the shelter to find forever homes.  It was hard dropping them off because I know they were nervous at being some place new, and they had to be separated from mom.  I hope they do well and find homes quickly.

Mom Bella was dropped off as well.  She is in heat and hopefully her surgery will be uncomplicated.  She is a sweet girl that needs a quiet home.  She isn't bothered by other cats, but sudden movements can startle her.

Harrison walked around the house last night chirping for his kittens.  He loved to play with them and enjoyed watching them be crazy.  It is an adjustment for everyone.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner has been feeling puny again.  I came home on Thursday and his eye was so swollen.  The third eyelid was about half way over his eye, and lots of greenish discharge.  He also vomited a few times that evening.  I knew he would be going in the next morning.
He didn't come and help us eat dinner on Thursday night, and didn't even want any popcorn, so something was up!  

Friday I took him over to the vet as a walk-in.  He had eaten a small amount of breakfast, used the litter box, and put himself back to bed.  It was determined that he had pancreatitis and conjunctivitis.  We agreed to do supportive care at home over the weekend.

At the vet, he received fluids, a pepcid injection and a cerenia injection.  He was sent home with cerenia pills, eye drops, and a special gastrointestinal food.  (I have pepcid injections and sub q fluids at home already)

Happy to report that he is feeling better.  Eating more like his old self again and asking to play!  His eye looks better, but not completely healed yet.  I imagine we will be doing drops for another week or so.  Now, he also has a snuffy nose and sounds rather congested.

He goes tomorrow for a recheck, so we will see what the vet thinks.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fostering Friday

The kittens are growing and gaining weight.  They will probably go back to the shelter next weekend.
Here they are having some playtime downstairs.  Look at that tiny black kitten in the carrier!  Harrison and Flynn LOVE to sit in a carrier.

The igloo is great fun.  Amos loves to jump around inside, which makes it move all around the room... 
Oliver is keeping a close eye on Solomon...

Stella and Amos playing in the igloo...

Sweet Sophia is getting braver...She is more of a loner.  She loves to play, but won't seek out a human.  She still freaks out a bit when she is held.

Solomon is our chunkster...he hit two pounds this past Sunday.  

One strange thing about these kittens is they don't purr.  Sometimes you can catch them purring if they are nursing on mom, which they still do some.  

Mom, Bella, purrs when she is petted.  She will swat at you though if she gets startled.  I wonder what her story is.  The kittens have picked up on this some and will also smack at your hands.  I don't know if they think they are playing, if they are just mimicking mom, or if they are trying to attack.

I can tell we are out of practice with socializing and working with kittens!  Does anyone have any great tips for making snuggly babies?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner is doing very well.  He loves when the babies have time to come down at night to play.
Amos playing with Tanner and his string toy.  Tanner is so patient with his babies.

Health wise, Tanner is doing well and remains stable.  We don't have any appointments scheduled until July when he needs his routine check-up.  Who would have thought in 2014 when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma that he would be thriving still in 2017?  I am so thankful for my time with him!!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Mancat Monday

So we brought the kittens downstairs for a while on Sunday.  They need to be exposed to different sounds and movement, so they will be confident in their new homes.
Tanner was in heaven!  He loved having this size baby around again.  He washed everyone and played with them gently. 
The Panthers all did well too with the kittens.  Flynn and Harrison were very curious about them.  Oliver played for a bit and then started growling at them some. 
Cousin Georgie wasn't happy at all and had to be put upstairs in another room.  He doesn't like change! 
The kittens did very well.  They explored and played and discovered the catnip banana!  They had had a big day because a friend had been over with her three children.  The kittens were handled a lot during their visit! 
After a while, everyone was wiped out.  Solomon fell asleep hugging his new toy!

Here's a video of Tanner playing with Solomon.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Foster Friday

I almost forgot to post today!
Bella and babies continue to do well.  Babies are growing and playing hard.

Amos has had a bit of an eye infection.  The eye would seal shut.  It eventually moved to both eyes.  So he went to the vet and was given some ointment.  His eyes are now open all the time!  Mom goes in today to get another shot, so babies will all be looked over as well.

Stella is a love bug and always wants to sit in your lap!

Sophia is working hard to grow up...she is trying to eat the hard food from the bowl.  

Stella, Amos, and Solomon have all peed in the litter box!  I'm sure Sophia has too, we just haven't seen her.  They are all drinking water from the bowl now too.  Mom is still nursing but we are well on our way to eating more solids!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mancat Monday

The mancats love fresh catnip.  Flynn thinks every time you go outside you should bring some back in for him!
Here are the panthers enjoying some fresh nip...From the top, going clockwise...Flynn, Oliver and Harrison

We tear the leaves into small pieces because they will eat whatever is on the ground...then they will go to the compost bowl and scout out the stems! 

Flynn seems to feel the effects more than the others!  He is the cat at the bottom now.

Here's Flynn throwing caution to the wind...he is a nut!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Foster Friday

 Last week, we were asked if we could help foster a momma cat and her kittens.  How could we say no to that?
So four kittens came to stay with us, along with their mom.  I did request no orange or black since I have a weakness for them!  MOL 

These sweeties are two-three weeks old here...two boys and two girls.  We named them after our sweet Ugandan kids we hosted this year...
Stella - lighter grey
Sophia - darker grey 
And here is mom Bella.  She is a very sweet girl and attentive mother.  She doesn't mind you handling the kittens, but will come over if they make too much noise.  She was turned into the shelter as a stray.  She is friendly and enjoys being petted, but does not like to be picked up.  She is unsure of toys or how to play, but I hope with time we can show her how fun they can be!

We will have mom and babies until the kittens weigh two pounds and are eating on their own.  Then they will return to the shelter, have their surgeries and be placed for adoption.

My boys are handling things well.  They are curious about what is behind the door but they are not charging the room to find out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Harrison - The Mighty Hunter

Harrison discovered a bug on the outside of the window the other day.
He chirped at it and told it to leave...

When it didn't he tried to swat it away...

He gave it two paws, but the bug held on...

The bug started to crawl higher on the screen

Harrison watched it finally leaving his domain...sometimes you don't have to kill to be a hunter, just identify and scare it away!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Happy Birthday Tanner

Happy 15th Birthday to my sweet Tanner.

Tanner is a loving boy and so tolerant.  He enjoys a good snuggle on the couch and sleeps right next to you at night.  He wants to be touching you.

He loves his brothers but enjoys some playtime alone as well.  He is very good at taking turns when we play.  His favorite toys right now are catnip pillows, and his "girl" string.

Tanner always comes over when we are eating dinner or lunch.  He wants to know what you are having and see if it is something he needs.  You can always count on him being there!  Thankfully, no one else has picked up this habit!

Tanner is living every day to the fullest.  I am thankful for all the extra time I've been given with him, and will cherish every moment.

Happy Birthday to my one and only orange boy!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wacky Wet Wednesday

The boys haven't had play time in the tub in a while, and Harrison let us know he was ready.  Auntie was cleaning her tub and he kept trying to get in there.  When she finished, we ran some water and threw his toys in.  It didn't take long before he was in the the water playing with his toys!
Harrison playing with the swimming fish...

A bigger bath toy that a friend gave the boys...

Oliver checking it out and is curious, but can't decide if he should get his feet wet.  Although, Oliver loves to shower and usually ends up soaked because he stands on the edge on the inside of the curtain and the water is just spraying all over him!

Flynn has come to see what is going on...

Flynn couldn't resist...he had to get in there and play with those fish!

Harrison was finally done...time to get dried off!

Flynn has some alone time with the toys and loved it!

Time for Flynn to get dried off...he had laid down at one point and was pretty wet!

Here are some videos as well...Enjoy!