happy leaf season!

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On Sunday after a quick day trip up to Rhinebeck, we’ll get out the rakes and begin.

Shadow and Buddy love watching the leaves fall and the squirrels run around putting their finds into storage. This morning Buddy went for his annual well cat visit. He’s a very healthy young boy and was VERY vocal about the indignity of being enclosed in the cat carrier. He is normally very quiet and rarely meows much. He started yowling the moment we zipped it up, the entire visit with the vet, and the entire ride home, all told about an hour of chatting. I guess he saved it all up for the car ride!

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The foster kittens are feeling better and we’re discovering more about their personalities as they learn that seeing me doesn’t always mean another dose of medicine. The grey tabby girl is bold and curious, the black and white girl is a little more cautious but loves to be petted, and the little black one is catching up in size with her sisters and is shy but wants to do what her grey bold sister does. Yesterday was the first time they voluntarily considered my lap as a nice place to hang out.

a quiet house

Yesterday Grace and Sparky Tyson returned to New Rochelle Humane Society to await their forever homes. The house is really quiet and the four of us miss them and hope they find their humans quickly. Drop off days are really hard, I wish I could keep everyone safely and humanely.

It’s wonderful to see how much these two grew over the month they were with us. If you could make a donation in support of all foster kittens it would be greatly appreciated!

We plan to take a few days off from fostering (since May 22nd we’ve always had at least one extra cat in the house) to focus on deep cleaning the kitten room and snuggling Shadow and Buddy. While extra kittens help me focus, my two boys love snuggle time too.

not spoiled at all

We have two very content foster kittens. This week they’ve had the run of the as much of the house as they can explore during the day. They haven’t yet figured out the cat doors, but they’re having lots of fun throughout the main floor and basement. They occasionally come find me, climb up my legs, and give me a kiss of thanks. They love to nap together on the couch. Buddy’s been doing pretty well as a kitten sitter (we think he’s part sheep dog) and Shadow has begun to tolerate them.

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a house full of kitten love

Last Friday afternoon we went to New Rochelle Humane Society to meet our newest foster kittens. They are both new to solid foods and need to learn how to be Big Cats.

Meet Sparky Tyson.

He’s a bottle boy who needs to eat more food and drink less KMR (kitten milk replacement). He’s working on it and is going to be a very big boy one day. He’s super active (which is why there aren’t many photos of him, they’re almost all blurry) and loves it when we go on field trips from the kitten room and explore the library and sun room and he has more space to run around.

Meet Grace.

She’s young to be all alone in the big scary world, but too big to go with most of the bottle babies. She knows how to eat solids and the hope of placing her with Sparky is that she’ll teach him how to eat. Yes, there are many more photos of her. She’s very polite and her markings are stunning.

Grace gave us a scare Sunday night and didn’t eat or drink much and had tummy troubles. The next morning we whisked her to NRHS to make sure she wasn’t ill and they ran some tests and gave her some extra fluids.

I wonder what secret Sparky is telling Grace?
Now she’s feeling much better, is quite happy, and enjoys running around and teaching her brother how to eat real food. They love to share sibling secrets.

Shadow, Buddy, and Cookie are still working on coexisting peacefully. We’re mostly past the hissing and the yuck-a-GIRL-touched-my-food-now-I-don’t-want-to-eat-from-that-bowl-EVER-again stage. She hasn’t figured out how cat doors work (despite moaning and begging and trying all last night) so the boys still have a girl-free refuge in the bedroom. It’s August, so there’s lots of extra napping.

Looking for ways to help a local humane society (or help mine)? Here is a great list of 25 creative ways you can help. New Rochelle Humane Society also has a page of many different donation options, including a PDF of their wish list. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!