Wednesday, December 30, 2009
So after tomorrow, all four of the American Shorthairs will have completed their dental and so far only one tooth had to be pulled (let's hope it stays at just one and Yaya doesn't have to have any pulled).
Now, we just need to look into kitty braces for sweet Fang. Seriously - have you seen those "fangs"?!!
Update: Friday, 12/31/09 1:30PM: just talked to Dr. Jon and poor Yaya had to have three teeth pulled. Two inciscors and one molar.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Fairfax has been renamed Otto and is doing better. The family had a lot of company over the holidays so maybe it was a bit much for our shy boy, but he is doing better. Fairfax has such a rough start in life and while we're always happy when one of our cats find a great forever home, it's sometimes more heart warming when the home takes a chance on adopting a super shy cat. Fairfax (sorry Otto - I'll remember it soon!) no longer runs under the bed when he hears a loud noise, he runs towards the bed but doesn't run under it so that's a big step. The family is accepting of the baby steps and is giving him the time, patience, understanding, and love he needs to blossom.
Meena and Otto love to wrestle and play together -- which is surprising because we thought Meena might do best in a house with no other pets. But she's doing great with Otto and apparently not terrorizing the dogs!
Thank you Wendy and family for adopting these great cats and especially for your patience and understanding with Otto.
Our vet is keeping her overnight tonight while waiting for results of blood work and so he can watch her. She appears to have a neurological issue. Now that can be because she's in shock a little. Was doing great this weekend, whatever is wrong happened in such a short time.
Monday, December 28, 2009
However, I'm not sure my parents make good foster parents because they can't quite manage letting go -- as evidenced by the fact that they have adopted most of the cats they have fostered for us. They're great special needs fosters, but not good at saying goodbye. They adopted Mikey and Maddie - super shy cats caught as older feral kittens. And then of course there is Spicey -the almost blind tortie. They were only supposed to be fostering Spicey while she was recovering from being so sick but even though I had found a permanent home for her who knew how to handle blind cats, they couldn't say goodbye. Spicey has no vision in one eye and appears to only be able to see shadows with the other eye.
The pictures aren't that great - they wouldn't stay still for photos and I only had my iPhone to take pix. I'll get better pictures soon. I promise.
Yaya's tongue does stick out most of the time from her little flat face, as does Fang's tongue. They have eyes as big as saucers. Yaya has the tiniest little nose and tongue - they really are about the size of a little kitten's nose and tongue. She's simply adorable. She's a petite little lady. Yaya is available for adoption now. Fang's not quite ready yet.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
With the downturn in economy, their donations are down and they are facing eviction in January. This wonderful organization currently houses 100 cats in community rooms. Those cats will face the shelter and euthanasia if we can’t help raise the necessary $5,000.
You can make a donation through their home page or by clicking the "ChipIn" button below.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Urchin and Udder Moomoo have been in foster to adopt homes since they were 8-weeks old so they are young in these pictures.
We need a home with no other cats or a house that has a room Oscar can stay in so we can try out some different food options (sensitive stomach, allergen free, grain free, low-residue, etc.). Oscar is an active boy and quite the big lovebug and does not do well in a cage so we really need a special foster home for him. It may take only a month to regulate Oscar's issues or it may take several as we try several food options.
The foster home must be able to administer medication as needed (if new medication is deemed appropriate by our vets).
Alley Cats and Angels will provide Oscar's food.
Oscar is one of the sweetest, most wonderful older kittens. He is truly delightful. We hope to resolve his issues soon so he can be available for adoption and we can find the perfect home for him. He has so much love to give someone and we hope he can share it with his forever family soon.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We have several litters with just one kitten renaming that still need good homes:
- Rippa of the R's
- Jazz of the J's
- Stroodle of the S's
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Meena and Fairfax were adopted together. An ADULT adoption (Meena, our gorgeous split face calico). Fairfax was a Flame Point Siamese mix and quite shy but he and his adopter bounded when he touched her nose with his. Meena and Fairfax were not together before but we're sure they'll adapt fine, once Meena establishes that she's boss!
Today was our last adoption event for this year. The adoption counselors and event volunteers are taking a much needed rest until January 4th. We are still doing meet and greets and there will be more adoptions this year, just no more adoptathons.
Merry Christmas kitties, enjoy your new homes this Christmas.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Our "V" crew is growing up. They will be 5 weeks old Tuesday. Hard to imagine we've had them 3 weeks. The V kitties all have names now:
- Vittles (tuxedo kitten)
- Violet (dark gray tabby - only female and right now it looks like she might be medium haired and not short haired like her brothers)
- Varjak Paw ("cow kitten")
- Velcro (brown tabby)
- Vodka (light gray tabby with white)
The babies are crawling in and out of the tub (with assistance of pet stairs) and having lots of fun playing. The bathtub in a closed bathroom makes a great place for itty bitty babies. It keeps them safe and confined while mama cat can get out of the tub and stretch her legs and get away from the little ones when she needs to.
See how adorable these little monkeys are in the attached video.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
How cute is that - Biscuit and Gravy?!!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
We have the adoption center for the month of January on an every other month basis (SPCA will have cats in the center the months we are not there).
We would like to thank Zamantha and Chris, managers of the Capital Boulevard PetSmart for the invitation to be their newest adoption partner at this busy store.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Orders must be received before December 15th to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. All proceeds benefit Alley Cats and Angels and help us continue our work as “Advocates for Forgotten Felines”.
We had an amazing adoption weekend. Which would not have been possible without our terrific adoption event volunteers this weekend - Jill Walters (pulled double duty between Santas helpers and ), Landis McEntee, Debbie Beam, Tara Munn, and JoAnne Paterniti. Thanks to our great team, we adopted out eight (yes EIGHT ) kittens this weekend and two more went home as foster to adopts.
The following were adopted:
- Tokyo Rose and India (together)
- Earl Gray
- Isaac -- foster to adopt
- Urchin - foster to adopt
I would like to also extend a big thanks to Maria B. for her continued support of Alley Cats and Angels - the donated food is very much appreciated.
Also big thanks to Jill Walters, Augusta Fern, and Marie Brewer for being Santa's helpers and taking and/or printing pictures.
Joe Moore as Santa wishing everyone peace (on earth and goodwill to men)
Friday, December 4, 2009
Little Brown - seriously, I'm having a hard time picking the cutest one!!
Little Gray - a cutie too, but didn't want to pose for a picture like his siblings so not a supermodel kitty in the making
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tia - Just got your newsletter and thought I would let you know how our 2 beauties are doing...
They have settled in wonderfully. Both of them feign indifference if you try to call them over, or reach down to pet them - in fact they seem skittish and run away - but I guess that is to be expected. On the other hand, Bree is always waiting at the back door in the morning when we go out to feed the cats and chickens. Both cats love to romp and play around us when we are outside working, and are in fact quite sociable. And they have done a wonderful job keeping away the varmints that were destroying our garden. Yay! Sometimes we find little presents on the door step!
Paul is much braver with the cats than I am - and has been slowly working on picking them up! They become more and more tolerant of that! They also both are comfortable with our lab, Evie, and usually say hello by rubbing noses with her! And you should see them with the guineas! There is one particular grey guinea who is a sort of loner and he has started playing with Bree. It's hilarious to watch them - Bree will chase the bird and then all of a sudden, the bird will turn around and start chasing Bree. And so it goes on. Back and forth. I can't tell you how much pleasure we have from these two special cats.
And how grateful we are to you and Allecats and Angels for bringing them to us.
Raja was adopted by a family in Charlotte. She is doing well and apparently likes to party all night and sleep all day! Raja is doing well extremely well with the 6-year old son and is apparently quite a smart lady. The son is trying to teach her how to give a paw and she’s quite close. We’re so glad she’s doing well.
Wilson was also adopted by the sister-in-law (and family) of one of our previous adopters (O'Reilly's adopter). Wilson is very happy in his new home with three young boys and mom and dad to shower him with attention.
The pictures made me realize this "rescue stuff" is worth it even on the worst days -- with today and tomorrow being horrible days.
We took Tacoma, a 7-month old kitten, to one of our vets to have a full blood panel done. Tacoma is one of only two siblings remaining from a litter we rescued from a car repair shop this summer. Each of those kittens died soon after we got them and the necropsy results were inconclusive. Tacoma and Tanner were doing great (Tanner still is doing great, but we're getting full blood workup to be safe), but Tacoma just started rapidly losing weight. Tacoma's bloodwork shows renal disease among a list of other major health issues which are highly unusual in a young kitten. Our vet said it's possible it's heredity or congenital that's just now manifesting. After speaking with the vet, we've decided it's time to help Tacoma cross the rainbow bridge. It is unlikely we can save her even with aggressive medical treatment and part of rescue is knowing when it's time to let them go -- because it's the most humane thing to do for Tacoma. I'm sorry Tacoma, I wish we could do more. But you will be free from suffering and will soon be chasing mice in kitty heaven. We love you little Tacoma, rest in peace my sweet baby.