I'm a firm believer in keeping fosters away from resident cats. These little ones have not been tested for communicable disease, and I have no idea if their little bodies are carrying things that can make the residents sick. So they cannot have all the room they want to roam. And that means I want them to head to a home as soon as possible. That's the best way to preserve their mental health.
So this week, for the Sunday Selfie series hosted by The Cat On My Head, I thought I'd give you an update on how they're doing, in terms of preparing for a new home. We'll go one by one.
Kathleen, shown here and up top, is the smallest of the foster kitten bunch. And in a lot of ways, she's the slowest to develop. She's still a lot messier than her brothers, and she stumbles and trips much more than they do. I know she's the same age as they are, but she will need a little extra time in order to really get ready for the independent life.
In addition, Kathleen came down with a UTI last week, which was absolutely terrifying. Suddenly, there were dots of blood in the cat box, and this wee thing was peeing everywhere. She's on antibiotics now, and she'll need to stay on antibiotics for at least 10 days, when her urine will be rechecked.
Put all that together, and Kathleen is likely to be here for at least 2 more weeks. She's not ready to go quite yet.
Sweet Patrick here is closing in on 2 pounds. When he hits 2.25 pounds, he can be neutered. And that means he might be ready for surgery in just a few days. In addition, Patrick is learning how to eat kibble as well as canned food (which is an important switch, if he is to stay in the shelter for any moment of time, as they primarily feed kibble). And, Patrick is 100 percent box trained. He just never has an accident.
Patrick is the first to do everything, when compared to his brother and sister. He's remarkably athletic and brave, and he loves to get into wrestling matches. Out of all of them, Patrick is ready to go right now. And tomorrow is a big day for him.
The executive director of my shelter has a long-time adopter who recently lost a beloved Siamese mix. And I'm told this family adores spunky, feisty little kittens. I'm taking Patrick to meet that family tomorrow. If all goes well, he'll move from surgery into their home, with no stops along the way at the shelter. Fingers crossed!
Fergus is also creeping up on 2 pounds, and his appetite is enormous. He prefers to eat wet food, not kibble, so there's a little work to do there. But he's getting really good about staying clean and tidy after his meals. That's new, and it suggests Fergus is reaching a level of sophistication he didn't have before.
I'm not sure when Fergus will be ready to go back to the shelter. It might be that the shelter staff lets him stay with Kathleen until she's ready for adoption. Or it might be that he reaches weight and heads to the adoption floor soon. There are so few kittens in the shelter now that he faces zero competition. That could mean he'll get snapped up quick.
I'll miss these little kittens when they go. But I know Popoki will be thrilled when they are out of the house. She has not met them, but she can hear them and smell them. She doesn't like them at all. I keep telling her she won't have to put up with them much longer. I hope she believes me.
That's the update! Thanks, as always to the hop hosts.
And, if you know of anyone who might be interested in either Kathleen or Fergus, drop me a line, won't you? I'm in Oregon, so there are transportation issues involved, I know. But I'd love to see these sweeties go somewhere wonderful. If you can help, let me know.