In theory, kitten season in Oregon should be over. In reality, there are still a ton of little kittens entering the world right now. Our weather is unseasonably warm, and has been so for quite some time, so momma cats are still in season. And that means some mommas in my community are on their third litter of kittens this season.
That's probably what happened to the mother of my latest foster kitty. We're calling her Eartha Kit-Kat, and she'll be a member of the menagerie until December, more than likely.
Eartha was born to a semi-feral mother cat living in an urban part of my Salem community. There are many cats in this colony, and the people who live nearby have been trying to trap those cats and help them. I'm not quite certain if Eartha was brought into a trap by her mother or if she was born in the shelter somewhere. But I know she's been with her mother in the shelter for a few weeks now. She's fully weaned, and she has a healthy immune system. She can thank her mother for that.
But, her mother was a semi-feral cat, and she was passing those habits on to Eartha. The shelter staff found a partner shelter that was willing to work with that mother on her socialization skills so she could become a healthy, happy pet for a lucky family. But the staff wanted Eartha to have some independent time with a family, so she could learn how to trust others without the fears of her mom influencing her decisions.
Eartha is in what I call the "burrito stage." I wrap her up in a towel and take her most places with me. She is very worried about most of the places we go and the things she sees, so she doesn't move around very much in her towel. But every day, she gets a little better. She is no longer hissing at me or the dogs, and last night, she was thinking about playing with my embroidery thread as I worked on some Christmas projects. We're coming around.
I'll have some posts later this week with tips about the hissy spitties. But for now, I thought I'd just let you meet her and her amazing wonderfullnes as part of the Sunday Selfies, as hosted by The Cat On My Head.
Here's her try at a selfie.
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