Fostering kittens is incredibly rewarding work. But it's work that is, by its very nature, temporary. Take little Eartha Kitt here. She's been an important part of my kitty family for the last month or so. And this week, we're saying goodbye.
I thought sharing some selfies and snaps would be a good tribute to a little spirit I will miss so much.
Since Eartha came from a feral cat colony, she needed a great deal of socialization and handling work. She didn't know how to trust humans at all, and she needed to learn that we big people could be both loving and caring.
At first, Eartha was too worried to do anything but sleep. It takes a lot of energy to sit in one's kennel and worry about what will happen to you next, and Eartha spent most of her days worried. When I picked her up and put her on my lap, she'd fall asleep almost immediately. I wasn't sure she trusted me so much as she was just exhausted from the fear.
In time, she started to grow more comfortable in our household, and she started sleeping on her own in the kennel. When I took her on my lap, she'd still sleep. But she started sleeping in these positions of vulnerability I found absolutely charming.
Over the last 2 weeks or so, Eartha finally started feeling comfortable enough to engage in a little play. The long naps on my lap were cut short due to her need to bat ball toys, chase feather toys and claw scratching posts. She would hop and run and hiss and spit as she played. And often, she'd look at me enticingly to encourage me to play along.
Once she started doing that, I knew I'd done good work. Kittens that play and flirt are kittens that get adopted.
Eartha went to Willamette Humane Society on Friday for her spay surgery, and she was available to meet visitors for about 2 hours on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, at 2pm, she was adopted. That means she was on the adoption floor, open for viewing, for only about 6 hours total before she found a forever family to love.
And her new family sounds perfect. Eartha will live in a quiet home with a mother and a 6yo girl who has been dying for her own quiet, gentle kitten to love. This little family adores Eartha, and I'm told the feeling is mutual. Purrs all around.
So today, let's all celebrate the joys of fostering kittens. The work we do is painful and short. But we make families whole. And that's worthwhile.
If you love selfies like this, be sure to visit the blog hop hosted by The Cat On My Head. You'll see plenty of photos just like this from wonderful websites you may have missed in the past.
And it's been sad for the Kitties Blue lately. I'm sure a packed hop full of beautiful faces would do the family a world of good. Join in!