Sunday, June 11, 2017

Foster cats and household cats: Sharing space and finding harmony

Popoki the cat in her heated bed

The cat population in my household has nearly doubled over the last week, as we've taken in a ton of fosters from the humane society. All of the kitties we're assisting have different needs, and all of them require attention, love and support. But our current cats need the same thing. And sometimes (let's be honest), the current cats don't appreciate the interlopers.

Popoki here, refusing to get out of her heated bed for her selfies, has a well-known dislike for other cats. She lives apart from the other permanent household members, as a result. But her little apartment is outfitted with stairs and a very high loft. I thought she just might be able to tolerate littles in her space if they couldn't get on the stairs to see her.

No dice.

I had this guy (who already takes adorable selfies at his very young age) out in Popoki's space last week, and she came charging down the stairs to hiss at him.

Satchmo the kitten selfie

Satchmo and his siblings are only about 6 weeks old, so they take hissing in stride. If a resident hisses, they just hiss right back. But I still want his experiences to be positive. So he won't be out in the studio any longer.

He and his siblings are getting a lot of one-on-one socialization time (more on that on Tuesday), and I am seeing pretty great progress, particularly in their fear of dogs. Little Nina Simone here actually sat on my lap for quite some time yesterday, about 4 inches from the pug. And there was no hissing or growling.

Nina Simone kitten selfie

Nina gets along with resident cats Lucy and Maggie just fine, but she finds the rough play style of Fergus to be a little overwhelming. The girls get along because they're all very mellow and calm. But Fergus is a wild little thing. He wants to play and dominate, and they just don't appreciate that behavior. So Fergus and Satchmo have some supervised (very supervised) play sessions, but the girls choose to stay out of it.

And down below, there's one little foster that doesn't get to join in any of this kind of play.

Izzy the foster cat selfie

Izzy has been here for about a month, and her health issue has been almost certainly diagnosed as severe allergies. She's been on a very high dose of prednisone while she's been here, and her body lesions and desperate itching have resolved. Her lip is no longer bleeding, too.

But, Izzy's lip is still extremely large. And I simply can't guarantee that she wouldn't be exposed to some kind of trigger if she was free to roam throughout the house. One bite of dog food, forbidden cat food or human food might be enough to start the whole cycle again. And if she got into a tussle with a current cat, her immune system wouldn't be ready to fight off an infection.

I'm in talks with the shelter about what happens next for Izzy. She might be ready to head into a home to complete her healing, but we need to figure out how to put her in a place for adoption that is safe for her. That's not quite clear yet.

I've said this before, but if you know of someone who would be willing to adopt a 2yo Maine Coon girl with tons of extra toes and loads of personality, and who can come to Oregon to pick up, please send them to me. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get Izzy adopted from here?

So many selfies this week! Thanks for reading along. Do drop me a comment before you leave, won't you?

And be sure to join in the hop, as hosted by The Cat On My Head. It's so much fun. You won't want to miss it.


  1. I have to say that they are all adorable, and it must be so had to spread yourself between all the catkin your household. Poor Izzy, if there is one cat that really needs that extra special home then it seems it is her. I wish her a special and happy home very soon.
    Purrs, ERin

  2. that would be pawsomeif Izzy could get adopted from your place,xx Speedy

  3. Such cuties, everyone. How sweet of you to help socialize them. I am glad Izzy is better.

  4. Izzy, darling, we are praying that you find the purrfect home where you can heal and thrive. Mom wishes it was ours. The kittens are adorable. Mom so wishes we could foster, but we keep telling her she has her paws full with the eight of us. Thanks so much for hopping. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  5. I think Mudpie's reaction would be the same as Popoki's. Bless you for being able to care for so many kitties in need!

  6. I look forward to the day when our home has a cat again. I miss them.

  7. We are thankful you're so attuned to changes in balance brought about by the new fosters. We are praying for all the babies, but espeically little Izzy.

  8. So cute! You are doing a great job :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  9. Awwwww they're so adorable, thank mew so much fur all that mew do fur these babies!!!

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox

  10. This is why we don't foster. Trying to have us get along with others, even temporarily, would be too problematic. The one time we did foster a cat (it was for about 2 weeks), she was kept in the basement (it's completely finished) separated from us. We admire those that can foster.

  11. Those are some adorable foster kittens.

    We are slowly reconnecting with our friends since Mom Paula retired and hope to see you more often.

    Truffle, Brulee, and Mom Paula

  12. Good Luck Pawkisses to you all and one Extra for the good work you do <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Thankful Thursday :) <3