Well my fellow cat Corner-ians,
It is the time I dread....time to say goodbye. The Cat Corner is an awesome organization and instead of keeping kittens to just 8 weeks (VA law says kittens have to be 7 weeks before being adopted and fixed) as most organizations I've fostered for; Cat Corner doesn't allow kittens up for adoption until around 12 weeks. The extra time is really good to make sure the kittens are a little heavier when being fixed which diminishes adverse effects of anesthesia. Also, the extra time is helpful to allow the kittens to fully become independent away from their Mother and siblings. There are key development traits that occur in 8-12 weeks especially with socialization and keeping the kittens with buddies and siblings is a great idea to make sure they realize biting during play hurts and they shouldn't do it to others, as well as what is appropriate play and sleep times. That is not to say that kittens adopted out at 8 weeks do not learn those things, but its up to the adopter to focus on those things not the organization helping them. With siblings and a Mom or a Foster Momma, there is a ton less work because they learn through play and it is much easier than with a single kitten (another reason adopting kittens in pairs is a great idea aka less work).
It's that time again loyal Cat Corner-ians
Time for your weekly family update! Week 7 has brought a lot of change to the kittens and for Momma Easter. The kittens are closing the gap on 2lbs and Momma Easter went to the another home.
Whenever you have kittens with a Mother Cat the Mom really takes the reigns in terms of rearing the kittens. Often humans don't need to intervene unless illness or injury comes to play. We get to play casual observers to nature; however, human need to get involved when health and potential futures are at stake.
Well Monday marked the six week mark in the lives of our little family! I'm happy to report a relatively uneventful week for the kittens.
At six weeks old they are all really starting to develop and show off their personalities. They also have hit a mark where they have all of their teeth. Once kittens have all their teeth they are more inclined to have dry food. They can certainly have it before six weeks but they may find it takes a long time to chew and not be as interested. Now since they have all their teeth it is easier to chew and more satisfying.
Welcome Back Cat Corner-ians,
It is week five and everyone is at least a pound now!!! These chubby fluff balls loves to run and prance and jump and play and wrestle and love love love to pull the cuffs of my pants. Any time I come into the foster room all the kittens run around my feet and pull at the cuffs of my pants with their teeth until I sit or lay on the floor so they can play with their favorite toy...the ME jungle gym.
In terms of weaning it's going really well!! At first they just wanted to make messes. They didn't have much interest in food beyond playing. Then I realized hmm maybe they didn't like the taste as much so we switched flavors and BAM kittens eating! Even though on paper they may have had a "rough" beginning I keep forgetting that these babies are SPOILED!!! They were born in a shelter so a safe warm place, they've never known cold or hunger like many others animals we unfortunately encounter at the shelter. They even have had a healthy mom every day from their beginning so when it came to moving from the milk bar to wet food it better be darn yummy or it's not worth their time! After the flavor switch slowly like dominoes one by one they became interested.
Hello Cat Corner-ians,
The Easter Candy Kittens are now a month old!! Also little Cadbury's Eye looks AMAZING! Take a peak below
After a month of growing and learning, it's finally time to take the next step of being independent kittens! Unfortunately it is my LEAST favorite thing in terms of fostering. Kittening can be a messy ordeal and for someone who likes things clean this always can be a bit of a shock, but nothing is as messy as teaching kittens to eat real food!
Cadbury is fine to taste the food if I make him...but will ignore it if on his own.
Hello Cat Corner-ians,
Week three has been full of trials tribulations but has ended on a real up swing. I'm sorry for the depressing start of this post but as with all things there is a circular nature to animals as well as life and sometimes it happens.
As I finished last weeks post I updated everyone that poor little Cadbury had some odd eye things happening and little Robin had a cold. Well on Saturday we went to the vet nice and early I did my best to be there when the doors opened. Easter (Momma Cat) was not helping things trying to keep all the babies close being her normal morning grouch so the only way I could get the two away was with BBQ tongs.
When we got to the vet they stained Cadbury's eye and let us know it was mis-formed and that is was more severe than what I had suspected (infection) there was something physically wrong with the eye and referred us to a specialist.
Welcome back Cat Corner-ians!!
It has only been a week, but the kittens have grown so much! In the past week, they have all started to stand up and from standing they have gone to toddling and from toddling to walking with confidence. Their confidence is still a facade at some points as they definitely still tumble over a fair amount, but they just look so darn sure of themselves!
The other exciting news is all of our kittens and Mom now have names!!! I had family over for Easter and we thought what a purfect thing to name everyone! So welcome to the Easter Candy Kittens!
Hello loyal Cat Corner-ians!
I'm a foster Momma for the cat corner and I thought it may be fun and possibly educational to take you through how fostering works down in the trenches. It can be a dirty business (lots of litter), but is very rewarding. You also learn all sorts of weird facts that could really help you win at trivia contests!!
I'll be updating you on our foster family every Thursday on our growing pains, triumphs, and struggles! Without further ado, let's meet our family:
As a no-kill rescue, The Cat Corner relies on a strong foundation of volunteers and foster homes. Many of the cats and kittens that we take in need a little bit of extra TLC before they can be considered adoptable.
Bubba is one of those special cases. Originally a barn cat, Bubba is now in foster care and is learning to become an inside kitty. Change is not always easy, even for cats. Luckily Bubba has a patient foster family who is willing to give him the time he needs to adjust. They recently updated us on his progress!
If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this.
Cats’ claws are not like our fingernails
People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless "quick fix" for unwanted scratching. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Our fingernails are attached to the flesh of our fingers, but cats’ claws are actually part of the distal phalanx, the last bone of the toe. In order to remove the claws, the veterinarian has to amputate the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing.
Potential Complications & Consequences
Removing claws changes the way a cat's foot meets the ground and can cause pain similar to wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Research has demonstrated that, after declawing, cats shift their entire weight more toward the hind legs. This is quite a feat, considering that the front legs normally bear about 60% of the cat’s entire weight.
Declawing results in a gradual weakening of leg, shoulder, and back muscles, and because of impaired balance caused by the procedure, declawed cats have to relearn to walk, much as a person would after losing his or her toes. Over time, this altered stress can contribute to the development of arthritis. In most older declawed cats, the toes are completely “frozen,” immovable even under deep anesthesia.