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).
At 8 weeks old the kittens development isn't done and they aren't quite ready to be fixed. They did get their first round of vaccinations and were Angels at the clinic. As a Foster Momma my time has ended with Cat Corner (for now)....I personally am moving and while I may end up back in the VA area (If I do hopefully Cat Corner will have me back) for now I will be a few states away. Due to this one of the other fabulous Cat Corner Foster Mom's is going to take over for the last 4 weeks of kitten time. Actually the same person who is training Easter to be the purfect barn kitty. The kittens will not go back to Easter due to the bad habits we finally got rid of, but it's nice for me to know they will maybe smell her and be comforted.
Over the past 8 weeks each kitten has developed so much not just physically but their personalities have blossomed as well. We've had our share of heartache loosing a kitten and had growing pains with illnesses but they are on their way to being fine pets and family members. So I thought for my last post I would introduce the kittens personalities to you along with a before and after picture of our time together.
Peep (Little Girl)
Peep is the shyest of the girls. When she was little she was the loudest which is why she was named Peep. She certainly still sings for her supper but it's a little less earth shattering. She is getting less and less shy with time away from Easter, she loves soft blankets, but even more she loves to run. This little lady should be a track star. Give her a ball toy and she will chase it for hours! After running out of steam though a few belly rubs and a blanket and she is out...so out she even snores a bit.
Russ (Little Boy)
Russ is the most outgoing kitten. He started at one of the smallest kittens; but quickly grew to be the chubbiest one. He loves to climb and isn't very fond of being held. He will certainly come on your lap and kiss your hands, but it has to be his idea. Anytime you pick him up or interrupt play time he yips. Also, unlike his siblings he hates wet food he prefers to eat kibble and drink from a fountain. His favorite toys are mice that he pounces. For some reason this silly boy rejects soft things though, he'd rather sleep where he crashes instead of seeking soft warm beds.
Cadbury (Little Boy)
Cadbury started as out chubbiest kitten; however, he took a quick left when he opened his eyes. He was in a fair amount of pain will 3 open ulcers in his eye; a herpes infection and missing the top layer of his cornea. We got to an eye specialist STAT and were able to save the eye!!! It seems that Cadbury can see a fair amount out of the eye but probably wouldn't be able to read with it. Good things cats don't need to read the classics. Also from the amount of medicine he got we are assuming a fair amount of hearing loss. None of this stops him though, out of the kittens he is the one who will ask to be in your lap and bring you toys. He loves loves loves people and won't sleep on his own unless he can climb in bed with you. Whenever you see him though usually Paas is by his side. They aren't truly bonded because they do fine apart, but adore each others company. I can even ask Cadbury "where is your buddy?" and he runs to Paas.
PAAS (Little Girl)
Paas is the one that hurts to leave the most. Ever since learning to crawl/walk the second she hears my voice or see's me she comes over. She is the epitome of a Momma's girl. She loves to be held and cuddled. Shows her belly for rubs constantly. Unlike her siblings she doesn't play as much; enjoying exploring more. In terms of toys she finds them interesting, but prefers to climb on an in things. We have a cat tree and cardboard box tunnel that she prefers compared to all the toys. This little one also loves other kitties taking the roll of lead groomer to her siblings and my own cats. She would do great in a home with Cadbury. While they aren't bonded she adores him and tends to lead him around. We know he see's but she is his second sight! She loves to snuggle in bed with you too so get ready to share.
Best of luck and wishes to these peanuts! After 8 weeks they are truly amazing young ladies and gentlemen and will be amazing additions to any home! I know the next foster is going to love on them but when I count all the fosters I have had in the past 3-4 years I have had 60 counting these guys and I remember each one, each circumstance, each fluffy face, each heart break and each triumph. I know they will be fine but a tiny piece of my heart leaves with each!
Good luck Easter Candy Kids!