Today is April 10th, 2019 and 5 years have passed since i started fostering kittens. At the beginning i couldn’t get enough of them and soon the house was full of 13 cats and kittens and i quickly learned that was too much! especially since i was working almost full time.
We scaled it back to no more than 6 kittens at one time and then more quickly i realized that 3 kittens at any given time was just the right number, especially if i am bottle feeding them. Bottle babies are a lot of work for the first 3 or so weeks then as they get older the amount of time and laundry you do is nice!
I figure i have fostered just about 50 kittens in the last 5 years and it’s always rewarding, a lot of work and so.much.joy and laughter.
This starte as a joint venture with Brad and i, of course he was never asked, i just kept bringing kittens home and i could see that it was bringing joy to Brad and truthfully he didn’t do that much.. helped with laundry, held them between me feeding them, supervised play times but i have always done the majority of work; his biggest role was being MY cheerleader!!!
In September of 2018, Brad lost his battle with his heart and passed away from cardiogenic shock brought on by his device not being properly calibrated, the nurses not recognizing the signs and taking too long to get him the help he should have had months before…. but we all knew it was just a matter of time for Brad and yet i will never stop wondering if had we knew there was such a thing, “heart failure specialist”, perhaps he’d be reading over my shoulder today and bitching about things left undone. But i can’t have time for regret and “what if’s”… Life is what it is. He is gone and i am still here, loving kittens, letting them bring me joy and finding them the best homes i can find.
Today we have two twin calico girls who are about 7 weeks old and one smaller kitten, about 5 weeks old. Sage and Hazel and Zorro. They were found together abandoned in a cold box at a local State Park and brought to Salem Friends of Felines. Little Zorro had lost 2 litter mates because he was barley 10 days old, eyes just opened, he was too little to survive much longer. The calico sisters, being a few weeks older must have kept him warm enough.. he’s such a cute boy and i am so glad they all survived.
I got these kittens a month ago and ill be updating this post shortly but i am sure i have found homes for all of them.