Simon and Stephen graduated from bottles to soft food several weeks ago and from soft food to hard within a few days of that. Small kittens cannot chew standard kitten kibbles so they started out on this stuff:
Which is the cutest, tiniest kibble I've ever seen:
Normal cat food is on the right, and the babycat(TM) kibble is on the left.
Now that you think I'm completely daft for getting all silly over kitten kibble, I'll show you adorable pictures to make you forget how daft I may or may not be.
This is Simon at about 7 weeks. Simon is a little love. He likes to climb up on me, nuzzle my chin, sleep under my chin or just nuzzle on me while getting his noggin scratched. I have never come across so affectionate a kitten as Simon.
Simon likes to hug, too:
Simon will make someone a very good companion.
Steven is also an affectionate one, as evidenced by his nap with my son.
Both Simon and Steven are happy, playful kittens full of love and exuberance. They have no health concerns or negative behaviours and will be wonderful additions to any home.
I am so going to miss them!
They burrowed into this blanket themselves and had a nap!
As for my other foster cats....
Allow me to introduce 11-07 ("eleven-oh-seven").
Odd name, you think? Can you see why?
Yes, she has very clear 1107 markings on both her sides! 11-07 is a bit skittish, but I think she will relax in a quiet home. She is used to children as she's been with us since infancy. While she does spend time with my 10 year old, she could not be bothered with my five year old. Younger kids tend to be unpredictably loud at times and she does not enjoy loud noises.
This is Blondie. We named her Blondie for her blonde-coloured eyes, pale colouring and the fact that she seems a bit dense at times. (In this photo she is stalking and swatting the black shoes. You can make of that what you will.) I think she's actually just very skittish and her nervousness pre-empts her intelligence. She's a funny one, that's for sure. Blondie is still not fully socialized, despite the fact that I've been working with her for a very long time and she came to me as a kitten. Blondie will be staying with me a bit longer as I give socializing her one more go before she goes to another home for more intensive socializing.
This is Princess. She is completely black -- not a spot of white on her anywhere! Princess came to me as a one year old extremely skittish cat. She hid for the first week in the rafters of our basement. I decided to cage her when I realized that she would live in those rafters until eternity if I didn't force her hand. While caged I would daily remove her, hold her, stroke her, scratch her head and talk to her. At night she would cry and cry to be let out of the cage. Finally I gave in and let her out of the cage, but barred her access to the basement. It took seven long months of coaxing before Princess ever let me touch her after uncaging her. She simply came to me one day, lay down at me feet and meowed at me. She wanted scratched! Now she comes to us all the time for back scratching. She does not like to be held, but will sit next to you (never on! she's not that kind of cat!) on a sofa and allow you to pet and scratch her. She's a very well behaved, but quite skittish cat. She needs a quiet home and will most likely have a period of adjustment when she gets to that home. She will hide and come out only when she is comfortable. Coaxing will not work with this girl. If you are a local reader, I would like you to consider whether you or someone you may know would be interested in adopting Princess. She will make a wonderful pet. After all the work we've done with her to socialize her to humans, children, and other cats, I would hate to see her sit in an adoption center's cages before being adopted. I think that would cause her to regress. I know she will have an adjustment period regardless, but I think it would be FAR FAR less traumatic for her to transition directly into her forever home. If you or someone you know is interested and serious about adopting Princess, please contact me via the comments section. I would be happy to facilitate her transition to a forever home.
Simon, Steven, and 11-07 will be available for adoption this weekend, February 13th at the PetSmart on Vansickle Ave. in St. Catharines.