Monday, July 23, 2012

unfortunately, we were unable to find her again. I hope that little orange kitty found her mommy again. I just came in from feeding the outside cats around the neighborhood. It'd be nice if no cats had to sleep outside. If they could all have a family to call their own.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Here we go again...

I just wanted to say how excited I am that the rescue story of Zero and Hana has made it to the well-known and respected Care2 website! Look here to see their story!

I was touched by how many people commented on the story and left kind words.

Last night, the night before I read that the story was published, my husband and I were, to no avail, trying to catch another kitten. I heard her (I'm only making a presumption that it's a girl) while I was jump roping and followed her sound. I waited for my husband to come home from work and help me catch her. We could see her, she was small and orange. I was thinking she could be the sister of Callie!

She was so fast.
We almost caught her 3 times, but after an hour and a half and with the time reaching midnight on a Monday, we had to surrender tot he fact that tonight was not our night. I left food for her and asked Pepper, a kitty we had spent 2 weeks trying to save from a deadly illness who was buried outside the apartment, to look after this kitty for the night. We would be back tomorrow.

I was worried about the road. There was some evidence that another cat had tried to cross the road behind our house and didn't make it. I wondered could this be her mommy?

Is that why she is crying so much?

Since we had begun trying to catch her she had somehow crossed the road.

One minute her cries were on our side of the street and we had almost grabbed her, then 5 minutes later we heard her cry from the other side of the street.
This was proving to be a "wild cat chase".

She continued to evade us by mere grasps until we had to turn in and admit defeat.

Even an old security man was looking for her with a flashlight.

Hopefully tonight will be the night!

Wish us luck!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

When we picked up the newest member to our household, we thought it would take a lot of time to integrate her. She cried so much the first night and enough the next two nights that I was up to check on her 2 or 3 times a night. I am so happy to say that she has been broken. She's an indoor cat.

Today, I feel so successful because I taught her how to play. 

I understand, play should be something innate and it is but when a kitten is so scared, as she was, I had to show her each toy and play with each toy myself, to show her how they work and are harmless to her. 

She has an apple toy. It's a green apple on a string. I roll it around and she slowly began to roll on her back and play with it. She is absolutely adorable. 

and here is a sudden phone photo of Hana and I kissing... 

Do you think she is cute? 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A new member

Four cats five eyes has changed a bit. Not the title of the blog, because we should have changed that when Zero's eye arose from the dead. Technically there were four cats and six eyes in here. No, not the title, but the number of cats in the household. I knew four wouldn't last forever. It never does. We keep our two but have a revolving door, taking in those cats or kittens who ask for our help, and letting them go when we find the perfect match of family for them. We have been so fortunate to get to bottle feed and spend lots and lots of hours playing the games kittens like to play. Tears have been shed as I've watched kittens meet their new mommies and daddies, but they have all fallen past a smile as I was watching the kitten or cat start the next part of its life. I have been so lucky to stay in contact with almost all of the adopters and see updated photos. Thanks to all of them!

Well... a new kitten adventure begins. This time we heard the kitten calling us from our 13th floor apartment. She was half a block down the street, but above all the noise of outdoors and neighbors, we heard her screams. She screamed and kept us awake the whole first night as I can only assume a newborn baby can. I kept getting up to pick up her terrified, shaking body. She would hiss a bit and then shiver out of fear.
Where did her mommy go?
Why was she alone and trapped behind a brick wall crying her little kitty eyes out?
I don't know the answers to those questions, but I know that we heard her and we caught her. That means, in my cat book, it was meant to be. I have already spent at least 4 hours just sitting with her, talking sweetly to her and socializing her.

She has no name yet.

Can you help us think of one?

Some updated photos!