Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pardon the Interruption...

... I've been hit with a nasty flu bug and have been in bed for the last few days. I hope to return to blogging by the end of the week...

I did want to let you know, however, that while Buick was too sick to go to intake and undergo surgery as planned, she is doing MUCH better and showing great improvement...

We're BOTH working on getting better!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Buick Update #2 - A Snotty Mess

Poor baby Buick. She is not having an easy time.

After he mucous-y eyes cleared up quickly after starting eye drops and antibiotics I was feeling positive about her progress. Unfortunately, it hasn't been smooth sailing since then.

After a couple of different bouts with diarrhea, her stool is consistently normal at least. That's a good thing.

Her eyes have been super weepy, just clear drainage though not mucous. And her nose has been draining constantly and she's been sneezing all over the place. WAY more than when I first got her.

I did talk to kitten expert Stephanie, who does a lot of kitten fostering for Carol's Ferals and worked with me when I was raising my litter of kittens, who said that clear drainage is much better the mucous, and that the antibiotics will cause the mucous to break up and drain out, and that she has to sneeze it out.

This makes perfect sense. A lot like a human cold, right? You have different stages.

So I'm hoping that the antibiotics have been working and that this upper respitory infection is just running its course. The boor baby SOUNDS like she has a cold. Her purr is all raspy and stuffed up.

She's also had a hard time eating and drinking the past few days.

I just feel so bad for her!

Good news is that tonight she FINALLY gets to go to the vet! So please, send good karma and thoughts Buick's way tonight. Let's hope with all our might that she can get treatment she needs, checks out okay on other fronts, and after rehab-ing (with me, of course) can go into Carol's Ferals' adoption program. She is SUCH a sweet girl and I'd love nothing more than to see her find her forever home. She deserves it after all she's been through!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Video Blog - October 21, 2009 - Adopt these kittens!

Napoleon and Tabitha are three months old! I need to find them forever homes... please feel free to e-mail this blog / link to anyone who may be interested. All inquiries to me at Thanks for helping me find good homes for my babies!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Napoleon & Tabitha's New Toys

Trav and I were at our local pet store this afternoon and picked up a couple of new toys - one each for Tabitha and Napoleon.

In a true testament to their character... Napoleon promptly lost his new toy. I mean seriously, I can't find it anywhere!

Tabitha, on the other hand, picked hers up in her mouth and carried it around the room with her. She played and played with it and wouldn't let it out of her sight. Napoleon had forgotten about it and moved on to other things as soon as it left his sight. Typical male! : )

I'm still looking for homes for these lovelies. Are you, or is someone you know, interested in giving them a forever home? E-mail me at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Buick Update #1

I hope that my regular followers don't mind me including little Buick on this blog... I think it's appropriate, don't you?

Buick had a rough first day with us. She had horrible diarrhea (which she would then lay in) and it was just an awful mess.

The good news is that the messy poop is a thing of the past and she's eating and drinking like a champ. She MUCH prefers dry kitten food to the wet stuff which is more than fine by me.

I gave her some de-wormer yesterday and have been giving her some eye drops twice a day. I think her eyes are looking a little less goopy in general - but usually in the morning's they are crusted shut with mucus and I have to pry open her eyelids and clean them up. Poor baby!

Today she got her first real bath - and she was such a trooper! To give you just a little idea of how dirty this little girl was... check this out...

Yup, that's the water after we were done. Gross! I think it's going to take at least two or three more shampoos until we get her truly clean - but this bath made a huge initial improvement. Look!

She's starting to look like a real kitten instead of a dirty little vagabond! : ) I think she's actually going to be quite pretty...

I can't stress to you how super friendly this little girl is. All she wants to do is curl up on your lap and purr away. She really likes being close to people. I couldn't get a photo of her on the ground because she kept jumping up into my lap.

Later today we'll be cleaning ears and clipping toenails - one thing at a time! Bad news is that Carol's Ferals' vet is out of town this week so she won't be able to go to intake until next week. I'm not too worried about her health wise - I think she'll make it just fine until then. That does mean that she's our house guest for a week now... but at this point I can't give her to someone else until after she's seen the vet and I know what's in store for her.

More kitten news coming later today, including updates on Tabitha and Napoleon. Both babies are still looking for homes and need to find their forever families ASAP. Anyone have room for a kitten? : )

Friday, October 16, 2009

These kittens just keep showing up...

.. is this a sign of some sort?

Today Heather and I were running around town doing some erranding after our morning workout when we ended up in the Cherry Hill district of town.

We saw a little bit of a commotion and realized that there was a little kitten running down the street.

We pulled over and jumped out to see what was going on. Essentially this kitten was roaming around by himself, looking a little worse for wear, and no one was able to catch him.

A girl who was particularly concerned and myself tried to catch the little one for at least twenty minutes. It involved him running under a gate into a fenced off parking lot with "no trespassing" signs and the girl hopping the fence to try and get him. No luck.

Suddenly he ran back under the gate across the sidewalk and under a car. I thought "Yes! We'll get him now!" we immediately looked under the car and he was gone - vanished! And then we heard purring.

The kitten had climbed up into the body of the car.


Now I COULDN'T leave. I mean, I had no idea where the cat was in the car and what would happen if the owner came and started the car with the kitten in there.

Heather and the girl went into all the surrounding restaurants and businesses trying to find the owner of the car with no luck.

We went to a local deli and purchased some stinky tuna to try and lure kitten out. No luck.

Finally (at least an hour after all this began!) the owner came back. She popped her hood and there sat our little friend among the engine parts.


Heather grabbed him and we wrapped him up in my coat and headed to Brooknelle (rehab facility of Carol's Ferals) to clean him up.

Although very skinny, goopy eyed, with matted fur and flea dirt - the kitten appeared relatively healthy and social. She purred as Heather held her.

Yup, I got a chance to find out that the kitten was a "she" at this point. At least I'm 99% sure she is a she. I don't have a 100% track record on this (poor Napoleon - he was a girl for the first five weeks or so of his life!).

I brought her home and bathed her and fed her and she's contentedly living in my craft room for the weekend.

On Sunday she'll head back to Brooknelle to be checked in at intake and will head to the vet for an exam, and if she's healthy and heavy enough, to be spayed.

Assuming she's healthy - she's be put up for adoption.

I figure the worst case scenario is that - if she DOES have disease for which she would have to be euthanized - at least she would pass away peacefully, after being loved on, rather than in the engine of a car. Know what I'm saying?

So there you have it - another crazy kitten story. Why does this keep happening to me?

Keep your fingers crossed for our girl "Buick" (named after the car she was rescued from... obviously!) and I'll be posting updates here as well!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ozzy (formerly known as Magnus) Update!

I got a great update from Ozzy's (formerly Magnus) new Mom Nicole last night and wanted to share some of the photos and stories she sent. ENJOY! I'm so happy he's settling in so well, Nicole!

Ozzy is doing so great here and has really made himself at home. He's investigating everything!! My parents came to see him yesterday and they fell in love with him too.

He loves to chase balls (I have some with feathers on them that he LOVES because he can pick them up and take them to wherever he wants). He is so curious about everything. He was a little scared the first night of all of the new noises that he was hearing (the furnace kicking on, the water running, washer and dryer going, etc) but has gotten used to almost all of them. The only thing that he's still a little leery of is our sliding door opening and closing (not a lot of that going on with how cold it is though). The thing that amazes me about Ozzy is that when he hears something that scares him, he runs....but comes right back to investigate. He's VERY brave!!!

During the day when one or both of us is home, he loves to sit in the living room and play, play, play. Sometimes he wants you to play with him...he makes this quite obvious by jumping up and biting at your fingers. He has a small cat cube that has a scratch post and balls hanging from it and I put the "fishing pole" in the top of the cube and he plays with it for hours at a time. I wish I could bottle up some of his energy!!! He plays and plays, but once they get under the couch he goes on to another toy. I guess the under part of our couch is the toy graveyard until I go under there and bring them all back out to play with again. I brought out a big paper bag that he loves to play with too...not to mention boxes :)

I will say that he's the perfect blend of spunk and love!! He loves to play, but he also loves to be loved. Last night he fell asleep on my chest :) Occasionally he will jump up and just want to be pet and loved. He LOVES music and goes right to Anthony when he's singing or playing the piano. I was out yesterday with my parents in Frankenmuth and when we came home, Ozzy was curled up on the couch next to Anthony listening to classical music just as content as can be.

Ozzy also has a fascination with the fireplace and the television and computer. When I'm using the computer, he comes running and jumps up and walks all over the keys to see what's going on the screen. He bats at the cursor on the screen and just cocks his head to the side and stares at whatever is up on the screen. Same with the television. He just sits and looks at it trying to figure out what it is. The fireplace is something that he's not really figured out yet...but he's really trying.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Magnus Update!

A full Magnus (who has been re-named Ozzy) update is coming soon once I get all the scoop on his antics in his new home. I just had to post this photo though - I was so pleased to see that being raised in a musical household rubbed off on him and he is maintaining his musical skills in his new home... : )

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Magnus' Adoption Day!

Today Magnus went to his forever home with Nicole & Anthony. I couldn't be more pleased!

Anthony came by this evening after work to pick up Magnus and take him to the east side of the state where he and Nicole live. Magnus will be their first and only pet together and I just know that he is going to be spoiled silly!

The photo above is of Anthony with Magnus as they were getting packed up to go. Sorry for the poor picture - it was dark. I'm sure Nicole and Anthony will have new and better pictures for a Magnus update soon! In the meantime, here are the new kitten parents (at Trav and I's wedding last year!)...

Congratulations Magnus, we love you! We know you're going to be a WONDERFUL addition to Nicole and Anthony's lives!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bella & Magnus Playtime

Bella LOVES the kittens - even if she DOES have a funny way of showing it! I think, in a way, they love her too! Check out the antics of her and Magnus, for example...

PS) Thanks for all of you who have forwarded on the info about Napoleon & Tabitha to your friends and family - and thanks to those of you who have contacted me with interest in adopting them. It's been an AWFUL week for me so I haven't had a chance to get in touch with you all yet with details - but will do so soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Adoption Update

Great news! Magnus has found a home! In the next couple of weeks Magnus will travel to the Ann Arbor area to live with his new kitten parents - Anthony & Nicole. I'll be sure to post photos and an update when his official adoption date arrives!

I was at my parents house this weekend and got to see first-hand how great Spock is doing and how famously Spock and his feline brother Felix are getting along!

Big brother Felix...

Close up of Spock...

Nap time on the dining room chair...

Bathing / cuddle / nap time on my Dad's lap!

Still no adoption news for these cuties (photos in post below). I'll be sending out an e-mail to everyone I know this week with pictures, a link to the blog, and a request for them to forward to e-mail to everyone THEY know as well. If you're following this blog and would be willing to send a copy of the e-mail out to your cohorts - do drop me a line at

I named these two kittens together, a little tribute to husband and wife hip hop choreographers Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo of So You Think You Can Dance fame. It would be so appropriate if someone wanted to adopt these two kittens together and take them home to dance around their house together!