Yes, something else has been taking extra time lately, some new kittens to foster, and yes, you do who they are named for. I had told foster Debby, who had at one point recently, no lie, 27 foster cats and kittens, that I would help her with a few. She suggested these three slightly older kittens who needed more socialization before they could be adopted. I took Mia and Scarlett back to the shelter on Monday, and Monday night she brought them over.
The are about 16 weeks old, all are male and all are medium-haired.
Meet Theodore! Solid gray and husky, the least frightened of them all.
Meet Simon, solid black with a little more of an oriental influence, long back, long face, tall ears, he kind of relaxes when I hold him.
And little Alvin is the smallest with a rounder face and smaller ears than his black brother, but he has those distinguishing whiskers.
With all her other kittens and cats, Debby did a wonderful job of gentling them. Their mom was feral and known as “Cruella”. They were a little older when trapped as strays, between 8 and 12 weeks old, where optimal for socialization is before 8 weeks. They don’t hiss or scratch or bite, I can pick them all up, and they even purr a relaxed purr and look at me, but except for Theo they hid whenever I come into the room and beg me not to touch them. We’re working on that.
What would formerly feral kittens do if not for toilets to hide behind? This is what they did the first night.
And litterboxes to hide behind too? Simon and Alvin think they can’t be seen.
Each time I go in the bathroom I pick up each one of them and hold them for a bit, then engage them in some play. They usually run to hide, then come back out. The second day they were here I had Theo and Alvin playing with a really exciting strip of fabric, one of my test strips for fabric dyes and paints and stitches. They can’t bite pieces off or pull threads to swallow, but multiple kittens can play at once.
I have many more photos since they’ve been here four three full days, but I thought I’d post just a few each day, and hopefully we’ll see some progress. They are really beautiful kittens, and Theodore reminds me it’s been years since I had a solid gray kitty here with his pewter nose and cobby facial features. Already little Alvin is cute and Simon is elegant, and I can’t wait to watch them grow.
Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.
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