Well, the girls went for spay surgery today, and Cookie was scheduled to have her injured eye removed, and they would be ready to go to their forever homes. Cookie will have her eye removed next week, though, and their foster mom isn’t ready yet either! Debbie Christy Nicola took two bedraggled and malnourished kittens and turned them into playful, loving and trusting kittens, and she is sleeping on the floor with them tonight. Thank you!
“Cookie was 2 lb 7 oz and my Jelly is 2 lb 15 oz. Cookie was too busy being cute to stop far a photo op. Jelly is going thru a growth spurt, her legs are getting long but she’s still a no fear athlete,” their foster commented on photos of them.
They are in the Animal Rescue League “Foster Finder” program, because the day they were rescued they were surrendered to the shelter with a dedicated foster home. The shelter provided all veterinary care while Debbie provided socialization, food and love. Once a kitten reaches two months and two pounds they are of weight to be spayed or neutered and then are typically left at the shelter to be put up for adoption the following day.
Cookie and Jelly are going back to Debbie’s house for a little more playtime, though! There is a possible adopter for each of them so they may not need to spend any time in the shelter, though any adoption would be facilitated by the shelter.
They are best buddies! Debbie says, “Jelly is a wonderful kitten. She is so gentle when playing with Cookie. She never attacks Cookie from her blind side. Jelly always stops before touching Cookie’s right side. They also take turns playing with toys, no hogging toys with these sisters. It’s been such a pleasure having the girls at our house.”
I felt it was finally safe to remark on my fears about Cookie’s recovery, since it’s clear she’s thriving. She was vital and active, but it took her so long to start gaining weight at a normal rate, and I was really concerned. I remember the veterinarian at ARL said Cookie’s chances were 50/50 at first and I’ve seen kittens just not thrive and either always be weak or not survive, but she beat those odds. “Lots of love and good food! And she didn’t know a thing about odds! She’s just a kitten!”
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A BIG thanks to Da Tabbies O Trout Towne for donating a huge box of goodies for our kittens!
The Trout Talkin Tabbies are regular visitors to The Creative Cat, and always have good wishes for rescues and cats looking for their forever home. They purchased all these things from our rescue group’s Amazon Wish List to help support all the kittens and mama cats we have in foster.
Laura will get a nice gift certificate to my shop for making this donation. Thank you soooo much!
Read about the wish list on Amazon below.
As I’ve said before, this is but one story of many kitten rescues this spring so far, and it’s still only May. Last week we counted 92 kittens of various ages younger than nine weeks in over a dozen foster homes, all rescued over the last three weeks, many of them being treated for serious infections. The season has only just begun. Part of the mission with TNR is to not return the kittens—once we’ve rescued them we socialize them and put them up for adoption through the ARL Foster Finder program or through FosterCat or Frankie’s Friends.
Many rescuers pay out of pocket for veterinary care and food but the costs of raising even the average litter of four healthy kittens is more than many people have, and many rescues have greater needs, like the kittens in this story. If you can help with just one purchase from the kitten wish list on Amazon.com you’d make some kittens and a rescuer very happy.
And if you’d just rather buy a gift card or make a donation, I have a reward for you, below—follow the instructions to make a donation to HCMT or Frankie’s Friends and I’ll send you a gift certificate to my shop.
Now who else is looking for a home? Browse a few more rescued cats and kittens!
All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.
STILL LOOKING FOR HOMES:
One of our rescuers, Tarra, has organized the kittens and cats available through our rescue onto flyers categorized by age. Feel free to download and share any of these and visit the Frankie’s Friends page on Petfinder to see even more.
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
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