Saturday, May 18, 2024
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Cats for Adoption: Marshmallow, and a Kitten or Two

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Such a pretty girl!

Mimi says, “Rescued momcats are the most special and deserve the best forever homes.” Not that all cats aren’t special and deserve the best homes. But those moms who weren’t spayed and were maybe tossed out before or after they learned all about all those funny feelings they were having and then gave birth in difficult circumstances, possibly multiple times, those cats deserve the best of the best homes. Usually everything started much too early when the girls should have still been playing with little mousie toys and instead they were trying to find a safe place to sleep and enough food and trying to figure out what to do with that little drowned rat thing that just came out of their body that they somehow feel very attached to, and then trying to find food for that thing too, and more of them. Mimi says those cats deserve a home where they can kind of leave all that behind and start over, be a kitten again for a while.

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Here you can see Marshmallow’s pretty blue eyes and her gray spot like a comma on her forehead.

That would be Marshmallow, a young ladycat rescued from a bad neighborhood with eight—count ’em, eight—kittens, seven of her own and one big little foster.

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All of Marshmallow’s kittens!

Yes, they’re cute, they are on their way to being adult kitties, and not only that but six of them are adopted already. So let’s get back to the real star of this show, Marshmallow.

This mama kitty is young herself and tiny, and nursing and caring for eight growing kittens took its toll. She had a very difficult time when she first arrived at her foster home because she was frightened and confused from living on her own, very protective and very, very tired and irritable from feeding all those babies and herself. Like many rescue mom cats she was exhausted, weak, and in need of rest and good food to regain her strength, and a quiet, safe place to learn to trust again. She found that in her foster home with Margo, who patiently cleaned up all the messes and followed Marshmallow’s signs and stayed clear until Marshmallow was ready for contact.

Now that the kittens are eating on their own and doing all the things kittens should be doing, Marshmallow can get back to her own life, and she’s looking forward to a home of her own that will understand that she still needs a little time to learn to trust. She’s playful and enjoys a little bit of petting, which will probably increase as time goes on and she relaxes even more. Mimi remembers that it took months until she felt well and energetic again, and it was even longer that she thought she’d end up back outside again after her kittens had found homes. Didn’t she get a surprise? We can surprise Marshmallow too.

And she’s so pretty! Still a young and slender kitty, pure white with vibrant blue eyes and a comma-shaped mark next to her right ear, she looks like a juvenile kitten.

One of the kittens who is still up for adoption is Big Bertha, who was the foster kitten tagging along with Marshmallow’s seven kittens. Bertha is about two weeks older than the others and is a big girl besides, and she’s a real pistol—we regularly see photos of Bertha sitting on her human’s shoulder! And she’s got such cute markings—pure white with a black mask and a black tail! I think she’s going to be cute all her life.

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Big Bertha was Marshmallow’s foster kitten.

And then there’s little Dot (the name I’ve given her for this post because of the dot on her nose), a little tabby and white kitten, playful and social and affectionate.

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If you’d want to adopt two I’m sure Marshmallow wouldn’t mind spending the rest of her life with one of her kittens. Mother cats and their children easily become friends as the many people who’ve rescued mother cats have discovered. Mimi will tell you they are sometimes the best friends.

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Marshmallow and Dot would be awfully cute together as adults.

If you’d like to adopt any or all of these three, please contact Margo at [email protected]. And if not but you’d want to help out with the costs of Marshmallow and her kittens, and the kittens who will need foster through the rest of this summer, there’s an opportunity for you below.

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The Amazon Wish List for our group’s foster kittens.

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 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.


Cookie and Jelly Bean

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Jelly Bean and Cookie playing together.


tabby cat

Sugar Bear

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Sugar Bear!


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Treats For Homeless Cats And Caretakers

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.

Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives

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