Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Daily Photo: Trafficking in Cats

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The two rescued kittens.

I admit, I’ve been trafficking in cats lately. My house has been a stopping point for exchanging cats going to and from one foster point to another, and in the process the Five have been busy meeting new people, as have I, and beautiful new cats! Because my bathroom is already claimed by Kennedy, any newcomers have to stay out on the porch.

Above are two “hissy kittens”, presumably sisters, who were taken into the Humane Society. They didn’t pass their personality test and were scheduled to be euthanized, but our group was contacted and they were instead spayed and ear-tipped in preparation for one future or another—they would first go into a foster home to be socialized for adoption, and if that didn’t work out they would join a colony of cats somewhere, and they’d already be ear-tipped. I’ve seen far more “hissy” kittens, so lets’ hope this perfect tabby and this beautiful calico manage to learn how nice it is to live with people.

My house was a stopping point on Monday because of timing—one person would pick them up, but the person who would be taking them couldn’t get them until after 6:00, so they’d spend the afternoon on my front porch.

Debby Christy Nicola, recently of Thor, foster of kittens Cookie and Jelly Bean and human of Nomad, was the one to pick them up, and she also got to meet the Five as well as Kennedy. All four line up to greet her.

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Debby is greeted!

Then they get into a cluster like one big black cat with a bunch of legs and tails.

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All four together.

Then Mimi joins in, on top of things because she’s so much smaller.

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Mimi joins in.

Later, Mewsette and Mimi keep an eye on the kittens.

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Mewsette and Mimi keep an eye on the kittens.

The person to foster these two is Carol, a veterinary technician at a clinic south of me, who lives with more cats than I want to say and kind of specializes in socializing feral kittens and cats. The Five were not so organized as she greeted them two by two.

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Carol is greeted by the boys.

Sunshine and Giuseppe like this person and want her to stick around.

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Can we keep her?

I had mentioned to the group that my neighbor, who had recently lost her cat Little Man, would be a good foster home since we have a great need for places for kittens and adult cats to stay. They quickly discussed who needed to get into a home and decided on Fleury, a big black and white cat who’d been rescued and found to be very friendly. He had been in an adoption cage at a PetSmart but didn’t do well there and had to be moved out, but the only space for him was at the clinic, and being well he shouldn’t take up the cage space. So he was chosen for this in-home foster.

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Fleury in his carrier.

We took Fleury up the street to his foster home, and apparently the boys, who are all about the same age, are seriously considering being friends as Fleury meets his foster fur siblings. Not a hiss nor growl was heard.

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Fleury meets his foster fur siblings

Ginny, still missing Little Man, couldn’t wait to hold Fleury and carried him into her son’s room where he’d stay until he felt settled and could explore the rest of the house.

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Ginny with Fluery.

Then Elaine stopped back to meet my household, who were lazily lying about on a hot afternoon; here she greets Bean.

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Elaine meets Bean and Mimi

And here she meets Kennedy, who is very friendly and comes right over to the baby gate for pets when someone appears, then circles around face-marking everything in the room, the trash can, his litterbox, my feet, whatever, it all belongs to him.

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Elaine meets Kennedy.

So I’m trafficking in cats this summer, and when I’m not moving them I’m a stopping point for cats going to a place further to the south and west of Pittsburgh.

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9 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Trafficking in Cats

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  • Don’t think of it as trafficking. Think of it more as being a stop on the Underground Railroad on the way to a better life!

      • There are far worse things a person could be doing than saving lives, no matter what you choose to call it. Keep it up!

        • I just realized it’s kind of an inside joke that only I would know–it’s one of the things police tell you to look for in crime watches, different people visiting, carrying packages into and out of the house usually indicates some sort of “illicit commerce”, the house where Mimi came from was one of those. But no one would know that unless I said so!

  • Oh that was such fun seeing all those people passing through meeting all your cats. What fun. What great pictures of all the traveling cats. Those two little kittens are too cute. Great story. Take care.

    • Marg, it was just as much fun for us. Usually it’s just me and I’m pretty dull!


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