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Daily Photo: Violet and the Weed Wacker Kittens

Meet Violet!
Meet Violet!

I’m in LOVE!! Meet Violet, a petite but fearless dilute tortie kitten. Yes, she is missing her right ear, but that doesn’t stop her. She is one of the stars of Pittsburgh CAT’s rescue calendar in a rescued litter we call the weed wacker kittens.

You’ve really been missing out on some of my activities lately, and it’s no one’s fault but mine! Almost every day since last week I’ve been sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook from the Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2018: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2018 Calendar. I’d intended to share them here too, but on top of the car and all I also had to go last week using my slower computer in my studio while designing the calendar and doing design work, and it’s so pitifully slow that it was usually so late, and me with sore eyes and so exhausted I kept pushing my posts to the next day. Finally it’s all done and I’ll catch and share the photos each day, and also daily photos of my housepanthers too, trying to amuse me while I’m working!

I’d been working on the Pittsburgh CAT rescue calendar and knew I needed some special shots. When I got my car back December 1 I scheduled a trip all around the area to get photos of kittens and cats I’d use for the calendar, and the first stop was Violet and her siblings, the Weed Wacker kittens. Here is their photo, and below that their story in the calendar.

...and the Weed Wacker kittens!
…and the Weed Wacker kittens!


Meet McGhee, Parker, Violet, Thistle and Sparrow, the “weed wacker kittens”. That may sound foreboding, but it all ends well. Thanks to compassion and the commitment of volunteer rescuers they are alive and healthy and their mom will never have to worry about kittens again.

A worker was clearing overgrowth on a property to be renovated and found a litter of newborn kittens; seeing he’d accidentally injured them he took them immediately to the management office. The manager knew of us and contacted us right away. Because a few of the kittens were injured they could not be left until their mom came back, but got medical attention and went to a bottle feeder.

But mom was not to be left behind—she would miss her kittens, they needed her nurturing, and she could still reproduce. Rescuers set traps and watched for two days to find her. It was pretty clear she was the tortie who wandered around crying to break your heart even when rescuers showed her her kittens, until she went into the trap.

She was reunited and was a great mom but had no interest at all in being a housecat so was spayed and released when kittens were eight weeks old.

All the kittens survived, but Violet did lose her right ear, Parker was unintentionally ear-tipped, and Sparrow lost an eye. The worker whose quick decision to get care for them is thrilled they all survived, and the manager has joined Pittsburgh C.A.T. to transport fosters wherever they need to go.

So let’s hear it for the amazing people who didn’t think twice about making this right a top priority, from the lawn guy to the property manager to everyone in Pittsburgh C.A.T. who organized the rescue and treatment of the kittens, and the trapping of mom—and believe me, I rarely hang out on Facebook, but I couldn’t tear myself away from that whole conversation.

And besides that, aren’t they darling?!

Just one more.
Just one more.

Purchase your calendar here or read more about the calendar and Pittsburgh C.A.T.

Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.
Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.

Calendar is 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages saddle-stitched and includes information on Pittsburgh C.A.T. and clinics and adoption.

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