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From the Archives: Scary Baby Foster Kitten! November 2, 2009

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Fromage is scary!

Scary Baby Fromage has her eyes on me as I come up the steps! What do I do?!

Fromage was a tiny kitten who I bottle fed and weaned as a foster from September to November 2009. She was found in a parking lot after a demonstration in the city of Pittsburgh, mewing loudly! The person who found her was from out of town and had to leave, so didn’t know anyone in the neighborhood to ask if they’d lost a kitten, since she was clearly friendly to humans, not feral.

I’m good friends with the woman’s mother, who had no idea what to do with a loudly protesting kitten who wasn’t interested in any of her other cats’ foods. So she called me and asked what she should do, and I told her she should bring the kitten to me because she sounded like she needed some bottle feeding, which she did. I guessed her age as about three weeks.

I tried every bottle and syringe technique I knew but she did not like bottle feeding. However, I spilled some formula into the inside of my elbow and she sniffed it out and lapped it up from there, kneading on the very tender underside of my forearm. Well, it’s warm, roundish, and there’s a pulse there, so I guess she felt right at home. She loved that feeding, but I also put some in a dish for her at room temperature and she lapped that up too. After a few days I put out a second dish and mixed a little bit of canned food into it and she took both. She was fully weaned in a couple of weeks.

You can read more about her beginnings in the rescue story “A Little Baby Foster Kitten”, and see all posts about her in this category. I visit my friend regularly and see her when I do. Scroll to the bottom and see a painting I did of her from a photo I took when I visited my friend.

In the meantime, she tries out her Halloween kitty look as I come to the top of the stairs. Note the baby gate to the right. She is supposed to be behind that. Guess she’d finally outgrown it and figured it out!

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OOO, scary Halloween kitten!


From the archives in previous years

Little Peaches in a Circular Nap, 2006

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Peaches curled on her chair.

Sweet little Peaches curls up on her fleecy on a cool October afternoon, the sun shining in the window, and a furnace vent below the chair she’s on. She was 16 and enjoying the good life with Cookie and Kelly and Namir and Lucy. Peaches knew how to take care of herself, and always found the most comfortable spots for afternoon naps. I always made sure there were plenty of soft, warming covers for the places she liked to sleep. It was just a sweet October day in 2006.


From the archives in previous years

Big Brothers and Sisters, 2007

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Big brother Namir shows them how to settle on my desk.

They adored their big brother Namir, who here demonstrates to the boys the best way to hang out on my desk. They aren’t getting it quite right, but they are young yet.

October 4 was apparently the first day I let the Little Four come downstairs! If it had been earlier there would have been photos for sure, but they were just about nine weeks old, had all their shots and had been running around the upstairs, occasionally running into one of the four seniors. They were big enough to make it all the way down the steps and so they did! No photos of that–I didn’t have a camera capable of capturing that much cuteness, especially four black cats in a rather dim stairway. Cookie was 15 and Namir was 14, but they handled those kittens well.

Big sister Cookie doesn’t mind sharing her chair with Sunshine, who neatly tucks himself in for a nap. She had actually just given him a little bath.

Big Sister and Tiny Brother.
Big Sister and Tiny Brother.

How did he get here?

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Big sister keeps an eye on little Sunshine.

And not for the first time, all four of them on my lap while I’m working! It’s too bad they are too big for this now.

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Four black kittens on my lap!


Then they all gathered at the front door, with the screen all the way down to the bottom. They weren’t sure what to do about it, so exciting with all those smells!

Out the door
Out the door

Three Little Four settle in the very center of the rug in my office for a nap after playing while Giuseppe finishes his bath. That’s little Bean over on the left, Sunshine in front and Mewsette curled around the back.

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Four on the Floor

My mother had made this braided rug years before and I loved having it in my office and having it as the backdrop to many cats and kittens. The center rows of it are solid black though, and of course that is where they decided to pile up for their nap–every time they came down stairs, which was pretty much every day!

Remember, they were technically still fosters at this time, though I knew I’d be keeping them for their first year for observation because of the possibility of FIP. Potential adopters came to meet them, and I never thought they’d all end up staying. So much for that.

You don’t see Mimi because she’d gone back into heat and I wanted to have her spayed right away, but because she had some suspicious lumps and bumps my veterinarian wanted to see if I could wean them fully and if letting her have no contact with them would hasten that. Her milk did recede, but we were still concerned about those mammaries, so decided to wait until it was all gone and hopefully we could catch her out of heat so diagnostics would be easier. In the end she was spayed with the rest of them, after all but a few small lumps disappeared; others were biopsied and showed nothing, but I keep an eye on them.


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. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. 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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2 thoughts on “From the Archives: Scary Baby Foster Kitten! November 2, 2009

    • She was so cute! Happy early Meow-lo-ween to you too, let’s hope for good weather!


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