Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Farewell, Jiggy

I am so sad to report that Jigsaw Puzzle, Esq., our "official spokescat," has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

He had been sick for about a week, and he suddenly left us overnight of Dec. 17, 2018.  He was about 12 years old.

Mom is very sad, and so is "grandma," mom's mother-in-law, who lives with us; she is the one who found him, in the middle of the night, already cold, in the hallway.

I guess we will be taking turns with the blog for now; I know we haven't been very regular anymore.  2018 has been a rough year for the humans, so our access has been restricted.


Friday, October 12, 2018

We Are Very Sads

Hello, fellow kittehs!

Once again, Mom has restricted access to our blog for a long time.  She was busy, and couldn't let us in because she was taking care of Dad, who was very sick.

Well, one night, Dad got so sick he didn't wake up in the morning, and we haven't seen him since.

Mom was doing a lot of crying, and still not letting us write.  We are sad, too.  We all miss him very much.  His mother lives with us now; she has been here about a year, Mom says.  We don't know what a year means, but it's been a long time, I think.  We like her.  She is nice to us, and sometimes she sneaks bites of people food to us under the table.  Shhh!  Don't tell on her!

So, life without Dad is almost the same; we still get fed and we still get playtime, and Mom still cleans our litterboxes.  But it's just different feeling, anyway.

We still don't know how often we'll be able to write anymore.  Mom has been hogging the computer.  She says she's doing research.  It's all very mysterious.  But she and "grandma" have been tossing around a funny word:  "RV."  Not sure what that means for us.  We will try to keep you posted.

Jigsaw Puzzle and the TWTP Crew

Monday, October 30, 2017

And Then There Were Three...

Well folks, the first of the kits has found her forever home.  Petunia was adopted on Sunday, October 29th.

The other three seem slightly subdued with their sister gone, but I suppose they will get over it.  

Here are Petunia's photos that were for the adoption promotion:

Isn't she just the most adorable kitty?  So, here is her photo with her new "mommy."

I know she will be happy in her new home, and her new family will love her and spoil her.

Next weekend, purrrhaps her siblings will also find their forever homes!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Well, They're All Ready To Go To Their Forever Homes!

Hello once again, fellow kitty lovers!  My beautiful "Flower Kittens" have grown and caught up to their weight class, and are the most adorable little balls of energy and cuteness.

This weekend will be their first day at adoptions.  The event happens in Antioch, CA, in Contra Costa County from noon until three p.m.  We use Slatten Ranch Shopping Center on Lone Tree Way, and we have kittens at Pet Food Express and at PetSmart.  Usually, there are kittens (and sometimes older cats), but adoptions are held on both Saturdays and Sundays; same times both days and both locations.

And now, they've had their spay and neuter surgeries, gotten microchipped, had their first vaccines, been combo-tested for kitty illnesses and passed the test.  They were previously de-flead and de-wormed, so all that remains is to find them their loving, forever homes.

Here, then, are their "graduation" photos:

Chrys, tuxedo kitten, male
This is "Chrys"  He is a very handsome tuxedo kitty
Since I could not think of any names of flowers that seemed in the least masculine or even boyish, I was a little bit stumped on what to name this fellow.

Finally, I decided on "Chrysanthemum," which I was then able to shorten to just "Chrys," pronounced exactly the same as in the first syllable of the flower's name.

Problem solved!

Since the rest of this group of kittens are females, there were no further such issues with names.  In any case, the names the fosters give them are usually temporary, for the adopters will change the names in probably 99% of cases.  It doesn't even matter at this point whether they recognize their names or not.  But it does increase the cuteness factor when promoting them.

Pansy was the 'runt' of the litter, weighing in at just about a pound and a half when I got her.  She was definitely 'behind the curve' for her age of nearly 2 months old.  Kittens in the first few months are supposed to weigh approximately 1 pound for each month of age.

This silly kitty is Petunia.  All four of these are siblings.

Meet Pansy.  She is a real little lovebug.

Last but certainly not least, we have little Tulip.  She's another one who will climb right up into your lap for some cuddle time.

She and her sister, Petunia, just love, love, love to wrestle with each other; it is probably their favorite activity!

Petunia and Tulip are both Tortoiseshell kitties.  It's a variation on the calico pattern, hence they are always females.

Pansy, above, is known as a "dilute calico," exhibiting mainly gray, with some cream on her undersides and a faded orange on her face and head, but at first glance, she appears mostly gray.

Chrys, of course, is the black and white, well dressed for formal occasions, known as a 'tuxedo' kitty.  All black above, and white underneath coming to under the chin.  Sometimes they have a white blaze on the face, as Chrys does, but that is not always the case.

Thanks for following along.  I'll update the blog with their adoption dates, and photos of the new "parents" (if they are willing).

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Another Day With The Flower Kittens

Today, we feature another video; this time of the wrestling championships.

Took this one with the camera in my phone, and I'm none to pleased with the quality (it's very washed-out), but there it is; it's a learning curve. The harder learning curve, though, was with Movie Maker, and trying to get the video into the program from my phone.  It only took me about 18 attempts!

But, enough about that!  On to the kittens!

I hope you enjoyed their antics once again.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oh, Boy! New Toys!

The "kids" were entertained with new toys the other day; I shot this, and I thought I had it posted, but somehow, YouTube had it still showing as a 'draft.'  Strange.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the silly antics. Click here to view

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Flowers Are Growing!

As of today's weigh-in, all but one of the kittens has reached that magic 2-pound mark!

Pansy, the little gray cutie, is the only one still shy of 2 pounds, but she was the smallest to start with.

Chrys---2 lb even  (The only male--the pretty tuxedo kitty)
Petunia---2 lb 1.1 oz  (the tortie with blaze on her face)
Tulip---2 lb 1.2oz  (the tortie with a mottled face)
Pansy---1 lb 11.9 oz  (the gray beauty, with a small blaze on her face, she's considered a  
                                 dilute calico)

So, Chrys is now just at required weight for being neutered, and the girls just a bit behind.  2 pounds is good for the boys; but H.A.L.O. prefers the girls to be a bit over that, since theirs is a more invasive surgery.


Did you know...

... that Tortoiseshell cats are a variation of the Calico color pattern, and as such are always female, just like true Calicos?

... that cats do not have taste buds for sweetness?  They may investigate your dessert because they are curious, but they cannot actually taste sweets; I guess to them, it's just 'blah. nothing.'

... that cats, like people, can be either right or left pawed?