This week’s photo challenge asks us to depict joy, and the being who is perhaps experiencing the most joy in our household at the moment is Annie. For those of you who don’t know Annie, she is a feral kitten I rescued who was very sick – very. She has been living in a large kitty condo while she gets well, which is happening, thank goodness. She is a permanent member of our household now, and is learning to trust people. She is also anxious to spend time with our other cats. (They’re not so sure about that yet, but they’ll come around!)
Annie is finally well enough that she can have some freedom, and freedom and joy are pretty much synonymous for her right now. She is loving having a few hours to play in the cat room each day. She loves climbing a very tall cat tree, and is having a wonderful time with catnip toys (the pink mouse) and fishing pole toys. Here’s is our very joyous Annie!
Annie on catnip!
About to jump up!
Fishing pole centipede – a favorite of Annie’s
Merry Christmas from our home to yours! May your holiday be whatever you want a holiday to be, and may 2014 be full of wonderful surprises.
My Christmas present, for those of you following Annie’s story, is that she has finally started pooping without assistance. After a month of care, and the prospect of having to help her eliminate perhaps for all of her life, her health is turning around, and she is even gaining weight. She’s on a pile of meds, but they are working, and perhaps, if we are lucky, we can reduce or eliminate some of them over time. If not, so be it. Captured just before Thanksgiving, and coming to our home in time to be our Christmas present, she is a little gem and we are glad to see her doing so much better.
I didn’t want to stress Annie for a Christmas picture (this year!) Some critters cooperated in the photo shoot…others not so much. Some declined entirely. But no animals were harmed in the process!! You get what you get sometimes…merry Christmas, everyone!
And the last picture is Annie, sans Santa gear…doesn’t she look wonderful?!
Winter can be a tough time for cats, especially in places that are cold and snowy. Many colony caretakers go to extraordinary steps to help their colonies make it through the winter as comfortably as possible– no easy task. I spent about an hour with one colony this afternoon, and they let me capture a little of their life.
This week’s photo challenge is to post a photo that has just one focus. This beautiful black community cat seemed like a fine one to focus on.
Those of you who have been following along know that we’ve added a sick feral kitten, Annie, to our existing crew. We’re working on her health issues, which have been challenging. Bless the wonderful vets who are trying this and that and will eventually find out exactly what she needs. In the meantime, she is improving. Sometimes she even purrs when I pet her.
She is very shy about leaving her crate and especially the bed/cave I gave her when she first came.
After a week of hiding in her cave, I replaced it with a flat bed today (she can have the cave for nights) in order to get her to move about more and engage. One of our cats, Lily, has been curious about Annie, and they’ve had a couple ” play dates” in the bathroom, a room where she can’t get under anything and become inaccessible. Today, she and Lily were facing each other in their beds, and I took away Annie’s bed to get her out and moving a bit.
Little did I–orLily– expect her to leap right into Lily’s bed. Lily, bless her heart, didn’t hiss once. Here are the photos of their time together. Not great shots – they were right by the window and the light was awful for this, but sometimes you get what you get. Lily goes from being a bit shocked to almost accepting the little interloper. Check out their faces!
I wonder what the next adventure will be for these two!