Amelia and her kittens are nearing the end of their time with me. Amelia, after being a total pill about leaving her spay scar alone, finally got out of the cone after seven days. I’ve never had a cat need a cone that long, but she would not leave the incision be, so I had to wait until it was totally healed before taking the cone off for good. She got short breaks each day, mostly so I could make sure she was eating well, but she is thrilled to have it off for good. Here she is with Sweet Pea. And yes, Amelia is a very small cat – only 8 pounds. It is amazing that she survived on the streets with all the parasites she had, and three kittens inside.
Everyone is in the midst of the second, and hopefully final, round of Panacur for the round worms. After the first round the kittens really started gaining weight, which is a very good sign. I am very happy to be feeding the kittens and not the round worms anymore!! The Panacur must taste truly awful, and I have to put extra in the syringe each time to cover the percentage they are going to spit out instead of swallow, but we are getting the job done and it is working, so we will all survive. One more day of the meds, and I hope that gets rid of the buggers entirely.
They are all pretty active at this point, and regularly escape the foster room when I open the door. They are sooooo ready to go to home where they don’t have to be cooped up for long periods. They will probably need to be in one room for a few days while they get used to new surroundings and people, but freedom awaits! Every night, almost precisely at 9 pm, we hear a party start in the upstairs foster room, with lots of thunder feet to be heard on the first floor. Lasts about half an hour or so, and then there are off to bed for the night.
Their surgeries are this coming Tuesday, and then Sunday June 20th, if all is well, they go to their forever homes. Both adopting families have visited them multiple times and I look forward to happily every afters for all.
And a few days after they leave, I’m sure I will have new fosters to care for. I asked for a day or two to clean the foster room between groups, but the cat coordinator knows I will be ready for whoever else needs a place to land.
We almost had a foster dog on the way as well, but I was rescued from my foolishness. Marley and I agreed not to take dogs over the the busiest part of our summer pet sitting schedule, but some retrievers from a hoarding situation came across and we decided we would take one. But another of our volunteers, whose husband is a certified behavioral therapist, also volunteered to take the dog and I said we were good with her taking the dog instead. For the dog to get to live with someone who knows more than I do about dogs who have lived in hoarding situations is in the dog’s best interest and that’s all that really matters here. I do miss having a foster dog, but we will be better able to care for one when our morning pet sitting schedule isn’t so full. Dogs in need of foster come across my email weekly, and sooner or later a dog that can live with the cats in our house, and whose needs we can meet, will come along. (Hunting dogs and breeds with high prey drives need not apply!)
That’s the foster scoop for now. Have a good weekend everyone!