They are great. Their favorite time to play is at night. LOL. And Chuck loves to hug people... he jumps on their leg (when they are standing) and holds on for dear life. The first few times, we thought he was attacking. But his motor (purring) gives him away. That's his way of saying he wants to be held. Gracie is too energetic to be held for more than a few minutes. Then she jumps down and is on the run again. She hates it when I have to work, and plants herself in front of me.
They both like to play on the piano. We got them a new litter box that has an enclosed top. It took Gracie a while to figure out how to get out of there. Now, when Chuck D goes in, she sneaks in and waits on him to come out. Then she swats the door shut and knocks him back in. Haha! They're still pretty inseparable and just awesome.
I attached a couple of pictures. I hope their sisters are as happy as these 2 goofballs.
I thought I’d send you a quick update on Lexi [was Katie at the shelter]. She and I are doing great! She is finally gaining some weight so she isn’t just skin and bones anymore. My whole family loves her and she gets to go to the dog park when the weather isn’t too cold. Little Lexi follows me around everywhere, she is very much attached to me and I’m very much attached to her. She brings so much joy to my life! I attached some pictures for you to look at.
Deena's new name is Duchess, and she is the sweetest kitten! We could not be happier together. It only took her one day to become adjusted (and fully potty trained) in her new environment. Since I live in an apartment, I have been trying to train her to walk with a harness and leash so she can enjoy the fresh air; she seems to be getting used to it. Duchess is also the best sleeping companion...she is such a cuddler. For the most part she is very gentle, but she occasionally gets carried away and needs to be reminded not to use her claws when playing with people.
She really is so sweet and a surprisingly good sport- I have yet to hear her hiss at anything! She loves being carried around and held, and does not mind at all being dressed up in all her beautiful kitten accessories. Many people have commented that she has a total princess personality. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to adopt such a wonderful little girl. She has brought so much joy and love into our home.
I have attached several pictures so you can get a glimpse into the cuteness I get to experience everyday. She has grown so much since you last saw her.
I adopted Maddie on 3/2 and on 3/6 she was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor. It was removed the next week and vet thinks he got it all. For now, she is doing well.
She gets at least two walks every day, loves to go for car rides and gets VERY excited if she hears you crack an eg. (She LOVES hard boiled eggs!). She has learned to come on command and she hasn't been a problem with the cat. She also is pretty well behaved around other dogs. On pretty days, she lies in the sun in the back yard and rolls around in the grass.
After an exhausting morning of trying to teach her new humans to obey her, Maddie is crashed in a big leather chair wrapped in her blankies. :-)
Last night Maddie discovered a basket of old dog toys and dug out one that still had a squeaker. She squeaked it for awhile, then settled down to serious biz of tearing it open so she could get the stuffing out.
She left me in living room last evening and went to my room and got in the middle of the bed. When I made her get down later so I could go to sleep, she wouldn't settle. I moved her bed to where she could see me and she immediately cuddled into the blanket you sent and zonked out. She slept till 7 this morn. When I tried to get her to go for a walk, she let me know she eats breakfast first. :-)
After breakfast, we went for Starbucks. I think she thought she was going back to you because she seemed disappointed when we returned to my house. Now, she is under the blanket snoring.
In one of the photos, she wanted to take a nap but someone was in the kitchen so she is torn. Currently, she is sandwiched between two blankets snoring. She has shown curiosity about the cat but has not been obsessed. She comes when she is called and she has had a walk.
Exhausted cats from trying to 'help' with chores around the house
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Baby Lettuce and Carrot are very active so lots of fotos of them are blurred if awake!! They do love this pot tho and chase each other around. Tombi loves running up curtains and everywhere really. Nomsa is far more ladylike but definitely the brains in their family. She is catching up to Tombi in beauty as she's filling out a bit. They now weigh 5.3 (Tombi) and 4.7 (Nomsa)!!
The white toy mouse became their most prized possession once they hunted it down.
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Bonnie being cute.
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Bonnie on the prowl.
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Ru's first climb. He jumped down right on Squash.
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Bonita and her six newborn kittens landed in our life in October, when we took them in as fosters from Dog & Kitty City. They'd just been rescued from living outside. Bonnie was all skin and bones and grit. She practically inhaled all the food she could see. Her little ones hadn't even opened their eyes yet; you could fit three in each palm of your hand. All she did for the first couple of weeks was feed them, eat, and sleep, in that order.
There were three girls and three boys; we named the girls Baby Carrot, Baby Lettuce, and Baby Turnip, and the boys Baby Kale, Baby Arugula, and Baby Squash. The little family was put through hell by illness. We lost Baby Turnip to peritonitis. Then Baby Arugula and Baby Squash struggled with severe dehydration for two weeks until they finally were out of the woods. The two of them bonded from their time being sick together, as they didn't have the energy to keep up with the three healthy kittens, so they played with each other.
The family were all adopted before Christmas. Arugula and Squash were adopted together, Kale was adopted by himself, and Carrot and Lettuce went hometogether too. We then adopted Bonnie, realizing we didn't want to let her go.
Bonnie blossomed as soon as she was relieved of the stress of nursing five. She filled out to a healthy weight and her long fur became shiny and soft. She recovered from her spay surgery, ate at her leisure, got plenty of sleep, and finally arrived to the point where she was in the mood to play like a kitten herself. She took no time getting along with our other cats and settled in very nicely.
She soon started going out and soaking up the sun in the cats' yard. Their safely enclosed yard lets them enjoy fresh air and grass during the day without fear they might get lost or be attacked by bobcats, coyotes, owls, or eagles. It's surrounded by a tall wooden fence and the top is covered by a metal mesh ceiling we had custom built. (You can see it in one of the photos.)
Bonnie's favorite indoors spot is in front of the fireplace, but she also likes to curl up among our plant pots or lie down inside the curtains of a sunny window. She's become picky with her food now she affords to choose. She purrs very loudly when we pet her. She makes a cute chirp before she jumps or runs. She loves to chase ping-pong balls around the house (especially on the hardwood floor), play with her fave toy mouse, and savage her scratcher. She keeps us company and is very nosy about whatever we're doing. She was able to engage one of our other cats in play and they now chase each other up and down the stairs.
Arugula and Squash were returned after a month and we took them back in. They immediately recognized their home and their mom, but Bonnie greeted them with growls and needed another month to accept them back. (This guide from the HSUS came in very handy.) She had never been a helicopter mom, and now she's very content being their best playing buddy. We adopted the two kittens mid-February. We kept their names, but we call Arugula Ru just because it's easier.
Ru and Squash have livened up the house with their antics. They are everywhere. They're great company for Bonnie and very stubborn about making friends with all our other cats. They've worked up to eating from our "pack leader"'s food. The two fight each other in the bathtub, in the grass, on the kitchen table, through the drapes, and in their water bowl, and when they're bushed they groom each other and cuddle to sleep. Bonnie and the kittens take turns defending the cardboard box in the middle of the living room. The kittens intercept Bonnie's ping-pong balls. They stalk around corners--they have inherited their mom's distinctive chirp, and Squash can't help making it before he attacks, so by the time he rounds the corner Ru is already on top of him. They climb everything. They jump up the walls in pursuit of one fly. They eat everything, including stuff that's not food, and they've gotten so big they're almost overtaking their mom. They splash about in sinks and watch water go down the drain, ignoring the water that's pouring on their heads. They step on our keyboards, chew on our hair, and lick our ears while snortling happily. They are our "gentle" alarms in the morning. They bite on any cat tail they can reach; they have to chase their own. They run around in muddy plant pots and then decorate the house. Every day, they teach us the impermanence of objects. =)
We're grateful to the shelter staff and volunteers for the amazing work they do for each of their animals and for bringing this family into our lives. I'm sending a bunch of pictures of them at home to give an idea of how much fun they are. We have so many pictures of them it was hard to choose!