Cats we own (2) + “Not our cat” cats (1) + Foster cats (4) = Total cats living with us at any given time (7)
This is our fourth foster litter with the local animal control facility – a momma cat, who we have named Iris, and three baby kittens. When we got them they were about 2 1/2 weeks old:
When they started to grow up and develop little personalities, we gave them names – Ajax (black), Topaz (tabby), and Igloo (white):
They started becoming more mobile, so we needed something larger than a cardboard box to contain them – but we weren’t ready to let them have the run of the room, and risk them making the carpet an absolute mess. So we built a homemade kitten pen, with a vinyl shower curtain liner to cover the floor.
Cardboard display boards = $10.70
Duct tape = $4.16
Shower curtain liner = $2.36
Total Cost = $17.22
It is fantastic. Iris can jump in and out, but the babies can’t climb or jump that high, so it is perfect. Easy to clean too – just take the floor liner and shake it outside, wipe down any major messes if needed (but usually not).
I could post a lot about this next part, but I won’t because it hasn’t been too much fun to go through. Iris came down with the cat flu (sneezing, congestion, etc), and then all the kittens got it, and now we have been dealing with major eye infections for the past several weeks.
Ajax’s eye was affected most severely. We still aren’t sure what the status of his eye is, or if he has any vision in it. Poor little guy.
The positive part in all of this is that they have continued to eat, grow, play, and roughhouse just like any other kittens. Our cats have been less than thrilled, but are handling the company okay.
Persephone and Ajax:
Simon (the “not our cat” cat) and Igloo:
And a couple more recent photos of the kiddos:
I don’t have any very good recent pictures of Ajax, since his eye still looks pretty bad and this is a G-rated blog… 🙂 As it heals I will try to get some good ones.
So those are the foster babies! We will have them and Iris for another few weeks, until they are all healthy and adoptable. And then we will get new ones! After a little break of course… these guys are a lot of work. I’ll need some rest 🙂