Fosters, Taffy and Hamster, were both taken to their respective shelters this past week for veterinary purposes. Taffy was spayed by Charleston Animal Society's spay/neuter clinic on Thursday, which now makes her available for adoption. She will be meeting a former foster kitten (now a 1-year old) this next week, and if all goes well there we hope she will be with her forever family soon. Hamster received a dental cleaning on Friday by the veterinary staff at Pet Helpers. Hamster was a trooper and as always was a very nice passenger in the car and that night was his cuddly self sleeping the entire night under the covers next to me.
Taffy continues to be a playful kitten and loves to play fetch. She is one of the most agile kittens we've had and has a strong personality. I may get accused of being sexist with my next statement, but Taffy certainly knows how to talk like a female! She chatters, meows, and cries when she isn't getting her way. So cute and funny, but while we didn't hear much voice from her earlier, she is well on her way to making up for her "silent" meows of the past. It makes us laugh.
Hamster fully recovered from his anesthesia at home Friday afternoon and evening. Poor thing! He looked like he had sea legs and had just stepped off a wobbly boat he had been on for days. He wasn't very active on Saturday and maybe it was that he was still recovering from his day away from home and all that was done, but by Sunday morning he was all play and ready to get me up and out of the bed. He also ate more food during Sunday's breakfast than he has eaten in one sitting since being in foster so the dental must already be making him feel better.
I love the care both of our fosters receive from their shelters. The staff at both the Charleston Animal Society and Pet Helpers are so nice and genuinely care for the animals. It's nice to see how the community works for the greater good of so many.
This morning Taffy was taken into Charleston Animal Society for a foster recheck. It was an exciting and wonderful trip to CAS as Taffy weighed in at 2.8 lbs., microchipped, and she was also retested for FIV. It is with heartfelt joy that we learned she is FIV Negative! Hooray for Taffy!!
She will be scheduled soon for her spay surgery and then time for her forever family.
While we have been uncertain about fostering kittens while having a known FIV+ foster cat, it would be difficult to have a litter of kittens and ensure we could keep them separated for the kittens' safety. However, this experience with fostering a possible FIV+ kitten with Hamster went amazingly well and we know now it is possible. Here's hoping that once Taffy moves on to her forever family that we will be asked to foster another kitten soon.
Life is Good!
It's been a busy several weeks. Hamster took a car ride to Pet Helpers to receive his rabies vaccine and see his rescuer. It was great to have his rescuer see him and how well he is doing. Hamster was weighed and now is a 13 pound cat, down just a little since his last vet visit and I believe this may be because he now eats a grain-free diet and plays more. Taffy continues to grow and is happy to show us she can play fetch, run like a wild banshee through the house, and loves to sleep on foster dad's lap. Taffy went back to Charleston Animal Society recently for a recheck and had gained to 1.9 pounds. As for me, when I'm not working or playing with the fosters, I have been volunteering at Charleston Animal Society's Cat Room and Kitten Room.
This past week's highlight is the continued interaction of the fosters. First let me explain the set-up of their environment so you can understand what I will be writing. During my work day, Taffy is in the office with me while Hamster has full rein of the house, and we have been keeping them separated by having a folding card table at the office door. Hamster has now started coming to the hallway and meows (loudly, I might add) and gets Taffy's attention. Taffy will jump down from her perch on my desk and go to the door/table. One day I heard an unusual sound when this happened and we I investigated there were the two playing footsies through the small opening at the corner of the table. This has been one of Hamster's patterns every day since. Taffy has learned that she can pass some of her smaller cat toys through this same opening and give them to Hamster. These two continue to bring such enjoyment to our lives.
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Having owned cats all my life, when we put our last pet to rest after 17 years the decision was made to begin fostering kittens from our local No Kill shelter. Many kittens and several cats later, it is rewarding to help the community and find wonderful, loving homes for the felines. This website will include some thoughts, emotions, challenges, and best of all the enjoyments from the rewarding fostering experience. It will also highlight cats available for adoption from local area shelters.