The month of June has been a fun time around our foster home. We have been fostering a great group of four kittens for Charleston Animal Society, and they have probably been only fun and games to have around. They are playful, vocal and make us laugh every day. Individually they are not very vocal, but when they are together and asking for a meal or to be picked up for a loving session they can sound like a full chorus rather than the quartet they are. We have given them foster names of some musicians that the older generation may know: Lena, Louis, Ella and Etta. Lena and Louis are 'best buddies' while Ella and Etta like hanging out together. They all get along with each other and play together well. There is the typical play fighting of kittens every day, and Louis has taught several of them how not to share their toys (growls and possessiveness by running to another room caring the item in their mouths) is an almost daily occurrence. It makes us giggle every time because sometimes this will happen when a kitten is playing in a room alone with no threat of having its toy taken away.
The girls (Ella, Etta and Lena) are sweet, but not needy. They do meow to be held and rubbed a couple times a days, and Lena is probably the biggest cuddle baby of the girls and has started sleeping on the bed with me. The award for cuddles and companionship, however, must be given to the little boy of the group - Louis. Louis enjoys sleeping next to my neck or shoulder every night and he likes being in the office with me during the day and napping on the pillow I keep on the corner of my desk. While all the kittens do not sleep in the bed with me, they do like to sleep in the bedroom (most recently Ella and Etta have slept together on the top of their cat tower). Each kitten has their own webpage on Adopt Charleston Cats if you would like to learn more or see photos. Simply click on the heading "Foster Kittens Waiting to Meet You" and visit the Dew Fosters' pages. We anticipate these four will be ready for surgery in the next week or so, and at that time can go home to their forever families. Let us know if you have any interest or would like to arrange a meet and greet.
Not all of the month was focused on the quartet, however. Former foster cat and queen, Abbey, was adopted and very much loved by her new owners. Unfortunately, she did not integrated into the home with the other pet cats. Many different approaches were used and a number of attempts to get her to live in harmony, but it became apparent she was not happy sharing her humans. We are pleased to advise she was not returned to the shelter, but rather a private rehoming was done and she has now been transported to North Carolina to a home where she will be an only pet and can be queen of her castle.
We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day this week. Please keep your felines (and dogs) indoors and safe from any fireworks. Shelters are already full, and they typically see a population increase of strays around the time South Carolina celebrates the holidays with fireworks. Until next time, have a fun summer!