Tuesday, September 17, 2013

0 to 7 Cats in 4 months : Crazy Cat Lady Post :

 

This past April, we found the cutest black & white kitty cowering behind our garbage bin.  He was cold, hungry & had noticeable scracthes on his back... but he was affectionate, litter trained & neutered.  After trying unsuccessfully to find his owner, we decided to adopt him & call name him Poe.  The hubs has really taken to him... two peas in a pod.  Kings of the castle type of thing.

Then in early July, we rescued Alannah.  We found her in the middle of the road one night. Dazed, limp and bloody, we thought we'd at least be able to give her a warm place to stay but didn't hold much hope she'd live through the night.  But she did.  She was skittish and kept to herself... we gave her the space she needed.  As she started to put on weight, we took in another cat.

Daphne.  She comes from a loving home that just couldn't keep her anymore.  She's the softest, prettiest cat any of us had seen.  She fit right in.

But remember how Alannah was starting to put on weight... It quickly became apparent that she was pregnant.  We had to brace ourselves to get ready for a brand new litter.

On August 22nd, we welcomed Mouse, Cupcake, Perky & Thunder to our brood.  The new kittens have melted our hearts.  They are adorable... and Alannah is a great mommy.  Daphne has been cautious & curious with them. Poe is not happy with any of them.  Too many newbies here for his liking... but he is doing remarkably well.  He keeps his distance from the other cats, but still cuddles up with us... happy, no doubt, to know we still love him too.

We are already looking for responsible families to take in the kittens once they're old enough.  We also have plans to have Alannah spayed so this will be her last litter.  It's bittersweet, really.  We went from no pets (does a hamster really count!?) to 7 cats in a matter of 4 months & the kids absolutely love them!  It's sad that we'll have to say goodbye to the kittens, though...it's been an experience we'll always remember!


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15 comments

  1. Oh man, if my husband, who wants to be a crazy cat man, was reading this post, he'd be volunteering to take all the kittens. We have two cats that he's crazy about. I'm not the biggest pet person, but I don't think there's many animals cuter than a kitten!

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  2. Cats do seem to find the right home for them whether you planned on them or not. We were going to be a dog only household and somehow now have a golden retriever, tiny Trilly cat who had kittens much too young, Dobby who came to us as an adult and Spock who we've raised (the dog mostly raised him) from 5 weeks. Can't imagine a house that's not covered in fluff!

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  3. Awww, those kitties really found a loving home with you all! Those kittens are so cute (and I LOVE the names - I'm partial to Thunder!). My cats were born in my Mom's side yard under a bush, three little litter mates who have brought me so much joy. I swear they found me and not the other way around.

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  4. You have the prettiest kitties! Daphne is just beautiful.

    Our cat is a neighborhood stray who "adopted" us - just strolling into the house one day while we were on the porch! We know she's part of a family of cats who live under the house next to us (there is a HUGE feral cat problem in our neighborhood) so she hasn't lived with a family before, but she is so friendly and patient with our four year old daughter (even when it comes to being dressed in doll clothes). Unfortunately, the huz has put a kibosh on my cat-loving tendencies so I won't be becoming a cat lady any time soon...

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  5. AWE. I know the feeling. I found two cats in one year. I love them but unfortunately my mother didn't so they became outside cats. sad. But once I get my own place you bet I will be a crazy cat lady with like 5 cats or more. haha.

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  6. First off, the fact that you named one of your cats Poe gets a huge check of awesome, if you ask me. Secondly, I totally relate. When my husband and I were unemployed we lived in a crummy part of the neighborhood and with crummy neighborhoods come lots of strays. We had four cats but in a short matter of time, ended up with 12 at one time. We had rescued about 25 but when there were 12 at once, oh boy did it get interesting. We were still keeping our four but the others we got shots, checkups and found homes for. So I can totally understand. I just can say no to a kitty in need.

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  7. Can you adopt me too? I think it'd be a "I've died and gone to heaven" type thing ;) I love kitties!

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  8. oh I guess we are thinking along the same lines today, Lena. I have my dog as a puppy photo on my blog today. You are to be so commended for helping these little lives. and ...I love their names. Very original. I had two cats (a brother and sister) for 18 and 16 years respectively and I could open a whole new blog about them if I wanted, but I won't. They were Poof(boy)and Switch(girl)or as we affectionately termed them Poofy Mon and Switchy Cat. Thanks for bringing memories of them back. ♥

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  9. Big hugzzz for taking them in,there are so many animals in need out there and all they want is a safe place to call home and someone to love.We have 3 cats and 3 dogs all rescues and we just finished fostering a kitten until he was healthy enough for his forever home.

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  10. Fellow crazy cat lady sounding off! I have four at present - three regular cats (who were all foundlings or shelter cats) and one kitten that wandered into my life a couple weeks ago that my daughter won't allow us to part with. My husband tolerates it quite well. I truly believe that cat people have some kind of homing device or spotlight over their house, directing cats to find us! The kittens are adorable, and I hope you find loving homes for all of them. You are a good person, Lena.

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  11. They're all so cute, and POE is the perfect name for him! He looks like a Poe! Cute!

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  12. Lenaaaaaaaaaaa! the kitteh love fest makes me want to jump up and down!! friends of ours had a similar thing happen and ended up with their own "Poe" of sorts but he got named "Turkey"...i think it was close to Thanksgiving time and the man of the house was hungry ;) anyways, that cat lived with them a long and happy time before coming to the end of his run. i think Poe's got it quite good with you guys and i can tell your rescuing, advocate for the underdog (or cat!) heart came out like gang busters for the whole furry flock!

    Alannah's story makes me melt entirely too much but it's the kind of warm melt that you sort of want to savor in your heart so it's all good. the one you spoke of fits the bill! i've never had the chance or blessing to see any animal born but can imagine it's a life changing experience. so happy that Memphis + Ruby got to have this happen in their lives. that's wonderful!!!! ♥

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  13. Awww! I don't think I would have the strength to give up the kittens! Kittens are just so flippin cute. Every time I'm at the pet store, I have to spend at least fifteen minutes at the adoption center.

    I'm so glad that there are people out there like you that have such a big heart and help out animals that they can, love to hear about the good in people :)

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  14. Your household looks like a lot of fun! I think it's terrific that you took in strays and helped out a pregnant mama. Sometime people want their cats to have "just one litter" so the kids can see what it's like. But there's a huge overpopulation problem and not enough home. It's win-win that you got to enjoy the kittens that were already on their way, help the mom with her "family planning," and find good homes for the kittens. I know you will! Seeing them go would be tough, but it will be a good feeling, knowing their in save homes and not on the street.

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