fosters

Sweetest snuggles

last night one of the kittens—it was too dark to tell which, but I think that the purr sounded like Natasha’s—gave me the sweetest snuggle session when I laid down to sleep. She climbed up tentatively onto my chest and then settled in up against my chin. She was batting gently at my face and my hand when I petted her, flopping over for new positions, and purring like crazy. It lasted for a really long time (half an hour? An hour?) before she hopped up to the back of the sofa for the night. This was the longest either of them had allowed contact, let alone initiated it. Heaven. 

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because it was too dark to get a photo or video, I offer you some photos of them during a recent day. 

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VERY ANGERY

this morning the kittens are VERY ANGERY because i locked their cage when they were both inside it. they haven't had that happen for at least a week, i think, but today is their vet check and having them already confined without a hiding place makes getting them into a carrier much easier and less traumatic for everyone involved. but natasha hissed at me when i crouched down to move their dry food, water, and kitty pod in there with them. SO ANGERY.

Natasha’s scary day

poor sweetie. They like to play in this area behind and beside the sofa that is full with a radiator, a humane trap, and a big folded fake-grass ramp for our arthritic dog. Yesterday, I heard kitten shrieks and found that she had gotten stuck, head first, between the wall and the radiator; her round little belly was too big for her to slide all the way down, but her paws couldn’t back her back up to the top. Fortunately, this radiator hasn’t been hooked up, so I pulled the top away from the wall and she plopped down onto the floor, upright and physically fine. But she couldn’t seem to just walk out of the tight space at the floor, yet she was still terrified of me. Her face had this “oh shit” expression when she realized that her only hope for freedom was me touching her. So I picked her up and put her on my back, bent over, while I made sure Boris wasn’t under there and put the radiator upright again. She froze there for a few moments before fleeing to hide for a little while. Sweet Boris was calling for her until she finally decided that it was safe to emerge from hiding. She’s been playing and her usual self since then. 

They've both been climbing up onto the sofa to see me. Boris willingly comes and watches me and will let me pet him briefly. Natasha is still hissy if I look at her, but she allows a little more closeness daily. It’s fun to watch, though they are so soft and fuzzy and cute that it’s really hard not to be able to cuddle them. I’m looking forward to being able to do that. 

Natasha (the darker one farther away) even gave me some slow blinks yesterday, and she didn’t hiss when we were this close. Boris is already affectionate, if still a little cautious. They are going to be amazing pets. 

Natasha (the darker one farther away) even gave me some slow blinks yesterday, and she didn’t hiss when we were this close. Boris is already affectionate, if still a little cautious. They are going to be amazing pets. 

progress!

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SO MUCH PROGRESS TODAY!! i am letting boris and natasha roam the room freely again, but i napped on the floor for a while, which gave them a chance to investigate without threat, and then i sat on the floor for a few hours doing the same, and they each scampered across me a few times. and just now i decided that my butt was too sore from floor time, so i moved to the sofa, and they have EACH climbed up (a first, as far as i know) to investigate me and the laptop. right now, one of them is sitting right beside me watching the other playing on the floor. the one sitting beside me i *think* is natasha! and she is touching me. it's so wonderful to finally be breaking through to her. and i got slow blinks from him a little bit ago.

the gray fosters, day 4

boris and natasha, june 2018

boris and natasha, june 2018

(originally written on monday, june 25, 2018, but not published until saturday, june 30)

i know, i missed the first few days here. i posted a bunch on social media, and i'll transfer that stuff over here at some point. but here we have day 4 with the gray fosters (whose names are either koko and all ball or boris and natasha—i'm still deciding, but i'm leaning toward boris and natasha). it's their second day in the playpen. it's also the first morning i've found them sleeping outside the kitty pod, which shows me that they're starting to feel more comfortable. they still hissed at me when i went to pick them up, but of course i gave them eyedrops and antibiotics, so why wouldn't they?

they are scampering and playing in the playpen beside me. i'm sitting on the floor working, and i'll open the zipper door enough to put my hand in there and pretend to ignore them. yesterday i did this, and they approached to sniff me. i like this exercise in any form because it lets them investigate me in a way that lets them feel safe.