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7/1/12 11:33 A

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I just now read this entire thread. You are doing such a great thing and I am so sorry for your losses. I DO hope you're considering getting Cinna spayed (what a great name!) once the kittens are weaned.

I don't foster, because my BF and I already have 8 cats of our own. I have 7 cats (at my peak, I had 11,) because I'm not good at the rehoming part. So my job is to take care of the ones I have and help out in other ways, but putting in time here and there with organizations or helping to spread the word or donating supplies, my art and sometimes money to orgs and individuals who need them to help animals directly.

I have added you as a friend, because I love connecting with other animal people. :)

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oops..I forgot two guys guy. Sandi and Tyke. Notice a pattern at first with all the T names? No reason..it just happened.

Here they are in order: Tyke,Taffy, Tiger, Sandi, Snowball, and Thor.


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6/12/12 11:41 P

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So sorry about the loss of your feline friends. It always hurts.

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6/12/12 4:30 P

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Such wonderfully long-lived kitties you've had...giving them such a great home has helped, I'm sure. And yes, losing the fosters is very difficult...and I am sure adopting them will be even more challenging since I have raised them on bottles, etc since they were less than a week old...but thinking of the start I am giving them, the love and caring, and ensuring that the homes they go to are suitable...that should give me some really great satisfaction.

One of my foster kittens is named Thor, BTW...he's a cute little blonde!

RIP Taffy, Tiger, Snowball and Thor! Keep on, keeping on, Max! emoticon

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I don't think I could foster as I wouldn't want to let any of them go! I know how difficult it is to lose pets we've had for so long. Our Taffy lived to be 22 and died in my arms the night before we were taking her to the vet. She had kidney disease. Tiger was 21 when we had him put to sleep from kidney disease as well. We lost our feral kitty Snowball after he was attacked terribly by something. We helped him over the bridge too.Not sure how old he was. Last we our Thor from diabetes at age 7 this past March. He put up a good fight and we had him 3 years after he was diagnosed. He was insulin dependent. He was what is called a brittle diabetic. Could not get him regulated. He died as an in-pt from a seizure and then a stroke. poor baby. I was sorry I couldn't have seen him one more time. What a sweetheart he was.

Hopefully we'll have Max for a long time.

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6/12/12 3:42 P

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Thank you, Elayne Mae...your kind words are a great affirmation that I need to continue with my fostering efforts!

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My heart goes out to you on your losses. It is so incredible difficult to lose our pets.I admire you for fostering. You are a very special lady.

Elayne from
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" My goal is to live the truly religious life, and express it in my music. If you live it, when you play, there's no problem because the music is part of the whole thing. To be a musician is really something. It goes very,very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am--my faith, my knowledge, my being." by John Coltrane

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6/12/12 1:33 P

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I lost another kitten shortly after Cheddar...Cupro had his time in the sun. I have been going through a lot of mourning lately...for the kittens, and most recently, this past Monday (last week, the 4th), I had to put down one of my old boys...Cirrus was 17 years old, had lived through my ex-husband's wrath, my divorce, three moves, introductions to six new cats and a puppy! He had overcome his hyperthyroidism, and was living quite gracefully with kitty IBS...until I had to go out of town. i always board him at the Vet, in case of emergencies...and there was none. But when I picked him up from boarding the prior Friday, things seemed off. He wasn't walking well; his muscles had atrophied badly...and I knew it was time when he could no longer get up or down off the bed without falling...it broke my heart to see him falter, everytime. He went to his place at The Bridge with the kittens, and my previous cats and dog on 4 June...where I know he will find love and welcoming...and where I know I will find him when it is my turn to pass.

I am down to five kittens, and Momma-Kitty now...whom I call Cinna, for her beautiful cinnamon colored coat! I have to keep telling myself I am doing everything I can for these babies and that five was what Cinna was meant to have, as that was the original number in her birthed litter. Her kittens definitely range in weight...from 8.5 oz to 18.5 oz. The little ones I keep trying to supplement with some bottle feeding, and that keeps their weights up some...I just keep waiting for Clef to start eating the BabyCat 34 kibble, or some of the wet chicken chunks in gravy...he's the only one who hasn't transitioned to solid food...and he even has a potential adopter!!!

The potential adopter was kind of serendipitous in my finding her...The same weekend Cirrus's health started failing badly, I adopted a puppy from one of the other fosters in the Pets Alive! group for which I foster. He is a cute little Border Collie mix (on the small side, and all black), tipping the scales at only 9 lbs at 3 months of age. He has been my happiness distraction from the loss lately. I went to his puppy kindergarten orientation and starting talking to this woman about how I got the puppy and that I foster kittens, and she mentioned off-handedly that she was thinking of getting a kitten. I asked what kind of kitten, and she said probably an orange one, preferrably male. I smiled and said, "I just happen to have two male, orange kittens in my litter." I explained they wouldn't be ready for about a month though, since (at the time) they were only 4 weeks old. She said that was perfect timing and that she wanted to get her dog's training started and in order first. emoticon How fortuitous of a meeting could that have been?

She has since come over to meet my puppy, for whom we are planning to have play dates with her dog too, and the kittens...and in meeting the kittens, she thinks she might even consider taking two babies to a forever home!

Out of all the sadness and frustration of late, some good is coming...I have to keep remembering that, and believing in the importance of fostering!

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5/28/12 4:42 P

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I'm so sorry!

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5/25/12 9:32 A

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Bless Your heart Sweetie!! So sorry about little Cheddar! He was in good hands and you are doing such a wonderful thing by fostering.
Keep up the wonderful work and these kitties are so lucky to have you taking care of them.

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5/24/12 11:39 P

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This just keeps getting harder...I lost another baby tonight...Cheddar went from 4.9 oz yesterday to 4.4 oz today, and rapidly declined in just a couple hours this evening.

RIP Cheddar...join your sisters, Tiniest Tiger and Tiger-Baby at The Bridge..and I will see you all eventually!

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Fostering ? I have 4 cats of my daughter's !!! One permanently and the three females are supposed to go with her when she moves out so I will have only 2 tom cats (neutered) if Sam lives that long.

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I have thought about fostering kittens. Part of me really wants to and part of me says I'd get too attached and not let them go. Good for you on fostering them! I'm so sorry about the two babies.

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5/20/12 7:33 P

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Sorry to hear about the two babies but I am thrilled that You foster... I fall in love to quickly to be able to foster... I have however hand raised two babies from one day of age...Miss Tommie was my first and she lived a healthy 6 years before she went missing on me... My other hand fed baby is Penny and she is doing well and happy just had a litter of her own... soon to be spayed as soon as the babes are weaned...

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5/20/12 12:36 A

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Oh I think fostering is by far the most difficult, important work. You have too much on your plate to worry about walking dogs LOL. I have 3 rescued cats and so I walk the dogs to remind myself how much I love cats LOL. I've thought about fostering, but I have a hectic schedule and the dog walking is all I can do. I'm trying to help them on fundraising ideas and I want to go to Petsmart and help them on adoption days, but that's all. I'd rather be a good volunteer and do a limited amount than try to take on too much and get burned out.

It would be cool to get your friends involved though. There's so much payoff when you help out at a shelter, etc. Today was the first time I managed to get a friend to help and it was so much fun seeing how much it helped him. I definitely found a new volunteer for the humane society so that was fun. But... most people don't want to try it. i wish they'd be open to it, but they don't realize how much fun it is.

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5/20/12 12:36 A

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So nice that you added me as a friend as I added you as well! You are a Godsend to these kittens, The two kittens would have passed away at the shelter too but not in peace like they did with you. Bless Your Heart!
And, you are right about socialization. It sure makes them sweet kitties!
I have had many kitties over the years all kinds and shapes but the Orange Male which showed up on our doorstep last August really is something else!
He is so friendly! When he showed up, we didn't decide on keeping him yet and he disappeared, I felt so bad... So, when he showed up again, I told my daughter to grab him!! That was the last time he was outside. Now he is neutered and a wonderful addition to our family.

I am so glad there are people such as you who get involved and love these kitties. Not enough people who care such as you!

Bless Your heart!

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5/20/12 12:21 A

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Judy, yes...please feel free to add me as a Sparkfriend! I would be honoured!

The fostering can be a challenge, mostly because a lot of folks don't have the time to foster. Fortunately, when I am not traveling for work (which, thankfully, has really slowed down over the last few months), I work from my home...so I am able to give the kittens and Momma-Kitty the time and attention she needs. Since I am sticking to a set eating schedule (every 3 hours), I go visit Momma-Kitty and the babies on that same schedule and have my drink and snack with them.

I've seriously considered doing the dog walking thing, but in Texas, the weather is either too hot or too humid for me to walk for too long or far. I also figured fostering kittens would be easier since I know them so well...have had several cats over the years, and I am a voracious reader...if I don't know what's going on with the kitten, I will find out. I think that was the most frustrating thing, honestly...FKS has an unknown and suspected diverse aetiology. Tiniest Tiger and Tiger-Baby were both very low weight birth-babies, which heavily contributed to their negative survival stats...below the usual 85 grams...and both stayed that way until their very untimely deaths...with Tiniest Tiger being only about 70, and Tiger-Baby having a top weight of 82 grams. So sad; I thought I learned all of the signs from Tiniest Tiger...but yesterday's loss hit me that much harder, because I thought Tiger-Baby was on the upswing rebound from being so diminutive. Even the folks at the shelter today apologised to me for giving me such young and clearly sick kittens...but what was I going to do, say no? What would have happened to them otherwise? I couldn't NOT try!

I'm trying to get my local friends involved in the shelter and caring for the animals, or like you said, spending time with the animals. Socialization makes them so much more adoptable...people don't realise how helpful it is! I'm focusing on that now too with my two week olds...lots of holding, talking to them, snuggling...I want them to be happy to be with people...not afraid of them! Happy babies = forever homes faster!

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that's so cool that you're fostering! I've never fostered, but I walk the dogs for our local humane Society once a week. I've been grumbling about getting the Saturday slot, but tonight I took a friend with some health problems and he had a great time... and helped me as well.

that's so frustrating and sad about the kittens that didn't make it. I had a friend who went through the same thing with some kittens. It's so hard to bond, then have to watch them suffer. But, like you said, it would have happened anyway, and you will find good homes for the rest.

I wish more people would volunteer at humane societies/shelters. just hanging out with the animals, finding homes, etc. helps so much!

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5/19/12 10:42 P

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You are an awesome lady!! I love the way you think!!
Can I add you as a Sparkfriend?!
I adore people who loves our furry felines and especially ones who rescue them!

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Thanks, SNOWYCREEK...yes, foster pet-parents are a different breed...and many of my friends and family have called me far worse things than "Crazy Cat Lady" for doing things like this, but I know that I have room in my home...the hard part is the room in my heart! I have five permanent live-in felines already, so to bring more into my home was a bit much, but I feel good knowing I am helping to make San Antonio a no-kill city...or at least we are trying...adopting and fostering the animals with few to no behavioural problems...and of course, providing medical care for those who have been harmed by our fellow "humans"...and as a result of this first fostering experience, I may well end up with another kitty...Momma-Kitty is quite the amenable cat...so calm, friendly and loving. I'm just doing what I can to help...because knowing I provide money or pet food to other local animal charities just wasn't enough, I guess. emoticon

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5/19/12 5:28 P

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Bless Your heart!! There should be more people like YOU!!!
You are an angel sweetie!!
I would love to take them but we already have four in the house, one outside and anymore outside kitties never make it here, too many wolves, I think..

You, my dear deserve a huge metal!!!

Bless You and your little fur babies!!!

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So, because I don't have enough to do in my life, I made the decision a week and a half ago to foster some kittens. The plan...foster 2-3 bottle-fed kittens (between 2-4 weeks old)...

The actuality was that I came home with a Momma-Kitty, her five babies, and four additional surrogated babies (two sets of two kittens...one set all black that were a couple days younger, one set dark tiger that were almost a full week younger)!!! What was I thinking!!!???!!!

The tiger kittens unfortunately were only a day old, at the most, and didn't get their everso important colostrum feeding from their bio-mom...and both of them succumbed to Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS). The first only 3 days after I brought them home, and the second just last night. It is truly devastating to feel so incredibly helpless!

My head knows their odds of survival weren't good, but after everything I did for the second one to try to prevent it from happening again, my heart just doesn't want to let go. It is amazing though, how healing being with the remaining seven kittens can be...and of course, with Momma-Kitty (barely out of kittenhood herself, at only 9 months)! She was very good and patient with both kittens, taking them in as her own...but when they stop feeding, there isn't much you can do...even with forced syringe feeding, they are so focused on sleep that their little bodies just shut down.

The time with the kittens and Momma-Kitty this morning helped me see that the tiger kittens, Tiniest Tiger and Tiger-Baby, probably wouldn't have made it in the "wild" with their biological mother...and not knowing what happened to her, it could have been a much worse existence than to spend their first and last days with me, in my hands, near my heart. They are both at the Rainbow Bridge now...happy, healthy, and maybe even grown up...playing!

This is truly an adventure...and I can't wait to find happy forever homes for the rest of the babies! Thanks for letting me share...and feel free to see photos on my page.

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