Awwwww....babies are always SO cute! It's after they get about 6-8 wks old and want to use you for a ladder, climb up the drapes, and run around all night when you are trying to sleep that is a bit 'trying', lol
The more you talk about it though, Maw, it makes me seriously consider that that might be the best way for me to go as well. Like you, I have a few trips in mind for this year. Fostering would solve that problem plus give me the 'closeness' I need, as well as help me decide what breed of puppy/dog that I MIGHT want to get when I'm ready.
Wow, you aren't asking for much! First I have to figure out how to take pictures with my phone (I got a new "fancy" one a couple of years ago for that very purpose, but haven't done anything with it) and then I have to figure out how to get the pictures on to here! I'll work on it. The shelter wants pictures of the cat/kittens doing cute things to use for their advertising, so I need to figure out how to take pictures anyway. That and descriptions of their personalities.
The good thing about fostering, and the reason I am doing that instead of adopting, is that the fostering is usually only for a few weeks. Like I'll have these for 2 weeks. That makes it a lot easier to travel, because I just tell them when I have to return the animals, and they find ones that fit that schedule. I'll be gone for a couple of weeks the end of July/first of August, so can't have a permanent animal yet. And then I'll be gone again for 4 or 5 days in September, and maybe for a long weekend the end of August. And probably for Christmas, and so on. It should be great (as long as I don't get too attached!) to be able to give them back when I'll be gone and not have to worry about them.
So far, I only have the mother cat and two of the babies named. The shelter is doing a "Catapalooza" special this month, so they gave all the animals names of current singers, some of whom I haven't heard of. As foster mom, I get to rename them, based on their personalities. And the musical folks of several decades ago!
There's Mama Cass Elliot (I had been calling her Momma Cat, but since this will be her only litter, that didn't seem right for the long term. So Mama Cass Elliot. I'll call her Mama Cass instead of Momma Cat. Clever, no?)
Then there's Chris Columbus, because he/she (I haven't figured this out yet for the kittens) is quite the explorer. The first one out of the box, the first one out of the bathtub, the first one to escape the bathroom, the one that purrs and purrs when you pick it up, and keeps attacking my feet and legs. You should see him/her, head down, bottom up on my ankle as she/he tries to do something with my shoe.
There's Nancy (I hope it's a girl!), who wears white Go-Go boots on her hind legs, and "These Boots Are Made for Walking."
And then there are two more who haven't really expressed a personality yet. One of them may end up being Beth, from Little Women, if she/he is a girl. S/he is quiet and shy and was the last one to leave the box, the last one to leave the tub, the one that's the most skittish around me.
And there's one that has some brown to her, but nothing else jumps out at me yet. They gave me a list of the animals, and the brown one is a girl. The other three are all gray and, other than the tall boots, there's not much to tell them apart.
That's great, Maw! I've been thinking about doing the same thing at our nearby shelter. Even though I have already adopted a kitten from them almost a year ago, have a 10yo one already, and my (last remaining of 3) dog is still doing well at this point,,,I'm still finding myself crying when I think of my two dogs which I lost about this time last year. Having some baby puppies or kittens in my house would definitely help me make a decision as to whether or not I'm ready to get another dog or if I even want to at this stage of my life.
Enjoy them! It is very healing to your heart. You won't ever forget Tanny, but these little babies need you now and there are SO few 'foster' families/people who are able to help out. How was your trip, btw? Good, I hope!
I am now the proud foster parent of five cats! A momma cat, a little boy kitten, and three little girl kittens. The kittens are only six weeks old, so they need to be fostered for another couple of weeks, until they are at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds. Then they can be spayed/neutered and put up for adoption. I take them back in two weeks to be weighed and get booster shots, and, assuming they're big enough, will get another batch.
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