Kitten Foster Home 🐱

Barbra fosters rescue kittens. So far this year: 58 🐱 Fostering saves lives - you can do it too! Vancouver Island, Canada

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We fell asleep and when we woke up we were in...JAIL! (Volume on) #hotdrinkkittens

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So THAT’S how they’re getting out! .
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I’ve put a covered playpen on my Amazon Wishlist 😂
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#HotDrinkKittens#RescueKittens#tinykittens#kittenvideo#blackcatsrule#bluepoint#amazinganimals#escapees#tinybutmighty

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Oh my goodness. When they want out, they REALLY want out. #HotDrinkKittens #fourweeksold #fosterkittens #kittenvideo

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So...advice needed. Is Towhee ready to go to adoption centre? As you can see, she’s very affectionate and loves to be petted. But she totally freaks if you try to pick her up. Getting her in a carrier is stressful for both of us. She’s no longer moving forward here because it’s too quiet and I don’t have enough time to spend 1:1 with her. My gut feeling is to either try her at the pet storeand see if she improves with the attention from the staff (it can work - I’ve seen timid cats come out of their shells very quickly once they arrive), or place her in a different foster home for a few weeks (if we can find one - we are desperately short of foster homes). Thoughts?

She’s going to make a lovely cat for the right person - it’s just getting her into their home with no drama that’s the issue. (That’s the #HotDrinkKittens in the background saying “foster mom, let us out! We are big kids now”)

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2 days later...ta da! Starling, Wren and Lark have turned into relaxed little lovebugs! Tanya obviously has the touch 👏🏻

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And they’re off! Never to be contained again 😂

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Five spays today! Raven, Towhee, Lark, Wren, and Starling are now spayed and vaccinated 🎉
Everything went fine, except that Towhee went nuts when they tried to get her out of the carrier. Poor little thing 😢
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The vet clinic advised me to get a wire crate carrier for scared cats. It makes it a lot less stressful for both the cat and the staff because the staff can sedate the cat through the wire openings. In the video above you can see Raven in that type of crate. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one available for Towhee so I had to put her in a regular carrier. I honestly thought she’d be OK.
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So here’s what’s next for these kitties: Raven will be returned tomorrow to her owners; Towhee will stay with me for further socialization, and to keep Finch company; Wren, Lark, and Starling are with Tanya for “finishing school”; and Finch will be spayed next week. Thanks for your interest and support of this lovely family 😘

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Who remembers the time I had 14 nearly identical little gray kittens? Gosh that was fun! Including the moms, I had 16 fosters. That remains my record 😉
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The last five weeks has been close to that record - 15 fosters including four moms, spread over three rooms. A lot of work but very rewarding
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This might be a good time to let you know that I’m taking the first two weeks of December off from fostering. This is a huge deal for me because it means I will be saying goodbye to the #HotDrinkKittens just when they are at that uber-adorable age of 6 weeks. 😭And I will miss you too, because I’ll be taking an Instagram break as well. Another foster home will have Cocoa and her kittens until they are ready for spay/neuter and adoption later in December (the #Zeusbirdkittens and their moms will all be adopted by then)

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Last winter Meadow (now named Moo) was a cold, wet, terrified homeless cat. This winter...well, just take a look at her 😽Photo by Moo’s humom. #formerfosters#welldressedcat#staywarm#havesomefun#besilly

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#tbt to sweet Meadow. Scroll to the last picture to see how scared she was when she arrived. With time, patience and an understanding #foreverfamily, Meadow blossomed into the happy girl you see here 🎢🐱💕🏡 #formerfosters#rescuecatsrock

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I got to have a little visit with Zeus at his new home today! You would’ve loved seeing him resting like a baby in his humom’s arms. He’s got all sorts of toys and special beds and blankets, and of course his very own doggie Kona. #zeusbirdkittens #formerfoster #happykitty #foreverhome Blankie by @kittenknittin

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While trying to locate her ravioli toy, #blindNikko finds something even more interesting. #shesamazing

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You’d never know she’s blind. #shemakesmelaugh #blindNikko #perfectlyimperfect

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First night report from Zeus’ new family: “I think Zeus likes Kona’s bed! Zeus was awesome last night, no crying whatsoever and he purred a little.” #foreverhome #zeusbirdkittens #formerfoster

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What happened to last week’s skittish semi-feral kitten?? Here he is in his #foreverhome. #ForeverFamily. #Zeustheloveboy #foreverloved #neutered #snuggle #zeusbirdkittens

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Starling is soooo close to cuddling. On Tuesday she’ll go to Tanya for a few days of 1:1 attention. I’m looking forward to her having the same progress as Zeus did. #zeusbirdkittens #fosterkittens #adoptdontshop

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My fellow CatNap volunteer Abby has started a new foster account called @hopeforkittens. These little sweeties are Hansel and Gretel. It’s great to see more and more foster homes spreading the word about #fostering, #adoptdontshop, #vaccinateyourpets , and #spayandneuter through Instagram. (photo by Abby).

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ADOPTED! Zeus just left PetSmart 10 minutes ago and is on his way to his #foreverhome.
This photo shows him last night gazing adoringly at his second foster mom Tanya, who reported: “Just checking in. Zeus is doing great!  Still vocal but not nearly as much ;) Very cuddly when he’s not busy playing...can’t catch him then! I’m going to miss his cuddles.”
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Can you believe we’re talking about the same kitten who five days ago was too cautious to be picked up?
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His new family has two school-age children and a big friendly dog. I think Zeus is going to get lots of love in his new home. I don’t know if he will have an Instagram, but if he does I will let you know. I do know that his family will be sending me lots of photos and updates, which I will certainly share with you! .
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#neutered#vaccinated#adopted#zeusbirdkittens#PetSmartCharities#NationalAdoptionWeekend#adoptionisthegoal#fosteringsaveslives

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Wren has some big news about her brother Zeus, but she can’t tell you until the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed 😉
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#FosterKittens#fosteringsaveslives#RescueCat#KittenVideo#spayandneuter#CatAdoption#CatPhotography#beautifulAnimals#beautifulcats#AnimalLife#petsmartevents#catastrophicreations#catfurniture .
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Wren’s hammock is from @catastrophicreations, who make amazing wall installations for cats.
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I’m looking forward to getting the #HotDrinkKittens weaned so that Cocoa can return to her outdoor home. It must be awful for her to be in captivity. Only a few more weeks Cocoa - it will all be worth once you are spayed! .
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By the way, these kittens are only 18 days old. Don’t you think they are unusually chubby little pumpkins? Tassie (gray) is average, but the others! #whatsinthewater?

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That moment you discover toes are more fun than toys #neverturningback #toesmove #ouch #zeusbirdkittens #fosterkittens

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In every litter of scared kittens, there’s always one that’s more timid than the rest. But I think little Starling is finally realizing that she doesn’t have to be scared 💕 #zeusbirdkittens #tortiekitten #adoptionjourney

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2 things I love about this photo: first, Towhee has moved down a level, and second, her sweet enquiring expression😍 #zeusbirdkittens #catastrophicreations #catfurniture @catastrophicreations #tortie #adoptdontshop

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Remember...Polly teaching Franklyn all about litter boxes? 😂#throwbackthursday#learningbydoing#goodstudent#hometownkittens#fosterkittens

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Zeus’ new foster mom sent me this sweet photo and report this evening: “Lots of playing tonight. Fell asleep on my shoulder in bed❤️ He’s very interested in our golden retriever dog!” #yayzeus #zeusbirdkittens

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Today Zeus went to a new foster home for 1:1 socialization. As you may know, kittens really blossom in their connection to humans once they are separated from their littermates.
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Although the #zeusbirdkittens are no longer scared of me, they still scoot away if I try to pick them up. I was hoping that within two or three days Zeus would be a big cuddle bug with his new foster mom. Well, I was wrong about that… It took only two or three hours! #amazing
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Here’s a little laugh on me: When I was saying good night to everybody just now, I did my usual headcount before closing the door. I could only find two of the tabbies. I looked and looked and looked but still couldn’t find the third tabby. I started to worry that one of them had gotten outside. And then finally it hit me: I only have two tabbies now! #duhhhhhhh
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#catastrophicreations#catfurniture#thecatmod#catfun (My cat climbing wall is by @catastrophicreations)
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Lunar gets very indignant if Nikko tries to go in his secret hiding spot (it’s Lunar meowing - volume up for maximum amusement). #obviouslynotsosecret #blindnikko #protesting #handmadequilt #mymomthequilter

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