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~ This is what Toulouse thinks about Sundays.
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#sleepykitten #yawning #theArostokittens

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~ The Aristo kittens have all recovered from their spay and neuter surgeries. The spay clinic that my rescue uses shaves bellies and gives the kittens a blue tattoo, to help identify cats that have already been altered. This is in case they are found outside or at a shelter, which I certainly hope would never happen. You can see Toulouse's tattoo here at the beginning of the video.
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Of course, my little helper, Berlioz, feels a need to clean my camera lens again. Bless his little heart.
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Marie's fungal infection is already clearing up! I'm so happy that I caught it early. All of the kittens are on anti-fungal meds as a precaution, and I hope a few more weeks of meds and topical treatments should do it.
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#lazysunday #theAristoKittens

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~ Happy one year birthday to one of my most memorable litters of kittens! πŸŽ‰ (swipe for more photos).
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Who remembers my Halloween kittens and their gorgeous momma, Pumpkin? Two of the kittens were born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) and the other 3 were unique and beautiful. I can't believe it's been a year already!
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Here are their accounts of you want to check in on them:
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-Pumpkin (now Mamie) @gramsofpams.
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-Goblin (now Phineas) @orangeisthenewblackandtan.
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-Spider (now Ava) @lovinava2016.
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-Zombie (now Penny) @tootandpen.
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-Monster (now Leo) @callmeleothelion.
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-Ghost @therawcliffefamily *Please say a prayer for Ghost as he recovers from a high fever today on his birthday 😭.
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~ Isn't Duchess beautiful? Check out her heart shaped nose πŸ’—.
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One of the most difficult challenges in fostering is finding a forever home for momma cats. Let's face it, most people want to adopt a cute cuddly kitten and not an adult cat with a bald belly.
But, momma cats hold a very special place in my heart. I have been so fortunate to be able to witness many kitten births and to spend time with some pretty incredible mommas. I'm always amazed at the level of strength and patience they have, and how much they love and protect their babies just as much as humans do.
I get asked a lot if it's hard to let my fosters go. Of course, the answer is yes. But, honestly, and this may surprise you, but I cry the most over my momma cats. I mean flat out blubbering sometimes.
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So, instead of making you feel sad for Duchess, I thought you would be happy to hear that I received an adoption application for her! I couldn't be happier, and I'm excited about what's in store for her! So, now I'll leave you and go have myself a good cry. 😭
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#mommacat #iloveher #theAristoKittens

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~ Flashback to when the Aristo kittens arrived, and they had fun discover the kitten room. Check out their bumper car tails!
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#flashbackfriday #notacareintheworld #theAristoKittens

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~ Marie doesn't mind that Berlioz only wants her for her strings. .
#coneofshame #theAristoKittens

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~ While Marie is in isolation (with a fungal infection), Toulouse and O'Malley enjoyed playing in my home office last night. No girls with cooties allowed! #poormarie #theAristoKittens

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~ Poor Marie is being treated for a fungal infection on her right eye. This is my first case of fungus (aka ringworm), and I can't help but worry about keeping it contained. I already scrubbed down the room, used fungal wipes on the cat trees and vacuumed the heck out of the carpet. All of the kittens are being treated with oral medication, and antifungal cream is being applied to Marie's eye twice a day. She tries to wipe off the cream with her paw, so I had to put an e-collar on her. Doesn't she look pitiful? Yes, that's Berlioz behind her trying to play with the strings from her collar. Those pesky boys!
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A big thank you to @suze115 for making me this kitten size e-collar last year. I've washed it dozens of times and it still looks great.
#ringwormsucks #theAristoKittens

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πŸ”Έ Vet Day πŸ”Έ
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The best thing you can do for your cat is to spay/neuter it. There are so many benefits besides the obvious one, which is to prevent pregnancy. Your cat will also be less likely to develop tumors of the ovaries and uterus, or mammary gland tumors (which almost all are cancerous), and testicular cancer is also eliminated as well.
Momma Duchess and the Aristo kittens all did very well with their spay/neuter surgeries and are recovering nicely.
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Marie's eye: I had the vet do a culture of Marie's eye, which is looking worse each day. The culture takes a few weeks to get results, but my vet is sure it is a fungal infection (aka ringworm). She checked it with a black light, and it glowed, so all of the kittens and momma will be treated with oral meds as a precaution. My FIRST fungal infection in 13 years of fostering! I needed a few glasses of wine after hearing that news. 🍷🍷
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#vetday #spayandneuter #theAristoKittens

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~ Now, this is what a kitten tree should look like! 😸
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#kittentree #theAristoKittens

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~ The inspection.
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I like to keep the kittens mentally stimulated by rotating toys. I just brought out a kitten tree they haven't seen before. They are all very cautious of this strange looking toy.
Being the great momma that she is, Duchess checks it over for safety.
Let the games begin!
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#kittentree #theAristoKittens

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~ The candid shot.
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Kittens: "C'mon foster mom. Can we have our treats and take a nap now?"
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Me: "Um, if you pose for one more cute photo for me, I'll give you extra treats!".
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#fosterkittens #theAtistoKittens

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~ Picture perfect πŸ“·.
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Another great photo of the Aristo kittens. They are getting so big, and can barely fit on this lookout tower. For such an active and playful litter, they were pretty calm for the photo shoot.
Spay/neuters are coming up, and I'm anxious to find out what's causing Marie's right eye irritation. Her upper and lower lids are red and inflamed. I've been treating for conjunctivitis, but there's been no improvement and it seems to be a little worse. I'll keep you posted on her results.
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L-R: Berlioz, Marie, O'Malley, and Toulouse.
#groupphoto #theAristoKittens

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~ When your brother picks on you, and you just don't care. .
#kittenplay #theAristoKittens

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~ Caturday kitten room vibes.
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I separated Duchess from her kittens a few weeks ago so that her milk can dry up (to prepare her for spaying). I bring Duchess to visit the kittens once a day so they can have some mommy time. Hopefully, she has taught them great skills and manners to take through their lives as us humans do. Because as we know, momma always knows best!
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#kittenplay #theAristoKittens
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~ Group Photo!
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Is it just me, or does the camera add 2 lbs to Marie? 😹. And you can see her cute little belly spot too. I love this photo!
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L-R: Berlioz, Marie, Toulouse & O'Malley.
#fosterkittens #theAristoKittens

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~ Photo Shoot (cont'd).
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Berlioz was too frisky to sit for the photo (at first), but I did get him photobombing this one. There's always that one kitten that is a little camera shy.
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I am treating Marie for a mild eye infection, in case you noticed her squinting her right eye. She looks like a pirate 😼.
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L-R: Toulouse, Marie, O'Malley, and Berlioz below. #fosterkittens #theAristoKittens

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~ Photo shoot time!
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The queen bee 🐝.
def./noun/other than insect:
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"A female that has a dominant or controlling position in a particular group or sphere".
Yes βœ”οΈ (Marie).
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L - Toulouse; R - O'Malley.
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#queenbee #bumbiter #theAristoKittens

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Toulouse: "Quick Marie, look! There it is again!"
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O'Malley: Aw shucks. That ain't nothin' but a little ole cricket bug". 😼
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(The Aristocats). #fosterkittens #theAristokittens

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~ Happy #tongueouttuesday from the Aristo boys. .
Stinkeye = Toulouse.
Yawn = Berlioz.
Smile = O'Malley.
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#ttt #thearistokittens #catswiththeirtonguesout

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~ Aristo kitten games at their finest! What a feisty little group of bum biters and sneak attackers!
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Berlioz practices his invisible ninja pouncing skills. Then, he tackles Marie, and together they ambush Toulouse. Checkout how fast Marie took over the toy from her brothers! I'd say she's kinda badass.
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#kittenplay #thearistokittens

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~ I haven't posted a photo of my Lil Man Bear in awhile, and so I think this photo best represents this special ginger boy.
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For those of you new to following me, Lil Man was originally fostered by my best friend. His siblings were all adopted, and he was the only one left (the one no one wanted), so she brought him over to my house so he could be with other kittens. Jojo was a little older, but had an instant connection with him, and the rest is history. They were inseparable, and were meant to be together like peanut butter and jelly, or spaghetti and meatballs. It was clear that she chose him to be her companion, so I adopted him!
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We originally named him "Bear" because his face looked just like a bear cub. It still does a bit. He was the runt and very small, so the nickname Lil Man came and it just stuck. .
I've always heard people rave about how wonderful orange tabbies are, and I have to say that he has definitely lived up to the reputation. He's super laid back, snuggly, comical and full of ginger yumminess. You can see more photos of him by using this special hashtag πŸ‘‰πŸΌ #lilmanbear #gingercat #orangetabby

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~ O'Malley found Berlioz's green velcro collar and thinks it's the perfect toy to play with. Watch his face when he hears momma Duchess talking. When momma speaks, everyone listens! 😼
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The kittens have reached the 2 lb mark and will be neutered/spayed soon. This means that adoptions will be coming up in a few weeks. For now, I will just enjoy every last second I have with this adorable kitty family.
#mommaknowsbest #thearistokittens

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~ Marie likes to stare at me from a platform until I notice her and pick her up. She looks so sweet and innocent, but really she is a little devil in disguise! #bumbiter #thearistokittens

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~ Toulouse took his turn at the top of the scratching post. He balanced himself up there for awhile, just hanging out and observing the others with a proud look on his face. .
#fosterkitten #thearistokittens

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~ The scratching post is definitely the favorite toy in the kitten room. This post looks large, but it only measures 19" tall, and has a soft carpeted top that the kittens like to balance on.
Berlioz shows off his balancing skills first, and then O'Malley copies him. Monkey see, monkey do! πŸ’.
#fosterkittens #thearistokittens

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~ When you don't know it, but you were born to stand out.
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Marie, Toulouse, Berlioz and O'Malley #fosterkittens #thearistokittens

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~ Afternoon vibes from my Jojo kitty.
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This month marks the one year anniversary of when I adopted this wonderful creature. Sometimes I find myself just staring and smiling at her in awe. Each time that I do, I am struck not only by her beauty, but I also see something new and different in her. Whether it be a new patch of color or a new expression. My mind always goes back to when she arrived as a foster kitten with her litter mates, and how thin and scrawny they were with fleas and chronic diarrhea.
And now, she is this magnificent creature to behold. I love her like crazy, and she is by far the best thing that I have ever failed at..
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Swipe to see some of her baby photos or use her unique hashtag to see all of her photos πŸ‘‰πŸΌ #myjojokitty #fosterfail #throwbackthursday #dilutecalico

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~ The sneak attack by Marie and O'Malley.
Poor Toulouse is the smallest and always gets picked on, but he just keeps playing without a care in the world.
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#kittenplay #thearistokittens

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~ Berlioz is a super cool kitten. First, he gives me a high five for being such a great foster mom, and then he cleans the lens of my camera with his paw. He's perfect!
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#fosterkitten #thearistokittens

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