This month I’m fostering four five-week-old kittens from Dekalb County Animal Services through Perfect Pets Rescue. They needed to be taken out of the shelter quickly before they could contract any illnesses given their incredibly young immune systems. I’ll be fostering them until they’re ready to be vaccinated and spayed/neutered, after which they can be transported/adopted.
I have fostered dogs and puppies before, but I’ve never had a single cat or kitten in my home for longer than a couple hours. I thought it would be fun, but I had no idea I would love it THIS much! I am addicted!! They are absolute bundles of joy to have in the house (our sweet dogs are being very sweet to them too) and I can’t get enough. I’m amazed at how, even at such a young age, they already have distinct personalities. I’m so enthralled with these little babies I hope you’ll indulge me as I describe each one. (If it gets to be too much, just skip this and go straight to the photos!)
Oreo is the spunkiest and the only one of the three who hisses at the dogs when they try to sniff him (“him” is a guess – the shelter didn’t have a chance to identify their sexes, and I don’t know enough about cats to figure this out yet so I’m guessing for all of them for now) and is outgoing and full of energy. Strangely, as curious as he is, he doesn’t like toys of any kind! He and Cookie are the two with white paws, but Oreo has a little black spot on his front right paw.
Cookie is SO messy! His three siblings have learned to groom themselves but he is just not getting this down. No matter how often I wipe him down, his entire face is covered in food (I saw him standing in the food bowl with all four paws in it at one point) – even the backs of his ears are crusty with food! He’s also covered in dirty litter which is kinda gross (again, even with all my washcloth attempts) – hopefully he’ll pick up on the grooming thing soon! He and Oreo love to tussle.
Pudding is the all-black one of the group and very inquisitive. She was the first to play with toys and always the first to climb a new obstacle. She swats at the collars on the dogs’ tags and is always watching them quietly, watching their wagging tails. She’s just as playful and rambunctious as Cookie and Oreo, so the three of them run circles around each other!
Brownie is my favorite – she seems to be the runt of the litter and is all black with a little patch of white on her neck. Whenever I sit down to play with them, she is the first to crawl in my lap and loves to nuzzle between my knees. She is the lowest energy of the three – I’m keeping an eye on her; hopefully she’s not developing something – but still gently plays before she falls asleep, sometimes sitting up! Funnily, she purrs the most rarely of all three, and often it’s when the dogs are near.
Right now they are teeny-tiny – about the size of my hand. If you want to follow their progress, I will be posting videos on this YouTube channel, and in this Facebook album. I’m sure I’ll be sneaking in a few on the Leesia Teh Photography Facebook page too, so come join us there if you haven’t already!
And now, without further ado – here they are!