Friday, June 5, 2020

Day 79 - Foster Kitten Friday

TGIFF! (Thank goodness it's Foster Friday!)

My Simon & Garfunkel kitties (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme) are now hitting five weeks old and things are changing. First up, they are no longer bottle babies. So exciting! They've also finished up with their gruel stage and are completely on canned food. They even are doing well with the newly introduced canned food/dry food combo. They are growing fast and are beginning to eat, pee, and poop me out of house and home. Four kitties eating like like crazy have required multiple replenishments of food and litter. (Another reason I like working with Simply Cats - they supply everything for free! Just a quick email to them asking for more supplies and I can pick up the food, litter, or whatever, the next day.)

This week the kitties have also found playing and running and jumping and climbing are fun activities. These little ones never stop. Couch to floor to windowsill to bookshelf to chair to scratching post and back again.
Sometimes I think they are playing
Follow the Leader.
Toys have become important, too. They have a favorite one they fight over and drag around the living room.
Sage has it now, but looks like Thyme is gunning for it.
Yep, Thyme got it all to himself for a short moment.
It's Rosemary's now.

But what about Parsley? When is it her turn? She does play with it sometimes, but not much. At least not yet. When she came here a couple weeks back she was the smallest by far at about 9 ounces. We've worked hard at putting weight on her and she finally hit the one pound mark early this week (yay!) but she's still smaller than the rest. She prefers watching the others play instead of playing herself. Her participation has been increasing and she will even take a swat at one of them and then try and run off. Like kitties when they first start to play, she is still running a bit sideways.

Parsley was also the last off the bottle, the last off the gruel, and the last one ready to eat canned food. Even now, while the others eat nice and neatly, Parsley is messy. With a capital M.

Want to help contribute to the work I do with foster kittens? I have an Amazon wish list right here. These are the things I use again and again, year after year. With daily laundry and frequent cleaning, items have to be replaced often. I’d love anything you’d be willing to send my way!

Looks like a regular kitty eating from a bowl, right?
Look closer to see what she does with her paws. IN THE BOWL.
Try and take her paws out of the bowl and here's what you get. Someone giving you a glaring look and sticking out her tongue.
What about if you take the bowl away instead? You get the pouty look.
Might as well let her finish her messy eating because then you'll get a happy camper ready to clean her own face. (Well, not exactly. She still requires additional face/paws/body-cleaning support from Foster Mama.)
Welcome to my adorable kitten world.