Friday, June 19, 2020

Day 93 - Foster Friday

As a foster parent to kittens, you bear some responsibility for the behaviors orphaned kittens exhibit as adult cats. There are things ingrained in them that require a little nudging on your part. Things like cleaning themselves and litter box use. Then there are those things requiring outright teaching. Maybe not so much teaching, but redirection.

My Simon & Garfunkel foster kittens are hitting the seven week mark and this has definitely been the week of nos and yeses. It's important to make sure they pick up good play habits and not bad ones so a lot of this week was spent redirecting their play time. To help keep them out of trouble, this is the week curtains came down, dishtowels and cords hidden, and tissue boxes and vent covers put away.

Here are a few (sometimes funny) activities this week.

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!

Yes, you can play with the piece of ice I dropped. But next time we'll put it in your water bowl instead.
Sage
Want to watch TV? Yep, go ahead.
Parsley
No, you can't eat my yogurt.
Sage
You also can't get into your bag of food.
Sage
No, you can't chew on my iPad.
Rosemary
But yes, you can play the fishing game.
Thyme
You can also fall asleep on it, if you must.
Rosemary
Sage
You can even cheer for the home team while you're on the iPad. If sports were happening, that is.
Sage
No, you can't come into the bathroom with me. Oops, too late.
Parsley is tiny enough she can squeeze under the door.
And no tissues for you, either.
Rosemary
Please leave my dishtowel alone.
Dang, forgot about the other towel. Guess it'll be a bit before they let me get at this one.
Wrestle in the sunshine without the dishtowel? Go for it!
Steal my vent cover? Nope.
Parsley
Yes, you can sit in the windowsill.
But nope, you can't climb on the screen.
Sage
Climb the wall as you chase your morning shadow? You betcha.
Rosemary the shadow climber with Thyme the basket boy.
No zipper and shoestring biting, missy.
Rosemary
Want to show me your pretty teeth? Sure. But remember, hands aren't for biting.
Parsley
How about a game of tug of war? I'm okay with it.
Sage and Thyme
Sometimes it's a judgement call. Okay to be on the bookshelf? Maybe.
Thyme on the shelf with basket-explorer Parsley
Give your sister some lovin’? Absolutely!
Rosemary and Sage
Sleep peacefully? Well, of course that's okay.
Parsley
Rosemary
Thyme
Rather have me see your eyes? I'll take that, too!
Sage
Set up camp on a lap? Most certainly!
My daily pile-o’-kitties
Another lively week of foster kitties.