Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Feed a Cat For Christmas!!! JOEL S!!!

Great big thank you to JOEL S!  Not only does Joel have a huge philanthropic heart, but he also has a huge talent by making some GREAT grape jellies!  Thank you Joel AND Tammy, for allowing me to savor your cooking - spread on toast, it was most delectable.   Thank you for helping me to also feed the kitties out there!  They sure were hungry this morning.

I had to let Meowie and Margherita back out this morning.  Very hard to do.  Meowie soiled himself in the cage over night.  He never stopped crying.  Its these sweet ones that make this TNR stuff so very hard to do.  If I only had more fosters...

Here's a good update on Sydney and Piper, formerly Joanie!

 "Here's Syd with her big brother Rudy.... He's so good to them both. Syd chases him around the house, it's hysterical!

This pic was taken this afternoon. Look at Piper's around Syd's belly. These guys simply adore each other. You guys did amazing work with them both! I'm so glad we were able to adopt them both. They'd be lost with out each other!"

Thanks to those that adopt two kittens instead of one.  Here are ten reasons to remind us of why adopting two kittens together makes all the sense in the world!

Reason #1: You're saving two lives instead of one.
"If it's kitten season, that's one more kitten that will get a home instead of growing into an adult which will decrease its chance of getting adopted." It is entirely true that kittens are much easier to place than adult cats, and the 15-month-old cat you see in the shelter today is very likely a holdover from last year's crop of kittens. 

Reason #2 :
A kitten left alone during the day can become lonely and bored, which sometimes can lead to mischief. Two kittens will never be lonely, especially if they are siblings. In fact, you'll often find situations in shelters and rescue group adoption where a cage will contain two kittens with a sign, "These kittens may be adopted only as a pair." Shelter volunteers recognize that siblings really need to stay together. And since shelters are often frightening, unfriendly places to small creatures, unrelated cats often form close bonds that should be respected when adoption time comes.

Reason #3 : 
Although it might sound contrary, an older, established cat will probably accept two kittens better than one. One kitten will seek out the older cat as a playmate, or worse, tease and pester the senior cat which can cause stress to an older cat. The kitten in return, will be "rewarded" for his playful efforts with hisses and swats. Two kittens will expend their energy in play with each other, leaving their older "uncle" to relax in peace.

Reason #4 :
Kittens learn by copying. If one kitten is quick to learn appropriate litter box use, the other will be likely to copy. They also help each other with grooming; wash-up after meals soon becomes a ritual with two kittens.

Reason #5 :
Even the most devoted human caregiver can quickly become exhausted by trying to keep up with the energy of a single kitten. Two kittens will wear each other out, leaving their human parent free to just enjoy watching them. The downside to this, of course,  "...but of course, sometimes you have double trouble, too !"

Reason #6 :
Many people who experience behavior problems with kittens find that some of them go away when they adopt another playmate. What may be perceived as mischief is often just the result of boredom. Much like their human counterparts, kittens sometimes misbehave because "negative attention is better than no attention."

Reason #7 :
"If one kitten is finicky about food, the belligerence is often overcome by curiosity at what its sibling is eating. (Feed one cat Same Old, the other cat New Stuff, and they both end up tasting the new stuff.)"

Reason #8 :
Kittens will often play so hard that they simply flop where they are, and more likely than not, they will flop next to (or on top of) each other. There is no sight so endearing as two kittens curled up together for a nap. Their peaceful innocence can soften the heart of even the grumpiest curmudgeon, and the sight of that blissful moment will wash clean the slate of their previous misdoings.

Reason #9 :
"And of course, they're just so much darn fun to watch!" Having lived through (and survived nicely) the joy of adopting and raising two kittens, I can personally attest to the downright fun of having two kittens.

Reason #10 :
Two kittens who grow up together will almost always be lifelong friends. Although they will sometimes have their little squabbles (what friends don't?) you will more often see them engaging in mutual grooming, playing together, and sleeping with their best pal.If you are considering adopting a kitten, think about your best friend and consider whether you would deprive your kitten of the enrichment a friend brings to life.

Have a great day!

"They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which created us…  It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being."

1 comment:

  1. Those two babies are just the cutest! So glad they were adopted together and now even have a big brother to annoy. Ha!