Pets that Blog: Meet Random Felines

Author’s Note: I met the wonderful woman (Jeanne Kudich) behind Random Felines at Barkworld last month and below is the email interview I did with her. What a pleasure to catch up with her again and pester her with questions about her blog, fostering and adopting. Thank you so much Jeanne! Pictures were used with permission. 


 

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How did you get inspired to blog?
I wanted a “journal” of sorts to keep track of the cats. I was fostering as well and it made for a good way to keep memories of the kittens.

What has been your favorite post(s) so far?
There have been so many….I think for me it is about having an impact on others. I posted about how hard fostering can be, how applications work for rescues, and probably announcing when my special needs foster Bourbon was adopted.

 

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What have you learned since you started your blog?
About blogging? That I know just enough to keep from blowing up my computer. 🙂 Seriously though, becoming part of a community has been a wonderful thing. I kind of stumbled into it and then discovered there are so many more bloggers out there. The opportunity to share things back and forth and support each other is the best thing.

What advice do you have to other pet bloggers?
Find a voice and go with it. I started out talking as “myself” and eventually changed over to a group cat voice. I didn’t want to pick one cat to be the voice of the blog – what happens when that cat passes away? Though there are times when one cat will take over for a day. And I will post as myself if it is something that the cats wouldn’t talk about or is personal. Skip the “cat speak” – it is just too hard to read and I think it turns people off. And talk about something you love. You don’t have to post every day, but be consistent.

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How many pictures do you take on average to get a “perfect” picture for your blog?
I don’t know if I have ever gotten the perfect picture. 🙂 That would be the one thing I would like to improve but I think it would require an upgrade to a much better camera and that isn’t in the budget right now. I will say that like most bloggers, I take WAY more than I actually use. For me it is about catching the cats and kittens doing natural things. And sometimes I get lucky and get a really great shot (or video).

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How did you get started fostering?
It was totally by accident. A pair of adult male cats came into the humane society where I was volunteering at the time. It’s a long complicated story (http://www.random-felines.com/2009/11/tim-tom.html ) but the short version is they needed a foster home and I suggested our special adoptables program. I showed up to a meeting and my friend in charge of the program said “sign here you can pick them up Saturday”. It went smoothly and that spring I got an email asking for kitten fosters since they needed help. I took my first litter of kittens, it worked out well with my cats and that was it.

What has been the most reward thing about fostering?
Seeing sick kittens get better and seeing some special needs kittens get homes. (http://www.random-felines.com/2013/01/bourbon-and-moonshine.html) And of course getting kittens and their moms adopted.

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What is the hardest thing about fostering?
Some people say sending them back to the rescue to be adopted out. And while that can be harder with some kittens than others, for me it is taking kittens into my home and then having them get sick and die. That loss is heartbreaking every time. And it never gets easier….I know that it happens but after putting so much love and work into these kittens, it is just so hard.

What should people know about fostering that they may not think about?
You can’t keep them all. Know your limits. Ask questions. Know what the rescue expects of you when it comes supplies, time commitment, adoption events, and emergency contacts. Keep in mind too that you don’t need a huge space. A separate bedroom or bathroom is fine. I like using my bathroom since the floor is tile and easy to clean (and I can joke that I haven’t showered alone in several years).

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What supplies do you recommend people to have to get them started fostering?
Most rescues will have food and litter available. Since our rescue is small, I just buy my own (keep track of your expenses – if you volunteer for a 501(c)3, your expenses may be tax deductible). You will need a separate space for kittens and cats to adjust (if your rescue allows your to co-mingle your fosters with your resident animals – some do, some don’t). Bowls, litter box, toys, and towels/blankets. Especially with kittens – you are going to be doing laundry. I also have a couple of pens I can set up for restricted play time and finally bought a cat tower.

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Do you have any tips to share about fostering that my help others?
Start slow (small litter of kittens that only need a couple of weeks to gain weight). Again – ask questions. See what system the rescue you are with has in place. Talk to other fosters with the rescue and other fosters online – we are all happy to answer questions. Be aware that while it is fun to have kittens, it IS work and requires a time commitment. And it isn’t all fun and games all of the time. It can be hard…but it is rewarding no matter what.

Who was your first foster?
Technically it was Tim and Tom who are now permanent residents. My first litter of foster kittens was a group of 3 that I took in that needed a couple of weeks to get big enough for surgery.

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Is there anything else you would like to add that I may have missed?
Be prepared to fall in love. But again, know your limits. I tell people that most of my fosters aren’t screwed up enough to stay. 🙂 Know that there are no dumb questions – we have all been there from time to time. Have a good resource that you can go to….I’m lucky that several friends within the rescue also foster plus I have met some great online friends who foster as well.


 

To follow the adventures of the permanent and temporary felines, visit: Random Felines or check them out on Facebook they are also on Instagram & Twitter and most importantly they are on YouTube because cat videos the best way to waste time. 🙂

 

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Meet the Herd of Cat~tle

Meet the Herd of Cat~tle

Who is a part of the Herd?

We are Sadie Mae, Doodle, Spot, Odin & Petey.

Where the name ‘Herd of Cat~tle’ come from?

The name A Herd of Cat~tle came about when I, Sadie Mae, had my first litter of kittens. As Mew can see, I hab da cow spots and dere were 2 tuxedos, 2 all black and 2 torties (most also had cow colors) When they started exploring the house Meowmy hung a sign on da front door dat said ” Purrlease be watch the door and watch your step there is a tiny Herd of Cat~tle running around inside”. The sign was also used for the other 2 litters..

Where did your names come from?

Meowmy and Papa grew up in Amish country, they are known for farming and habing deir cows. So, Meowmy gabe me my name, Sadie Mae, because I look like a cow and it is a popular female Amish name.
Doodle was named by our oldest nonfur bro. Meowmy added da Bugger part because he was such a little bugger as a kitten.
Spot was named by Papa. He is a die~hard Star Trek fan and on Da Next Generation da android Data had a cat named Spot. She also has one black spot on one front paw and an orange spot on the other.
Petey’s name is actually Petetep James. Our oldest nonfur sister named him after a guy in da band Fall Out Boy, Petetep is “Pete” spelled forward and backward but Meowmy calls him P.I.T.A. Petey, it stands for Pain In the a….., but it’s meant in love! <3
Odin James is a sad story. He was named after the God Odin who sacrificed himself to only come back later. Meowmy had found homes for all ob da first litter. The one home was a girl who then had her boyfriend move in. Long horrible story short, he killed the cat she had adopted. He was all black and his name was Jed. When Odin was born in what was my final litter, Meowmy knew it was her sweet Jed come back to her and knew he would stay wif her furever. She still leaks about it even though it was so long ago.

May I ask your ages?

Sadie Mae was born March 16, 2004, she is 8.

Doodle Bugger & Spot were born on May 18, 2005, they are 7
Odin James & Petey James were born May 16, 2007, they are 5

How did each of your come to be a part of the herd?

I was born under Papa’s Papa’s house and Meowmy’s nonfur kittens knew dat she lubbed cows and kittehs so when dey saw her dey got her as a birfday purresent for her big 3-0! Alot ob da cats dat libed dere weren’t healthy or happy and none eber libed bery long. I was sooooo lucky dey saved me!! As for the other 4, dey are all MY kittens. Dem same kids dat picked me out also had a habit of holding da door and I would escape. Finally I got “spayed”.

Do you herd the humans around?

I’ll take dis one Mama, Petey here,We all take turns leading them to da door or da bafroom and believe me, if dat clock hits 5am and we don’t hab our nomz…. well lets just say we ALL let dem know about it!!!

Odin, you seem to be the outspoken one.. are you the leader of the group? If not, who is?

I hab actually just obercome being shy and hab recently found my voice. I am definitely not the leader. Doodle is the Alpha Male and usually rules the group BUT if Mama Sadie isn’t happy, NOBODY is happy and she will gladly smack us back into line!!! She’s got one mean smack too!!

Does anyone require any special care like extra snuggles or medicines they have to take?

None ob us take any medicines and we all have our little quirks about needing snuggles. Doodle MUST be the center of all affections, if someone else is getting attention, he better be too!
Odin will chew the hair off of his belly if Meowmy and Papa go away for more than 2 nights even when dey hab someone stay wif us da whole time. He’s Papa’s boy!
*I* Petey, am very vocal about wanting attention and will let out a long meooooooooow when I want attention.
Spot likes to headbutt legs until people fink she’s gonna break dem, MOL.
Sadie will rub her head on your face or headbonk people on da mouth until she gets enough kissies to be satisfied.

Anything else you want to share about the group?

We each do our own “tricks”
Sadie waves Hi when you walk into a room or when mew first see her after walking into a room, and mew BETTER say Hi back!
Doodle does forward rolls and says “Mom”
Spot plays fetch with pull caps from 1/2 gallon of milk
Odin gives hugs and massages
*I* Petey ask permission before jumping onto someone’s lap
We always like to let our furriends know how we feel about dem and We Lub Mew ALL!!!!
Rules of the Herd Home:
1. no meal or drink is complete without cat hair.
2. NOBODY, tenants or visitors may use the bathroom without at least one kitteh escorting you.
3. If you think you are sleeping past 5am, you have another thing coming!
4. The door will be answered with a kitteh escort as well.
5. There WILL be belly rubs, chin scratches and kissies whenever we see fit
6. No outfit is complete without cat hair.
7. If a dresser drawer is left open, we will sleep in it.
8.we can add mew rules when ever we feel like it.
Author’s Note: Pictures were used with permission, you can visit and say hi to the Herd on their facebook page.  Many thanks to their mom for helping with the questions

Meet Dash Allen

Meet Dash Allen

How old are you Dash?

 I am 2 1/2 years old.

Where did your name come from?

When mommy got my name cause mommy warmed me up on the dashboard heater of her car

How did you come into your mom’s life?

 My mommy was a stay cat. She gave birth to me and my brother on May 8th. 2010. It was very cold outside and my mommy kitty was not staying with us or feeding us. My human mommy got a rescue call to come and save use. When mommy got there my brother had already passed on to rainbow bridge. I was limp and cold. Mommy tried warming me up in a towel. If was not working and the people had no heating pad. Mommy went and started her car and put me on the dashboard heater of her car with the towel over me. In a couple of minutes, I started lifting my head. Mommy was so excited. When I was stable, mommy headed home with me. She brought my mommy cat home with us too. My mommy & boy bottle fed me for two days until my mommy cat was settled down enough to feed me.

I heard you have 13 siblings… is that true?

 Yes, I have 13 sisters and my mommy cat that live with me.
->Ginger is 10 yrs. old. She was rescued as a very sick kitten. She is a beautiful ragdoll.
->Next is Sugar, she is 9 years old. She was rescue from a free kitten sign.She is all white.
->Then KitKat. She is nice years old. Someone gave away in kittens in front of a store and left her behind. She is a tuxedo.
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->Then Norma Jean & Mouse. They are 7 years old. They were mommy’s first to fosters. She fell in love with them and adopted them herself. Norma Jean is a gray & white tabby. Mouse is a tuxedo.
->Next is Foxy Lou. She is 7 years old. She was being fostered by another person that did not like Foxy and was going to have her put down. The lady a head of the rescued asked mommy if she would foster foxy. Mommy did. Foxy got adopted out is a bad foster home and came back. She was so scarred when she came back that mommy adopted her.
->Next is Callie & Gracie. They are sisters and they are 6 years old. Callie is a calico & Gracie a gray & white tabby (both are long haired. Mommy want to keep Gracie and adopt Callie out. Every time some one looked at Callie, she went to the back of the cage and hissed at them. Callie was determined she was staying and she did. She only likes my mommy.
->Next is my mommy kitty. Her name is Ralphina. She is 3 1/2 years old. She stayed in the litter box in her cage for almost 2 years. She has just started coming around.
->Then Princess .She is 3 1/2. She was put in a foster home that was using the kitties as target practice. She as put into our home so mommy and my boy could work with her. After two years she is still semi feral. She has her own bedroom and she is very happy in there as long as no one bothers her. Princess is a Russian Blue.
->Then there is Angel, she is 1 1/2 yrs old. She was rescued from death row. * days after her rescue she came down very ill. The rescue that we were with at that time wanted to have her put down, Mommy said no and raised the money to treat her. Angel is now doing well and shares a bedroom with Princess. She is a gray tiger.
->Sabrina is 2 1/2 yrs. She was rescued from a feral colony at about 10 weeks old. One of her hind legs was broken in 4 places. She limps, but can run fast. One night Sabrina had a medical problem and almost died. Mommy was trained in how to save her. After that mommy felt Sabrina was safer her with us. Sabrina has long black furs.
->And then there is Skylar. Skylar is 1 1/2 years old. All 5 of her brothers got adopted and Skylar didn’t. Skylar was a bottle fed baby and loved people. Skylar is now a therapy cat
–> Missy May is 8 years old. She was found as a stray. We had he up for adoption, but she was so mean that do one wanted her. We kept her and after 5 years she is now getting a long with the other cats well enough to be trusted alone with them.

You and your furfamily have been in a lot of contests, was there any training involved ?

Yes, us kitties enter lots of contest to help win food, litter, toys and money to help out with the foster home. No training for the contests. Just lots of sharing. We have been bad talked by some because we win a lot of contests. Contests are open for all to enter.

Is there any contest that your or your furfamily is the most proud of?

 The contest I am most proud of is the year supply of kitty litter that I won to help supply the foster home. Sabrina was won a contest for “Bright Animal” and won Most Popular pet of 2012.

Do you think you’re going to follow in Skylar’s pawsteps and be a therapy cat?

 No, I will not follow in Skylar’s paw steps as a therapy cat. I don’t like going to strange place and I don’t know how Skylar does it. She can go into nursing homes and be right at home. I guess that is why mommy made her be the therapy cat. Skylar was born to be a therapy cat I think. She is just so good at it and the people in the nursing homes just love her.

I see your mommy does fostering what do you think about all the strange kittens/cats in the house?

 The foster babies are okay. Most at bottle babies. I don’t do much with them until they are running around the house. Then I follow them around to make sure they are okay. Mommy has been a foster mom for over 9 years and has fostered over 350 kitties in that time.

ostering Information:

(taken from: http://www.foundanimals.org/pet-adoption/kitten-foster-faq)

What Does it Mean to Foster an Animal?

Fostering means that you will be volunteering to take an animal (or animals) into your home and take care of them until there is room for them in the shelter or rescue you are fostering for, or until the animals are old enough to be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption.

What Kind of Animals Can I Foster?

Many animal shelters and rescue groups have a foster program and they are structured differently according to the individual organization. If you are interested in animal fostering, you can choose the group that is a perfect fit for you. You can foster dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and even horses.

How Long Do I Have to Keep the Fosters?

The length of time you will have your foster depends on the animal and the situation. Let your foster contact know how much time you feel comfortable committing to fostering, whether it is 2 weeks, 6 weeks or open ended. They will work to match you with the right animal within your time range.

Do I Have to Pay for Supplies Myself?

When you foster, you are not expected to pay for basic supplies like food, litter, medicine or vet care out of your own pocket. Supplies are usually provided by the animal shelter or rescue. Most likely you will just need to go pick up the supplies. Discuss these specifics before you foster with a certain group or rescue.

What do I Have to Provide?

You should provide care and a safe space for the animal. You should provide playtime, socialization, a soft bed, love and fresh water.

Is it ok if I Have Other Pets?

Let your foster contact know what other pets you have. In many cases having other pets is a plus. Orphaned kittens with no siblings are missing out on important lessons learned during playtime, like bite inhibition. Socialization when they are babies helps them become a better pet and more likely to be adopted. Kittens familiar with dogs and vice versa will be easier to adopt into a multi-pet home.

What if I Have a Problem or Emergency?

Your foster program contact should be available via cellphone to help you whenever you need it. Discuss this before you foster with a certain group or rescue.

What if it’s Not Working Out?

Your foster program leader will do their best to match you with the right foster depending on your home situation. Whether you have children, other pets, etc. By fostering an animal you are not locked into a situation if it’s stressful for you and the animals. Fostering should be a great experience for everyone! Discuss this before you foster with a certain group or rescue. They should be willing to take the animal back immediately if needed.

What are the Benefits of Fostering?
You are saving a life.
You are volunteering (which is good for the soul) without having to leave your home and other pets.
Fostering allows you to “test the waters” if you plan on adopting a pet yourself.
Fostering helps socialize your own pets.
Fostering is a way for your children to “experience the miracle of life” without adding to the pet overpopulation problem.
By fostering you are supporting your community and making new friends and positive changes within your community.
Fostering helps you learn about animals, animal behavior, animal care and different animal personalities.

(taken from : http://www.maddiesfund.org/Maddies_Institute/Articles/Fostering_Kittens.html)

What Fostering Involves

As a foster parent, you will be responsible for feeding, cleaning, socializing, and cuddling your kittens. In some cases, you may need to bottle feed, give medications or take the kittens to the veterinarian. Some groups provide you with cat food and litter, while others require foster parents to provide these necessities.

In terms of space, you don’t need much. A laundry room, bathroom, or extra bedroom is helpful, but a cage set up in the corner of your bedroom or den can work just fine. Depending on how old the kittens are, you’ll be caring for them for one to eight weeks.

Finally, unless you adopt them, you must be prepared to let your foster kittens go. It can be sad to say goodbye, but remember, you have given them a great start on life. Thanks to you, they will have a loving, permanent home with some very lucky adopters.

Fostering Options

A mom cat with kittens. This is actually one of the easiest fostering situations since mom does most of the work. You’ll need a room or large cage along with a nesting area-part of the cage, a closet, large dog carrier, or a box on its side with a blanket draped over the front. Mom will need a litterbox.
The mother cat will feed, clean, and socialize the kittens. You will feed mom, clean her litterbox and bedding, handle the kittens, and monitor everyone’s health.
Bottle feeders (or bottle babies). These are kittens under four weeks old who need to be bottle fed every 2-6 hours depending on how old they are. Since these kittens don’t have a mom, you will also have to help them go to the bathroom, keep them clean, wean them, and train them to use a litterbox.
You’ll need a warm, safe area in which to confine bottle babies, preferably a cage or large carrier. Some foster parents even convert an extra bathtub into a kitten area. Because warmth is so important, kittens should have access to a towel-covered heating pad, set on low. They must have enough space to be able to crawl off the heating pad if it gets too warm. If you are fostering a single kitten, provide a stuffed animal or something fuzzy for the kitten to cuddle.
Self-feeding kittens. Kittens 4-8 weeks old can already eat on their own and use the litterbox, but need TLC until they are old enough to be adopted. You’ll feed them, clean them, play with them, monitor their health, and clean their litterbox. It is best to keep them in a confined area such as a small, kitten-proofed room, or a large cage.
Feral kittens. These are kittens, usually 4-8 weeks old, who have grown up with little or no human contact. In addition to the care described above, they also need more intensive socialization to help them become comfortable around people.
Setting Up

To kitten-proof a room, remove anything that might fall on a kitten – even a book can cause serious injury. Remember that kittens can climb into tiny holes and crevices and get stuck. Bathrooms seem to be especially easy to kitten-proof, and they are easy to clean.
Regular litterboxes are too big for young kittens. Start out with small Tupperware-type containers or shoebox lids. As the kittens grow, so can the litterbox.
Some foster parents get permission to bring very young bottle babies to work with them. Kittens sleep much of the time and can stay in a small carrier under your desk.
Health and Safety Basics

Monitoring your charges’ health is extremely important – sick kittens must be treated quickly. Keep tabs on the following:

Kittens should be alert and warm to the touch. Chilling is a risk mainly during the first four weeks of life. If the kittens are cold and listless, they must be warmed up immediately. Do not attempt to feed chilled kittens. Place the kittens in a box or pet carrier with a heating pad (placed in a pillowcase then wrapped in a towel) set on low inside the box. Be sure the heating pad covers only half of the bottom of the box–the kittens must be able to move off the heating pad if it becomes too warm.
If you notice fleas, you should flea comb the kitten as soon as possible. Do not use insecticides or any other flea products. Kittens can also be bathed with warm water and a very gentle soap. Do not wet the head. Dry the kitten immediately with a towel, then with a blow dryer set on low/warm (not hot, not cold).
Diarrhea and upper respiratory infection (watery eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing – similar to a human cold) are serious and should be immediately treated by a veterinarian.
Keeping the kittens clean helps to maintain their health. Wash bedding and food and water dishes daily. After they eat or use the litterbox, clean dirty kittens with warm, damp towels and dry them well. Wash your hands before and after feeding and handling kittens.
Don’t wear shoes around the kittens, and be especially careful when walking around. They move quickly and it’s all too easy to step on them.
Never give cow’s milk to kittens. Since they cannot digest it properly, it can make them sick.
Don’t let bottle babies nurse on their siblings – this can cause serious injury.
Keep foster animals separate from your own pets.
Kitten Timeline

Newborn (or neonatal): Eyes are closed, ears are flat to the head, fur is thin and skin looks pink.
Ten days old: Eyes begin to open.
Three weeks old: Ears stand up, teeth are visible, and kittens begin to walk – wobbly at first!
Four weeks old: Kittens begin eating regular cat food and using the litterbox. They also begin to pounce and leap.
Eight weeks old: Healthy kittens will weigh approximately two pounds, and are ready for spay/neuter and adoption.

(Taken from http://cats.about.com/od/kittencare/a/beforeyoufosterkittens.htm)

Factors to Consider Before Taking on Kitten Fostering

The decision to foster kittens is a serious one which will affect your entire household, and should not be undertaken unless you can answer the following questions to your satisfaction. You will likely be asked similar questions if you volunteer for a cat rescue group, so it will be a good rehearsal.

Can I afford the costs involved in fostering kittens?


Unless you work with a cat rescue organization which supplies the necessities, you’ll likely have the cost of all the accoutrements which go along with kittens: bottles & formula, kitten food, litter boxes, a bed and/or a containing pen, scratching post, and toys. You may also have to pay for their “kitten shots” and spay/neutering.

Am I prepared physically and emotionally?
First, you should have enough room in your home for an active litter of kittens to be comfortable, yet safe. You need to have the physical stamina to tend to their physical needs, which may include bottle-feeding newborns around the clock.
Finally, although kittens can provide fun and joy, they also bring with them hard work and sometimes sorrow. Kittens do die sometimes, through no fault of your own. Also, the time will come when the kittens will be ready for new homes, and you’ll have to say goodbye.

Are there other pets in your home?

Only you know how well your pets accept new animals to your household. For that reason, it is always a good practice to keep the litter of kittens, along with the mother cat (if she came with the package) in a safe room until the time comes for integration. Your own common sense should guide you, particularly with big dogs who are unaccustomed to kittens, and may consider them “toys” or prey. If you have any doubts at all about your current pets, it may be better to consider volunteering at a shelter or rescue group’s “adoption day” events.

Is my family on-board with my Fostering Kittens?


Taking care of a litter of cats will consume much of your at-home time. It could cause a conflict with your partner unless he or she is as enthusiastic about the prospect as you are. Most children are pretty happy at the idea of having kittens in the house, and older children can help with their care and socialization. However, unless your child is exceptionally mature, young kittens should not be exposed to children under the age of three.
If you have passed these self-directed questions, you can start preparing yourself for a rewarding new venture in making a difference in the lives of cats.

Links:

This is the Amazon wishlist to help the foster cats- http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/35H2ME458B5B1/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ws_5yOYqb1C181JS

Dash Allen’s Page-https://www.facebook.com/mydash10

Miss Sabrina’s Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sabrina/

Dash’s Disco (his facebook party page) –https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dashs-Disco/

Skylar’s Page- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skylar-the-therapy-cat/417168354971011

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Dash for taking the time to do the interview and letting me borrow pictures for the article and providing me with lots of information about the family, whew, what a huge family. =^..^=

Meet The Purrtectors of the Dragonhold

Meet the Purrtectors of the Dragonhold

How many purrtectors of DragonHold are there?

There are presently 13 Purrtectors of DragonHold.

1. Bunny- A greybie who was born with a leg twisted backwards and an autoimmune disease. The leg was amputated and she has lost almost all her teeth from the disease.
2. Tiki- Was wild when found. I trapped and tamed her and she is a love. She is a bobtail.
3. Rowen- She was in a petting zoo at a Ren Fair on a really hot day. I begged the owner to give her to me cause she was dehydrated. I finally paid him $40.00 to get her, rushed her to the vet and they managed to save her. She is also a bobtail.
4. Moaning Myrtle- Myrt was about 2 weeks old when I got her as a foster. She was a bottle baby. My room mate fell in love with her so she became his Christmas present.
5. Gunnery Sgt. Pepper- Gunny was also wild. I trapped him and tamed him. We think he is related to Tiki but from a later litter.
6. Sassafras- Sassy was found under a cafe at about 6 weeks old. She was another foster that we couldn’t part with.
7. Bandit-  She was found in the middle of the road covered in fleas and starving. The vet thinks she has some genetic issues. She is a year old now and the 5 month old kittens are bigger then her.
8. Beavis- He and his brother were dumped up the road. Unfortunately his brother didn’t make it but he is thriving. He is a bobtail.
9. Big Boy- He was a feral cat living behind the pizza hut. It took me 6 months to get him tame enough to throw him in my car and bring him home. He is a barn cat and follows me all over the farm. He is the only outside cat and the only one not neutered.
10 & 11- Willie Wonka and Billy Bad Azz – Brothers found on the road. They were fosters but I don’t think we can let them go. Billy is a bobtail.
12 & 13- Hannible and Garfield – There were 3 of them but I placed 1 in Ohio. They are supposed to be fosters too but I don’t think they are leaving either. They are siamese bobtails.

How did they come to live at DragonHold?

All of them are rescues. Some were fosters that never left.

How did you come to start rescuing animals?

I have been rescuing animals all my life. I own a horse rescue and volunteer with a cat rescue.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to do more to help animals in need?

If you can’t donate money, donate time with your local shelter.

Do the purrtectors receive any fan mail/presents, if so where?

Our address is  1346 Garner Hollow Rd. Pulaski, TN 38478

Are you currently fostering any kittens? If so what do the others think of the visitors?

I was fostering 5 kittens. One has been placed in Ohio. The other 4 will probably stay here. Some of the other cats like them and some don’t but nobody hurts anyone.

And how you ended up with 13?

I never planned on 13 lol. It just happened.

When did you get started with the first purrtector?

Bunny is the first. 2005

Where did the name Purrtectors of the Dragonhold come from?

DragonHold is the name of my farm. I raise English Shire Draft horses and also own and run a horse rescue.

Are there any fights that break out?

Yes, we do have squabbles but no one ever gets hurt.

Are there any that are inside/outside or does everyone stay inside?

All except Big Boy are inside cats. Big Boy stays outside since he is still very feral.

Do they all eat kibble or do they get some human food?

The kittens are on kitten food and the others eat dry food. Bunny gets a special diet of canned food blended with water ( like soup ) since she only has 1 tooth left. They all love people food but we don’t give them much. They do get treats every morning when I get coffee.

Are there any stand out leaders of the group?

Bunny, Tiki and Rowan are the leaders.

Do they have a special place where they like to hang out?

My bed is the favorite spot.
sorry for all the questions, but I like to get a glimpse into how things run in the house with that many cats.. 🙂 Things run well with the 8. The kittens are starting to learn where they fit in. They still sleep in a big double cage since they haven’t started using the big cats litter boxes. Once they all do that they will no longer be caged at night.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ThePurrtectorsOfDragonHold
 
Author’s Note:
I wanted to thank the guardian to all the purrtectors of the Dragonhold for sharing a bit about them and herself. Good luck on the fosters.