Animal Interviews: Meet The Half Tail Lynx

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Lynx for letting me interview him and for allowing me the use of his pictures for this article. Please follow his adventures at his facebook page: Angel Opossum and the Half Tail Lynx

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How old are you lynx?

I am an estimated 7 months old ♡

How do did you come to your forever home?

Mom found me in the parking lot at the grocery store. She caught me and brought me home ♡

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite things to do include mousing, attacking helpless catnip toys, lounging, and attacking any cup left on the table unsupervised

Where did you name come from?

My name came from my Half Tail! With my tufted ears and half tail, mom thought Lynx was perfect! Also the new page title ssounds like a Harry Potter book title now

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When did the foster kittens come into the house?

The first foster kitten showed up at the beginning of May. She was maybe a day old? I was very interested in her but she is young and not interested in me. The 5/6 week olds, though, are more my speed. Their mother got hit by a car and when mom pulled over to move the body out of the road, she found the kittens. 3 have found forever homes ♡ The newest additions are maybe 3 weeks? Mom has them contained currently because they have upper respiratory infections and mom wants them to feel better before I introduce them to my minion corps.
Did you check on them to make sure they were okay?

Mom was a little wary of my first encounter with the orphaned babies. She put them in a playpen so I could smell and see, but not touch. She came home to find me STEALING the babies and taking them to my Top Secret Headquarters.

Since I had taken to them so well, mom made them a room where I had full access to teach the wisdom of the elder cats to these motherless ones

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What do you think of them now?

I am extremely pleased with my new minions. I have taught them the stairs, how to get in the garbage, and how to trip an unsuspecting human.
What about the newbies?
Mom does not let me around the newbies ye

Who do you like the most?

My favorite of the minions is Castiel, the little ragdoll colored girl kitten. She is a quick learner and already a manipulater of our humans ♡

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Do they follow you around?

The kittens DO follow me around, they seem to have taken to me quite nicely

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What big plans do you have for yourself and the minions?

Hopefully, down the road my minions and I will be over to take over the house and then…. the world! They shouldn’t take too long to corrupt ♡

Mom thought it was odd that a tom cat was so intrigued by some young and helpless kittens, but she thinks I found my calling.

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Pets that Blog: Tails from the Foster Kittens

Author’s Note: I can’t say how thrilled I am to have gotten a chance to interview Miss Connie from Tails from the Foster Kittens. It’s not a “pet blog” per say, but it’s about pets, cats.. foster kittens and such so I’m letting this squeak by into the Pets that Blog category because it’s not a guest post.. so many many thanks to Miss Connie for letting me interview her and ask a million questions. Please check out her blog – there are some wonderful tips and pictures and misadventures there! For more Pets that Blog interviews, please see the bottom of the interview for the badge. Thank you again Miss Connie and readers. =^..^=


How did you start with fostering?

I actually read something about fostering a few years before the shelter I volunteer with had a fostering program.  I asked about it and they said they wouldn’t do anything like that, I think they were worried about safety.  When the staff turned over and new management came in a fostering program was set up, and I was one of the first people to sign up to bring home kittens.

What are some fostering tips you would like to share?

Know what is expected of you.  If you are working with a shelter or rescue, find out what is covered by them and what you will be expected to provide.  Make sure you know what the emergency contact is for after-hours issues.  I also think it is very important to keep your foster and your resident cats separated. Not everyone does this, and I cringe when they don’t because you cannot protect against everything, and there is no point in putting your own cats at risk

What has been your most rewarding foster?

That is a difficult question.  There was a kitten born at my house that wasn’t even two ounces when he was born, and everyone expected him to die (he didn’t, 12 years later he’s still doing wonderfully) or the kitten that became so anemic that she had to spend a night in an oxygen chamber who also survived.  Finding homes for a few diabetic kitties, finding a home for Odilia the blind kitty, and finding a home for Issac Arnold and Smedly..   just to name a few..

Foster kitten on happy bear
Foster kitten on happy bear

When did you start the blog?

in 2002 a few months after I started fostering.  I ran a blog that was simply a day to day journal of my life, back when blogs were just starting out.  I had ended up swamping it with kitten stuff, so I figured I’d start a separate blog for the kittens..

What has been your favorite post on the blog?

I don’t have one. With nearly 3000 posts, it is kind of hard to pick out one as a favorite.

Has anyone fostered because they read your blog?

My friend Wendy is currently fostering some feral kittens.  I don’t know if it is a direct result of my blog, or if it just added to something she has already wanted to do.

 

If people can’t foster what are other ways to get involved?

Support your local shelter.  If you don’t feel financially stable enough to give money, then donate old towels and blankets.  Go yard sailing for items that are appropriate for shelters to use or to give to pets.  Bake some cookies for the staff or bring them popsicles in the heat of summer.  http://www.kittyblog.net/2013/07/blog-change-july-edition-something.html I just recently read yet another article on the importance of photos to get pets adopted. If you think you can take some nice photos, I am sure the shelter would love for you to stop in and take a few.

The current foster, Miss Charlotte she's working on being more social
The current foster, Miss Charlotte she’s working on being more social

Do you have any foster fails?

Yes.  Yes I do. There were eight in total. All seven of my current crew were once fosters.  I also adopted an eighth that unfortunately did not survive to see his first birthday.  Kodi died of FIP http://www.kittyblog.net/2010/03/crew-history-fip.html

Do the fosters have a special room they are in?

In the beginning I used the spare bedroom to foster in.  When we moved to the house we are in now I continued to use the spare bedroom, but they were very close to our bedroom and sometimes the noise of kittens playing would keep us up.  We had a corner of our basement that just called out to be closed up and made into our foster room.  Since I’ve been doing it for so long it was an investment that has paid off for us. I wish it was a little nicer, not as basement looking, but kittens do not care if they look at rafters, as long as they have a sun puddle to sleep in and a few dozen toys to play with.

Happy Bear is awaiting more kittens
Happy Bear is awaiting more kittens

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your fosters?

People often say to me that they could never foster, because they could never give them up.  Yes, giving them up can be hard (not as hard as you might think if you have four or five kittens at that rambunctious age of getting into EVERYTHING) but to me it is harder to sit back and not do anything, knowing that the need is there, that it is so great, and often without foster homes animals die. The shelter I volunteer with used to put neonatal kittens down upon arrival to the shelter knowing their chances of survival were almost none and that the death awaiting them due to illness was not worth the risk.  I do this not only because I love kittens, but I cannot face a world where I do not try to save them.

Also, I had followed the progress on Gigi, I’m glad she’s better, do you have any tips for people who have a newly diagnosed diabetic cat?

First off, the learning curve for FD is very steep, but it is very short. If you are willing to jump in with both feet, in almost no time you’ll be wondering why you were so afraid of the diagnosis.  There are a lot of resources out there for people with a newly diagnosed kitty.  I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I first got the diagnosis for Emerald. She was nine years old, and I feared her life was over.  Today’s protocols are so dramatically different from what I was told back when she was first diagnosed.  Feeding a low carb food is paramount.  If your vet does not stress that, then you need to look outside your vet for additional help.  You can also test your kitty’s blood sugar levels at home with a $10 glucometer available at your local megamart. You can google home testing of feline diabetes for websites and videos on how to do it. You can stop over at felinediabetes.com for lots of information and check out their message boards for nearly instant help for any question you have, as there are people on there very regularly

Do you have any tips for helping a shy cat?

It is one of my favorite things to do.  My motto is impose, but do not force.  And never let the kitty escape from you when you are holding it.  Do not let it go until all four feet are on the ground.  It may take a few tries for the kitty to stop squirming as you  put it down, but eventually they will catch on, and that is your first step in building trust. http://www.kittyblog.net/2012/11/what-i-know-taming-of-kittens.html

How many cats live with you?

At least seven.  The Crew is made up of seven former fosters. At the moment there are eight cats in my house as I only have one foster Charlotte.  I’ve had up to 23 before.

Can you tell me about them?

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Jack

Jack came to me from my third set of foster kittens.  When I started fostering I promised my husband I wouldn’t keep any of the kittens, but Jack found a way into my heart and soul, that I sobbed when I returned him for adoption. My husband couldn’t stand to see me so upset, that he told me to go adopt him.  I RAN to the shelter the next morning and grabbed him up and brought him home.

Muffin
Muffin

Muffin and Eli came next with their brother Kodi.  Muffin was so full of attitude she floored us both, and Eli was so damaged from round after round of URI we feared that no one would give him a home.

Eli
Eli
Twee
Twee

Twee had a very bad reaction to the sedation when she went to be neutered that she died while on the table. We kept her for a few more weeks while she recovered from that and brought her in again and she again had a reaction, but they were waiting for it and very quickly spayed her and revived her, but as a result she needed a few more weeks recovery, at which point my husband had fallen for her and he went off to the shelter and adopted her.

Kit
Kit

Kit came from a set of fosters born to the house from a mother and daughter set of cats that were pregnant at the same time.  There were ten cats in that one room and it was getting a bit overwhelming as the kittens were ready to go back for adoption.  Unfortunately Kit wasn’t at weight, so we ended up keeping her for a few additional weeks.  She was a very petite little kitten and it took a very long time, at which point she had my husband wrapped around her little paw and once again he went off to the shelter to adopt.

Fleurp
Fleurp

Fleurp.. Another one of those forces to be reckoned with. She called to me from across the room when I stopped by the shelter to pick up some food for the foster kittens I had.  She just sat there, looking miserable because of her bad eye, but yet I still was drawn to her. I needed another foster like I needed a hole in my head, but still I said I needed her.  I needed another cat in my house like I needed two more holes in my head, but I could not refuse.  She is pure happiness and joy and hope.. and I can not refuse her anything.

Skippy
Skippy

Skippy came to me as an abuse case.  Once again he was an only kitten (seeing a trend here?) and he needed a little extra care.  He was a super cuddly even as a kitten, wanting to be cuddled the minute you walked in the room to see him above food and above play.  I got him well and brought him back to the shelter to be adopted, and he was. I warned the couple that he might have health issues, and they were kind of dismissive to what I was saying.  Well he came down with a cold and the couple nearly immediately returned him.  I brought him home to foster him and when he was well I brought him back to be adopted again.  He was at the shelter for a couple of days before he came down with the cold again.  Home again for a few more weeks and back to the shelter we went. He was then at that odd teen age stage that is harder to adopt out, and so he sat there for almost two weeks, when the shelter staff said they would waive the adoption fee if I would just take him home.  So I did.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The more I have gotten into the health care side of pet ownership, the more I’ve learned that what we have told is standard health care is anything but.  It is sad that when I talk about proper food for a cat I am considered fringe or ‘one of those weirdo’s  I question everything from the food we feed, to the vaccines we give.   I also believe fully that we each have to make decisions for our pets that we can live with.  If you choose something I don’t think is ‘right’ I will fully support your decision as long as you made it with some knowledge of both sides of the conversation.


Pictures were used with permission, please visit her blog Tails from the Foster Kittens or visit the Facebook page of the same name – Tails from the Foster Kittens

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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.
(Norma Jean and Mouse (l, r)
->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.