Monday, October 16, 2017

Mancat Monday

Mancats are super silly!
Harrison has been acting like a silly kitten since Rusty has been here.

Checking out the trash drawer...not sure what is so fascinating in there...

Decided he should just jump on in there!  Thank goodness it wasn't full of gross trash, just some papers :)

Now how are you going to get out?  Did you find what you were looking for?

Such a silly goof!  Have your cats been acting silly lately?  I think mine are enjoying the cooler temps too.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

It's Official - Rusty Blaine is a member of the Four Crazy Cats!

He had his neuter yesterday, so I could finally adopt him.  Welcome to the family little one!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Mancat Monday

The boys have had a good week...trying to make sure everyone gets the attention they need!
Rusty and Regina will be going to have their surgeries this week and Regina will be staying at the shelter.  Fingers crossed she gets adopted quickly.  She is a sweet girl.  I feel bad that she won't have a friend to help her feel comfortable in the shelter since Rusty won't be there.  I'm sure she will make friends with the other kittens though.

Harrison is trying his best to get the kittens to play with him!  He has been talking and chirping more.

Oliver has now been with me for 4 years.  He isn't too fond of the babies, but it takes him longer than anyone to adjust to new things.  He is starting to play more and talk.  He is my sensitive diva!

Rusty and Regina don't mind playing and having fun!  Rusty weighs 3 pounds now and Regina is just a couple of ounces behind. They seem to be growing by the day, getting taller and longer.  Slow down and stay babies as long as you can!!

Definitely a favorite toy!

Harrison acts hungry all the time these days.  Here he has stolen some kale from Aunties salad and is chowing down.  I don't think he is losing weight, but I need to double check the weight chart.

Rusty loves to eat too, and is trying to see what Harrison has.  He wasn't too impressed with this choice of snack!

Poor Flynn missed out on getting his picture taken this week, but he is doing well.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Mancat Monday

The mancats are all feeling better and back to their playful ways.
Catnip is always a nice treat...
 While they all love this treat, Flynn gets the craziest over his nip!

(Harrison is under the bench, Oliver in the middle, and Flynn stretched out in the floor)

Rusty isn't into nip yet, but has discovered the crinkle balls... 
He still plays and sleeps hard...love all the white he has on him...only orange on the top!

So thankful to have a healthy household once again.  Rusty should be able to go next week for his neuter and adoption!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Foster Friday

Our house is a bit quieter right now...
These four babies went back to the shelter on Tuesday to have their surgeries and go to the adoption floor.  It was hard to see them go because they are such a snuggly group.  It was a purr fest in the carrier while we waited! 
Regina and Rusty stayed behind because they are getting over their colds.  They have to wait two weeks from the end of symptoms before going in for surgery.  They are both improved and ate like pigs last night! 
Rusty came to get a snuggle and sleep off his food coma!  He is a sweet boy and will be joining the panthers once he has his surgery.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mancat Monday

The mancats are starting to feel better.
Oliver has been out and about since early last week.  He was able to stop taking his medicine on Thursday.  He still flicks his head some, so I wonder if there are a few remaining ulcers but he is eating well and not hiding, so I think he is fine.

Foster kitten Charlie's necropsy results came back showing Panleukopenia.  The vet feels this is what the boys have at the moment too, but since they have been vaccinated they will be fine, but still have to feel bad for a while as they fight off the virus.

I've been doing a lot of reading on panleuk and while most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and not eating, there are others like congestion, ulcers, sneezing and symptoms like an upper respiratory infection.  Thankfully, my crew is continuing to eat pretty well.

Rusty is starting to act like one of the big cats too.  Oliver isn't sure what to think about him trying to get his night snack!  

The kittens have had the worst time with the panleuk.  Rusty has been super congested but still eating.  From what I have read and the vet has said, there are different strains of the virus, like the flu.  Some are very deadly and others not so much.  Although we have lost two kittens, it seems that the rest are either not coming down with it, or are fighting it off.  Rusty is improving daily, but now Regina has it.  Hoping she will be like Rusty and feeling better in about three days.

Harrison is hard to see, but look for the eyes in the cat ball.  This  ball/bed is Oliver's birthday present, but so far, Harrison has claimed it!

Flynn spent yesterday hiding and last night sneezing...so I think he is coming down with something again.  He is still eating so I will just continue to monitor him.

Fingers crossed that by next week we will all be at 100%!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Oliver!


Happy Birthday to you Oliver.  You bring such joy to my life and I love your quirky personality.  I never know what to expect with you!  I am so glad you are part of the family.  Now you are the oldest and have a big role to play as big brother.  I know you are up to the challenge!

Purrs and Hugs to my favorite 4 year old!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Travels

On our last day we traveled back to Nairobi and visited one of the maternity homes of the Mercy House.  They have two homes in undisclosed locations so I don't have but one photo.  The girls need to remain protected.
Mercy House rescues girls from the slums around Kenya that are pregnant and gives them a chance for transformation and healing.  The bedrooms are super cute and practical as each mother has a crib above her bed for the baby.  There are four girls and babies to a room.

We had an amazing time of worship with the girls as they sang and gave praise to our Lord.  These girls show us that God still works miracles and is a loving God.

All too soon, it was time to be heading to the airport for two long flights home.  We certainly had a lot to think about and process.
Our plane in London getting ready to take us home!  This flight was practically empty so Auntie moved to her own row and I had mine!  We loved all the extra space and attention by the attendants!

Well, that sums up our trip.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing a different part of the world.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mancat Monday

The panthers are all sick at the moment with colds and various things.  They are just lying around the house or hiding.  It is quite pitiful!
Flynn and Harrison resting by the "fire" trying to stay warm :)  They both have a cold and are sneezing a lot.

Harrison has moved to a new bed. He is eating well but doesn't feel like playing or anything.

Flynn hoping the sun will help him.  He still eats fine and is starting to perk up a bit now.  He and Harry have been sneezing for at least 5 days now.  We should be getting to the end of the cold.

This is Oliver's tail sticking out from under the couch.  He is having a worse time than the others and has ulcers in his mouth and throat.  He is growling a lot because he is uncomfortable.  He is on pain meds and something to help coat the ulcers.  That medicine is obviously of the devil because he flings his head around and I end up wearing more than he gets I feel!  He started by flicking his mouth funny on Wednesday night, so he went in on Thursday. 

He continued to eat, if you would put his favorite hard food in a pile under the couch.  Canned food hurt his mouth too much.
Last night (Sunday) he came out for a bit to drink.  This morning he was out more as well and asking for snuggles.  I think he is on the mend, finally!

Purrs that the panthers feel better soon...they are true mancats in how they handle feeling poorly!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Foster Friday

The kittens are all doing well this week!!
Regina and Monte are exploring more and more...

Madeline just loves to snuggle!  She wants to sit with you all the time and will scream until you pick her up.

Rusty loves to have a nest to sleep in, although he wont seek it out, but will stay if you put him there.

Josie is already spoken for...we are just not sure which other kitten will be going with her yet.

Another cute one of Rusty...he was nursing away with his mouth while he slept!

Harrison and Rusty...thankfully the panthers don't mind the kittens.

Received preliminary report from the state lab, but it doesn't really shed any light on the problem.  I'm waiting for my vet to call so we can talk it over.  Maybe the full report will be back next week.  Everyone seems healthy though and they all eat well and are playing more and more.  Fingers crossed we are out of the woods!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday Travels - Kiria Day Two

Day two in Kiria started with us dividing into teams and visiting homes.  We were going to learn how to make a few Kenyan dishes and see what life is like on a daily basis.
This is the kitchen in the home I visited.  It is a separate building from the house.  The building is pretty small and the smell of smoke and heat from the fire can be a bit overwhelming at times.  Thankfully, they didn't get offended if we needed to step out and get some fresh air! 
Peeling potatoes for Mukimo.  I got a bit sunburned the first day in the village!

Members of the team...Ariel, Auntie and Amy

Mercy, the village coordinator for 410 Bridge is showing us around the property.  Each person has a wonderful garden and therefore the village is not hungry.

Amy and Ariel making Chapati...a flat dough like Naan or pita.

The men and C from our team are all talking...you can see the wood C tried to chop in the yard.  It looks more like a tornado came through!

We ended up back at the school for a closing ceremony where we were each given a Leso, which is a piece of fabric you wear as a wrap when cooking.  The women showed us how to tie them on.  This fabric could then be taken off and used as a blanket, or you could make it into a bundle for carrying groceries, etc...very useful to have.

Our trip is coming to an end...we have one more place to visit next week...Mercy House.  I have posted about this organization before and was very excited to see it in action and meet the residents.



Friday, September 08, 2017

Foster Friday

We have been doing some better in the foster world this week, but still had a sad moment...
Sweet Charlie passed away Sunday morning.  He has been the weakest of the crew, but still eating well and walking around to seek out snuggles.  Auntie and I dropped him off at the State Vet Lab to have a full necropsy done so we can hopefully get some answers as to what is going on with this group.  For those that have lost count, that is three cats (1 adult, 2 kittens) that have passed away from our house this week!  Needless to say, its been a rough one.

This little stinker, Rusty, has made himself at home.  He is the first one to come downstairs and prefers to hang out with us over the other kittens.  I wonder if Tanner is telling him something?


He loves to snuggle and sleep in your arms...

What a cutie pie...wish they could stay this size!

Checking out all the hiding places...we can still see you Rusty!

The other kittens are all doing well.  Josie has a potential adopter once she gets big enough.  She and Regina and Rusty are from the same litter as the ones that have died, so I'd like to be able to tell adopters what happened to their brothers.

Madeline and Zoe each weigh one pound and a half!!  They look so good these days and play hard.  Monte is almost at two pounds and is looking more like a cat these days.  He shouldn't have any trouble finding a home.