8/21 — Kittens! Or, What I Did On My Summer Vacation.
These beautiful babies were born in my back yard, and I’ve been trying to catch them for a couple weeks now. Jet (the black one) has been inside for almost a week, and though he’s still kinda skittish until I pick him up, once I’ve got him he’s the purrinest, lovinest kitten you’d ever want. He sits right below my chin and loves on me and refuses to leave — if I try to put him on my lap he’ll climb right back up. GIEF ME LOVE THUMB MONKEY LOVE I NEEDS IT
He also loves cheese. To the point that after his very first piece he tried to climb into my mouth to look for more.
Agate has only been in for a few days, but I got a purr out of her this morning. She is much quieter than her brother, and will sit calmly on my lap, and even let me turn her over and rub her belly. She is…solemn, calm, a quiet joy. Plus, her nose is ADORABLE.
Yes, they’re up for adoption — I’m pretty well full up these days. I am stealing my friend Andrea’s rules (with slight modifications):
1) They always has a place here. If the new owners cannot keep them for any reason, I will not ask questions, I will not judge, I will not grouse on my blog. I will just come get the cats and bring them back home.
2) Between me and various friends I’m pretty sure we can get transportation to cover goodly chunks of the central East Coast — I will deliver them to anywhere within a couple hours of Knoxville, at the very least.
3) They must be indoor kitties. They have lived the outdoor life and now deserve to be safe in a climate-controlled environment with soft beds and lots of toys.
4) No declawing. It’s mean. Just no.
5) Yes, they are adorable. But you know what? Surprise kittens make crap gifts, y’all. Therefore I will need to be in contact with the actual person with whom they will be living. I do not care how well you know your friend/roomie/spouse/partner/parent/sibling/dentist. Kittens are not a good present.
6) As of right now I have no idea how they do with other critters, because they’re still in quarantine. Look for more info after their check-up and FIV/FeLV testing!
7) They’ve been treated for fleas, and I’ll be able to get them tested for FIV/FeLV, but I likely won’t have the money to do more than that. You must PROMISE ME (and prove with vet records) that they’ll get the appropriate shots, and that, once they weight enough (which they likely will by the time they’re ready for homes), they will be fixed. The whole purpose of this is to have fewer feral cats running around without homes!
If I wind up with sufficiently ridiculous amounts of money, I’ll take care of #7 myself, but I don’t want to guarantee anything. (Donations towards catfixing happily accepted, however!)
I will have better pictures of them soon — I keep forgetting to bring my camera in with me! — and please, please boost the signal, and let me know if you have room in your heart and home for a tiny kitty!