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Umbra and Shadow got adopted together today (Friday).

The wine litter is adjusting well.  There are poop issues but they try to use the litter box.  A few more days of meds and we’ll see how their digestion settles down.  Shiraz eats almost as enthusiastically as the others, and everyone eats kibble when there’s nothing better.


Mistaken Return

Now I find out they meant to keep the kittens there because they are shy, to get them used to the shelter.  I prefer getting them used to a home, but they are not mine.  They have been so happy to cuddle and run around–Shadow has been racing after the laser pointer and learning to jump to follow it.


Surprise Return

I thought they were going to someone else after surgery, but nope, and no, they didn’t get adopted this weekend.  So they’re back with me, and the very cleaned room.  I just feel bad that they were alone after surgery.

Also, I guess there already was a “Shadow”: she is renamed “Shadowfax”.  Hard to imagine a kitten less like the proud, brave battle, gleaming white horse, but she can become Shadow again later.


Out Of My Care


The shelter has a lot of kittens coming, so they took Shadow and Umbra for neutering today and are keeping them.  They had just wanted them with me to get them used to food.  Instead, I mostly needed to get them used to people and each other.  Umbra still has a bit of an issue about fighting her feet and Shadow is still shy, but they’re doing okay.  I hope.

And I see by the shelter’s Availble Cats page, Shadow is now Shadowfax.  So wrong for a shy grey kitten to be named after a fierce, blindingly white horse.  I suppose they already had a “Shadow”.



Notice the back feet, up by the left ear,…or in the armpit,…

or way out.  Umbra’s connection to her back feet is loose.

Meanwhile, Shadow is learning to play fetch when Umbra is asleep.  When Umbra is awake, it gets a little chaotic.



Kitten Enrichment

Crickets for some kittyTV, Kleenex box for biting.  I keep finding new stuff or new arrangements.

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Cute Kitten

They all are cute; the light ones are easier to photograph.

They had a checkup today: shots and topical flea meds.  Saturday, they get photographed by someone with more skill, a better camera, and a less happy setting, at least in the opinions of most of my kittens.


Collar Treaty

Shadow’s collar was getting snug–she’s over 2 pound now, at maybe 7 weeks old.  I cut the collar and tied a ribbon on.  I’ve found they love playing with the old collars, so I left it as a toy.  Shadow almost always defers to Umbra, whether it’s personality or she feel that Umbra is a baby and gets firsts at food and toys.  Anyhow, Umbra would take the collar and tease Shadow with it, so I cut the collar in half.  It actually just makes twice as many things to play-fight over.

And then to bed.  They were in a very good ying-yang pose until I got up.


Toy Drive

I have some very strong magnets from trashed hard drives.  I added thick string and random stuff and it’s a toy that I can stick on any steel flat spot.  My thought is that these would make good cage toys for when kittens are up for adoption.  It can stick to the ceiling of the cage and the toys can move but not fall out of the cage.  I made some extras and will bring them to the shelter next vet appointment.


Umbra Is Gaining Weight

They’re both pretty busy.  Umbra is back to eating well.  Shadow likes canned food after I put some in her mouth.  If she doesn’t get food-on-a-finger, she usually prefers to eat kibble.  Umbra then wants finger food, too.  But if I’m not around, the canned food sometimes disappears anyhow.  These are social creatures.