Category Archives: 2021 tropical fruit

Party Time

They had big meals and some cheese treats, bubbles, and the disco light. And the post-surgery drugs probably have not worn off yet.

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Posted by on May 6, 2021 in 2021 tropical fruit


The Return Of the Neutered Fruits


I got the Tropical Fruits back this afternoon. They were absolutely starved, and a little weird about water. They dug the towels. They tried to steal my keys. They tried to climb my back, but their nails are all trimmed so they have no traction. They try to make up for this by leaping with a very high frequency. After 2 hours, they’re finally winding down.

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Posted by on May 6, 2021 in 2021 tropical fruit


Two Videos

The littles, now big, are almost all 2 pounds: Akebi is a little under.

Jambula currently is spinning on his butt, chasing his tail. Rambutan is trying to eat, but having to clean and growl over the furry pompom he favors. Oops, he was trying to eat the stuffing he pulled from inside it. Rambutan is a more challenging kitten. Akebi and Birbia are watching and washing up.

Red Bear is a worthy opponent in battles now.


The Circus Continues

Here’s a video of the fruits each attacking all. They’re probably 8 weeks old now and likely to reach 2 pounds each by late next week. They are certainly working on it. They seem to have forgotten about bottles. Surgery is tentatively set for next Thursday, May 6th, so with luck, Tulip can move into the big room in a little over a week.

Tulip is also diligent about gaining weight. I finally draped a heavy towel over the edge of the tub so she can climb out to explore. She actually scampers a bit now, and jumps over things.

Not All Black

Tulip has gotten a lot of white details. It could be from having been sick, or it could just be the patterns developing as she grows. She continues to eat and drink well, play with

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Posted by on April 27, 2021 in 2021 tropical fruit


Grab Bag of News

Pawpaw got adopted today. I saw him this morning when I took Gardenia in and Pawpaw patted my face. He is now living with someone who has another cat.

The littles are learning to make do without a bottle. They’re finally starting to clean their plates and not stare pointedly at the chair where I last gave them bottles. I had to be out of reach, on the chair with my legs up to keep from being swarmed, and some of them were getting good at jumping and pulling up anyhow.

The reason I took Gardenia in to the shelter was that she had stopped even swallowing food and formula. I started tube-feeding her last night, and she got a little spunkier, but not great. She is now trying a 2nd antibiotic plus subcutaneous fluids and larger amounts of tube feeding. At one point, she did swallow so I skipped the tube, but it was not a permanent improvement.

Tulip is basically a tiny cat. Most of the time, she goes to the litter box as needed, sometimes she eats canned food on her own, she’ll almost always eat canned food from a finger, and she nurses well on the bottle. She now demands time outside the bathtub to wander about. She has fierce claws, plenty of room for tummy expansion,, and for whatever reason, a slightly chopped tail. She also has some decorative white fur under her chin and on her front legs. This may be from being sick and may change over the years.


Tail Master

Jambuli loves his tail (video).

Probably some baby pictures later: I pick them up around 1:30 and I have some zoom classes after.


How to Catch Your Own Tail

Akebi also has Jambuli’s trick of sitting on his tail to reach and catch it. (This is a video). Pawpaw has to climb up for kisses.

I will likely be getting a sickly set of tinies tomorrow, who will reside in the downstairs bathtub. They are 3 kittens that are maybe 2 weeks old and not gaining well. Pawpaw gets fixed Friday and probably will get adopted over the weekend. The littles will be 8 weeks old at the end of next week and may be at weight by then.

Also, how did kittens manage before cardboard and plastic mesh?


Posted by on April 21, 2021 in 2021 tropical fruit


Long Tail, Ghost Tail

Pawpaw’s tail is longer because he’s older, but the littles are catching up. I think it’s Jambuli’s tail that is moving too fast to capture, turning into a ghost tail.

Pawpaw is going to be fixed Friday and out in the Mobile Adoption van this weekend. This may temporarily make entering and exiting the room easier. Sometimes I just put my hand down as I open the door to come in and catch him as he tries to go out.

Rambutan’s collar was getting tight, so he got a new one. Often, the old one is of interest as a toy for a while.



This disc came with the tunnel, but I don’t want to tempt the errant pooper with the tunnel, for now at least.

I had to move the covered litter box because, from the top of it, Pawpaw could leverage his way through the shade into the closet, and he was thrilled and determined. I imagine he will be a difficult cat to keep indoors, out of duct work, etc.