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Moving Day


so much to explore

Misha and Masha got taken to another foster home today–turns out they did have other names: Frida and Wesley.  You can see them up for adoption at

Then I spent 2 hours cleaning out their room and installing the N kittens, and cleaning the former N kitten room.  I figure for a day or so I’ll keep them caged except when I’m with them, to make sure they know where their things are, especially the litter boxes.  I’m weaning them too; they had a bottle this morning and I guess I give them one tonight, and then it’s foodville from then on.  They all can eat, but they still like the bottle.

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Posted by on June 23, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


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Maybe Getting a New Foster Home



Misha and Masha may be getting a new foster home Saturday sometime.  They’ve become very social with just me in the room.  Even Misha comes to me on his own.  Plus he’s a total sucker for a brisk brushing.  Masha does a lot of tagging me with head mushings.  They both do a lot of furniture rearranging: the plastic step stool, the cardboard scratcher, the trash can.

They still get shy when new people are in the room.  Masha will come out to play with the leopard cloth strip.  Misha turtles in the carrier.  He doesn’t seem terrified, just uncomfortable.

The little N-kittens are starting to eat more–I should have them weaned this weekend.  Noir started eating kibble on his own, just crunching away.  I gave them a bowl of water to trip in.  So far, they’ve not made a mess of it.  They’re also all finally gaining weight well.  It was too discouraging to plot for the first week, when they just oscillated around their initial weights.

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


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Upstairs, Downstairs


elegant catselegant with Jesse AllenMisha and Masha freaked when a crow flew close by the window.  I then cleared a window space and provided a way up to the sill and they spent much of the afternoon studying birds–they’d not entirely comfortable with finches even, chasing flies, and being beautiful.  For naptime though, there’s nothing like my test computer boards and cords (covered to reduce idle chewing).  I’ve been doing a lot of programming lately, and I have the computer just in front of this, so they can reach out and pat or nibble my mousing hand.

Bob gave them the N cats’ science diiet canned food by mistake Sunday night when I was out and they loved it.  They didn’t want their old stuff after that.  I had some felidae canned food for them and they accepted that.  I think they like a little variety.

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I’ve jerry-rigged the little ones a longer space in Mackenzie’s room.  Nikolai showed me he could climb the drawers to get on the bed, so I blocked that route with folders.  The C&H bag covers the cord to their heating pad, as do the towels.  They really will need a more secure place soon; there are too many nearly inaccessible places in this room.

Most of these kittens will not take a bottle if they had one within 3 or 4 hours, but most will take chicken pieces any time.  I’m mixing some home-cooked chicken with their uninteresting food, working on the incentive business.  Nelly and Noir will sometimes eat food on their own.  Nirvana and Nikolai often require prying their mouths open enough to get a taste in.  Cheese was not a miracle for all 4, and chicken is healthier anyhow.  The upstairs cats think chicken is the most amazing thing in the world, but they only get a little bit, as a treat.


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The Ms and Ns


brush me

Brushing is magic for Misha (as for Nora).  He even approached me this morning, getting close enough for me to put him on my lap and brush him.  He starts grabbing my legs, which he’s learning I don’t like, but he’s much more relaxed about being held or petted.

Yesterday though, he barfed twice and was low on appetite.  They finished the Science Diet kibble, and Cattown brought some other brand, which they like a lot.  No barfing today, back to normal activity, a little less chowing down on the canned food, but that may be because they’re eating kibble.
bigger space

The little N crew continues with ups and downs, sometimes gulping down a bottle full, sometimes refusing.  Nelly and Noir have enthusiastically eaten canned food, I think once each.  They’re not gaining much nor losing much, which is worrisome but not alarming.  The butt nuzzling may be toning down a little.

I opened their area out a little further and put in a real litter box.  They like the scamper space.





They are mystified by bubbles, but enjoy watching them swarm and disappear.  It’s a quiet, watchful fascination; they don’t chase or bat at them.

I just heard from BEBHS wanting me to foster again.  It turns out that the Per kittens did not have ringworm, just some less-contagious face crud.  So now I have two kitten sources.  I don’t like doubling up on litters though unless the new set is so young it doesn’t need more space than a carrier–less than 3 weeks old.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


Misha Likes Feathers



Misha goes for the feathers more than Masha does.  He got this cluster off a toy and growled like crazy, showing off and hiding away at the same time.  If Masha is interested in something, she gets it because she’s in charge.  Luckily, she’s not so interested in feathers, so Misha has his niche.  They often play together and wash each other, so they are good as a set, but Misha has to work to find his place in the spotlight.

I’m trying to introduce them to more people now. I think they’re ready to find a family.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


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Pretty Well Adjusted


They’ve really come a long way in a week.  Masha greets me when I come in, sometimes volunteers for cuddling, and chats quietly but frequently.  Misha is not so forward, but has vocalized a little, manages being petted or held without flinching, and doesn’t always hide when I enter the room.  I added a yarn collar to Masha so I can easily tell whether I can just reach for a cat or need to move very gently.

Misha likes feathers a lot.  Masha likes yarn and managed to sneak in to my stash.  I have the boxes closed better now.  Both enjoy kibble as a rolly toy and are fascinated by bubbles.

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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in CatTown Siblings



Play Time

They’re still shy, especially Misha, but both love to chase a string.  Masha kind of takes over, and Misha watches from the sidelines.  I showed Masha how to get on the tall chair, using the sewing machine box.  She can still do it if the chair is moved two feet away.  Misha watches, but hasn’t figured out how.  He can’t get on the sewing machine box if my hand is near because it’s too scary, and Masha beats him to the string every time.  Running two strings works, but it’s hard to keep both interesting.  Running the camera at the same time is another challenge.


Posted by on June 7, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


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Space! The Next Frontier

First Mirror Sighting


















I let them out in the room today and made sure I didn’t block their retreat to the carrier safe zone.  One found the mirror, but only poufed the first time.  Both would explore and play, retreat, eat, repeat.  They’re still shy of me but will run across my legs.  I can hold Masha and she’ll purr, like a reflex; Misha is more wary.  It was good for them to run and jump without space restrictions and learn how to get back to the safe zone.



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straws!They play pretty wildly now–the girl even jumped straight up and hit the underside of the table.  I want to let them out in the room where there’s more room to run about, but they have to be more trusting first, or at least well in the habit of hiding in the carrier.

The boy often will play just a little out of the carrier, so he can pull back quickly (turtling).  They’re just learning that my hands and feet are not like other toys–I try to not startle them with my reactions, and it’s working pretty well.

Names under consideration are Fyodor and Avdotya.  Suggestions are welcome.


Posted by on June 4, 2012 in CatTown Siblings


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