I have the most adorable litter of foster kittens, but they are now old enough to be adopted. The litter includes Princess, Pumpkin, Baby & Squeakers. I got them at 3 weeks old while they still needed to be bottle fed, and they are now 10 weeks old.
It has been a long wait for kittens. The last kitten I fostered, in 2018, had a virus that is very lethal to kittens. He made it and I ended up adopting him, but my house was "contaminated" and I couldn't foster for a year.
So, it is quite exciting to be able to foster again. I feel so lucky to start with this litter of four healthly, sweet kittens. They are about 3 weeks old, so will be bottle fed for a short while. I like to give them my own names since their time with me is temporary, and so I have named them Pumpkin, Squeakers, Princess, and Baby.
Pumpkin & Squeakers are the two orange tabby kittens. Pumpkin is the perfect name for the biggest kitten in the litter who is orange and besides, I started fostering him in October. Squeakers is called that because that is what his meow sounds like. He talks often, but not too much comes out of his mouth, except a squeak!
Baby is a gray tabby with shorter hair than the rest. She is not the smallest kitten, but wants to be treated like a baby & fed often. The name stuck. Princess, also a gray tabby, is the smallest of the bunch and already has the cat princess thing going. She is so pretty, I am sure she will be using that ploy her entire life!
Check back again, I will post more photos as this little family grows up.
I knew right away these were not going to be easy kittens to raise. Someone brought them to the shelter at 1 day old and they went out with a foster volunteer. The foster volunteer returned them the next day, they were too fragile and she felt she couldn't be successful.
I got a call on Day 2 to see if I would take them. Maybe it was the experience of all the kittens I have raised, or maybe it is my overactive optimism, but I didn't have to think this over at all. I wanted to take them.
One of the volunteers in the lobby whispered that they didn't think these kittens would make it. I said to myself... you wait and see people, I can do this. It is amazing how lots of love can save kittens and is the best medicine. Besides, I knew I had a wonderful veterinarian team to help me.
Every kitten I foster has a "superpower," or that is my theory. Of course, sometimes that is just they are cute beyond words. I like to think Jolene's superpower is her ability to roll over on her back, with total trust I will keep her safe, and take a nap. Awww.
By the way, these cute poses come and go, and the biggest challenge for me is to have a camera nearby, and have a hand free to take the shot. I am a one person operation, so I do it all. Even still, I have been able to get these type of shots to share just how adorable and precious these little kittens are.