Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
Enjoy EVERY moment in your wedding gown. You can't stay in it forever...SO UNFAIR!!!!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Kittens have invaded our home! Not really invaded. They are invited guests. For the longest time I have wanted to expand our little pet family and adopt some kittens. It is now kitten season. At least I think it is since I always see a bunch of kittens this time of year. Last weekend, my husband and I went to the mall where the humane society has a cat adoption center. I saw a sign at the center asking for people to become foster parents of kittens. THAT was right up my alley. I got a business card, called the center on Tuesday (since it was a holiday weekend), and on Thursday I took home four adorable little kittens: Phoebe, Ursula, Monica and Rachel (we didn't name them, I think the shelter does that to personalize them for the docs or maybe to make them more appealing and adoptable).
The main idea of fostering for the humane society is to give the kittens a home and a place to grow until they are adoptable. Sometimes they need medication. Of my litter of four, one needs to take medication twice a day. The important thing is to keep them safe and loved. I have made it my mission to show them plenty of love so when it is time for them to go up for adoption, they will be irresistible to potential new parents. :)
Our family's pros:
1 -- Kittens are just plain cute. Seriously, they are snuggly, fun to watch (great for the blood pressure), and they just want to be loved.
2-- It gives us an opportunity to see how our older cats will behave with kittens. This is a great step for us, because if we will know if adopting kittens will disrupt our adult cats too much. If it is too traumatic for the older cats, we do not want to move forward with adding any more cats permanently into the family.
3-- It adds a new measure of responsibility for my son.
4-- Our shelter provides the food and other things you need so you don't have to have a financial strain.
5-- At least in our case, the kittens are box trained. Nice pro! One important thing when training is to remember to remove poo as soon as it is left behind and give them lots of praise when they use the box. Cleaning the box ASAP apparently makes them more interested in going there.
Our family's cons:
1-- Eventually we will have to give them up, but we can also then get a new litter to love.
2-- We have to keep one room closed off for about a week and a half. This is not really a major con. One of the important parts of being a kitten foster is to keep the kittens away from your other cats if you have them. We have a play room that is now kitten central. This room is kept closed for now to keep our cats from getting any infections. Chances are good that the kittens do not have anything, but you need to give them separate space just in case. After about a week and a half, any issues will appear. This also means we wont find out immediately if our older cats can handle having kittens, but it also means they aren't being disturbed either.
I'll be posting some of our kitten pics later so you can see how cute they are. :)
If you are interested in this opportunity, check with your local shelters. If they are like ours, they will be thrilled to have the help!
Or you can enter below for an email, you cutie patooties!
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What there is of it anyway. I am a person who is consistent only in the fact that I am consistently changing. I am a happy wife and mother. I have been blessed with an amazing son and an amazing husband. They both are quite generous in their love for me, and they both enjoy me for the oddball I can be. I am rich in my life and my experiences. I am not rich in the wallet, but you can't take it with you anyway...so I'll have nothing to miss. :)