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  • For Freya. Part 1 of 2.

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    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 01:15 PM

    Ten days ago when I began to foster Freya, a tiny kitten who has a birth defect called a RectoVaginal Fistula, I knew Id be in for a challenge. I also knew it would possibly be incredibly painful to spend time with her because this past weekend might be her last.

    Freyas birth defect means that although her bladder is properly connected to her urethra, theres a fistula (an abnormal connection) that goes from her rectum to her vagina. In crude terms, she poops from where she pees. This is not...

  • Kittens, Cats & Calamities Part 2 of 2

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday September 21st, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Continued from Part 1

    Mia & Family

    With zippidy-doo-dah for adoptions this summer I still have Mia and her 5 kittens AND Wallace in my big foster room. They're all getting quite big and I'm very worried they'll be here for eternity.

    2014 Robin A.F. Olson. Wallace (left) with Greta (right).

    Wallace has come around a lot since he entered Kitten Bootcamp, where he began to learn his manners basically by being beaten up by Mias kittens. Wallace had rage and frustration from being an orphan, but...

  • Kittens, Cats & Calamities Part 1 of 2

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 01:13 PM

    Heres a quick recap of what the HECK has been going on with our kitties since there have been so many calamities lately that I haven't had adequate time to write it all down.

    Laney and Winnie

    Laney had her six, fat, healthy, HUGE kittens just four weeks ago. Theyre all about to hit the 1 pound mark in weight (a few are over already), proving just how fat and sassy they are. Most kittens their age are about 25% smaller. Initially Moe, our foster mom, sexed the kittens and we went about the task...

  • 9 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency with your Cat

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 01:50 PM

    Its late at night. I heard one of my foster kittens scream. Within seconds I was in the room with her and her family, my heart about to explode out of my chest I was so terrified. One by one I checked the kittens to see which one had been injured. Sure enough Twinkle-Twinkle looked up at me, took a step and literally fell over. Her back leg was broken. It was 11 PM. What should I do?

    In the past month my cat rescue, Kitten Associates has had to deal with four emergencies. Some times these...

  • Dear Freya

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday September 11th, 2014 at 07:19 PM

    Dear Freya,

    What a day its been. I was glad I had a chance to visit with you this morning before the Vets began taking x-rays, a CT scan and lots more tests to find out what makes your body different than that of most 4-week old kittens. We can tell some things from looking at you. Your tail is missing, you walk with an odd gait. We know you only eliminate from one opening, but we dont know how far into your body those routes go. We have lots of hope that maybe your insides arent as bad as we...

  • For Freya's Sake.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 05:52 PM

    I just met a very nice young couple at Newtown Veterinary Specialists. They rescued two tiny kittens from a friend of a friend who let her cat outside and didnt seem to care that the cat and her offspring were flea-covered and starving. The young couple wanted to help so they took two kittens and named them Pablo and Freya. The thought was that these kittens would become part of their family, so they focused on bathing them to get rid of their fleas and started feeding them consistent meals...

  • What if this Happened to You?

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 at 06:42 PM


    I have nightmares. Many of them revolve around me losing my home to foreclosure, of having to move out with nowhere to go. I tremble and thrash around in my bed as I see in my dream the doors fly open and my terrified cats escape outside into the woods. I know their lives will come to an abrupt end without my care and protection. They cant fend for themselves and now I cant either.

    But what if I woke up and that was true? What would I do if I lost my home? Where would I go? I dont have any...

  • Twinkle's Lucky Break Ch 2

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday August 31st, 2014 at 03:45 PM

    Its 5 AM. 27 hours have passed since Twinkle broke her leg. Shes in a big dog crate in my living room. Its covered with blankets to keep her calm, but shes lonely and scared so she cries from time to time. Sleep is hard to come by for both of us. I know if I run to her side every time she cries then shell continue to train me to respond to her crying. I have to wait for her to stop, then I can go to her and comfort her but it's a challenge.

    2014 Robin A.F. Olson. Twinks first day after...

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