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  • WINNER BEST CAUSE BLOG. Kitten Associates!

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Friday September 26th, 2014 at 02:52 PM

    I'm completely shocked, honored and delighted to win the 2014 DogTime Media Pettie Award for Best Cause Blog! Thank you Dogtime Media and all our friends who voted for our little rescue Kitten Associates and who believe and support what we do.

    We'd also like to Congratulate and Thank Ingrid King, who writes The Conscious Cat and Angie Holland Bailey, who writes Texts from Mittens, who also won in their categories. Part of their award is a $1000.00 donation to any rescue or shelter and they...
  • For Freya. Bonus Part 3.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 07:29 PM

    (continued from Part 1 and part 2)

    I took Freya back to NVS for a checkup 48 hours ago. She had a new set of x-rays done, but sadly they didnt show any improvement. The good news is she didnt get worse, so at least she was considered to be in stable condition. Dr. Andrews and I discussed next steps. Once again we agreed that we should wait to do the surgery, instead of doing it that day. I asked about a goal weight or age for her and he said really that it was most likely too risky to wait...

  • For Freya. Part 2 of 2

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday September 24th, 2014 at 07:27 PM

    continued from Part 1.

    Some stories benefit from stretching the facts a bit here and there, but in telling Freyas story Im so stunned by the latest events that I can barely put the words down. Would anyone believe me if I told the truth? I barely believe me and Im living this story.

    Since I last wrote Freya gave me a bad scare one night. She wasnt eating much and seemed a bit limp. I wrapped her up and brought her downstairs. Feeling too worked up with fear to hold her I gave her to Sam. Hes a...

  • For Freya. Part 1 of 2.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    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...

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