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  • Not a Moment too Soon. Saturday's Story.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday October 19th, 2014 at 12:33 PM


    One of my friends texted me Friday night. His wife found a cat wondering, thin, weak in the middle of the road. They are big animal lovers so it wasn't a surprise she ran to the cat's aide.

    They hadn't seen the cat before, unlike many others who have come and gone through their yard this summer. They asked their friends and neighbors if anyone was missing their cat, meanwhile they were wondering what to do for her until they could find her family. I stepped in to offer help and guidance not...

  • You Are My Everything

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday October 7th, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Dear Friends of Covered in Cat Hair,

    The past two months have been grueling, as you have seen from my blog posts. If it wasnt Twinkle-Twinkle breaking her leg or Fernando ripping his eyelid in three places, it was the death of a colleague or the passing of beloved foster cat.

    Over that time, too, I had to ask and ask again for donations, gifts of cat food and towels for our little Freya, the kitten with the rare birth defect or funds to help Laney and Winnie's kittens-especially sweet Piglet....

  • Calling All Angels. The Passing of Celeste.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday October 6th, 2014 at 01:20 PM

    Its hard to hold your head up high as a cat rescuer when you feel like you completely failed and in that error, an animal died because of it. Its one thing to make a mistake on your taxessure it sucks, you might pay a fine or owe more than you should, but its not life or death.

    2014 Robin A.F. Olson. Celeste giving birth May 13, 2014. Twinkle-Twinkle and Little Star were her first two born to a live audience on our web cam.

    Ive already had one experience this year feeling like I failed when...

  • 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...

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