December 25, 2010


Filed Under Kittens Off Topic 

Warning, this is totally off-topic. It has nothing to do with appliqué, and if you read this you will be subject to photos of fluffy little kitties.

I may have mentioned before that In May I started fostering kittens for the animal shelter. These are kitties that come into the shelter too young to be adopted out, who need some time being reared in a home until they’re ready. Over the summer and fall we had five different batches.

The first three were all black. They look alike in this picture but actually there were subtle differences in their coat color and texture, so we could mostly tell them apart. Starbuck (because he drank my coffee) and Thing 1 and Thing 2 (thanks Dana).

BTW in the last post, somebody thought Dana was my son. No, he’s my husband with the Look of Eternal Youth.

You gonna finish that?

You gonna finish that?

Willie was very gentlemanly with all of the little ones.



Batch 2, Riley and Tiger, came in shy and would run and play the livelong day, but as soon as any human moved, bam! they ducked for cover.

Sofas are good.

Sofas are good.

They gradually got over that. I’ll never forget the first time that Tiger nerved himself to lie down with 30% of him touching my leg. By the time they were ready to go back to the shelter he was crawling into my lap.


Batch 3 came to us with a case of URI (upper respiratory infection, like a cold for kitties).

We don't feel that gud.

We don't feel that gud.

Bunny is the tiny tortie, who weighed a pound and looked like and felt like a dust bunny, which is why I named her that. The orange boys Buzz and Rufus were much more sturdy.


Buzz was a champion snuggler and would come plop into my lap and purr like a buzzsaw.


Rufus was more shy, but eventually he came around too.

Nobody here but us tomatoes.

Nobody here but us tomatoes.

Bunny was our great success story and probably the one closest to our hearts. She really had us worried there for a few weeks, so tiny and frail, but she ate everything that wasn’t nailed down and finally one day she turned the corner and started to play and grow. She was adopted by a friend, and just look at her now!!!


She is one gorgeous creature, with soft rabbit fur and a fluffy tail.

Batch 4 was one spotted tabby, Charlotte, and two tuxedo boys, Milo and Bentley.


Charlotte was the boss.

Charlotte was the boss.


Bentley and Milo were always dressed and ready for an elegant party. Milo was the runt of the litter but by the time they were all about 8 weeks he had just about caught up.

Pearl Grey came to us as a single kitty. She has a set of lungs on her like you wouldn’t believe, and a bit too much “catitude.” Here she is in typical fashion, spouting off about something or other.

Pearl Grey

Pearl Grey

Dewey was sent home with us a week later to keep her company and teach her some kitty manners. He’s a buff tiger boy with a heart of gold.



It worked beautifully. At first she was a beast to him but after three days they were BFF, joined at the hip, where one went the other went too. Dewey calmed her down beautifully.


That’s the roundup! All have been adopted, and kitten season is over for now. Thank you for allowing me to show you my fosters. I loved having them. I leave you with a couple of amusing videos of Pearl Grey and the Tail of Dewey.

Happy holidays to you and yours,
Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


8 Responses to “Kittens”

  1. Debby Verschoor on December 25th, 2010 3:47 am

    Merry Christmas to you!

    Greetings from Debby,
    the Netherlands

  2. Gerry on December 25th, 2010 5:07 pm

    I wasn’t aware of foster parent for kitties.
    Looks as though you’ve had a very satisfying year with each little ‘family’.
    Must be a hoot at times.

    Happy Holiday Hugs,

  3. Ivani on December 26th, 2010 3:39 am

    How cute. These kitties are very blessed with your help fostering them.
    Hugs from Brazil

  4. Kim on December 26th, 2010 4:37 pm

    Kay, as if you’re not busy enough, you still find time for these little ones. How do you ever let them go?
    Merry Christmas to you and Dana.

  5. Stephanie on December 27th, 2010 3:33 am

    What a lovely treat to see. Your little dog has inpeccable manners.

  6. geomauldin on December 27th, 2010 7:10 am

    Cats and quilters go hand in hand. Cute stuff. Those are very lucky kitties!!

  7. Cindy on December 27th, 2010 11:54 am

    Loved the Cat vs Tail. Very kind of you and Dana to bring these tiny kitty cats into your home for care. I am sure they give you lots of laughs.

  8. Sharyn on December 30th, 2010 11:45 am

    Bless your heart for helping out our overwhelmed shelters…in a perfect world…

    I worked for our shelter for years, going in once a week and taking pictures of all the new cats and dogs, naming them, and uploading the pictures to petfinder. Petfinder is such an amazing blessing too!

    All the best in the new year,