Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Iowa Kittens

A few weeks ago, we were visiting folks on the farm in Iowa and met these kittens.



Cute they may be, but the farm already had its quota of cats necessary to keep the rodent population down, so these were deemed expendable. Even if they could survive the hard winter, the farmer figured he'd have to abandon them in a field or drown them in the spring. Well, how could we look into their eyes and just leave them to that fate? We had to take them home.



Since then, they've been staying in the back bedroom. They've had their first two sets of shots, they've been tested for feline leukemia and FIV, and they're doing fine.

The two kittens above are 5 months old, a boy (left) and a girl.

The boy is quite the calm, collected type. When his sisters may be carrying on to get food or attention, he's most likely to sit by and observe quietly. He can be playful, but he also enjoys sitting still with a person and chilling. With his thick, plushy fur, I think he'll grow up to be a nice lap kitty.

The little girl is quite bright, more adventurous and eager to explore. She's likes climbing up on my shoulders, and it's easy to get her to play with something simple like a string. When she winds down, though, she also likes being with a person. As I go to sleep, she often curls up on or right up next to me.

Below, she's playing with a tassle toy hanging from the door, next to her big sister in the background.



This is the big sister, in the picture below, who is 4 months older than the other two. She's probably the most directly affectionate of the three. When I walk into the room, she clamors for attention. But then when I lay down in bed, she tends to go underneath when she's ready to sleep. So I guess she likes her space and privacy, too. She seems especially adaptable to the other cats in the house. She may walk up to one to say hello, but, if the other cat hisses, she'll back off deferentially and go about her business elsewhere.



They're all great cats. They like people and are surprisingly easy to handle, considering how they were left alone outdoors most of the time in Iowa. We didn't even have trouble getting them to use the litter box. But, truthfully, since we already have four cats in the house, it would be a hardship if we kept all three of these kittens. So I'd like to ask for your help. If you'd like to adopt a kitten, or know someone who would be interested, please drop me a line.

You may contact me at
frightwig71@yahoo.com.

Thanks.

23 Comments:

At 12/08/2005 7:05 AM, Anonymous Kristi said...

Wow, they're so beautiful! Will you keep at least one? *kisses for kitties*

 
At 12/08/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger Marewheeee said...

Drown them?
OMG people still do that?
I know you can find them homes or they'll worm their way into your heart.3 beautiful black cats!
Wish I could help, but I already have 2.
Thank you for saving them.
Found your blog while searching for someone else's.
Good luck. Good hearted animal lover!

 
At 12/09/2005 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but can they hit and play 3rd base?

Skorch

 
At 12/09/2005 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, but they can catch and field (mice)!!

 
At 12/12/2005 2:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEVEN CATS?!

Wow. I have one and wish I didn't.

You are a better person than I.

 
At 12/14/2005 12:43 PM, Anonymous Jeff A said...

I'm waiting for an update. What's happened to the kittens?

 
At 12/15/2005 7:42 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

As of today, I still have all three. They went back to the vet to complete their sets of shots, and the oldest was spayed last weekend.

 
At 12/27/2005 9:02 PM, Anonymous agnes said...

Can you advertise at Petfinder?

There's a Catlovers' Community Blog at the site of Ferdinand the Conservative Cat:
http://www.conservativecat.com/CatHome.html)
--- how'bout dropping a line there...?

Good luck & best wishes!

Agnes (if I didn't live in Europe I'd take them in a PINCH...)

 
At 1/01/2006 4:14 AM, Anonymous Kristi said...

We want more pictures of the new cats! Did you see the panda pictures? I sent an email but you didn't reply.

 
At 1/06/2006 3:12 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

More photos to come soon....

 
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