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My foster kitten, Tess...2 month update

post #1 of 20
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I've been fostering Tess for 2 months (and 3 days ). For those who don't know her, she's a feral kitten that I've been working on. She's probably 5 or 6 months old now. In almost any way, she's a regular kitten now, but she still only allows touch rarely...more work needs to be done. Here are some pictures I took today.

Sitting so prim and proper







Then, not so prim, and definitely not so proper



The cat dancer is her absolute favorite, and never fails to get her riled up!



Of course, she is a bit of a fatty, and inherently lazy (for a kitten)







And her close-up portrait



For those who have never seen it, and for comparison, here is a picture I took the day she came to me

post #2 of 20
She is so beautiful
post #3 of 20
Good Lord! The difference in her compared to the last update is just remarkable!

Your hard work with her has certainly paid off in spades! She is just stunning!
post #4 of 20
She gets more lovely every day, Kelly! And that comparison is always a shock -- what a difference in those eyes! She's come so far, and you have the "touch" and patience to bring her the rest of the way.
post #5 of 20
Tess really went from a wild look to a contented look!
She's such a sweetheart!! Tess looks quite proud of herself in the first few pics
post #6 of 20
Long ago we had a shorthair that looked just like Tess. She was a firecracker but we loved her. Her name was Pumpkin.
You've obviously done a remarkable job socializing her. I'm betting she stays with you. She's gorgeous.

I'm going to ask a few stupid questions. Is her ear a TNR notch? That's an extreme notch. Is that normal for TNR? Or am I way off base and it's something else?
post #7 of 20
What a cute kitty!
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
Good Lord! The difference in her compared to the last update is just remarkable!

Your hard work with her has certainly paid off in spades! She is just stunning!
WOW is right!

WHAT a baby doll she's turning out to be! (Like we didn't know that was going to happen with you around!)



Laurie
post #9 of 20
Amazing!!
That first pic shows a little sass

You have done a fantastic job with her, Kelly
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
I'm going to ask a few stupid questions. Is her ear a TNR notch? That's an extreme notch. Is that normal for TNR? Or am I way off base and it's something else?

I was wondering the same thing. She is a real beauty though.
post #11 of 20
What a beautiful girl!
post #12 of 20
You've done such a good job, it's amazing the difference! She's a very pretty girl

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I'm going to ask a few stupid questions. Is her ear a TNR notch? That's an extreme notch. Is that normal for TNR? Or am I way off base and it's something else?
Yeah that's not an ear tip, it's an ear chunk!!! It does seem quite excessive, but at least it's obvious. I hate the ear tips, because if they have long fur on their ears, you can't see the tip.

Ear notches are so much better.
post #13 of 20
She is GORGEOUS!
Those pics are beautiful and really capture her character!
post #14 of 20
Beautiful cat! She has an adorable face and beautiful colours.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
Good Lord! The difference in her compared to the last update is just remarkable!

Your hard work with her has certainly paid off in spades! She is just stunning!
She looks amazing!! And she looks soo happy and content there She is extremely adorable!!!
post #16 of 20
Wow. The difference from the first pic until now is amazing. It won't be long before she voluntarily sits in your lap. Tess, you're a beautiful girl!
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Long ago we had a shorthair that looked just like Tess. She was a firecracker but we loved her. Her name was Pumpkin.
You've obviously done a remarkable job socializing her. I'm betting she stays with you. She's gorgeous.

I'm going to ask a few stupid questions. Is her ear a TNR notch? That's an extreme notch. Is that normal for TNR? Or am I way off base and it's something else?
Oh, she's not staying! I always keep in mind with my fosters that their forever home is with someone else. I have to, or else I'd be overrun pretty quickly!

Yes, that's her TNR notch. They did a real hatchet job on it...I hate it. They were taken in for spays right after they were trapped by the girl who rescued them (5 kittens total), so they always notch them. Hers is especially big though.
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Yeah that's not an ear tip, it's an ear chunk!!! It does seem quite excessive, but at least it's obvious. I hate the ear tips, because if they have long fur on their ears, you can't see the tip.

Ear notches are so much better.
It is an ear chunk! I understand the reasons for them, though. Before I took her on, she was so crazed that the shelter told her rescuer to put her right back outside. If that would have happened, the notch would have been necessary. I guess it prevents her from being too pretty

Thanks everyone for all the kind words!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by clixpix View Post

It is an ear chunk! I understand the reasons for them, though. Before I took her on, she was so crazed that the shelter told her rescuer to put her right back outside. If that would have happened, the notch would have been necessary. I guess it prevents her from being too pretty

Thanks everyone for all the kind words!
I think Tess is beautiful no matter what. The missing ear chunk gives her some panache. It says, "I've lived life my way." At any rate, the change in her is amazing.
post #19 of 20
She is so beautiful! I'm so glad she's coming around.
post #20 of 20
Wow these pics are stunning. I want to kiss her ear!
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