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post #31 of 54
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Well, nobody here is mothering these babies, but at 11 weeks old, they are kind of teenagers anyhow. Festus plays with Blue, chasing and batting. Often I see them doing the same thing-like they will both stop running and wash their faces. Very cute. Sugartoes just growls at them if they get too close. Garfield whacks them at times, but he will do parallel play. If I am playing with Blue with the feather toy, he will join in and play too. But where Festie is playing with the kitten, Gar is playing with the toy.

Tonight, after no food all day, I saw Red and Blue in the kitten room as if looking for a meal. So I went in, and of course Red ran across the hall to another bedroom. But I got out dry kitten food, and called "here kitty kitty" as I always did when feeding them canned food out of my hand.

As Sugartoes pigged out on one plate of kitten chow, the babies came in and ate. Then I was able to engage Red in play with the feather toy, from behind a chair so I was barely visible. She even flopped on her back and played with the feather toy. I saw that as HUGE! She was relaxed enough to really let loose and have fun. Blue and Garfield were in on the play a little.

Then Blue and Festus played chase in the living room. Blue is all over the middle of the room, jumping on the couch, just all over like a crazy kitten. Then Red girl came in, and she and Blue have been wrestling, chasing, and playing together. Now, after about 20 minutes, Red is sitting about 8 feet from me, behind the coffee table, watching me. I have to lean back to see her, but she has a clear view of me. (Now, after watching me for about 5 minutes, she went to the TV to watch a commercial!) She is almost doing what Blue did last night. And Festie is watching both of them, probably trying to see when she can jump in on the game of chase.

So whoever has been praying for my little girls, I want to thank you. I do believe those prayers are starting to work for little Red. I know some people call it vibes, others say it is TCS board magic...but this girl is out from under the bed, having fun. Thank you.
post #32 of 54
Yayyyy Beckiboo!! See - they learned from the big boys, LOL!!

They sound like SOOO much fun! (But work too, LOL!!)
post #33 of 54
Ohhh sounds as if they are coming along nicely! I love reading about their progress!
post #34 of 54
Wow, Becky, that's HUGE!
post #35 of 54
I'm not sure that 12 week deadline on taming cats is true. Several of the feral cats outside in the gardens of the apartment building I live in, stayed very fearful as long as they were being trained by mom.

Once they were on their own at about five months, they became very affectionate and two were adopted to homes. The third was equally affectionate, but she disappeared before I could find a home for her.
post #36 of 54
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That is good news, that the deadline is not really 12 weeks. I do believe that the earlier they learn to trust humans to better it is. I am very encouraged by the progress so far. I don't think they have to be fully tamed by 12 weeks, but do believe that the sooner they tame the better.

I came home early from work today because ds was sick at school (he's feeling ok now. Curled up in a chair watching TV, with Festie cuddled up keeping him warm.) I found Blue sleeping in dd's bed. After lunch, I tried to give her a piece of meat, but she wouldn't take it from my hand. But when I dropped it on her plate, she and Red ran up and munched it.

These babies are too sweet. When they are relaxed and playing, they are so adorable.
post #37 of 54
That 12 week rule is a load of garbage, IMO. It will take longer and more patience to socialize an older feral, but it can most certainly be done.

I'm glad these two kittens are starting to act like kittens, and relaxed and playful kittens at that.
post #38 of 54
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Well, Blue is all over my house! I have the dog blocked to one end of the house, so she doesn't accidentally frighten the kittens. My dog Misty is VERY SAD about this, but I feel it is necessary for a short time. Well, Blue has gone down to "the dog zone". I found a little poo on the bathroom floor. We have 2 litterboxes in the bathroom, but something startled her or whatever. This morning she was eating out of the big cat's bowl. And she got on the table and tried to eat dd's breakfast!

She still scoots away if you move towards her, but she approaches us looking for food or play. This morning she and Garfield followed me as I dragged a shoelace. (I like to teach shy kitties to move towards me, and the shoelace or other toy is good for that.)

I didn't see Red this morning, but she came into the "kitten room" for dinner last night. In fact, she stuck her nose in the plate Garfield was eating off from, and he sat back and let her eat. It was pretty funny to see him sit up on a carrier and twitch his tail because he was a little annoyed. Then Blue started playing with his tail. So he turned around to stare at her, and Red started in on his twitching tail! Poor Uncle Garfield, isn't used to all these babies!

I haven't closed the kitten room door for a few days. They spend their days sleeping curled up on dd's bed.
post #39 of 54
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This morning, Blue rubbed against Festus in the hallway, and started purring. Then when I fed her, she rubbed against me and started purring. So I pet her for a bit, then as she started to eat the purring stopped. So I picked her up and cuddled her a bit, and sure enough, she began to purr again. Oh happy day!

She and Red were rocking and rolling like a couple of crazy girls last night. They were playing and running around the front room as I sat at the computer. Red remains pretty shy, but no longer seemed terrified. Next weekend Blue will go to an adoption show, and if a very special person choses her, she will have a new home. Otherwise, she can go stay with other tamer kittens while we continue to work with Red. My plan is to take Blue and Festus, so Blue won't have to be alone in a cage at the show. Poor Festus will miss her when she is gone, because they have really become friends. I know that will be tough on them both, but hopefully this little girl will find a happy home.

I will print out the info on taming ferals for her new family, so they will understand how crucial it is to care for her gently. And I plan to ask the agency if they will microchip Blue and Red, just in case they ever get lost. (A former feral girl of mine was adopted and lost, and I think if she had been microchipped she might turn up in time.)

Thanks all for your ongoing support of these girls. I must say it was very sweet to have Blue cuddle and purr this morning. She is so ready to become part of a very special and caring family!

P.S. I posted a few pics of them in the picture forum. Although the last pic is of them in the cage, they don't really go in it much anymore, except to use a litter box that is still there!
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71874
post #40 of 54
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Originally Posted by valanhb
That 12 week rule is a load of garbage, IMO. It will take longer and more patience to socialize an older feral, but it can most certainly be done.
I totally agree that the 12 week rule is wrong. I have living proof of that. My Blackie showed up at about a year old and within 6 months she was a loving sweet little ball of fur. Then there was Sweetie My Mom started to work with her when she was about 6-9 years old and got her to eat out of her hand and play with her but it took about 5 years. Then I moved here and I could pet her after about a year of trying. For the last few years of her life (she just died a couple months ago ) she LOVED being petted!!!! She would prefer attention to food!!!!
post #41 of 54
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Originally Posted by crazy4cats28
I totally agree that the 12 week rule is wrong. I have living proof of that. My Blackie showed up at about a year old and within 6 months she was a loving sweet little ball of fur. Then there was Sweetie My Mom started to work with her when she was about 6-9 years old and got her to eat out of her hand and play with her but it took about 5 years. Then I moved here and I could pet her after about a year of trying. For the last few years of her life (she just died a couple months ago ) she LOVED being petted!!!! She would prefer attention to food!!!!
Very encouraging. I'm sitting at the 'puter eating Boston Market. First Garfield came up and tried to convince me to share. Then Blue jumped up on the computer desk next to him and began to purr. I pet her for a while, then she reached up with her dainty claws and tried to pull my plate down so she could have a bite! I explained to her that Meowmie is mean, and doesn't share! LOL! She did let me pet her a little more before she wandered away.

Each step s7
8s (that was Gar stepping on the keyboard) she makes is so special. I am so happy to have her here at my house!
post #42 of 54
Beckiboo, careful! They steal your heart and then you've got another
cat, LOL!!

FYI, I posted pics of my Lexi, Shebs, Diablo at this website
address (haven't gotten to photobucket yet, just playing for first time
w/ the camera!!)

www.msnusers.com/CATpicssam11

2 cute captioned ones of each of them. Maj. Grey is next, if I can catch him
out of cover at some point. He's a real dear fluffy boy!
post #43 of 54
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Yes, they are so very appealing. But hopefully I will get a momma and her five kittens next week, so that would put me at 10 cats in the house. I know some people can do that full time, but I really don't like litter boxes that much. (Plus the outside cats get less attention when I get more high maintenance cats inside.)

I'm not saying I don't love them, or love feeling the "need" to play with kittens several times daily. But there are only so many hours, and with 3 kids at home and a full time job, I barely stay caught up as it is. How nice it would be to have a maid and cook, so I could spend more time playing with cats! LOL!

So you have two black cats already! Maybe I can ship Red to you, and she can sneak into YOUR house forever!
post #44 of 54
Nope, sorry Beckiboo! I'm full up on cats right now. I can hardly keep up with the antics and demands of Ms. Jingle Bingle Lexi!! And my oldsters (esp. that Beautiful black guy, Didi) need lots of TLC. But I'd love a kitten!
post #45 of 54
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Today, I am taking Blue to an adoption show. She is doing beautifully, and with a patient new owner, I'm sure she will continue to tame. Wish her luck, as I will be up to 11 cats inside if I have no adoptions today!

We will be at the Petsmart in Kildeer, IL from 12-4pm today, 12-17-05. If anyone is near, I'd love to meet you. (Especially if you are in the market for a very special little black kitty!) Sugartoes will be there, too, and if she isn't adopted, she will come home with me.
post #46 of 54
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Well, Blue is home, and Sugartoes, too. No adoptions at all today. The next adoption show is tomorrow, but I won't go to that. So the next time I'll go is in 2 weeks, since they aren't having one on Christmas Eve. By then, Blue will be fully tame, and hopefully Red can go, too.

Festus did not enjoy the show very much...but it was nice for Barb to see her. She hasn't seen Festie since she was about 5-6 months old, and she has grown some since then.

There was another litter of 3 feral kittens who were hissing at people. But tame enough to pick up and cuddle, just their initial reaction was bad. They were only found a week ago, so still need a lot of work.

Blue seems happy enough to be home, and I know Festie is glad to be home! And Sugartoes already went to say hello to dh, who carried her around for a few minutes. She never used to like to be held, but tonight she was so glad to see him that she let him cuddle her in his arms.
post #47 of 54
That's too bad there were no adoptions. Maybe too much upheaval with the holidays.
post #48 of 54
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Well, Blue has jumped on my lap twice already this morning. That is a first. She has been jumping on the computer desk when I'm eating, but this time she followed Garfield up and then just climbed on my lap! I petted her, and she purred for a few minutes before she left. Red is still more cautious, she played a little with the featherdancer this morning. And neither are afraid when I stand up anymore. DD even scooped Red up and cuddled her some yesterday.

Such fine little babies they are. By the next adoption show (Jan 7), maybe they will be the cuddle bugs everyone craves. I am so happy that they have come so far. Red is sitting on the sofa table chewing on the corner of the phone book. Blue is on the couch, playing with a tiny doll purse. Just having a good time! And so sweet. They both interact great with Festie, and try to engage Garfield but he just walks away. And Sugar either ignores them or growls at them quietly. Blue is the best at getting someone to play with her, whether it be Red or Festie. She even meows at me to play with her. Such a doll.
post #49 of 54
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So this morning, I was on the phone while eating a bowl of cereal. Blue jumped on my lap to beg, so I held my arm out to keep the bowl from her. SHE CRAWLED DOWN MY ARM TO TRY TO GET THE FOOD! She officially not feral anymore, however, she is a bit of a mooch!
Then, after I got off the phone, put her down, and went back to eating, she crawled up over my shoulders, and back into my lap. Then knocked her tail against the spoon, dropping a few pieces on to the floor, which she inhaled. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to let her lick the bowl after my cereal!

It reminded me of my Rainbow Bridge kitty Spot, a lovely barn cat who would sit on my shoulders sometimes. I am quite confident that dear Blue is ready for adoption! Red is coming along much slower, but does make progress in a very careful way.

Blue also climbed the Christmas tree as we decorated it, but when left alone for several hours, did not destroy it. She is a doll. Whoever adopts her is getting a wonderful kitty companion.
post #50 of 54
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Blue gets on my lap regularly now, usually in search of food. But she will let me pet her, and she purrs up a storm. Last evening, Festie was on my lap, and Blue crawled up on top of her, and purred.

Christmas day, Blue tried to eat off dh's plate! He kept pushing her down, until she finally waited for him to finish. He told her she needed to be good, because Mommy would get mad at him if he yelled at her. Then Sugar, Blue and even Red finished off his leftovers when he was done.

And last night, Blue and Red slept in bed with dd. That is always the final sign that someone is tame. Blue slept in her armpit, and Red laid next to dd, but purred when she pet her. Oh, the furry sweetness! I do hope I can find them good homes soon, while they are still so young.
post #51 of 54
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Please check the fur pictures thread for pics and an update on the kittens.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74253
We have decided to keep Red for dd to care for as part of 4-H. Now we are just trying to think of a better name. Check the thread to give us some advice.

Blue is still available for adoption. We will most likely go to an adoption show next weekend, with Blue and Sugartoes. And before long, it will be CoCo and her babies ready to go. Boy, the house will seem really quiet if we ever get down to 3 cats! LOL!
post #52 of 54
If I lived anywhere near you, I would adopt blue in an instant. She sounds so adorable. You did such a good job with her. She also reminds me of my rainbow bridge kitty Gaby.

I'm sure you'll find her a wonderful forever home.

Cynthia
post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by ckatz
If I lived anywhere near you, I would adopt blue in an instant. She sounds so adorable. You did such a good job with her. She also reminds me of my rainbow bridge kitty Gaby.

I'm sure you'll find her a wonderful forever home.

Cynthia
Thank you, Cynthia. She is truly a great little girl. Tonight my 17 y/o ds sat on the floor to eat his dinner, and she kept pestering him. I told him that I often let her lick my plate by setting it on the floor when I'm done, so she thought he was offering to share.

By being firm, she got the message from him. Then after dinner, he was giving her scraps of chicken, and was so impressed by how well she stands on her back legs. Garfield was begging, too, but Blue was quick enough that she got most of the chicken! LOL!

Then she and Jasmine (Red) were trying to play with the cord of the play station, as we danced and sang to Dance Dance Revolution. They have become such a part of the family.
post #54 of 54
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Thank you, Cynthia. She is truly a great little girl. Tonight my 17 y/o ds sat on the floor to eat his dinner, and she kept pestering him. I told him that I often let her lick my plate by setting it on the floor when I'm done, so she thought he was offering to share.

By being firm, she got the message from him. Then after dinner, he was giving her scraps of chicken, and was so impressed by how well she stands on her back legs. Garfield was begging, too, but Blue was quick enough that she got most of the chicken! LOL!

Then she and Jasmine (Red) were trying to play with the cord of the play station, as we danced and sang to Dance Dance Revolution. They have become such a part of the family.
So how far are you from nyc?
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