You guys seemed to really love my post on our former foster kittens; Lucy & Nadia, so I’m excited to share our latest foster kittens; Evie, Kona, Lincoln, & Nokio today! We picked them up from S.A.F.E Animal Shelter in early August, when they were just five wks of age. They typically get brought back to the shelter & adopted out around twelve weeks of age, however Hurricane Irma changed those plans. I wrote about the destruction in my city caused by Irma here, it includes that S.A.F.E was completely flooded & had to temporarily close down. It was almost three months before they were able to re-open. My husband & I were part of an adoption event in which two of the kittens (Evie & Lincoln) were adopted at thirteen weeks of age. The other two (Kona & Nokio) were not adopted & ended up spending another two months with us. They just went back to S.A.F.E a week & a half ago. It was the longest we’ve EVER fostered an animal(s), so it was extra hard to say good-bye, but we know that’s the life of being foster parents & we know they will be super happy in their new homes!
These four kittens were brought to the shelter by a couple who found them living in their garage. They knew the momma was their neighbors cat & they didn’t give a damn about the kittens & assume the father to be a random feral. Anywho, we arrived at the shelter just minutes after the kittens did. The first order of business was to look them over & get them vetted. They were covered in fleas. I have seen a lot of shit & I’ve never seen anything like this. We gave each a flea bath. Lorenzo held & bathed each kitten while Sherry (Executive Director at S.A.F.E) flea combed each kitten, while I dried off & then combed each kitten again, while Wendy (vet tech) dewormed them & gave them their first round of shots. Even as a team of four, it took hours. I am not exaggerating when I say we must have gotten around 1200 fleas (300 from each) off of them. It was insane! Fleas are not just a nuisance to animals, but also a danger. At this time the kittens were only five wks of age & weighed between 361-560 grams (aka 12 ounces-just over 1 lb). It is a miracle that these kittens didn’t die of flea-caused anemia before being rescued. I have no doubt in my mind that they would’ve died had they not gotten the care they needed. This is a prime example of why we (rescuers/fosters) do what we do – to literally save lives!
Now that I’ve given you some background on these kittens. I’d love to introduce you to each…
MEET EVIE :
First I will introduce you to the cuteness that is Evie. Evie is the only girl from this litter. She is also the smallest, clearly the runt. She is named after the lead female character “Evey” in the film “V For Vendetta” (one of our favorite movies). I liked the “ie” spelling better. So like I said Evie was much smaller than her brothers, she also has a bit of a hip deformity. You can’t tell by looking at her, but when she walks it’s a little different, & she can do some contortionist ass moves that are not normal, haha. When her brothers were first jumping up & down from boxes, she was unable. Once she was finally able to get on to the boxes, her brothers upgraded to jumping on the bed. As soon as she was big enough to get on the bed, her brothers moved on to jumping on the dresser. Despite the huge size difference & slight disability, she proved herself to be a little badass. She constantly initiated wrestling matches, & even though she’d pretty much always get whooped, sometimes to the point where I’d have to separate them for a minute, she always went back for more. We literally watched her get stronger & more strategic in her fighting with every passing hour, which was pretty cool to witness.
Evie is the cuddle queen. The only thing she loved more than sitting on my lap, legs, back, booty (depending on what position I was sitting/laying in), was eating food. At meal time ALL of these kittens were crazy. They were so feral at the beginning that they would hiss, growl, & fight each other for food despite there being more than enough to go around. It was crazy. It eventually ended, thank goodness! This girl can eat, & put on weight daily, though she remained hundreds & hundreds of grams less in weight than her bros. As soon as Little E was done eating, she would come straight to my lap where she’d fall asleep until I’d eventually realize, “Holy shit I’ve been in here (the kitten room) for two & a half hrs straight. AGAIN. I have to get up”. Evie is a total sweetie. Like see how sweet she is in these photos, well she’s even ten million times sweeter than she looks. She was adopted into a great home with an older couple who already had a dog & a couple of other cats, so she has plenty of friends to continue to learn from, play with, cuddle, & love.
MEET KONA :
Next up we have handsome Kona! Kona is NOT named after the local skate park in my town, it’s just a name that I really like. Kona is an amazing little dude. I have a personal love for all black animals. Solid black cats & dogs are statistically way less likely to be adopted than any other color/pattern & that really upsets me. Three of our fur-kid’os are black (Milo has some white on him). Black rules! Kona was Mr. Popular among his siblings. What I mean by that is if you were to ask all three of his siblings who their BFFL in the group was, they would ALL answer, “Kona”. Which is understandable from the he’s a freaking awesome cat standpoint, but also surprising considering he was constantly whooping all of their asses. Haha. I don’t know how he is such a skilled fighter, but somehow he managed to take on all three of his siblings at once over & over again & he’d pretty much always come out on top. It was quite impressive. Kona is also quite the talker. I’ve never heard a cat talk as much as him. It’s freaking adorable.
For the first two months of fostering these babes, they remained in the kitten room all day/night long. The reason for this is to keep them & our own fur-kid’os safe from the spread of possible illness, disease, etc as it can take several wks to know if there is an upper-respiratory infection, certain types of worms, etc going on. Once we knew it was safe Evie & Lincoln were adopted leaving just Kona & Nokio aka Konks & Nokes. At that point we decided to let them free to roam the house. It was a nightmare at first, monkey’ing all around, but it was such great fun! Kona ended up being a 50/50 cuddler/loner. He likes to spend about half of his time cuddling with other cats, dogs, humans, being super affectionate & loving. And he likes to spend the other half of his time off doing his own thing, usually he would hide somewhere like under the bed or on a dining room chair. Kona is still available for adoption at the time of me typing this. He & Nokio are very bonded & so they will be going to a home together once that perfect home comes up, which I know will be any day now!
MEET LINCOLN :
Allow me to introduce you to Maverick, I mean Elliot, I mean Jamison, I mean Lincoln. Really, his name is Lincoln. It just took a week longer than the rest to find a name that perfectly suited him. Lincoln may look innocent in these photos, but do NOT let his looks fool you. Lincoln was quite the little booger, constantly doing/getting into something he wasn’t supposed to do/get into. He especially loved to climb. He was the first to make it onto the bed & the first to make it onto the dresser. Once he could get on the dresser it was all over. He could do anything. He was unstoppable – or so he liked to think, haha. Kona was always there to put him in his place, poor Linkey.
Lincoln loves people. He is a total lover dover. He would always cuddle as close to our faces as possible. He loved to give kisses. He would give us licks on our hand or chin until he’d eventually fall asleep – sooo sweet! He loves other animals too. Every time we would open the kitten room door he would run out & go straight to our cat Oliver or our dog William. He just wanted to hang w the big kids. Mr. Lincoln was adopted by a great young couple that already had a dog. They have sent me some photos of Lincoln & their dog hanging out, & they tell me that they are the best of friends, which makes me so overjoyed!
MEET NOKIO :
Last but certainly not least, in fact, while I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, he’s actually my favorite; Nokio! Awesome name, I know. I think I invented it!? I got the name from the phone brand Nokia, & the changed to “A” to an “O” to make it masculine. I love it! I didn’t think anyone could match our former foster Nadia’s level of energy, & I do still think that, but damn did Nokio give her a run for her money. Nokes has two energy levels; 01. Literally sleeping & 02. On crack. This dude can go, go, go. He’s crazy but he is freaking cute as can be! He loves water! He loves to drink it, but he really loves to play in it. He has been known to stand in his water bowl, jump in his water bowl, roll around in his water bowl. He has tried to get in the toilet many times & he succeeded…twice. Lol.
Nokio & I bonded immediately & from the day we started fostering them I would say, “If I could keep one it would be Nokey”. He is such a sweet soul! He loves everyone & he makes everyone love him. Really! Some of my cats are standoffish to other animals. It can take a year or more for some of them to become friends w new animals. Nokio simply didn’t take “no” or more like “get the fuck away from me” as an answer. He basically just kept going up to them, laying next to them, etc until they decided “fine we can associate”. (DISCLAIMER: While this method worked well for Nokio, I am NOT suggesting this as a method to make human friends, lol) When Nokio decides it’s time for bed he likes to curl up & suckle on his tail. He suckles his tail just as a baby sucks on a pacifier. He does it literally every single time he wants to go to sleep. At first I thought it was a sign of being weaned to early from the mother, but I think it’s actually just a comfort to him & it’s harmless. It’s pretty cute & yes I have many videos saved that I’ll enjoy for life. As I mentioned he & Kona are very bonded. They are still available for adoption & whatever family ends up adopting this pair is going to be extremely lucky.
I am thrilled to have spent so much time with these babes (two months with Evie & Lincoln, & four months with Kona & Nokio). I love them so very much. I will always cherish our memories, videos, & these photos (plus the seven thousand others I didn’t share). I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again a bazillion times more…
DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER ANIMALS DIE.
SPAY/NEUTER. VOLUNTEER. FOSTER. ADOPT. LOVE.