We have borrowed a life trap and hope to catch their mama soon before we need to find a bigger house. But honestly, what am I supposed to do? Leave them outside to perish or become feral? That will never happen. Once you have more than 3 cats a few more don't matter (well, except financially maybe, the vet bills at the beginning are quite something). There is nothing wrong with the little ones eye, he just blinked at the wrong time.
It turned out that the cat had two more kittens hidden somewhere in our yard. Last weekend she brought them out and left them in our carport. Not a good place to be for a kitten. So kitten rescue operation II went into action and here we are. They were just a bit feral when we first brought them inside so we kept them away from everything until their playpen arrived and they moved in right next to their brothers. I gave them the box to hide in, just in case, but they soon decided it was more fun to be on top of the box. The first night was tough, they meowed a lot and we ended up putting them back in the den. Second night - all quiet. They are getting used to us now and this morning Midnight let me take him out of the pen and cuddle him and he seemed to enjoy it. Lilly is a bit of wild child with a lot of 'tortitude' already, but she is hissing less and less and playing with the toys I gave them and her brother. The have seen the vet on Monday and apart from worms they are healthy. We gave them their meds and in two weeks they go in for their first round of shots.
Yes, I know, we are crazy, but now we have a full dozen and that is it. (I hope, or we're gonna need a bigger house).
Guess what? Almost 8 years after the last delivery a friendly neighborhood cat dropped of her babies with us - again. I guess that big "S" for sucker is still on our house.
There were only two and this time I brought them in immediately. Mom does not show any interest in coming anywhere near us, I wish she would so we could at least have her fixed. I hate that so many people let their cats outside without neutering them first.
That brings our cat count to 10 and I guess we officially qualify as 'crazy cat people' now. :-) I can't help it, I just love cats.
They are two boys, one orange, one tuxedo. We named them Merry and Pippin and once you have a name you are part of the family. Merry is the orange one, he is bigger than Pippin but still prefers the bottle over the canned food. Pippin goes after the solid food with gusto. I am dead on my feet from stress and kitten care and trying to make my gang feel all loved and cared for and give them the feeling that nothing much has changed (except the little moving furballs in the carrier).
I finished another blanket and a shawl. The shawl is for the donation box, the blanket will very likely stay with me. The pattern for the blanket is called "Wisteria Fischer" so I just had to make it in purple.
Well, getting back into blogging regularly proved way more difficult than I expected. I really don't have much to say, I don't want to waffle on about my personal life, which is, honestly neither that exciting nor that interesting and the cats don't like having their picture taken. My old camera gave up the ghost and I am still trying to familiarize myself with the new one. Mind you, it is a simple one but rather different from my trusty little one that lasted almost 14 years.
So, what am I doing with my time these days? I read a lot and I knit and crochet. My sewing mojo is still absent and even my new sewing table/cabinet has not re-ignited it.
I finished a new blanket and a shawl and I am making weekly squares for a future blanket that will be donated. I have a gazillion WIPs of all kind and every day I pull one out of the stash and work on it, I hope to finish them all this year.
We are all reasonably healthy, the house is still standing and the kitties are well. The Winter was not too cold and it looks like Spring has finally sprung. I will not plant anything in the garden this year, I just don't feel like doing battle with weeds and critters. We are feeding a couple of neighborhood cats and I hope their presence will keep some of said critters away, then maybe next year I have another go at a veggie garden.