Opened the back door (how many homes have a bathroom door that opens out to the yard? How perfect for babies in the back bathroom!) They all approached the outdoors in different ways...but it was mostly about all the Smells!! wow! Those tiny little noses really went to work. Mother Grace was watchful but not anxious...checked out the site. Later as Coco came too close, she hissed, and I put a gate at the end of the walk. Conveniently there's a curb. I can sit and watch them, and it keeps them in a small area till they're old enough to go beyond, at which point they can get over the curb (about a foot high). Fun was had. AND! The two tiny ones are integrated! Sleeping and playing together, though the tortie..named her Isabella...keeps to herself a lot. Kudos to Grace for taking them in!! They are weeks younger than her own, and I feared she might be less attentive now that hers are eating solid food! I'm also adding a shot of Monroe the man! Love o' my life! fur grown back sooo fast!! Strong and handsome!
Brought the Gracie five and Gracie (mother) out to the living room today...have been keeping them in the back bathroom, so they don't get exposed to anything...but while they were in the living room I kept them under a watchful eye...yet somehow Cubby, the tiny orange boy, goes missing. Thought he'd fallen off the couch, no, not under...wtf...found him in the back bathroom. Grace had taken him there to be with the others! Well, I'm still feeding him, didn't know how he'd do there, etc. Brought him back to his heated bed on the couch. turned away a sec, gone again. Just the orange boy, call him Cubby. this time he's in a closet. Later brought Grace and five back to the bathroom (it's big, with lots of windows). Came back to the living room...Cubby and Amber the tortie are gone...long story short, she wanted them in with her. She'd put them in the bed in the bathroom. Has been grooming them and they've nursed a bit! Grace is, however, at the stage when she's not with the babies all the time...hers are eating solid food. It will be hard to tell how much they've eaten, and how much I need to feed them. They sure appreciate her warm furry body!! Whatta sweet mother!
The book above is beautiful, with full-page color photos of the various flowers and descriptions the gifts they bring to us. It also spells out ways in which to determine what to use and how to use the chosen essences. Many feel that plants are our ancestors (they came first, and sustained us). They still give us great gifts. Flower essences are just that: made by steeping flowers in pure water, and letting the mixture sit in the sun. I don't make my own (yet) so not an expert on the process. However, I use the ones described in this book with great success. Flower essences work on our emotional states, as herbs work on the physical body. They are subtle and profound in their effects. My Milton, a big orange and white tabby, a dear boy, who had broken his back and was paralyzed in his rear end, decided one fine day that he had to show everyone how tough he was, and started attacking all of the other cats, all the time. Emergency! I made up a mixture of five essences, having to do with insecurity, need to dominate, frustration, etc., and started giving them to him I wish to goodness I'd kept the formula, although it might not work on anyone else; each situation is different. Anyhoo, in just one day, he stopped attacking. Completely! that was the most dramatic success I've had. Look into them: Bach created them for human use, but they translate perfectly to animals. The most commonly used one is Rescue Remedy, good as a general tranquilizer, for trips to the vet, etc. They can be found in any 'health food' store...or in most California pharmacies (couldn't help with that one:-)). I'd love to hear your success stories!!
This morning, as I was sitting with Carter, LuLu, Dabby, Sanibel, and Forrest, the call came. From the Deliverance Temple, subsidized housing in South Richmond, cat central for the homeless ones. Small kitten found, eyes shut still, crying all night. It took them an hour to bring him over, I agonized...but he was in okay shape I think. Not too thin. He's the one in the middle here. Mother isn't too interested in grooming him, but accepted him on a sink-or-swim basis. I took sterner measures, and tube-fed him the six milliliters which is his stomach capacity , 5.8 oz. He's about a week old. 'bout time to feed him again...wiped his nose, said a prayer...good wishes are most welcome! He orients strangely, not toward the mother. May just be bad sense of smell from the congestion. Will see.!
I have been wondering how I'd manage this 'kitten season'...way too much going on already. So, a fellow catlady called today: everyone she knew had moms and litters and did I possibly have space? As I tell folks, they don't take up much space. It's the next twenty years that gets ya...found in the bushes in San Pablo, no caretaker... the trapper followed her four city blocks to her nest. The mothers never cease to amaze, the way they manage! I was told that there were four...five arrived, the most beautiful little things I've ever seen...and their lovely Siamese mix mother. Bonus!!! The mother was friendly. makes it SO much easier for her and us...and not many fleas at all. They are four male tabbies, and one female Siamese...awwwww...sweet, especially when htey 'hiss'. They kind of just open their mouths and breathe out. Today was the first time they had been handled. Did well...at this age they're trusting.
And Tangerine is new! trapped by mistake, no one showed up, posted cat lost signs, etc. She's sweet and shy...loves to be held. Has a thick soft coat...we named her Tangerine...
There are five, so the plan and hope is for one to be adopted with the mother, and the other four in pairs!
Nice "quiet" day...actually was. The dinner making comes up sooo fast after the morning rounds are over. Chloe decided to visit the neighbors today, the ones with the two-foot deep fish pond. She fell in, and when I went to get her this evening, she was soaked. and cold. oy. Hair dryer and a heating pad and some cooked liver and beef...hope she'll be okay!
Ramon here is one of four recent rescues...mellow and sweet, big and healthy...from a junkyard with some minor injuries...doing fine!
I want to thank all the supporters who came to the Pasta Pomodoro today ! I got to see a lot of my friends, learned that tiramisu has almost 900 calories, ate if anyway, and had a great time. Angel Basha brought twelve!! People for dinner! Bless her heart! The restaurant gave 20% of each supporter's bill to Bee Holistic...many of my catlady friends who can ill afford it came...bless you all!!! they have overwhelming needs of their own, so it's especially touching that they help us...So thanks from all of us and good night!
The founder of Bee Holistic, Cynthia Burke, has been caring for cats most of her life, volunteering with such groups as the wonderful Animal Balance, and Fix Our Ferals. In 2011 Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care became a registered non-profit.