Kitten Lady, Hannah Shaw, said it best. When it comes to fostering kittens, “The goal is goodbye”. We at the Cole & Marmalade household learned this the hard way…mostly! =)
As heartbreaking as the end of your chapter with them may be, raising newborns into adoptable kittens ready for their fur-ever homes, is a “tale” of memories that will last a lifetime.
If you can make it through without foster failing…or foster triumph as we are currently calling it…you will have experienced every moment with your tiny charges.
So here in the Cole and Marmalade world, we’ve only ever fostered feral cats and kittens in the past–very different.
So when a trio of tiny furbabies needed our help, we were in for quite a ride!
Moving to Florida in May 2018, we finally had a rental home with landlords who were very open to feline rescuing; Big Cat Rescue. This meant that while we would have taken care of the property here, as we would anywhere, now we knew there were no more cross-country moves in our future!
We could focus on felines and helping them any way we can. Working with a local foster-based organization, St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, we are in the unique position to open our home to all ages. Both of us, Chris and Jess, work from home so we are around 24/7. We also have very opposite schedules, with Chris getting up very early and Jess the night owl.
St. Francis fosters reached out on July 27th with a question that would change our lives furever. Would we be able to foster 2 bottle-baby kittens found at an RV park?
Never working with kittens that young didn’t stop us in the least, knowing we were their last hope. The babes were dropped off that night. The next day, their sister was found hiding nearby in a vehicle and quickly joined the duo. (Full story here)
They became The Pointer Sisters; Anita, June and Ruth.
Under 2 weeks old, their eyes had just opened and they needed to be bottle fed kitten formula every 3 hours. We happily traded sleep for ear wiggles.
Every milestone was recorded; first litter box usage, first “potato shaped body” run without falling and first solid food.
As the girls grew, so did our love for them all.
Anita, or “Niti”, the tabby of the trio is an absolute snuggle-bug, lover, sweetheart and is the first to jump into our arms. Literally! Her nickname is perfect as she is “needy” – see what we did there?! LOL
She is also a “parrot-kitten”, loving climbing on our shoulders or backs whenever possible.
Ruth, or “Ru”, the torbie is almost as lovey as Niti. She does prefer to play and if she could play the lava-game ALL DAY, where you jump from object to object without touching the floor, she would!
Ru is always close behind her sister for after meal snuggles where she can check your face for any leftovers you may need help with.
June, or June Bug lead to the name Jugg. If you follow our page at all you’ll know we did the unthinkable and fell head over paw for this little Tortie stinker. She is now a purrmanent part of our CaM family.
She is our little gentle tortie and seemed to always be just to the side of her sisters playing off in her own little world. This doesn’t mean she isn’t happy snuggling in a kitten pile during cat naps and is right behind her sisters in a game of chase, wrestling or food comas.
She will join Zig Zag, our other “foster triumph” and you can follow their lives on their own Facebook page: Jugg and Zig Zag.
On Chris’s birthday, August 15th, all three girls were spayed. In America, this is done on healthy kittens when they are at least 2 months old and 2 lbs in weight. All three tested negative for FIV and FeLV too.
All 3 are healing from their surgeries but Ru, having a bit more “tigger bounce” even in a smaller playpen, got to experience her first “cone of shame” and then a sock onesie. Jess made them both and she is actually pretty agreeable to them. She’s all healed up and happy to be in her natural furs again =)
But now the story will move to the next chapter. Anita and Ruth need to find their furever home…TOGETHER!
There is no way we will separate these bonded sisters, who we’ve even caught going to the litter box together. You can’t get much more bonded than that!
Ruth and Anita are up for adoption through St. Francis and their profile pics are sure to attract many potential adopters. There are some special requirements though for these two who are the FIRST OFFICIAL CaM FOSTERS to be adopted!
- They MUST be adopted together.
- Bonus points if you keep their names since they both respond to them already.
- You MUST keep us updated because our hearts cannot fathom not knowing how their lives turn out. Especially when they are basically Cole, Marmalade, Jugg and Zig Zag’s kitty half-sisters.
- Their furever family MUST love them with all their hearts, souls and every fiber of your being.
That’s it for our added restrictions. =)
So if you think you have the purrfect home for our little girls, please complete the adoption application on the St. Francis website – links above on girls names. Who knows?! You may even have to pick them up from the Cole and Marm household!
To Niti and Ru: Please cherish the piece of our hearts you have now in your purrsession. ~ *legit happy tears while I type this* love you always, your first Mom, JessiCAT and Dad, Cat Man Chris.