|Their first time venturing out of hiding.|
When I got them last week, the babies were about 10-11 weeks old. It was their first time out of a cage and the first time away from mom. It was not surprising then, to find they were a little shy when I first brought them home. I settled them into a small room upstairs where they were free to explore and adjust to life outside a cage. I opened the carrier and they slowly ventured out. After doing a quick check around the room they all disappeared under the dresser. A pile of five scared kittens huddled together for protection against a scary new world without their mom. Within days they were all out of hiding and running around the room playing.
|I think little Ben may be my favorite.|
The little orange kitten and the buff kitten, Pounce and Mayhem are the leaders of the gang. Troublesome, curious, almost snuggly, they are the perfect kittens. They lead the way on everything, from play time to exploring the room and getting kitten rubs. They are also the ones who discovered that there is a whole new world to explore on the other side of the door. This was discovered by accident one day when they all swarmed me for dinner. Now it has become a game and Pounce, the orange kitten, leads the way in walking out the door every time I open it.
|Pounce about to go after a toy.|
Fostering is a wonderful experience. Watching these kittens grow and explore, knowing that I have given these babies a second chance at life, a chance to be kittens, is the most rewarding experience I could ever ask for. Sure there is a lot of work, kittens are a lot of work, and five kittens are five times as much work, but it is all worth it. The kittens have helped me too, they have reminded me of the joy there is to be found in life. I spend hours a day sitting with them either playing with them or watching them play. It is impossible to be stressed, angry or upset when watching kittens be kittens. So much life in them, so much joy as they bounce and jump and play with their toys and each other. Running around the room, pouncing, exploring, the kittens are enjoying life, and it is hard to hold on to all the toxic things life throws at you. The stress of the day, melts away when I watch them play and explore. While I am only able to help them for a few weeks, I know I have made a difference in their lives, and they have made a difference in mine. It will be an experience I will never forget.