May 19, 2017

Unexpected Kittens

I didn’t intend to be away from my blog for so long. The time just flew by. I tried my best to decide what kind of creations I should focus on in the future but the harder I tried, the more ideas popped into my head and wanted attention as well. The result was that I didn’t accomplish anything for months which was rather frustrating. It seems that I will just continue to work on many different kinds of projects. Limiting myself doesn’t work for me. At least not at this time. I have some junk people in the works and you’ll also get to see some summer decorations and mixed media art soon. Today I have to tell you about some cute furry babies though.

On Good Friday someone left four 10-14 days old kittens in front of our gate. I guess I’m known as the crazy cat lady in our area. Unfortunately, it’s common practice in the South and East of Europe to drown unwanted kittens or to abandon them somewhere in the wilderness where they either starve to death or get killed by predators. It’s so unbelievably cruel and I’m glad that these four didn’t have to suffer such kind of fate. The first two weeks I had to bottle-feed the kittens every two to three hours day and night. In the meanwhile they drink kitten milk from a small plate and eat kitten food as well. I have to get up only once a night now.

Tricolor Kitten by Vintage with Laces


This little girl is Gracie. For some days we thought she wouldn’t make it because she threw up kitten milk and food and she lost so much weight. It seems that she has a very sensitive stomach. She’s doing pretty well with the food she gets now and she gains weight again every day.

Kitten with a ball of wool by Vintage with Laces


The second girl of the litter is Pixie. She is the smallest of the four and extra clumsy which is so cute.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces


Smokey started out with less weight than his brother but he's now the biggest of the siblings.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces


This is Cosmo. He was the first to use the litter box when he was just under three weeks old. Amazing!

Wrestling Kitten by Vintage with Laces


We do have a winner in the Greco-Roman kitten wrestling championship. The gold medal goes to Smokey and we better give it to him right now or he’ll wrestle us down as well. 😀


Kittens by Vintage with Laces


Izzie was about 5 months old when someone left her in front of our home a few days before Christmas. She was still too young to take care of herself, so of course we adopted her. We had her spayed in January. However, she feels motherly towards the kittens. She licks them and even helped with the bathroom business when they weren’t going to litter box yet. We have to take her away after a few minutes though because then she gets too rough with the kittens.

Three Kittens by Vintage with Laces


It’s so much fun watching the little fur balls play with themselves, with each other or any kind of toy. Yesterday evening I laughed tears when Cosmo shoved an empty egg carton around in circles with his nose for some minutes. It’s so cute when they chase each other around the food stool or when such little kittens arch their back before playfully attacking a sibling. We haven’t laughed as much as in the last several days for a while. We hope we’ll find good homes for the kittens but I dread the day I have to part with them. I know there will be tears involved. I remember how hard it was to let go two kittens of the litter we had 5 years ago.

The kittens will check out theses great parties:

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market

34 comments:

FrauHummel said...

Oh Julia- ich fühle mit dir! Unsere Daisy im Stall hat auch 4 Junge zur Welt gebracht, hat sie aber andauernd verschleppt, wieder zurückgebracht, wieder verschleppt.... und dabei hat sie ein kleines Mädchen im Heustock vergessen. Sie hat lange geweint, sodass wir sie schlussendlich mit nach hause nahmen und ebenso wie du mit der Flasche aufgezogen haben. Sie war damals 3 Wochen alt, diesen Sonntag wird sie 7 Wochen alt. Trulla ist ein richtiger kleiner Sonnenschein, und genau wie bei euch gibt es wegen ihr viel zu lachen. Toffee ist allerdings ziemlich ärgerlich über den Neuzuwachs und gibt die empörte Dame. Wir hoffen, dass sie sich noch einkriegt!
Deine Rasselbande ist allerliebst, Gott, ich glaube, ich müsste sie alle behalten! Wie kann man nur sowas tun und die Babys einfach jemandem vor die Türe setzen? Naja, wenigstens hat man sie nicht umgebracht....entsetzlicher Gedanke!
Ich wünsche euch weiterhin ganz viel Freude (und demnächst ungestörte Nachtruhe! ;oD). Wer weiss: Vielleicht bleibt doch das eine oder andere Baby bei euch hängen?? ;oD
Herzliche Grüsse aus der Schweiz, Frau Hummel und Trulla
PS: In meinem vorletzten Post kannst du die Trulla sehen!

Dorthe said...

Oh what a most wonderful gift dear Julia, - they are ever so cute and lovely, and I can see in my head, all the funny and happy , situations you have with them . They have been so lucky, getting a home with you, and yes it will be teary ,when you have to give them away , when older....
Enjoy the happy and funny life while they are there, with you- maybe you can allow yourself, to keep one of them :-)
I hope you are feeling great, dearest, and look forward to visit your blog again, to see your gorgeous creations.
Hugs and love to you my friend.

Jeanie said...

Oh Julia, you have a grand heart. I am so grateful these kittens found their way to you where they have a chance to get a very good start. There is something about a kitten that just makes us laugh. They're so wide-eyed, learning everything new, rough and tumble and adorable. You are a grand foster mom!

Thanks for coming over to the Gypsy and welcome back to blog land. Life happens -- it's what we do. Life is manadatory, blogging optional (but fun, and I'm glad you have returned!)

ULKAU said...

Oh Julia, wie gut, dass es Menschen wie dich gibt, die sich so liebevoll um die kleinen Ausgesetzten kümmert!
Eben habe ich mich so gefreut, wieder etwas von dir zu sehen... deine wunderbaren Fotos könnte ich mir jetzt ständig anschauen, es gibt doch kaum etwas liebenswerteres als Baby-Kätzchen. Und deine Tiger-Kinder sind wirklich besonders hübsch.
Gut, dass ich nicht in deiner Nähe wohne, sonst wäre Smokey jetzt meiner!
Viel Spaß noch mit deiner Rasselbande wünscht dir Ulrike

Sandy said...

What beautiful kittens but I must say, I have never seen a kitten that wasn't beautiful! How sweet of Izzie to take care of the babies. You are a good Mama!!
sandy xx

liniecat said...

I was cat rescue for years and still to this day miss rearing the kittens, such a privilege despite being dumped! - thank goodness you knew what to do with them and have given them a new start in their lives

hope you find homes for them all : )

Junkchiccottage said...

Julia these kittens were put right where they should be. You with your big heart have saved these four little lives. I know they will make great fur babies for some families. I know it is hard to be a mom to them and then to have to let them go. They are so adorable. Sure you cannot keep at least one of them?!!!! Izzie needs a brother or sister! You are an angel to help these little ones. Hope you can find good homes for them. Love the pic with Izzie so cute.
Kris

Julia Konya said...

Oh my goodness Julia, they are absolutely adorable and I love the name. Thank you for taking them in and I agree it's awful in Southern Europe for animals, not only kittens. I'm glad they are with someone as amazing as you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mellowood Gallery said...

I know exactly what you mean when you talk about ideas popping into your head but nothing gets accomplished - it will come. The kittens are darling but then kittens usually are. It is so nice of you to take them in and nurture them. I hope you find good homes for them when it is time for them to leave you. - Well done!!!!

tatjana said...

Liebe Julia,
die Fotos sind so schön, sooooo süße Katzenbabies, alles Gute für euch, mögen die Katzen groß und stark werden. Ich hoffe du findest wundervolle Menschen für sie, schade, dass du sie nicht behalten kannst.
Alles Liebe vom Reserl

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

You have a kind and generous heart to take in those fur babies and give them so much attention and care. They are adorable.

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia,
oooooh, sind die ENTZÜCKEND! Ich freue mich so sehr, dass sie von euch adoptiert wurden und dass sie alle durchgekommen sind. Das spricht sehr für deine gute Pflege und dein gutes Händchen. Die Fotos sind ebenfalls wunderbar geworden. Und herzig auch, dass Izzi die Ziehmutter spielen will, selbst wenn sie dafür noch etwas zu wild oder ungeschickt ist. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, das mit Tier-Adoptivkindern Freude und Tränen nicht weit auseinander liegen - einerseits bereiten die Kleinen viel Spaß, andererseits ist es wohl kaum machbar, alle ausgesetzen Katzenbabies zu sich zu nehmen und zu behalten. Also schon auch ein bisserl ein Fluch, wenn man als "Tierretterin" bekannt ist... Aber für DIESE Katzen macht es auf alle Fälle einen großen Unterschied, dass du da bist und ihnen Katzenmilch und Futter, deine Zuwendung, deine Nächte und jede Menge Liebe gibst!

Lass dich herzhaft drücken und gib allen deinen Kätzchen - den kleinen und den großen - liebe, weiche Krauler von mir! Nina und Mäx winken auch!
Herzlichst, die Traude

johanna said...

es reichen ja schon die Fotos, um hin&weg zu sein von diesen kleinen rackern, sie sind wirklich zu süß! das glaub ich dir, dass du die tag und nacht beobachten könntest und sie dir viel Freude bereiten.
aus meiner Kindheit kenne ich das auch noch, dass katzen ersäuft oder erschlagen wurden, kastrieren ließ damals wohl niemand. so traurig! umso schöner, dass sie eine Retterin gefunden haben.
und auf den Bildern sieht man ja, wie stark das Kindchenschema durchschlägt... sie sind einfach knuddlig! ich wünsche dir ganz viel Freude mit ihnen (ja, der abschied wird traurig werden, aber genieß die Gegenwart).
liebe grüße, Johanna
PS: auf deinen neuen kreativitätsschwung bin ich schon gespannt:)

Barbara Casillas said...

Fantastic photos. It is so fun to watch animals play, especially the babies. I recently fostered a two week old kitten, but I ended up adopting her as well. I volunteer at an animal shelter, and I'm a complete foster failure. I have adopted two dogs and now the cat that I started out fostering. Animas bring so much joy to our lives.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Bless You ! what a lovely group of kittens. They are all just adorable. So glad they found a safe place. Never had cats before..but 6 years ago we wanted barn cats, well 2 brothers, have been in our home ever since. I am glad we have 2 they have a lot of fun together and we are able to leave them for a couple of days without any problems. Good luck with finding them a forever home someday. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

white and vintage said...

Liebe Julia,
du meine Güte sind die Kleinen süß! Wenn du in meiner Nähe wohnen würdest, würde ich sofort eines nehmen, obwohl wir schon vier Findlinge haben.Hoffentlich findest du für die Kätzchen ein schönes Zuhause, das wäre schön.
Ich wünsche dir und den Kleinen alles Gute.
Ganz liebe Grüße,
Christine

Poppy said...

They are SO adorable, Julia! And I love the pic of Izzie with them; she is so maternal (mostly!;). How kind of you to take them in and nurture them. It sounds quite tiring in the beginning, but well worth it, I imagine. I know how much you adore kitties, and I'm so glad that you got the chance to be a mommy to these cuties.

Happy weekend!
xo
Poppy

P.S.: Wonderful to see a post from you!:))

Annie said...

Ah, just look at those sweet innocent faces. They're so adorable. I love cats. I wish I could sign up for one of these cuties. Ozzie knows how they feel. How fortunate the ones are that are left for your care. I love this post!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ohhhhh, they are so beautiful and have found such a loving home. You have a good heart my sweet friend!!!! xoxo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The kittens are so adorable.I know it will be hard to part with them, but you are giving them a good start in life. So glad they ended up with you!
I understand the feeling of having so many things you want to to do that it's hard to get anything done...a creative mind at work!

Connie said...

They are adorable. If we lived closer I would love to have one. I think every farm should have a farm cat :)

Angie Chavez at Knick of Time said...

We just adopted 2 abandoned kittens as well, and our female cat loves them like they're her own. Your little kitties are just precious, and I'm glad whoever owned them dropped them off with you instead of killing them. They have a loving home now!

Marie Symeou said...

They are so cute!

We're so glad they were saved. Some people are just so cruel :(

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

They are simply adorable. Will be so hard to find new homes as you are bonding away. They were lucky to find you. xox

Cristina Pop said...

Oh,they`re so adorable!

MixedKreations said...

Awe they are adorable! It is so sad that someone could just dump them like that. I'm am glad that you took them in and took care of them, and that your kitty Izzie took a liking to them. My cat Dakota was found by my daughter when she was about a week old and bottle fed her and took care of her for a few weeks until she could bring her to me. Then when we got our second kitty we adopted from the animal shelter, and Dakota took her under her wing.

Thelma Findlay said...

Sigh - kitten love! Made me smile big.

Chris Lally said...

Your story and lovely photos just made my day, Julia. You have such a tender heart! God bless you for your unselfish act of kindness.
Looking forward to getting acquainted with your blog!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a wonderful thing to adopt those sweet kitty's and save their lives!

Carol

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Julia! I found your blog via a kind comment you made on my friend and fellow Blogger Chris Lally's blog. I love vintage and I love cats. They are absolutely precious and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Julia,
What a sweeties. So cute these little kittens.
You have made very nice pictures of them.

Best regards,
Marco

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness, Julia, the kittens are soooooooo cute and you've really taken some fabulous photos here. Although they require so much care in the beginning, I know how rewarding the experience is. My best friend here just started fostering 5 that another friend was taking care of before she left the country. They are just so precious! I just don't understand how people can harm such precious little creatures. Bless you and your husband. I'm glad you're a crazy cat lady! :) Best wishes, Tammy

Suffershill House said...

Mein Gott, wie entzückend! Katzenkinder lassen einen ja vom Fleck weg dahinschmelzen. Bin hier auch eine Katzenlady (mit der Nachbarin zusammen) und auch wir kümmern uns um herrlose oder kranke Katztiere.
Wünsche dir viel Freude mit den Flauschbällchen und hoffe, dass sie in gute Hände kommen. Du fragtest nach meinem Couchtisch, der leider nur selbstgekauft, nicht selbstgemacht. ;-)
Liebe Grüße
Solveig

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

God bless you for taking care of these beautiful babies. Thank you for the words of comfort you left on my blog for the loss of Snowball.