Clarence here. Please join us in celebrating Baskin and Abner's first birthday. One year ago they were born to a feral mamacat who lives in our neighborhood. Toward the end of her pregnancy the mamacat came to our yard twice a day to eat, and after Baskin and Abner were 7 weeks old she brought them with her. They always went back to where they lived on a neighboring block, but in the evenings they would linger in our yard so Mommy got to see how loving the mamacat was toward her babies. The kittens ate solid food at our house more and more as they grew older, but the nursing and bonding with their mamacat continued until they were weaned at nineteen weeks old. When the mamacat rejected the kittens as part of the weaning process, the kittens moved to our back yard to be near their food source. Our mommy had been earning their trust all along, so she wasted no time in luring them into our house. After a vet check-up, they were introduced to the rest of us kitties. Clarence was eager to have young playmates, and the kittens were drawn to him like catnip. The kittens have bonded closely with Clarence, and the three now play constantly. We've heard that cats meow to humans only and not to other cats, but those three boycats are incredibly vocal with each other. Clarence, Baskin, and Abner communicate with each other using chirps, trills, meeps, noises that sound like miniature elephants trumpeting, and multi-syllable multi-note sounds that resemble bird songs. When the boycats get active in the evenings, our house sounds like a rain forest full of exotic creatures...with a constantly thundering herds of elephants. It is the most joyful sound!
You probably already guessed it,...we failed at fostering again. Baskin and Abner are here to stay. They are still very timid and continue to work on overcoming their fearful feral tendancies, so re-homing them would be difficult. Plus, they have bonded so closely with Clarence that we could never bear to split them up. We love them, and they are officially part of our family.
Happy birthday, Baskin and Abner!
Ambrose, Clarence, Teddi, and Mommy
Unfortunately, their mamacat doesn't live on our block, visits only occasionally, and is very fearful of humans; so that makes getting her spayed more of a challenge. Mommy tried to trap her this winter with no success, but will definitely continue to try until she succeeds.
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