The Adventures of (Angel) Grrreta's Fam

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Birthday, Baskin and Abner!

 Hi Kitties,

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.

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments about Grrreta. It was a great comfort to us. We are incredibly thankful to have such caring and supportive blogging friends.


Fuzzy Tales said...

A very happy birthday to Baskin and Abner. What a wonderful story; we're so glad your human lured them into your house.

We wish them a wonderful day!

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Heloise, Momo, Ryu said...

Hey Baskin and Abner! Actually, we rather love foster fail stories, and we know you will be very happy in your Forever home. So cool that you have a wonderful big brother in Clarence! And we're sure that sweet Grrreta had a paw in making these arrangements...

The Chans

Timmy Tomcat said...

Happy Birfdayz to You!
Happy Birfdayz to You!
Happy Birfdayz Baskin and Abner!
Happy Birfdayz to You!

Great job giving kitties a furever home. Our family has a few failed fosters too.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Happy Birthday you two! I hope you have a very, very special day!

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy Birffday, boyz!!! With love and treats, we think you will come to love your Human Mom, too.
How did you come to have such COOL names?

The Island Cats said...

Aw, this is a great story. Happy Birthday to Baskin and Abner.

meowmeowmans said...

Happy birthday, Baskin and Abner! We sure are happy that your family failed at fostering again. :)

Gigi said...

Happy Birfday, Little Guys (well, I guess prolly at a whole YEAR you're not so little anymore....)

Boy, your Mama really knew which yard to bring you to, didn't she? Ha ha ha--good job, Mama!

Great to hear you are all a big happy family ;-)

Jans Funny Farm said...

We love a good foster failure story. How neat Clarence, Baskin and Abner have forged such close bonds. Happy Birthday to the two failed foster cats.

Tamago said...

Happy birthday to Baskin and Abner! It may be a foster failure but sure is big adoption success story :-) Especially Clarence must be thankful as they have so much fun together!
Have a wonderful birthday!!

Mr Puddy said...

Happy birthday, Baskin and Abner!!!!
Me love your story ! And give a good cuddle to Clarence for me. Have a Fantastic time, Boyz : )

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts and words when Eric had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge. We miss him very much. He and Grrreta will be running free and happy catching mousies together.
Happy Birthday to Baskin and Abner

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy Birthday to you boys!! Me and my new brofur chirp and trill too!

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Birthday to Baskin and Abner! In our opinion, that is the best kind of "fail"!

The Florida Furkids

Donna said...

Happy birthday to Baskin and Abner. :)


We are sorry to be late but we wanted to wish Baskin and Abner a very happy purrday!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Baskin and Abner!!!

Karen Jo said...

Happy Birthday, Baskin and Abner. You had one smart mama to lead you to such a good home. My attempt at fostering failed for just the same reason. I knew it would break Spyro's heart if I found another home for Austin and Rocio, so I adopted them.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Hope Baskin and Abner had a pawsome birthday! Your mom did a great job taking care of them. Just wish the mama cat could be caught one day for spaying.
We think of you all often, and hope you are doing ok. Grrreta had a wonderful home and family. Sending purrs from all of us.

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Thank you Thank you so much for your kind purrs to Michico, she gets better :)

Happy Happy Birthday to Baskin and Abner!! Wish them always happy and healthy.

Mariodacat said...

Hi new friends. Thank you for visiting my bloggy and for sending that wonderful harness. It just arrived today and M is anxious to try it on me. She's hoping it will fit, if not, we'll auction it off sometime, but she wants that kind for me. Thanks so much.

Gigi said...

Hi Kitties! Thanks for visiting me today :-) I hope you are all doing well....I know you are still missing your Greta, though. She was a beautiful and funny girl! The Human and I liked her furry, furry much and we send you all purrs XOXOXOX

Unknown said...

Happy double birthday! I love the story - it's like the mama kitty gave her babies to you. What a compliment and what a smart mama.