Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brothers Ace and Zen in Their New Home

Ace and Zen were part of a litter of five bottle baby kittens rescued from an animal control facility. Their foster family cared for them round the clock and loved them up preparing them for new homes.

Foster volunteers LOVE getting photos and updates from adopters, makes letting them go a bit easier. Ace's and Zen's family have sent a bunch of fabulous photos to share.

They love laying/sleeping in bowls or on backpacks.





They also love to jump into my daughters stroller, play catch the fish on the iPad, snuggle and kiss, and lay on more backpacks.








Snoozing, playing with feathers, watching for birds, chipmunks and squirrel's.





They also love to play in a tunnel we have and sleep in bed with us!



Thank you to their new family for giving them a loving home and updating us with photos!

Friday, September 19, 2014

More kittens patiently waiting: Cecil and Super Smidge

Some kittens wait longer than others to be adopted. Smidge and her best buddy Cecil have been waiting for just the right home.




You can imagine that Smidge wears an invisible red cape, because she is just that super. She's as outgoing, adventuresome, and super-sweet as any little kitten could be.



Smidge plays and explores the day away in her foster home, but she also has a job: to teach Cecil to be less afraid. Cecil is as sweet and curious as his friend but much more shy. They make a great pair and will adjust well to a new home together.



Smidge is beautiful, with a unique, golden brownish/gray tabby coat. Cecil is unique too, with his one blue eye and one green eye. Cecil and Super Smidge are about 6 months old and were both rescued as stray kittens, from different parts of town, before meeting in their foster home. They want to go explore a  new home together and are always on the lookout for just the right family to come along.




For more information or to meet Cecil and Smidge, call Molly at 651-295-3758.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Patiently Waiting a VERY Long Time to be Adopted!

Standing in the grocery store's check out line that's 10 people deep. Sitting in rush hour traffic, having not moved an inch in the last 5 minutes. And waiting months on end to be adopted. These are things that are all very frustrating. Time moves so slowly in these moments.

Dusty and Bindi
These fluffy faces have been waiting for a long time to have someone fall madly in love with them. These kittens are sweet, funny, playful, and loving. The one thing that connects them is how long they've been up for adoption. Are you that special person who will give them a forever home? Here are the kittens that would love to meet you (and are patiently waiting by the phone for your call):

Bindi is a beautiful cow kitty, her black and white spots muddled like a Holstein. She's a bit shy but incredibly sweet. She wins the dubious honor of being the kitten waiting the longest for an adoption, having been posted for adoption for an entire year. Her siblings were all adopted months and months ago and poor Bindi awaits her forever home. She would love to be adopted while she's still technically a kitten (which is 18 months old). Bindi is very affectionate once she's bonded. She likes to snuggle with her friend Dusty and other cats. She's got a funny habit of "nursing" on her foster caregiver's shirt while being petted.

Coriander
Bindi would like to be adopted with her friend Dusty. Dusty has been waiting a good 6 months for his adopter to find him (and his friend Bindi). He likes being carried around or laying on his people for a nap. Dusty loves looking out the window at birds. He's a very vigorous player and bulldozes in to anyone to get a moving toy.

Coriander is another kitten that is the last in his litter to be adopted. Coriander has been waiting for about 3 months. He is an outgoing and playful kitten filled with spirit.  After playing hard, he likes to curl up for a nap somewhere, preferably on a lap.

Lady M
Carrot, Lady Marmalade, and Cheddar are three orange tabbies that are just coming out of their shells. Cheddar loves to play with just about any toy but her favorites are the Cat Dancer and laser pointer. When not playing she likes to get brushed and petted. Carrot loves to be brushed and scratched on the head. He likes toys that dangle down so that he can bat at them. He also likes to burrow under rugs and sleep or play there. Lady loves to lounge by the window but gets all excited for the laser pointer or her favorite toy, the cat dancer! She also enjoys a good brushing.
Zotz

Khaleesi
Zotz watched her siblings get adopted and is patiently waiting to be adopted herself. She would love to be adopted with her surrogate mother Khaleesi. The pair make excellent playmates. If you need someone help configure your computer's firewall, Zotz is your gal. She's a computer expert. She's learned how to download music, create her own playlist, partion another user login to her foster care giver's laptop, and record her own high score on a game (not to mention actually reaching that high score). Khaleesi is the sweetest mother ever. She loves to have her nose kissed and adores being petted.

Jon Snow is a kitten filled with gumption and confidence. He's zany but loveable. He loves to sleep on the top of his cat tower with his head dangling over the edge. He walks on the wild side... when he's napping. He adores other cats.
Jon Snow

Pedro, Checkers, Mittens, along with their loving mother Edna all have the unfortunate distinction of being FIV+. FIV is nothing to fear. Pedro is a shy, quiet, mustachioed young guy.  He is sweet and playful and VERY good at taking naps.  But watch out for your socks - Pedro has an obsession! He has been known to steal socks right out of the laundry basket. Mittens is very loving - and she especially loves kids.  And watch out when her purrbox gets going!  Her purrs will shake your rafters! Checkers is very playful and curious.  She loves to explore the world around her and is very entertaining to watch.  In fact, with Checkers and a laser pointer, you may never need any other form of entertainment ever again! Edna loves to be petted and scratched under the chin. She loves all the attention from humans that she can get - she can’t wait to be in a home of her own! If you want to read more about FIV, here are some good sites:
Edna

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-tips-shouldnt-fear-fiv-in-cats-feline-immunodeficiency-virus 
http://www.foha.org/index.php?id=92
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/brochure_fiv.cfm 
Checkers
Mittens
Triss

Pedro
Triss is a fearless explorer, climber of baby gates, and demander of attention on her terms. Triss may be the most beautiful kitten ever, and constantly fights against her angelic appearance. She will suffer cuddles, but then wants to get back to her kitty agenda.


Daisy is Miss Personality.  She loves everyone and likes to greet you every time you enter the room. And, she'll follow you around to get the attention she wants.  Daisy is very playful and inquisitive.
Daisy is so fun to play with and is a good snuggler at bedtime.


Daisy
All of these kittens and momma cats have been waiting far too long for their turn at the adoption table. Is their forever home your home? Call Joan today at 651-705-6264.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meet your Match

If you missed the adoption day on Saturday at Woody's Pet Food Deli, you haven't missed your chance to meet these great cats and kittens.

Sweet Bee and Baby Bee mostly slept through the adoption event, but they woke up for petting and playing later in the afternoon. Since Sweet Bee is outgoing and Baby Bee is more shy (but still bery sweet), they would make a perfect pair. They are super soft and beautiful.







Brother and sister Peapod and Pickle are outgoing and affectionate and always manage to engage store visitors for playtime and petting.





Chelsea stole the show on Saturday, soaking up attention from everyone she met. She is a gorgeous mom-cat looking for a home with her equally charismatic tortie kitten Charlotte.





Olive and her brother Roger were nervous about their first big adventure out of the house. But meet these kids in their foster home and you can see how beautiful and social they really are.  Roger or Olive would make a great companion for another young cat.



The three brothers started out scared but warmed up by the end of the day. These young guys are shy but would also all make great companions for another young cat. Or adopt them all together for an instant family. These boys are looking for a foster or forever home.




You can stop by Woody's in St. Paul to meet the Bees, Peapod and Pickle, Parsley and Pepper. Call Molly to meet the brothers, Chelsea and Charlotte, or Olive, Roger, and sister Jewel in their foster homes. 651-295-3758 or email outreach@felinerescue.org.




Friday, August 29, 2014

Nadya's Update

The world is a strange, strange place. Mysteries and odd phenomenons pop up all the time. The Loch Ness monster. Bigfoot. Crop circles. Socks that disappear in the dryer. And phantom FIV.

Phantom FIV? Never heard of it? Neither had we. Until Nadya.

Okay, so phantom FIV isn't a real thing and it doesn't really describe what Nadya went through. But let's make one thing perfectly clear: Nadya does not have FIV. Say what? That's right. Nadya does not have FIV.

For those that have been following Nadya and the cookie and candy kittens on her web cam, you are very well aware that Nadya was diagnosed with FIV back in early May. For those who are new to the story, Nadya kept having mysterious bouts of extremely high fevers - 105+ (normal cat temp range is 100.4-102.5). She would stop eating (but would continue to nurse her kittens). She was hospitalized twice for several days, hooked up to IVs and pumped full of antibiotics. Her fevers would break; she would be fine for a few weeks and then the fever would return.

She's had several FIV tests. The standard one is called the Elisa and Nadya had that test performed three times. All came back negative. She had the Western Blot test, which is a more comprehensive test than the Elisa snap test. It came back negative. Finally, she had the PCR test performed. The PCR test is the mother of all blood work tests. It is the definitive test, the most comprehensive. It came back positive. It was assumed that the reason the other tests came back negative was because the FIV antibodies were still fighting the virus, that she was newly infected with FIV.

When Nadya had her spay surgery, the Elisa snap test was performed again. It's standard procedure for FR at the time of spay/neuter surgeries. It came back negative. Wait. Hold the phone. This test was performed after the PCR test. It should have returned a positive result, too, right?

Our vet called the University of Minnesota to discuss this odd phenomenon. Six FIV tests, five of which came back negative. Only one came back positive. Sure, it was the most comprehensive of all the tests but why did the most recent one come back negative? The University was intrigued. They decided to do a case study on Nadya. More blood tests for Nadya.

After three weeks of anxiously waiting for the results, the news was startling. That one test that came back positive was re-done. This time, it came back negative. Nadya does not have FIV.

So why did that test come back positive? There are many theories running amuck. Perhaps the test was not done properly or somehow got tainted. Perhaps Nadya was stressed and threw a false positive. Perhaps other cats who were jealous of Nadya's celebrity conspired with the lab and paid them to falsify the report. Perhaps. But not likely. Maybe even Bigfoot played a role in this whole thing. The only thing that matters is that Nadya is not FIV+. As her foster caregiver, I can wipe away a few tears and sigh with relief. My beautiful girl will live a long, healthy life. Now she just needs to find a forever home to live her long life in.

If you would like to adopt the Mother - and Patient - of the Year, please call Joan at  651-705-6264.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet Creators of An Engineer's Guide to Cats!


Feline Rescue is hosting Paul and TJ (of An Engineer's Guide to Cats fame) tonight at our booth at the Walker Art Center International Cat Film Festival. Stop by the booth for photos and autographs.

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