I'm so shocked we are still waiting for babies to arrive! Kitten Season really isn't over! There have been cats in heat coming into the shelter, so that means there's at least one more wave of babes to come. I'm not sure why there is such a lull now!
We're anxious, but we're fine. I've enjoyed giving lots of attention to Charlene and Wylla, and they've enjoyed receiving it! We've been really focused on giving them both more exercise. Wylla's in top form, but Bean put on some weight this summer. It all started in June when we were gone for three weeks, and though they got lots of attention when Sarah visited them, there were many inactive hours during that stretch.
When we got back and got kittens, I had a really hard time keeping her out of their food. She was completely obsessed with it, and so very sneaky, so she managed to steal enough to make a noticeable change in her her physique. She has slimmed down tiny bit since the last batch left, but there's still work to be done.
As I've mentioned before, because of her Hyperesthesia we need to keep her stress triggers at a minimum. Nothing stresses her out more than not being able to snack when she wants too, so we have to allow her to free feed, which I know is not ideal for an overweight cat, but we don't want her to be anxious all of the time.
Exercise is key for Bean, so Craig and I have both been trying to play with her more often. Currently, her favorite toy is a feather wand, and we can get her moving with that. She doesn't play long, so we try to do it multiple times a day rather than once long session. Wylla loves the wand, and really needs that stimulation, so she takes a few turns with it as well. Though these sessions are short, it does get both of girls wound up, so when we're're done playing with the wand, they often chase each other and wrestle a bit getting extra exercise. The feather wand acts as a great warm-up.
We've done similar exercise regimes in the past with success, so I know it can work, we just have to keep it up. That's the hard part. We get busy with other life stuff and our kitties don't get all that they need. I've got an alarm set on my phone now, so four times a day I am reminded to drop what I'm doing and spend some time playing with the girls. Bean's not always ready to go, but Wylla is ALWAYS game.
Just a few minutes ago the Dinichi cards landed on my doorstep. FINALLY! I was starting to get a little nervous there -- they were due to arrive last week, the printer went AWOL and wasn't responding to my calls or emails. All is well now, the cards turned out really great, I'm so please, and they're now available in the shop. If you would care to take a closer look or pick up a set, visit HERE. The Kitten Magazine cards were restocked last week and are available HERE.
I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope to be back later today to announce the arrival of kittens. Keep your fingers crossed, folks! The second I hear anything we will let you know!
Oh, please let today be the day!