Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Shy, Dark and Handsome
It's no secret that we love tabbies around here, so we were delighted to invite our three little Framboises into our home.
You've met the girls, now it's time to meet the boy!
Please say hello to the incredible handsome Enzo Framboise! But please say it quietly, because he's still getting used to us.
He's the scaredy-est cat in the batch, and though he's still a wee bid timid, he has made TREMENDOUS strides since he first moved in on Friday. On the first day there was a lot of hissing and day two, a little less. On day three he only hissed once and that was when I startled him with a sneeze while he was having his lunch. That's totally understandable.
Yesterday morning he was sitting in the back of the cage and purring with his sisters--- purring is always a major breakthrough. And finally, last night, when I picked him up to say goodnight, his little body hardly felt tense at all, and after a few words and pets, he turned his motor on for me. When I put him back into his cage when we were through, he did not run for safety and hide in the shadows, he just stepped out of my hands and sat down. We are getting there!
My favorite thing about fostering is watching the kittens let go of their fears and learn to trust us humans. It's a pretty magical transformation to witness.
SO, this tongue thing.
He does it too, though he doesn't stick it out quite as far as the girls do.
(from front to back: Posey, Cleo and Enzo)
I took them to see Doc on Monday, and he didn't seem to think anything was physically wrong with them regarding their tongues. Cleo did have a runny eye, so we've got some meds for that, and it seems to be clearing right up. We'll just keep watching them, and hopefully it's just a quirkily little thing the Framboise Family does.
Because they started out shy, they've been spending their time in their kitten kennel. You don't want to give timid kittens TOO many places to hide, so it's better to keep them contained in a smaller space. I think today, because everyone is doing so much better now, we'll let them out and do a little exploring in the kitten room. They're going to love that -- you can tell that now that they're hiding less and playing more, they're ready to stretch their legs in the bigger world!
That will be fun, and it will be documented! Keep your eyes on our Instagram account later today!