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Adventures In Kitty Sitting: Mission Accomplished

Adventures In Kitty Sitting: Mission Accomplished

It's time! Our job is done. My family has successfully fostered our first litter of kittens from SpokAnimal. Sweet Baby B (aka Bixby), the last of the litter of 5, is big enough and healthy enough to be spayed and adopted out. Her siblings have all found new homes through SpokAnimal, now it's Sweet Baby's turn.

When we got the litter, the kitties were so tiny, weighing about a half pound each. When we'd had them for about a week, Sweet Baby (who was the runt) became very sick. She was diagnosed with a parasite, which all the kittens ended up with. With the help of the wonderful staff at SpokAnimal, we nursed all of them back to health. Sweet Baby now tips the scale at a whopping 2 pounds. She should have her procedure today and should be ready for someone to adopt her tomorrow.

She is fiesty, cuddly and very social. My family has loved and handled her for weeks. We think she'll make a great pet.... you will love her!

 

It's A Dog's Life For Silvano Bitencourt

It's A Dog's Life For Silvano Bitencourt

Silvano Bitencourt is a native of Brazil. He came to the United States with pretty much nothing but the shirt on his back and the American Dream in his heart. Silvano not only has accomplished the American Dream he recently became a United States Citizen.

I had a chance to talk with him recently about his Dog & Cat Grooming business in Spokane, becoming a citizen and what he has planned for the future.

Tell me a little about yourself, I know you're Brazilian. How does a Brazilian wind up living in Spokane?

I am Brazilian born in Brasilia Distrito Federal Brazil, I belong to the first generation of the federal capital of the nation. When I decided to fight for my American dream, get out of Brazil to Miami FL, where I started the whole course of my life in America. After a few years in Florida, several economic problems and other personal reasons, I was curious and sought other places to follow my dreams.

I decided to move to Spokane, I thought it was a charming city and not expensive to live. I didn't know anyone here, I faced problems of adaptation and acceptance in this community. I was the victim of discrimination in a sporting goods store when I first moved here. My accent if very thick so I think it was surprising to see a Latino. But Spokane has come a long way in terms of acceptance of different people.

A Shadowy Adventure In Kitty Sitting

A Shadowy Adventure In Kitty Sitting

Yet another clever name my kids have chosen for one of our foster kitties. This "tuxedo" kitten's name is Shadow.   Shadow is a bit on the spazzy side; super energetic and really funny.

My picture isn't clear, at all, because I couldn't get Shadow to hold still! That said, when Shadow settles down, you'll get lots of great snuggles and purrs.

Most of the kittens in this litter will be spayed and neutered next week. Shortly after that, they'll be ready for adoption at SpokAnimal.      

To read all of Robyn's adventures in kitty sitting, visit the Pets tag on KXLY's Your Community

Adventures in Kitty Sitting: Little Grey

Adventures in Kitty Sitting: Little Grey

Here is the latest on our foster kitties. We just had the "babies" weighed and checked for parasites. All clear and looking good! They are done with the medicine and are gaining weight, getting closer to being ready for adoption.

This little guy I'm featuring has been named "Kitty Kitty" by my kids. It's very creative, I know. Equally as creative is what I call it... "Grey"  or "Little Grey".  (If you are a fan of Grey's Anatomy, you may also want to call this kitty Lexi).

Little Grey is hilarious.  It is usually the first one racing out of the cage, climbing over its siblings in the process.  It is also the first to wrestle with a plastic shopping bag on the floor, or the first to try climbing up my leg.

Four of these kittens will be spayed or neutered next week, then they'll be ready for new homes through SpokAnimal.  The 5th (the runt) still needs to catch up on the weight gain, then she'll be ready to roll, too.

 

Adventures in Kitty Sitting: Here's Our Sneaky Chee

Adventures in Kitty Sitting: Here's Our Sneaky Chee

All of our foster kitties are doing great! They are eating well.. and most are even getting nice round bellies on them.

One of those little ones getting quite “fluffy” is Chee (in the picture above). I went up to feed and play with the little guys and Chee snuck off into the closet.

It looks like she is sticking her tongue out at me to get me to chase her. (It totally worked). She is so full of energy and is hysterical to watch. She is the “pouncer” of the bunch. It's so fun to see her sneak up on the other kittens and play fight.

When the time is right, I'd love to see her adopted in a home with one of her siblings since she is so social.

Kitty Sitting Adventures: Our First Roadblock

Kitty Sitting Adventures: Our First Roadblock

My family's adventure in kitty-sitting took a turn, just a week into fostering kittens for SpokAnimal.  We have a little of 5 kitties. They were teeny, tiny when we got them, weighing less than a pound a piece. Our job is to fatten them up and love on them; socialize them so they are ready for their new homes.

But, with kitties found and brought in, there's no way to know what they've been exposed to. When we got them they seemed healthy.. but, about a week in, we noticed one, the runt started getting sick. She had nasty diarrhea, wouldn't eat and was lethargic. We called SpokAnimal who had us bring her in right away.

It turns out, she had a parasite called coccidia (among the most common infections in cats and dogs).  She was very sick.  A tech at SpokAnimal, Trina, has been nursing her back to health. Trina's had to give her special feedings every 2 hours and medicines. It's been a week and she's ready to come back home with us and her kitty siblings.

Trina was wonderful, sending us picture and text updates.

Adventures In Kitty Sitting

Adventures In Kitty Sitting

One of the highlights of my oldest daughter's 8th grade year has been her Social Studies class.  A year-long assignment (given by Mr. Smith at Horizon Middle School) has given her a new view and confidence, as she took what she loves and turned it into a community-helping venture. 

Mr. Smith's assignment was "Service Learning".  Each student has been required to give 8 volunteer hours to a local charity/non-profit, a tri-mester. McKensie loves animals!  I suggested she volunteer at a local animal shelter, so she could use that love of caring for animals to help the community. 

Since I'm friends with Gail Mackie, Executive Director of SpokAnimal, we went there first.  She's been learning what happens at a shelter, the need that is out there and the importance of helping socialize the animals.

During her/our  volunteer time (I had to volunteer alongside her, as she is under 16 years old) we learned about "fostering".  There are many animals that are too young, underweight or not well enough to be adopted out right away.