Written by ©Heather Christenson (flickr: Crackbonkers).
Sunshine was found by an employee at my vet clinic, she had been hanging around an apartment complex. She was very thin and very obviously pregnant so she took her in. They were unable to find a foster home to raise the kittens. A friend of mine that works there decided to see if I had an interest in fostering Sunshine and the kittens as I had been starting to look for another cat to add to our household.
We lost our 19 year old cat and our diabetic cat last year and our remaining kitty has been pretty lonely, they were all very close. We do have 6 dogs though, so we really wanted to find a kitten or cat that would work well with our crazy household. Raising a litter of kittens with the dogs sounded like a great idea to find the right personality to fit in. So the current plan is to keep a kitten or two and find homes for everyone.
The hard part is that Sunshine is a very young mom, probably 8 months old. Shes a sweetheart, but doesn't take mothering too seriously. She is too young to be a mom and she's obviously never been in a house before, this has not been easy for her. But the positive side of that is that she absolutely has no problem with the dogs hanging out with the kittens, so that's been great to have that early socialization.
Kittens are 4 weeks old now, it's been quite fun watching them grow, not something I've done before. Their names are Isis (dilute torti), Brahma (light dilute), Budda (darker dilute), Dio (long hair orange), and Pax and Ra (short hair orange). Getting bigger all the time!
Photos courtesy of ©Heather Christenson from Oregon (flickr: Crackbonkers, Heather's blog).
Check out more photos and stories of Sunshine's kittens here.