05/20/2016 – Foster Friday with Miss Itty

Miss Itty is being fostered through the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Washington State tucked along the banks of the mighty Columbia River.

Pretty Princess Green Itty - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Princess Green Itty – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We’ve been fostering pretty Miss Itty for three months now. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about each other.

She doesn’t growl as much as she did when she first arrived. That’s not saying she rarely growls. It means, to our neighbors anyway, it doesn’t sound like we’re barbequing a cat every night now. Growling is a form of communication with Miss Itty and doesn’t always mean she’s angry, surprisingly enough. We’ve started picking her up every day at least once (something she very much dislikes) to give her a hug and head kisses… because a hug and kisses makes everything better, right?

During this “procedure,” Miss Itty growls, but not a “I’m going to kill you while you sleep” growl. More like a “When I get bigger, I’m going to do the same to you” kind of growl. Subtle, but different.

Pretty Itty prefers fountains over water bowls - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Itty prefers fountains over water bowls – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Kitty Itty (a.k.a. PKI) wishes we would buy her a water fountain for every room in the house because everyone knows water bowls of every kind and every style suck. Keep dreaming, pretty girl.

Miss Itty's Puss in Boots eyes - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Itty’s Puss in Boots eyes – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

In the last couple of weeks, Miss Itty has started, slowly, to play on her own. Doesn’t happen too often but what a joy to see! We’ve seen a lot of cats play and we’ve seen the big Puss In Boots eyes look, but no one does them better during playtime than Miss Itty.

Miss Itty has a goofy side - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Itty has a goofy side – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Goofing around with Miss Itty - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Goofing around with Miss Itty – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Lately, she’s taken to following Mom around the house. Upstairs, downstairs, into the bathroom (c’mon, you know your cats do that, too). Mom thought it was pretty cute.

Sun Stripey Miss Itty - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sun Stripey Miss Itty – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

But then we had a stretch of cloudy days and Miss Itty seemed both restless and grumpy. It seemed she was following Mom around in hopes Mom would show her a sunny spot, maybe even to turn the sunshine back on. And that made us think maybe Miss Itty has Seasonal Affective Cat Disorder (SACD). No worries, she soon discovered we have heated cat beds located on the cabinets in front of a south-facing window. Not quite the same, but she’s since claimed one for herself.

Her next vet appointment to check her ears for polyp regrowth is sometime in June. She still gets ear drops twice a week and regular visual checks to make sure her ears aren’t getting dirty (or that potatoes aren’t growing in there). And she’s sticking to her Hill’s ZD special diet for food and skin sensitivities. She’s cleaning herself more often, making sure at least fifty percent of her furs are in place. And we think her fur looks downright gorgeous now.

Miss Itty is a good girl and we’re enjoying helping her feel proud and confident, like she should feel.

Proud and Confident Miss Itty - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Proud and Confident Miss Itty – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

20 responses to “05/20/2016 – Foster Friday with Miss Itty

  1. You are all so good with Miss Itty so we would like to thank you for taking such good care of her.

  2. We are glad to hear you are doing so well, Miss Itty! Your foster humans are obviously pawsome 🙂

  3. So glad Miss Itty is doing a little better. We know it is all the good care and attention from the Mom. Sounds like she is enjoying being there.

  4. P.K.I. is a darling! With your ministrations, she’ll find a furrever home someday soon. Our neighbor’s cat growls a lot too; it’s just a way to communicate, because I can pick him up and pet him, and his ears rarely go down, as if to say he’s really mad.

  5. She is quite a lovely girl. We’re so glad you are taking care of her.

  6. This is all so great to watch. She sure is a pretty girl.

  7. Katie Isabella

    I love that she is doing so well. Her azure color collar suits her beauty to a T.

  8. I am glad miss Itty is doing so well. I am hoping she becomes a foster fail and joins your family 🙂

  9. Sounds like Miss Itty is in the perfect foster home. She’s gorgeous.

  10. sweet beautiful girl!!

  11. I pray every day for this beautiful girl to find her furever home! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

  12. Such a cute cat! I’m glad that Miss Itty is doing well in her new foster home.

  13. Miss Itty is a lucky Kitty to have foster care with you all
    Hugs Madi your bffff

  14. You are doing a great job with Miss Itty!

  15. miss itty….hay ewe gorgeouz….we see a lot oh complee mintz two day for ewe; all well dee served & we still haz 984 pawz crossed that yur name bee comes: miss itty sun stripee foster fail cole ♥♥♥

    heerz two a gulf menhaden { this ree lee IZ a fish !! } kinda week oh end guys ♥♥♥

  16. Miss Itty is such a pretty gal and she has a kind heart, we can tell.

  17. Miss Itty has come so far – we know it’s because she has the best foster home EVER!

  18. Miss Itty is a gorgeous girl…and we’re so happy about the progress she has made so far.

  19. We’re so glad to here such good news about Miss Itty ! Purrs

  20. meowmeowmans

    Thank you for taking such great care of Miss Itty. We are so pleased she’s doing so well!