I made a trip down to RI this morning. Fortunately I got out and about before everyone else headed that way so traffic was moving right along. Why did I go to RI? BDF, a guy on the Firewoodhoarder's forum had taken in 4 kittens that a feral cat gave birth to in their garage - they were born exactly 9 weeks ago. At 4 weeks he and his wife took them from the mother, who was starting to move them to a barn, and began bottle raising them. Their goals were to get them used to humans so they could be adopted, then to find them good homes. He has been posting pictures of them, and commented on their progress on the forum.
So, I got to BDF's place, spent quite a while with him and his lovely wife - and of course the kittens. I knew Slash was not to be mine (BDF's wife had already claimed her), so I concentrated on wooing the other three to see who the best one would be to take home. Note that the names were given from defining characteristics, just to tell them apart, so they aren't meant to be permanent names.
Glasses (who had markings as if she were wearing spectacles - complete with temple pieces), although polite enough, definitely gave me the impression that I was not her type. Ah well, not every human loves me either. Both Runt and Spot were very relaxed around me and didn't even take a second look when I started petting them. This is amazing since BDF said they had only seen 1 other human (besides him and his wife), and that was just 2 days ago. Anyway, They both were happy to be pet and bottle fed by me (so was Slash, but Glasses didn't even make an appearance for that).
So, decisions, decisions. One kitten would be more likely to bond with Rita. Ah, but two kittens could soothe each other thru this upheaval from everything they have ever known. Yeah, both Runt and Spot came home with me. Spot was vocal a couple times during the ride and I would talk to him then sing when a good song came on. Runt was very calm the entire time. However, they did sleep or at least stay quiet for 98% of the ride. Welcome to NH! Yes, they had their seatbelt on
Rita growling and turning away from the carrier. she actually did very well; just a couple of growls then walked away. Before I let the kittens out I gave Birdie and Ziva bread slices as treats, then gave Rita some treats. This is normal routine when I have been away for hours during weekend days.
As I am writing, Rita is on my desk, blocking the view of the monitor and getting pets, as usual. Hopefully the transition will be smooth. Although it will be interesting to see her reaction when the kittens get into playing mode.