Age: 8 Years Sex: Female Weight: 10 lbs.
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Sophie Tucker; Miss Kitty Russell
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March 15th 2005
Orange & White Tabby
All the food she cares to eat!
None. She is the sweetest lady.
No special toys...but she loves to be brushed.
Favorite Nap Spot:
The bed or the floor near a person
Friskies Liver and Chicken canned food
She is very trusting with new people. She was a great mother cat.
Sophie/Miss Kitty was a foster cat who has now been adopted by my mother-in-law and brother-in-law. She arrived here on March 15, 2007 and settled in very nicely. She is a lovely girl. She is very petite and purrs everytime she gets company. In my care, she was good with everyone who came to see her.
We know very little about Sophie/Miss Kitty's background. She was surrendered at the shelter while very pregnant and the humane society was told that she was called 'Kitty Kitty.' I decided that 'Miss Kitty' would be more dignified, and for as long as she is here her namesake is the character from "Gunsmoke," Miss Kitty Russell.
Miss Kitty gave birth to her 4 kittens on the morning of 3/26/07 between 6:05 and 8:25 AM. In keeping with the Gunsmoke theme, the four kittens (three boys and a girl) were all named for Gunsmoke characters: Sam the Bartender, Marshal Dillon, Lyla Ross, and Chester Goode. It was a very easy delivery. She did a beautiful job and remained very loving and trusting of me.
She LOVES wet food. I sometimes supplemented a little bit of regular Friskies Liver and Chicken ground style (which I think it the closest to the Pro-Plan canned kitten food in content and texture--plus the same manufacturer) to the Pro Plan (she got wet and dry kitten formula) and she got very excited everytime she saw the 'small' dish that she knew meant 'wet food!!!'
She loved to be brushed every day with a small 'curry brush.' Her fur is very soft and she does not have much of an undercoat. She is not a big shedder. She loves cuddling, sitting on laps, and being loved. She talked to her babies and also meowed/trilled her excitement everytime wet food came into the room.
April 23 Update: as the kittens continued to get older and more independent, Miss Kitty enjoyed stretching out on the floor to relax and just let them play for awhile. She still watched over them, but was very good about letting other people come and visit.
I decided that she deserved a wonderful home. I thought she would enjoy having a home (indoor only) where she could be a single cat (or with maybe one other non-agressive cat) and a human who would spend lots of quality time with her. I had exposed her to a good number of visitors...from ages 6 and up and she is good with everyone.
She has a lot of love to give.
My brother-in-law had been thinking about getting a cat for over two years, since he lost his last cat to old age and illness. It took him a long time to decide he was ready to open his heart again, and he also wanted a very special cat to keep my Mother-in-Law company. After several visits, he decided that Miss Kitty was a good fit.
May 14 Update: Miss Kitty was showing signs of needing to get away from the kittens a bit, so I started to let her out of the room and into the other areas upstairs several times a day. She enjoyed having time with me by herself. She began purring more again and was content to wander around the computer and bedroom area while I did work or she would just sit on the floor or the couch and let me brush and pet her. She was happier with this new arrangement and I knew she was almost ready to 'let go' of the kittens.
Update, May 18: Miss Kitty returned to the humane society on Thursday, May 17, because she was showing signed of impending heat. She will be held in maternity to let the remainder of her milk dry up and should be spayed and receive the remainder of her shots on Monday, May 21.
Final update: The kittens went back on May 22 to be prepared for adoption. That morning, I picked up Sophie/Miss Kitty who had been spayed and vaccinated, and will be living with my Mother-in-Law in her forever home. All of Sophie/Miss Kitty's kittens went to good homes.
Her forever home is with my Mother-In-Law who has adopted her as part of the Pets-For-People program as a companion cat. She lives not far from here with two of her adult sons...one of whom is Miss Kitty's primary caretaker. It is a nice, quiet home for Miss Kitty, whom they have named Sophie. I think this is a great name for her, since I fostered her for her final litter...so she will no longer be a Momma (that was her 'last',) but she was a great Momma. Just like Sophie Tucker...'The Last of the Red Hot Mommas.'
Sophie settled into her new home beautifully. She sleeps with her new Dad or will also sleep with 'Grandma' on her bed. She seems to know when Grandma needs someone with her. She still gets along well with everyone--even her little human cousin, Raymond, who is just over 2-years-old (just Like Sophie.)
She still loves her food. In fact, she is not longer the bony little thing I first picked up to foster back in March, 2007.
Sophie went for her first vet check with her forever vet on June 27, 2007. She is turning into quite a solid 'chunk of cheese.' She is up to almost 10 pounds now. She is actually heavier than she was when she was pregnant! All of the hair grew back from a spot that went bald on her head (from some mystery illness that had also affected her ears...which also look beautiful now) before she delivered the kittens. Her spay surgery healed great. The vet said she looks really good and gave her a clean bill of health. He just gave her a booster shot of dystemper, since all cats by her age should have had at least two of these vaccines. She is not due to go back until next year and will only need rabies and distemper vaccines from here on out.
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