Catherine says: I began fostering kittens for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital Melbourne, Australia, in 2007, about a year after my beloved Smoggy passed away at almost 18 years of age. No kitty could ever replace him, so I thought fostering little ones in honor of Smoggy would be a better way to make a difference... saving lives one kitten at a time.

After returning my fourth foster, a grown-up boy named Sir Purrsalot, to be adopted out (he was!), my fifth foster litter arrived. One minute there's no kittens… the next, there's five! Another little batch of lovelies -- two ginger boys and three blackish girls. The girls were needing eye treatments and antibiotics right away. I was a little worried about having another large litter… could I do it? But these guys were all very happy and social so it ended up being a breeze.

Milly was the smallest of the five and I didn't understand how because all she did was eat since from the time she arrived! With a spring in her tail and boundless energy, she was absolutely always first at the dinner bowl come feeding time. She was a cutie and loved being touched. Randi was very curious, inquisitive and maybe some would say skeptical so we named him after James Randi, the famous American skeptic. He was a real character, the purrrfect all-round kitty, sweet and loving when it was time for snuggles and a bundle of energy through the day when enjoying life as a kitten. Polly was a big bundle of fur and was a very happy little girl who loved snuggling with her sisters. She also started to enjoy being a lap kitty and loved having her fur stroked and brushed. Then there was Boots. From the moment Boots looked at us… those eyes!!! I think he was used to model Puss in Boots from the Shrek 2 movie, hence the name Boots. And Cocoa... a little fluffy rocket. She had the best little fluffy, furry coat. It was like a mink jacket, the dark fur with flecks of longer white fur and then areas of grey… so glamourous and adorable. :D

All five of these beauties were quickly adopted. Yippee!! If this process has taught me anything it is that every kitty is an individual. No point pigeonholing a colour or a sex or long/short hairs (although they might like being in that pigeon hole waiting for the pigeon)… they are all simply gorgeous in their own way.

Smoggy's Friends: Mitey & Tufty
Smoggy's Friends: Latte, Leccy, Tabby & Carla

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Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi  kitten

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Kayli -
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They are all so sweet! I would love to foster kitties someday when I have a larger place. :)
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okay. I died. You killed me with the kyoot.
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Yessss! Cute overload, indeed. My kitteh cup runneth over today. I'm a happy, happy child. Thanks, Catherine D.
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This is the cutest little family I've ever seen. Would be so hard to let them go!
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I could not do what you do because I would end up adopting them all! Cocoa's coat is so unusual, like a fake fur almost! Polly is gorgeous, and so is Boots. Not to mention Randi and Milly!
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I love this little face! Almost looks like he is saying his prayers. I don't know if I could foster any babies because I would not want to give them back. They all would stay with me forever and ever. Love the whole family!
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Oh how can I choose a favorite photo?!?!? They're all so great, I want to run out and sign up to foster kittens of my own!!!!!!
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Yay, cuddle kitties!
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Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo SWEET & ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!
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This picture is as adorable as it is hilarious. He looks so regal!

Here's a message to Kephara: DO sign up to foster kittens! I'm sure you have two daughters who would love to lend a hand!!!!
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They are all so adorable, I really don't think I could foster, I could never give them back and I'd end up with 30 cats instead of three.
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They are all completely adorable. I love these two little cuddlers.
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Polly is just beautiful, but the whole group is precious. Your photos and videos put a big smile on my face. I think it would not be a insult to Smoggy to love a kitty again. Been there and wishing to do that again. Keep your heart open!
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I'm surprised that this crew could sit long enough for a group portrait!
The videos were great! BTW, love your wood floors!
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how cute! I am sure Smoggy is looking down on you from heaven purring at the terrific deeds you are doing saving these little kittens!
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I too am surprised you got them to sit long enough for a group photo. How did you manage? They are all simply gorgeous kitties.
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Looks like you have a kitty playland in there! And it took me a while to figure out how Randi was sitting in the one photo, so that his paws were like that. But I figured it out!
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I love them all. What an adorable bunch. You are a great foster mom, thank you!!
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Thank you so much for being a foster mom - you saved these precious babies' lives! They are sooo adorable =)
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Ha! Ha! A milky white goatie...
all very beautiful kittens and I want Polly for my very own...
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What a bunch of lovelies! I've always been partial to black & whities!
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they are all beautiful. it must be so hard to give them up when they are adopted.
Vicki -
You are so wonderful to take care of these beautiful little fuzzbutts! They're all precious. I would be hard-pressed to give them up, too. Take care! :-)
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I am so glad that all these cuddly kittens found proper homes. Keep up the good work.
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I love them all. The videos are great! Thank you for being a foster!
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I can think of few things more fitting as an extension of the love you had for your Smoggy than fostering. My hat is off to you...
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OMG! I love them all, they are so cute when playing all together!
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Family Picture. How beautiful they are. The videos were great.
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These are all adorable kitties.
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ohhh all he needs is a little halo what a cutey
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I agree, this is angel kitteh.
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A box of kitties! A box of cuteness!
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A kute kindle of kittens!
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I think this coat is called "smoke"--very beautiful kitten; so glad they all got adopted:)
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How utterly adorable. So glad I found this blog!
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What gorgeous cuddles!
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Family portrait. All say cheese!
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Family Portrait
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They are all beautiful and a testament to your outstanding mothering skills! I love Polly especially, but everyone of them is very, very cute. I'm glad to hear they all found good homes.
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Such beautiful babies! Thank you for fostering them. Your baby is so proud of you.
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Nothing more precious than a sleeping kitten:)
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Polly looks like my little girl Angel. That face is absolutely adorable.
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cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is such a cute photo. I just love orange tabbies. Thank you for all your good work.
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thanks everyone! what can i say… i love my job! :D))

@thinkbliss general they have to be in the mood, not too playful but it's all about getting their attention, noises or feathers etc :D))

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Randi and all of the group were great! Don't know how I missed this story earlier, but seeing the "group" and reading the story bring back nice memories of my last visit to Melbourne. Hope I can make it there again soon!



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