Catherine says: I began fostering kittens 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. I began volunteering for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and have rarely been without kittens in my house ever since!

It was in October 2008 that the eighth session of foster kittens arrived, this time with a difference -- mum came too! It was my first hands-on experience with a mother cat and her babies. I went in to pick up two kittens and instead came home with a mum and four babies, two boys and two girls. I had been given a choice of the two little ones, who were truly adorable, or this touching little scene. I had never seen newborn babies in the flesh before so my eyes welled with tears and my throat got all dry and I said yes to five new fosters. I named the boys Colin and Robert, the girls Flicker and Pearl, and the mum Audrey.

Audrey was a stray and about six months old, which was sad as she was already having kittens when she was still baby herself. We had a few sleepless nights getting her settled in, but eventually she started to feel safe and she was such a gorgeous mum. Colin was a little black and white boy who became quite the character and enjoyed chin rubs. :D Pearl, the biggest and fluffiest of them all, was a funny tortie girl who always liked to have a chat anytime. Robert was a little lion and such a cutie. He was a bit of a mummy's boy too, not that there's anything wrong with that! And Flicker was the littlest gal on the block, always in there trying to get a feed but just never getting quite enough. Still, she gave everyone else a run for their money. And for a stray kitty, mum Audrey adjusted very well to being an indoor mum and loved pats and kisses and became very, very smoochy. She was such a doll!

After Audrey "graduated" and went back to the shelter, it was just me and the four little kitties for a little while longer. And what a journey we had. Seeing them grow from tiny little handfuls to big, burly kittens... that was a joy. And it was very hard to say goodbye to them when we took them back in. But happily they were all adopted, even Audrey!

Smoggy's Friends: Edmund, Delilah & Mouse
Smoggy's Friends: Milly, Polly, Cocoa, Boots & Randi
Smoggy's Friends: Mitey & Tufty
Smoggy's Friends: Latte, Leccy, Tabby & Carla

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Catherine D.
Catherine is a professional graphic designer;
please visit Faster Pussycat Productions to learn more about her work

Catherine volunteers for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia,
a 75-year-old not-for-profit organization that relies entirely on community and corporate supporters to provide services for needy and homeless animals

Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl  kitten

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Kayli -
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They are all beautiful :) Such an exciting experience for you, fostering them and watching them grow up!
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Aww...they are so adorable! I would have had a hard time giving them up too! So glad to hear they all got their forever homes =) Bless you for fostering them!
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What a precious little family! So glad they all found forever homes. What a wonderful thing you did by taking them all in and giving them a home even if for a short while.
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Quite a bunch! It's really neat to see all of them growing up! Bless you for taking them in, and best wishes to all for long, happy lives!
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What an adorable wonderful little mother Audrey was! Loved the videos with her interacting with her cute family. I'm so happy she got a forever home too!
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Oohh, Mama and babies are just as precious as can be!!!!! So, so glad that they were all adopted!!!!!!
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What a perfect little bundle of kitty cuteness. They are perfect little darlings, and I'm so pleased they all got loving homes.
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They are all just so adorable. Who could resist those little faces.
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Robert looks like he enjoys his naps! Love the videos of the adorable family and Audrey is a such a sweetie!
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Dear dear Catherine! What a story. And I loved what Badmamma captioned to this charming photo. (Wish I knew how to caption, myself.)
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Thank you so much for what you did for this sweet little family, you are a kind and generous soul and you do your Smoggy proud.

I adore Colin, love the fur pattern and he looks like such a little character!
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Mustn't overlook Audrey, a true princess. Her eyes are so soulful. Bless her and all her kittens. And Catherine, for her great work converting sorrow over Smoggy to this fine lifesaving endeavor.
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What a cute pic! Adorable mum and kitties. Bless you for honoring your precious one's memory by fostering. Obviously with these cuties ...you done good!
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What a wonderful group of furbabies! I have a soft spot for little tiny babies but I think I would snatch up Audrey in a heartbeat! She seems so gentle and loving. I want her!
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Just watched the videos--so beautiful--and favorited the one in the cat tree. What a fantastic playground for all kitties and cats.
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Wow i could not chose 1 picture. I love them all
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Look at those claws!
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So much irresistible cuteness! You are an angel for all you do for these beautiful babies.
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These pictures and videos are sooo cute. I also foster, but only adults......thanks for letting me live vicariously thru your videos! They are absolutely precious!
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Robert reminds me of one of my ferals -- "G" who has been missing for 2 weeks. He is the cat in my avatar picture. A lovely group of kitties for sure! Thanks for fostering them.
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Catherine, you are an inspiration. Smoggy must have been the luckiest cat alive to have you for a momma. I love to green and brown cat tree you have. Where did you get it? I am tempted to purchase one for our four cats.
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What a beautiful story for such a beautiful family :) Audrey is truly a great mama! So glad everyone was adopted!
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What a beautiful little family! I'm so glad they were all adopted, including lovely Audrey, the momma cat. I'm kinda partial to her and Robert - so sweet!
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Oh, this photo cracked me up. It's so funny. :) What a sweet bunch of kitties.
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The movies were wonderful ! God bless Smoggy !
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so darling! : )
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Robert - Robert - Robert!!!
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oh my gosh, this is the cutest picture, with each of them just fitting into their "kitten" boxes! and each in a different pose.
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This is absolutely precious and hysterical! Poor little Robert has had enough of the photos already. God love him. Great story. Adorable photos. Thank you!
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very adorable cat family. The videos were too cute!
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I love close-up photos, Sad cat eyes, just absolutely lovely...
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Comment on last video: Now THAT is what I call a cat tree!
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cute kitties! I love the cat tree!
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Oh I love this photo. So cute!! I love how robert has gone to sleep. super cute!!
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That is so sweet. Thanks for the Daily Kitten.
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This charming photo is now all over the internet! It's so appealing. Hope you got paid.
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thanks everyone! what can i say… i love my job! :D))

@erika @Nefenjo @kittycatluvr this is the australian business who made my tree and log http://funkycat.com.au/ but i don't think they have a distributor in the USA as yet.

@Natthecat fame at last ;) !

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