Catherine says: Catherine says: I began fostering kittens and cats for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Shelter in Melbourne, Australia, in late 2007 after the death of my beloved cat Smoggy, and in his honor.

The fifth 2009 group of foster kittens arrived in May 2009. One minute I was alerted to four kittens needing fostering, and the next minute they were in my lounge adjusting to a new life. There were three girls and one boy. What a joy these little ones were! After a timid start, they all blossomed beautifully. Saunders grew into a handsome little man and Beccy grew into a lovely little lady, and they were the first to be returned to the shelter. Kylie and Rachie had a little more growing to do so they stayed for another week or so… how awful for all involved. ;-) They adjusted nicely to having more room in the bed. The best part of this litter was that none of them became sick… their black and white genes must be made of tough stuff! :D All four were adopted.

Smoggy's Friends: Victor and Cleopatra
Smoggy's Friends: Rupert, Parker, Belamy, Penny, Olive & Thomas
Smoggy's Friends: Willow, Cookie & Digby
Smoggy's Friends: Robert, Colin, Flicker & Pearl
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: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Kylie, Rachael, Beccy & Saunders  kitten

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amycats -
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Wow! I absolutely love the videos! I have three "tuxedos" of my own now, but if I could make it back to Melbourne again soon (it's been a number of years since I visited there..) I would want to adopt the entire bunch and smuggle them all back to Texas! Thanks for loving them, caring for them, and seeing that they have good homes!!
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This is a great picture, too--"Kylie and friends!"
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So very cute - my Misty is very much like the kitty at the back in this photo. Very, very adorable they are!
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How cute!
Manicat -
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Love this picture (took me a while to figure it out too), and the videos are wonderful, especially the second one. Great floors for kitten sliding!
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I love this picture - little tails give away their location! What a lovely little kitty family.
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Oh the life of a cat is rough ! : )
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Oh, what precious sweeties; so glad they all got good care from you and then got adopted!!!!!
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they are soooo adorable.....glad they found good homes!
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They are all adorable! I love this photo of (I think) three of them. Rachael's little black spots are darling! I'm sure they will be (or maybe already have been)adopted, because they're so precious!
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Love this picture
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Can't see their faces here, but the setup is priceless. And you still have that wonderful cat tree! I love these kitties.
Angie White -
Loved the pics and the videos were sooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
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the one on the far right is out cold XDDDD
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Oh my goodness tuxies! Love Rachael's markings. Kylie looks like my Sheba. What a love :)
Lovinkat -
Aren't they cute!? Tuxedo cats are so adorable. And, Saunders' distinguished name suits his tuxedo-wearing image perfectly!
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They are so sweet. Little Beccy seems to be saying "come to me, love me". I'm so happy to hear they all found homes.
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These kitties are soo cute! The videos are adorable. I liked the way they slid around on the hardwood floor.
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Adele -
Little Tuxedo babies!!!!!
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Just look at the whiskers on this little beauty! They are all so gorgeous. Catherine, thank you for taking in these homeless, helpless little ones. I admire you for all you do for them. Smoggy would be so proud of you.
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Catherine thsese babies are tooooo cute!!!!!!! I love tuxedo kittens..
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All the babies are cute but Kylie jet black coat just shines
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thanks everyone! what can i say… i love my job! :D))
Darcy -
We need a screensaver of cats purring loudly and "making butter" with their claws...so relaxing! I did buy a CD of a cat purring, but it did not put me to sleep and I got my money back.



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