Catherine says: Smoggy passed away October 29, 2006, after 17 1/2 years of glorious life with me. No kitty could ever replace him so I thought fostering little ones would be a better way to make a difference... changing the world one kitten at a time.

September 2009 brought me my ninth foster litter of the year. I was given a choice of the two little ones or a touching family scene of adorableness. I have no strength to so say no so… yes! Yes to five new foster kittens and their mom Bella. We named the kittens Poppy, Louie, Pom Pom, and Pepper, three girls and a boy. Mom Bella was a gorgeous little gal, friendly and smoochy, very vocal and chatty. The kittens were all little characters right from the start.

Pom Pom was my first ever grey foster kitty and I found it very hard to resist her charms. (I have a huge soft spot for tabbies and greys.) She had such magnificent grey fur with that extra outer layer of softness for extra adorability! Not since the likes of Delilah has a kitteh been sooooo photogenic. She even charmed me into breaking one of my rules of fostering… I allowed her to come into the bedroom. She could easily pass for a British Blue so I knew she would be snapped up very quickly.

Louie was such a handsome and majestic little man! After cleaning, Cleany McClean (Louie's nickname) liked playing peek-a-boo. He was such a character and a little rocket too!

Poppy was a little dynamo… galloping about the place and playing with her siblings. She enjoyed life as a kitten oh so much! :) She also had a tiny amount of white flecks on her front legs (like her brother Louie) which helped differentiate her from Pepper. Poppy was the strongest of the four and didn't get sick at all, unlike her siblings who all needed at least a bit of medicine.

If Poppy was a little dynamo, then Pepper was the little nuclear rocket! She was the tiniest so she was literally pint sized but she was the fastest on her tiny little legs. She was almost called Nibbles because of her liking to nibble on fingers, but the name Pepper seemed to have the right amount of spice for her feisty disposition. Pepper lived life in the fast lane… played hard, slept even harder. She was the first that started to purrr just when she saw you, which is always a great feeling. She was also very curious and would happily investigate your face, sniffing all over and finishing with a smooch. :) Pepper had pectus excavatum, meaning her ribcage was not formed properly. She had to have two operations before she was ready for adoption but she came through with flying colors.

All four kittens and mom Bella were adopted, though none of them together.

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: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten
Smoggy's Friends: Pom Pom, Louie, Poppy & Pepper  kitten

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Kayli -
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I definitely would have let all of these kitties take naps in my bed with me! So sweet!!
Gina -
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I loved all the pictures of all the kittens, but this one of little Pom Pom is priceless. It's pure bliss. She seems to say: Thank you hooman for taking us in and giving us so much love and attenshun.
And I completely agree with her. You're doing a wonderful job with these little ones.
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All of these kittens are super cute!
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Oh my goodness, such personality, such looks, such charm-- --all of these kitties are just fantastic!!!! Oh my, if I weren't on a more or less fixed income and could have another cat, I sure would have adopted one of these if I had lived near enough!!! You are such a good foster mama!!!!
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I always love hearing about their little personalities. Thank you for sharing your fosters with us!! I don't know how you do it. Bringing home so many precious little kitties, and then let them go. I'd end up reported to the city for having too many kitties in my home!!! :D Keep up the great work!!
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meravigliosa simpatia...
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Pictures and videos were a real treat! Loved the videos and so did my cat Pixel, who heard the cries and jumped on the keyboard to answer them. My other guy is too sophisticated to respond now, but he did watch a bird movie, and drooled.
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makes your heart melt, so cute. Thanks for the family story!
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These kittens are all so cute, it was hard to pick a favorite, but I love this one of the two of them together, looking so alert! I'm so glad they've all been adopted, including the Mommy-cat!
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Really hard to pick a favorite - they are all so adorable, but Pom Pom is especially cute!
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Yes, there is something extra-special about grey cats and their fur--so silky and soft! I have a grey who I tamed as a feral, got her fixed, and eventually brought inside. She is magical, just like Pom Pom. Thanks for all your wonderful work as a foster mom!
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My cat Alley sleeps with me at night and she ends up in the same position a lot. So Cute!
>^..^<
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What a wonderful tribute to Smoggy. I can tell that you give these little fosters muh love.
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The picture of pure bliss! A fine testament to the love, caring and security you give these little orphans.
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Oh yes...I can tell they lived a VERY difficult life with you, and were always wanting for affection! Such a rough life these kitties had!
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Also these pictures make me miss my black kitty. Sigh.
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Just curious - you say 5 kittens and their mom - is there a fifth you are saving for later, or did they only seem like 5 with all their energy:)
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Very Sweet!!!
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Just a wonderful story about all the catties and their unique personalities. The videos were great. It appeared that the black catties in them had two dark eyes staring out from all the black fur. Adorable! Too bad that there is no picture of Bella their mother. Thanks for sharing and also for all the great foster work you do on Smoggy's behalf, Catherine.
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Kibblegirl, there IS a picture of Bella. Look again! ;-)
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What great stories and so happy Pepper is better. Than you for all you do for the kitties
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Poor Pepper, I am so glad he (she?) got better!!!! Natthecat, your kitties sound so cute!!
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Too cute for words! This bunch of kitties are some of the cutest ever. I have a soft spot for grey kitties too - sadly lost our grey tortie 2 years ago.
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Such little loves they are.
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thanks everyone! what can i say… i love my job! :D))

@JayPea sorry… yes only 4 :D))
@kibblegirl here is bella… the beautiful! http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittieca...



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