September 19, 2012
Michelle says: I volunteer at three local cat rescues in the Bay area, fostering, taking photos, and helping out in any way I can. One of the many litters I have fostered over the years consisted of six adorable kittens: Marshmallow, Strawberry Shortcake, Avalanche, Blueberry Muffin, Rusty, and Peep. They were the result of another sad story about a nonferal cat that hadn't been fixed. People really need to learn more about the benefits of spay/neuter. It reduces the risk of certain kinds of cancer. Even if you have an "indoor-only" cat, it reduces the tendency to want to get out and wander. If done young, it reduces or eliminates spraying. And you won't hear yowling since it won't go into heat.

In this case, a cat had kittens in someone's backyard and one of the volunteers went to the house and grabbed the kittens. Another volunteer went back and trapped, spayed, and released the mom cat. The folks who found them agreed to feed the mom until she found her way home or moved on. The kittens were shy, but not so much -- a surprise given how hissy and protective mom was. I treated them, bottle-fed them for about a week, and taught them to eat wet and dry food and to use the litter box. Marshmallow, a little boy, was the first of the litter to be adopted. I never heard an update from the adoptive family, but he was adopted along with another of my fosters from a different litter to a home that already had a rescued cat in residence. The family was in love with these kittens, and the kittens flopped all over their daughter. Very cute.

A Tale of Six Kittens Part 2: Strawberry Shortcake
A Tale of Six Kittens Part 3: Avalanche
A Tale of Six Kittens Part 4: Rusty and Peep
A Tale of Six Kittens Part 5: Blueberry Muffin

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Michelle Peters Spivack
Michelle volunteers for 13th St. Cat Rescue, IBOK Rescue and Paws for SJACS
IBOK Rescue is in great need of bottle-feeding foster homes in the San Jose, CA, area. Click for info.

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I lurve her :)
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What a beautiful fluff ball. Love his eyes
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He is very very handsome. I am sure he is loved and cherished, he looks like a little angel.
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Oh, those eyes!
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Than you to everyone who helped this litter and their mama have better lives!
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He has the most innocent face and beautiful eyes!
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Just look at those eyes; Marshmallow is lovely.
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Oh, Michelle. This one is so pure and beautiful. Your work as a fosterer etc. is peerless.
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I went back to look at all your kitties from 2009 and loved them all! Their names are priceless, too. But I must admit that Blueberry is a fave. Thanks for posting these adorables.
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Marshmallow is absolutely adorable! I love his blue eyes, and his little pink nose! I'm glad he was adopted, but wish we could have an update.
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Beautiful little boy. I'm glad to hear he is in a loving home.
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^=^ MARSHMALLOW,wonderful child from the sweet white coat and tender eyes the color of the sky!!!
Him and'happy adopted,and has doubtless much love forever!
You are well-versed and sensitive people,all your saved kittens, they are Beautifulllllll!!!!!!!!
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Wonderful story because of the happy ending. Beautiful litle fluff kitten.
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those eyes......like looking into a sea of water sooo beautiful!
I pray all the kittens are with good parents& are getting the love they deserve......what happened to the mommy kat? thank you so very much for caring enough to look after the unwanted babies. Just wish the rudeness of people would learn how to take care of animals! the world would be such a better place! these animals are so innocent & don't understand what & why this happens to them! so unfair! how can you not fall inlove.....look at this face (:
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What a little beauty!!! One could just swim in those eyes! Thank you for caring for these precious babies.
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Absolutely precious little boy! I hope he is thriving in his furever home!!!!
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Marshmallow is so handsome. All white with those beautiful light blue eyes. Did he show any signs of becoming deaf? So happy to hear that he found a good home with other catties.
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Adorable!!!
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Too cute to be a stray! Lucky they got rescued and loved and set on the better path!
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This little guy is just stunningly beautiful. Thank you for all your work as a foster parent - think of the many, many precious lives you've helped to save, like his and his littermates'!
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Those eyes are just stunning. He is simply adorable!
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Haven't I got the deepest blue eyes ???
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Aww, he is so sweet! His name is perfect!



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