December 26, 2014
Betsy says: Mama-San is a beautiful feral Siamese cat that wandered into our neighbor's yard in late 2007 and gave birth to her first litter beneath their shed in April 2008. We named the kittens Callie, Greycoat, Oreo, and Spreckles. She had a second litter of six kittens on July 4. We managed to rescue all six from the second litter and two (Greycoat and Callie) from the first litter. Mama-San was extremely elusive, making it difficult to trap her until after the second litter was born. She was spayed shortly thereafter, as were all of her kittens when they were old enough. (The remaining two from the first litter, Oreo and Spreckles, were never caught, although there's a black-and-white cat roaming our yard lately who looks very much like Oreo.) So at one time we had Mama-San, two kittens from her first litter, and all six kittens from her second litter, plus our two resident cats. Good thing we have a separate space for the kittens or it would've been disastrous! We have a vintage trailer from the '50s where we house our foster kittens. My husband had planned to turn it into his art studio where he'd work after retiring. But then along came all these kitties and we've had to change direction. Since these two litters, we've had plenty more that we've fostered during the summer and fall. Now that spring is here, it's kitten season once again, so I'm sure we'll have another supply coming in shortly. :-) We still have Mama-San and another semiferal named Sophie who are still living in the trailer.

Ivory is one of the kittens from Mama-San's second litter. Her name came from her solid-white nose. Ivory had the sweetest disposition and the most expressive face. She would often look either guilty, sorrowful, or angelic, depending on her mood. She was also quite the little climber, and we'd quite frequently find her hiding in a lofty spot, overlooking her domain. The couple who adopted her in September made a special trip across town just for her, having seen her photos on my Web site. We talked them into adopting Callie, Ivory's half-sister, so that Ivory would have a companion. Ivory, who has since been renamed Misty, has a new favorite pastime -- stuffing herself into the Kleenex box, shredding tissues one by one! Both she and Callie have adjusted well and are much loved by their new owners.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Betsy Foster
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Mama-San's #1: Ivory [3]  kitten
Mama-San's #1: Ivory [3]  kitten
Mama-San's #1: Ivory [3]  kitten
Mama-San's #1: Ivory [3]  kitten
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katzenmother -
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Such great pictures. Mama-San is a Snowshoe which is a form of Siamese yet a breed all unto itself. The breed is essentially a hybridization of Siamese and Bi Color Shorthair lineage. Snowshoes are wonderful cats. Mama-San's socialized descendants will tend to be the biggest love bugs. Calico baby is striking too. With a mama like this how could she be anything but gorgeous.
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Bless you too for being willing to change directions by taking care of these sweet felines and the others you foster. There is much reward in saving kitties:)
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Why do you all look upside down ???
She is lovely and thank you for taking care of these critters!
Sandi -
I LOVE Mama-San, she is so beautiful. I have a Lilac Snowshoe.Great Lover boy !!! So happy to hear about the other Fosters,and all the Spay/neuters. bless you.
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Betsy Foster--You live up to your name! Mama-San is exquisite and so is her little calico band. What a pleasure.
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sweet girl!
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She's precious, as is her mom!
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And I meant to compliment you on your wonderful care of all these kitties. Thank you!!
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Lovely teenager in this shot.
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She is beautiful and so is her mother. Thank you for caring for the kittens and arranging for the mother to be spayed.
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A match made in heaven!



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