I am a huge animal-lover and to channel that energy into positively versus becoming a crazy cat lady, we volunteer with Zoe’s Animal Rescue. One of the things we enjoy doing most is fostering animals. We’ve had tons of foster cats and dogs come through our house. Right now, we have an influx of kittens – two litters in fact! Obviously we had to give them cider related names.
Cider Kittens: Pippin, Scrumpy and Perry
The first three kittens are Pippin, Scrumpy and Perry. They were found living under a house and we worked hard to trap them and their mom; while we caught them, we are still working on catching the mother.
For those of you who are only here because kittens (!) we will give you a crash course in cider terms:
Pippin: new breeds of apples grown from seed.
Scrumpy: a cider made from collected (windfall, gleamed, or “scrumped” meaning stolen), rather than selectively grown apples.
Perry: similar to cider, but made with pears instead of apples.
These kittens were born in March so they are about 6 months old. These three kittens came in with two siblings who were quickly adopted. Pippin, Scrumpy and Perry were much more feral and needed time to adjust to living in a home.
We often foster very timid dogs, including from puppy mills or who have been living outdoors in a pack. We were less experienced with kittens at this level of fear of humans. Scrumpy was so scrappy when she first came in and would bolt across the room attacking us, the windows, and anything she could get her claws on. Pippin and Perry would climb the walls and hide as high up as they could.
Through a lot of patience, time, and bribery with treats and toys they slowly came around. Now they are fully adjusted to living with humans in a house – just a bit socially awkward. They love to come for pets and cuddles, but sometimes run away at first, even if they initiated the contact. They run to greet us at the door when we come home.
Cider Kittens: Kingston, Redfield, Russet, Chestnut, and Duchess
As I mentioned, we were still struggling to catch Pippin, Scrumpy, and Perry’s mother. Unfortunately, when one of the Zoe’s volunteers was out trying to trap her, they discovered she had a new litter of kittens. Cats can reproduce so quickly; check out this Unspayed Cat Calculator to see how fast the problem can get out of hand.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to spay and neuter your pets.
We are frustrated and sad, but the job of animal rescue is never done. Zoe’s believes in “No Mama Left Behind” so we will continue to try and catch her. Meanwhile, we have a new litter of kittens in our house.
We’ve named this litter after apple varieties: Kingston, Redfield, Russet, Chestnut, and Duchess.
The Apple Kittens are only 4 weeks old so we are still getting to know them. They are beginning to play and fight and they eat a ton. These kitties will be up for adoption on the Zoe’s website in about a month, so keep your eyes peeled!