What follows is the story, told in photos, of Rumour and Riddle. They were a pair of wild kittens one of the shelter staff trapped. Riddle was trapped first, then Rumour, but the rest of their siblings and their mom are still out there somewhere.
So these two little guys were not happy with their new life at the shelter, even though they were reunited. I offered to take them home and try to socialize them a bit.
With kittens it’s important to socialize them with humans between their first three to seven weeks of life, otherwise they retain an admittedly healthy deep-seated mistrust of humans. These guys were passed that point when they came to the shelter, but they weren’t beyond all socialization attempts.
They came around like champions. At first, we barely saw Rumour, who was by far the scaredy-cat of the pair. He had decided that it was a perfectly reasonable idea to rip open the lining of the futon in the foster cat room and live in there whenever we came by. So that was fun.
We cut open the lining just to alleviate our paranoia, which left them with a pretty sweet hammock-like set-up that our current fosters still use, and we set up a spy cam to watch how they acted when we weren’t nearby terrifying them into the depths of the furniture. We were shocked to find that though they ran from us when we came near, as soon as we left the room, both kittens came right to the door to listen to what we were doing.
After that it was steady progress, right to the point where we would let them have the run of the house and take better pictures of them without scaring them.
(These dates and times are so inaccurate and it’s killing the type-a part of me)
It was hard saying goodbye, especially because I had to see them in their cage whenever I went in to work. It took a month or two, but they eventually got adopted together!