They are female dilute calico kittens, adopted from a great local cat rescue organization, the Forever Home Feline Ranch. They are 4 months old, and came completely vet checked, with all their vaccinations and they were even spayed. They are extremely active and friendly.
We have named them Bandit and Caramel. Bandit has a black marking on the back of her head that looks like a bandanna, but she has earned the Bandit name from her behavior. Caramel is just the sweetest and friendliest lap kitten ever.
Our two older cats, Pumpkin and Random, are still getting used to the new arrivals. Random in particular has to get used to not being the youngest cat anymore, a position he has held for 9 years, since he was a new kitten.
Yesterday our 17 year old cat Ace passed away. she was a great lapcat in her later years.
For 4 years she had suffered from kidney disease, but for the last 2 years we have been giving her fluids under the skin daily to keep her going and keep her quality of life high, which it was up until a few days ago.
The first picture is her as a kitten in October 1999 and the other is from just a couple of days ago.
Last summer, it appeared Ace had very little time to live. At one point she appeared to be going downhill so fast, we thought maybe she had only days to live.
But while she keeps getting smaller, she has survived. She has hyperthyroidism and gets fluids every day. She is louder and more demanding than she has ever been (she never made a sound or demanded anything for years, but now she does). She seems to be enjoying life and has become a good lapcat (she never did that when she was young). She is now 16.5 years old and there's no telling how much longer she will go, but she made it into 2016.
Pumpkin had a couple of ear infections over the summer and got another one in the fall, but since then she has been healthy. She is now over 11 years old.
Random hasn't had any problems but really needs to go on a diet.
Yesterday, we took our two sick cats to the vet. We got good news and bad news.
Pumpkin is getting better. She is not hiding anymore, she is eating (a lot), and looks much better. The vet is concerned that she is not gaining weight back, so she is on new meds to help that. She now gets two meds once a day, but one is just on her food and the other is a liquid, so it isn't too bad. She has to go in again in a few weeks for another check, but it looks like she will eventually be fine.
Unfortunately Ace is not doing as well. She will turn 16 in a few weeks and age is catching up to her. She is getting weak and the kidney issues are winning. We are increasing the fluids we give her everyday, but at this point that is about all we can do. Fortunately, she seems to be enjoying life and watching birds and continues to just get friendlier and more vocal all the time. As long as she continues to enjoy whatever time she has left, then it is good.