Welcome to the Scientific Mewnits!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Before we introduce the newest class, some important mewsbits to get out of the way!

Chestnut Virtual Boop

Chestnut and Sassafras are getting adopted, together, this Saturday around 4pm KATZ.  They'll be flying to their new home in Oregon!

Quiche Lorraine - who we said was definitely pregnant in our last Mewspaper entry - was not pregnant!  The vet originally just felt around for kittens, but last week we brought her in an had a real X-ray and ultrasound done, and found out there were no kittens after all!  She was spayed on Tuesday and is recovering in the master bedroom.  After that, we'll see if she gets along in the house - if she doesn't or is too nervous, we'll try to get her placed with a different foster at On Angels' Wings until she is adopted.

This week, On Angels' Wings found another cat that animal control said was pregnant, and this time we got her all the tests before coming to the Academy.  Turns out, she wasn't pregnant either!  That's zero out of three!  Maybe the next time will be it!  This latest momcat will go to another foster at On Angels' Wings and be eligible for adoption right away!

If you watch the Kitten Weights Spreadsheet, there's a new version for 2018 here.

Quiche Lorraine and Magnolia are both still looking for adopters!  You can apply right here!

The Scientific Mewnits!

While we continue to keep an eye out for a pregnant momcat in need, we've taken on our latest class of four adorable kittens.  They're roughly two months old, and they are not related to each other - just happened to all come in to the same shelter in southern Illinois. 

Even though she's out of town, DJ has named them after units of measurement.  Here's our roll call:

As usual, we've got a bunch of photos to share, of all the kittens and cats!  



Photodump with Lots of Mews!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

We've got a whole bunch of photos from the course of the last month to share with you.  But first, we have a bunch of things to talk about!

Current Kittens

Quiche Lorraine

Most importantly, if you get all your news from our site, you may not know the status of the current kittens and cats at the Academy.  In our last Mewspaper post, we were expecting an orange mom cat to arrive - she did, but it turns out, she wasn't pregnant.  Just a bit chubby!  So On Angels' Wings had another momcat in reserve, who definitely is pregnant.  That's Quiche Lorraine, our Calico momcat with a Manx-style tail.  The vet suspects she still has a week or two to go before she will deliver two or more kittens.

Lorraine is staying in the annex, while the orange not-momcat, now named Cashew, is in the main room with the remaining Trees.  But not for long!  Cashew's adoption will take place at 2:00pm KATZ tomorrow, Saturday the 30th.  

That leaves us with Magnolia, Sassafras, and Chestnut who are ready to be adopted!

Wombat's Kitten Academy Stories

Wombat is the nickname of one of our Discord chat participants who has been writing very imaginative stories about the Kitten Academy for some time now.  As a Christmas present to all of us, Dr. Bru (the same one who organized KA-Con) helped arrange to have several artists illustrate the stories, and get the whole thing published as a real book that you can own!  Here's a link to our page that explains all the ways you can find the stories.  

Purrfect Cat Rescue


Our friends Deb and Diane, who brought us Graycie with the help of mutual friend Catman Chris, are starting their own cat rescue and shelter.  This is super exciting; they're all wonderful people who have put cats first in their lives for a long time now.  We originally met them when we were all working with Animal Outreach Society, and at the time we were impressed that Deb was fostering fourteen kittens all at once!  We would encourage you to keep an eye on their progress via their website, and if you feel like you want to help them out, they are running a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds for a physical location.  Obligatory warning: Catman Chris and Purrfect Cat Rescue don't necessarily adhere to the "No Sads" policy, though they did switch a few things around on the GoFundMe already to avoid unnecessary sads.


Random Mews and Photos!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Just some quick updates as an excuse to share the latest photos:

The new Momcat!

The new Momcat!

  • Finch, Budgie, Wren, and Graycie are all going to the vet on Tuesday for their Graduation.  They'll be back Tuesday night.  They may have to stay in the Annex for an evening while they recover.
  • We currently are expecting for Finch, Wren and Fig to be picked up by their adopters on the 15th and 16th.  We'll let you know if there's any changes!
  • Our new pregnant momcat is arriving from Kentucky on Thursday.  She's reportedly very young, perhaps as young as six months old!  
  • Another one of our videos has mysteriously disappeared from YouTube.  In light of this and the continued issues with sound and video quality from the YouTube streaming application, we intend to do a lot of not-live daily closeup streams until Google patches things up.
  • Adopters are still needed for Magnolia, Budgie, Sassafras, and Chestnut!

Here's a whole bunch of random recent photos of varying quality!

Welcome to Graycie!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Earlier this month, Cat Man Chris of Cole and Marmalade fame, along with our mutual friends, Deb and Diane, rescued a tiny grey kitten, who they named "Grayson."  When they brought it to the vet for a checkup, they discovered the presumed little boy was in fact a little girl, and so she became "Graycie."  They immediately enrolled her in the Academy, where she has joined the Birbs in the annex.  The first couple days she was a little standoffish, but now they are all good friends and she spends most of her time wrestling with Wren!


Before we get to all the photos, here's some quick news of adoptions:

  • Wren, Budgie, Finch, and Graycie all have their "Graduation" scheduled for December 5th - so they will be ready to go to adopters the following weekend.  You can go ahead and apply now!
  • At 1pm Saturday, approved adopters for Hickory and Maple will be visiting the Academy to meet their potential kittens and see if it's truly a good fit.  If it is, they may go home with their family on Saturday!
  • At the same time, approved adopters for Graycie will be visiting her, but she can't go home until after her graduation on Dec 5th.
  • At noon on Sunday, Hannah Banana will be picked up by her approved adopters!
  • Juniper will be picked up by her adopters (the adopters of her brothers Crabapple and Larch!) on December 2nd.
  • Buckeye will be picked up by his adopters on December 2nd as well!
  • Fig will be picked up by her adopters on December 16th.
  • Wren has an approved adopter, but no schedule has been set yet for the adoption.

That leaves Budgie, Finch, Chestnut, Sassafras, and Maggie still in need of adoptions!

We hope you'll consider applying for one of these kittens - you can use our online form, which goes directly to the fine people at On Angels' Wings, who are responsible for managing all the adoptions.  Even if the kitten you like has an approved adopter, you can still apply - sometimes people drop out at the last minute!

Welcome to the Birbs, and Many Updates!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Thank you all for your patience and for sticking by us though it's been a month since our last post.  Taking in such a large and diverse group of kittens as the Trees has certainly been an experience!  

We've got a lot of news and information to share - and we've also got over a hundred photos from the latest photoshoot.  This is going to be a long post!

Let's start with the new kittens!  Mr. A's own mom, in Kansas, fostered three tiny kittens - she gave them a wonderful start and all the care they needed to thrive.  She thought they might do best to get adopted if they came to the Kitten Academy to get some extra exposure.  They're roughly two months old now.  Welcome to The Birbs - because Birbs and Trees go together!

Budgie - Female

Finch - Female

Wren - Male

There's many more photos of the three of them in the gallery at the end of the post!  

We're told by On Angels' Wings that there are still no applications in for the wonderful Chestnut, Hannah (Banana), Hickory, Juniper, Magnolia, Maple, or Sassafras!

Even if the kitten or cat you wanted has applications in, you can still apply - sometimes things fall through at the last minute; or even after the last minute as with Babaghanoush, who returned to the Academy after his adopter turned out to have a severe allergy!  

On that note, we expect Babaghanoush to be picked up by his new adopter on the 11th, and Ginkgo will be joining alumni Kazoo and his family on the 18th!  None of the other pending adoptions are scheduled quite yet.

Finally, updates on the health of various kittens:  Fig has a minor eye infection, we're treating with antibiotics and some painkillers to keep her happy.  The vet suspects that Finch has a bit of a URI - we're treating with continued antibiotics.  And of course, the best news, when Eucalyptus was in for her spay, the vet found and removed a large nasopharyngeal polyp, which seems to have solved all her breathing issues!  She's still on antibiotics for a while while she heals up from the surgery.  Finally, we were keeping an eye on Buckeye's weight, but it seems as though he's already on the rebound and showing great gains!

[Edited:  We meant to also apologize here for being so far behind on e-mails.  We'll get caught up soon!]

Here's the giant gallery of photos, as promised!

Welcome to the Cat Trees!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Before we get into the news of the new class, a quick reminder,  Hummus is still looking for a qualified adopter, which is mind-blowing, as he's a wonderful, playful, and loving kitten!  And you can apply online, just click right here!

DJ's pocket-sized cheatsheet!  Click it!

On Thursday, September 28th, Kitten Academy welcomed its largest and most unusual class to date!  We were told that a farmer in Indiana had gathered up all the cats and kittens in his barn, and they consisted of "Two momcats who were sharing parenting duties, and all their kittens."  We expected two young litters, but what we got wasn't exactly what we expected - two wonderful momcats, and a big bunch of kittens from multiple litters, ranging in age from about four weeks to six months!  In fact, all but three of them are already old enough to be eligible for graduation!

Though we've only had a few days to get to know them so far, they already are turning out to be wonderful, loving kittens.  The arrival and first day were rough - they'd been through a lot, and were a little scared of everything, including us and each other!  But it's only four days later and they are all getting along wonderfully, and have become super friendly - many of them get obviously excited to see us every time we come into the room, and will follow us around, asking to be loved.  And love them, we do!  Such a great bunch!

We've already scheduled the spay/neuter for all but the youngest three of them, which will happen tomorrow, Tuesday the 3rd of October.  Special thanks to On Angels' Wings for setting up the vet, and for providing post-operation kitten cuddling services (they always need extra volunteers to help cuddle kittens)!  And super special thanks to OAW volunteer, CariAnne (on the Patreon chat) for getting up extra early to help transport so many kittens!

Here's our official cheatsheet and initial photoshoot!  We're including the ages at the time of this post - but keep in mind we don't know how old they are!  These are our best guesses.

The first three kittens - on a different background - are currently isolated in the master bathroom, because they are so small, and because they had fleas (we think that's taken care of now) and because at least two of them are showing signs of having a very minor cold.  They are also the only ones not going for the spay/neuter tomorrow!

Eucalyptus - Female - 4 weeks

Elderberry - Male - 4 weeks

Gingko - Female - 7-8 weeks

Chestnut - F - 3-4 months

Sassafras - Female - 2-2.5 months

Hickory - Male - 3 months

Maple - Female - 2.5-3 months

Buckeye - Male - 2 months

Crabapple - Male - 5-6 months

Juniper - Female - 4-5 months

Larch - Male - 4-5 months

Filbert - Male - 6 months

Magnolia - Momcat - Young

Fig - Momcat - Young

As usual, here's all the photos from our photoshoot!  

Purrsians Graduation and News!

Hello, Kitten Academicians!  

The Purrsians are almost ready to graduate!  The girls, Tahini and Falafel, will be going for their graduation on Tuesday, September 26th!  Babaghanoush and and Hummus will get at least an extra week -- depending on when they get a clean bill of health from the vet.  Nonetheless, we've gone ahead and gotten some wonderful photos of them!  They aren't quite the traditional grad photos, since photographing white kittens on the white background doesn't work too well...!

In related news, Babaghanoush and Hummus still need adopters!  We're kind of hoping they can get adopted together, as they're both very high-energy and having each other to play with will probably work well for them -- and for their adopter!  But they'll be fine if they go individually to adopters that can play with them a lot!

If you feel like applying for them, you can try out our new online application form!  This is something brand new that DJ put together, so if you have any feedback or issues with it, please e-mail us to let us know, at headmaster@kitten.academy!  





As usual, here's the rest of the photos from this photoshoot - and from the prior action shoot!

Roux's Choux Graduation!

Hello, Kitten fanatics!

Tomorrow, Saturday the 2nd, Roux, Cro, and Claire all will be leaving the Academy for a much brighter future!   Cro and Claire are going to live together!  Both of the adopters will be arriving around 14:00 KATZ.  

There's little question that Roux is the most people-loving and playful momcat we've had in a long time... possibly ever!  Delivering her kittens on DJ's lap was a first for all of us!  We're going to miss all three of them terribly, but their adopters are already present on the Discord chat for Kitten Academy Patreons, and we expect them to keep us all up to date with photos and more.  Perhaps Twitter feeds?  

Just a couple quick reminders:  

  • Garbanzo's mystery adopter will be arriving Sunday the 3rd, around 21:00 KATZ.  And they'll be bringing a special surprise, too!
  • On Angels' Wings in Crystal Lake, IL still needs applicants for the Purrsians!  




As always, here's the rest of the photos from the graduation photoshoot! 

Chili's Beans Graduation!

Howdy, Kitten Academy Readers!

All of the kittens currently at the Academy are rapidly approaching Graduation - this would have been a mixed graduation announcement, except we only have photos of Chili's Beans so far!

In fact, today Pinto and Mister Pickles both went to On Angels' Wings in Crystal Lake, where they will be picked up by their adopters!  

Pinto didn't turn up to the graduation photo session, so we've used one of his older photos below.  We'll have updates from his adopter soon enough!  His adopter is also adopting Coriander, but Cori needs to get over his URI before he's ready to fly across the country - so he'll be staying at the Academy, and catching up with Pinto a little later.

Here's the schedule so far:

  • Pinto - August 24 at OAW
  • Mister Pickles - August 24 at OAW
  • Cayenne - August 26
  • Chili - August 26
  • Roux - September 2
  • Garbanzo - September 3 
  • Coriander - September 9 (will be joining Pinto!)

In addition, we have approved adopters for Kidney + Tomato (together!) and Croquembouche + Eclair (together!), but we haven't set dates for them to be picked up yet!

So far, On Angels' Wings has not informed us of approved adopters for any of The Purrsians (Hummus, Babaghanoush, Tahini, or Falafel).








Pinto (archive image)

...And Mister Pickles!

As usual, here's a gallery of the extra photos from the session!

Welcome to The Purrsians... and Mr. Pickles!

Hello Kitten Academicians!

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, who sent us Chili and Roux, asked us last week if we would be able to take three additional kittens that are the same age as Chili and Roux's kids.  We thought because they are the same age, we could put them together and not add much work to what we're already doing.

But before they could be transported to On Angels' Wings, HSOV received two additional kittens "from the same family!"  Rather than try to split them up, we agreed to take all five.

They arrived at OAW on Friday the 11th, but we weren't able to pick them up and bring them to Kitten Academy until the following day.

Our current plan is to try to integrate them with Roux's kittens, and if that fails, then try them with Chili's kittens!  -- Except Mister Pickles, who is a little bigger and will roam the house with the faculty so he and Custard can be playmates.

Hummus - Male - No markings on body.

Babaganoush - Male - Black markings on flanks.

Tahini - Female - Sparse calico on back

Falafel - Female - Heavy calico on back

...and Mister Pickles!  

As usual, here's a gallery of all the photos from this shoot - and a couple faculty photos mixed in.