Introducing Frolic's Furballs!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

As you probably know, On Angels' Wings brought us a new momcat and her five kittens to fill up our empty annex!  All we really know about them is that they're about two weeks old, and came to us from animal control in southern Illinois.  

They've been passing around a little eye infection - nothing too serious. We're treating that with Ofloxacin - an antibiotic eyedrop we've used many times in the past.  Additionally, the mom cat Frolic has a very mild case of "pillow foot" (Plasma Cell Pododermatitis) and possibly some related allergies or hypersensitivity.  She's not in any discomfort, so with the vet's recommendation, we're waiting until the kittens are able to be weaned before we start treating those.

It's never too early to apply to adopt - and also remember that Tubby from the Baf Time Kittens still needs an adopter, too!

Because these kittens look so much alike, we're going to do this a little differently than we usually do.  Instead of posting one photo of each then a big gallery, we're posting individual galleries below.  

Revel - Female

Gallivant - Male

Roughhouse - Male

Tumble - Female

Prance - Female

Frolic - Momcat

Baf Time Kittens Updates!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

There's not much news to share - the Baf kittens are all healthy and hearty.  They might just be the most advanced class we've ever had, setting records to walking, leaving the box, and eating!  They have yet to use the litter box, though.  

This post is mostly to share a huge number of photos that we've taken over the last four weeks since the kittens were born (happy 4-week birthdays)!

Since we're writing, though, we'll cover a few quick notes.

Firstly, Mr. A. will be out of town this weekend, so DJ will be managing the kittens and stream all by herself!  Mr. A. is going to Dallas/Fort Worth area for a reciprocal visit with Dr. Bru, and also for a tiny DFW local Kitten Academy fan meet-up!  Of course, the big Kitten Academy Convention (2nd annual!) will be in July.  If you're interested in attending that, all the details are accessible via our Discord chat for Patreons

Since the Baf kittens have become more active, it's been challenging to figure out where to aim the cameras for the best coverage.  We're working on it!  Also, we know that the sound and video sometimes goes out of sync.  We're working on that, too!

If you have trouble telling Faucet from Tubby (we all do!) click here for a quick visual guide.  They're still not quite big enough even for kitten-sized collars, but soon we'll have collars on to help you tell them apart on the stream (tip: Tubby is the one who sleeps all the time).

All right -- here's your photos!  I'm putting these in separate galleries for each photoshoot because otherwise, Squarespace, our site provider, really messes up their ordering.  We've sure come a long way in four weeks!!





Introducing the Baf Time Kittens!

Howdy, Kitten Academicians!

Last night, Pumice gave birth to five healthy kittens!  This is just a quick post to introduce them.  Let us apologize up-front for the quality of the photos - we'll get better ones soon.  The archive of the birth will also be available on YouTube soon!

Wash - Male

Ducky - Male

Bubbles - Female

Faucet - Female

Tubby - Male

Thanks to "InkaTheKitten" on our Discord Chat for Patreon Subscribers for pointing out that our photo of Bubbles was actually a second photo of Ducky.  Fixed!

Just a couple bonus photos today - more will come soon!

Mewnits Graduation!

Greetings, Kitten Academicians!

Welcome Pumice!

The Scientific Mewnits had their Graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, and already all have adopters!  That was quick!  You can expect to see Newt and Dalton leaving for their home together tomorrow, Saturday the 3rd, around 12:30 KATZ.  Torr and Kelvin are also going home together, but not until the 10th - time yet to be determined!

We've got some great graduation photos, but first some other news - 

We haven't officially announced this in a blogpost, so let us welcome Pumice, our new momcat.  On Angels' Wings finally found us one that's pregnant for sure - she's already giving milk and we can feel the kittens kicking, plus last night DJ showed me how to hear tiny kitten heartbeats.  She's due to deliver literally any day now!

Quiche Lorraine was adopted yesterday!  Her new owners don't have much of a social media presence, but they're wonderful people and we're going to try to get them to share some updates with us.  

And of course, a reminder that Magnolia is still available for adoption!  It's also never too early to apply for Pumice, or her kittens - if you get an application in now, you can get approved in advance.  

Here's the Mewnits!





As usual, here's all the photos from the photoshoot - and some extras!

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