Earlier this year my son and I opened up our home to be a foster family for the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. Our first family was a mum, and 2 kittens. I let my son name them, and he took it very seriously. It took him awhile to come up with the names, but he settled on Tom and Jerry for the two babies. And Hazel, is what he named the mum.
This is Hazel, and her baby Jerry. He was definitely the more adventurous kitten, always trying to get out of their cat house. The first few days, Hazel was really not sure about my camera.
Even though I spent most of my younger years living on a farm, it wasn’t until I had Hazel that I learned about “the love blink” or what some people call cat kisses. She LOVES me! It took us a couple of weeks to get to this point, she was very shy and scared when we first got her.
Jerry loved to watch me edit. He would watch my hands moving, and as he got older he thought that it meant play time. He would come over and start batting at my hand with his little paw.
Tom was quite a bit more timid, and soooo sleepy. This kid loved to spend his days nursing and napping. His brother was constantly waking him up to play.
This is so typical of these 3! Tom is trying to nurse, and Jerry just wants to play. Mum is multi-tasking!
Jerry loved to sit at the window in my office and watch the traffic. The first time he did this, I laughed so hard. His head was moving back and forth trying to watch all the cars. And then a city bus would go by and he would duck!
It was also one of Hazel’s favourite places to sit. It took her several weeks until she would leave their cat house and walk around. She was a very timid little lady.
This was a very typical day for this family. Of course the photographer in me is like “the tag! The Tag! Why didn’t you move the tag?” But that would have ruined the moment. And they were all having such a good nap.
Tom and Jerry… always snuggling. When they were little they would all sleep on the bottom with mum. But as they got older, the boys would sleep on the top level.
Saying good-bye to them was really hard. They were a really great first experience as a foster family! Tom actually got adopted out to a friend, and so I get updates every so often.
This was the most recent photo I got of Tom, who has now been renamed to Yoshi. He’s so handsome now! And of course… he’s sleeping.