CCHS Foster Diaries Featuring Otter

Sunday, July 11, 2021

 The Foster Diaries is a new effort to help the community learn about our Foster Program as well to put the spotlight on our Foster Heroes who are giving their time and love to help provide care to those pets that come to the shelter who are not yet ready to go through the adoption process. 

Our first pet featured is a kitten named Otter.  She was just days old when she was brought to CCHS.  On this page we will follow her journey from entering the shelter to finding her adoptive family.  Click here if you would like to learn more about the CCHS Foster Program.  We thank you for considering to join our team and to help us change lives every day. See diary entries below the picture. 

7/26/21-It’s a little after lunchtime, and I am ecstatic to have my favorite little Otter back again! I cannot believe how much she has changed in just a few days. She is now weighing in at 7.5 ounces. Her hair is starting to show its true length and colors. She will be a domestic medium hair with calico colors! She is by far the most unique calico I have seen in a very long time. She is gaining a little more copper coloring next to her white stripe on her face, as well as more copper coloring on her body. She is eating near twice as much, and that’s no surprise seeing how much she has grown. Otter is more mobile and more coordinated than when I left her on Friday too. She is simply amazing to me. 🥰


7/24/21 to 7/25/21 - I had a great weekend with Otter, it was so fun! The first night I had her, she curled up in my lap and we watched zootopia. It felt like a good movie to watch with her because one of the main characters is an otter! She must have been having a growth spurt because she was always hungry and she drank so much formula! I was told that she might not poop much, but she pooped a lot!! I had so much fun watching her over the weekend and I can’t wait to watch her again! (Written by kitten-sitter Erica Papalia)



7/23/21-Tonight I dropped Otter off with another one of my favorite kitten sitters, Erica, for the weekend. I’m Sad to see Otter go, but I am so happy she has someone who will love her so much while I am away.


7/22/21- We have more 💩! Lol. It’s the first time in 10 days. It seems so far apart. But she’s doing just fine. Today, she’s learning how to cuddle more.


7/21/21-I love that everyday now, when it’s time to take care of Otter I have a crew of helpers with me. My dog Rambo, my cat Fish, and all three children. Everyone wants to help feed her and love her. The kids have their jobs now of helping to clean her kennel space where she sleeps. They warm her heating pad and straighten out her blankets for me. Soon enough they will begin to do more. Fostering Otter has truly become a family affair.


7/20/21-it is quite clear Otter is going through a growth spurt. She is eating like crazy! About twice as much as she had been, and she now cries regularly for her feedings. Life with Otter makes me so happy.


7/19/21- Bath time! I gave Otter her first bath today. What fun it was!



7/18/21- Today Otter traveled with me to the Buffalo area. We went to visit my parents….let’s just say they aren’t cat fans. I was very nervous about bringing her there but she still needs to be fed every three hours so there was no choice. I was pleasantly surprised. My dad was fine, no reaction was a good one. But my mom loved on her and held her nearly the whole time. This is a big win in my eyes! Not only did they stay positive but they really got to see the value of the work I do and how much it means to me. It was a good day.


7/17/21- Today was another full day of kitten care. My favorite highlight, the new part of the day, was when she was so hungry that she ate her food so fast it caused her to have a sneezing fit which made her really mad.


7/16/21- She opened her eyes for the first time today! Only one day shy of two weeks old.


7/15/21-Otter is eating like a pig! SHe is still on the small side,

but she is eating more than she has before and wanting to eat more frequently too. She still ends up with a big milk mustache, But it’s cute because Fish (my cat) will clean it up for her. I think he loves her, because it wasn’t just the milk, but he bathed her too. Today, otter also purred for the first time. I can’t tell you how much that made my heart melt. It was so tiny and quiet I almost missed it. I can’t wait to hear it again. 🥰



7/14/21-A big surprise! Otter is finally understanding how to latch perfectly on her bottle. She still needs practice and she still likes to eat sideways from it but it’s a big step for sure!

7/13/21- Today, another day spent with Otter, and another day full of love for her. Today’s accomplishment was a big one. Cats are slow to warm up to each other and by this I don’t mean Otter (since she is so tiny), I mean Fish. Today is the day he finally accepted her into our home. He has always been curious of her, sniffing her. But it was always followed by a good hiss because he doesn’t know what to make of her. Today, he sniffed her, cleaned up her milk mustache, and bathed her. Some victories are both small and large at the same time and this was one. My heart is happy today. 💕



 7/12/21- Otter is beginning to cry for me when she is hungry. It isn’t every time, but she’s getting there. She’s learning she is safe and that makes my heart happy. Today she is 3.5 ounces! Still tiny but every bit of her is full of love.


7/11/21- Today was a quiet day. We are finally really getting a hang of this routine and really feeling like we know each other. The best part of today was this morning when she had a sneezing fit. It was about 7 sneezes in a row. I wish I could hear it again, the little squeaky sound she made just made my day. 💕

7-10-21 This morning was exciting. Otter had her first poop! 😂 One of the lesser known parts about fostering such a young kitten is that their mom, in this case me, has to stimulate them to use the bathroom. It’s kind of funny how excited I was about a little 💩. But it is exciting because it’s a sign she continues to eat well. They don’t poop everyday. Otter spent the day with me at work and every time I took her out to feed her while at my desk her cries caused adult cat Rosemary, who is living across from me until she finds a home, to cry out and perk up in curiosity. Rosemary hasn’t shown interest in another cat so seeing this made me smile each time. It was also fun to see how excited my coworkers were to see such a little kitten. Everyone loves her. This makes the adventure so much more fun.


7-9-21 Today was another fun day. She has done well with me over the past couple days. While I ran to PetSmart for work I left her with the best kitten-sitter I know. Looking back on it, explaining what she needs really shows how much I’ve learned about her already. She has little quirks at such a young age. They may be small like her but her personality grows daily too. Everytime I look at her, it surprises me just how little she is. Her eyes are not yet open. It shows me how delicate and full of love life really is.


7/8/21-It’s been another day and I can’t say much has changed. Otter sleeps a lot, keeps quiet until she’s disturbed. It’s clear she likes her rest and doesn’t like to be woken. Unfortunately for me, that is my current talent. She latched properly for the first time today to her bottle but it didn’t last long. It’s still progress though. Today we had fun by creating a newborn photo shoot with her. I can’t tell you how much fun that was, and the outcome is wonderful. I’m ecstatic to share with everyone. It does surprise me how much she likes to move at such a young age, as many of my pictures were not as I expected. But at least I can get a good laugh with them. She wasn’t too hungry tonight, so it will likely be a night of less sleep than last. These are the ‘joys’ of parenthood that I do not miss at all. But she’s worth it! 💕


7/7/21- Approximately 5:30 pm I met Otter for the first time. She is a beautiful domestic short haired girl with black hair and a white stripe down the center of her face, reminding me of a skunk. She is approximately a day old, my youngest foster yet. I went to the shelter to pick her up and begin the foster journey with her. She is not my first bottle fed baby, but I am still new to this. She needs to be fed about every 2-3 hours. I am not looking forward to the sleepless nights but I am so excited to be her foster mama. She is small enough to fit in a single hand. When I arrived home it was already time to feed her again. She is still trying to figure it out. She doesn’t  latch on quite right but it takes practice, she’ll get there. She likes to eat from the syringe/nipple sideways. It makes me laugh. Introducing her to the kids, they fell in love  immediately. My kitten is still trying to figure her out. My dogs…one could care less, the other wants to care for her when he hears her little cries. She is a good sleeper, she will do a lot of that right now. She is wonderful and I love her already.

Otto getting her first feeding during intake at CCHS on 7/7/21