Friday, January 31, 2014

Cuteness Overload with Feline Rescue's Momma Freyja & Her NINE Kittens (!)

Freyja
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Hi everyone, Katie here.

For the past 10 weeks, a very special Momma-Cat and her litter of NINE (yes, you read that right) kittens have stolen the hearts of thousands of cat-loving social media fans.

We didn't even know about them until we hosted a special Thanksgiving giveaway sponsored by the generous kitty lounger people at Peach Industries. The winner's prize was a beautiful kitty lounger to donate to their favorite rescue shelter. The winner chose Feline Rescue, Inc.,  a shelter very near (really! it's just a few miles away) and dear (we love them) to our hearts.

When Glogirly contacted the shelter to share the news, they knew JUST who needed this lounger the most.

Freyja
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Meet Freyja
Only three days after giving birth to nine kittens, she was in need of a miracle. Her previous owners' landlord said the kittens had to go. And we're not talking a one month or even two week notice here. They needed a home and FAST.

Enter Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter located in St. Paul, Minnesota with an amazing outreach program and a network of loving volunteer foster homes. A sweetheart guy with a heart of gold, offered to take in Freyja and her 3-day old kittens. We haven't met Jon Bidinger, or even spoken to him, but we hold a very special place for him in our hearts. It can't be easy fostering a brood of nine...10 if you count Momma Freya.

We first shared Freyja and her furry family on December 29 in a Squeee-ful Sunday blog post. Since then we've received so many requests to share an update.

A Model Momma
Jon, the head cat herder and foster dad, describes Freyja as a great mother. "She was always patient and made sure everyone got fed." After two weeks though, her body just couldn't produce enough milk so Jon helped out by bottle feeding 4 or 5 times a day until the kittens stared to eat kibble and gushy food on their own. "Even with the gushy food, Freyja waits until the kittens are done eating until she eats. She is amazing!"


Freyja with the pink shades & her kitens
©2014 Jon Bidinger
The Kittens!
Everyone wants to know... "Girls? Boys? Names???"
Freyja is mom to 5 girls and 4 boys.

♥︎  Bjorn (bear)
♥︎  Turtle
♥︎  Sunna
♥︎  Brunhilde (Hilde)
♥︎  Knute
♥︎  Thor
♥︎  Sven
♥︎  Astrid
♥︎  Ingrid

The kittens are just about big enough to be adopted... and many have already been pre-adopted! Once they reach 3 pounds and their spay/neuter surgeries are complete, they're ready for new forever homes.

Turtle
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Little Girl Turtle
Turtle, in particular, has really stolen hearts. In fact, we just learned that foster-dad Jon is adopting her. Turtle is a very special girl. Always the instigator, she was the first of the kittens to climb out of the enclosure. She's brave, active, playful... and just a little bit naughty. (sounds like someone I know!)

Turtle and Freyja have a very special bond. They play together and have a close connection. Turtle and Jon are going to have a wonderful and happy life together.


Thor & Sunna - Still Available for Adoption!
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Waiting for Adoption!
Only two kittens, Thor & Sunna, and Momma Freyja are still waiting to be adopted. After everything sweet Freyja has been through, after all the love she's shown her kittens, she deserves a loving home with ALL the comforts!

Do you have room in your heart and home for these beautiful cats? Just contact our friends at Feline Rescue for more information on Freyja, Thor, Sunna and MANY other wonderful cats and kittens just waiting for a forever family to say, "I love YOU."


Knute
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Mmmmm, This Camera Strap is Yummy!
I bet you're wondering where all of these beautiful photographs came from! Glogirly had the pleasure of meeting Kris Kaiser, the photographer extraordinaire who volunteers her time photographing Feline Rescue's cats and kittens living in private foster homes.

Freyja and her kittens stole Kris' heart too. She says that no matter how bad your day might be, when you can end it with kittens, all is right in the world.

Ingrid
©2014 Kristin Kaiser
Photos Make a Difference 
Professional quality photos of shelter cats can make or break their chances of being adopted. Kris Kaiser's photos have certainly made a difference for the Feline Rescue cats. Her images are used on their website, Petfinder.com and Feline Rescue's Facebook page. With social media playing such a significant role in raising awareness and finding homes for shelter pets, what Kris is able to give is priceless.

Kris' adorable photo of Knute (The Cute) just took second place in Animal Rescue Site's photo contest. She won $500 for Feline Rescue!


Baby Ingrid
©2014 Kristin Kaiser

And today, WE all get to enjoy an overload of cute!

Thank You
Purrs, headbonks and thank you's to Feline Rescue and their amazing network of volunteers, including Jon & Kris. And special thanks to our generous sponsor, Peach Industries. You are all making a difference in the lives of homeless cats and you make our hearts smile!




About the Photographer
Kris Kaiser shares her home and heart with Kitty Whompus, a beautiful 17 year-old tuxedo girl. She adopted Kitty from the St. Cloud Animal Humane Society when she was only 6 weeks old. When she decided she wanted to help homeless cats, she contacted Feline Rescue to offer her photography services. They were of course thrilled! In less than a year's time, she's photographed almost 60 cats and kittens.


This post is sponsored by Peach Industries, but all thoughts are our own.

39 comments:

  1. Am I the only Mama cat thinking that poor woman?!

    Chey who really was a breeder queen but fortunately never had 9. But I did love my kits...

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  2. I'm just sitting here smiling. What a bunch of little angels.

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  3. Kudos to Kristin for all her hard work, volunteering! It makes SUCH a difference. THANK you!

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  4. I was gushing through out the post about how beautiful the photos are. Getting shots like that of kittens isn't easy. Kittens are always adorable, but getting that in photo.. well that can be priceless.

    and yes, fostering kittens does give you a wonderful stress relief.

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  5. Awww, we're wordless facing all that cuteness ! Great job, bravo to the shelter and to all the volunteers ! Purrs

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  6. Those kittens are so adorable. We hope all of them find a great forever home.

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  7. What a pawsome post! We just love this story and the great pics do make a difference. Kudos to those pawtographers!

    Happy Friday, furriends. Hope you stay warm and cozy.

    XOXO

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  8. So Sweet, those faces. Such a heartwarming happy ending to this bitter cold month. I bet the rest will find homes quickly. Poor Momma really had her hands full with 9!!! She looks beautiful and content though.

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  9. we just love cuteness over load,xx SPeedy and Rachel

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  10. Wow, that Jon human is pretty amazing! He took awesome care of Freya and her brood! I hope she and the two remaining kittens find homes very soon!

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  11. There isn't enough air to squee properly for nine kittens like that!

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  12. This is a story that is both sad and heartwarming. We hope everyone finds an amazing Forever Home.

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  13. What beautiful photos! And what a great story. We're so glad most of Freyja's kittens have homes...we purr that Freyja and the last kits find homes too.

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  14. What a inspiring story and what a wonderful Momma cat we have our paws crossed they all find wonderful homes.

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  15. SCREEE! They’re adorable. Our fave pic is the 2nd one of Mom Freyja. She has gorgeous eyes. Maybe you should have a blog giveaway for cuties Thor and Sunna. Yes, photos help kitties get adopted. Mine did.

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  16. Photographers who donate their times to shelters and rescues are PRICELESS!! We have a few who work with my rescue, and those dogs ALWAYS go fast once those new pictures go up on their profile.

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  17. Very true about the photos! What sweet little kitties! - Alana.

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  18. OMD! They are all SO CUTE!!!!! I hope they all find the bestest furever homes!
    And yes the photography is beautiful!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    ((husky hugz frum da pack))

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  19. OMD! They are all SO CUTE!!!!! I hope they all find the bestest furever homes!
    And yes the photography is beautiful!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    ((husky hugz frum da pack))

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  20. They are so cute cute cute!!!! And yes the pictures of them are fabulous! Great photographer. It does help a lot for them to be adopted!

    I congratulate Jon!! What a kind heart. I'm wondering if he could also take Freyja to be with turtle since they are so bonded together. :) just a thought. It would be fantastic for all of them.

    Tis was a wonderful post today! TGIF all you cuties!

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  21. mom? mom? too late - she is deaded from the cute....

    Paws crossed for the 3 needing homes. YAY for cat foster guys!! What a lucky bunch of kitts. And the pictures rock....

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  22. Freyja really is the most beautiful Viking mother goddess to come to Feline Rescue - and we've had some great moms. I see the whole family still fits in the lounger. And, yes, truly great Cuteness, too, little dears.

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  23. Beautiful photographs. And so wonderful that Jon stepped in to help overworked Freyja and make sure the kittens were well fed!
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  24. What a wonderful feel good post. I loved seeing all the photo's and gorgeous kitties. I have everything crossed for forever homes for the two still waiting and mum too. What a good mum she has been. Lovely post x

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  25. They are adorable. Beautiful photos of the kitties.
    Sue B

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  26. My mommy says that is kitten heaven..mol..Baby Tali

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  27. What a SUPER mom! And not only is she adorable, but so are all of her babies!!! Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!
    Cammie!

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  28. Definitely cute overload! We agree that good photos make all the difference :) xx

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  29. Oh Wow! Look at all those cute kittens! Mommy is ohing and ahing when she looked at all the pictures!
    Me is pawsitive theys ALL will be adopted soonest!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  30. That is one busy mama! loved the pics and thanks for sharing on the Pet Parade! ~Rascal and Rocco

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  31. OMC - those kittens are adorable. And M says bless that dear man who took mama kitty in with her kittens. They are so cute, I'm sure they will find a forever home soon.

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  32. Ingrid has the most perfect Tabby "M" I've ever seen on any feline. Simply perfect. Wow. Absolutely adorable kitties. Everyone who adopts one will be furry lucky!

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  33. Awwww , sooo cute kittens !
    Sure hope they al will get foreverhomes real soon and of course their mother too :)

    XOXO

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  34. Your right, kittens do make the world seem a better place!!

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  35. Nothing more fun than a kitten pile, and with nine kitties that is quite a pile. Hope those not yet adopted or spoken for find homes quickly. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  36. Squeeeeeee worthy! And we agree that photos make such a difference in helping cats and kittens forever homes!

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