The Critter Room Kitten Cam

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated:May 4th, 2015

FAQ Suggestion? See an error? Email Tammi <SciVet>  or  Jill P (kittenkamkattery) NOTE: We are not John. We have no control over how the kitties are fostered. We will not forward any messages to him. We are simply avid viewers.

Do you have a kitten cam concern? First read the FAQ. If it isn’t answered in here, then post it on The Critter Room on Facebook. Contacting Purrfect Pals directly is not necessary since many of the staff, including the director and vet, are also viewers of the cam.


Second Annual Kitten Cam Convention >.< Seattle, WA >.< May 6 - 9, 2015

"The world wide Internet phenomenon of Kitten Cams is transformative in the lives of people and cats around the world. Friendships and communities are continually being created among viewers through the power of social media. The mission of Kitten Cam Con is to create real life and Internet events that further this community, and to celebrate, promote and support Kitten Cam fosters and their associated animal shelters."

If you’re interested in meeting other Kitten Cam viewers from around the world check out the facebook page for more information. Also, in September, there will be the First Annual European Kitten Cam Convention.


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VOTE FOR PURRFECT PALS IN THE SHELTER CHALLENGE (search for Purrfect Pals, City: Arlington, State: WA) New Shelter Challenge began 4th May 2015

Rules:

  1. One vote per person per day. Period.
  2. One vote per computer per day. Period.
  3. Are you one person with two computers? See Rule 1. Overall outcome: One vote.
  4. Are you two people with one computer? See Rule 2. Overall outcome: One vote.
  5. Are you two people with two computers? See Rules 1 and 2. Overall outcome: Two votes.


A Word From John Regarding Kitten Cam Chat Etiquette:

Allowed Topics of Conversation

“I like to keep a very open mind about topics allowed to be discussed here on my chat. I allow a very broad range and if there's anything that shouldn't be talked about, I make a point of stating so. My rule of thumb is: If it's a civil in your area to discuss something in public, it's likely okay here. If you feel that a given subject should not be discussed, please bring it to my attention at FosterDadJohn@gmail.com. Recently, I learned that people have been quite mean to other chatters because they felt that the topic being discussed wasn't allowed even though several people stated it was, and they pretty much chased them away. Disregarding that I consider one person who was chased off a personal friend, if I see someone actively trying to chase civil people off my chat, I will consider you a troll and I will ban you.”


Kitten Cam Etiquette (including associated FB pages):

In general:


TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Critter Room Kitten Cam

A Word From John Regarding Kitten Cam Chat Etiquette:

Kitten Cam Etiquette (including associated FB pages):

FAQ

About the Kittens on Cam

Are these kittens being bred?

Can you wake up the kittens and put them in front of the camera?

Who names the kitties?

When do the kittens get adopted?

[AGE] is too young for spay or neutering!

What happens to the mother?

Do the kittens have access to the whole house?

What areas are they allowed in?

Is it always bright in the Critter Room?

Where’s their food and water?

What is weigh-in?

Oh no! The kitten lost weight!

The kittens should move to [area] / should have [toy] / should be doing [behavior]!

Where is [toy]?

EWWW! That one just peed / pooped/ threw up on camera!

Where are the kitties? I don’t see the kitties on camera!

Why’s the mama cat always licking their butts?

The kittens are fighting / the mama is hurting the kittens!

The mama cat/kitten got over the fence! Where did they go?

OH NOES! Electrical outlet!

What games are they playing on the iPad?

What kind of laser are the kitten chasing?

Is that a real butterfly?

Can I put in for adopting a kitten?

Do we find out how the kittens do at their forever homes?

About John

Where does John live?

What does John do for a living (aside from foster kitties)?

Is John married?

How many cats does John have?

How do John’s cats react to the fosters?

I really want John to adopt [mother cat / kitten]!

Does John really have allergies to cats?

How many litters has John fostered so far?

How did he begin fostering?

How often does John foster?

Who is Chris?

Can I donate money to John?

About the Cam / Watching the Cam

Is this taped?

What if I miss something cute?

Who watches the cam?

What if I want to meet Crazy Cat People like me?

What time is it there?

Is there sound?

You should [lower]/[raise]/[turn] the camera!

How do I do the DVR thing?

Why can’t I select a specific time?

What’s a reset?

Why can’t I watch earlier times?

What type of camera is it?

What is this about a second camera?

Why doesn’t he stream the second camera?

Does it have closed captioning?

How do I take a screenshot?

What happens to the cam between litters?

About the Chat

Am I allowed to chat?

What are the guidelines?

Is this a kitten or cat-only chat?

There’s a troll in the chat!

Why are chatters saying “Hail!”?

Because Chickenfish has appeared.

What do chatters mean when they post numbers like 10:03 and 15:31?

What are the titles between brackets after chatters’ names (like <KAT>)?

How do I get one?

How do I share a web url in chat?

Can John read the chat when visiting the kittens?

What’s an account number and how do I see mine/other peoples’?

About Purrfect Pals

What is this Purrfect Pals?

Can I donate to Purrfect Pals?

Troubleshooting

I keep getting a buffering circle (White Circle of Doom DOOM!).

My video seems lagged or behind other people’s.

My live stream is skipping / looping / kitties are teleporting.

The video feed seems fuzzy. How can I fix it?

Why is the sound so low?

What’s that echo?

I’m having trouble watching on my iPad.

My comments in chat aren’t showing up!

For some reason the chat is below the video! Help!

Time isn’t flowing at its normal rate of speed.

I think I’m addicted. How do I know? Am I alone??!

ACK! Where’s the voice coming from?! Why’s a strange man in my house?

Common Chat Room Abbreviations:

Toy Names and Jargon

LOLSpeak in Chat:

A Visual Guide to the toys of The Critter Room

Hail! Chickenfish: A Brief History

The ChickenFish Prayer

Current Litter

The Sapling Fosters

The Springfield Fosters

The Fabulous Fosters

FDJ (Special Edition)

The Hitchhiker Fosters

The Ghostbuster Fosters

The Pixar Fosters

The Artificial Intelligence Fosters

The Looney Tunes Fosters

The Mythbuster Fosters

PIPPIN J SHENANIGANS Esq

The Cosmonaut Fosters

Ripley’s Fosters

The Spice Fosters

The Sons of Anarchy Kittens

The Scientist Fosters

The McKittens

Previous Fosters

The 4H Fosters

The Advent Fosters

The Lotus Fosters

The Clue Fosters

Random Internet Cats

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Related Links

Kitten Puzzles by Emilie

Kitten Puzzles by Andy

Kitten Cam Viewer Map

Club Chickenfish on CafePress

Club Chickenfish on FB

KittenKamKattery (Blog)

As Seen On The Kitten Cam

Enjoy the Kittens! Have a Nice Day!


FAQ

About the Kittens on Cam

Are these kittens being bred?

No. All fosters are rescues and associated with Purrfect Pals. John does not receive money for doing this. It is all volunteer.

Can you wake up the kittens and put them in front of the camera?

No. This camera is meant to show the kittens as they are. Let them sleep. You can watch the DVR at times where they were more active.

Who names the kitties?

Ultimately, John (the foster dad) chooses the names (unless they come to him already named). Generally they’re based around a theme like scientist names or Irish names. Sometimes he takes suggestions and after they’re named he’ll allow one name change if the viewers object to what he’s chosen.

When do the kittens get adopted?

First they are spayed/neutered. For this procedure they must be at least two pounds and two months old and healthy. Assuming the kittens remain healthy, after that they go to an adoption event. Each kitten gets a featherstick from John to take to his or her furever home and recent litters have received personalised blankets made for them by a viewer. Despite John’s extensive experience with fostering, it never gets any easier letting them go.

[AGE] is too young for spay or neutering!

There frequently seems to be a point of contention among some Kitten Cam viewers, especially because different countries and cultures may have different ideal ages for cat spays/neutering. Before any adoption, Purrfect Pals makes sure the cat is spayed/neutered to prevent any future unintended kittens and follows the ASPCA Guidelines regarding the age and weight at which a cat may be spayed/neutered. These procedures are being done earlier because procedures are less invasive than before, it’s been shown that doing them before puberty is best, and that there are no long term health implications. There are always advantages and disadvantages for any surgery, but in the long run, the pluses outweigh the minuses. Remember that John wouldn’t do something if it would adversely affect the fosters, and he is following the requirements of Purrfect Pals.

What happens to the mother?

The mama cat is spayed at the same time as her kittens. She will go to that same adoption event to find her furever home.

Do the kittens have access to the whole house?

No. The kittens have their own room with a door that is always closed.

What areas are they allowed in?

They are only allowed in one room only for them. Initially, the very young kittens and mama cat are placed in a two-story kennel. The mama cat has access to the “penthouse” which has a litterbox, food, and water. Once she is more settled and the kittens are older, John will open up the top of the kennel to the room so that the mother can enjoy more freedom. When John decides they are ready, he will open the kennel to a small enclosed play area. This play area will gradually get bigger as the kittens are more active and need a larger area to run around in.

Is it always bright in the Critter Room?

No. The webcam is just very good at picking up low level light. A 40-watt light bulb is in the room’s lamp. In March of 2013 John installed in the kennel two LED white light strips with half of a semi-opaque plastic binder cut in half and rolled up as a two-pass diffuser. Cats don’t need the same light/dark conditions that humans do. Cats sleep 16 hours a day regardless of the brightness of where they are. Ever see a cat sleeping in a sunbeam coming through a window? If you’re concerned, day/night cues do come from the natural light coming in the window.

Where’s their food and water?

Sometimes the cam is positioned such that their food and water bowls aren’t visible. The kittens always have food and water available so that they can eat and drink whenever they want it.

What is weigh-in?

Johns weighs the kittens daily up until they reach one pound. This is to make sure they are making appropriate gains and growing at the right rate. After one pound weigh-ins are reduced to every other day. John keeps track of the weigh-ins using a Google Spreadsheet. There is also an Uber Weight Chart that tracks and compares all litters.  Here are links to current and past litters:

John doesn’t weigh the mama cats as often as he does the kittens, unless he has reason to believe she has issues with her health, but he will use the large veterinary scale to check her weight from time to time. Weight losses are common in nursing mothers - it takes a lot of energy to raise a litter!

Oh no! The kitten lost weight!

Don’t worry just yet. There are plenty of reasons that a kitten may not have made a gain during weigh in. If a kitten consistently loses or does not gain weight over several days, then John will begin supplementing the kitten’s diet.

The kittens should move to [area] / should have [toy] / should be doing [behavior]!

John is looking for specific behaviors before introducing anything new to the kittens. For example, before moving the kittens from the kennel to a small enclosure, he’s examining how well they walk and run. Before giving them a litterbox, John is making sure they’re going on their own and that their eliminations are happening in the same area. Trust in John.

Where is [toy]?

Again, John makes sure the kittens reach specific benchmarks before giving them certain toys. The first toys for the kitties are springs and balls. Once they start walking some, the ChickenFish comes out! Sometimes toys are removed due to misuse. By misuse we mean that the kitties are using the toy to escape (*cough* CMF *cough*)!

EWWW! That one just peed / pooped/ threw up on camera!

Kittens are like babies. You get the cute parts... and the not so cute parts. This camera is live, so you get the real deal with the kittens. They aren’t like humans where they always consider their location as bodily functions occur. If your system is too delicate to handle these everyday occurrences, the kitten cam may not be for you.

Where are the kitties? I don’t see the kitties on camera!

There are a number of possible answers to this question:

Why’s the mama cat always licking their butts?

Kittens aren’t born with the ability to go the bathroom on their own. The mother cat has to stimulate that area to help them go. Also, while they are young the mother cat licks away any liquid or solid waste from her babies. In the wild this would prevent predators from smelling where they’ve hidden.

The kittens are fighting / the mama is hurting the kittens!

Don’t worry. This is a normal part of kittens growing up. They’re teaching one another to play nice. If they play too rough, a kitten will squeak letting the other one know that they’re playing too rough. The mama cat is teaching her kittens how to hunt and fight. She isn’t hurting them. Her claws are retracted and her bites are very measured.

The mama cat/kitten got over the fence! Where did they go?

That mysterious “other side of the room”. There are various pieces of cat furniture over there. There are toys, too. In the mama cat’s case, she usually wants some time away from her darling kittens. Some ME time.

OH NOES! Electrical outlet!

Don’t worry if the kittens get the outlet plugs out. The plugs are there for aesthetic reasons rather than safety reasons. Unlike toddlers, kittens aren’t prone to sticking things in electrical outlets.

What games are they playing on the iPad?

That’s an app called Games for Cats. There’s another app called Cat Toys. Another app out there is called Catch the Mouse.

What kind of laser are the kitten chasing?

They are chasing a pet-friendly laser pointer. Not all laser pointers are pet-friendly because the intensity of the beam could damage their eyes. The highest safest intensity for cats has been cited to be between 1mW and 5mW. NEVER purposely shine a laser into your cat’s or any other animal’s eye. John uses a hand-held laser and an automatic laser (when they’re older, I believe).

Is that a real butterfly?

No, it’s a battery operated toy.  Looks realistic though!

Can I put in for adopting a kitten?

Purrfect Pals has implemented a new procedure for adopting cam kittens. Before the adoption date, those seeking to adopt will be asked to submit an application. Applications submitted prior to the announcement will be discarded. Keep in mind that you have to pass the requirements set by Purrfect Pals. Under normal circumstances, a maximum of two kittens at a time are allowed to be adopted. There have been exceptional cases where an entire family has been adopted together. But they were very exceptional cases, as were the families chosen to adopt.   Also, adoptees only go to Washington state homes. There are so many rescued cats out there that need homes that PP urges you to look into your local shelter if you’re looking to adopt.

Do we find out how the kittens do at their forever homes?

It varies. John will send out an email inquiring about their status a month or two after the adoption, but not all new kitten/cat parents will respond. Since the cam has gone “viral”, some new parents have decided to set up Facebook pages about their new family member. Links have been provided throughout the FAQ where appropriate.

About John

Where does John live?

John lives near Seattle in Washington State. For privacy reasons, that’s all you’re going to get.

What does John do for a living (aside from foster kitties)?

John is a computer programmer for AT&T.

Is John married?

We want to keep John’s personal life personal, so the FAQ isn’t going to go into that. Remember that John isn’t a thing for public consumption, he’s a regular guy.

How many cats does John have?

It’s a single digit number.

How do John’s cats react to the fosters?

They don’t care. John’s done this enough times that it’s old hat to them.

I really want John to adopt [mother cat / kitten]!

Sorry, but John has a strict policy on not adopting his fosters. UPDATED JULY 2014: Of his 45 foster sets, John has only adopted ONE kitten - Trillian. Therefore, the odds are not good that he will adopt your favorite foster.

Does John really have allergies to cats?

Yes.

How many litters has John fostered so far?

As of March 2015, it’s been 45 sets of cats and kittens since 2008.

How did he begin fostering?

In 2003 he fostered for a friend whose cat had kittens and fostering got into his blood. Five years later he contacted Purrfect Pals and began fostering kittens and cats through them.

How often does John foster?

On a year-round basis. After one set of kittens have been adopted, John has about a one week gap until the next litter begins foster care.  This one week gap gives him time to recover from the previous batch and to set up for the new ones. Also, a week will give the room and toys time to air out and any potential bugs to die. Of course, time between litters is dependent on whether a litter is available to be fostered (whether it’s “kitten season”).

Who is Chris?

Chris is John’s son. He is often referred to as “The Minion”.

Can I donate money to John?

John prefers that you donate any money or goods to the Purrfect Pals organization. They will know where it is needed the most. Any unsolicited donations or gifts will be given to Purrfect Pals.

About the Cam / Watching the Cam

Is this taped?

Nope! This is all live. At least, while there are cats or kittens in the room it is (see “What happens to the cam between litters”)

What if I miss something cute?

A faithful fan, BrookIvy, captures a lot of videos from the cam and puts them on YouTube. If there has been a special moment on the cam that you missed, you might want to check out her YouTube channels:  BrookIvy or BrookIvy2.

Who watches the cam?

People all around the world watch the cam! Purrfect Pals staff-- such as the director, foster coordinator and vet-- also watch the cam. To get an idea of the scope of the viewership, visit our Map of Kitten Cam viewers! Add your own flag, if you’d like!

What if I want to meet Crazy Cat People like me?

You’re in luck! There happen to be Crazy Cat People stationed all around the world. Many chatters have organized meetings with local viewers in their area, but in 2014, Seattle hosted the first ever Kitten Cam Convention. It was such a success that a second KCC will be held in May 2015, again in Seattle and, for the first time, European CCP will have the opportunity to meet in Amsterdam in September for the EKCC.

What time is it there?

The Kitten Cam is in the Pacific time zone of the US. In general, 3 hours behind the East Coast and 8 hours behind London. It is also known as Kitten Standard Time (KST). For a more specific answer, you can visit The World Clock webpage.

Is there sound?

Yes. The kittens are pretty quiet unless playing gets a little rough or they bump into the walls (kitten brakes are notoriously unreliable). Mama cats are usually the loudest with mews and chirps, especially when John enters the room.

See Why is the sound so low?

You should [lower]/[raise]/[turn] the camera!

John’s positioned the camera for the most coverage of the area. Remember, this isn’t just for entertainment, John uses this camera to  monitor the cats. You’ll just have to wait for the kittens or cats to come back into frame. Sorry.

How do I do the DVR thing?

Put your cursor at the bottom of the video and a timeline should appear. You can select any of the times along there to watch what happened then.

Why can’t I select a specific time?

That’s a Livestream issue. The developers have heard our requests to add this feature. At this time you cannot choose a specific time, although recent updates mean you can make more refined selections than in the past. Also, as the time accumulates on the DVR, the times you can choose get further and further apart.

What’s a reset?

The stream is automatically reset every 24 hours. John has control of resets where he can do a reset at an earlier time to ensure an event can be watched by worldwide viewers for hours after it occurs (rather than fall into the reset abyss).

Why can’t I watch earlier times?

See: What’s a reset?

What type of camera is it?

Currently, the camera is a Logitec HD Pro Webcam C920.

What is this about a second camera?

This is a John-only camera that is not streaming and gives him a birds-eye view of the room. This gives him the ability to see more than the viewers of the webcam. For an example of what he sees, click here.

Why doesn’t he stream the second camera?

First of all, Livestream does not support dual-streams. Second of all, it would cost even more money every month for another account. Not going to happen. Also, the second camera isn’t very good quality.

Does it have closed captioning?

No. However, the chatters are very open to transcribing videos and events as they happen, so just type into the chat that you need CC and it will happily be provided!

How do I take a screenshot?

This website has complete instructions. In brief, on a Windows machine, use PrtScrn button, open Paint, and Ctrl-V to paste. Ctrl-S to save your capture. Choose to save it as a JPG rather than BMP to cut down on file size.

What happens to the cam between litters?

The live cam shuts off and the event is archived, but John plays highlights reels made up of BrookIvy clips (“Waiting for Kittens”). This provides an opportunity for chatters to keep on chatting and also a pleasant trip down memory lane for viewers. The archived pages for the litters will always remain available so that you can watch all archived videos. If you “follow” Foster Dad John on Livestream* then you will get a text and/or email notifying you when it’s gone live again with a new litter!

*To do this, log in to your LiveStream account. Go to Foster Dad John’s profile page and click “Follow”. You have to have your email or mobile number specified in your account settings to receive notifications. You can manage which notifications you want to receive and where in your account settings.

About the Chat

Am I allowed to chat?

Anyone with a Livestream account is more than welcome to join in! We don’t bite! hard We get silly sometimes. English is the primary language in chat, but given our wide viewership, other languages are sometimes used.

What are the guidelines?

In general:

Is this a kitten or cat-only chat?

No, humans can chat, too. Besides, cats are terrible typists and have the worst grammar. Oh! You mean topics! We often veer into non-feline-related topics. There are only so many ways to say “SO CUTE!”, especially when they are sleeping or off-camera. If this isn’t to your liking, you can always expand the screen or go full-screen and come back at a later time when chat is more to your liking.

There’s a troll in the chat!

While the troll will eventually be banned by John, the best recourse is to ignore. Only John and LiveStream employees currently have the permissions to ban trolls. (At the moment, we do not have a specific contact at Livestream.  If anyone knows otherwise, please let us know.) Trolls thrive on attention, so ignoring them is the best way to bore one.

Why are chatters saying “Hail!”?

                Because Chickenfish has appeared.  

What do chatters mean when they post numbers like 10:03 and 15:31?

Chatters are referring to specific times on the DVR where something interesting occurred. In most cases, the first number refers to the hour and the second number refers to the minutes. If a chatter wants to refer to minutes, he or she will say “10 minutes” or “15 minutes”.

What are the titles between brackets after chatters’ names (like <KAT>)?

How do I get one?

These are silly things chatters add to their own name to help set them apart. In your Livestream profile, you can add your own right after your name.

How do I share a web url in chat?

The chat disallows URLs. But to get around that, put a space after the periods (and leave off the http and www). For example: http://www.google.com would be google. com.

Can John read the chat when visiting the kittens?

Only if he has his iPad with him.

What’s an account number and how do I see mine/other peoples’?

Every person who has made an account with Livestream has a unique account number. The number is available on everyone’s profile page. To see what someone’s account number is (yours or someone else’s), there are a number of ways of doing it:

  1. In chat, mouse over a chatter’s name without clicking and a URL should appear somewhere in your browser (usually in the lower left). The URL should say new.livestream.com/account/#######, but in place of # are numbers. My account number is 1256453. I’m the only one who can have that number.

  1. Actually click on a chatter’s name and their profile will load (you may want to open it in a new tab so the kitties don’t go away). The account number will be at the top in your address bar.

  1. Others have reported being able to right click on a chatter’s name and going to a properties option (In my browser I am not able to do this method, so I cannot vouch for it)

This is a way of verifying your friends if you know some of the numbers of their account number.

About Purrfect Pals

What is this Purrfect Pals?

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill shelter devoted to rescuing cats. You can read more about them on their website. John is associated with this rescue and volunteers there on a regular basis. The kittens are a part of their foster care program.

Can I donate to Purrfect Pals?

Absolutely! The link to donating is here. They also have an Amazon wishlist that can be accessed here.

Troubleshooting

I keep getting a buffering circle (White Circle of Doom DOOM!).

There have been several methods suggested to fix this:

My video seems lagged or behind other people’s.

Try clicking back on the DVR timeline and then “Live” again.

My live stream is skipping / looping / kitties are teleporting.

This happens from time to time. This is a Livestream problem, but usually a reset by John cures the hiccups. Recent updates by Livestream mean that the stream usually defaults to HD. Lowering the resolution a notch or two can produce a more consistent stream.

The video feed seems fuzzy. How can I fix it?

There can be a couple reasons for this.

First, the camera automatically focuses, so this could be a streaming thing. Move your mouse over the video and go to the bottom at the timeline that pops up. You can choose a quality level from one bar to HD. Try a higher quality. Note that Livestream defaults to the best quality for your internet speed, so a higher quality may result in more buffering and Circles of Doom.

Or, the kittens licked or nose-booped the camera, causing smudges. When he notices, John will come in with his Itty Bitty Kitty Squeegee to clear things up.

Why is the sound so low?

John keeps the camera volume turned down due to the ambient noise of the house and outside. Using headphones is the best way to hear what John or Chris is saying or to hear the kittens purr.

Advice from Kitten Cam viewer April:

Can't hear what's going on? If you are finding the volume low on Livestream but not when using other things like Youtube or games here is a trick someone (likely John) showed me a while ago.

Windows users (I use windows 7) - Right click on your speaker/volume icon then select 'playback devices'. In the box that pops up highlight 'speakers/headphones' and then click properties. From here go to the Enhancements tab and click the 'loudness equalization' box. Apply changes and close the boxes. This should bring the volume of the livestream feed up to a point where you can hear without headphones.

What’s that echo?

An echo can happen if John accidentally leaves a browser up on the Kitten Cam computer. He’ll usually fix it pretty quickly. Your system is fine. Also, check to see if you have more than one tab open for viewing the kitten cam (Also see: I think I’m addicted).

I’m having trouble watching on my iPad.

Unfortunately, sometimes Livestream and the iPads do not play nice together. Sorry! You should put in a support ticket with Livestream.

My comments in chat aren’t showing up!

Sometimes the chat lags a few seconds before showing your comment. Or, this is the work of the evil Comment Monster. Sometimes you get the error message “Comment could not be posted”, but not always. This hiccup in the system occurs intermittently. Refreshing the page sometimes works. Or, if you have a long comment to make, hit Ctrl-A and Ctrl-C to copy it in case it doesn’t go through. Paste your comment again with Ctrl-V. Hit enter, and cross your fingers.

For some reason the chat is below the video! Help!

Press Ctrl+0 (zero) (Cmd+0 for Mac users) to reset your zoom. If that doesn’t work, notify the chatters for additional tips.

Time isn’t flowing at its normal rate of speed.

Ah, yes. This is what we like to call John’s Theory of Kitten Time Relativity. You think that you’ve been with kittens for just 10 minutes when, in actuality, 30 minutes or more have passed. Kittens are so cute they create a time dilation effect, like objects with large mass, wherein while you’re in their vicinity, time for you seems to pass normally, when, in actuality, more time has gone by relative to the rest of the earth. Unlike objects of large mass, this time dilation can occur when simply viewing kittens, even at exceptionally big distances. Therefore, viewers have found themselves affected by Kitten Time Relativity.

I think I’m addicted. How do I know? Am I alone??!

Have you noticed a decrease in productivity? An inexplicable urge to pet something fuzzy? Do you keep the cam in your browser 24/7? You may be addicted.

The good news is that you are absolutely not alone. Many viewers have been known to keep the cam on in their browser at all times. The chat room is often seen as a support group for the cam addicts, except you don’t get the free coffee and cookies. Now, get up and go shower since you probably haven’t done that in a while, so you probably smell pretty bad. Also, go get something to eat. You need to keep up your energy if you want to keep up with the kittens. Make sure any sons /daughters /pets are still alive.

ACK! Where’s the voice coming from?! Why’s a strange man in my house?

Sorry to startle you. First, calm down. John has entered the kittens’ room and you forgot that you were logged in to the kitten cam and your volume was turned up. You may or may not get used to this.


Common Chat Room Abbreviations:

 Toy Names and Jargon

Many of the beloved toys of The Critter Room have been given special names by the viewers. 

Word

Means

Notes

AFK

Away From Keyboard

Similar to BRB (Be Right Back), TTFN (Ta ta for now), BIAB (Back In A Bit).

Beyonce

Power goes out? Beyonce. Laptop dies? Beyonce. Frozen video? Beyonce. Ever since the Superbowl in 2013 she’s been sucking power and viewing capabilities away from everyone.

Birdcage

The blue and yellow kitten toy. It once housed a bird, hence the name. Sometimes driven by a kitten when it sits in it.

Bowl

Is a bowl. Often used to weigh kittens. It eventually becomes a play thing.

Bowl of Isolation

Is a bowl. A clear bowl.

BRB

Be Right Back

Bridge, The

The saucer-like top of the Enterprise. Mama cats like to take control of the Bridge.

Bulldoze

When one kitten attempts to push around another kitten using its head like a bulldozer. Bulldozed kittens generally falls over and goes boom.

Bunny Kicks

When wrestling or play fighting, kittens and cats will pump their feet like rabbits. In more dangerous situations, this will seriously injure their partner. For kittens, it’s just cute.

Cat Canoe “Catnoe”

A brilliant toy introduced with the Hitchhiker Kitties. A fabric toy with an interior made for kitty antics.

Cat Cave

A one-story tower. Kittens can sleep inside (“the cave”) or on top.

CF

Chickenfish(HAIL)

The yellow and red kitten toy. Named Chickenfish(HAIL) by the chatters because it resembles both a chicken and a fish. Often referred to as Uncle CF.

It may be found by looking for “Nobby Fisch”. For now it is only available from Germany and only shipped within Europe. ChickenFish Prayer. Followers of CF are called ChickenFishtians. Measurements are available if you want to make a CF of your own.

CF, Aunt

Aunt Chickenfish is the girl counterpart to Uncle Chickenfish. She is a little newer, a little less battle-scarred. You can tell her and Uncle CF apart because she has a pink baby inside her.

Cheeto

Orange super featherstick. Previous red featherstick was called the Fuzzy Chile. Green Cheetoh: See Glow Worm.

Chickgup

Aunt Chickenfish’s baby

Club Chickenfish

Online store through Cafe Press selling products with pictures of the Kitten Cam fosters on them, with all proceeds going to Purrfect Pals. Setup and maintained by Kitten Cam viewer (and Einy and Tesla owner) Joan.

CM

Comment Monster

Sometimes the comments on chat don’t go through. This is the work of the evil Comment Monster. He eats them. NOM NOM NOM See: My comments aren’t showing up on chat!

CMF

Comment Monster Fishbed

The Kookamunga orange and blue fishbed. This was purchased for John by a viewer. Available through Amazon and Dr. Fosters and Smith. Called Comment Monster Fishbed as it was first introduced during a period of Comment Monster feeding.

COD

Circle of Doom

The slowly spinning circle on the screen which indicates that either a reset is coming or that your internet is too slow.

Coliseum, The

A circular cat scratcher. Can be bought from Amazon here. Place of epic kitty battles.

Contact Rings

A kitten toy of two rings. Resembles the ring machine from the movie and book Contact by Carl Sagan. The thing in the middle has been dubbed the “Uvula” by John. Also called the Stargate.

Crabwalk

When a kitten walks sideways on tiptoe (like a crab)

Crazies, The

See: Zoomies, The

Crossfit

X-shaped cat scratcher

DB

DuckBunny

A small orange toy that looks like a duck or a bunny depending on its mood and position. Good friend to Chickenfish* (Now retired. It went home with Laika)

EKCC

European KCC

See: KCC

Enterprise, The

A piece of cat furniture featuring a scratching board base and a saucer-like bed top (called “The Bridge”). Called “The Enterprise” because it resembles the original Star Trek ship. Kittens can often be seen cruising in it.

Eviction

When a Mama cat picks up a kitten by the scruff to move it to a more appropriate place (according to the Mama).

FB

Facebook

A social networking website. Loved and loathed by many.

FDJ

The man himself

Fishbed

See CMF

Fishbed migration

One of the great wonders of nature, as this magnificent creature sets off on its journey across the room, entirely unaided by kittens. Its final destination - usually right in front of the camera lens.

Floof

Fluff, fur, especially in excess

FoKC

Friends of the Kitten Cam

A Facebook page where the fans can talk about the cats and share their own stories about rescues and their pets

Glow Worm

Green boa/feather toy on a stick. Like Cheetoh but green.

Ghost Cat

She sometimes appears behind the Enterprise, when the conditions are right. Look out for her.

Greenie

A green soccer ball. Loved most fiercely by Kayleigh. Other balls have been adopted, too, like Sunshine, Pinky, and Blue. I’m sure you can figure out their colors.

Hail

Chatters show devotion to our overlord, Uncle Chickenfish, by hailing it at an invocation of its name. A Chickenfishtian doesn’t have to hail every time, but several hails by the congregation are required as an offering.

HOD

Hammock of Destiny

A black kitten step/ramp with mesh. Made by SportPet, it comes with a privacy tent. A favorite toy among the kittens.

James

The Kitten Cam chat butler. Mind you, he only brings virtual sustenance, so he cannot be relied upon to actually sustain you during your endless hours of kitten viewing.

Jelly Beans

Kitten toes. They resemble pink (or black) jelly beans.

KCC

Kitten Cam Con

A convention that allows Kitten Cam viewers from all over the world to meet up in Seattle.

Kitten Dealer

That's what we affectionately call Susan, the Foster Care Manager for Purrfect Pals, who is responsible for finding foster homes for all of the kitties who need them.

Kitty Condo, The

See: TARDIS, The

KST

Kitten Standard Time

Refers to the time it is where the kittens live. It’s equivalent to Pacific Standard Time.

Launchpad

A cat scratcher. Made by Petlinks.

Loki’s Box

Any box, cardboard or otherwise, that appears from time to time. Named in honour of Loki, departed big brother to Critter Room Alumni Tory and Grant, and loved by us all

LS

Livestream

The website that hosts the stream.

Making Biscuits

When a cat or kitten moves its paws back and forth as if they are kneading bread. Also called Happy Feet.

Mewniverse

See Solar System

Mewtubes

Cardboard tubes that are placed in the enclosure. See Wormholes

Milkbar

This is where the kittens nurse. Sometimes mama will close the milkbar when she feels that nursing is done for the time being.

Minion, The

(Also Minette)

John’s son, Chris. His girlfriend is called Minette.

Mosh Pit

The area in John’s legs when he sits down that kittens love to play in.

Mwoink

A mysterious kitten that lives inside the cam. Only speaks when the cam readjusts focus.

Pointy-Side Up

Kittens on their back. Paws (and claws) are the the air, hence the phrase.

POP

Pillar of Progress

The scratching post with a platform on the top.

PP

Purrfect Pals

The cat rescue John volunteers for.

Ralph

A particularly fluffy tail. Named for Mama Rosemary’s tail, which was often mistaken for another kitten

Random Internet Cat

(RIC)

Referring to any sibling fur baby of adopted TCR Alumni, but originating from a comment made on Laika’s page (Mimi & Norbert).

Random Internet Yak

In honor of Loki, Big Brother Extraordinaire to Tory & Grant. There will only ever be one RIK - may he RIP.

Rosie’s Box

Any box inside the kennel cage that is used to contain mama kitty and her babies, and help keep mama calm.

Small Hadron Collider

Circular track with a ball inside and green toy in the middle.

Solar System

A kitten toy featuring a bridge and three planets. The planets have been referred to as: Jupitpurr, Mews, Niptune, in addition to other names. Can be purchased, among other places, on Amazon.com. Also called The Mewniverse.

Space Tomato

Toy that looks like a levitating clown nose. It goes SPROING.

Sploot

When a cat or kitten lays on its stomach with its back legs stretched out behind it. Tory Mythbuster is an expert at this.

Spooky Cat

When a kitten or cat arches it back, puffs out its fur, and crab walks to appear larger and more ferocious than it actually is.

Stargate, The

See: Contact Rings

Super Bowl

A bigger bowl. Purchased at the Super Market.  See Bowl.

Sushi

A blue fish toy. Still in production and can be purchased at [to be added when refound].

TARDIS, The

A cat tower with three holes. Thought to have an elevator and swimming pool. (Nuh uh!) Maybe. Also called The Kitty Condo or The Tower.

TCR

The Critter Room

A Facebook page dedicated to John’s rescues.

Tower, The

See TARDIS/Kitty Condo.

Tribbles

Hairy cat toys popular during the Mythbusters fosters. You still see them around. During the Ghostbusters reign they were called “Ecto” and “Plasm” or “Meep” and “Neep”.

Troll

Do not feed the trolls. "Trolls" are people who will say mean or cruel things to try to provoke a response from you. Interact with them and they will keep interacting with you. See: UBD

UBD

Under Bridge Dweller

See: Troll

Uvula

See: Contact Rings

Whappy Paws

A kitten slap fight.

White Circle of Doom

Initializing.... initializing... initializing...

See: I keep getting a buffering circle.

Wormholes

See: Mewtubes

Z-tower or Ziggurat

A cat tower that has two platforms offset from each other.

Zippy

The yellow zip tie that hangs on the left side of the cage. A toy for distracting young kitties.

Zoomies, The

When the kittens start running about the enclosure so fast that they blur on camera. Often a result of a John visit. He is to kittens as Red Bull is to humans. Also called The Crazies.

LOLSpeak in Chat:


        
LOLcat words are sometimes used in chat. Here are the most common ones:

LOL

Translation

LOL

Translation

Hai

Hi

Baff

Bath

Kitteh

Kitty

Belleh

Belly

OHAI

Oh, hi!

Hoomin

Human

Bai

Bye

Caturday

Saturday

Furever

Forever (as in furever homes)

Harbls

Neutered cats are without these (hairballs)

Luff

Love

Meowtini/

Mewtini

Martini (for mama cats only)

Nomz/

Noms

Food

Purrito

A cat/kitten rolled up in a blankie

Skritches

Scratches

A Visual Guide to the toys of The Critter Room

Thanks to Neko Moon for creating a visual guide to some of the kitten toys. Please use the guide below, as well as this, and this image to help you learn the names of the toys.

ToyNames.jpg

        Thanks to Basil, Mace and Sage of the Spice Kittens for modelling.


Hail! Chickenfish: A Brief History

Chickenfish was originally manufactured as a toy for ferrets, but John soon realised that he made the ideal toy/bed/activity-centre/toilet for very young kittens, just learning to play.  Viewers soon realised that he appeared to be a bizarre cross between a fish and a comedy rubber chicken and, because he was the last of his kind, the cult of Chickenfish was born.

Keeping with a long-standing Critter Room tradition, he was originally a she, as there was once a baby fish attached to his (or her) mid-section, but a lifetime of pummelling by rambunctious kittens has left him (or her) childless.  He has also had at least one set of replacement eyes, thanks to the Scientist Kittens who, determined to live up to their name, excised the original ones “just to see what would happen”.

It was believed that Chickenfish had been discontinued by his German manufacturers (Nobby), but a couple of resourceful viewers located the last ever stash of them in Europe and they were duly bought up and distributed to fans and fosterers all over the world.  Auntie Chickenfish arrived at The Critter Room at this time, baby fish intact, and the original “Uncle” Chickenfish was put into semi-retirement while he still had his dignity and most of his bits intact.  

But, the story did not end there.  Demand for Chickenfishes was still high, so a couple of viewers contacted the manufacturers and managed to persuade them to produce a limited run, provided they could come up with the money to do so.  A fundraiser was launched through Facebook and enough money has been raised for a further 1500 Chickenfishes to be produced. [Hail!] At the time of writing, they are eagerly awaited by Critter Room fans and their cats.

Chickenfish has been reproduced in wool, clay, paint, and fabric; he appears on mugs, teeshirts, magnets and keychains; he has been incorporated into paintings, stories, collages and quilts.  He has travelled around the world and had his photograph taken in cars and bars, ships and planes.  His fanbase is global, rivalling that of any pop star. He even has his own prayer.  He is the de facto icon, deity and symbol of The Critter Room and, nowadays, kitten fostering in general.  He provides fun, safety, comfort and relief (Egon!) to kittens and watches over them (and us) at all times.

And that is why we say “Hail”.

The ChickenFish Prayer

Written by Kitten Cam viewer Jessica S.

Hail Chickenfish, full of stuffing,

the kittens are with thee;

Blessed art thou amongst the intertubes,

and blessed is the protector of thy Critter Room, John.

Holy Chickenfish, Guardian of Floofybutts,

watch over us with your reattached eyes,

now and at the hour of adoption.

Meow.


Current Litter

Peach Chutney

The Critter Room is currently playing host to Peach Chutney (aka Granny) a thirteen year-old female calico cat.  She is one of five senior cats pulled by Purrfect Pals from a kill shelter where they were scheduled to be euthanised.  All five are suffering from hyperthyroidism, which is treatable - at a cost - by use of radioactive iodine. Typically, Purrfect Pals supporters from all over the world have raised the money to pay for all of these lovely cats to receive treatment.  All five are with fosters awaiting their vet appointments and, hopefully, eventual adoption into loving homes.  Peach Chutney also has a benign tumour on her cheek, which will be removed before she is put up for adoption. Update: Peaches (as she is now known) has had her iodine treatment and is back in The Critter Room loving up on FDJ. She is still awaiting the surgery on her cheek, which will wait until she is no longer radioactive and is clear of coccidia.


The Sapling Fosters

The Little Saplings: catch all the action on livestream archive. (February 2015 - March 2015)

Willow and her kittens were abandoned in a sealed box, fortunately Willow was able to break free. She took them inside a tree stump for safety where they were found and rescued by a Good Samaritan.

The wonderful lady who found the Little Sapling fosters lives near to where the kittens were found. As she was driving by, she saw Willow walking with a kitten in her mouth. She stopped to investigate and she found the box and two kittens, and she took them home. Contacting a local cat trapper, she was asked to see how many nipples were nursed on and found it was four. Asked to look for two more kittens, their savior went back discovered the two other kittens inside a tall stump. It seems that Willow had recently escaped from the box and was in the process of moving the kittens to the stump when she was found.

They stayed with the Good Samaritan for 4 weeks before she brought them to Purrfect Pals. The kittens were estimated to be 9 weeks old when they were brought to the shelter. John  referred to their markings as being ‘Tabby Cow’ markings because they are were a mix of tabby splotches on a white background, similar to the Cow Kitty markings of black splotches on a white background. They were given collars to begin with, to help to tell them apart, but Douglas’s quick release mechanism failed to release when he caught his collar on a tooth, so they were temporarily abandoned. In the end a different type of collar was used and only Joshua and Sassafras wore them.

Mother and kittens were all named after types of trees, in honour of where they were found. Chatters had a hand in naming the kittens.  When they first arrived in the Critter Room, one female kitten was highly combative and noisily protective of herself and her siblings. The name Sassafras was chosen for her to celebrate her sassiness. She soon warmed up to John, though, and the Saplings became one of the most docile and affectionate families ever to grace the Critter Room. Joshua and Olive were adopted together, the others singly.

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Follow The Saplings:

See pictures* of the Saplings here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Springfield Fosters

The Springfield Kittens (November 2014 -- January 2015)

Marge was found as a very pregnant stray and taken to an animal shelter. Purrfect Pals took her in and sent her and her kittens to The Critter Room after she gave birth on November 22nd, 2014.

Marge was a very vocal girl who liked to make her opinion known whenever John entered the room. She had a wayward back leg, which viewers christened “Eileen” as in “I lean it over here”. Her kittens’ names, on a Simpsons theme, were chosen by viewers and fans who had entered a competition to design a watermark for John’s photographs. True to Critter Room tradition, Kang was originally thought to be a male, before changing gender halfway through her stay.

Follow the Springfield Kittens

See pictures* of the Springfield Kittens here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Fabulous Fosters

(July 2014 - October 2014)

The kittens and their mamas were dumped on a farm near Purrfect Pals. The farm's owner trapped and brought them to Purrfect Pals so they could be socialized and adopted. Their arrival coincided with the Seattle Pride Parade, so they were named after well known members of the LGBT community and the whole family dubbed The Fabulous Fosters

The mother and two kittens tested positive/faint positive for Leukemia and were initially separated from the rest of the family so, to begin with, the Fabs consisted of George (named after George Takei), Neil (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ellen (Ellen Degeneres).  Later, they were joined by mother Liberty Bell (Libby), Luna and Parker (these three had already been named, but were still fabulous).  Also joining them was Lily (after Lily Tomlin) who was a younger kitten.

The Fabulous Fosters were in residence in the Critter Room for quite some time and their socialisation had mixed results.  Libby’s arrival helped the kittens a lot, and George and Parker were naturally playful and friendly, but the others proved more challenging. Lily and Luna, especially, spent a lot of time in hiding and remained resistant to John’s charms, although Lily could be persuaded to sit (reluctantly) on his lap for a short while.

On a later check up, Neil again tested positive for Leukemia and spent a short while in foster care before he became a resident in Purrfect Pals’ “Leuky Land”, an environment specially designed for FeLV cats. Neil was returned to his foster home after spending a while at Purrfect Pals. Sadly he died from complications related to his condition on 27th January.  Libby and Lily were adopted together and are thriving, although Lily is still shy. Parker and George were adopted together and are getting on well. Luna and Ellen were entered into “Charm School”, which is a programme run by Purrfect Pals in conjunction with MCKC (Monroe Corrections Kitten Connection) which matches cats and kittens with inmates for 24/7, one to one socialisation.  At time of writing, they are reported to be making steady progress, although Luna is still resistant to the benefits of human contact.

Follow the Fabulous Fosters

See pictures* of the Fabulous Fosters here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John

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FDJ (Special Edition)

This senior has appeared on camera for several years and is a firm favourite with the viewers.  However, despite his obvious charms, he was too much of a handful for most potential adopters.  Happily, in June 2014, Purrfect Pals received this application:

trills.jpg Trillian officially filled out a Purrfect Pals adoption application for Foster Dad John.

Colour: silver, black, denim

Adopted by: Trillian

        Follow FDJ at: The Critter Room

See pictures of FDJ here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Hitchhiker Fosters

(May 2014 - June 2014)

Background: Kittens born on April 18th to young mom, Alice. This was her second litter.

The Hitchhiker Fosters were John’s 42nd litter.  In honour of that fact, he chose to name them after characters in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” books. If you don’t understand that connection, you can just google “42” and the answer will come up. Unfortunately, it was a mostly female family, which made it more difficult to find suitable names, as there was only one major female character in the books.  The only boy was named Arthur after the main character in the books and, since adoption, has switched his allegiance to a different sci-fi comedy.

This was also the litter that prompted John to break the habit of a lifetime, when he chose to adopt Trillian. If you want to know why Trillian, just click on the link to the photographs.

Follow the Hitchhiker Kittens

See pictures* of the Hitchhiker kittens here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Ghostbuster Fosters

(February 2014 - May 2014)

Background: Janine was brought to Purrfect Pals from an overcrowded shelter so she could give birth in safety. She was found as a stray in the Tulalip, WA area. She arrived with a badly infected eye, which vets later decided could not be saved. It was removed after the kittens were weaned and did not affect her beauty in any way. Three kittens were born midday on Feb 25 and named for the three main characters in the Ghostbuster movies but, sadly, Peter passed away at four days old.

The Ghostbusters were one of the rare occasions when the whole family was adopted together. An application was originally placed for Egon and Ray together, but Janine’s future looked uncertain, as she was recovering from eye surgery and had shown her feisty side to the viewers on occasions. The boys’ adopters were not deterred though, and revised their application to include Janine. The family now lives contentedly together.

After Peter passed away (on camera - it truly is an uncensored view of fostering) a kind viewer “adopted” him, paying his adoption fee to Purrfect Pals and receiving in return his collar tags. These they sent to the home of his mother and brothers, where they now hang on the wall.  Peter’s sudden and unexpected death also prompted an outpouring of generosity from the viewers, who donated in their hundreds to Purrfect Pals in Peter’s memory. It was a true demonstration of both the best and the worst that fostering can bring.

Follow the Ghostbuster Kittens

See pictures* of the Ghostbuster family here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John

The Pixar Fosters

(February 2014)

Background: Dory and her kittens Sulley & Dash, were living under a barn. They were found and brought inside to be warm and then surrendered to Purrfect Pals. The kittens were 9 weeks old and Dory approximately 2 years when they came to John.

The Pixars were brought to the Critter Room for some socialisation to make them easier to adopt out. Mother Dory was very shy and she was also quite aggressive with her kittens. The kittens, on the other hand, were playful and friendly.  After a few days of hiding and watching John warily, Dory suddenly approached him for nose boops and never looked back. Once she had found her courage, she also found her inner kitten and re-bonded with her sons at the same time.  

This was one of times when the rules were bent to allow all three to be adopted together and they now live happily with another cat, Dex, who adores his new family.  More information on the Pixars’ adoption here.

Follow the Pixars

See pictures* of the Pixar fosters here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Artificial Intelligence Fosters

(October 2013)

Background: Glados gave birth to Hal, a litter of one, on August 30th. A few days later, on 4th September, another cat in foster care gave birth to a mammoth litter of nine kittens. It was thought that she would be unable to care properly for such a large litter, so three of them - all boys - were offered to Glados.  She accepted them immediately, so Hal gained three smaller brothers, Holly, Jarvis and Eddie.

Eddie came to be known as “Unimpressed Eddie” due to the arrangement of his facial features which gave him a slightly mournful expression.  He is now a handsome adult cat, and totally impressed with his new life.

Glados was adopted together with her adopted son, Holly.  A photograph of Jarvis (renamed Bartlett) standing on his hind legs went viral on the internet.

Follow the A.I. Fosters

See pictures* of the AI fosters here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Looney Tunes Fosters

(July 2013 - October 2013)

Background: Hazel was found as a stray and taken to a kill shelter, where she gave birth to her kittens on July 23rd, the family was then transferred to Purrfect Pals.

Hazel’s colours and markings were unique, being a combination of solid patches of dark grey, white and ginger tabby.  Check out her photographs.  She is now known as HJ. Taz and Sylvester (renamed Tybalt) were adopted together, and Marvin and Penelope were adopted together.

While Hazel was in the Critter Room, she was briefly joined by Honey, an orphaned kitten who had been bottle fed and who, it was hoped, would be able to stay and grow up with the family. Her first introduction was distressing for her, as she had no idea how to nurse, so her fosterer took her back. Sadly, she passed away soon afterwards, although she lives on in the memories of many in the community.

Follow the Looney Tunes

See pictures* of the Looney Tunes fosters here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Mythbuster Fosters

(May 2013 - July 2013)

Background: Kari was abandoned by her owner at a PetSmart. The kittens were born on May 8, 2013.

Kari, although technically a dilute calico, was mostly white and she was heterochromic, which means that her eyes were different colours. She had one blue eye and one gold eye.  She was also a great disciplinarian, keeping her kittens under strict control. She even nibbled off their whiskers, which is said to be a behaviour designed to keep them close to her.  She was a prolific bather of her kittens too and some famous video clips can be found on the BrookIvy channel of her extreme bathing techniques.

One of her kittens, Grant, was found to be suffering from Flat-Chested Kitten syndrome, which affected his breathing when he was tiny.  It was decided that the best course of action was to see how he developed, as the condition could often right itself over time.  This proved to be the case for Grant and he is now a big and healthy adult.  He and his sister, Tory, were left behind after the Purrfect Pals adoption event when their adopter failed to turn up. The following day, there was a queue of people, all anxious to apply to take them home. They were finally adopted together and are now part of one of the most beloved Kitten Cam families.  Jamie (now Rio) became brother to an earlier Critter Room graduate, Cosmonaut Boris.

Follow the Mythbusters

See pictures* of the Mythbuster fosters here

        

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John

PIPPIN J SHENANIGANS Esq

(Honorary Mythbuster)

When it became known that Tory and Grant of the Mythbuster Kittens had missed out on adoption at their event and were lodging the night at Purrfect Pals, a line soon formed of hopeful humans all anxious to give them a loving home.  At the head of the line were a very nice couple named Bill and Trudi, who would have provided everything a kitten could possibly need, but were only able to take one of them. To save them from being split up, they graciously stood aside to allow another couple to adopt them together and, instead, they took home a “sweet, adorable snowshoe cat named Pippin”.

Pippin loves boxes and Hot Wheels and rattle mice (but not the blue ones) and bow ties and….Tory Mythbuster, for whom he holds a torch and always will. We do not know if his love is requited - Tory keeps her own council.  Whether or not she returns his affections (and we suspect that she does), there is such a strong connection between these two families - human and feline - that it seemed appropriate to award Pippin honorary Critter Room membership.

Pippin’s charming Facebook page has become a firm favourite with Critter Room followers, who eagerly tune in every Friday for “Story Time with Pippin” and enjoy the dapper chap’s daily shenanigans.

Follow Pippin J Shenanigans Esq here

The Cosmonaut Fosters

(March 2013 - April 2013)

Background: Laika was found on a front porch pregnant and abandoned. A kind lady rescued her and brought Laika into her home where she gave birth on Valentine's Day, 2013.

Laika was the only mama cat to break out of the kennel cage.  She was shut in to begin with to deter her from trying to move her kittens.  Her first attempt involved pulling the door inwards until she could force her head and shoulders through and wriggle out.  Later, she learned how to pop the catch.  John was initially baffled, then impressed, and Laika was given her freedom.  She never attempted to move the kittens.

The kittens were named after Russian cosmonauts (even though Laika’s namesake was a dog). The two black “twins”, Pavel and Boris, had “frog-leg” syndrome for a while, which meant that they were slow to get their back legs working underneath them properly.  It didn’t hold them back when it came to playing though, and in fact the situation resolved itself quite quickly. Boris went on to grow into the biggest cat John had ever fostered, weighing in at over 20 lbs. He shares his home with Rio (formerly Jamie) of the Mythbuster fosters. Pavel (now Buzzy) and Valentina were adopted together and Yuri was adopted singly.  Yuri is one of the few Critter Room graduates who has no Facebook page.

Follow the Cosmonauts

See pictures of the Cosmo fosters here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


Ripley’s Fosters

(January 2013 - February 23, 2013)

Background: Ripley was found as a stray and taken to a local shelter where Purrfect Pals took her and her kittens. Born December 13, 2012. Ripley and her kittens were fostered by Connie, the Purrfect Pals director, until she gave them to John to care for.

Ripley’s kittens were born with “fever coats”. This can happen when a pregnant mother is ill during pregnancy, which can affect the pigmentation of the kittens’ coats, so the kittens are born mostly grey. The pigmentation is restored as the kittens grow and they eventually revert to their normal colouring.  Ash was about twice the size of his siblings and a big ball of floof. For a long time, he was believed to be female, until the kittens went for their six week check-up, when the truth was revealed (“Ashgate”).  Parker was probably one of John’s biggest challenges to date.  He was an intelligent kitten and a dedicated escape artist, driving John to come up with ever more ingenious deterrents.  “Game on, Parker…”

As a result of their vet check, Ripley and her kittens were diagnosed with coccidia, an intestinal parasite which is very common in stray cats.  It is passed on to the kittens through the mother’s milk. Left untreated, the effects can be serious, but treatment is simple and always successful (although it tastes nasty and is not popular with the kittens). Several other litters have been similarly diagnosed and treated.

Ripley was a very sweet but quiet cat, who spent much of her time keeping out of the way of her rambunctious hoard on the windowsill.  When it came to adoption day, she had no adoption applications and, as the event progressed, all her kittens were taken home and she was left alone in her cage and it seemed that she was destined to be returned to PP for the long haul.  Then, late in the day, one of the most memorable Kitten Cam events occurred, when John messaged that a “nice English bloke” was on his way to look at Ripley. Hours passed, before John again messaged that he was filling in paperwork.  Then, after what seemed like a lifetime, her checkmark finally went green and chat went wild. The nice English bloke, hereinafter known as Mr Ripley, and his wife, were declared Kitten Cam heroes and have since become much loved friends of the Kitten Cam community. Honestly, ask any Kitten Cam old-timer about Ripley’s adoption and they will instantly go misty-eyed at the memory.

Follow Ripley’s Fosters

See pictures* of Ripley’s Kittens here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Spice Fosters

(early October 2012 - December 2012)

Background: Rosemary was a stray that gave birth at Purrfect Pals on October 5, 2012. NOTE: We are aware that these names are mixture of herbs and spices, but Spice Kittens is catchier than Herb and Spice Kittens, okay?

Rosemary was seriously anxious when she first arrived in the Critter Room and did not take to the kennel cage at all. She obviously didn’t feel that it was a safe environment for her kittens and was trying to move them, as well as trying to dig her way out of the metal cage.  John fashioned her a cosy nest out of a cardboard box which was put into the cage and immediately alleviated Rosie’s anxiety.  She went on to be an exemplary mother to her four babies.

During Rosemary’s tenure in the Critter Room, a link to the cam appeared on the websites of several large newspapers around the world, along with an article and photographs in People Magazine. The population of viewers immediately went through the roof, peaking at 20,000 for a single session. Although the numbers soon returned to more manageable levels, the word was out and John’s webcam was an international phenomenon from that point onwards.

At this time, there was no pre-adoption application system for John’s kittens.  Their would-be adopters (all regulars on chat) had to turn up early at the adoption event to stake their claims. The new/current application system was brought in for the first time with the next litter. The kittens were adopted in pairs, with Basil and Pepper going together and Mace and Sage together. Rosie was adopted alone but, after nearly a year as a solitary cat and queen of all she surveyed, she was joined by another adult rescue cat, George. They are now a devoted couple.

Follow the Spice Fosters

See pictures* of the Spice Kittens here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Sons of Anarchy Kittens

(early October 2012)

Background: These kittens came without a mother. They were only about four weeks old and caring for them turned out to require more time than John could give. They stayed only a day or so with John before being placed with a different foster parent. They were at the same adoption event as the Spice Kittens!

See pictures* of the Anarchy Kittens here.

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The Scientist Fosters

(late July 2012 - late September 2012)

Background: Mamacat Marie (1yr) was found as a very pregnant stray (also very hungry & underweight) and taken to a local shelter where she gave birth on July 21st to her four kittens, three boys and one girl. The family was transferred to Purrfect Pals and then into their foster care program.

The litter was originally thought to be an all-boy family, but Einstein was later identified as a female and her name changed to Einy.  She was a highly intelligent kitten and the first of a long line of accomplished escape artists, even managing an escape from the kennel cage.  It is widely believed that she left written instructions for subsequent kittens to follow - which they did.

Newton and Darwin were identical twins who even John had trouble telling apart. The only thing that distinguished them was that Newton had an extra toe on one paw.

After their spay and neuter, Marie did not return with her kittens as she needed some time to recover from her health issues and put on weight. Einy and Tesla were adopted together by a viewer and Newton was adopted singly. For a while, it looked as if nobody wanted to adopt Darwin, but another viewer did an eleventh hour dash across town to the adoption event and took him home. He was renamed Charlie.

Marie spent some time at Purrfect Pals awaiting her special human, who finally came for her on 28th November 2012.

Follow the Scientists

See pictures of the Scientist Fosters here

        

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


The McKittens

(March 2012)

Background: Miranda and her kittens were surrendered to Purrfect Pals three days after she gave birth (March 16) and they were transferred into John’s care until they were ready for neuter/spay and adoption.

The McKittens were John’s first litter to feature on the Livestream system with which viewers are familiar. He had begun broadcasting on a different system (to an audience of about 12) several litters before, having decided to make public the webcam he was using to keep an eye on his kittens when he was away from home. Once the feed was established on the new Livestream system, somebody shared the link on Cuteoverload.com, and thus was a global phenomenon born.

The McKittens were so named as their stay in the Critter Room coincided with St Patrick’s Day. Mother and four kittens were all tabbies, although there were differences in their appearance. A fifth kitten, Runty McRunterson, went to another volunteer for more round-the-clock care.

Miranda is best remembered for her “evictions”. A protective but illogical mother, she didn’t like her kids to sleep on the upper levels of the TARDIS. Her solution was to climb up, pick them up by the scruff and drop them over the side.

She had a very distinctive meow, which a viewer turned into a ringtone, which was sold to raise money for Purrfect Pals.

Follow the McKittens

See pictures* of the McKittens here

*All photographs linked on FAQ are the property of Foster Dad John


Previous Fosters

These litters were, in fact, on camera, but on an older version of Livestream which did not provide for videoing or archiving. Consequently, there is no video record of their time in The Critter Room.

The 4H Fosters

(February 2012)

Background: Born in a house with too many cats in Othello, WA, the owner could not keep them. A wonderful lady drove them the four hour trip (each way!) to Purrfect Pals so they could enter the foster program.

They were all and treated for being sick with kitty colds, eye infections, ear mites, fleas, and dehydrated. They were 3 to 3.5 months old.


The Advent Fosters

(December 2011)

Background: Found in Wenatchee, WA, the 7-week old kittens are fairly social and mama cat Frost Tina is a love.


The Lotus Fosters

(September 2011)

Background: Her owner's house became overrun with fleas and he asked Purrfect Pals if they could take care of them while he rid the house of fleas. PP agreed if they could raise and adopt out the kittens. Mama cat here will go back to him after the kittens are adopted. It's good he came to PP, fleas can kill a kitten. She is extremely friendly.

**The first litter ever to be broadcast, when John decided to share the webcam feed he was using to keep an eye on his fosters when he was not in the room.


The Clue Fosters

(July 2011)

Background: A woman in rural Washington became overwhelmed with cats and called the Animal Planet with their show "Confessions: Animal Hoarding" for help. They coordinated with three local shelters including Purrfect Pals and over a hundred cats & kittens were rescued. The woman cared for these cats before caring for herself and people would abandon their cats at her place because they knew she would care for them. Mama and kittens were in excellent health.



Random Internet Cats

Easy Reference Guide for Siblings of TCR Alumni

TCR Alumni

Litter

Siblings

Sassy

Saplings

Shakespurr, & Caesar (dog)

Joshua & Olive

Saplings

None

Douglas Fur

Saplings

Nala, & Dozer (dog)

Willow

Saplings

Rocky

Patty

Springfield

Penny & Petey

Kang (Sherman)

Springfield

None

Akira

Springfield

Bobbie

Maggie & Moe

Springfield

Squirrel

Marge (Anastasia)

Springfield

Familiar

George &  Parker

Fabulous

Allee (dog)

Lily & Libby

Fabulous

Zinnia

Arthur (Ace)

Hitchhiker

Rayne, Lister

Trillian

Hitchhiker

Sabby, Dorian, Tabby, Kougra, Myia, Mercury, Socks

Emily (Lucy)

Hitchhiker

None

Alice & Gail

Hitchhiker

None

Janine, Ray, & Egon

Ghostbusters

Peter (in Spirit)

Dory, Dash, & Sulley

Pixar

Dex

HAL

AI Fosters

Mickey

Bartlett

AI Fosters

Martini

Eddie

AI Fosters

Polly

Glados & Holly

AI Fosters

None

Penelope & Marvin

Looney Tunes

JP Patches, Abby Sciuto

Taz & Tybalt

Looney Tunes

None

Hazel

Looney Tunes

None

Jamie (Rio)

Mythbusters

Boris (from Cosmonaut Fosters)

Addie

Mythbusters

Bats

Tory & Grant

Mythbusters

Truffles, Loki (Random Yak), Preston, Tucker, Sammy B. Katt

Kari (Lacey)

Mythbusters

Tucker

Boris

Cosmonaut

Rio (formerly Jamie of the Mythbuster Fosters)

Pavel (Buzzy) & Valentina

Cosmonaut

None

Laika (Mimi)

Cosmonaut

Norbert (the OG of Random Internet Cats)

Parker

Ripley

Jinx

Dallas & Bishop

Ripley

None

Newt O’Ripley (Penny)

Ripley

Desmond

Ash

Ripley

Catsy

Ripley

Ripley

Luna & Lilly

Basil & Pepper

Spice

None

Mace & Sage

Spice

JoJo

Rosemary Elizabeth

Spice

George

Newton

Scientist

Skogen (dog)

Charlie

Scientist

Mickey (RIP),  Amy, & Toby

Einy & Tesla

Scientist

None

Ellie Marie

Scientist

None

Miranda

McKitten

Mongo


Over the Rainbow Bridge

❤ Keaira (FDJ’s cat) February 5, 2013

❤ Honey (Honorary Looney Tune)  March 19, 2013

❤ Peter (Ghostbuster Fosters)  March 1, 2014

❤ Sheba (FDJ’s cat) March 28, 2014

❤ Truffles (Grant and Tory’s big sister) May 12, 2014

❤ Loki (Grant and Tory’s Random Internet Yak) January 22, 2015

❤ Neil (of the Fabulous Fosters) January 27, 2015

❤ Mickey (Charlie Darwin’s big brother) March 15, 2015


Related Links

Purrfect Pals

Purrfect Pals on Facebook 

The Critter Room 

Friends of Kitten Cam 

Foster Dad John on Livestream

Just for Fun

Kitten Puzzles by Emilie

Kitten Puzzles by Andy

Kitten Cam Viewer Map

Club Chickenfish on CafePress

Club Chickenfish on FB 

KittenKamKattery (Blog)


As Seen On The Kitten Cam

A Shopper’s Guide

Nickname of Toy/Product

Manufacturer’s Name and Purchasing Link

Catnoe

Catnoe®

Hammock of Destiny

Sport Pet Design Cat Privacy Tent

Launching Pad

Petlinks System Mix N Scratch Ramp for Cats

Coliseum

Petstages Snuggle Scratch and Rest

CrossFit

Petstages Soothing Cat Easy Life Hammock & Scratcher

Bat Cave

Flexrake 1-story US Cat Condo

Window Seat*

Original Kitty Cot World’s Best Cat Perch

Mewniverse

Trixie Pet Products Tavira Kitten Tree

CMF (Comment Monster Fishbed)

Kookamunga Funky Fish Cat Bed

Da Bird

Da Bird Feather Teaser

Small Hadron Collider

ToyShoppe Round Ball Track and Swatter Toy

The Red Dot

Laser Pet Toy

Soccer Ball

Soccer Ball

Butterfly in a Jar

Butterfly in a Jar

Puffballs

Think!Cat Chase ‘M Catnip Puff Balls

Springs

Ethical Products Color Spring Cat Toy

Bow Tie

Happu-Store Brand Bow Tie

Space Tomato

North American Products Kitty Spring Toy

Weeble Fly

Petstages Quiet Glow Moth Glow-in-the-Dark Toy

Tribble

Long Hair Critter Cat Toy

John’s chair

Dorm Furniture Rocker Seat

*The Critter Room doesn’t have one of these, but a few of the Critter Room Alumni do

Enjoy the Kittens! Have a Nice Day!