Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stop Feeding Them? How About We Stop Breeding Them?

IRIS
http://www.hearthsidecats.org/

My friend, a sweet girl named Ashley, runs Hearthside Cats in Avon.  HC used to be located in a house on Conesus Lake.  Over 20 years ago, my then boyfriend and I went there to look for a cat for him, and we found Cassidy.  I named Cassidy (hop a long?) because Cassidy had no use of his hind legs.  He just dragged himself around, happily!  Cassidy is long gone, and so is the boyfriend, but Hearthside has always had a piece of my heart.  Ashley was on the news yesterday because she wanted to be the voice for the cats who are being threatened in Geneseo.  Here is the story.  http://13wham.com/news/local/geneseo-looks-for-ways-to-manage-feral-cat-population

They actually spliced a shot from when I was on the news into this story, which -- sorry, is quite unflattering of me. :)

People are attacking the symptom, they aren't going after the cause.  Cities need to spay/neuter in order to stop the overbreeding of 'nuisance' cats.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife.

I found this information, and its spot on.  Its from the Humane Society of the United States.  HSUS. Its got some great information.   The folks in Geneseo need to read it too.  Wonder how we can get this information to them?  Someone has to be the voice for these cats.  We all have a responsibility, don't we?

What is an outdoor cat?

The cats you see outside may be cats whose owners let them outdoors, or they may be feral or stray community cats who live outdoors. Although these community cats aren't owned, they may be fed by one or more caring person.

How is a stray cat different from a feral cat?

A stray cat is a pet who has been lost or abandoned, is used to contact with people and is tame enough to be adopted. A feral cat is the offspring of stray or other feral cats and is not accustomed to human contact. Feral cats are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted.
Stray cats may be reunited with their families or adopted into new homes, but feral cats will find it difficult or impossible to adapt to living as pets in close contact with people. But that doesn't mean there aren't many things you can do to improve feral cats' health and quality of life.

Why are there feral cats?

If they don't have early contact with people, the kittens of stray or feral cats will become feral, too fearful to be handled or adopted. Since a female cat can become pregnant as early as five months of age, the number of feral cats in a neighborhood can rapidly increase if cats aren't spayed or neutered.

Where do community cats live?

Community cats typically live in a colony—a group of related cats. The colony occupies and defends a specific territory where food (a restaurant dumpster or a person who feeds them) and shelter (beneath a porch, in an abandoned building, etc.) are available. Although feral cats may be seen by people who feed them, strangers may not realize that feral cats are living nearby because they rarely see them. Stray cats tend to be much more visible, may vocalize and may approach people in search of food or shelter. Stray cats may join a colony or defend a territory of their own.

Why are outdoor cats considered a problem?

Nuisance behaviors, such as urinating and defecating in someone's yard or garden, digging in someone's yard or garden, jumping on someone's car and upsetting an owned cat, are the greatest concerns that the general public has about outdoor cats.

Overpopulation is a serious concern as well. In the United States, approximately 2 percent of the 30 to 40 million community (feral and stray) cats have been spayed or neutered. These cats produce around 80 percent of the kittens born in the U.S. each year. Although 85 percent of the estimated 75 to 80 million pet cats in the U.S. are already spayed or neutered, many have kittens before they are spayed or neutered. Those kittens, especially if they are allowed outdoors, add to the number of outdoor cats and the problems associated with them.

Shelters in a community with a large population of outdoor cats who aren't spayed or neutered may experience these problems:
  • More cats entering shelters as a result of trapping feral adults and kittens young enough to be socialized (tamed).
  • A rise in euthanasia rates for all cats because adult feral cats can't be adopted.
  • Euthanasia of adoptable cats when cage space runs out.
  • Costs associated with trapping and/or caring for and euthanizing feral cats.
In addition, shelters receive many nuisance complaints about outdoor cats, including:
  • Frequent, loud noises that are part of the fighting and mating behavior of unneutered/unspayed cats.
  • Strong, foul odors left by unneutered male cats spraying urine to mark their territory.
  • Flea infestations.
  • Visible suffering from injured and dying cats.
  • The death of wild animals who are cats' prey.

If my cats have been spayed or neutered, why shouldn't I let them out?

It's not a good idea to let your cat outside unless you have a safe enclosure or are walking them on a harness and leash. Even pet cats who are spayed or neutered may cause conflicts between neighbors and injure or kill wildlife.

When outside, cats face dangers such as injury or death from being hit by a car, being harmed by another animal or person and diseases and parasites.

Approximately 65 percent of the estimated 80 million pet cats in the U.S. are kept indoors, and more owners are realizing that indoor cats are safer and can lead happy lives indoors. But millions of pet cats are still allowed outside, usually without the visible collars and identification that would help reunite them with their owners should the cats be picked up by a neighbor or animal control.

How can cat overpopulation be solved?

Spaying or neutering community cats using Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) will reduce their numbers. Spaying or neutering pet cats before they reproduce will reduce their numbers and help stop pet overpopulation.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. At its most basic, TNR involves:
  • Humanely trapping community cats
  • Spaying or neutering them
  • Vaccinating them against rabies
  • Surgically removing the tip of one ear (a "tipped" ear is the universally-recognized sign of a cat who has been spayed or neutered)
  • Returning the cats to their home

How does TNR solve common complaints associated with feral cats?

  • When feral cats are trapped, neutered and returned to their territory, they no longer reproduce.
  • The cessation of sexual activity eliminates the noise associated with mating behavior and dramatically reduces fighting and the noise it causes.
  • Neutered feral cats also roam much less and become less visible and less prone to injury from cars.
  • Foul odors are greatly reduced as well because neutered male cats no longer produce testosterone which, when they are unaltered, mixes with their urine and causes the strong, pungent smell of their spraying.
  • When the colony is then monitored by a caretaker who removes and/or TNRs any newly arrived cats, the population stabilizes and gradually declines over time.

Do people take care of community cats? How?

Many people see a cat who seems homeless and start feeding the cat. Ideally, the person quickly does more to help the cat:
Once a cat or colony of cats has been TNR-ed, it's ideal if a dedicated caretaker provides food, water and shelter, monitors the cats for sickness or injury, and TNRs new feral cats who arrive. Ideally, kittens young enough to be socialized and new tame cats who arrive are removed from the colony for possible adoption.

Many dedicated caretakers pay for TNR themselves to help improve the lives of cats and reduce their numbers. Without TNR and a dedicated caretaker trapping new cats who show up, the population of the colony could increase.

Why can't animal shelters rescue feral cats?

Animal shelters already care for and try to find homes for untold thousands of lost, injured and abandoned cats, in addition to pet cats whose owners are unable or unwilling to keep them.
Many animal shelters don't have the staff or money to do TNR. However, shelters that receive calls of complaint or concern from the public may attempt to humanely trap and remove feral cats. Or they may provide information and loan traps to citizens interested in humanely trapping feral cats. If there is a local group helping feral cats, the shelter may refer callers to that group.

Because feral cats are so scared of people and usually cannot be adopted, those who are brought to a shelter, especially cats who cannot be identified as members of a known TNR-ed colony, are likely to be euthanized either right away or after a holding period. It's a complicated situation: While it's difficult to accurately identify a feral cat without observing them during a holding period, safely caring for a feral cat in a typical shelter cage is terribly stressful for the cat. In addition, if cage space is limited at the shelter, an adoptable cat may have to be euthanized to make room to hold a feral cat.

Would it be better if feral cats were euthanized?

Opinions vary on this. Some people feel sorry for feral cats because they are fending for themselves. Others are annoyed by the cats' behaviors and want them removed. But the majority of people don't feel that feral cats should be euthanized.

Even if the shelter had enough people and money to remove and euthanize the feral cats in a community, other cats would move into the vacated territory to take advantage of the food sources and shelter. The new cats would continue to reproduce and complaint calls would continue. Euthanasia alone won't rid an area of feral cats, and killing animals to control their numbers is increasingly unpopular with the general public.

A better approach is TNR and a dedicated caretaker. Spayed or neutered feral cats are healthier because they no longer have kittens or fight over mates, and their nuisance behaviors are greatly reduced or eliminated. If the colony has a dedicated caretaker, they provide food, water and shelter and watch over the cats' health and remove any newcomers for TNR (if feral) or adoption (if tame).
TNR improves the quality of life for existing colonies, prevents the birth of more cats and reduces the number of cats over time. It also may be more economical than euthanasia; many groups have calculated that the costs associated with TNR are considerably less than those associated with removal, shelter care and euthanasia of feral cats.

Won't removing community cats from an area eliminate the problem?

There are many reasons cat problems are rarely solved by trapping and removing a colony. Community cats live at a certain location because it offers food and shelter. If a colony is removed, cats from surrounding colonies may move in to take advantage of the newly available resources. The cycle of reproduction and nuisance behavior begins all over again.

If all the cats in a colony are not trapped, then the ones left behind will tend to have larger litters of kittens. The kittens are more likely to survive because there are fewer cats competing for food. The colony's population will continue to increase until it reaches the number that can be supported by the available food and shelter.

Here are some of the other factors that usually make trap and removal ineffective:
  • No input from the cats' caretakers, who are the only people who really know the cats' numbers and patterns and can control whether or not the cats are hungry enough to enter a baited trap
  • No volunteers to trap cats, who face an uncertain fate or death upon capture
  • Little to no animal control staff and money available to accomplish the task
  • No strategy for the difficult task of catching all the cats in a colony
  • No one watching out for pet cats who are lost or abandoned, aren't spayed or neutered and quickly repopulate a vacated territory

Why don't feeding bans eliminate community cats?

The logic behind bans on feeding feral cats is that if there is no food available, the cats will go away. This rarely happens.

First, cats are territorial animals who can survive for weeks without food and will not easily or quickly abandon their territory. As they grow hungrier and more desperate, they tend to venture closer to homes and businesses in search of food. Despite the effort to starve them out, the cats will also continue to reproduce, resulting in the deaths of many kittens.

Second, feeding bans are nearly impossible to enforce. A person who is determined to feed the cats will usually succeed without being detected. Repeated experience has shown that people who care about the cats will go to great lengths, risking their homes, jobs and even their liberty to feed starving animals. In addition, there may be more than one feeder and other sources of food, including dumpsters, garbage cans and other animals.

What can I do to help outdoor cats?

  • If you want to know how you can help community (feral and stray) cats, go to our list of things you can do.
  • If you're interested in TNR or becoming a cat caretaker, find a community cat group or individuals who are practicing TNR or caretaking in your area to learn more.
  • If you have been letting your cats outside, make them safe, happy indoor cats who only go out when supervised on a harness and leash, or in a safe enclosure.
  • If you know people who let their cats outside, explain to them why it's safer to keep cats inside.
  • If you would like specific details about your community’s ordinances, please visit your city’s or county’s website and look for information about municipal codes. You can also request a copy of animal control ordinances from the city or county clerk. For tips on how to get ordinances and laws changed, check out our Lobbying 101 for Cats Guide.

Have a great day!





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Everybody Wants to Rule the World...

Tears for Fears - I love this song.  Its an oldie, but a goodie. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0

 I finally figured out why the red cat on Baldwin and Grand displays maniacal behavior when I place the food down.  He is obsessive about gulping immediately, and weaves his way in and out of my arms, my legs, my face, until I pour that food.  And when I do, and begins to gulp, he goes to the next dish I am pouring, without really eating from the first plate.  I think he may have worms?  He is thin, and I think I saw something 'back there' when he was in front of me.  I have Pyrantel, which treats one type of worm, but he may have tapeworms?  Not sure of the different worm types, I know, this is gross.  I need to do some research on cost of Revolution.  I hear that takes away all types of worms.

The cats I had neutered yesterday were released last evening.  I had a work event and left it early at 7:30 pm. only to have to go home, get kitties back in Jeep, and release them.  This was the last thing I wanted to do - it was past my bedtime, I was starving, and miserable.  It was still daylight and I knew people would be seeing what I was doing, and I would have to explain.  I did, to two young males at the house next to the vacant lot on Melville, and they seemed cool after I explained that kitty was neutered today, and given rabies shots, etc. so he wouldn't be producing any more cats that were already heavily populated in this area.  There were a few neighbors around there watching me, but I didn't feel like walking up to each person and explaining.  I should have, but I didn't feel like it.  People need to be educated about this stuff.  They should have resources to know who to call or where to turn if they want to help, if they care at all.  These are poor neighborhoods, so probably not high on their list of priorities.

One of the kitties was extremely thin and the clinic called me to ask if I wanted a combo test done (they don't just test for leukemia anymore). I agreed, but didn't hear that he was positive, thank God. I would have had them euthanize.  We just don't have enough people to care for these sick animals, and its a deadly disease.  Sad, but I would never put a cat back on the street knowing it has been tested positive for leukemia.  Nor would I FIV for that matter, I think.  FIV is nothing, but if a cat is exposed to the outdoors, its a silent killer.  The immune system is very weak.  They are fine as house pets, but not in outdoor environments.

Kittens available:  (Don't forget to click on pics to view larger pic!)

MARSHMALLOW

MITZY

MOXY

ITSY


BITSY

PRAIRIE and PEEKIE 
NIMBUS
DESTINY
Have a great day!


"A pessimist is one who
makes DIFFICULTIES
of his opportunities and an
optimist is one who makes
OPPORTUNITIES
of his difficulties."


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TNR Tuesday!



BABY MAKER #1

BABY MAKER #2

OK.  So.   Today is TNR Tuesday.  I am allotted two spots at the clinic twice a week to bring in two cats for spay/neuter.  Those cats are mainly trapped in Have-A Heart traps, after I set them at various spots where I know there are cats that are not spayed or neutered.  I place tuna or sardines, or mackerel or some other smelly fish on newspaper, set it and forget it.  I drive off, do a few spots and come back to check on them.  This morning, I set THREE traps – two on Melville Street and one on Parsells Avenue.  There is a very high concentration of cats on these two streets parallel from each other.  The Parsells location where I set the trap is where Moxy and Mitzy just came from.  There has GOT to be a mother cat around there somewhere.  I went back to the first set trap on Melville and lo and behold, there was Baby Maker #1 in the trap.  MAD.  Hopping MAD.  Bouncing off the walls mad.  Covered him up, placed in Jeep, and went to the next set trap.  Nothing.  This is where Marbles is.  Marbles needs rescuing really bad.  So bad, I placed him in my carrier so that he wouldn’t set the trap off trying to get the tuna inside.  He cried and cried as I drove him around covered up.  I thought to myself, this is insane.  This poor cat is homeless, is sweet, is already neutered (former TNR), and would love for me to take him home.  But I can’t, because I’ve got 15 kittens!  And a mother!  And my own cats, and a very sick Spencer!  Its just too much!  Where would I keep him?  So after a while, and after checking back to see if I got a kitty in the trap set there, I had to let him back out.  But luckily, my brain kicked in.  There is another cat that has started to trust me, and he came up to me waiting for some good food, so I grabbed the carrier, set it upright, let kitty start eating some wet food, and I scruffed him and placed him in the carrier.  No struggle.  Sweet boy – but I knew he was not neutered as he let me ‘feel him up’ a week or so ago.  I made a mental note to get him neutered at some stage.  So that was Baby Maker #2.  Both boys, both will be neutered, and no more babies from them.  I raced back after finishing up my spots to the Parsells spot, and there was a cat in the trap!  Oh no!  I only have two reserved for me!  I went up to the trap where the cat was frantically trying to get out of, and checked the ear.  Sure enough, a former TNR.  Ear was already tipped.  I let her go. 

MARSHMALLOW!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Marshmallow is scheduled for his surgery today, so all three were dropped off at the clinic.  Ca Ching!  Ca Ching!

So I have another kitten under my wing (the Rescue).  His name is Nimbus.  His foster Mom Joy says this when she first got him over a week ago:  I'm fostering this little guy, found abandoned this morning at a busy business. He's very tiny, about 5 weeks. He was thought to be feral but really was just scared. He purrs like crazy and enjoys being held 😻. Once vetted and neutered, he'll be up for adoption.


NIMBUS
And here we have Prairie and Peekie.  Found abandoned with other kittens at the local college, Roberts Wesleyan, Kristin offered to foster these scared semi-feral kittens.  What a fabulous job she has done so far, but the finishing touch will be with Melissa, who currently has Itsy and Bitsy in her care.  Prairie and Peekie will be spayed and neutered Thursday, and then into foster, under my rescue.  Lets get these kittens adopted!!!  Man oh man oh man!   Kittens GALORE!

PRAIRIE

PEEKIE

Speaking of trapping.  I have a trap that doesn't work so well.  I was gifted a trap two years ago by Melissa, and what a great trap, but for some reason, two of the four traps I have - the little thingy on the side won't stay up to keep the door open.  I could really use a nice new trap.

Have a great day!

"When a flower doesn't bloom, 
you fix the environment in which it grows, 
not the flower."

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Monday, June 19, 2017

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO...

Man oh man...  its a good thing my blood pressure is on even keel....   what an EXCITING! weekend its been.  And I say that half joking, believe me.  I think only a handful of you know exactly what is happening at my house right now.  I am very calm about things, but that is my demeanor, I am usually calm about most things - where as with some, it shows up in their health.  I've been sick free for - knock on wood - years now.  That includes colds.  My joints, that's another story, but generally, I am pretty healthy.  I can thank my love of healthy eating and cooking, my love of fine wine, and the good Lord above.  Oh, and Dr. Edward Tanner, Chief of Orthopedics, where I spent an hour or so on Friday morning getting a cortisone shot in both knees.  Good as new.  For a few months, fingers crossed.

Friday started out with me delivering some very very very cute kittens.  Two black kittens.  They were from the third batch of kittens I brought into my 'rescue' when someone reached out for help.  Two of four very fluffy kittens - two grey, two black.  Two grey I named Mike and Ike, and the black I named Ben and Jerry, because of my love for chocolate ice cream!  So I deliver to this wonderful family in Webster - Ben and Jerry - while the kids are in school and have no clue that the kittens will be waiting for them when they get off the bus later that day.  I give all the instructions, wave goodbye and then did a few errands.  When I got home, what did I see?  I saw JERRY!  Sitting on my porch.  OH NO!  I delivered Ben and TOESIE!   I immediately phoned the new dad, told him of my mistake, and raced back with the right kitten, Jerry.  Poor Toesie, Poor Jerry, poor me!  :)  Good Lord, if that isn't a true sign of someone going crazy, disorganized, mentally unstable, I don't know what is.  But its a good thing I am none of those.  :)  I got home and took a nice nap, in the coolness of my new A/C.  It was a hot weekend to boot.

Saturday was another Kitten delivery - TJ!!!  TJ went to a wonderful new family who has an adult cat - Baxter? - I am patiently waiting to hear how their weekend went.  They are all in love - in fact when I left TJ, he was happily perched on his new mom's shoulder.  True love.

Sunday, another!  Sugar went to her new home!  And what a home!  She joins her new sibling Sterling, who was adopted by this family less than a year ago.  I am praying all went well for them overnight.  Can't wait to get a report!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there are still a lot of kittens to be delivered, and adopted.  Spread the word!

Oh wait, in case you missed it...  so Sunday morning, I am out at 3:55 am. feeding over 100 cats in the Beechwood section of Rochester, near the public market, where I feed, shelter, and spay and neuter who I can, 365 days a year, and again - its 3:55 when I started out in the dark Sunday morning.  I arrive at Parsells location #1 and begin to pour food and fresh water on the porch of this vacant house, for the waiting cats there, and look who runs up to me.  Meet Mitzy.  The polydactyl kitten.  I named her Mitzy because her paws are so big with her extra toes that it looks like a catchers mitt.  I got her home, bathed her, and she immediately began to purr.  Poor baby.  But now a lucky baby.  Groan.  Help.  Not another kitten...


MITZY





But wait!  There's more!  So this morning, its pouring rain, its 4 am. and its dark, and I arrive at the same location, and who runs up to me...  Mitzy's brother Moxy.  Yes, I grabbed him, took him back to my house, checked him out to be a boy, and named him Moxy.  What on earth...  How much more can one handle?

MOXY!

So the numbers:

11 - number of kittens I have in my house right now
1 - number of kittens I have left to be weaned from nursing Destiny
17 - number of kittens yet to be spayed and neutered
40 - total pounds of dry food I go through in one day to feed homeless cats
36 - number of wet food cans I go through in one day to feed homeless cats
3 - number of water jugs I take with me each day to replenish water
2 - number of spots I have at RCAC to spay/neuter two cats after trapping on Tuesday mornings
120 - how much it costs each week to spay/neuter two cats after trapping on Tuesday mornings
4320 - how much it costs from March - November to spay/neuter two cats each week
150 - how much it costs at Walmart each week for dry food
7800 - how much it costs at Walmart per year for dry food alone

Fun.  I wish the City of Rochester could help me out - its THEIR problem.  Instead, I have a small group of people that are kind enough to drop off food occasionally, have it delivered, or pay for a spay or neuter here and there.  Thank you doesn't quite seem to cut it because we all have our own expenses..  But please know how much you are helping those that have no voice out there - we are the only ones that can make a difference in their lives.  If everyone just even gave a dollar or a dime, or even your time...

This kitten thing has got to end.  Please help me by spreading the word, and foster and adopt.  Please.

Have a great day.

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

TGIT!

For anyone new here, or not familiar with what I do, 365 days a year I head out into the darkness of the early morning hours - from 4 am. til 5:15 in the summer months, and in the winter, sometimes its 6:30 after all the shoveling I  have to do around the 18 shelters I have placed in the Beechwood section of Rochester, near the public market.  I drag 40 pounds of dry food out to my dying Jeep, and three huge water jugs.  Also, I have six large sized yogurt containers that have been filled with 36 5.3 oz. cans of wet food.  In the winter, my Jeep has several Styrofoam huts carved out to house a cat or two, bag of straw to fill them with, and lots of paper plates, and towels. 

I run into every kind of creepy person out there, and sometimes I run into some really nice ones, but they all know what I do, and basically respect me. 

Do I like doing this?  No.  Do I like getting up at 2 am. every single morning of my life?  No.  Do I like being broke and living paycheck to paycheck because I spend every last dime I have on caring for these animals that are suffering out on the streets?  No.  Am I on a mission?  Yes.  I've seen too many sick and injured and pregnant cats to ignore whats happening in this city.

So far this year, from what Kristin calculates, I've rescued close to 60 cats already, since January.  I've adopted out almost that many.  I've TNR'd (trapped, had neutered, and had to return to the streets) nearly two cats per week since March (a lot of those were cats I actually rescued).

I am trying to make a difference before I can't do it anymore.  There are other rescue groups trying to make the same difference.  But its not enough.  We need more help.  The city needs to step up and do something.  I hope the new mayor - hopefully James Sheppard will help.  Mayor Warren didn't do much, if anything, to help our cause, except to throw me a couple of free vouchers for spay and neuter.  10 to be exact.  I just paid my bill at Rochester Community Animal Clinic.  That was over $500.  That was for 8 cats to be spayed or neutered.  Just 8.  The cats on the streets are having an average of 4 per litter.

We are outnumbered.  We need help.  Spread the word.  Help out any way you can.

On a brighter note, I leave you with some pictures I took this morning.  These kittens bring joy, don't they?  We now have a total of five more kittens needing to find homes.  I am waiting for Kristin to give me pictures of two of hers (from the Roberts Weslyn college campus), and the three I rescued from Melville Street.  Not to mention, the MOTHER of so many who nurtured and nursed many kittens that were not hers, after her five passed after birth.  Destiny.  Lets find her a home too!

ENJOY!  (Click on pics to see up close!)

BEAR and POSIE having a snooze in the sun

Bitsy

DESTINY

ITSY

MARSHMALLOW

TOESIE and ROSIE

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

“A generous heart, kind speech, 
and a life of service and compassion 
are the things that renew humanity.”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Brutus!

Carmel on sofa, Pierre under table
If this doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know what will.  J  Here is a picture of Carmel (now Carmella) and Pierre in their new home.  Click on the picture to see it better.  I have to say, those that adopt adult cats are my favorite (not that I don’t love you all!).  Adult cats are bring you serenity.  Kittens are a worry!  I would rather have an adult cat that a kitten.  Definitely.  Here these two are, both fending for themselves on the streets two months ago, and now in a wonderful home where they receive all the creature comforts a cat can have.    They are safe and loved.  Thank you Sheryl!



Last night Brutus, as he is known around the neighborhood - except for the paperwork at the clinic I had him under as Brett – and then dubbed him Larry from Laurelton - spent the night in the trap I trapped him in yesterday morning.  HE was heavily sedated when he was brought back from the clinic.  And let me tell you, he was a MESS.  Here is what the paperwork read after he was discharged yesterday:  Two deer ticks removed; mats trimmed/brushed out; VERY heavy debris AU (ears…), likely from miles (wounds behind ears likely from scratching at ears) – ears cleaned, Revolution should treat mites; other small wounds superficial, no further treatment needed.  Poor Brutus.  When I awoke this morning at 2 am., I immediately went to the porch first thing and let him go.  He did not run, but slowly walked off the porch, down the steps and turned the corner.  I wished him well. 




In the meantime, Mommy cat was crying her head off, head butting the fingers I placed through her carrier door.  She didn’t touch the food I had placed there last evening.  It was very hard to let her go when I began my rounds this morning, but I did notice, the house she came from, had food dishes, albeit empty, but they were out there by the side of the house.  Too bad they let her outside to get pregnant, and have her babies running around too.

MARSHMALLOW
Speaking of babies, Marshmallow is doing great.  Yes, I named him Marshmallow.  Of course when he is adopted someone will change his name, I know its not very masculine, but once he is neutered, he won’t be as masculine as he thinks he is.  So the three siblings are Itsy (boy), Bitsy (girl) and Marshmallow (boy).  Itsy and Bitsy will be picked up today from one home and brought to my foster Melissa, who will work her magic in them to get them more socialized.  The most critical time when you rescue a feral kitten is that first day.  You have to show them you mean them no harm, but that you are the boss.  No matter how afraid you are of being bit, once you are able to scruff them and hold them, you WILL get them to relax, and then the purring begins.  And each time you approach them, they are less fearful.  It works!  It really does! The older they get the harder it gets, but thankfully these kittens are young enough to turn around.  I am thankful to their first set of ‘parents’ that they were there when I immediately needed someone to take them after their spay and neuter.  Joy and her husband have been fosters in the past and were parents to Domino who I rescued.  He has since passed, but people like them are rare.  We need more fosters!

Sweet Melville kitty waiting to be rescued
I cannot rescue another cat in need until I can get all the kittens and Destiny a home.  The beautiful sweet boy on Melville that I TNR'd a month or two now runs to me, and runs after me when I am leaving. It's heartbreaking to leave him.  He is NEXT.  But I need fosters!  Please consider.

Have a great day!

"No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TNR Tuesday!



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MOMMA from MELVILLE
So if you will all recall, last Monday, I spotted a mother cat and three kittens on Melville across from Stout.  Mother had a plastic flea collar.  I immediately got out of Jeep and brought food dishes and water to the sidewalk of the house they were hanging around at.  Mother came right over, hungry, and kittens stayed back.  I set a trap, got one of the kittens, set another, came back and another kitten was inside.  That was Itsy and Bitsy.  I drove home, got kitten trap, went back and set it, nothing.  So two kittens went to clinic that morning, and I knew they were feral – I already had 15 kittens under my wing, couldn’t keep them, and mama was out there still.  I thought I would have to return them.  10 weeks old I would guess.  Someone offered to foster.  Kittens were brought over there.  I knew there was still a kitten left.  Nearly a week went by and I didn’t see mom or the remaining kitten.  I saw them Sunday, and I was able to coax mom over again to eat, and her little one followed suit.  So off he goes into waiting carrier.  After calming this wild child down, he is now nearly ready for adoption.  He has really come around.   And guess what, I still have not named him.  But let me tell you this.  He has made such a turnaround.  Purrs all the time, doesn't hide anymore when I go into bathroom, I've been walking around the house with him, and he is on the porch now with the kittens! He was SO lonely in the bathroom.  I now need to make a neuter appointment for him and he is ready to be adopted!

So today is TNR Tuesday.  My game plan last evening was to grab the momma today.  Coax her again, scruff her, place in carrier.  No more babies.  Of course my heart aches for this little one who I took her babies from, and knowing I have to put her back on streets tomorrow.  Poor Momma.  I hope that even though your ‘owner’ doesn’t know enough to keep you indoors because you are/was not spayed, but also knows enough to feed you, or even cares about you anymore.

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LARRY from Laurelton (Brett Road)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch.  There is a cat that has been hanging around the entire neighborhood for the past four or five months, I am guessing.  May people have seen it all over the area, and have written about it on the internet and sites that involve my particular neighborhood.  I lent out a trap Saturday to one girl who lives over on another street.  She wanted to help trap.  This cat has appeared injured with red wounds on its neck, and its long fur looks like its terribly matted, or he has lumps on his body, not sure.  But really a mess of a cat.  Poor thing.  Everyone’s heart went out for that cat.  So last night, last minute, I remembered I should set a trap because I have seen this cat on my porch eating.  And its been spotted with a picture taken of him leaving my porch by my neighbor.  So trap was set.  This morning, I came down at 2:15 a.m. and there he was, in the trap!  I could not believe my eyes!  My hope is that they treat the wounds, give him antibiotics, and shave what they can.  

I am pretty proud of these two kitties I got this morning.  They are both big catches in their own respect.

Sam, Baby Buttons, and Mr. Whiskers #2 are all gone.  I have not seen the two latter in over a week, and now Sam has been missing for two days.  Its so unlike them.  I am sick over it actually.  I keep hoping to see them when I pull up on Short.  But they are not there.  They always came running to the Jeep to greet me, and ran back with me as I walked to the back of the lot.  It's an overwhelming sadness.  But I will get over it.  And the way I will get over it is to do something good for myself this weekend.  I just don't know what.  I know there is a fundraiser for Keller's Kats - and even though I would love a cat free weekend, maybe I will go there to support the girl that runs it, Karla, because she has been very helpful to me.  Without her, I wouldn't have met some very good people who have helped me immensely in so many ways.  

And then I will go off and play.  To run free through the countryside, with no cars, no houses, nothing.  To sit and listen to the sounds of silence, the birds, the bugs.  To explore, find some snakes...  I miss that from when I was growing up in the country in Spencerport.  I miss those carefree days of my life, no worries, no cares.


Have a great day!  AND PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR COMMUNITY CATS!

Man, I gotta remember this today:

"Don't let
the behavior
of others
destroy your
inner peace."