Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Feed a Cat For Christmas!!! JOEL S!!!

Great big thank you to JOEL S!  Not only does Joel have a huge philanthropic heart, but he also has a huge talent by making some GREAT grape jellies!  Thank you Joel AND Tammy, for allowing me to savor your cooking - spread on toast, it was most delectable.   Thank you for helping me to also feed the kitties out there!  They sure were hungry this morning.

I had to let Meowie and Margherita back out this morning.  Very hard to do.  Meowie soiled himself in the cage over night.  He never stopped crying.  Its these sweet ones that make this TNR stuff so very hard to do.  If I only had more fosters...

Here's a good update on Sydney and Piper, formerly Joanie!

 "Here's Syd with her big brother Rudy.... He's so good to them both. Syd chases him around the house, it's hysterical!

This pic was taken this afternoon. Look at Piper's around Syd's belly. These guys simply adore each other. You guys did amazing work with them both! I'm so glad we were able to adopt them both. They'd be lost with out each other!"




Thanks to those that adopt two kittens instead of one.  Here are ten reasons to remind us of why adopting two kittens together makes all the sense in the world!

Reason #1: You're saving two lives instead of one.
"If it's kitten season, that's one more kitten that will get a home instead of growing into an adult which will decrease its chance of getting adopted." It is entirely true that kittens are much easier to place than adult cats, and the 15-month-old cat you see in the shelter today is very likely a holdover from last year's crop of kittens. 

Reason #2 :
A kitten left alone during the day can become lonely and bored, which sometimes can lead to mischief. Two kittens will never be lonely, especially if they are siblings. In fact, you'll often find situations in shelters and rescue group adoption where a cage will contain two kittens with a sign, "These kittens may be adopted only as a pair." Shelter volunteers recognize that siblings really need to stay together. And since shelters are often frightening, unfriendly places to small creatures, unrelated cats often form close bonds that should be respected when adoption time comes.

Reason #3 : 
Although it might sound contrary, an older, established cat will probably accept two kittens better than one. One kitten will seek out the older cat as a playmate, or worse, tease and pester the senior cat which can cause stress to an older cat. The kitten in return, will be "rewarded" for his playful efforts with hisses and swats. Two kittens will expend their energy in play with each other, leaving their older "uncle" to relax in peace.

Reason #4 :
Kittens learn by copying. If one kitten is quick to learn appropriate litter box use, the other will be likely to copy. They also help each other with grooming; wash-up after meals soon becomes a ritual with two kittens.

Reason #5 :
Even the most devoted human caregiver can quickly become exhausted by trying to keep up with the energy of a single kitten. Two kittens will wear each other out, leaving their human parent free to just enjoy watching them. The downside to this, of course,  "...but of course, sometimes you have double trouble, too !"

Reason #6 :
Many people who experience behavior problems with kittens find that some of them go away when they adopt another playmate. What may be perceived as mischief is often just the result of boredom. Much like their human counterparts, kittens sometimes misbehave because "negative attention is better than no attention."

Reason #7 :
"If one kitten is finicky about food, the belligerence is often overcome by curiosity at what its sibling is eating. (Feed one cat Same Old, the other cat New Stuff, and they both end up tasting the new stuff.)"

Reason #8 :
Kittens will often play so hard that they simply flop where they are, and more likely than not, they will flop next to (or on top of) each other. There is no sight so endearing as two kittens curled up together for a nap. Their peaceful innocence can soften the heart of even the grumpiest curmudgeon, and the sight of that blissful moment will wash clean the slate of their previous misdoings.

Reason #9 :
"And of course, they're just so much darn fun to watch!" Having lived through (and survived nicely) the joy of adopting and raising two kittens, I can personally attest to the downright fun of having two kittens.

Reason #10 :
Two kittens who grow up together will almost always be lifelong friends. Although they will sometimes have their little squabbles (what friends don't?) you will more often see them engaging in mutual grooming, playing together, and sleeping with their best pal.If you are considering adopting a kitten, think about your best friend and consider whether you would deprive your kitten of the enrichment a friend brings to life.


Have a great day!

"They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which created us…  It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas!! CAROLE M.!!

Carole M.!  Thank you so much for your generosity in helping me to help them.  Carole is and has been instrumental in helping the many many kitties and kittens get spayed and neutered near the Roberts Weslyn college campus - and many of them rescued.  In fact, Kristin and myself also played a part by fostering many!  Thank you Carole! 


MEOWIE

MARGHERITA

Catches of the Day. Top is Meowie. Bottom is Margherita. Meowie is from Parsells. Margherita is from Melville. Margherita is feral. Meowie is not. Both have to be returned to the streets tomorrow after going to the clinic today. Sad reality. Please spay and neuter - any cat you see!!! Also, please consider sponsoring a spay or neuter for me today by calling 585-288-0600

Meowie is named that because that is all he's done is meow since he was trapped.  This is how you know a cat is not feral.  The other little one, who looks nearly identical but is much smaller, went crazy until I placed a blanket over the trap.  She/he hissed at me at one point when I went to take its picture. Before I left Parsells with Meowie, I noted that there are two cats, one looks like a male, the other looks like a female - actually she was in yesterday's pictures with the stuff on her face - and they both could have easily been trapped, or even grabbed and placed in carriers for spaying and neutering, but there is not enough of me.  I need help with this.  There are just so many out there.  

Which reminds me - the older woman who I've mentioned over the years, Gael, who lives near the clinic. She told me about a young cat that looks very pregnant and asked if I could place the trap there today. She asked me this on Sunday.  I agreed, hesitantly, because she has not only backed down on me last minute to trap there in the past, but has also closed the trap on her porch when I am thinking its going to be one of the cats out of the two I am allowed to bring each week to the clinic.  She makes me very mad.  Well, this time, she called me last minute yesterday and said to forget it, she didn't want any part of trapping on her porch.  I know she has some mental issues, and does love cats, but to knowingly let a cat have its babies outside, under a porch maybe, is not right.  So I am a bit 'pissed off' at Gael today.  

But I got these two cats right away, with them being just around the corner from each other.  I could place five traps on Parsells and Melville every day and get a cat - that's how many there are out there.


Check out these pics of Dixie, the fifth kitten rescued from behind Syd and Johnny's Auto Garage on Bay Street.  Her other sibs are doing well, Riley and Squirt, and Sydney and Joanie.  


DIXIE DOO


Have a great day everyone.  

"Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out."





Monday, December 5, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas! MARYELLEN F.!

MARYELLEN F!! My kind-of neighbor!  Thank you so much for your donation to help me feed the cats out there.   I've known MaryEllen for a few years now thanks to my blog.  MaryEllen, I am so thankful for your generosity.  Its a lonely time out there in these winter months for these cats, and food is their only joy.  Thank you thank you thank you!

When I post my thanks to those that have made a contribution, please please please feel free to share pics or stories of your kitties!

Snow on the ground this morning.  It will melt with the rain that was beginning to fall as I went about my feedings.  Although they are expecting an inch or two to fall Tuesday night into Wednesday.  I can handle that, but can the kitties I am hoping that

I met a wonderful girl who found a picture of Baylee on my Petfinder site and reached out to me.  Yesterday, she brought me this bottle of liquid called Lung Gold.  Baylee has a breathing issue, and someday, he is going to not be able to breathe, and that will be it.  His first consultation at the clinic I was told he would need an MRI.  I only have so much money to spend on my little guys.  So that is out of the question.  They sent him home with a shot of convenia and that did help, as I'm sure he had upper respiratory issues as well as other things, but he still has trouble breathing.  If you will recall, I treated him on the street before I rescued him with two different meds thinking he was suffering from severe URI.  So its something else - but I don't know what.  I am tempted to bring him to Dr. Grshey in Southtown.  I think I will.  Maybe he will have a better idea.  But in the meantime, I will also ask their office if they can recommend this Lung Gold.  Has anyone else heard of this?  Baylee loves to play, and loves to be held and sit right next to you.  He does not appear to be suffering, at all.

Here is a link with information on the Lung Gold.  It actually sounds pretty good.

http://www.thecatproblems.com/lung-gold-cats.html


Mr. Fluffypants #2


Here is this sweet boy that I rescued, Mr. Fluffypants #2.  He is dying to get out of my bathroom, and has attempted to jump the gate a few times, but always goes right back in.  Really, this is one great cat.  I need to get him into foster care.  Fast!  He is a very cuddly kitty.

Lastly, I received this picture of Jules/Garfield. He is getting so big!  Thanks Amy for loving my boys, Jules and Cammy!  

Jules/Garfield!
"Here is an updated pic of Garfield-sorry for delay!   He is soooo long! and getting a little belly- Cammy is a bad influence in the eating department!  If you zoom in- you'll see Cammy parked beneath the tree- he seriously never leaves that spot! he likes pulling my tree skirt into a little nest... he a little stinker!"

Have a great day!

"Your mind is a garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers
or you can grow weeds."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas! - BETTY W.

Many thanks to BETTY W!  Betty has been a friend for many years now, due to the blog I think!  I have found so many wonderful friendships through this blog.  I thank you Betty for your kind donation to help me to feed the many, many cats that wait for me each morning, in the dark, now matter what the weather.  Bless you!

I was thinking about TIPPYTOES earlier this morning as I made my way around Central and Third.  I cannot for the life of me remember what happened with him.  I know I rescued him, but can't remember the circumstances of the rescue.  I also searched on my blog, but can't find much.  Does anyone remember The Tipster???

Pics from this morning:


Beautiful Siamese I had spayed/neutered last (or was it this) year

This older unspayed (?) (not eartipped) female had stuff on her face

This guy with the little nuggets, needs rescue - I will name him NUGGETS!  :)



I ran into my homeless friend Will this morning.  I was coming out of Paul’s back yard on Second Street after having refreshed the food and water at this shelter location, and there was homeless Will.  He is such a sweetheart.  He said I scared him when he saw the flashlight, thought it was the police.  Not that he has done anything bad, but it must have startled him because he told me he was asleep on the couch on the back porch of the boarded up house next door.  Good God.  My heart dropped for a minute.  Can you imagine?  I can’t imagine how disgusting this couch must be.  And for someone to sleep on it because they have no where else to go.  I offered him a blanket from the Jeep, which he gladly accepted.  I got him a fluffy blanket and off he went to hide it behind the house.  He asked if I had any change at all, and for once, I did  - I had $.60 which I gave to him.

Speaking of the Jeep, this time it needed a new starter, battery, and oil change – grand total of $463.  Ugggh.

Stay tuned for updates on more recent adoptions, rescues, and Feed a Cat for Christmas donations!

Have a great day!

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.  The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas! LOIS E!

Many thanks to LOIS E. for her donation in memory of her loved ones, Bear and Horatio.  Here is what Lois had to say about them:

"Bear - a sweet Maine Cook mix who came to us horribly injured, abused and nearly dead.  The 4-1/2 pound mess who showed up in our yard with almost no fur, missing hunks of skin, etc. - all bones - turned out to be the sweetest large (17 to 18 pound ideal weight) beauty you can imagine.  He died mercifully quickly at the end of April this year from congestive heart failure."


BEAR

HORATIO

"Horatio - our one eyed spunky feral who graced us for 1-1/2 years before he contracted FIP.  He had shelters on our deck.  Insulated sleeping shelter, feeding tote and litter box tote (which he never used)."

Losing a pet is like losing a beloved member of our family.  For some, its like the death of a human.  The love you received from him was different than the complicated love relationships you might have with humans. Your cat or dog likely adored you! He was always there for you, never criticized you, never held grudges, and always forgave you, no matter what. Are there any humans in your life that have ever given to you this selflessly?

For all this love, your pet expected no more from you than a good belly rub or ear-scratching. A pet can be the only source of pure, unconditional love that you will ever know. They worm their way into your heart and become a trusted member of the family; a comforting presence in your day-to-day life. A human acquaintance or relative that doesn't live with you just cannot impact your emotional life to that degree.

You also receive comfort from a pet; touching, stroking, rubbing their fur. You might even kiss or hug them and confide your deepest thoughts to them, knowing they will never betray your secrets. Your baby has probably seen you naked, in all your glory, and he never told anyone about your big belly or that you didn’t shave your legs in over a month!

Again, thanks for all you do Lois, to help our beloved animals!  

Here are some pics from this morning:

Cesar was neutered late summer.  He reminds me so much of Cammy.  Here he is just sitting, waiting for food, on the corner of Central Park and Second Street.  Breaks my heart.  I just know this boy would make a great Christmas present someday.

Cesar

Sam from Short Street - boy does this kitty need a home.  I had him neutered last year, and he follows me to my car every morning after nibbling a bit at the food I've just poured for him, Baby Buttons, and Mr. Whiskers #2.

Sam from Short Street


Of course, you all remember Mr. Fluffypants #2!  Here he is this morning, wanting to get out and mingle. That's him mid-cry.  Not a mean bone in his body!  Except some very sharp nails!  Gotta get them clipped!  He is now jumping up on my lap, and crying when I leave him alone.  :(


Mr. Fluffypants #2


Snapped this of my Leo, forefront, and George in the back, this morning.  Lovey doveys. 


LEO and GEORGE!

Have a great day all.  ❤❤❤

"I have known hardship.  I have lost myself.  But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day.  I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life.  They make me stronger."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas! YULIYA!!! and...another RESCUE!

Today's thanks goes to YULIYA!  She sent her donation to me along with a pair of cute kittie socks.  Thank you so much Yuliya!  My feet will be warm and dry when I go out to feed the cats!    :)  I met Yuliya through my awesome neighbors Tracy and Chris.  And their little boy Graham  :)  I was blessed the day Tracy passed my name to her!

So I had to let the little boy Zippy back out into the big scary world to fend for himself this morning.  He didn’t even eat the food I placed in his trap while he spent the night on my porch.  Poor little guy, scared out of his wits.

Mr. Fluffypants #2
Here he is BEFORE rescue!  :(

So ….. one let go, but another saved.  Meet Mr. Fluffypants #2.  What a sweetheart.  I rescued him this morning from Baldwin and Grand.  Its funny, he must have known something was up when I pulled up and went over to the bench with the food, water, AND CARRIER.  I set it upright, and after a few minutes, he came to me, ready to eat, and up he went by the scruff and into the carrier.  He was placed in my tiny bathroom, very scared at first when I let him out, but after petting and scratching and stroking his head, neck and back, he knew he was in a good place.  Before I left the room, I placed him on my lap, and he was in heaven.  He is one true sweetie – one very lucky sweety.  Not to mention, he is the most fluffiest cat I’ve ever seen!  Besides Mr. Fluffypants #1 from Pennsylvania and Second Street!  These two were practically twins!  And #1 is living the good life now with his new parents, thanks to Kristin!

There are two others that I want to rescue so bad.  One is Seven from Seventh, the other is unnamed from Parsells.  Started showing up lately, can’t tell if he is neutered as his ‘nuggets’ are very tiny!  J

The Jeep is still not fixed.  Its been a very trying day trying to get around in my very small vehicle.  I am praying the news will not be as bad as what I think it will be.  Fingers crossed everyone.

I received an update from the woman who adopted Cammy a couple years ago, and then Jules, now named Garfield.  Here is what she has to say:

"So Cammie wasn't quite sure why his humans were bringing a tree inside the house this weekend...now he gets it! He leaves only to eat and use the litter box. Other than that, he has claimed the tree as his very own!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! All is well here and Garfield is doing great as well (though he thinks the tree is a new cat toy!).  Ha ha   Just thought you'd like this - Cammy's first Christmas with a home :) "


Thank you Amy!  Looking forward to a pic of Jules/Garfield now!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the ROC the Day campaign yesterday!  Remember, any donation you make is tax deductible!

Have a great day everyone!

"Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Feed a Cat for Christmas! TOM and SUSAN!

Today's shout out goes to Tom and Susan D. in Texas!  I published their story several months ago when they wrote me their 'tail' of rescue from Rochester to Texas - they brought all their ferals with them!  They just couldn't leave them when they moved across the country!  Awesome people.  Thank you so much for your donation - to help feed over 100 cats for a day!  Two days actually!

This morning was also TNR Tuesday, and as luck would have it, the Catmobile broke down.  It wouldn't start at all.  I had to mad scramble to place two traps, one carrier, 4 2-gallon sized bags of dry food, three large water bottles, six large yogurt containers full of wet food, plus a bag with at least 15 cans of extra wet food, plus blankets and towels, all in my dinky car.  I am beside myself.  Have no idea what is going on with Jeep.  Obviously something.  Have to wait for shop to open, and then call AAA to be towed.  What a mess.  Its always something, isn't it?

ZIPPY from Central and Second
I set traps both on Melville and Parsells, and as more bad luck would have it, NADA.  I moved them - set one up further on Parsells, and then one on Central and Second, where all those grown kittens are - the mailbox cats, and voila! Got this little bugger, I call Zippy, because he and his sibs are so fast running across this street.  So sad. They are so cute.  I have to let him go though.  He/she is an older kitten, for sure.  I can't save them all.  My goal is to rescue Seven from Seventh Street, or Mr. Fluffypants #2 from Baldwin, tomorrow.  I have two fosters waiting in the wings for someone.  There were some 'characters' out and about this morning, so its always iffy to leave these traps and drive off.  I kept a close eye on this one though, making sure these 'characters' didn't go over to check things out.  They were just interested, I think, in buying some smokes, booze, whatever, from the bootleggers house on Second.

That's it for today.  Dixie/Baby is doing WONDERS at my friend's house, the Cat Whisperer.  Just amazing.  She will be adopted out in no time!.

Here is one pic of either Squirt or Riley - with their new big brother!  :)



Here is what Piper and Sydney's new mom has to say about one of them:

"Janine,

    I demand a refund from these kittens! Syd is a THIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!! I noticed my change jar getting lower, just thought it was me 'losing it.' Here's proof that Syd is a thief! That jar was full of change! Where did she learn this???? :)"

SYDNEY

"The reason I dedicate myself to helping animals so much... is because there are already so many people dedicated to hurting them."