Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Tory, Michelle, and Kent, a group of dedicated cat lovers who care for a colony of feral cats in the east end of Toronto. I also have a great rescue team of Connie, Joanne, and Susan. Together we do our best to make the lives better for feral and homeless cats and kittens. 500+ cats helped in five years +!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A week of vetting

A few days ago I was contacted by someone looking for help with a cat she is feeding outside while the homeowner is away, he showed up with a terrible wound and she didn't know what to do. Thankfully Mugsy the street cat lived in the east end so I went over with a trap and after meowing at me for a minute, he went right in.  We rushed him off the vet and he is now being treated for a very bad abcess.  Mugsy is older and already eartipped and of course he needs dental so now we are waiting for his person to return home. 
And lately I've been noticing Pseudo showing up late or not at all and with wounds so I was able to scoop him and take him into the vet.  Bloodwork was normal thankfully but he had lost weight and had a number of wounds.  I'm trying to figure out if he's fighting and with who.  For now he's getting a bit of R&R, we were hoping maybe he is friendly but so far he's not responding to life inside, but he certainly is eating well.  We will let him wait out the rain and enjoy some regular meals, and then next week I will take Floppy in to get him vetted and see how friendly he is, he might be the bully, it's so hard to know I don't see any fights.
When you start TNRing a young colony you don't think about the future but here we are many years later and the challenge for these ones is taking care of them in their old age.  I'm sure most of us who started feeding feral cats never expected them to live to be 10+.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Butch is a lap cat

Well Butch is not just a sweetie but a lap cat!  He seems very happy to be inside, eating up a storm and chatting away...
 From the bad cat files, we have a picture of what Jack (one of my catsitting clients) was up to when I wasn't there.
 And one of mine took advantage of a fridge door open too long!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Our trapping results!

Well we had a pleasant surprise, even though Butch looks rough he is not that old (maybe 4 max) and in good health!  He's FIV/FELV negative, and his teeth are fine, he just has a few wounds that need to heal up.  First indications are he's a sweetie!  Yay for Butch!

Thankfully momma cat moved her kittens into a shelter before this nasty cold snap.  We trapped one more female there this week so in total last week we trapped seven males and seven females, not too shabby.  Unfortunately winter has returned so no trapping this week, poor cats must have thought spring had arrived.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How about a dozen trapped instead!

Well my precision plan kind of went out the window yesterday.  We showed up at our first stop, a lovely man named Peter has been feeding a colony for years, almost all black and white.  We set up trap after trap and they just kept going in, we got six in forty-five minutes!  Unfortunately that was all the empty traps we had with us or I'm sure we could have got more.
Within minutes they were up eating on the deck.  Every colony is so different, some scatter as soon as you trap one.  With only limited appointments we cancelled our next two stops and took this crew up to the recovery centre.
Peter called me later in the day to say one of the cats we hadn't trapped had just given birth in a planter!  It's clearly kitten season.  We went off to a new west end location and it was far more challenging, but we got another six there!  Ten appointments, thirteen cats, oops, but thankfully TAS took them all to be spayed and neutered.  Now we wait to see how many male and how many female and how our battered tom is.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

One down, nine more (or more) to go

March means it's time to get trapping, our weather has felt more like spring, and we already have reports of pregnant cats.  We have ten appointments for Tuesday and multiple locations, so we started tonight and trapped this guy.  He has really bad eyes but seems tame so let's hope we can get him fixed up.
I prepared a detailed plan for tomorrow, with trapping every hour on the hour, starting at 8 a.m. and home probably 12 hours later!

Monday, February 27, 2017

What a February 27!

It was hard to believe that today was February 27, it so feels like spring.  Our winter has turned out to be great, and the homeless cats and I are grateful.  After feeding today I went for a walk on the spit, it does one good to be out in nature, I've been feeling stressed the last week but Stubby is looking and eating better, so that is a relief.
 At home, the cats all vied for a position in the sun, more cats than beds!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last male done!

I don't talk as much about them, but I do feed regularly at another colony close to me, there are 10 cats there, I got involved almost 4 years ago TNRing and then when Gloria had to sell her house and move I started to feed as well, I just couldn't turn my back on them.  We've had one male holdout who I haven't been able to trap, well I actually did trap him when I first started but I didn't have enough spots and let him go so I could get a female, thinking I would get him again.  It's taken me all this time but I went out Monday morning to give it a shot, tired of all the cat spray, and set up my trap with the remote.

At first the cats scattered and wouldn't go near then amazingly Teddy walked right in and boom I had him!  It's a matter of pride too to have a colony totally TNRed and now they are!
I released Stubby thinking it would be the best thing for him since he was so stressed, but now I'm worried about him, I've seen him pawing at his mouth and having trouble eating.  I'm just sick about it, because I don't know how I would get him again, I'm buying BFF pouches for him with lots of gravy and at least he is eating that.  Sometimes I find the stress of the responsibility of all these cats' lives just a bit too much!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stubby's turn for dental

Stubby is one of my favourites,  and I had been noticing lately that he hadn't been eating very well and of course I was concerned.  A couple of weeks ago I booked a vet appointment for him and managed to almost get him into a carrier but lost him.  Then I got some expensive BFF pouches and he was eating those but in the last week he rejected them, so I decided it was time to try again.

With Steve's help I was able to get him yesterday so off to the vet we went.  As I suspected his teeth aren't good, well what is left of them, he did have major dental two years ago.  Dr Vlad has taken out the rest of his teeth today, fingers crossed he recovers well.  Poor Stubby gets terrified at the vet and didn't eat last night, unlike Lily, who chowed down happily, even though she is way more feral.
I guess I have to see it as a positive sign, that these cats are living long enough to need all their teeth removed.  If you google life span of a feral cat, you will find many different answers, and I think it all depends on luck, the genetics of the cats, and of course how well they are cared for.  I think our remaining cats are all 10+, but they have shelters are fed daily and receive medical care when needed. Of the nine at the Cherry colony, seven have had dental, they are the lucky ones who have people who care about them!  Although right now I guarantee that Stubby doesn't feel lucky, but he will feel better soon.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Helping a limpy cat and finding another colony to help

In the fall I was contacted by a friend of a friend (you know how these things go) about a small colony in the east end, thankfully it is close and there WERE only three cats to do, so Lesley and I went and in November easily trapped two older kittens, but couldn't get the mom.  Sue, the lovely woman who feeds, called me recently to say dad was showing up not able to use his front paw. Strangely dad looked eartipped, we were unable to trap him so we hauled up my handy dandy but heavy new trap, and managed after a few tries of sitting inside their house looking out the window to get dad.  Smarty pants mom was not going in.

Dad went off to the vet and sure enough he wasn't neutered it must have been frostbite or a fight that caused his ear to look like that.  They x-rayed, no break, so he got some anti-inflammatories and some bed rest, then neutered and back out after a week.  He is still limping a bit but much better.  
Sue had noticed some cat shelters in a yard a block over, so we knocked on their door, and sure enough, they have a colony too of about 10 cats, some fixed, some not, that's where all these cats are coming from, at least that part of the mystery is solved.  We are going to work with both locations to try to get everyone spayed and neutered this spring!

Meanwhile the trap will have to go back to the yard, Stubby hasn't been eating as well as usual and I want to get his teeth checked.  I almost had him in a carrier but lost him, sigh.  The other day I got him to eat a pouch of BFF, I was happy about that, but our boy has expensive tastes.  Sometimes now I give the cats a bit of Fancy Feast too, nothing is too good for my ferals!  Hopefully it makes up a bit for their hard lives.  I do love to see the cats spill out of the trailer when we arrive, it's pretty toasty in there.  Floppy is becoming increasingly friendly, he seemed wet last week and let me wipe him all over including his paws!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Just another week in January

Lily did very well after her dental extractions, was eating like a champ, so this week I took her back to the colony.  Home again, Lily.  I always worry that maybe they enjoy being warm and having meals brought to them but she showed no signs of friendliness and in eight years I've never been able to pat her.  I see her come out of a shelter so I know she has a warm place to sleep at least, and of course we show up every day with tasty meals, she has lived there her whole life.
 I also spent some time trying to trap a cat with an injured foot with no luck as of yet, and volunteered at the Street Cats clinic, where 30 cats were spayed and neutered in one evening.
And visited with the snow prince kittens, one got adopted, two are up for adoption and the one with folded ears, well, he may have gotten "lost" at Susan's if you know what I mean, wink wink.
I have to say I am loving this winter!  Above freezing, no snow, for me and the cats a fantastic January!