What miserable weather we have been having! We were planning on a mass trapping today, but the weather was not cooperating. We trudged out in the rain anyway, and managed to get three cats, and we also picked up the cutest little kitten!
Friday, April 13, 2018
Floppy (now named Bear) is celebrating his one year anniversary of living inside. He showed up at the colony a few years ago, fought with everyone until we got him neutered. Then slowly he got friendlier and joined the trailer gang. Every day he would greet us and want to be patted so last year we decided it was time for him to have a home. I reached out to my friend Carol who I know likes older cats and is willing to work with shy cats and she said yes! Floppy is also FIV+ but she didn't care. He now lives happily in her condo and as you can see from the pictures (he's the black cat) has made lots of cat friends. He's a very lucky cat!
Monday, April 2, 2018
Thankfully things have been stable down at the yard, and Lily and Minky always pop out of their shelters when we come to feed. We still have no idea how long it will be before development starts but at least these two have a new home to go to, thanks to Verena. Of course when the time comes the hardest part will be trapping them. We had to remove the shelters at my other colony and it was heartbreaking but I have to remember that these cats are resilient.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Here are Michelle's latest fosters, Dot and Daisy are from last week's trapping, both about six months old and totally friendly and sweet. They have a few health issues we are dealing with but they will be fine with a little TLC and a lot of meds.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Just a quick update that of the 10 cats that were trapped last Monday, three are going into foster homes, sadly one had to be euthanized as she was very ill, and the rest went back to their "home". We still have lots more work to do there but we made a good start.
No rest though, the problems kept piling up, first we went again to try to convince the property owner at the CG colony to let us keep the shelters and feeding stations there, or at least one or two, but he is getting too many complaints from his neighbours, so sadly as of next weekend the cats won't have any shelters or anywhere dry to eat. It's heartbreaking the lack of compassion many people have. We are still trying to find other spots but no luck so far. Of course we will still feed them but their lives will be much harder.
Then I got a call from the daughter of the woman who used to live there and fed the cats in her backyard, she had taken in three cats from the colony when she moved, and continued to feed, we would visit her and the cats. This winter she fell ill and now won't be able to return home so the cats have to be rehomed.
Lionel is a friendly old diabetic guy, we rushed him to the vet on Friday once we found out he hadn't had his insulin in three weeks. They are just going to stabilize him and then Lynn is going to foster him!
Monday, March 19, 2018
I have to say that I was happy to settle down this evening with a cup of tea, it was a long day, catsitting on each end, and a day of trapping in the middle. We went out to that large colony in Scarborough, it was a chilly day but we managed to trap nine cats, there are still at least eight more to trap, and a few kittens who will need rescuing once they are older, but we made good progress today.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Well we are back to work and with a vengeance! It may not officially be spring but it is for cats, lots of pregnant cats and kittens already being born. Our week started last Sunday at Dufferin and Lawrence helping with a 20 cat colony, Lesley and I packed up a mom and four 2 week old kittens and took them to a foster, meanwhile another cat was giving birth, and about three quarters of the colony was thankfully being TNRed.
Then Monday we went to two locations to trap, at the second one the first thing we saw was this kitten with a badly injured leg. We were able to trap her, a sibling and the mom who oddly also was limping. Five traps full we headed to the recovery centre and the cats went to the clinic the next day. From location one we had a male and an already spayed female, strange because she was new to the feeders.
Then we got the call we always dread. The worst news first, momma cat had a tumour on her paw and was in bad condition so very sadly had to be euthanized. Our other cat, who they thought to be about six months old, had what appeared to be a birth defect, but must have been touching the ground as the bottom of the paw was abraded and infected. The only thing to be help her would be amputation and because she was feral they recommended euthanasia. Lesley and I said no, we wanted to give her a chance so we took her to our trusted vet. They agree that an amputation is necessary but we hope and believe that since she is only six months old that she can recover from her surgery and become tame and live a happy life inside. We had the best three legged cat who was missing his front leg! Animals are much more resilient than people! They never feel sorry for themselves.
To top it off, they moved a bunch of dumpsters at the yard and destroyed some shelters, it's all in transition there so I have to figure out a new spot for Lily, Tibbs and Minky to eat and sleep.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Many mornings I get up and go directly out to my catsits, and one day last week my cats decided breakfast was way too late and took matter into their own hands. One of them (and nobody is telling) knocked down a container of dry food from the counter. Thankfully for them it opened, leaving them with a buffet.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
This sure doesn't feel like the end of February, but hey I'm not complaining! It's great for humans and cats alike.
Kent sent this great picture of MC that he took yesterday. I've known MC for almost nine years! Everyone always remarks on how beautiful she is, I think so too!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Right now Susan has one of the best jobs out there and one of the toughest too! For over a week now she has been bottle feeding six kittens. By the time she finishes it's time to start all over again! Thankfully they are now drinking from a saucer and soon will be on to solid food. The best part is watching six tiny kittens play and have them climb all over you. I love visiting to get my kitten hit.
Speaking of hard jobs, sometimes the job of colony caretaker can be one of the worst. I feed at a laneway colony where there are 10 cats, and for the last few years we have been fortunate enough to use a resident's parking area for feeding stations and shelters. Now the cats are being evicted and we have to scramble to find somewhere else, and that's not an easy task. The thought of them not having shelters or somewhere dry to eat breaks my heart.