Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Michelle, Verena, Vinyse, Derek, Kent, and Connie, 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 Lesley, 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 +!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ten cats trapped!

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.
 One pretty young female, I basically shoved her into the trap.
 And Jim a short distance away managed to get another cat from his small colony.
I have yet to be able to get a good picture of a cat in a trap, this one below is the same one as the cat rubbing up against Larry's legs above.

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's been quite the week!

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.
 Before we could even take a breath, we were contacted about a colony in Scarborough with about 20 cats.  We went there this morning and sure enough, there are 20 cats, fed and loved by Larry the former firefighter, but they are in desperate feed of spay and neuter.  There is already one tiny kitten with a mom in the garage and by the looks of a few cats there will be more kittens and likely before we can get there to trap them all.

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

While I was out

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.
Of course they still wanted their regularly scheduled meal!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A taste of spring

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

The best job and the hardest job

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.
Her cat Gregor is being a wonderful uncle to the kittens.  Funnily enough it always seems to be the males who prefer hanging out with the kittens.

 After three days of trying to trap mom with no luck (we tried tuna, KFC, even a kitten) we have given her a break but Lesley is going in tomorrow morning.  She can't live in a parking garage, it's just a matter of time and patience.

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.
Time to go door to door and hope somebody will help us....

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five more babies safe!

Yesterday was the day we planned to try to get the rest of the kittens as the storage locker is due to be cleaned out this weekend.  Daniel let us into a room filled with stuff and we started looking around, then momma cat shot out of the room, and after a few minutes we found one kitten, then another, and another until we had four.  We knew there was one more though and finally we discovered he or she under a pile of rubble.  
We then tried to trap momma but she had taken off, it's always hard taking kittens from a mom, hopefully we can catch her soon and reunite them.  For now, Susan is doing serious bottle feeding duty!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Our first kitten of 2018!

A few weeks ago we got an email about three cats living in a parking garage downtown, they were being fed but had been there for some time.  It was a grim spot, dirty, no sunlight, and one cat was there for two years!  The other two were newer and presumably dumped.  Jennifer was able to trap a very traumatized white male and a friendly orange male and was in the process of trying to get the last cat when we discovered that she had tiny kittens.  An electrician who worked in the building was also feeding.

Alas, a week ago she moved them to an unknown location.  On Saturday Daniel called me to say he found one kitten so he scooped it up, little Lotus was about 400 grams which makes her approximately four weeks old.  Thankfully Susan is an experienced bottle feeder and has been taking great care of her.

Daniel thinks he knows where the kittens are now so this week we will attempt to catch the rest and hopefully mom at the same time too!  Needless to say all that is easier said than done!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Catching up with old friends

Last June we rescued Batmom's kittens, and they all grew up and went off to loving homes.  I was lucky enough to take care of two of them last week, it was great to see them all grown up.  These two, now Mag and Leia, got to stay together and live with a lovely man who enjoys their company very much.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Then there are kittens

I was feeling a bit down this week about Socks, so I went to visit Joanne and her kittens, nothing cheers a person up more than cute kittens.

These four were rescued about two months ago, and are doing well, just getting over a bout of giardia and then will be up for adoption.  Libby, Stewart are the tabbies and Nina and Natalie are the two black females, all very sweet.  Many thanks go to Joanne for taking care of them, I promised they would be easy, then they got giardia, which means lots of meds over a few weeks.  

Wouldn't it be fun to adopt all four!!! 

Monday, January 22, 2018

And now we are seven, RIP Socks

A month or so ago I noticed that Socks' chest was heaving and I was concerned but unable to trap him.  Then it seemed he was ok, and he has been eating but then on Saturday he was sitting out in the sun and it was happening again, and he was coughing and looking thin so on Sunday I trapped him and took him into the vet.

Sadly his abdomen was full of fluid which indicated FIP or heart failure so Socks crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with his pals who have gone before him.  He did pretty well for a cat who lived his whole life outside, I don't know how old he was but at least 10 maybe much older.  We will all miss him!