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.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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...
Sunday, March 12, 2017
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!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
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.
Monday, February 27, 2017
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
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.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
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.
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
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.