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. 900+ cats helped in nine years!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Everyone loves a sunny day

Even though the thermometer said -2 degrees, the sun was out making it feel much warmer, and the cats were out too.

Jackson and I shared a happy moment. He is the only one we can pat.

You can tell the winter is hard on the cats. Biff seems to have an upper respiratory infection. I could hear him breathing as he drank what seemed to be gallons of water. The cats go straight to the water when we show up. Now that it's cold in earnest, their water is freezing and canned food will too after an hour or so.
Here is Tina tucking in a feeding station just outside the trailer. We make sure there is lots of hard food and try to leave just enough canned food so they all get some, but not so much that it freezes and is wasted.
Over at the pontoon boat, the cats that used to be known as tree cats have totally adjusted to their new spot. No more ducking amongst dumpsters and dodging trucks, much safer for all of us. This is Queenie and MC.
Here is Queenie, MC, Stumpy and Rusty enjoying their meal.
For the winter, we also have the responsibility of feeding two cats belonging to one of the guys who works at the boatyard. He has headed south but the cats are not so lucky. At least they have each other.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The last winter preparations

With a nasty winter storm forecast for this week (if you believe the overly dramatic weather network), our thoughts turned to the tree cats. They eat at a tree in the midst of dumpsters. As soon as it snows, their feeding station will be covered, so we started putting food under an abandoned pontoon boat with the hope that they will transition to this new location. At least it will provide some shelter from the elements. My plan is to put a shelter and feeding station under there as well.

I found their water dishes frozen over so I have ordered solar powered water dishes. Getting enough nutrition to the cats will be a challenge in the winter, now that the temperature is below freezing, canned food left out will freeze. Let's hope the cats all show up when we do. Hard food will become the staple. Stay tuned for tales of winter cat feeding adventures.

More stats: November $300 spent on cats (our six at home + the ferals), probably 40 - 50 hours spent caring for cats. Keeps me out of trouble.