I've pretty much stopped trapping for the season, but it's hard to resist a cry for help. A woman I know has been feeding some cats in the ravine area behind her apartment building for the last few weeks. Holly, the cat below was the first one rescued. About six months old, she was friendly, and found a home just this weekend.
Earlier this week another cat was caught, and also proved to be friendly, so I went to pick her up. As I was waiting, I caught sight of another cat, a calico, and when I approached her with food she came up to me meowing. I opened the carrier and in she went. I thought, fantastic, another one saved.
Well, this one hasn't worked out so well. Sandi has been fostering and this cat is crazy. She's clearly not feral, but she hisses and lunges at Sandi when she goes in the room. We are hoping she is just traumatized and settle down, but aggression is a real problem. I hate people who just dump their problems. It's cold and dangerous where she was. I hope I don't have to put her back but the options are few for a cat who attacks people. Sandi is a cat person so for her to be terrified is saying something.
Cat rescue is rarely simple. I also got a call from a tech at my vet, she found out about kittens at an autobody shop, so this week's mission is to get them to safety and warmth.
With the short days, I'm rushing down on my lunch hour to feed the ferals, and I'm down a feeder, so it feels like I'm always doing feral cat dishes and buying food. We've even run out of room in our recycling bins.