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 +!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My problem children aka thousand dollar cats

I don't even want to talk about how depressing the weather is, that storm yesterday was brutal, I can't believe my poor ferals have to endure yet more cold and snow.

I've been dealing these week with two of my problem cats, each of their costs are now at about $1000 each.

Kempo belongs to a guy on social assistance.  I took him in for what I thought was just a neuter, well almost 3 weeks later he's still at the vet.  He had two abcesses that were infected and the one between his back toes is taking a long time to heal.  The problem is that Ken, Kempo's guardian, can't keep him inside apparently, so I can't return him until he is fully healed.  So poor Kempo has spent three weeks in a cone, but it looks like he can go home on Saturday.  Now that he's neutered, hopefully he won't get in as many fights.

Kempo in his cone
Then there's Gus, found in a garage on Christmas Day.  We've gone through diarrhea, a UTI, pooing and peeing outside the litter box and now a bit of aggression.  The miracle of Cat Attract solved his litter box issues, I need to get him to stop attacking Kathleen's ankles and drawing blood.  I know what Jackson Galaxy would tell me, he needs more exercise and environmental enrichment, so I'll be spending a boatload of money on Feliway and toys in an effort to get him to calm down so we can find him a home.  When you rescue a cat you don't know their history, so it can be tough to figure out why this would be happening.
Grumpy Gus
I'm also trying to help with homing two older kittens that were living outside behind an antique store.  They are older so need a bit more socialization, and I will be trapping the mom as soon as a bare patch of pavement presents itself.
Antique store kittens
I was at a TNR clinic last night helping out, and unbelievably, with the winter we've had, there were a few pregnant cats who came in.  Makes no sense to me.

1 comment:

  1. You are busy!! And it's going to continue if there are pregnant cats out there already. As more people become aware and help out, I keep hoping it will get better one of these years.

    By the way, I've had some luck with a Sentry calming collar on a male cat who was aggressive toward some of my other cats. Might be worth a try with Gus.