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 +!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Please let it end soon!

I am really so done with winter at this point, tired of being cold, of trudging through the snow to feed, fingers burning with pain, but mostly I worry about the cats.  I can go in and get warm, they can't.  They all came out Sunday since it was a bit warmer and filled their bellies, but it's supposed to be frigid until the end of the week, I think I will leave Lily and Floppy in until then.

The weather is especially hard on the older cats.  Three years ago we had an occasional visitor to our colony, Semi-Socks, I trapped him and had him neutered.  His mouth then was a mess but I didn't have the money for his dental and he was so feral that I worried he wouldn't manage being inside for the two weeks necessary.  He moved down the street to another smaller colony where I feed on weekends.

On Sunday a strange thing happened, he came up to us and let me pat him.  I could see then that he was very thin and looked so old but he ate.  John the feeder contacted me yesterday to say that he was able to pick Semi up and bring him inside to the shop.  Amazing.  They put him in a box with a pillow and he ate and drank some water.  Sadly I believe he's dying to allow this kind of connection, but at least he's warm now.  John and I have to decide whether a vet should intervene or if we should leave him be for now, he doesn't appear to be in distress.  I hate this part of it every time.

Semi-Socks in 2011

Semi-Socks this weekend
Thanks to kind donations from Monique and Jack I was able to restock my cat food shelf.  I feed less ferals than some people but with one colony of 15 cats four days a week and another colony of 12 cats two days a week, I go through a lot of food.  There was a rumour of 30 cents a tin Friskies at Canadian Tire but it was just that, but their prices for pet food are still pretty good.

If you had told me 20 years ago I would be using a gross porta potty in an industrial yard while feeding feral cats in the dead of winter, I would have run screaming but here I am, this is my life.
Off now to load up the car to feed two colonies today, it takes me about six trips to lug all the dishes, food and big jugs of water.  I'm sick of my boots and big coat and hat hair, oh well February is almost over.

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