Lesley and I returned to that colony today to trap, and well it was almost a comedy how easy it was. The cats swarmed around while we were setting up, they were under the trap even without food! We trapped a few more than we planned, two kittens showed so we couldn't leave them behind, I've got fosters (thank you Michelle and Susan) for all, fingers crossed they are tameable, I think so, but there are no guarantees.
Friday, November 27, 2015
We've pretty much shut down TNR efforts for the winter, but I couldn't resist an email about a colony of cats that wasn't too far away and included white cats. Sadly these cats probably are about six months old and could have been rescued had I known about them when they were kittens. They don't seem that feral, and there were two beautiful white ones that we were able to pat. I've convinced Michelle to take three to see if they can be socialized, wish we could take them all inside...
Sunday, November 22, 2015
I guess winter is finally here, today was chilly so I hung around the house in my PJs until the afternoon. I was feeling down I had an adoption last week that went sideways and it really discouraged me about the whole process. So I thought I would share some photos of my rescued happy cats to remind myself that it's all worthwhile, I can't be brought down by an occasional bad experience.
|Bunny enjoying paper that came in a package|
|Ernie with paws crossed|
|What's for dinner?|
|End to end|
|Olivia needs a home|
Monday, November 16, 2015
If you've been following my blog, you know I've been TNRing some cats near our colony, I've gotten five out of six females now. The black and white will have to wait until spring, I know some people trap all winter, but I don't feel it's safe to return females with a shaved belly in this weather.
Connie and I have started feeding there as well, although a guy that works there feeds, for years they weren't taken care of on weekends, what a heartbreaking thought.
Recently one of the cats I TNRed has been coming up to me and let me pat her so with winter approaching I decided to try to get her inside and see if she's tameable. Betty is a beautiful dilute tortie. So on Saturday there she was, and she came over to me, I patted her, then just gently picked her up and put her into my big open top carrier. Voila! Geez, she was easier to get into a carrier than half my cats at home....
Saturday, November 7, 2015
It was a rough week I must admit, two euthanasias back to back is hard to handle, so I cry but keep moving. We picked up Hank today and took him back home. He had a few days bed rest and some meds, his paw seems much better. I was concerned that I hadn't seen Socks all week so I was very happy to see him with the gang today.
|Socks, Minky and Lily|
This is a laneway colony, the main feeder moved away so Richard and I now take care of them. There are seven cats here, 3 black, 3 gray and a Siamese.
|On of my laneway colonies|
|Tilda at another laneway colony|
|Mystery coming out of her shelter|
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Sandi called me yesterday to tell me that she noticed Hank not putting any weight on one paw and that Sally had a wound on her chest. My heart sank, they are both so old and Sally especially has been looking quite rough lately.
I enlisted Connie to help thinking I would have to use a drop trap but amazingly I managed to catch both of them in regular traps using a stick and string method. Sally went straight in for the tuna and catnip combo, it took Hank a bit longer but he succumbed to its lure as well.
I rushed them up to the vet cursing inner city traffic. I used a new clinic so was a bit nervous but they all seemed very caring. Sadly my phone rang about 5 o'clock with bad news, Sally's wound was actually a tumour, she had mammary tumours everywhere. There was no choice but to let Sally cross over the rainbow bridge.
|Sally in better days|
We will miss you sweet Sally as we miss all our feral friends.
After that phone call, I was nervous about Hank, but so far it looks like it's a soft tissue injury, we will try some rest and anti-inflammatories and hope he improves.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Lesley and headed out yesterday afternoon on one of our last trapping missions before the winter. We showed up at one colony in Scarborough and only caught one cat but discovered another down the street. We moved on to North York where many of the cats are young and semi-feral and in one hour trapped nine of them! I would just put out a trap and a cat would go in, love those colonies, but of course there were two smart older females who eschewed the traps.
|We also rescued two very cute orange kittens|
|Cats lined up at the recovery centre|
|Cat waiting in the bushes, we eventually got him|
|Pretty orange cat in the trap|
And Hank and Sally are injured, I must shift my focus and work on trapping them and getting them medical care. I'm especially concerned as they are pretty ancient. I think I need a glass of wine...
Sunday, November 1, 2015
When Penny's car was moved a couple of weeks ago, we didn't know where she went. We figured she had found a new spot somewhere nearby. I've been leaving food just across the where the car was, and thankfully she has been seen there the last few days. There are lots of boats in that area so hopefully she has a warm place for the winter, I've put a shelter under the boats as well.