It was a busy Black Friday! Michelle and I headed out to Scarborough, stopping first at Petsmart to load up on sale items, Fancy Feast, litter and a cat tree. With the car jam packed we continued to our real destination, a backyard where two cats had been living for the last few months, probably abandoned or dumped.
Friday, November 17, 2017
The nights are chilly now and I think of all my feral friends out in the cold, I hope their shelters keep them warm enough, but they weigh on my mind, and I'm grateful for all the ones who no longer have to endure the winters.
My gang love the gas fireplace and as soon as I turn it on they all gather.
Carol sent me this picture of Floppy, who we rescued and she adopted this past spring. I love that he won't be shivering this winter, he's made friends with two of her cats and looks pretty darn content. Quite the lifestyle change he's made, surrounded by dumpsters to now living in a sunny condo in the sky.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
I've been taking things a bit slower recently, I hurt my back so I haven't been trapping and thankfully kitten season is winding down although there are still kittens being found. We've been replacing all the straw in the shelters and trying to get the cats ready for winter, it got cold fast and they are all eating a lot. Herb seems to be a regular fixture now and has made friends of a sort with Sadie and Misty, he was a recent arrival who has been neutered and now looks fat and healthy.
Sadly my cats trapped on the spit have not turned out to be tame, and I faced a tough decision about what to do with them. I felt I couldn't return them so found a responsible barn to take them to. We had to retrap them in their room in Sandi's place and last week we drove them to their new home. Relocation is always a last resort, but the woman is lovely and committed and they love food so I hope and pray they will stick around.
|Herb (in back) and Sadie and Misty|
Sunday, October 29, 2017
It's been six years since Buddy joined our family. He was one of my first rescues when I just started trapping other colonies. Buddy was one of a number of cats at a house at Dufferin and Eglinton, and the last one I got. Joanne offered to take him to the TNR clinic but we soon realized he was friendly, he kneaded and purred at the vet. Buddy had a terrible upper respiratory infection, bad teeth and an ear infection, they thought he was between 3 - 5 years old but once he got healthy he acted like a kitten.
I was all set to take him to a foster home but found myself unable to, so he came home with us, and he's been a delight, a friend to all the cats who come into our home. Even though he's super friendly, twice he got out of the house and had to be trapped, the last time three years ago was 32 days of hell.
Since that time, I've trapped and/or rescued somewhere between 750 - 1000 cats I think. This year it's around 85 and I'm tired. Compassion fatigue is real and I'm worried about burning out, there's been challenges lately, a prior adoption with a sad ending and my spit cats aren't tame and I need to relocate them (always a last resort). I'm going to try to have a quiet November, the winter is coming and the outdoor cats are hungry, they know what is coming, and we've been getting them ready for winter.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Maybe I'm partial to white cats, but I swear this fluffy kitten is one of the cutest we have rescued! She was part of a small colony in the west end, for 10-12 weeks old she is surprisingly friendly for a feral kitten, she has siblings who we still have to get...but this baby is safe inside!
Monday, October 23, 2017
Connie met a lovely woman named Pam who noticed her feeding the cats and she offered to have new feeding and sleeping shelters made. Our east outpost colonies got new digs before winter, so when the bad weather comes they can eat and stay dry.
|Sadie gives it the thumbs up!|
|Mystery has new accommodations too|
|But of course she is sleeping on top of an old shelter|
Monday, October 9, 2017
It's hard to believe but I started this blog 8 years ago this weekend! It was my first year feeding and I spent Thanksgiving Day rescuing Tibb's kittens, that was her last litter. There have been so many changes since then, now we just have eight cats left, but still, who would have thought that feral cats would live to be 10+ years old! It's a testament to the care they receive from all of us who love them.
This is the first picture I posted, only Lily the tortie is still around. I miss all of the ones who have passed on, but we have new friends we feed too like Sadie and Misty. I
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Recently there were reports of a cat near one of our existing colonies so of course I went to check it out. No cats in sight, but I got good intel from the woman who has a hot dog cart there on weekends. She said oh yes, the last 3 weekends two cats were looking for food, they had just been there!
I went back the next day, put out some food and sure enough two cats emerged from the woods. They look pretty young under a year and were so hungry. The problem is they are in a very unsafe area with no shelter, and there are coyotes and a bird sanctuary, not a good place for cats. First step is to trap them and hope they are friendly. Born there or dumped? Hard to know....
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Meet our newest rescues! Cisco is an older kitten who was rescued from an autobody shop and is being socialized. He's come a long way and is now enjoying being held and purrs!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
It's been a busy catsitting time, I've gone more than six weeks without a day off, so I've had less time for trapping, but I did do a few local ones. A new cat showed up at the 7 colony about a month or so ago, clearly male, so I decided it was time to get him neutered.
I showed up and he was sitting beside the feeding station, I set up the trap and barely got back to the car before he went in, one of the fastest ever. Poor Herb was terrified at the clinic and hasn't been seen since he was released, I hate it when that happens, but I hope he is smart enough to be hanging around and comes and eats after we leave. Update: just hours after I posted this I saw Herb around the corner at Mystery's!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Last weekend Oliver wasn't eating and was vomiting, at first I didn't worry because occasionally that will happen and the cat recovers but when day two came and he still wasn't well I was worried and then Steve mentioned that he had seen Oliver digging in the bathroom garbage.
Thankfully one of our vets was open Sunday and he took an x-ray and sure enough his intestines were bunched up indicating he had swallowed something. They sedated Ollie and found dental floss under his tongue! As the vet explained, sometimes when you release it the floss or string or whatever can then pass through but not necessarily and there was a chance he would need emergency surgery. Needless to say, we were extremely upset. We took him home and watched him every minute, thankfully there was no more vomiting and he perked up and started eating. I think we are now almost at the point where we can stop being concerned that it's probably passed through but he could have died and/or had to have very expensive surgery. I felt like the worst cat mom ever, now our floss is secured. Our little sweet boy is only three so I hope to have many more years with him.
So be careful, you never know what a cat will get into!
|Oliver and Blinky|
|Oliver and Apollo|
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Even though summer is winding down the kittens keep coming! This week's trapping provided us with an odd assortment of kittens, one cute tabby before the cops were called and Lesley was ordered off the property, a cute little orange guy from a colony in a residential neighbourhood and older black kittens from an autobody shop.
Monday, August 14, 2017
We had some great news recently, we found wonderful homes for three of our special rescues. Licorice and Hershey were living in a barn, so were so friendly we couldn't leave them behind and Hershey has a birth defect to her paw, it hasn't prevented her from playing though. We figured out Licorice is her mother and they are so cute together. A lovely couple adopted them and they will have a great life with them!
And of course you remember little Frankie? At one time in danger of dying from an infection due to wounds on his legs, he made a full recovery and just last week Jess drove all the way from Brantford to adopt him, he's been making up for lost time, playing like a fiend.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Our latest big job has been a large group of cats in a laneway behind an apartment building. They are fed by residents but don't seem to have homes so we came in and caught eight in one night, another eight or so to go. One of them is this adorable white cat who has mild CH, she is a delight and so doesn't belong on the street! Meet Annabelle!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I don't post much about the colony because thankfully for the most part things are stable but I thought I would share some pictures taken last weekend, I still feed at least three days a week, I love these cats as much as the ones in my home!
Friday, July 21, 2017
Yesterday we got an email about a tiny kitten who was living at a busy construction site at King and Yonge. He had been crying and people were feeding him but nobody was able to catch him. Cranes were coming in, materials moved around and the woman who contacted me worried that his life was in danger.
I rushed down yesterday evening and set up my kitten trap inside the fencing where he was used to being fed. We waited and waited no kitten, what a busy corner! Then just as dark was falling I saw a black blob go towards the trap. We stood across the street holding our breaths and then I heard the snap of the trap! We had him. Just a tiny black kitten, maybe 8 or 9 weeks old, now safe! He's scared of course but will be fine in a few days or so. It was a great save!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Good news to report all around! We caught the last kitten, she's the one on the right, isn't she a stunner! They definitely need some taming but they are young enough to be socialized and find homes.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Yesterday was a busy trapping today, back at two locations we've been to before. At our Donlands spot we found out that there were four kittens, and we managed to trap two of them. That seems to be our average these days, get two kittens and then have trouble getting the other two, sigh.
Then we were down off Queen trying to get a couple of adults and a litter of kittens, we had never seen them before but restaurant staff were feeding them. For the first time ever, I trapped pigeons! Guess they like cat food, sigh. After we release them and Lesley shooed them away, we did trap the momma cat, but no sign of the kittens.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I'm sure it seemed like a good idea, she wanted a kitten, and here was a cute one for sale on kijiji for $75, so she took it home, thought it was 9 weeks old, went to the store, bought food, a brush, shampoo, kitty earwipes, and then discovered it had wounds on its legs and was having trouble walking.
Having no money to take the kitten to a vet, she posted the kitten on kijiji, saying she needed vet attention. So what did I do when I saw this, you know the answer, I got in the car (and with Susan as my bodyguard) drove to Jane and Finch to get the kitten. The girl came out with this darling baby in a little bed. An hour's drive and $50 later I had myself a kitten but one who first of all was not 9 weeks all, and secondly desperately needed medical attention.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
I couldn't resist sharing these pics Joanne sent me, she is fostering these two adorable kittens we trapped at Leslie and Finch. The other two and the mom have eluded us, they disappeared after we rescued these two but are back now eating at their spot, if only they knew what a wonderful life could await them. Let's take bets as to how long after posting these boys will be adopted!
Happy Canada Day! It's a good country for cats, thankfully we have lots of resources and caring people here!