Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Moments with Savannah and Sage

HIYA! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

After the huge blog posts I had Mom L doing this week,I thought I would give her a break and let her post some photos. Yes, yes…photos of me and TKS.

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We have been having some stress lately over the last couple of weeks. I have been extra agitated by her presence and she, as you can see in this next photo, has been intent to help me feel anxious by taking every opportunity to corner me.

Touch me TKS and you will regret it...just sayin'...

Touch me TKS and you will regret it…just sayin’…

But still, TKS and I do manage to find some time to accommodate being together occasionally just to keep Mom L and Dad P off our backs…oh, we do love them lots…but they stress so much when we don’t get along…sigh

 I have the sun puddle...she has the bed

I have the sun puddle…she has the bed

We still share my our king size bed with Mom L and Dad P in the morning when they have their coffee and watch and read the news. I snuggle next to Mom L and TKS…well…she climbs on Mom L out of my reach…heh…heh…

Mom L...you will keep me safe from HRH Savvy?

Mom L…you will keep me safe from HRH Savvy?

I allowed TKS to have a sun puddle yesterday…I must have been feeling generous.

I caught the sun puddle!

I caught the sun puddle!

Sage was so happy with finding some sun that morning; she totally spread out.

TKS chillaxin'

TKS chillaxin’

And I grabbed my chance at the sun on the tower in the guest bedroom…

ahhhh...the sun...

ahhhh…the sun…

TKS grabbed her sun on another tower but where she could see me if she needed to make sure I wasn’t sneakin’ up on her.

TKS caught some sun on the  tall tower on the landing

I took my turn on the tall tower on the landing

I am still struggling with learning to share space with Sage. I wish I could just relax and enjoy her company. But, my former trauma before coming to my permanent forever castle continues to challenge me. Just this week I not only bit Mom L, but I used my claws to whack her…my bite drew her bloods. I have never ever done that since I first came to live here so we are all wondering what happened? Mom L was just holding her hand still for me to rub against it like I always do…and then ‘wham’!!!

So there you have our latest update. We continue to move forward, then take some steps back. But the ‘move forward’ still happens so please join us doing a “happy dance”.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

peeEss:  My pals Silver, Nerissa and I are havin’ a GIVEAWAY!  We are givin’ away copies of Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes to three lucky readers.  To enter, simply leave a comment on one, two, or preferably all three of our adventure posts. (click on the links to each post to leave your comment)

In the Nip of Time: Part One
In the Nip of Time: Part Two
In the Nip of Time: Part Three

You many enter only once on each post. Draw is open worldwide unless prohibited by law.  Deadline to enter is 11:00pm, ADT on Sunday April 19th, 2015 and winners will be announced on Nerissa’s Life blog, Wednesday April 22nd.

 

Paw It Forward: Spay, Neuter Impact Program (SNIP)

We forgot that today was B4TC ( Blog For The Change: Be The Change For Animals) And so Mom L and I dedicate this blog post to this very important global blog event.

WE ARE THE CHANGE FOR ANIMALS 

I pawticipate

I pawticipate

HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Many of you know that Mom L volunteers once a quarter at a clinic called SNIP (Spay, Neuter Impact Program). This last Sunday is the first one she has been able to do since she had knee replacement surgery. Yes, Mom L does now have not only one, but two, bionic knees!

And no, this does make her any faster in delivering treats and meals…just sayin’…

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I asked Mom L to take you through her experience this time because she did something she had not done before and loved it.  Take it away Mom!

Mom L:

Thank you Nana. I appreciate you letting me share my experience with your readers.

The SNIP clinic is run by an all volunteer organization and funded through donations and some grants. The vets, vet techs and the ‘staff chef’ and all others are volunteer people who want to make a difference in the numbers of stray, feral cats in predominately our east county. I so enjoy the time I spend here. This time I could only manage a half day; 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM. I had to take a two hour nap when I got home!

Let me tell you why.

I started with being on the intake table for all the rescue organizations who trap the cats to bring them to this low cost clinic. We spayed and neutered 109 cats Sunday and about 60 of those came through my intake table. I write on their trap tag their assigned tag number which will follow them throughout the whole process and I also note their color/breed. I work with a woman who is expert at identifying the color and breed.

This all requires standing for about 2 1/2 hours straight! But I get to see so many beautiful feral cats; even the large Tom cats with cuts and scrapes from so many fights are wonderful to see up close. Although, I always keep my fingers well outside the traps as those Toms and even females who were born feral can be very agitated.

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We have a wonderful woman who brings in this fabulous spread of food and snacks to keep everyone fueled. I did not get a photo this time, but her lunch always has vegan, vegetarian and gluten free selections!

After admission was gearing down, I was sent to do ‘transport’ of the cat from the weigh station to the operation prep area. In the photos below, you can see the area where the cats receive their anesthetic injection. It is loaded with 3 types. There is a DVM present who always gives the injection while a volunteer rattles a pen or something on the trap to get the cat’s attention. As they are feral, they usually back against the back of the trap and ZZAP!!! they have their anesthetic.

Then they are lifted when asleep to the scale, weighed, get a pretty thorough examine by skilled volunteers who look for flea conditions, dental needs, wounds etc. They receive a pain med shot at this time to help them through recovery.

Then it was time for ME to do my new assignment. I got to scruff them with one hand, then scoop their butts with the other to hold them somewhat away from my body as I carry them about 50 feet down a hall to the surgery prep area.

Let me tell you, a cat weighing 7-14 pounds, while asleep, is very dead weight! I must have carried about 30 cats over about 2 hours.

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I had a very fulfilling day. We had one beautiful Tom I fell in love with; he was a lovely dark brown tabby with polydactyl front paws. I hated to think of him being released back to his colony.

And that is the crux of this work. Can you believe we have so many cats who look like these??? (hover to view captions)

Most of the cats Sunday, and every clinic, have luxurious coats which tell they get fed and have some safety. I cannot describe the joy of knowing that I was one of the few humans who may ever touch these cats. Each and every one of them is special. Each and every one of them need humans to help them survive with some resemblance of care and love. Even the beat up Toms tugged at my heart wishing they had never needed to know such a life.

If you have never volunteered at a local rescue during a spay, neuter clinic…I highly recommend it. It is an honor to be able to do something for these feral, stray cats who are only in this type of life due to humans.

During the time the cats are out of their traps, the trap is lovingly cleaned with fresh paper and disinfected. They also receive flea treatment, vaccinations and even a quick dental extraction etc if needed.

And then they are released back to the same place where they were originally trapped. Please send positive energy and healing purrs for all our ferals.

Thank you for reading until the end, Mom Linda

This is our Blog 4 The Change: Be The Change For Animals.

I pawticipate

I pawticipate

 

In the Nip of Time: A Publishing Caper

HIYA! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Harrummppff…is seems I ought to be able to do more than just pace the floor in my steampunk workshop, don’t you think?

My pal Nissy has his rescue story published in the new book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes and all the copies sold in April, 2015 will have a portion of the price donated to one of Nissy’s favorite cat rescues…Anjellicle Cat Rescue in New York City.

There just has to be a way I can help him make his April copies be so special and intriguing that no one, whether cats, dogs, or humans, can pass up buying a kabillion copies.

Maybe if I stop pacing and sit in front of my invention chemicals I will get a great big old brainstorm! Oh my cat! *slaps paw to forehead* how could I have forgotten? I’ll put on my Big Furry Bright Idea helmet! It never fails to get my lightning fast mind moving at blistering speed.

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I knew if I could only stop and think I would have a brilliant idea!! Yes, get Rescued published during the month of April on paper made from CATNIP!!!

*clapping paws together*

Nissy is gonna totally luvluvluv this idea. First though, I had best make sure I can create paper made from catnip and then I need to devise a proper manufacturing machine to make the paper.

Alrighty then, let’s crank this baby up and see what it can do. Hope it can at least produce paper.

Now let me see…*clink, tink*…there. That should do it. I needed to adjust the production equipment to take thicker paper. I know the Necata Paparus will be thicker ‘cuz of the teeny chunks of catnip in it.

*whirr, bzzzzz, zap!*

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Whoa, look at that paper come flyin’ out of that machine. Now I simply MUST get Silver a message. Let’s see, where did I put that toaster message sender??? Oh, here it is. I am gonna need Silver’s skills at computers and whatnot and he needs to broach the subject with Nissy.

toaster msg FINAL

I don’t have time to explain all this to Nissy because he just gets too excited anytime, anywhere the ‘nip’ is mentioned. I need to spend my time producing more sheets of this Necata Paparus.

*ting*

Message From Silver: A-OK. I am on it!!

Hey! That was fast. Silver must have been sitting on his toaster keeping his butt warm or something.

Great Silver, I am purring like crazy you like my idea to sell more copies of Rescued in April for Nissy and Anjellicle Cats Rescue. Pawsome!

*mumbles to herself* I sure do hope Silver can keep Nissy calm enough to explain the whole idea before Nissy starts his droolin’ just thinking about nip. What a Nip Head he is…sigh.

Ok my sweet little machine and Necata Paparus…let’s get ready to make history with Nerissa’s April run of Rescued!

 Be sure to visit my pal SILVER, Dash Kitten, for Tuesday’s installment and the conclusion will air on our buddy Nerrisa’s blog Wednesday!!

 A GIVEAWAY!

My buddies Silver, Nerrisa and I are raffling off THREE copies of the smash hit book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes  to our visitors during this AdventurCat Series.

All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST. You can earn MORE ENTRIES by simply visiting each of our blogs during this series and leaving a comment. We will count how many comments you left and enter your name accordingly. You may ONLY leave one comment on each episode *wink,wink*. No stacking the raffle guys…heh…heh.

Random.org will select THREE winners at the end of this series. Anyone can enter; no matter where you live. See ya at the end pals!

Please remember that throughout the month of April, a portion of all sales of the book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes will go to the wonderful Anjellicle Cats Rescue of New York, helpin’ them to help save cats’ lives.  You can purchase your very own copy at your local book store or on Amazon by clicking right HERE.  You’ll wanna stock up for holiday gift-giving, for sure.  

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PURRS, SAVANNAH, NERRISA AND SILVER

 

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