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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

SNIP, SNAP, Snippity Snappity


Well Mom L and Dad P spent another day at the quarterly SNIP clinic. I have posted so many times about this totally awesome community cat spay/neuter clinic that I fear my loyal readers are tiring of it. BUT—we do not tire of this 4 times a year PAW IT FORWARD opportunity.

Ummm…is this gonna hurt??

I want to make this post about the “special cats” we experience when Mom L and Dad P volunteer. First, and thankfully I have not photos, one kitty, a very “feral” kitty, was found to have a possible broken femur and tail. She had her tail amputated, and she was to be returned to her caretaker/feeder with the broken leg hoping for some recovery. The important learning is that the caretaker asked that she not be euthanized. The caretaker wanted this kitty back and is willing to keep her in “recovery” inside her home until the kitty can manage on her own outside where the kitty knows best.

The injuries were likely the result of being hit by a car. So what do you think my readers? Good decision? Questionable decision?

It is so difficult for event the volunteer veterinarians to make these judgement calls.

And then there are the incredible, clearly purebred cats that come through Mom L’s “admission table”. Thankfully, the humans who brought this purebred Ocicat in were more than willing to care for him after his neuter.

The last photo simply shows this incredible kitty after being sedated. Mom L followed him from admission all the way through being discharged to his rescue family. And yes, this male cat is purebred, Ocicat, who just showed up in the backyard of his rescue humans. Such is the reality of community cat rescue.

Another incredible cat group represented today were Lynx Point Siamese.

We had youngsters and adults. Amazing community cats, abandoned either as adults, not spayed/neutered or even as juveniles, not spayed/neutered. The end result is the same. The cats are left to reproduce, not cared for and well—just abandoned. These cats are not “feral”. They are afraid, don’t trust humans, but if they do not “run”…then likely they are willing to try just one more time to trust humans. Meaning, they are not “feral”.

Feral: Feral cats are the result of a domestic cat being abandoned or lost and left to fend for itself. The offspring of the domestic (now considered feralcat are usually never handled by people and become terrified. Many times, when approached by people, they will hiss out of fright.

So many of the cats coming through our SNIP clinic are not “feral”. They are simply terrified after having been abandoned by humans. And because all community cat rescues do not have sufficient numbers of “fosters” for these adult abandoned cats, we can only “return them to where they are being fed”.

Please, do not abandon a cat. They are not able to live “off the land”. Please do not “shoo away a community cat looking for some love and a meal”. Please, call a local community cat rescue and ask for help. Every cat deserves love, kindness and a safe, warm place to live out its life with good food and understanding that the kitty did not make a decision to live without human caring.

Thanks lots for reading my post,



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16 thoughts on “SNIP, SNAP, Snippity Snappity

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  2. meowmeowmans on said:

    We love Mom L and Dad P for their work with SNIP! It baffles and upsets us that people would just abandon their cats like that.

    We hope the injured kitty will be okay. XO

  3. Bruce Mazur on said:

    Love all the informative insights and reminders of what to do to help out.Thanks to you both for the undying care and love to give to the kitty world.Keep it going It is well appreciated.

  4. catladymac on said:

    Purrayers and POTP for all the kitties who are being helped and for all the folks doing the helping !

  5. Thanks for sharing these stories with us. We are so thankful for the work that you do and the work all over for helping out animals in need. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.

  6. 15andmeowing on said:

    I pray the injured kitty will decide indoor life is good and can be a house cat. When I trapped Brody, he seemed feral. He was injured and would have been euthanized unless I agreed to keep him in for 6 months which I did and we discovered he is a proper house cat- that is what we tell him 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for not only caring, but always sharing your snip snip adventures, and the wonderful guys you look after, and help. It is so important that the info about the work of your and the numerous teams out there do to help these most wonderful and sometimes needy felines.Leave no paw or hand unhelped when you can for one day we ourselves may find it is our hand or paw that is in need…..

  8. Great work kitty pawrents!

    Emma and Buster

  9. Such wonderful work, even if the snipees don’t appreciate it immediately!

  10. What gorgeous cats and how in the world did they end up outside of a loving home? Bless Mom L and Dad P both for all they do to help the cats that have been abandoned…so sad that happens. You are gorgeous also sweet Savvy and thank you for sharing this. Hugs and nose kisses

  11. The Island Cats on said:

    Paws up once again to Mom L and Dad P for what they do to help the outside cats. It makes us very sad and angry that humans abandon their cats like that…especially the pure breeds. We just don’t understand.

  12. You do great jog with these cats! The last chapter should be teached in every school for children, it should be nailed to every humans brain, so that they remember it. Here in Finland every year about 20 000 cats are abandoned, in a small country with killing winter. It is a horrible problem.

  13. It horrifies my human that people actually abandon cats the way they do. I’m glad there are teams that will step up to help. Thanks for being part of that.

  14. Wow, such beautiful cats at large. that makes our hearts sad. At least hey won’t be making more…hisses to those who just ‘throw’ them away. How about if they would be left on the streets to fend for themselves?
    Thanks for all the tireless unending work you do.

    Years ago (30yrs), before we had a fenced yard, sometimes in the early spring we would get strays/abandoned kitties here too. Once there even was a meezer. Sheesh. Then those kitties would be gone for a bit, and then they would show up with kittens in tow. They were fed and watered and given shelter…but back then we didn’t know if there was a TNR program like there is now.
    Your lynxpoint meezer sort of reminds us of our little Angel-Minko…though he was a bluepoint.

  15. I’m so glad that your parents and so much fabulous people are there to help those in need… it is so sad that some evil people sort out their pets like worn out shoes ;O(((

  16. We never tire of hearing about SNIP and wonder if you can add a couple of links to previous posts so newbie readers can check them out.

    AN OCICAT?!?!?! What the heck is that doing abandoned! That’s insane. Pedigree catsdumped?

    The world is going nuts Savvy.

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