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So about my current castle guests—

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

So I had a bunch of my readers askin’ about my newest “castle guests” “introoders”. So yeah, it’s been a rough couple of years for me to maintain order and submission tolerance in my castle. Our county animal services stopped without tell’in any community cat that they aren’t gonna help the friendly adults and the healthy kittens get adopted. Period! Sigh—they told our Delta View Cats that from now on managing our county’s overpopulation of abandoned community cats is up to us little guys, the nonprofits and our cities, to take care of this county wide debacle!! AIIIEEEE!!!

So here we are, in my castle, not expect’in to be doing much in the “foster cat” arena and we are smack dab in the middle of it!! So my castle has become a kind’a revolving cat flap of fosters.

The newest threesome: Eowyn, the calico and about six months old; Arwen, the “torbie” and a cerebral hypoplasia kitten (CH); and her brother Frodo. All named after characters in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Mom L’s fave books for decades!!

All three kitties were abandoned at the city waterfront park where Delta View Cats manages a 12-15 member cat colony. Two weeks ago, about dusk time, one of our colony feeders called Mom L to let her know there was an older kitty (Eowyn) and three littles that had clearly just been dumped at this waterfront park. Mom L dashed over and she picked up the one very ill kitten that the feeder could easily capture—he named him “Dancer”. A little Siamese, barely six to eight weeks old, who could do nothing but spin in circles. The feeder fostered the baby over night and Mom L took him to our only treatment option, our county animal services. Their medical staff determined that sweet Dancer was so neurologically damaged that he could not be treated nor adopted. Dance was humanely euthanized. He had very severe cerebral hypoplasia (CH)

Dad P and four other Delta View Cats volunteers went to the park the next night, and after two hours, they were able to capture all three of the remaining young kitties. Of course, Dad P and Mom L brought them to MY CASTLE our home for comfort and help in socializing them for adoption.

Eowyn, the six month old calico, we thought might be their mom cat, showed us immediately that she was the most friendly six month old kitten ever!! You can see that our feeder was able to pet her immediately. And that is her lounging in a cage as soon as we brought her home to foster.

Eowyn is such a snuggle bug, crazy pants high energy playful young lady. She went through her first “heat” with us the day she arrived. YIKES!! The noise!! But Mom L and Dad P comforted her for six days and then she was through that. And now she is spayed!!

And yes, she is reclining on Mom L’s shelf ABOVE her monitor!! She is a climber!1

And Frodo and Arwen are indeed bonded siblings. Frodo only has a teeny bit of CH while Arwen’s is visibly noticeable. Nonetheless, Arwen give as good as she gets during play sessions !!

And cutie pie Frodo is a wonderful big brother to his CH sister Arwen. Frodo snuggles with her and he always protects her—except when he has his favorite mousie wand toy to protect!!

And the three are so joyful when they are together. Eowyn cleans them when she can hold them still!! And she teaches them how to hide our in “TAG! You’re it!”

The littles are so bonded and snuggle when they sleep. They all bring joy to our hearts!

So what have you guys been up to??? MOL!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Kitten Season 2021 and counting…

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I’m sure most of my readers know what “kitten season” means, but just in case—let me give you the 411 (info) in short. Kitten Season amongst those of us who do Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) with abandoned community cats is a dread time of year. Spring through Summer and into Fall, until cold/wet weather shows up, male and female cats find each other to breed. Mom L , Dad P and me started our Delta View Cats all volunteer group to try to address at least the part of the “iceberg” we can find in our home town of Pittsburg, CA.

I thought you might be inner-ested in seeing some of the little dear kittens we have been able to at least trap and get them spayed and neutered, flea treated, vaccinated and microchipped. If they are older than 10 to 12 weeks, they are usually already too feral for a foster to attempt to socialize. And another “411”—fosters for kittens/cats are as scarce as those old hen’s teeth!!

Here are a few kittens that we could only TNR. We had no one to foster them or they were already too feral. You can see one Mom cat nursing a kitten in the red chair.

Other kittens were more fortunate ‘cuz we could find a foster or our partners at Community Concern For Cats(CC4C) took them in and found fosters. CC4C also provides most of the medical care for any kittens we can help to get socialized and they then go through their adoption program. The itty bitty kitten actually fell from above a front door. Mom cat was moving her kittens and he got restless and slipped from the roof above the front door. He is fine! The photo with some oranges actually has FIVE in it. Four kittens and their mom. I tried to draw circles around each one, let me know in comments if you could find them all. The cutie Snowshoe Siamese kitten was found stuck to a cactus!! No kittening around!! By a city resident and they unstuck her and she is now in foster care, but feral still. And the tabby kitten is with CC4C and doing very well.

Delta View Cats (DVC) has two volunteers who feed every other Sunday at our waterfront park colony. They also live in a large apartment complex and were happy to help an experienced cat trapper in trapping a dad cat and four kittens. Once they saw the kittens in the traps, their hearts melted and after our county animal services spayed/neutered etc., these two wonderful volunteers decided to foster the two sister and two brothers. The happiest day in the last five weeks since they took these sweet, but semi-feral kittens in, is TODAY!! YES!!! The bounded sisters, Luna and Xochitl, found their forever family today!! WOOT!! The girls are in the photo with the rainbow nip tow.

Now comes the most frustrating 411 I have. Kitten season is always an incredible challenge for all of us in California’s Contra Costa County. We have “breeding weather” a good part of the whole year. In the past we were able to receive support from our county’s Animal Services because they had a large network of kitten fosters and so they would intake healthy kittens of almost any age. If the kittens were very feral then of course they did not. BUT—under the cloak of “COVID”, our county animal services is no longer intaking ANY healthy kittens, friendly abandoned adults like they did before. We all understood why they could not intake such cats during the shut down from COVID, but they are now operating almost at 100% and they have established a “new” policy to not intake ANY healthy kittens, friendly adults going forward, forever.

Now you ask—” But what about dogs?” And I answer that our county animal services, during COVID, was able to spend funds to build another lovely, large exercise area for the dogs. But nothing has been done for the cats. Their position is that “animal sheltering says that cats do not do well in a shelter environment”. Right, dogs do not do well there either. BUT, Mom L, Dad P and me have been able to pull over 30 cats in the years before COVID, off the streets and get them adopted in to loving homes through our county animal services.

Somebody please help me understand why our county has stated that all us “small non-profits must manage our county’s over population of abandoned community cats”??!! WAIT!!! WHAT??? Many cities in California have actually started to INVEST city and county funds in TNR and their cities and county’s are providing leadership to get the small non-profits together to humanely address this over population.

So let me know in comments what’s up in your area about addressing the over population of abandoned community cats.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Carmelita’s Happy Tail Ending

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Do you remember my former castle guest Carmelita?? I hope so ‘cuz she has a very happy tail ending to share.

If you know anything about trying to get a bootiful sweet ADULT kitty kat adopted during kitten season, then you know how awesome this story is.

Mom L took Carmelita to her very first adoption even through our partner’s Community Concern For Cats. They have a “pop-up” adoption site they set-up during the height of COVID. It is open only on Saturday and Sunday and fosters bring their cats/kittens into a very nice space for potential adopters to come through and visit kitties in which they have an interest. Mom L took Carmelita a week ago, on a Saturday, for her first ever adoption event. The place was packed with humans eager to check out all the kittens. Carmelita and one other darling calico gal were the only young adults present. Mom L also too four black formerly feral sweet kittens for some pals of ours who are their fosters. Thankfully Carmelita and the black kittens (very shy) were next to each other to give each other some support.

Well on that crazy pants Saturday, this one couple stopped by and admired Carmelita. Mom L chatted them up to learn why they were at this adoption event and whether or not they were interested in an adult kitty. Carmelita is only about 18 months old. And so very playful, not to mention totally house trained right down to knowin’ what to do with a scratching post!!

This couple hung around at the end and left with their adoption application in hand. Next day, Sunday last week, they were one of the first people to walk in the door when adoptions went live! They came with their completed application and a carrier!! They were back to take Carmelita home with them!!!

Mom L shed a bunch of tears later that night ‘cuz we all missed sweet Carmelita. But she is clearly already taking over her very own castle!!

And her forever Mom and Dad are ready for her to own their hearts and apparently even their shoes!!! MOL!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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