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We can’t bring them all inside

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I am hoping I can get a bloggy posted with this lousy new editor! I have a really good story to share and I hope Mr Gutenberg editor lets me do it. Here goes—

Mom L and Dad P, through our nonprofit Delta View Cats, helped a feeder who has about 15 cats to feed everyday. We helped get all of them spayed and neutered in 2018. Miss Elaine let us know that she had 3 new cats, a male tuxedo and a mom cat with her daughter—both calicoes. Dad P worked with one of our Delta View Cats’ volunteers to attempt trapping ALL THREE at the same time! Hah! I said!

But then there was Dad P with three trapped cats in our garage and he was setting up a place to hold them overnight before their surgeries!! Yay for Dad P and our trapper volunteer Miss Sue!

Dad P transported them to the cat clinic for their surgeries next morning. Mom cat, named Peaches is on the right with a trap bump on her white nose, and year old daughter is on the left with the brown nose.

When he went to collect them same day, the clinic staff asked if they could keep the handsome and apparently friendly tuxedo male to place him in a foster home and get him onto an adoption path! Great news! And he is now on his way to being adopted! The clinic suggested we try to foster the two calico girls as they also seemed like they might be able to get socialized. Mom L and Dad P agreed to work with them.

First Mom L and Dad P set up two cages, one 36 inch and one 42 inch and placed Peaches in the larger cage as she was apparently more friendly and baby Sunshine went in the 36 inch cage. They were so very afraid.

They really wanted to be together. We did not learn until later how very bonded Mom and daughter are.

Dad P wrapped a towel around his hand to reach into the cages and try to lightly stroke each cat. Mom L did the same several times a day, always both of them talking very quietly and soothingly.

The feeder who has known them the longest was eager to be with them again and quickly agreed to come for a visit. Look how much more at ease BOTH are with Miss Elaine!

After several days of being separated, but always pressed against each other through the cage wire, Mom L and Dad P decided to put them together in a large cage. And they immediately snuggled together. Unfortunately, instead of the daughter, Sunshine, becoming more social like her Mom, it was Peaches, the mom, who dropped back to acting more feral! So very disappointing. We invited Miss Elaine to visit with them again and they were better with her, but still not enough to encourage us to stress them more by trying to help them become social enough to get adopted.

After another several days, the decision was made to return Peaches and Sunshine to the care of their feeder, Miss Elaine. She will continue to work with both of them and who knows—one day they may decide they trust humans enough to come inside a home. But for now, they are safe on an eight acre site where Miss Elaine feeds them and nine plus other cats. There is amply shelter from heat and rain and cold for them and there is no auto traffic.

Enjoy watching their release day and their dance together the following day as they lead Miss Elaine to their food dishes.

We learned not every abandoned community cat that likes pets from its feeder is ready to come inside and live with humans. Peaches and Sunshine taught us a lot.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Meet our feline Nemo!

HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

There seems to be some weird thing that is happening from this human COVID thingy. Our partners at Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) are finding that more and more potential adopters are open to considering adult, even senior adult, cats for adoption!! True that—kitten season is almost upon us—but the adoption rate for adults is still on the upswing at CC4C!

So, I asked Mom L if she could find out if any of our Delta View Cats that live in the River View Park colony that we manage and feed might be friendly enough to bring inside for assessment for adoptability.

ENTER NEMO!!

And you may now ask “why name him Nemo—after the little Disney fish with one fin too small”? Well just check out our Nemo’s tail!!

Hey man! Is this where they keep the food??!!

Nemo was gone when Mom L first learned about this colony in 2017. He did not reappear until early 2019. Early this year, 2021, he appeared to have wound on his side so one of his feeders picked him up and plopped him into a carrier—yes he is that friendly with his feeders!! Mom L got him to our partner county animal services only to learn that the wound was already healed!! 

We got him into a foster home with a volunteer with our Delta View Cats non-profit. We are focused here in our city of Pittsburg, California. Nemo needed to get a medical check-up before he can go to adoptions through CC4C. So he ended up getting his FeLV (feline leukemia) test at the CC4C Kitchen Clinic I have posted about lots of times! Mom L so enjoys being able to volunteer with this clinic. This requires keeping him still while Dr. Josie puts a needle into a leg vein to draw just a teensy amount of blood for the “SNAP” test. 

Such a champ! No fussing!

We learned are the clinic that sweet, gentle Nemo is about eight years old and that he has a great need for a dental. His mouth is very bad and causes him such great pain. We are so relieved that he is negative for feline leukemia and that his health is otherwise very good for his age, as he has likely lived most of his life outside, lost and abandoned.

We will start fund raising for Nemo’s dental ASAP so that he can then go into the adoption path. Nemo so loves being pet and gives the strongest head bumps ever!!

Please do give Nemo your round of APAWS! for having come in from the streets!!

APAW APAWS NEMO!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

PeeEss—if you  have any green papers just hanging out not doin’ much of nothin’—Nemo sure can use them! He is gonna likely loose most of his toofies. I am hoping some of my readers are able to send Nemo some help with donations to:

http://www.deltaviewcats.org

We can only  accept PayPal donations at this time. All other donations can be sent to our PO Box:

Project Delta View Cats

PO Box 768

Pittsburg, CA 94565

A Happy Tails Ending to Celebrate

HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Hello my furriends! I have the bestest ever Happy Tails Ending we have had in a couple of months!

Meet Mackenzie aka Mack!

Dad P received a call from a neighbor in our townhome complex about an adult cat that had taken up residence on her front porch. She said the kitty really wanted to come inside! Dad P knew that meant this kitty was likely someone’s lost pet OR had been abandoned. He and Mom L posted all over local social media and no one stepped forward to claim this cute kitty.

I asked them to pick up the kitty and take her to our one foster family who know how to work with adult rescue cats. Miss Joanna gladly welcome the kitty and learned how friendly she was. This kitty even took to their big doggie Nala! And as any assertive cat would do, she took over Nala’s bed!! MOL!!

The third night Miss Joanna picked up the kitty and she felt a lot of wetness on her tummy. OH NO!! Yes, this kitty, now known as Mackenzie aka Mack aka Mac’N’Cheese ( Miss Joanna had teenagers!) had three pawful puncture wounds!!

Mack was such a great patient and our pal Dr Josie ( retired Feline Vet) made sure Mack was stitched up just fine! Dad P and Mom L helped Dr Josie by holding the oxygen mask on Mack and keeping her hind legs separated so’s Dr Josie could do her excellent stitching!

Mack recovered from her surgery at my castle. It was here that she revealed so much of her REAL SELF. I had Mom L introduce her to the “nip”—maybe not the best idea I ever had—but darn—Mack loved it!! MOL!!

Finally it was time for Mack to get ready for her first audition and promotion for adoption. So Mom L and I had Mack pose for some great photos.

Mack was promoted by our pal at Community Concern For Cats and by the time she arrived at an adoption event, she had peeps waiting in line!!! And her forever human showed up first and right in front! Miss Mikayla! And she brought her own Mom to come along to enjoy the first meeting of a forever human—animal bonding!!

Here are some photos for Mack’s first day and days with her forever human.

And the best is yet to come! Here is Mack helping her new Mom get her yoga going!

Now Mack does her own yoga moves!!

Don’t ya just luvluvluv a Happy Tails Ending??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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