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TNR during Covid19: Another story

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!

I just know my readers are going to be innerested in the work Mom L and Dad P and I have been doing through our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) group. You know I posted about our efforts to rescue kittens, spay mom cats, while our municipal shelter remains in modified shut down.

We received a distressed request from residents in our city of Pittsburg, CA about a mom cat and her one baby they had just started feeding in their apartment complex. They asked if we could possible help them get mom cat and kitten trapped and spayed/neutered and then coach them about how to try to socialize both mom cat and kitten!! We were on board for sure!!

Mom cat and kitten were living in a tiny crawl space under one of the apartment buildings, right next to the loudest air conditioning units you can imagine. Those units a clear in the video above.

The residents were able to trap the kitten, and then use the kitten’s cries to entice mom cat into a trap. YAY!! Now we are able to help both of them.

She appears to be a lynx point type Siamese kitty. The surgery clinic believed she is only about eight to ten months old herself. She weighed about five pounds.

The residents named mom cat “Conchita” and the kitten “Tomas”. In the photo above Conchita is safe back from her spay surgery and as you can see, she is very scared.

Tomas on the other paw, within two days of being brought inside and after his own surgery, was happy to receive a very gentle ear cleaning and mani pedi—after which he fell asleep in one of his human’s arms.

Tomas settled in quickly and he is warming up to his foster humans. All he needs is time.

He is learning to play and get comfortable with being held.

Tomas still wanted to nurse on Conchita yet he is fully weaned. It is clear that Conchita is a very comforting and caring mom cat. She allowed Tomas to nurse whenever he wanted and she just fell asleep!!

The story of Conchita and Tomas is far from over. We still need to support the new fosters in trying to socialize Conchita. It will be a very sad day if the fosters must release her. She is so young and so precious.

As for Tomas, even if the fosters are not able to adopt him, he will certainly have a forever home just for him.

Please, during this pandemic, remember all those cat rescues who are dedicated to saving as many mom cats and kittens as possible during this trying kitten season, consider fostering or at least donating to your local TNR groups.

MORE PURR, LESS HISS!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

Getting kittens ready for adoption: Kitchen Clinic Time!!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

You all know that Mom L luvluvluv’s doing Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) Kitchen Clinics at Miss Gemma’s home kitchen. Miss Gemma is CC4C’s President and has been saving the lives of feral/abandoned community cats for thirty plus years. The Kitchen Clinic veterinarian is Mom L’s good friend Miss Josie, a retired feline DVM specialist.

When you see a kitten looking like this screaming dude next, just remember—he has NOT EVEN BEEN TOUCHED YET!!! MOL!! Miss Gemma is holding him and talking sill gibberish and loving on him while Doc Josie is using that clear plastic bottle you see in most photos to sterilize the site on the kitten’s left hind leg she will be doing a quick blood draw to test for FeLV.

Some kittens are screamers and others just say “Jeeze lady, just get this over with already!!”

This Kitchen Clinic can sometimes examine, test, provide worming and vaccinations and flea treatment for up to 30 kittens in about four hours.

Sometimes, one or two of Miss Gemma’s adult cats decide to invade the Kitchen Clinic. And four weeks ago that’s what two of them did and they chose Mom L’s work site for their sit in!!

Doc Josie is very diligent in doing a Vet check on each and every kitten.

Miss Gemma is the “holder” and Mom L is the record keeper and all three luvluvluv doing this because they all get to love on so many kittens and sometimes the mom cats too!

Bet’cha every reader has a smile going after this blog post. All these kittens are headed for wonderful homes and all their mom cats have been TNR’d.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

UPDATE: Kittens rescued during COVID 19 can thrive!

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Remember the itty bitty kittens I posted about a week ago or so? They were in such bad shape when Mom L and Dad P arrived on the scene. Unfortunately the residents had already picked them up so we did not get mom cat. But it appears she may have already abandoned the kittens for whatever reason.

They were so dehydrated, malnourished and had a terrible eye infection. However after just ten hours in the care of Miss Gemma from Community Concern For Cats, they were already bouncing back.

Mom L had an exciting opportunity just five days after the kittens went to Miss Gemma to visit them during one of CC4C’s infamous Kitty Kitchen Clinics. Check out their progress!!

They had just eaten but little Spot (she has a brown spot on her head) still wanted more. Her brother, the Siamese and other sister (diluted tortie) weren’t so interested in the food. But just look at those bright eyes!

All three kittens were examined at this clinic by Mom L’s good friend and my former feline Veterinarian, Doc Josie.

Can you see that cute little brown spot on her right outside toesie?? She is gonna be such a pretty tortie girl.

Miss Diluted Tortie wasn’t so sure if she wanted Doc Josie to lay a paw on her!! Isn’t she just “da bomb”!!

Here is Mr Siamese, the brofur, getting his gums checked ‘cuz he is still kind’a thin, not eating and maybe a wee bit anemic. They all had fleas, he had the most. But Doc Josie gave him a pass for a few days to see how he keeps progressing.

I know my readers are all doing everything they can to help their local community cat rescues deal with the challenges of giving care and rescue to the cats in their neighborhoods. No matter where you live in the world, COVID 19 pandemic has had a serious negative impact on all small rescues. Please do consider donating locally if you can.

Have a safe week my pals.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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