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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

HELP: COVID 19 Kitten season in now on us

HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!

This is a 911 for all my readers! COVID 19 Kitten Season is upon us and it is far different than any other before. Across the USA, most shelters were hit with the SIP orders and closed their surgeries to Spay/neuter for rescues doing TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). Our shelter in Contra Costa County California is only now considering a soft opening for such surgeries. During the last six weeks, the only low cost S/N clinic has been Community Concern For Cats (CC4C).

But they have not been able to meet the demand as most non-profit TNR clinics in the USA. Personal Protection Equipment, medications, etc have been diverted to human hospitals so TNR has been greatly diminished.

Here is some great advice from our pals at Berekley Humane Society about what to do if you or your friends find kittens this year.

What to Do When You Find Kittens

Of course you need to report any findings to your local TNR rescues just like my neighbors did last Friday.

Mom L received a call from someone she helped with a mom cat and six kittens in her backyard in 2018 at dinner time last Friday. Of course Mom L and Dad P jumped up and were off! The neighbor had the kittens, not in good health. When Mom L picked them up to move them from the box to our warmer carried, she could feel their little bones. And their eyes were almost swollen shut and encrusted. Clearly, as their eyes were still blue, and from their size, we think they were barely four weeks old. Thanks to the resident for calling us ASAP!!

Mom L called two of our most experienced contacts when it comes to pulling sick kittens through. Miss Gemma, President of CC4C, with over 30+ years working to save feral adults, kittens and abandoned community cats and their kittens, responded immediately! Mom L and Dad P dashed off with the three kittens to get them to Miss Gemma. The little Siamese was clearly the worst off, its eyes were both crusted closed and it could not stand it was so dehydrated; as were all three.

Miss Gemma said their fur was really funny feeling and so she bathed all three, fed them, gave them fluids and VOILAA!!! Less than twenty four hours later, here are the three kittens starting to thrive in Miss Gemma’s care.

Please do be on the look out for any kittens in your neighborhoods. This is a tougher year than any we have had in the last five years.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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