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A Kitchen Clinic: Beginning and Ending Lives

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Mom L volunteers with Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) at the Kitchen Clinics Miss Gemma has, literally, in her kitchen. My former, now retired, feline specialist Vet is the doc who does the examines etc., Miss Josie. More Kitchen Clinic posts are here, here and here. I have been posting about these clinics since 2014! Mom L always enjoys the variety of cases she gets to help with including kittens…

Tiny lives…fostered by a CC4C member

…ferals who have to be sedated to be examined and medicated…

Feral, stray rescue clinic

…to abandoned adults who need a check up before they can be cleared to go up for adoption.

Abandoned at a city park

At a recent clinic Mom L was struck by how these clinics see the full range of a cat’s life from its beginning as a kitten through to the diagnosis that tells the cat will begin its journey across The Bridge soon.

First the precious adult Maine Coon cat a senior couple found in their backyard. Clearly on death’s door. He was emaciated. Starving and could barely walk. The couple fed him, brought him inside and cared for him until they could get him to the Kitchen Clinic.

Initial examination

This brave Maine Coon Cat had feline myocardial disease that had been left untreated far too long. And yet what a gentle giant everyone experienced this day.

The diagnosis was administer diuretics to help with the fluid around his heart and then simply love, pet, care for him until it was time for him to cross to The Bridge. This wonderful senior couple stepped right up to provide this precious cat hospice care. So Mom L experienced the beginning of the end of gentle giants’ life.

And next came a litter of four kittens. All different. All full of life and totally ready for immediate adoption! Such a diverse litter of color. First up the darling tuxedo.

Next up the striped tabby.

What is she doing with that needle???

That tabby was a trouper for sure! He wasn’t sure if that lady was gonna ever let go of his ear!!

Then the calico girl was next.

And last the boy with the most unusual markings!!

Ok, why are you holding me like this??

Look what is hiding under his chin!

What? So my mustache slipped a bit and is now my bow tie!!

These precious kittens were cared for by two men who just adored them. They were so happy that the kittens were all negative for FeLV and were ready for adoption!

And that is why Mom L so enjoys being able to volunteer at Miss Gemma’s Kitchen Clinic since 2014!!

COMMUNITY CAT RESCUE ROCKS OUR SOCKS!!!

Meow your thoughts about this post in comments. I luvluvluv hearing what my readers think.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Happy Turkey Day to all my pals in the USA!!!

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One of my Paw It Forward efforts is helping Mom L and Dad P with our Project Delta View Cats. We are currently focused on serving our home city of Pittsburg, CA by  promoting and delivering humane management of our over population of abandoned community cats through targeted TNR for select neighborhoods along our waterfront.

We also have taken on humane management of 30+ abandoned community cats living in several small colonies around our Marina as well as 20+ living at a city park, River View Park, on our delta waterfront.

Our colony cats are having a bountiful Thanksgiving meal thanks to our donors who have been so kind to help us by donating dry and wet cat food. We are all volunteer and the cost for feeding these colonies exceeds $5,500 USD a year. And believe you me we buy low cost food with as high quality as possible!

The abandoned colony cats wanted me to share their Thanksgiving message with my readers.

Please consider making a small ongoing monthly donation of $5 to $10 dollars to help us feed these kitties. The cost to feed one cat for one month is $20.

Tax deductible donations can be made here: www.deltaviewcats.com

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Seniors Rock Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) !!

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Let me set you  straight before I start—when I say “Seniors” I mean the human ones. I have a story about a whole 55 year old+ Senior Mobile Home Park that will make you happy all week long!!

Now I know whenever some of us in the community cat rescue and TNR work have all had unpleasant experiences when trying to work with mobile home parks. These can be a breeding ground, literally, for over population of community cats.

So the story begins with me sitting at my desk pawing through some emails and Mom L’s mobile phone rings. I pawed the answer button and a nice lady asked for Mom L. The lady couldn’t speak “cat” so she didn’t understand my meows asking her if I could help her instead, so’s I hollered out for Mom L.

Mom L took over and soon learned that this group of senior humans at a mobile home park were looking for Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) to help them with a colony of community cats in their park that was continuing to grow.

Finally after some chit-chatting they agreed that Mom L and Dad P would go to their facility and speak with interested residents about how to humanely trap, neuter and return their cats and kittens to be able to manage their population. Lots of residents showed up, some just wanting the cats to “disappear”. But there were enough who were ready to learn how to do TNR to form a team. Our PDVC volunteers taught them how to trap humanely and another one visited them to demonstrate how to use a drop trap.

If all communities came together the way this one has, our work to humanely manage the community cat over population would be so much easier!!

They held a couple of fund raisers at their mobile home park; one was a breakfast that Mom L and Dad P attended. They cleared $400 and will use that to buy their own drop trap and other supplies.

Dad P getting his breakfast

The residents were cooks and dish washers so they kept their costs down to next to nothing.

The kitchen was busy!

Mom L and Dad P sat with some of the residents and had a great chat about their community cats they were helping out.

Nice people shared their table with Mom L and Dad P

Their team leader, Miss Rio, had just caught a litter of six kittens before the breakfast started. She was taking them to our county animal services, who partner with PDVC, so they could be fostered then put up for adoption.

Kittens waiting for transport

Mom L got a couple of photos and was surprised to see that two of the teeny kittens had brown fur!

Aren’t they cute!! So Delta Hawaii mobile home park is standing proof that when a community works together, they can indeed humanely manage their community cat population. All PDVC has done is to teach the residents and then they are buying their own trapping equipment, doing their own trapping, transport and recovery. The adults are released back where they were trapped and will be cared for by residents.

SUCCESS!!!

Let me know if you think this will work in your community.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH   

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