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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

 

 

Real Rescue Cats Are Talking

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Hey guys!! Remember when I was doing my interviews with “Real Rescue Cats and Dogs” in like 2013??

Well I have a new one for you that I just know you are gonna luvluvluv!

Meet “Sweet Baby Girl”!

Sadly this is the only photo I have right now. I purromised to share her rescue story with you last week and here it is.

“Sweet Baby Girl” aka “Baby Girl” wandered into one of Miss Kandi’s feeding areas about six to eight months ago. Miss Kandi is one of several volunteers who work with Mom L and Dad P on our Project Delta View Cats  (PDVC) program.

Baby Girl showed up one night under the bushes where Miss Kandi feeds about eights cats. She was immediately friendly and gave head bumps and purred.

Miss Kandi tried once to pick up Baby Girl and put her in top loading carrier, but Baby Girl freaked out and really scratched Miss Kandi to the point of bruising etc. So we waited until Baby Girl calmed down over several weeks.

Then Miss Kandi saw that she was getting far too fat around her baby making area on her body. Now the clock to trap/catch her starter to really tick loudly! Was she eating too much? Or was she pregnant?? And then Miss Kandi noticed that Baby Girl was seriously favoring her right front let.

Miss Kandi feeds mostly in the early to mid evening because of her job.

She watches over her kitties and always knows when one is missing or injured. We have helped her get four of her community cats adopted since 2017 and have made sure any new kitty is always spayed/neutered.

About Baby Girl—long story short—Miss Kandi was able to pick her up, purring, and place her in a top loading carrier. Miss Kandi brought Baby Girl to my castle where she would receive medical care for the apparent injury to her right front leg. Not only pregnant, but now injured.

We got our wonderful caring Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS)who partner with PDVC to accept Baby Girl due to her injury. We already had an appointment at our other partner’s clinic, Community Concern For Cats .  (CC4C)

So we hoped that CCAS would tell us if Baby Girl had a broken leg, and could they treat her. We knew that they were not doing any spay/neuter surgeries given the current COVID 19 restrictions.

Bottom line!!

Baby Girl did indeed have a broken humorous. Likely from being hit by a car from one of the many stoopid humans who do those “dough nut” things on the street right where Miss Kandi feeds.

And yes, Baby Girl was VERY pregnant. How many kittens do you see??

And here is her broken front leg.

CCAS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mills, came to the lobby to talk with Mom L and Dad P about what some of her options might be. We knew amputation was possible and that she would be spayed and her unborn kittens euthanized. BUT that is not what Dr. Mills wanted to do. She said Baby Girl was just darling, purring, giving head bumps and she thought she could find a positive outcome for Baby Girl if we would give her a day. Of course we agreed!!

Now the bottom, bottom line—Baby Girl was transferred to The Orphan Kitten Project run by Vet Med students at the University of California, Davis Vet Med School. They are only about and hour drive from where we are. Baby Girl’s foster is the student who runs the project and Baby Girl would have her kittens, the students will socialize them and get them adopted. Baby Girl’s broken leg will be cared for and allowed to heal on its own as she will be confined caring for her kittens. She will eventually be spayed and they will find her the bestest home ever!!

A HAPPY TAILS ENDING FOR BABY GIRL!!!

I am late posting today because I was waiting for this marvelous video of Baby Girl having just delivered three of her four kittens LAST NIGHT!!!  TURN UP YOUR SOUND TO HEAR BABY GIRL PURRING AWAY!!

In these harsh times, fraught with fear and worry about COVID 19 and all the death it has brought to humans, Baby Girl’s story shows that there is also new life. My Paw It Forward work continues even now through our Project Delta View Cats all volunteer little group. Because we partner and collaborate with our city, county animal services and Community Concern For Cats, we were able to bring a village to help Baby Girl.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

 

Friday Memes for Friday Smiles

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

It’s that time to get your Friday smiles broken in. I think I have a couple of memes that will do just that and one extra to introduce you to a special kitty.

Don’t you just know that is exactly what that bed buddy is doing? Yuck!

Isn’t this every cat’s idea of “who owns what” when there are dogs involved in the cat’s castle?? Seriously!! We all know that “cats rule and dogs drool”. Period!!

Garfield is a very special senior member of the River View Park cat colony that Mom L and Dad P and I are helping to humanely manage. He found his way to this park after hopping off his last oil freighter adventure where he was serving as ship’s cat. And he was so loved by the cats that they made him their leader. Garfield is a lovable fifteen year old cat. He is in desperate need of a retirement home where he can get all the pets and lap time he wants and where he can live out his final years in comfort, warmth and aircon! He has had blood work that shows he is in good health for his age and he has had a dental cleaning. Our Project Delta View Cats group will fund all of his senior years medical needs through end of life.

If you know anyone in the San Francisco bay area who is open to taking Garfie into their home, let me know in comments. And if not, then please share his photo, you have my permission to copy his photo and share it with family, friends who might be able to help him.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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