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Snipping a Budding Cat Colony: Part One

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I told you on my last blog post that I had a Monday Meowsie News story coming about Katie the Cat who is looking for her permanent home.

Hi! I am Katie the Cat

Truth be known, Katie was actually the beginning of what could have become a fast-growing community cat colony. But, thanks to Dad P’s quick thinking and Community Concern 4 Cats fast acting, that colony is no longer gonna happen.

I do like my inside and outside opportunities. A gal needs her fresh air

Thankfully, Katie’s original family had the good sense to have her spayed before they moved away and left her to fend for herself. Lucky for Katie she found some really kind and caring humans who offered her food and a safe, dry and warm place to live in their garden. She prefers to be able to come and go as she pleases, but I suspect if she were an only kitty, she would simply adore being with her forever human most.  Just my feline opinion, ya know?

Now about the cat colony that almost was! You see because Katie was being fed outside, another couple of young kitties showed up to dine with her. They were a young brother and sister from a litter the humans knew had been born in someone else’s yard. Neither had been spayed or neutered so you can guess what happened, right? (do be sure to hover over the photos to view the captions to learn who is who)

Yep! Piper and her brother mated. This incest mating caused Piper to deliver six kittens in her caretakers’ bedroom closet! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, three of those kittens were so malformed, without limbs or overly large and whatnot, that they were stillborn. Three kittens survived.

Piper is a great Mom Cat and the human caretakers made sure she and the kittens got lots of food and water and dry safe places to sleep outside. Piper even enjoys being inside and lounging on her male human’s lap!

Long story short—enter Dad P going around our town home complex to let our new neighbors know he was running for our Home Owners Association, Board of Directors.

He met the kitties’ caretakers and noticed all the cats and asked “are these your cats?”. The answer was—“well, not really. We just started feeding them.”

And there was the budding cat colony! So Dad P let Mom L know where the cats were and they both went to talk with the caretakers to learn what we could do to help.

Bottom line is—in less than ten days, Mom L had Mom Cat Piper and her four kittens, all four months old, set up with appointments at CC4C’s new Cat Clinic for spay/neuter, Vet checks, vaccinations, FeLV testing (negative all)!! (more about this wondrous new clinic in another post…don’t miss it!).

Sweet Jessie also had a hernia and CC4C took care of that as well.

Now about darling Katie. Mom L and her caretaker Miss Tonya took Katie to the clinic for a checkup and vaccinations and testing for FeLV when they went to collect all the spay/neuters.  Katie is now all set to go up for adoption too!

Can you see my opposite orange and black furs?

All cats are now recovered and ready for adoption!!

Please, please SHARE SHARE SHARE this blog post to help all of these now “NOT a budding cat colony” cats find their permanent loving homes?

Last but never least! Check back for Part Two of “Snipping a Budding Cat Colony” on my Monday, October 9 blog post. Learn what was the REAL driver to helping this “almost a cat colony” start.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Cat Rescue Work Keeps Going

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I’ve been going on and on about our move, and I do have more to say about that, but you know Mom L and Dad P did NOT stop doing what they could to help shelter cats and community cats.

We had only been in our new home about ten days and it was time for the July SNIP (Spay Neuter Impact Program) Clinic. Mom L and Dad P never hesitated—they signed up for their usual full shifts. You can learn more about SNIP if you read some of my earlier posts here and here.

There were eighty-five cats who passed through this last clinic, one was lovingly helped to The Bridge as he was very ill. A full clinic and every single human hand was needed to make this happen. At the last minute Mom L learned there were not enough Vets and it would be cancelled. And then a miracle—Miss Eileen who is a primary organizer for SNIP sent out a plea to Vets across the San Francisco Bay Area and they come through! One Vet clinic owner brought several of his vets and vet techs!! Success!!!

Thought you would enjoy seeing some of the kitties. Their eyes reveal how frightened they are but if only they understood how much this clinic will improve their quality of life.

These pretty Siamese girls came in from a community member who trapped them in her back yard.

Only one would turn around for Mom L, the other gave her backside view! They had to be transferred to individual cat traps to be admitted because the clinic does not allow cats to come through in cat carriers. The policy is in place to try to insure member of the public do not use this clinic to S/N their own pets. This clinic is solely for S/N and vaccinate community cats.

Two more “worried eyes” Mom L checked in for their SNIP experience.

Dad P and Mom L also responded with a “no problem” when the Adoption Manager from Contra Costa Humane Society asked if they could transport eight adult cats from the county animal shelter to my old home at Kitty Corner!! And we were STILL in the process of getting moved! Be sure to hover over photos for captions!

Now you all know that even though I still have lots to share about my move, my Paw It Forward work continues—let me know in comments what you have been doin’ lately to Paw It Forward.

PAW PAT, SAVANNAH

SNIP HERE, SPAY THERE—AND NO MORE KITTENS!

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You guessed it. January saw the first SNIP (Spay Neuter Impact Program) Cat Clinic of 2017 and Mom L and Dad P were there! I report on every SNIP clinic they volunteer in and I am so proud of calling them my Mom and Dad! You can take a peek at  Mom L’s first clinic here. We made it our Blog For The Change 4 Animals post in July 2014.

Mom L works the early morning admission shift at the table where the rescue groups bring in the cats they have trapped for this clinic. There is another admission table where the general public can bring in cats they have trapped on their property or in their neighborhoods.  All cats must be brought inside their traps, no cats in cat carriers are allowed in. This is one way to insure that SNIP is truly providing service to reducing the community cat population.

Rescue organization admission line

Rescue organization admission line

Here are just a few of the gorgeous cats who crossed Mom L’s check in table in January.

A hesitant patient

A hesitant patient

A blue eyed tabby!

A blue eyed tabby!

Snow shoe Siamese, look at her paws

Snow shoe Siamese, look at her paws

Mr Tabby weighed in at 13 pounds

Mr Tabby weighed in at 13 pounds

The volunteers and Vets and Registered Vet Techs all work like a fine oiled can of cat tuna. They can swiftly move to fill in if someone is absent and switch stations through out the day, going where there is most need.

Prep area and surgery

Prep area and surgery

Down time between getting patients ready for surgery. Do you see that blue chair in the foreground of my photo? That is where Mom L goes after doing admission check in. She helps capture data from each cat’s surgery including meds etc. from their cage tag to SNIP records.

snip1-ed-s

All in all a very successful SNIP Cat Clinic where ninety community cats were spayed, neutered, treated for worms, fleas, vaccinated and where they received attention for wounds, even for bad fur mats on the long coated cats!

This youngster was the last cat Mom L admitted for the day.

Thank you for helping me

Thank you for helping me

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

#mommakatsserach #foreverhomeneeded

#mommakatsserach #foreverhomeneeded

 

 

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