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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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So about my current castle guests—

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

So I had a bunch of my readers askin’ about my newest “castle guests” “introoders”. So yeah, it’s been a rough couple of years for me to maintain order and submission tolerance in my castle. Our county animal services stopped without tell’in any community cat that they aren’t gonna help the friendly adults and the healthy kittens get adopted. Period! Sigh—they told our Delta View Cats that from now on managing our county’s overpopulation of abandoned community cats is up to us little guys, the nonprofits and our cities, to take care of this county wide debacle!! AIIIEEEE!!!

So here we are, in my castle, not expect’in to be doing much in the “foster cat” arena and we are smack dab in the middle of it!! So my castle has become a kind’a revolving cat flap of fosters.

The newest threesome: Eowyn, the calico and about six months old; Arwen, the “torbie” and a cerebral hypoplasia kitten (CH); and her brother Frodo. All named after characters in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Mom L’s fave books for decades!!

All three kitties were abandoned at the city waterfront park where Delta View Cats manages a 12-15 member cat colony. Two weeks ago, about dusk time, one of our colony feeders called Mom L to let her know there was an older kitty (Eowyn) and three littles that had clearly just been dumped at this waterfront park. Mom L dashed over and she picked up the one very ill kitten that the feeder could easily capture—he named him “Dancer”. A little Siamese, barely six to eight weeks old, who could do nothing but spin in circles. The feeder fostered the baby over night and Mom L took him to our only treatment option, our county animal services. Their medical staff determined that sweet Dancer was so neurologically damaged that he could not be treated nor adopted. Dance was humanely euthanized. He had very severe cerebral hypoplasia (CH)

Dad P and four other Delta View Cats volunteers went to the park the next night, and after two hours, they were able to capture all three of the remaining young kitties. Of course, Dad P and Mom L brought them to MY CASTLE our home for comfort and help in socializing them for adoption.

Eowyn, the six month old calico, we thought might be their mom cat, showed us immediately that she was the most friendly six month old kitten ever!! You can see that our feeder was able to pet her immediately. And that is her lounging in a cage as soon as we brought her home to foster.

Eowyn is such a snuggle bug, crazy pants high energy playful young lady. She went through her first “heat” with us the day she arrived. YIKES!! The noise!! But Mom L and Dad P comforted her for six days and then she was through that. And now she is spayed!!

And yes, she is reclining on Mom L’s shelf ABOVE her monitor!! She is a climber!1

And Frodo and Arwen are indeed bonded siblings. Frodo only has a teeny bit of CH while Arwen’s is visibly noticeable. Nonetheless, Arwen give as good as she gets during play sessions !!

And cutie pie Frodo is a wonderful big brother to his CH sister Arwen. Frodo snuggles with her and he always protects her—except when he has his favorite mousie wand toy to protect!!

And the three are so joyful when they are together. Eowyn cleans them when she can hold them still!! And she teaches them how to hide our in “TAG! You’re it!”

The littles are so bonded and snuggle when they sleep. They all bring joy to our hearts!

So what have you guys been up to??? MOL!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Carmelita’s Happy Tail Ending

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Do you remember my former castle guest Carmelita?? I hope so ‘cuz she has a very happy tail ending to share.

If you know anything about trying to get a bootiful sweet ADULT kitty kat adopted during kitten season, then you know how awesome this story is.

Mom L took Carmelita to her very first adoption even through our partner’s Community Concern For Cats. They have a “pop-up” adoption site they set-up during the height of COVID. It is open only on Saturday and Sunday and fosters bring their cats/kittens into a very nice space for potential adopters to come through and visit kitties in which they have an interest. Mom L took Carmelita a week ago, on a Saturday, for her first ever adoption event. The place was packed with humans eager to check out all the kittens. Carmelita and one other darling calico gal were the only young adults present. Mom L also too four black formerly feral sweet kittens for some pals of ours who are their fosters. Thankfully Carmelita and the black kittens (very shy) were next to each other to give each other some support.

Well on that crazy pants Saturday, this one couple stopped by and admired Carmelita. Mom L chatted them up to learn why they were at this adoption event and whether or not they were interested in an adult kitty. Carmelita is only about 18 months old. And so very playful, not to mention totally house trained right down to knowin’ what to do with a scratching post!!

This couple hung around at the end and left with their adoption application in hand. Next day, Sunday last week, they were one of the first people to walk in the door when adoptions went live! They came with their completed application and a carrier!! They were back to take Carmelita home with them!!!

Mom L shed a bunch of tears later that night ‘cuz we all missed sweet Carmelita. But she is clearly already taking over her very own castle!!

And her forever Mom and Dad are ready for her to own their hearts and apparently even their shoes!!! MOL!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

It Takes A Village…

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

That old human adage—”it takes a village” is true for what it takes to rescue an abandoned community cat in danger. Mom L and Dad P are co-founders of a nonprofit TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) all volunteer group, Delta View Cats (DVC)  dedicated to helping these cats in our city of Pittsburg, CA.

Of course, this is one of my most ambitious Paw It Forward project ever!!They are carrying it out under my paw tracks guidance. This story was first written by one of our DVC volunteers who pawticipated in this rescue story. Mr. Chris and Mr. Mauro were present the night Stormy was finally saved and Mr. Chris wrote this about it.

Shivering, hungry, and covered in fallen leaves

On Saturday, July 31, during their routine, daily, community cat colony feeding at Riverview Park, a couple of volunteers with Delta View Cats (deltaviewcats.com), a nonprofit trap-neuter-release organization in Pittsburg, heard a loud yowl and went to investigate. They found an adult, black kitty in one of the park’s storm drains.

We suspect Stormy was abandoned in the park, an all-too-common practice. We found a cat carrier in bad shape near the storm drain.

It would make sense that this frightened feline, an apparent domestic cat, dumped through no fault of his own, would retreat anywhere to safety from park traffic.

(this video is not professional but if you turn up the volume you can hear Stormy’s cries of fear and his hope for help)

Volunteers to the rescue

On Sunday, after several unsuccessful attempts to coax Stormy out of the drain, one of our tireless Delta View Cats volunteers reached down into the drain with heavy-duty gloves. Ray began petting stormy and offering him smelly tuna. After several tense moments, with a confident scruffing, Ray lifted Stormy into a cat carrier held by another volunteer. Collective sigh of relief!

Chalk it up to timing & good fortune. The quiet of the near-midnight hour. 4 people putting their heads and hearts together. And a little black kitty magic.

He rested on our balcony covered with a blanket, heated by a safe space heater and he had a midnight snack of water and a little bit of tuna. He appeared to not be feral; he gave slow blinks and didn’t hiss or strike when I went to put water in the carrier. His eyes are so soulful.”


After the rescue, our DVC volunteer Mr. Ray, had a storage building already set up to house community cats on their way to being adopted. It is managed by another cat rescue, Kitty911. Stormy waited for a neuter appointment and we knew his adoption would be overseen by our partner, Community Concern for Cats.

Delta View Cats is making neuter surgery plans now and fortunately, another DVC volunteer who feeds the colony we manage at this park, Miss Shashi, fell in love with Stormy and his rescue.

Short story short! Stormy is now with Shashi as a “foster to adopt”.

We are fortunate that our city of Pittsburg has provided us with funds for spay/neuter for cats we find along the waterfront area. Once Stormy is all done with his medical needs, then Shashi and her family can adopt him forever!!

Again a short, not great, video of Stormy accepting the love from his foster to adopt human!

I will keep you updated on Stormy’s journey.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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