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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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Busy, busy—not my favorite word!


I missed doing my Friday Memes post last week ‘cuz Mom L was busy, busy, busy with a bunch of community cat rescue stuff. I know, I know, this is impawtant work for me too but golly gee whiz! I really like making up my memes!! So how’s it goin’ at your castle? Are your humans always busy, busy, busy???

So here’s one example. We loaned a trap to a nice woman who needs to trap a semi-friendly young adult kitty who she is feeding in her backyard. She calls him “Pi” like in “pirate” ‘cuz he has one eye that is not right. Anywho; she made a neuter appointment for him so Mom L and I loaned her a trap. She has even bought a very nice outdoor shelter for Pi and she really loves him!

Sadly, as you can see in the photos Pi has a serious issue with his right eye. The Vet will do what he can when he gets neutered this coming Friday; but Pi may lose that eye. I will let you know next Monday if I can.

Then we helped trap another backyard kitty that has been suffering with pain and discomfort in his mouth. He has been drooling and crying when he tries to eat; especially hard food. He does much better with soft food. So we helped the caretaker trap him and get him to our county animal shelter for diagnosis and hopefully treatment. Unfortunately, he needs a very expensive dental due to severe gingivitis and stomatitis. He needs most of his toofies extracted and our county shelter has the dental equipment, but they do not have Vet time to do the work. His caretaker, Miss Melissa, calls him Cookie! So we got Cookie set up at her home inside in a 36 inch cage so he can wait comfortably until we can get him into a Vet hospital for his dental and extractions. He goes in this week on Wednesday and we already know that the cost will exceed our Delta View Cats Emergency Medical Fund. Soooo—Mom L is busy, busy getting some fundraising started online. If you wanna help Cookie’s mouth get all better, you can donate on our website at Or on our Facebook page. Just note “for Cookie’s toofies”.

He’s a real cutie, isn’t he? The shelter gave his caretaker some pain meds to put in his food until we can get him his dental.

And of course Mom L and Dad P have been busy, busy, busy trying to get all five of our foster kittens adopted. Tiffany is about eight months old and she is very good at adoptions; although she does nap her way through most of the time!! MOL!!

The kittens are often split up into two cages. You can see Laughing Samantha and her sister Jessie James cuddling together for a nap. And then one time Laughing Samantha was with her brother The Domino Kid. We set them up so Tiffany can be in a cage between or next to them.

Of course what would kitten season be without Dad P finding a mom cat and four kittens in the back patio of the vacant rental next-door to us!! So far, our trapping efforts have been wins for the mom cat and kittens and mostly losses for Mom L. She did trap one kitten and one of our Delta View Cats volunteers, Miss Jennifer, is fostering it. The kittens are about 5 weeks old.

We also have a sweet black juvenile kitty in a cage that Mom L trapped last night when she was trying to catch more kittens. This kitty will be spayed this week then released. As you can see, there are no dull moments around my castle right now. What’s up with all of you!!


Lives we shared—and lost


You all know that we, meaning me, Mom L and Dad P, are very involved in our 501c3 non-profit we call Delta View Cats, right? We only serve on city of Pittsburg, CA and we are a very small all volunteer group that is passionate about promoting and delivering humane management of our city’s over population of abandoned community cats. Part of our work includes humane management of several small colonies around our city’s marina and waterfront area. Probably about 45 or so cats and sometimes, kittens.

This includes 13+cats we feed every day who live in a long standing colony at our waterfront city park River View Park. This park has long been a favorite dumping area for humans who want to get rid of their cats and kittens. You may remember, that our two foster kittens, Frodo and Arwen and their Mom Eowyn were all dumped at this very park August 26 of this year.

I want to share with you, my furriends and your humans, the side of our TNR work and colony management work that is both so fulfilling and also sometimes filled with sadness and loss.

We have come to know and love and share in the life of Elizabeth. A beautiful part lynx point Siamese girl who has lived at this park since she was abandoned there as a kitten, along with her sister. Her sister was willing to become socialized and lives a happy safe indoor life with a former colony feeder. But Elizabeth chose to live her life with the colony. We have shared her life for probably ten to fourteen years. Only recently she was beginning to allow our feeders to actually pet her beautiful furs.

Early the week of our Thanksgiving, a couple who feed noticed that Elizabeth was suddenly looking extremely poorly. We put out a call to all of our eighteen volunteers to see who was available the weekend following Thanksgiving to watch a drop trap so we could get her medical help. Thankfully, the day after the call went out, the couple who noticed her at first on the Friday, were able to pick her up late on Saturday and get her to an emergency vet hospital.

You can see how unkempt she is and she was very thin. Sadly, the vet found her mouth and throat were full of cancerous sarcomas. We agreed to keep darling Elizabeth from suffering any more and we asked the vet to give her help to start her journey to The Rainbow Bridge. I know many of my readers do not believe in this fantasy, but it helps me and Mom L and Dad P when we have to let go of one of the many abandoned community cats for whom we provide care and love. Elizabeth shared her life with us and we helped escape her earthly body that was in such pain and now wherever her spirit is, she is chasing butterflies and basking in delicious sun puddles, cushioned by soft, fresh green grass.

Please wave at Elizabeth next time you see a floofy cloud pass over that resembles a cat!


My newest castle guest


Well, well, well—my humans clearly are not listening to me when I slap my paws, with claws out, down and say “NO MORE”!! Good grief! Mom L’s office door is closed these days more than it is open. I know Katie goes in at night with the introoder guest is in her cage so’s Mom L can open her door for some fresh air. And oh my cat! Does she ever need fresh air with this one!

Nothing like good ole’ diarrhea to stink up my castle! Yuk! Moving on—this is Carmelita. Our latest foster through our organization Delta View Cats. Mom L and Dad P are co-founders. Our organization will cover all her medical and other costs through to her adoption.

She was starving and filthy when my wonderful pet sitter, Miss Kandi, found her at one of her nightly feeding stations by our harbor.

This kitty jumped into Miss Kandi’s car like she was never gonna leave. And when she was offered food, she did a face plant in it!!! So Miss Kandi called Mom L and Dad P and they said “bring her to us”. We helped her get cleaner with a dry shampoo bath but we knew right away that she had a serious diarrhea problem—it was like puddles and weird color and so smelly! YUK!

So off to the Kitchen Clinic she went the very next day so my pal Doc Josie and her sidekick Miss Gemma could get her FeLV tested (negative), vaccinated with her first FVRCP, started on deworming and treated for fleas. This girl was so patient, not bothered with all the poking and prodding. Just a little sweetheart. She is about one year old, already had kittens at some time and not spayed. (That will happen very soon).


You can see in the early photos how thin she was and dirty and very sad looking. She weighed only 6 pounds and 6 ounces when she arrived her twelve days ago. She is very lanky, her legs are so long! She has some growing up to do, don’t ya think?

Now, she weighs 7 pounds and 9 ounces!! And with a couple of changes in her wet and dry food diet, and some different meds and a daily  probiotic, her poop is looking better and smelling lots less yucky!

Carmelite loves to be cuddled, held and likes to play.

Carmelita will be spayed as soon as we can find a low cost spay clinic for her. Then she will go to adoptions through our pal Community Concern For Cats. I’ll be sure to keep my readers updated on her progress.


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