Friday, August 06, 2010
I was out with friends the other night and was asked "Why do you bother with stray cats?"
I kind of had to think about that and now can honestly say there are lots and lots of reasons.
I have learned a long time ago that there really isn't a "somebody". When we see something that needs to be taken care of, thinking that "somebody" will do it doesn't work. We all need to be a somebody.
As a side note, many years ago a neighbor would leave their small children home alone with their teenager. The younger children, about 2 and 5 could be seen all over the neighborhood, filthy, hungry and worst of all, in the streets. The people that lived around me would say, "Someone has to do something. Someone should call the child services dept." Yes, someone. But no one did until I looked in the mirror and become "someone".
It's the same way I feel about these strays. Someone has to do something. Just feeding them isn't enough. I trap them, neuter and vaccinate them and in those wonderful cases, when they are tame and sweet, find them homes. It's not easy and very often heartbreaking but I make a difference.
I know I can't save them all but I can make a difference for a few. I can watch my daughter who has the patience of a gnat, pick up a kitten and talk to it soothingly and pet it until it's calm. I watch my hulk of a son, this champion wrestler, spend an hour just cuddling a scared kitten with the softest of touch.
As for me, I get this wonderful fulfillment when, on those rare occasions, I find a home that will love them always and I know the cycle of "stray" for that one cat is over. It's a great feeling.
If we all just become a "someone" think of all the great things that can be accomplished in this world. It can be as simple as a hand out to a homeless person, helping a child or feeding a stray. Put it all together and it's a whole lot of something.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I got the phone call I've been waiting for. Both kittens that I rescued have been adopted. What could be better than that??
Robin went home yesterday with her new family. They have renamed her Mable and it's a wonderful home and she will have a big sister.
Batman is going home on Tuesday. I don't know what his new name will be but I'm sure he will very happy. He will live in a swanky high-rise apartment in NYC and have a doorman!!
Part of the win/win also is that both kittens will remain patients of my vet who was so wonderful taking them in for me.
I'm really happy for them because they will not have to live out their lives trying to find food and avoiding danger every day.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
After all those days of worry. After all that time of trying to coax her out I finally got her!!! Whew, what an ordeal!!
I know a lot of you wanted me to set a trap. Some of you didn't see that in my blog I said I had already set one! She wouldn't go in it because that is how I trapped her in the first place.
I have been so distraught over her I was racking my brains as to what to do next. I stopped by a grooming shop owned by a friend of mine. She is the one that lent me the trap. I asked her if she had "cat" gloves. These are insulated, very thick gloves that are used to handle difficult cats. She said she did and loaned them to me.
I went right home, sat in the garage and just talked to her like I did every day. Finally she appeared, very timid but she knew she usually got some food. I chatted and cooed to her and when she was finally within range I lunged and grabbed her. She was quite startled and upset but I just put her in the cage and bawled my eyes out!! She is safe!!!!
I called my vet and had to grovel. It was rather humiliating because had I brought them both in at the same time he would have just taken them as a pair but this time I kind of had to beg because he already had the other one. It was humbling but hey, I went to the hospital to save her, what's a little groveling.
He agreed to take her for a week or so and try to get her adopted with her brother. He will worm her and vaccinate her as well. I love him!! This now means another trip into the city, another parking fee yada yada but I pray they will get a home.
Once this is done I will set out to trap a couple of other cats that are around. I will get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated and then release them. They are older cats and it is the best I can do. They will not make it as a pet but I can keep them healthy and safe.
I am so happy today. We have taken Robin out several times from the cage and she just purrs and cuddles. I know someone is just going to love her!! Hopefully along with her brother Batman!!!
Wish us luck!!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
In my last blog I told everyone of what I had to go through to catch the little kitten we call Robin. I had her brother and now I had them both, they were safe. I was planning on taking them to the vet, getting them shots, wormed and finding a home.
My g/f asked if she and her daughter and friend could come over and see the kittens. They are both teenagers (16 and17). I specifically said they could if they followed what I said. I kind of laughed about this because they weren't babies. I was socializing the kittens and the more they were held the better.
They got to my house mid day. I was showing them the scars on my hands and brought them into the garage. The girls sat in front of the cage and I gave each one a kitten. I said very specifically if the kitten gets squirmy put it back in the cage. No big deal right??
Within a minute both girls had set the kittens down and they had run off . BOTH OF THEM!! I was so shocked I couldn't speak. I threw everyone out. My garage isn't just an open space but a vast array of boxes and things piled to the ceiling. My car isn't even in there right now!!!
By the end of the evening I was able to coax out the male and I grabbed him. In fear he re-ripped open my hand but at least I got him. I couldn't find the other one. I went back into the house absolutely hysterical crying.
It has been several days now. I am no closer to capturing the kitten than I was the first. I have seen her once. I am beside myself in disbelief. I just can't stop crying and when I do I become so upset that I actually feel my blood pressure go so high my ears ring! I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR THIS KITTEN. She had a future. She was going to know what a home was, what a family was, what being loved was and now that's gone. Stolen from her by a moment of stupidity!! A four year old could have followed my instructions!
Now my window is closing. There is only a certain amount of time to turn around a ferral kitten before it can't be done. She's almost 10 weeks and soon it will be to late, that is if I can get her at all. I HAD HER!!! I really thought I had rescued them! Her brother is at my vets, safe and loved and cuddled all day by everyone in his office and she is wandering around, hiding behind boxes.
If I can't get her I don't know what I will do. I may have to call in animal control in which case they will take her and put her down or I may have to open the garage and let her go. She will have a horrible life growing up in the wild and most likely be killed by a car or other animal and if not, pregnant by 6 months and a life span of 3 years if she's lucky.
I cry all the time. I have scars on my hands that will never go away from catching her but I thought it was all worth it because I saved her life. Now this. I can't even get into the law that says I have to watch her for 10 days in case she gets sick or I will have to have a series of painful rabies shots in my stomach.
I am going to try and find a butterfly net. I might be able to catch her with that but I no longer have any hope. I am still on pain medication for my ripped up hands and antibiotics for the infections that I got for absolutely NOTHING!
I was in the city today working and had to get off the bus because I started to cry. It's all I do, sit and cry. This poor little kitten is a good as dead and she had everything right in front of her. How cruel is that?
Just needed to add that I have a humane trap set and that is how we got her in the first place. She just won't go in it again I'm sorry to say.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I am a huge animal lover. I have worked with animals for over 30 years now and cannot sit by and let any animal suffer.
For the past week, two adorable kittens have been coming to my door to be fed. Of course, I obliged and kept feeding them daily until I could borrow a trap. A couple of days ago I trapped the first one. He is so cute, black and white, but ferral. Before I had him 2 days, he was tamed, purring and we were cuddling him.
His litter mate was more difficult. I finally caught him this morning. Also absolutely adorable, mostly gray with white markings and even more ferral.
This morning my daughter wanted to see the new one because she was asleep when we got him. I told her to be very careful and not let him out as he wasn't tame yet.
When she didn't come back for a very long time I knew something had happened. He got out and she had him trapped in the back room of our garage. I finally cornered him, reached in and grabbed him and he went crazy. He bit clean through two of my fingers, bit more of my hand and scratched my arm very badly. I never let go and got him back into the cage with his brother.
I was a bloody mess and went upstairs and had my daughter call the E.R. They said to come in immediately as these always get infected. I was shaking like a leaf.
We spent several hours in the hospital. The put me on I.V. antibiotics, gave me a tetus shot and I am on heavy duty pain killers.
What a day! I had so much to do today but nothing got done. I didn't even get to see my son leave for camp. Tomorrow will be the telling day. They are worried about severe swelling and tomorrow I will know for sure. I have to watch the kittens for 10 days to make sure they are healthy.
Sigh.....at least they are safe and will no longer have to worry about them getting hit by a car and they also will no longer be in the wild and breed and create more unwanted animals.
Now, I need to find them a home. Anyone want a pair of cute kittens????
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