Saturday, January 29, 2011

You Do Know How Kittens Come Along, Right?

Twice this week we have dealt with cats and kittens from an older lady who thought she was doing the right thing taking the cats in. The cats, of course, had babies. She didn't have money for spaying/neutering.

So, when it got to where there were 20 cats in the house, she starts calling for help.

The four kittens, weaned but not looking great, ended up with a new foster mom, Nicky, who i watched with pride as she learned to dose them. We met up at the building so i could give fluids until they could be brought to the vet the next morning, and she wormed them herself. She's going to be a great asset to the program, along with her young teen son.

When cleaning the shelter, we dealt with several of the other cats from that house. Some of them are semi-feral, and will be altered at spay day and taken back to the lady. She can handle several cats, just not when they keep increasing in number.

Meanwhile, Turtle and Corrie were adopted last week.

Grady is losing weight! Running around the big room is working for him. It's a shame it's not working for Prissy, Ginny, and Baby. Candy and Clint and Gidget don't need to lose any.

Frieda was not a happy camper. Apparently she had already had enough attention, so when i petted her, ears and neck only, she told me to stop with a quick swipe, but no claws. She and i then talked a while. She wanted conversation, not petting, which was fine with me.

Lucky is looking better, but old. He eats anything and everything, and stays skinny. He has staked out his territory in the storage room, and is happy. Not much more can be asked for a geriatric, hyperthyroid cat.

The cages were very full. Rosie is on meds for an upper respiratory, Buttons has an scratch on his cornea, Samantha, Cheri, Perry, Rusty, and Cami (some of whom came from the older lady) had just come back from vetting and are recovering nicely.

Rocky is recovered, and has been neutered. As soon as there is a spot, he will get a room, and be able to run, finally.

The Six, most of which will go back to the lady, are sharing 3 huge cages. They are all orange boys, and rather skittish most of them. One cannot be held at all.

Angel is on meds, and because she was taken to South Vet, we can't find out what med is for what. They can't even tell us which of their many vets she saw. Thus i stick with my vet. That place treats our cats like garbage, sorry to have to say that about any vet. She is still limping, and no answers.

Teddy has been moved in with Bowie and JuJu. He is very friendly, so i hope he will help Bowie get back to his usual loving self.

Monty is most certainly eating, finally. So are Sophia and Roxanne, one of whom celebrated Corrie being gone by gorging and barfing. People party, cats barf, at least that's what we think. Just a whole different way of relating to the world.

Scottie, Gulliver, Portia, Tiffani, Molly, Heathcliff, Devon, and Kati are doing well.

Other than needing to really increase our adoption rates, if we can, things are going well.

Our Executive Director has plans to hold more adoption events. Let's hope that helps.

Oh, and if you don't know where kittens come from, please call us before you have a colony of your own on your hands. We know you only took in a couple of strays, one of whom was pregnant, but call us right away, before we end up with your mess in our laps. We're glad to help you get low or even no cost spay/neuter, and when you only have 5-6, instead of 20.

Today is:

Blue and Pink Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bubblegum Sculpture Day

Carnation Day

Freethinkers Day (To honor Thomas Paine)

Fun at Work Day

National Corn Chip Day

National Puzzle Day

St. Juniper's Day

St. Sulpicius Severus' Day

Thomas Paine Day

Anniversaries Today:

Kansas becomes the 34th US state, 1861

Birthdays Today:

Adam Lambert, 1982
Jonny Lang, 1981
Andrew Keegan, 1979
Sara Gilbert, 1975
Heather Graham, 1970
Greg Louganis, 1960
Oprah Winfrey, 1954
Teresa Teng, 1953
Ann Jillian, 1950
Tom Selleck, 1945
Katharine Ross, 1942
John Forsythe, 1918
Victor Mature, 1913
Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, 1885
W.C. Fields, 1880
Anton Chekhov, 1860
William McKinley, 1843

Today in History:

The first performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1595
John Beckley of Virginia is appointed the first Librarian of Congress, 1802
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is first published, 1845
The Victoria Cross is established to acknowledge bravery, 1856
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, 1886
Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch, 1891
Walt Disney starts his first job as an artist, earning $40/week with the KC Slide Co, 1920
The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced, 1936
The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced, 1963
Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so, 1989
President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing, 1996
La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire, 1996
The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterward, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing, 2005


  1. My family is totally against my ever acquiring a cat because of Aunt Agnes. She had an unerring knack of taking in pregnant stray cats. At one point, she moved from San Diego to Connecticut in a car with 17 cats and 2 large dogs.
    On the other hand, she was a sure thing if you had a cat you needed to find a home for. Another aunt came back from Thailand with a pregnant cat (and that cost a lot of $ and paperwork!) and foisted the mother and kits onto Aunt A. :)

  2. Merry, it just isn't easy to have that many, how can you give them all enough time and energy and attention? We go crazy here trying to care for what we have, and there are several of us.

    Bless your Aunt Agnes for having mercy on all those cats, i just wish she had been given help to deal with them and rehome some when they got to be so many.