We posted a story about the Blue's colony kitties and their transition from their original site to a new location nearby back in December. Wasabi was the first to hop on board with the new feeding station as of December 23rd. Over the past month Wasabi has been joined by his family and they have adjusted to their new feeding area.
Our colony caretakers made some wonderful new shelters for them to sleep in and they are using them. Yesterday we moved their original cat house/sleeping quarters from their old location to Sue's back yard where it will be stored until we find a new place to use it to house homeless kitties again.
Thank You to Tonni, Dana, Nancy and Eric for getting the new shelters ready and setting them up for the kitties.
Thank You to all of the volunteer feeders at Blue's for helping the kitties make the transition.
Thank You to Brad from Reliable Towing for moving the Cat House, and taking good care of it.
Thank You to Sue for storing the Cat House!
Nala is doing great!
He has recovered from his neuter surgery complications, and his chronic diarrhea. Nala is a lucky kitty! He has Heidi and Alex to love him. He lives inside with Simba now.
Purrs out to Heidi and Alex for taking good care of Nala and Simba, and all of the kitties that you care for.
I manage a colony of cats in Longmont. 2 1/2 years ago, the owner of the property where the cats live, told me he wanted the cats gone in a year. There were about 25 cats on the property. I thought the best option would be to find barn homes for the cats.
So, a couple of years ago, I relocated 2 black cats to a horse arena to help the arena with rodent control. Both cats were from feral origins but were used to humans feeding them every day. They were placed in a warm room (it was winter) in the arena to acclimate to their new location. Both cats were afraid in their new location and hid when the humans came into the room. After about 3 weeks, one of the cats got out of the room and went into the horse arena. Then he eventually escaped the arena and was seen around another barn on the property. After a while, the cat was not seen on the property anymore.
This is one of the risks when relocating feral cats. At times they don't choose to remain at the location where they were taken and move on to other places.
11 months later, as I was sitting at work, a co-worker came over to me to ask how to catch a feral cat to get it spayed/neutered. She has a friend with a ranch and a cat had been showing up there. She wanted to get the cat spayed or neutered and wanted to care for the cat, to feed it and give it shelter. I told her I could help and asked her to get more information from the person with the ranch. I asked her where the ranch was located and she gave me directions. The location was about a mile from the horse arena that I had brought the 2 black cats 11 months ago. "What color is the cat?", I asked because I had wondered if the cat who ran off maybe had ended up at the ranch down the road. She said the cat was grey.
Shortly after I talked with her, she showed me a picture of the cat that showed up at the ranch. The cat's left ear was "tipped", which means that it is spayed or neutered, and it was a black cat not a grey cat. "Speedy!", I said, "I swear that this cat is Speedy." Speedy is the cat that I had relocated to the horse arena and had escaped the arena property a mile down the road 10-11 months ago. There is no connection between my co-worker and the ranch person, and the people with the horse arena.
I was not surprised that Speedy made his way to a new location down to road but I was totally & completely in awe that the universe, caretaker of all living things, wanted me to know that Speedy was safe & in good hands. My co-worker continues to show me pictures of Speedy when she receives them from her friend at the ranch. :)
~~ Deb T
Sweetie disappeared from Blue's Colony during the flood of 2013. In November 2015 we were contacted by Jim who had been feeding a feral who had been hanging out in a tree trunk in a field near his home. Jim's home is just down the way from the Blue's colony site.
Jim saw a photo of Sweetie on our webpage and recognized him as one of our missing colony cats so he contacted us to let us know Sweetie was safe. Here is the update on Sweetie's progress that Jim sent us this week. We love happy updates. Thank You Jim for all you are doing for your "feral" Sweetie!
During that really cold spell we had last week, although skittish, he spent 4 days inside, probably the first time he's ever had a warm place to sleep. When I'd open the door, occasionally, to offer him a chance to escape, he'd look at me as if to say "No thanks, I'm good".
And I was truly amazed that he knew what a cat box was for. Never once missed the target - and he'd spend many long minutes in the box meticulously covering up his work after he was finished. As a matter of fact, he would also go so far as to shred the newspapers that were spread on the floor outside the box and then would add his confetti to the litter inside the box. Quite the tidy operator.
When my other indoor cat (a female half his size) hissingly expresses her displeasure that he's still around, Sweetie simply turns his back to her and ignores the noisy drama. Regarding his eating habits, I can report that I've been completely successful in spoiling a feral cat. When I get down on my knees while facing him, Sweetie will eagerly approach me for petting and ear scratching while circling and rubbing against me, and when I scratch his head he squints his eyes tightly. Very cute! Also, on occasion, when I spotted him a few houses away, I have called his name and he came running back to my house (probably hoping for a bite of something good to eat). This, I thought was pretty unusual. And, if I've just given him a bowl of food, he will tolerate me brushing him. However, other's who have wanted to touch him have been denied. Lifting him up is still a no-go.
Now that it's warmed up a bit he stays mostly outside, only coming in for a visit or a catnap. So far!
Tia has amazing news to report!
We received our Bags for Change check from Lucky's Market Longmont last week!
Thank you so much to Lucky's Market and everyone who donated wooden dimes for LFFAC. The donation check was $1792. This money will help us to help so many cats and kittens in 2017.
Even more wonderful, the Lucky's donation as well as all of the donations from you, our supporters, helped us meet the asset/income requirements for 2016 in order to qualify for the Colorado Gives program this year!
We never dreamed we would reach this goal. Purrs of Love to All of you Friends of Cats. We are truly blessed.
Thank You to those of you who contacted us to let us know about this cute guy (we're calling him Panther) who has been living in the parking lot at Walmart on North Main in Longmont for the past several weeks.
Several people had been giving him food and were concerned for his welfare. We were able to trap him this afternoon.
He is headed to Tabatha's house for evaluation and care. He seems to be pretty tame, and most likely was never neutered, and so he strayed from home.
We'll keep you posted on his progress! So happy he's off the streets tonight! Please spay and neuter your cats, and keep them inside where they are safe!
T.C. - the first cat with chronic diarrhea with which I had experience and success
Does your cat have chronic diarrhea? Have you tried everything to help the cat in conjunction with your veterinarian? Does your cat still struggle after trying many things?
Chronic diarrhea can have many causes and probably many solutions. I have found that focusing on the cat's diet is the best solution for getting things under control.
In 2004 my cat was 14 years old and I was seeking to feed him a more healthy diet. I fed him some canned food that contained vegetables. As a result of that, he got explosive diarrhea which occurred 5 times a day. I brought him to the veterinarian and they prescribed a medication for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks there was little change to his diarrhea and we returned to the veterinarian and they prescribed another round of the same medication. It didn't work. The veterinarian gave me a couple of possible causes of his diarrhea that would need further medical tests & examination. Meanwhile my cat also started vomiting so I turned to the internet to find out as much as I could about his condition. I found the website: catinfo.org that promotes feeding cats a homemade raw food meat diet when they are experiencing chronic diarrhea. The website contained a recipe with step by step instructions for how to prepare the food. I decided to give it a try. My cat's diarrhea stopped in 3 days of feeding him the homemade food. I was blown away after seeing his 6 week chronic diarrhea, stop. I continued feeding him a homemade diet until he passed away 3 years later.
Since then, I have volunteered to foster cats with chronic diarrhea for a local animal shelter. This is after the shelter veterinarians have tried different options in their facility and the diarrhea has not been resolved. Sometime the cats need an extended time in a foster home to concentrate on feeding the cat a constistent diet that will resolve their issues.
What can we do to help these cats?
1. Homemade food. I recommend a homemade raw food diet as described on the catinfo.org website. I suggest using chicken as the protein source, if the cat can tolerate it. Most cats that I have fostered, respond to this homemade diet within 3-5 days. Their diarrhea stops. I keep feeding them this homemade diet and nothing else, for a month. Then I transition them to a high quality, grain-free commercial food over a period of a couple of weeks. If their diarrhea returns (it usually doesn't) I stop feeding commercial foods & go back to the homemade food. Some cats need the homemade food for a longer period of time. I have had foster cats for up to 4 months trying to resolve their diarrhea with this diet.
2. Change the protein source. If the chicken-based homemade diet doesn't seem to make a difference after a week or 2 or if vomiting starts, try a different protein source in the homemade recipe. I have fostered cats who can't tolerate chicken so they need another protein source; turkey, beef, etc.
3. Digestive Enzymes. I have seen amazing results for some cats using the OptaGest enzyme. 1/4 teaspoon in their food each day is all that it takes for some cats to resolve their diarrhea. This can be purchased at many pet food stores or online.
4. Other remedies. In conjunction with the homemade diet, try some other remedies that veterinarians have provided in this book, Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats by Martin Zucker. This book has been so helpful for trying other things to help cats for which the homemade diet has not resolved their diarrhea. There are many other remedies explained in this book.
5. Homeopathy. I have successfully tried homeopathic remedies that fit the diarrhea symptoms explained in this book: Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs, Small Doses for Small Animals by Don Hamilton, D.V.M. I have carefully given a remedy & waited to see if there were results before I continued with another dose. If you are uncomfortable with this, consult with a veterinarian who administers homeopathic remedies and work with them to find the proper remedy.
6. Grain-Free food. Cats are carnivores, they need to eat meat. They basically were not made to eat grains. Even if commercial pet food manufacturers market their food with grains to be fed to cats, feed your cat a grain-free food. Grain-free canned food is preferred over grain-free dry food. There are many different choices of grain-free foods in stores now.
7. Patience. Some cases take a very long time to completely resolve. Some cats can't tolerate commercial foods, even high quality commercial food. I know people who have fed a raw food diet for 5 years, then transitioned to cooking the meat for another 5 years and then the cat is able to tolerate a high quality grain-free commercial food. So that is 10 years of patiently feeding the cat quality homemade food before they returned to a high quality, grain-free commercial food. Be patient. Sometimes things are not resolved in a week or a month or two.
8. Always consult with a holistic veterinarian if you are uncomfortable with any of these suggestions and if the cats symptoms do not improve or worsen. There can be many underlying issues with diarrhea and a veterinarian can examine and evaluate your cat to find the most appropriate solution.
Here are several cats that have been successfully treated with the suggestions above:
Oh, if only cats could talk! Especially those that we find abandoned or as strays. That is the case with Oscar. I have told him so many times that I wish he could talk and tell me about his life so I’d know how he ended up where he did when he crossed my path for the first time. Don’t get me wrong. Oscar can and does talk…. a lot….in that superior cat language that I, a lowly human, cannot always understand.
As a volunteer for Longmont Friends of Feral & Abandoned Cats (LFFAC), I first saw Oscar several years ago when he showed up at a site where I help feed a colony of feral cats, along with other very dedicated feeders in the group. He stood out in the colony since he was a long-haired cat among all the short-haired cats. He had a certain air about him and soon became the head honcho of the cat colony. He wasn’t friendly at first and stayed out of reach of his caretakers. Over time he became a little friendlier and then began “talking” to us, eventually letting us pet him, brush him and even hold him. It was evident that he had belonged to someone at one time.
While caring for the colony, we noticed Oscar began limping one day. When we notice a cat under our care appears to be ill or having trouble healing from a wound, we try to trap the cat and get it veterinary care. This is not always easy if the cat is truly feral. Luckily, we were able to handle Oscar so got him in a carrier and took him to the vet to be checked out. Turns out he had a wounded paw that was infected. He was treated and returned to the colony where his paw healed nicely. However, during his vet visit it was discovered that he had several broken teeth and needed dental work. LFFAC scheduled his surgery and got his teeth taken care of. During his surgery visit, his bloodwork showed that he had a chronic but controllable illness and that he could benefit from ongoing vet care. Since Oscar required a long recovery period after his dental surgery (and having found out from the vet that Oscar was a much older cat than we had thought), we decided that it was time for Oscar to retire from his position as alpha male of the colony and to find him a warm, comfy home to spend the rest of his days.
To make a long story short, Oscar eventually found a home with my husband and me and our other cats. We adore him, along with all the other feeders that cared for him at the colony site and pretty much anyone who meets him. Check out the photos below. When you look into his soulful eyes, I think you will understand why we have sometimes referred to him as “the wise one”. I still wish he could tell me about his life story.
Oh, wait a minute!! Oscar is meowing at me trying to tell me something…….I’m pretty sure he is telling me that he wishes all of you a very happy holiday season!!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.