Last Saturday, Janet and I went to Bill's farm to trap. He has a colony of about 15 cats that he's been feeding for years. He's got 2 traps of his own and had been working with ECC to spay and neuter the colony. He had 3 more cats who needed surgery, that he hadn't been able to trap. We set up 7 traps around 3 pm. By 6 pm, we'd caught 2 of the 3 cats that Bill really wanted to catch. But we hadn't gotten Mama Cat. Bill said that Mama was very clever and never went in the trap. So I said I'd come back on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Bill didn't feed his group. I showed up on Thursday with the drop trap and someh mackerel, tuna and cat treats. Within 10 minutes, Mama Cat was trapped! Then Bill told me that there is an orange cat who's the father of all the kittens, but he rarely comes around. While Bill was anxious to catch Mama, he seemed ambivalent about the male. So I offered to try to trap the male too - after all, it took longer to drive there than to catch the Mom. I called BVHS and they said they had a second appointment for me, the following day. Bill hunted for the male around the property and saw him close by. Within 30 minutes, the male cat wandered right into the drop trap and we had him! He's giant (12 pounds?) and a handsome shade of orange with long hair and his name is Junior. Junior has a mane, like a lion and he was really angry about being trapped.
That was really a successful day of trapping!
Our sweet angel Willow has left this earth but she lives in our hearts.
Thank you Deb for this loving memorial and for all the good care you gave to Willow during her life. She had a happy life surrounded by her kitty family and many people who cared for her.
WILLOW August 2012 – January 12, 2018
Willow was a pretty little cat who was part of Big T’s Colony. She was almost 5 ½ years old when her life came to a tragic end. She was hit by a car on January 12, 2018. She was a quiet, somewhat shy girl most of the time. The last couple of months though she took to meowing at us, her caretakers, while hanging out up on the roof of the shed where we dished out the food for the colony. On a whim, one of her feeders decided to place a plate of food up on the roof for her one day and this became one of Willow’s favorite places to eat. She had such a sweet face that made us all smile. Her mother, Tia, remains at the site. She will be sadly missed by all of us who cared for her over the years. Rest in peace sweet Willow.
Kit Kat and Lucy by Lonnie Hull DuPont is one of the most enjoyable kitty books I've gotten to read in a while It is hard to find well-written, entertaining books about animals, period. Books that aren't tear-jerkers, that are well-written and sort of capture the reader. I read Kit Kat and Lucy from beginning to end in one night.
Lonnie Hull DuPont is a good writer. Her story of how she, an insecure city girl with panic-anxiety and some other hangups, finds herself in an old farm house in VERY rural Michigan. When she and her husband leave their vibrant life in San Francisco to live in an old house, out in the middle of rural Michigan, Lonnie thinks she has "fallen off the earth".
This book is the story of how Kit Kat and Lucy quite literally find her and give her entire life a new meaning. Just reading about how Kit Kat managed to make it to Lonnie's home is a riveting tale. And just wait until Lucy shows up! Read this book and find yourself laughing over the antics of these two girls. Soon Lonnie is no longer lonely. She and her husband work on the old farmhouse, all the while being entertained by the two kitties who "chose" them. Life in rural Michigan wouldn't be my choice of location, but with the help of ones kitties, one can learn to not only be happy, but also content. And every day with these two girls offers something new!
A story of how two stray cats make their way into the hearts of their humans (all done on "little cat feet") is heartwarming, humorous, entertaining and well-written and will not disappoint. I got mine used on Amazon, but it should be available in the library, used books stores and possibly on Kindle. Happy reading!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.