Christina adopted Mama Kitty and took her home to live out her retirement years as a spoiled indoor kitty.
Mama is ten years old and has lived her whole life outdoors at Big T's colony. She's never been much for pets or human affection, only allowing an occasional head pat in passing from her caretakers. When Christina started volunteering to feed the kitties at Big T's a year ago, Mama Kitty was smitten, and started acting like a kitten when Christina was around. Christina felt the same love for Mama. In early March Mama went into Family Pet Hospital for medical care for a hurt paw and to have three teeth removed. While Mama was recovering at Deb's house, Christina visited her each morning. And so, as the saying goes, "Once a cat has chosen it's human, game over..."
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the TNR effort a success. Thanks to Laura who planned it, trapped and transported. Thanks to Janet, Tabatha, and Andrea for helping Laura trap. Thanks to Bri for trapping in your colony. Thanks to Nancy for transporting to Denver Dumb Friends League. And, thanks to Jenny H for being on call to transport. We were able to TNR 10 cats from 3 locations. Some of them were treated with antibiotics, matted cats were brushed, and we know of one to two that need more medical care. What would we do with out Denver Dumb Friends League? They are terrific! Thank you DDFL and Tonni too!
CJ from Big T's colony had a wound on his cheek that wasn't healing. Last week Deb and Christina got him into a carrier and Deb took him to see Doctor Molly Abernathy at Family Pet Hospital.
Doctor Molly treated his wound and will see him back for dental care and a follow up visit next week. Meanwhile he is recovering at Deb's house and is loving playtime and sitting on Deb's lap. Yesterday he "helped" Deb play Candy Crush on the computer.
Thank you Christina and Family Pet Hospital for helping CJ. Purrs to Deb for taking me in and giving me lots of LOVE!
Larry was a very unlucky guy until he crossed paths with Jami who saved his life.
After staying up many nights worrying about Larry whose tail had been bitten, or broken off, Jami was successful in trapping Larry last Friday night.
Larry went to the Denver Dumb Friends League clinic on Saturday morning where he was neutered and given an antibiotic shot. His next stop was to visit Doctor Molly Abernathy at Family Pet Hospital. Doctor Molly amputated his severed tail that was raw and very infected. Thank you sooo much Jami for saving Larry's life! Thank you to the DDFL and Family Pet Hospital for the medical care you gave Larry. Larry is recovering with Tonni for now and will return home once he is feeling better.
You were always sooo loved and surrounded by your babies. You were a good Mama. You were your own girl and you let us humans know that you were the boss. Suki let us know that she was ready to cross over to the other side and join her babies who passed before her. Thank you to Mark who took such good care of Suki during her retirement years at Suki's Love Shack. Thank you to the staff at Family Pet Hospital for your kind and gentle care for Suki. Thank you to all of the volunteers who fed and cared for Suki while she lived in the Hood, and to Megan and Katharine for continuing to visit and feed Suki after she moved to her Love Shack. Special thanks to Tonni who spent endless hours on her quest to TNVR Suki. Rest Well beautiful girl. Tansy, Chili, Mark and Jenny will miss you.
A Gift From Bob by James Bowen should really have been reviewed in December since it is about James and Bob and their adventures on the streets of London before the book A Street Cat Named Bob had taken off and they were facing a "skint" Christmas. London sounds like it can be a pretty mean city, like most any city. But the cold and snow, plus lack of funds and having to be out in the weather seem to make James and Bob's prospects for any kind of Christmas at all seem pretty bleak. In his usual straightforward fashion James tells about how he and Bob are out there selling "The Big Issue" and busking. We can get a pretty good picture of what life on the mean streets of London can be like in the winter.
All sorts of characters enter this book, some good, some angels, some not so good. James figures out how to give back to the folks he has met while out on the streets singing and selling "The Big Issue" and sure enough, as he brings positive energy to his own circumstances things begin to look up. Although this book is really a Christmas story, it is excellent for any time - especially when we're tempted to feel sorry for ourselves. James lets us get to know his best friend Belle (best human friend, that is) a bit more. Bob comes through as he always does. I figure Bob must be around twelve or fourteen. He is such an awesome guy! Hope he lives to be in his twenties- he and James need each other. Although it's pretty safe to say James really needs Bob. What a side kick!
I ordered my copy used on Amazon. Paperback, excellent shape. Should be available on Kindle, in used book stores and at the library. If you want to read more about Bob, this one's a winner!
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.