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!
Little Oso and Violet are three month old kittens that we recently trapped at an industrial site where we are working to TNSR several cats that have been seen living in the area. We are treating these little cuties for ringworm and working with them in hopes they can be tamed for adoption. Last weekend we set up a few shelters to keep the homeless cats in the area warm and dry as winter closes in.
This past weekend, Tab and I trapped at the Buffalo Farm, named for the friendly buffalo who lives at this horse farm in Weld County.
We had been contacted by a woman who lives on the property, who'd already seen two batches of kittens added to the two adults who originally roamed the farm. In November and December, she was able to catch 4 of the 5 kittens who were 8-12 weeks old and successfully tame them. We were asked to trap 2 adults, 3 teenagers and 1 remaining kitten.
We set up our traps around 8:30 am, baited with tuna and set them in two distinct places where community cats normally fed and traveled. The caretakers withheld food for 24 hours. Within 10 minutes, we'd caught the daddy of all the kittens, a large black furred fellow. The other kitties were quite wary. Some entered the traps, only to back out. Some sniffed around the back side of the trap, but never went into the trap. The caretaker added some raw salmon to the traps and we were able to trap 2 more kitties. Around noon, we were ready to call it a day. We asked the caretaker if she'd be willing to keep an eye on traps during the rest of the day, which she was. Since she was outside all day working with the horses, this was an easy task. Later that day, she caught one more cat.
I kept the 4 cats overnight in my garage and in the morning, drove them to DDFL for spay and neuter. During the day, the caretaker continued to trap and by evening, she caught the last teenager. The final cat that she trapped was the last kitten (only 3 months old)
In September 2017, we got a call from a woman who boards her horse at a Weld County horse farm. She stated that she believed there were approximately 60 free-roaming cats on the farm. We got the farm manager's approval to trap and Tab and I prepared for a "Large Trapping Day".
On Saturday in mid-October, we showed up bright and early with approximately 20 traps. The farm manager, who normally feeds the cats, had withheld food for 24 hours, so our quarry was good and hungry. Tab went to the right side of the farm and I went to the left - it's a large farm. Neither of us saw any cats milling around, which was unusual at a farm with so many cats.We were questioning why we'd even been called out there. Little did we know!
I baited my traps with stinky, canned mackerel - nothin' spells breakfast, to a feral, like the odor of mackerel in the morning. Things were quiet on my side of the farm, so I started walking around picking up aluminum cans, which we recycle as an LFFAC fund raiser. I had about 3 bags full of crushed cans when my cell rang. It was Tab. Tab said the ten words a cat trapper dreads, "I need help. Cats are coming out of the woodwork!" She breathlessly asked me to bring as many traps as I could and help on her side of the farm. She'd trapped 4 cats in quick succession. I gathered up the close-by traps and drove over to the east side of the farm. I replaced traps in those areas where we'd successfully trapped and within a few minutes, we'd caught even more cats. Each cat needs to be checked to see if its left ear was tipped - removal of a quarter inch of a cat's left ear is a universal symbol of a spayed or neutered community cat. If a cat has already been sterilized, we release them from the trap immediately, however, we weren't finding any tipped cats. We'd also caught a large number of kittens. We worked for approximately 1.5 hours, trapping cats and kittens and putting them in the shade of the car - a real cardio workout! Some traps caught more than one animal at one time!. I said to Tab, "We're going to have to consolidate some of these kittens into carriers - we're running out of traps". We took several trapped kittens into a small room in the barn. Tab donned heavy leather gloves that extended to her elbows. She reached into the traps to grab the alarmed and aggressive kittens and placed them into carriers. If the kittens weren't so angry, it would have been funny. They're very nimble!
Over the span of approximately 2.5 hours, we caught 13 adult cats and 10 kittens. Tab returned that evening to trap 3 more adults. The adult cats overnighted in their traps in Tab's garage. The kittens immediately went to foster homes at Boulder Valley Humane and Longmont Humane. Within a few weeks, these kittens would be tame and on their way to forever homes. At 6 am Sunday, I returned to Tab's, picked up all the cats in my (large) SUV and drove them to Denver to Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL). DDFL provides free sterilizations and vaccinations for free-roaming cats (and house cats too), with help from a 3-year grant they've received. At 6 pm Sunday, I picked up the cats and drove them back to Longmont, where they overnighted in Tonni's heated shed. Monday afternoon, they were returned to their home on the farm. TNVR - Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release. 14 of the 16 adults were female - the population of cats on this farm was ready to grow dramatically. Many cat's lives were improved due to this team effort.
Since then, we've returned to the farm twice and trapped 3 more kittens and 2 more adults. With each subsequent trapping, the community cats become more and more wary of the traps, reducing the effectiveness of each day's trapping. We'll need to return a few more times to catch every un-neutered cat on the property.
The cats are now cared for and fed by an employee of the farm. One of our volunteers is providing food to assist in this effort.
Our thanks go out the woman who reached out to us to help control the cat population on this farm and to the farm manager who cared enough to allow us to TNVR at the farm. Arranging all the logistics of a big trapping event like this is huge. But the rewards of helping the free roaming cats are huge, which is why we keep on trapping!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.