Friday, July 16, 2010

God Watches over Feral Cat with Kittens

The feral cat that I call Lucy arrived at my old shed the other day, she came with her mate a large Norwegian Forest cat that I call Bob. These cats are wild and live in the rock caves that are adjutant to my property. 

These wild cats occasionally join the other colony cats for a bite to eat or enter the shelter for protection when the weather is extreme. Most of the time they are deep in the woods foraging for their survival. 

Today Lucy came to the shed because her left paw is wounded. I suspect from a hunters leg iron trap or from an injury from a rock that may have fallen while she was on the ridge. Whatever the cause the paw was injured and she was walking on three instead of four paws. 

 The shed is always open for any cat that wants to come in out of the cold or the heat. I have a window air conditioner and a window heater that keeps the room temperature comfortable for the cats.  

 God watches over feral cats, and this is why Lucy came to me. I suppose she sensed that I would care for her and protect her from harm. She has been in my shed for one day and allowed me to stand close to her and to view her three very young kittens. Two are black stripes like a British Tabby and the other is a yellow stripe they are only week’s old and all are nursing.

My neighbor is helping me with Lucy, and the kittens. We cannot get close to Lucy to clean her leg wound and have decided to trap her for medical care.  We will trap the kittens also as they will need to be bottle fed.

Lucy's love for her kittens is very strong.  She is suffering in silence as she nurses her kittens.  She keeps them close to her in the bed of straw and protects them from harm.  I love cats and will do what I can to keep them safe. 

Here is a video of a mother cat that hugs her restless kitten and helps it to sleep comfortably.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Feral Cats Deserve a Better Life

There is billions of feral cat’s world-wide because of human negligence. Feral are the cats that nobody wanted. These cats were abandoned by their owners and left to survive on their own.  

Some cats survived in areas close to a food source others perished. These cats are living a life much like the wild cats of Africa. They are competing for food water and shelter and just want to carve out a space for themselves so they can live a peaceful life with humans.

I have been a colony caregiver since 1998 and in that time I have trapped, sterilized and given the feral cats their vaccines, tapewormer and treatment for fleas, ticks and ear mites. 

 All of the feral cats that I have trapped were either socialized for adoption or released to a controlled colony where they are safe from human traffic.

My husband and I care for the feral and stray cats.  At present date we have 10 cats in our colony.  The colony where the cats reside is on a side of a mountain ridge that is located in a forest of 25 acres. The cats live in limestone cracks and crevices as well as large thicket dens or hallow trees. 

 All cats are fed twice a day and get fresh water at the feeding station.
In the winter the cats are welcome to sleep and get warm in my  old shed.  It is a drafty shed, however it is dry and it does provide the cats with a good wind block and straw filled beds. 

Some feral cats will go where they go when weather turns extremely cold or hot and these cats do suffer. They are too wild to realize that the shed has heat and an air conditioner.  

The feral cats are terrified of the nose that the heat and cooler product puts off and so they burrow into the leaves or the brush in the forest. For these wild feral cats we will hike out to them to provide them with food and water.  And when the snow is too deep we will make a path to them.   

It is not easy to be a feral cat, most humans fear them and believe they are viscous and diseased.  Many humans think the best interest to the feral cat is to trap them and euthanize them, that this action is humane.  

I have trapped and taken the feral cats in for sterilization, tested for feline aids or leukemia and out of the 298 cats there was 1 sick cat. 

Feral cats did not ask for this life, they really had no choice as their human  abandoned them long ago.  They are feral because of human neglect, a human error that can only be fixed by the  caregivers that dedicate their service to trap, spay or neuter and then care for the cats in colonies.  

Feral cats deserve a better life, where they can co-exists with humans without being feared as dangerous animals, with no purpose on earth.

Feral Cat Sepia Print print