One Girl on a mission

One Girl on a mission
85 TNR/Rescues and counting....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Update on Moses


Well, I feel very fortunate to have all the cats I do at this point. I have been bringing them into my office so they can watch Moses. He loves the company and always wants to eat when he sees them. It is so sweet. All my therapy animals. I call them. Moses has eaten a whole can of soft food this morning and I am sure he will be fattened up in no time. He is cleaning himself right now. A good sign. The crust on his eye is gone, so I am thrilled about that. I will keep you updated. Moses has a long road ahead of him. He will be caged here in my office for a few weeks, at least. Then I will see what I will do. Chin Chin has been walking around the house now. Always skittish, but it seems to get better every day. I figure that Moses will be happy with all his buddies. We'll just have two cats that don't care for humans. Someday, they will warm up to us, I am sure, but at least they will be spoiled as much as they can be.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Poor Moses



Moses was living in a dirty basement, hiding under cupboards. We had thought he escaped thru a door we left open for him. When I rescued him he was too old to be tamed and he escaped from his cage, so I could not control him. We decided to let him live in Joan's basement. She has a feral colony that lives under her house. So, at least he would have shelter. He never escaped and Joan stopped putting food and water in his location because we thought he took off. Today, I was over there scanning in homework and I hear a cry. I called Joan and she captured him and we moved him back home. In my office. He immediately start drinking the water when he say CC and Dana. He remembers them, so now I am keeping him beside me for months, if I have to. He has lived a horrible life the last couple months. I am so sad for that, but he will be taken care of here. This now makes 10 cats. I am glad I have a big house, but this is gotta stop. I have the kittens for so long they are like a family. I don't think anyone could give them a better home. That is sad. Really. Pray for my Moses here. He is so dehydrated and emaciated and his eye is all crusted over. I hope he is happy now and learns to accept me. This place is paradise from where he was, so maybe he will finally get it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kitten Update
























I have been letting Pete and Suede, the foster kittens out of there room. They love the basement. There so much room to chase each other. Too cute. Dana is here tolerating. She's getting better. Then there is Chin Chin, she gets stuck in the library. She is too skittish to have space to roam. She does love the neck massage, though

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kitten talk

If you follow this blog, you know about the little Siamese that was a hisser and then turned to mush after I pet her. Well, here she is. Look at those eyes. She is still very weary, but moving her into the library with everyone has been great for her. She doesn't hide ALL the time. I set a bed up for her in a nice spot where she could feel hidden. This is not that spot, but she is being really brave staying there each time I come in. I named her Chin Chin..I know funny, huh? Well, she has the fur of a chinchilla. Gosh if you have never felt Chinchilla...OMG. I have the luxury of being around fur coat companies when I am in the mountains and I tried one on. Like butter. I am not advocating the fur trade. I am just using it as an example. Anyway, Chin Chin is going to be our forever cat. My husband does not know, but I doubt she will ever adjust to anyone else. She is soooo soft though who could not want her. heehee.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Feral Cat Day!

Yep. I never knew it existed either. Thanks to all who care like Alley Cat Allies and Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance...plus many more. I hope we all can take a moment to do something to help. One....stop leaving your cats behind!! Or how bout, think before you get yourself a pet. There are too many people who do not care and it devastates me to think just how many. I am dealing with a situation here. A family down the block moved to England and left this sweat kitty to freeze and starve. I will have to capture him or her and take it to the Max Fund ( A no kill shelter) I have way to many in my home now to add another, unfortunately and it seems no one in my neighborhood is nice enough to do the same. Let's pray that we can all make a difference. More importantly is to educate people. Thanks for everyone who follows me lowly blog and all the generous donations that I have received. Without you I could not make it happen!! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I spy a kitty?


Oh what the library has endured the last year. Poor leather chair. Getting beat up. Whatever right? My brother told my husband whatever meant F' it/you. LOL I said it to my husband the other day. That was funny! Now he gets it though...and says,"that's messed up." Still funny!
So, the kitty I spayed yesterday is hiding under the chair. She is still her old self. Hiss then mush after I touch her. The magic touch. Someday, she will get sick of hiding! Thanks again to Joan for taking the wild male. He was too big for socialization, so she took him in. She named him Moses. Too Cute. He is pissed to high heaven right now, though. In a cage...uggh. I hate it, but he has to get used to his new home first.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pete & Suede


Pete & Suede, yep I named them at the vet. LOL I put them in the library, so I could trap the other two in the laundry room for their surgery today. That was rather frustrating, we were not prepared and I had a headache. So, Pete & Suede will have the library now because I think they need more human contact as well. I am in there a lot, so it is better than the laundry room. I broke down and place them on Craigslist. I hate doing that because I like to make sure I am getting a good home. I'd rather keep them than send them off to such a thing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SNIP SNIP today!



I took these two to the vet this morning. The Siamese was crying the whole time. Poor thing was so scared. I'll have to keep them in the library for the night. I have to trap the two wilder ones tomorrow morning. I was thinking of using my drop trap, but I am worried about how this will work and if they will even get under it. Thank god for my friend taking the oldest one off my hands. He will be in a kennel in her house coming out of surgery. He will be hating humans for a while. But he will have a warm home, food and other animals to hang with. So I am happy for him.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kitten Pictures Vault






















Okay, I feel bad. Yes, I have not blogged in what feels like a very long time. I finished my last week of 2nd term. I have one week off, so I am making feral cat shelters with my friend and neighbor Joan. I am also clipping the 4 kittens this week. Joan is going to take the larger "wild" Siamese. I still have not found homes for the other 3. I will probably keep one of the other Siamese, because she turns to mush when you pet her, but is still a "hiss & runner" so, she will take a lot of work. But, I am hoping when I can get her alone for a long time, she will eventually be okay to some degree. They are getting so big I worry that I won't find homes for my two other kittens. Uggh, if I could keep them. Cat lady for sure! (These images are of the litter I rescued in May. They all got loving homes within a few days. Can you see why? All together now...AWWWWWE!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heartfelt gift from a friend


Remember the litter I rescued months ago? I pulled this photo from that folder.
Look how tiny. She is like a little bear. Now living with a family with her little Siamese sister. I wish I could see how these kittens turned out. I only had them for about 4 weeks.

Well, anyway, my friend Joan painted these and gave them to me for my birthday. They were so sweet! Aren't they fabulous? She is so talented! The colors match my office perfectly. Now, I have something special to remember them by.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good News and Needing Homes


These two are ready for a home. I have not found them one yet, but they are doing just great. The other two Siamese are not progressing. I think I get the one alone she will be able to trust me more. But, it will take time.

I have good news, but no pictures...sorry. Dave made me a drop trap and we finally caught "momma" kitty. She is the kitty in my banner. The one who started it all, I say. Unfortunately I have a few more older kittens that will need snipped and released. I wish I could get them all young enough to get them off the street, but at least they have me. For now, that is.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alley Cat Collage


Pea of Whimsical Endeavors made this little 3x3 magnet. Isn't it cute. I just thought I would share. I was fortunate to win one of her make do's. She said she was sending me a surprise. It was real nice of you Pea to think of me.
Pe

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hissssss


I listed some new paintings on Ebay. Remember all proceeds from my art go to my kitty rescue. I have 5 cats on my list for vaccinations, spaying, nuetering and all that food. I am finding that the larger of the 4 kittens needs much more work. So, I have to purchase more baby food. At a $1 a pop! When I was giving them that for the medicine, that was when he let me pet him. 'He.' That is funny because I do not know 'his' sex. 'He' won't let me near him. LOL This picture was taking between his hissing at me. I could not get a picture of his teeth fast enough.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

~Congratulations!~


Gina of Cat Nap Inn Primitives
has won the little kitty girl!
Thanks everyone for participating.
It was fun and I know Gina is gonna be thrilled.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kitten Photos





These two are doing so well. They love to play. The Siamese eye is cleared up. Not all gone, but looks so much better.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Another kitten?

Oh my heart sank this morning. I went 15 minutes early to feed the alley cats. On my way I saw a black cat sitting in the middle. It's not a cat, it was a little kitten. The gray's sibling. Darn it! Looks like it may start all over. I am really beside myself. Once I get two really tame, then I got my work cut out for me..again. I am not sure how to approach this. I have 4 kittens that are at 3 different social levels...now I will have a 5 and possibly 6 kittens at 5 social levels. I need help!!!!!

Now I think cloning could be beneficial!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Venturing out


I took the two younger kittens into my office. They did not hide too much. I think they were more curious. The gray one is about ready for adoption. She greets me at the door and is always playing with her toys. Her brother won't be ready till he gets better. Unfortunately I have not found homes for any of them yet. I am not in a terrible hurry because they can always need more socializing. The other two, well I may have to find homes for my foster CC and even Polly, so I can keep them. They may never be tame to anyone but me. The one is still a cuddle bug, but won't let you stand near her. She always has to climb up on something and cower till I give her a rub, then she is all mush! Funny. I do not think that anyone else would have the patience for that. The other feral..well, lets say I may have myself a one room cat or barn cat. Either way, I do not think she will be real tame, but at least she won't be let loose in the alley. NO WAY..I can pet her when she eats, that is better than anything I can do to a true feral cat.

Little poopers eye is still swollen and the third eye was almost close for a few hours. I will call the vet on Tuesday if it is not cleared up by then.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Poor little poopers

One of the smaller kittens has an eye infection. Actually, all the kittens are on antibiotics, right now. The doctor said, there was no need to separate them, if they'd get it, they'd get it. It just looks so painful. I just hope no-one else gets this eye thing. The other one's cleared up fast, but this little ones just seems to be getting worse. Even though, I am administering antibiotic eye drops. I feel helpless and just wish he would get better soon!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

It's funny now....

This morning, I get up at 7 am to check on the kittens and give them their morning meal. First, I have to explain...the other day, two of the little kittens somehow got behind the washer and dryer. I have blankets, pillows, a board and towels set up so they cannot sneak back their to hide. Well, somehow they managed. So, I had a heck of a time, pulling the dryer out from the wall and trying to scare them out. Then I had to climb back there and wrestle with them (they were freaking out at this point) My leg got all scratched up, but I got them out. Then I set up even more pillows to make sure they cannot find another way back there.

Sooooo....anyway, back to this morning. I walk into the room and there was one kitty sitting on the dryer. NO OTHER kitties around. I checked the cabinets and everywhere I could think (the room is small mind you) So, I thought...great the two farels are behind the washer/dryer. SO, I woke up Dave and we pulled the dryer out..no kitties. We sat there looking at each other. LORD, how can they just disappear? We looked for holes in the machines that they may have climbed up in. We were pretty much dumbfounded. Then Dave opens a cabinet and finds them behind all my paint supplies. Oh what a relief. I have no idea how they can open a cabinet and crawl in (one up on the wall even) Not too fun to deal with first thing in the morning, that is for sure.

It's in the numbers

Sometimes I think of how little I am doing for these kitties. I know, you think I am doing a lot. But, I feel I could do a lot more. So, I wanted to mathematically figure out how many lives are being saved (meaning not being born in the wild) because of spaying and neutering. So, just based on 3 females (which I have rescued twice that number) expidentially over 10 years they would have have over 1 million offspring! Oh My! That is a lot of poor kitties left to a horrible fate on the street and getting killed.

Friday, July 31, 2009

~Rescue Kitties Blog Giveaway~


Welcome to my very first blog giveaway (for this site, anyway)
It is a Gritty Jane style doll. A girl dressed up like a kitty!
All you need to do is follow this blog. If you already follow, this blog, leave a comment and you will receive two entries. For a third entry, you can post this on your blog. Some of you already have a link to this site that stays forever... Remind me that you do and you will get another entry. There are a possible 4 entries available per person! Drawing will take place August 13th. Good Luck!

Look at that face


I have not named the kitties. I usually don't if I am intending to find them homes. This one is the female that was sick. She still has a bit of a runny nose, but she is doing just fine. Feral still because I cannot really carry her or much else. The only thing she does is lay in this basket and accept the love and strokes from me every hour or so. She loves it so. I think after a while she will be a perfect lap cat. Her sibling, the real big feral is still doing the same thing. He will let me pet him, when he is up on his cabinet. I am pretty sly about it, so it works, but he is going to take a long time. He may never be the perfect pet, but I hope he will get comfortable enough.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A wonderful surprise


Cris of Mommy's Midwest Mountain Folk Art, sent me a surprise. A custom painting. It really looks like me and my the Siamese. I was so moved by it, I got tears in my eyes. She wrote on the card:

"This is just a little surprise for you. Kitty lovers everywhere appreciate your efforts!"

Wasn't that the sweetest? I will cherish this, forever. Thanks so much, Cris!! XXOOXXOO

The New Feral


I wanted to post a picture of the new feral kitten. Look how scare he is! Poor kitty. I woke up to them sleeping in the laundry basket, so I grabbed that plant and took it out. I was not keen on them getting all wet and dirty. So I placed small blankets on top of the cabinet, instead. The somewhat tame, sibling is back to sleeping in her favorite basket...where she gets all the love she wants, when I enter. The other two are playing and doing just fine, with the occasional hiss, but that is normal. Once I touch them, they are okay. Funny, how that is.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sneaky


This is what I woke to this morning. The new feral is sharing his hide out with his sibling. So, what do I do? I sneak up there and start petting them both. The new one was trapped under his sister, so he did not move. I gave them about 5 minutes of strokes. Too funny. I am not sure if that will make him more comfortable. But, he did not hiss. So, that is a start. I am just going to let his sister be with him as much as she wants. She knows once I start petting her, what it is all about..so hopefully she will pass that on to her brother. (I say brother, but I really don't know the sex, yet..)

Then there are these two. They are smaller and less afraid. They love to be pet and even let me pick them up. They are still a bit standoffish for about a second, but they are totally fine with kisses on the head. I am feeling a little better, I just have to be patient with the new one. Give him some time to adjust.

Monday, July 27, 2009

One Wild Ride

OMG. What a nightmare. So, it rained the first try, then we went back out and finally caught us that feral kitten. I tried getting her into the kennel from the trap and well, she just flew out. This was in the laundry room, mind you, with the other kittens I rescued. The sibling (that I have been working on went nuts too; and they both climbed the dryer vent to get ontop of the cabinets. I tried getting one down and got bit. I thought, there goes my hard work. But, after the feral found himself a hiding spot in a plant I have up there. Everyone else calmed down. I spent some time with them and left talk radio and a little light on. I am glad I did try putting her in the kennel in the laundry room, though, because if this happened in the garage, that would be that. No more kitty and I doubt I would be able to trap him again. He looks big, too. God help me!

I am almost tempted to sleep in there, tonight. LOL on that hard floor, not a pretty picture. I may end up waking up to a feral kitten attack!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

OH NO!!!

I saw the larger Siamese's sibling in the alley tonight. Can you beleive it, another one? We waited in the alley with the trap for 45 minutes but he/she did not come out again. So, we are going to try again tomorrow night. Maybe it was a good thing I did not get him/her because I do not know if I should be putting him in the kennel (that is in the laundry room) with the other kitties. They are not in the kennel anymore, but I fear the first night would be stressful. I do not want to stress out the kitties that I have worked so hard on. Should I keep this new one seperated from these kittens till I can take him out of the cage or what? I am a bit clueless and now a little stressed. Just when I think I have it was down hill from here....this happens.

Ahhh much better


I forgot to mention, when I went to the vet to pick up CC's week 2 antibiotic. I told the vet I was giving it to this kitten. So, she gave me a bottle for her. She is already doing so well. Her eye is cleared up almost completely and she does not have a sneeze and her nose is drying up. The wound on her neck is pretty much all healed up. It is amazing with just some taking care of how quickly they can heal.

This picture is of her after I gave her a nice belly rub. She loves that. She is still skittish if I try to pick her up. But she is getting better everyday. This laundry basket I set up for her, is her favorite spot. She probably feels protected. I can imagine the yucky places they have slept. She is still skittish if I try to pick her up. But she is getting better everyday.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Feral kittens (almost) no more

Since I let the kittens have the laundry room last night. They did not cry at 4am. Yippee. I spent quite a bit of time with them today. I had two loads of laundry to do, so I wanted to make sure they were okay. A new experience with the machines going. They got lots of picking up, petting and even kisses. I want them to be okay with a big human head up to theirs. So, I do this a lot. The sick kitty is feeling better and has been pretty scared when I pick her up. But, tonight I laid next to her and was rubbing her for a good twenty minutes, getting her belly. She loved that. Finally I placed my head next to hers and she was fine. She is coming along well. It is so weird how from one day to the next, with as much time as I work with them, they change so much. Honestly, I don't think anyone could give them as much love as they get from me. They are totally digging it. Every time I come in, every one of them has to get a rub down. Ahhhh and they just stretch out now and start purring...so funny. I really thought it would take weeks! I should get paid for this kind of thing. A feral kitten training camp!!! heehee. (sorry, it is late and I have no new picks.)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Real Progress

Late last night, I decided I wanted to feed them, so they might sleep in a little. When I was in there, I took the opportunity to try petting and lifting. They did okay. I woke up at 5 am instead of 4 am, so a little better. OMG, they were so anxious to get out that they were letting me pick them up. The sick one, not so much, she is a bit older and still is not keen on me moving her too much. But, that gray one was just so into it. I even walked him around the house. She (i think) did fine. So, this morning. I cleaned up their kennel, shoved stacks of towels around the washer and dryer, so they could not sneak behind it and set up a play area for them. They are happier, roaming around. I still get hisses when I walk up to them. They like it better when I am on their level. I try every chance I get to touch them and pick them up. I think that a few weeks from now, they will be almost as sweet as the last rescue kitties. Though, I know their new parents may have to earn their trust for a while. I have not found parents for them, yet. I am sure it won't take too long.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sneaking in the petting

Guess what? I snuck a couple pets in on those two meanies. hee hee They were napping a bit and I just went for it. The other Siamese was a bit more receptive. I went for her neck and she gave it up. She liked it and I even heard a purr. The gray one was squished behind the other Siamese, so as I was petting her, I reached and pet him/her, too. Funny he/she had no place to go. I have to keep sneaking these in because they still are not keen to the idea of just giving in. The sick one slept in my lap for almost an hour today. No purring and I cannot get my head to close. They all still hiss, but it as only been 5 days.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just an update


Doesn't she look better, already? It has been pretty easy so far to get this little one to take my eye drops. She is sick enough she still lets me pull her (ever so slightly) out of the kenel. I even put some of CC's antibiotic in a syringe and got it in her mouth. The vet did not prescribe a antibiotic, but I thought It won't hurt anything. I also added 10cc of water to her mouth, just in case she was not getting enough water. I was surprised she let me do that. Then she sat in my lap for a long time while I pet her. It is not the most comfortable for me, so i could only do it for about a half hour, but I did it twice today. I think if I let her she would sit in my lap for a long time. Funny, though, as soon as I start to put her back she realizes what's up and hisses at me. LOL Fickle little thing. That is why I can only set her in my lap on the floor near the kennel. Moving her anywhere would not work. At least I get to give some love.

The others are showing no signs of trust yet. They still love to see the other cats and end up crying at 4 am in the morning. That is always fun! NOT

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dr. Doolittle - Cat Wisperer


I took this little "female" Siamese to the vet this afternoon. What a mess. She did not like being handled by the vet, so she flew off the table and the vet said I will not be able to help her. She said that I would not be able to administer the eye drops that she needed. I said, sure I will, just give them to me. I got her back into the carrier by cornering her, so she had to go in. Luckily, I used the cat career that has the top opening as well. While she sat in there, I dropped the fluid into each eye, with no major problems. When I got her home, I kept her into he carrier and looked at her neck. I was able to cut away most of the hard crusty skin that was dangling to find a little gash about a quarter of an inch. I whipped it with some water and a q-tip. I hope it will be okay. The vet did not give me anything for her sneezing, but said it should run its coarse (or get worse) HUH? Oh for crying out load! So, this little one has been letting me touch her a little and I think it is because she is sick. But, I am wandering when she gets better will she remember that I was nice to her or will she revert to being a meanie?

Like this little one! Hissing and freaking out. I got bit by the other Siamese. My fault...they wanted out of the pen. I let them, but then realized..how the heck am I gonna get them back in there. That was a night mare. They were trying to climb the walls. I doubt they will get to come out of there for weeks now. I have a lot of work on them.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Messy, stinky, sad little kitties

That is what they are. I originally had them in my craft closet in my office. But, they kicked out a bunch of litter onto my nice carpet, so I thought I'd move them into the laundry room. I do not care if they stink that room up. I do have to rig it up so there is no place to hide, before they get to venture out of their cage. They really wanted to today, when they saw Buddy. It is funny, I am making Buddy hang near their cage whenever I can. He hates it, but they love him. He looks like mama (but bigger) I think he really made them feel at ease, at least a little bit. They were shaking the other day, they were so scared. The bigger one, which I think belongs to that mama I fixed a while back (you know the one that was nursing at the time) She must be the lone survivor. Well, anyway, she let me move him a tiny bit when I was cleaning off their bedding and he even let me pet him for about 5 minutes. I found that she has a hard thing on his neck and has a tiny it of blood. So, thank the lord, she allowed me to touch him. I am gonna take her to the vet tomorrow and have them exam her. The other kittens look fine, so I will let them be for now.