Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 30 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture shows sweetie pie in a hurry to have her dinner.  She couldn’t wait, so jumped in to the boot whilst I was preparing it.

The next picture shows her entering her igloo where her supper is normally served, if she is not in such a hurry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donations

Thank you to the people who donated into the homeless cat fund bank account last week.  There were three new people but no reference of the names, just initials.

I would like to be able to thank you by email or sms, if you wish to contact me. Caroledike@gmail.com or 0824242363.

Volunteers

We have a great team of volunteers at the moment.  However I still am looking for an extra person, temporary or permanent.  No Pay!

Carole

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 23 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPSETTING NEWS

Last Thursday morning I received a call from one of the guards at the Leaping Frog.  he told me that there was a sick cat lying in the bushes.   When I arrived I could see that a black cat had wedged itself between a low hedge and a low wall.  It was very still and covered in leaves. I actually thought it was dead at first.  I had brought my carry cage and a pair of protective gloves, (just in case of scratches).  It was a very narrow, difficult place to pick up the cat. The gardener who was close by, helped me cut back part of the hedge so I could reach in to pick up the cat.  Reassuring the cat and stroking it I managed to scruff and lift up the cat and get it into my carry cage. I was surprised that this cat made no aggressive movements other than hissing a bit. This would be normal for an injured feral cat.  I took the cat straight away to Fourways Vet.  In order to do a full check of the body looking for possible

Reassuring the cat and stroking it I managed to scruff and lift it up and get it into my carry cage. I was surprised that this cat made no aggressive movements other than hissing a bit. This would be normal for an injured feral cat.  I took the cat straight away to Fourways Vet.  In order to do a full check of the body looking for possible injuries it was necessary to sedate it.  Examination did not show any broken bones or contact injuries.

The vet recommended hydrating the cat as it was very thin and dehydrated, but otherwise in good condition. She also gave it a long lasting antibiotic and I said I would release the cat back if all was well the next morning.  On Friday, the public holiday, I saw another vet at mid day and she said that she was not happy with releasing the cat back because she had noticed the cat was not able to stand up properly or walk. When she showed me the problem it seemed to have neurological problems and there was no possibility of releasing this cat.  Sadly MRI scans and further neurological tests were not viable, and the results may have ended up too serious to put right.

With a very heavy heart we agreed to let this cat go, and he was euthanized. Making this decision always causes me huge emotional stress.

DONATIONS

Thank you to the kind lady who donated blankets this week which are always welcome in the winter months.      All soft food donations are also welcome, so if you wish to donate tinned food, please leave it at vet to pet and I will collect it.

VOLUNTEERS

One of our volunteers has gone on a long extended holiday until September, so if there is anyone who would like to help me for the next two months, please contact me on 0824242363.

UPDATE ON LEAPING BUILDING BY THE CAR WASH.

Last week I posted pictures of the major building works going on there and how this is impacting on our little colony.  They now have so little area to live and have been very stressed by all the noise of digging and the amount of workers on site.  We are not sure of the outcome of this new project, but I believe it will be a new hardware store.  Not dissimilar from Builders a kilometre away.  Makes you wonder!

 

Carole 

caroledike@gmail.com  

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 9 June 2017

UPDATE AT LEAPING FROG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are faced with another challenge at the Leaping Frog where the once nine, now eight cats live.  The pictures I attach speak for themselves.  This area used to be a tranquil garden nursery.  Pot plants, flowers and young shrubs everywhere.  The cats were able to wander around during the day interacting with the visitors coming to buy seedlings etc.  The were relaxed and happy cats.   A few years ago that all changed and a furniture company moved in.  They put lots of pots with shrubs in the area where the nursery was.  This meant our cats still had a quiet place to live and we were able to sit with them and interact.  These cats love the volunteers company and enjoy being stroked and chatted to.  Two of them actually play ball and bat a soft spongy ball into the air.  ALL OF THIS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE GOING FORWARD.  A new hardware store is moving in.  Down the road a kilometre away we have Builders Hardware!!

 

DONATIONS

Thank you for the recent food donations left at Vet to Pet. The cats rely upon your generosity and I am so grateful to all of you who donate.

On a personal note.

My heart goes out to all those people and animals in Knysna that have lost their homes and are in need of help.  The animal welfare places are struggling and have asked that we help with donations of blankets, pet food etc.  There is a flight going down on Monday to take donations.  There are various drop off points for Joburg if you want to donate:

 

Randburg:                             NICOLETTE   0605074558

Roodepoort Allensnek:          ELWYN          0823754890

Please call me if you need further info on this.  There is a drop off point

for PRETORIA, BENONI , GERMISTON AS WELL.

 

Carole

0824242363