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

Lonehill Feral Cats, 26 May 2017

FOUND: I received a call from Fourways Veterinary Hospital early this morning informing me that a dark grey/black female tabby had been run over on The Straight by Hirschs in Pineslopes and brought into them. They can find no chip. Please if anyone is missing a cat of this description would you please contact Fourways Vet on 011 705 3412.

 

I have contacted several of the feral cat feeders in and around the area but no-one has a cat of that description and all their tabbies have notches in their ears.

 

Judy

Judy.e.david@gmail.com

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 19 May 2017

COLD WEATHER

Last weekend was freezing and wet!  Fortunately, our cats have shelter and plenty food to keep them warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures show some of our Leaping Frog cats having their daily meal.  All of you who have donated to the upkeep of these beautiful cats can see how healthy they look.

The bright-eyed black cat is called BB ( black beauty)

The large tabby eating out of the bucket is called Big Boy

The grey shy girl is called Mummy cat. ( many years ago she had kittens and we decided it best to take her kittens and find homes for them, so they did not have to grow up in a shopping centre. We then caught the Mummy cat and had her sterilized.  All of this group are sterilized.

DONATIONS

A huge thank you to the gentleman who donated a 10kg bag of Hills pellets. I also want to thank two of the volunteers who have sourced donations themselves and made shelters for the cats with little blankets inside.

If anyone has blankets that they can donate, they will be most welcome.

Carole

0824242363

 

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 12 May 2017

GOOD NEWS

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The young abandoned kitten – 7 months old, has gone to her new home.  She has settled in very well.  She has two sisters aged 7 and 8 years old to play with.

The two kittens that were also looking for a home together, went to their new home last week.

Homing abandoned cats and kittens is always very worrying for me.  This is their second chance of a new home and we want it to be forever.

WEATHER

The temperatures are dropping this weekend and thankfully all the cats at the leaping frog centre have igloos and blankets to shelter in.

DONATIONS

After my last plea for blankets and soft food I had a wonderful response.

Some of the kind folks who donated were people who had helped with donations many years back and we had lost contact.  So THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REMEMBERING. I also would like to thank two special people who donated for the first time into the cat fund bank account. There are also people who donate food but they remain anonymous so I add my thanks to you.

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 5 May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

We are still looking for a kind and loving forever home for these two babies.  They have now had their vaccination and deworming done and are close to 9 weeks old.  Please call Merle or Carole to meet them.

MERLE:        083  6321808

CAROLE:      082 4242363

 

DONATIONS

After my last plea for blankets and soft food I had a wonderful response.

Some of the kind folks who donated were people who had helped with donations many years back and we had lost contact.  So THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REMEMBERING. I also would like to thank two special people who donated for the first time into the cat fund bank account. There are also people who donate food but they remain anonymous so I add my thanks to you.

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 21 April 2017

NOTICE TO FIND A HOME

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY SPECIAL CARING AND LOVING HOME. SOMEONE WHO IS NOT GOING TO GO OVERSEAS, UNLESS THEY GO AS WELL. SOMEONE WHO IS NOT GOING TO MOVE TO A PLACE WHERE CATS ARE NOT ALLOWED. IN OTHER WORDS, A FOREVER HOME.

8 WEEKS OLD AND AND BUNDLES OF ENERGY AND JOY. A tabby boy and a black girl.

CALL MERLE 011 465 0925/ 0836321808 OR CAROLE ON 0824242363

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

I desperately need donations of soft food like pampers, Whiskas, Friskies or Petleys tins.

Last month was heavy on vet bills as we had one cat that had an injury on her side that looked like a large abscess, and then she had another problem under her tail, which turned out to be very infected anal glands.

I am really grateful to the few ladies who donate once a month into the Homeless cat account which is an enormous help, covering some of these vet bills.

We also need some blankets for the winter so if you have any that you can donate please contact me or drop off at Vet to Pet in Lonehill.

Carole Dike

0824242363

 

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 12 April 2017

Does anyone recognise this poor cat?  Please contact Suzie on sue.franklin55@gmail.com or 084 522 0264