Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 13 October 2017

Leaping Frog Cats

Two of our cats living at the Leaping Frog centre.  The black and white cat is Sox and the grey and White cat is named Smudge.  Both are females and are part of the group of 8 cats.  The builders and concrete mixers have created a noisy and unsetttled environment for these friendly, gentle cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

I wish to thank the regular kind people who donate in to the Homeless cat fund account. I also want to thank someone who left a very large bag of Hills Science Plan Sensitive skin cat food, also a bag of Perfect Weight Hills pellets.  The Sensitive skin is most appropiate as there are two cats suffering with itchy skin and they are licking and pulling out their fur.  SMUDGE is one of the cats that may benefit being fed this food. THANK YOU

VOLUNTEERS

I am looking for volunteers.  Someone who could help feed the cats once a week.  I provide the food.  These cats love company and enjoy being stroked and chatted to.

Carole Dike

0824242363

Carole Cat Chronicles, 6 October 2017

I have just returned from Mallorca and a three week break from Johannesburg.  As soon as I catch up on sleep – 24 hours travel from Palma to Madrid, Madrid to Johannesburg with a 6 hour wait in Madrid to connect flights,  I will resume writing the Cat Chronicles.

 

In the meantime I thought you might like to see some pictures I took whilst in Mallorca of the local cats there.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE ON THE LEAPING FROG

As soon as I returned to Joburg I went to see my family of cats.  The building works continue and I am so worried about the cats there.  They have lost all their habitat barring a few feet of grass at the top of the hill.  They are very traumatised by all the building noise and people.  I am racking my brains for a solution to improve their living conditions, which for the past 9 years has never seen anything as intrusive nor saddening for this happy family of semi tame cats.

Ideally a small holding would be a perfect place for them to be relocated to, but this in itself would be an enormous undertaking, not to mention the cost.

 

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 31 August 2017

HOME NEEDED URGENTLY.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha is a 14 year old girl.  She is soft and gentle and we must find her a loving home.  Her owner is elderly and has to be relocated to a frail care home.  This is always a heartbreaking situation but I know in the right home Sascha will be happy.  She just needs a warm bed to lie on, nutritious food and lots of love.

If you can offer Sascha a home please call me :  CAROLE 0824242363

DONATIONS

Thank you very much to the lady or gentleman who donated lots of pouches of soft food, both Woolies and Catmor.  I also want to thank the people who donate regularly every month towards cat pellets and veterinary bills. Also wish to thank the lady who donated blankets and tinned Fancy Feast this week. The cats will love this extra special treat.

VOLUNTEERS

If you would like to help us care for the homeless cats please contact me. I always need people to help cover over holidays perhaps just for a few days, or twice a month.

UPDATE ON LEAPING FROG BUILDING WORKS.

The past two months have been really traumatic for the family of cats living by the car wash up on the hill.  The noise of builders and machinery has been too much for some of them and we have lost Sandy, the smallest, dearest little tabby girl.  She just couldn’t  understand what had happened to her once fairly peaceful home.  All of us are praying and hoping that she will come back.

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 25 August 2017

Chronicles – 25 August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two cats live together with an elderly lady who has to move to a frail care home.  The fluffy black and white cat is 14 years old and a female.  The pale salmon coloured cat is a boy and about the same age I am told but looks and acts much younger..  They do not have to be homed together.

A special home is sought for the black and white cat.  No dogs, no children. Lots of love to spare and a big bed to lie on.

Chronicles – 18 August 2017

I received a call from a resident in a complex about 3 weeks ago.  She was unhappy that a cat kept coming into her house and eating her cat’s food.  She said the cat normally came at night.  She asked me to help her sort out the problem. In these instances I always feel sorry for the cat.  This is because from my experience, these circumstances come about because a tame cat that has got lost or has been abandoned will seek out the warmth and food that exists in another home. It would have been easy to pick up this cat and take it to a vet to be checked for a microchip, or to see if anyone had reported the cat missing.

However, since the cat had been shooed away by various residents, it had became scared, hungry and lost.  I explained that the best step now would be to feed the cat every evening just before dusk in a quiet spot and after a few days, hopefully the cat would be relied upon to turn up and I would be able to catch it.  We tried this for a few days but I was not able to see the cat and after dark we wouldn’t  know who had eaten the food by the morning.  During this time the Trustees of the complex were able to find out that the cat had belonged to a family that had moved out, 2 or 3 months before, and had re-homed the cat to someone.  We were able to get in touch with the original owner who had moved to Bedfordview.  I suggested that he came back to help us and call for his cat. The first time he came there was no sign of his cat.

The second time he came and called for Spike he appeared.  Apparently Spike had run away from his new home and back to his old home, which was not too far away.  He had obviously been looking for his family, but they had gone.  We took Spike to Lonehill vet  where all his records were since he was a kitten. He was re-vaccinated, given a full  heath check, frontlined and de wormed. At this point the owner told me that he was unable to keep Spike as he now lived in a complex where no pets were allowed.  He was extremely upset that no-one had told him that Spike had run away from his new 2nd home.

I suggested I take Spike to a cattery the following day and we would look for a suitable new home.  The photos I took whilst he was staying at a lovely cattery in Fourways.  He was only there for four days when the opportunity came out of the blue for a wonderful new home for Spike.  He is now happily settled in with his new family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

Thank you very much for the pouches of Friskies I received and also the No Name brand pellets which were left at Vet to Pet for our homeless cats.

Also thank  you to the people who donate regularly in to the homeless cat bank account.

 

STANDARD BANK

A/C  20494927 0

A/C C.M. BARRETO

HOMELESS CAT A/C

 

Carole

0824242363

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 28 July 2017

HERE ARE THE PICTURES OF THE TWO VERY YOUNG CATS NEEDING A HOME.  THEIR OWNER PASSED AWAY AFTER SURGERY ON A BRAIN TUMOUR.  THE CATS ARE BOTH FEMALES.  NO INFORMATION AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE SIBLINGS.  ACCORDING TO THE LADY WHO IS CARING FOR THEM, THEY ARE VERY SWEET AND GENTLE.

MAY BE YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A SAFE AND LOVING HOME.

THANKS SO MUCH

 

CAROLE

0824242363

Caroles Cat Chronicles, 21 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two very affectionate, loving cats are only just over a year old.  Their owner was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has just undergone critical surgery. As I write this sentence, I just received a call to let me know that she has passed away.

A HOME IS DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR THESE TWO BEREAVED YOUNG CATS.

They are presently being looked after by a foster Mom.  If you can open up your heart and give them a loving and safe home, please contact me.  Carole:  0824242363

STERILIZING

During the past two weeks I have been busy catching a Mother cat and her three kittens for sterilization.  I received a call from a Lodge in Mulbarton Road asking for help to catch and sterilize a family of 4 cats.  The kittens were about 4 months old and the Mother cat probably about 14 months old only.  The owner of the lodge was more than happy to keep the family together and had already been feeding and caring for them.  I caught them without too much trouble in a trap and they were sterilized, vaccinated and returned home.  I am really glad that the owner took the responsible route and had them sterilized.

 

Carole

0824242363

Lonehill Feral Cats, 14 July 2017

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME NEEDED FOR LUKE: This is beautiful Luke who is in desperate need of a loving home. He is approximately 2 years old and is a Fox Terrier/Jack Russell cross. He was found a few weeks ago wandering the streets looking for food and is now currently in temporary foster care in the Lonehill area.

He has only 3 legs but this doesn’t stop him one bit: he is a fun, sweet and energetic boy that craves love and companionship.  He gets on well with other dogs and will be a loyal friend and family member to whoever can offer him a loving forever home.

He is now sterilized and his vaccinations are up to date.

Adoption in Johannesburg/Pretoria areas. Adoption subject to home-check. Please contact Judy on 083 611 1333.

DONATIONS: I would like to add a thank you to all those people who have donated food into the Feral Cat Donations bin in Pick’nPay and to those handed into Biz Xpress.

VOLUNTEER: We still desperately need a volunteer feeder for one day a week. The kitties only need 20 minutes of your time at dusk or later. I will supply all food. Please!

 

Judy

Judy.e.david@gmail.com

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