Need Help with Cat Problem & Some News Updates
A problem maybe one of you can help with: I have a co-worker who is a HUGE cat lover. She has many inside cats she dotes on, and I have to tell you a little story of why I think she is so kind-hearted to cats and stray cats. When she was a little girl, the family had a cat. As cats will sometimes do to little children who don't know better, they scratch. Her parents, like so many do, got upset when it scratched her and took the cat off and let it into the wild.She found out about this as an adult and the thought has been with her since she found out. She takes care of needy cats in a sort of attempt to "atone" for what happened when she was a child,even though she had no part in the matter. Any way, that's my pop psychology for the day.
Besides her inside cats, she feeds a few strays that showed up. However, she simply can't take ANY more into the house, as she has A LOT already. Three of the strays on the friendly side, but still, as strays, are a bit skittish and wary, as Catfish was when I first go him. She also said she's noticed two under a year old she believes, who are more shy and probably litter mates. I know one of the first three is a long haired black and white, but will have to ask her about the others.
Any way, a neighbor called Animal Control about the outside cats. She's had problems with the neighbor before, who says the cats pee in her gravel or whatever. Understandable,I guess, if you care more about gravel than living things. So, on her door was a notice from Animal Control that she had 7 days to take care of "the problem."
On advice from and with help from Cats are Us, she hopes to get the cats spayed and neutered and then try to find homes for them, and you know how hard that is. Cats Are Us will try to work them in to the shelter, but that won't happen until fall at the earliest, as Spring and Summer explode with litters of kittens and they are overwhelmed.
We are hoping once she lets Animal Control know what she is trying to do that they will back off, but if the neighbor keeps it up they'll want to trap them and take them away--and you know what will happen to them.
So...........if any of you know of someone who would want to help one of these cats...or someone with a farm that would want any of them as barn cats (they'll be spayed and neutered)please, please email me. She would rather have them in that kind of situation than a shelter situation, which is much harder on cats that are used to always living outside. The small quarters and so many other cats around and the confinement might really be traumatic for them--and they are so overcroweded--that we are crossing our fingers that we can find somewhere for them to go. She of course, would have kept caring for them, but with the reporting, that is impossible.
PICTURE above is of Sheba, Skeeter's baby. She says: "Sheba is in one of her many baskets. This one happens to be a German market basket which I keep magazines stored. She does not care if there are magazines in it as they make a nice soft bed!"
All cats should have this kind of wonderful life.
NOTE: A change in my posting habits. I will probably start posting late in the afternoon or in the evening, so if you don't see something new in the morning, that's the reason! I am reorganizing my life! :)
I will still be off Sat/Sun in July and then to Fr/Sat in August. Having a get-together here in July will not be good for me on a Saturday, as I work Friday night late and sleep late--I wouldn't have any time to get ready. I would prefer doing something in the fall when it's cooler, and by then I should be on the new days off if things go as planned. I have a huge covered deck, but it faces South and July-August is way to hot to sit out all day for a cookout. Also, The Boss has the deck torn up and is reconstructing part of it, and that won't be done for a while. Maybe we can have a get together at a restaurant or something before the fall. Maybe rent the party room at the Blackhorse, depending on how many want to get together? Let's put on our thinking caps!!
posted by Sandy at 6/19/2007 11:06:00 AM