by Jackie Dale
Jackie is a part of Cat House On The Kings in Parlier and does a monthly column on the Cat House here at KRL.
Selma: The Continuing StoryMy Selma colony continues to challenge and mystify me. I haven’t seen the original ginger mom cat or her older daughter at all since they all disappeared together. Her son, “Lil’ Boy,” has been around a couple of times. I see her children, the tortie mom whose kittens are tearing through my house like little tiny furry tornadoes. Much to my chagrin, her sister has shown up with two kittens that look very much like her sister’s three. I have been unable to catch the kittens thus far. Unlike the ones I captured earlier, these two are very wary of humans and will have to be trapped. And even more chagrin: there is a new cat there, a large classic tabby.
Vagrants and truckers continue to provoke my ire by allowing their animals to eat the cat food, harass the cats, and steal the food and water bowls. I finally left a foam plate sign hanging from the bushes saying, “Please don’t disturb the cat food. Don’t be an a**!” I had to ask a lady trucker to please walk her dog elsewhere so I could feed my cats. The water bowls are now milk jugs cut in half because I figure no one will steal those. The food dishes are aluminum pans from the dollar store.
So in Selma I now have to trap the two sisters, the two kittens, and the big tabby. And my list is only getting longer.
Lady in Denial Needs Help. Can You Spare a Dollar?
I have a new name on my list of people who need help with cats. Ironically named Catalina, an elderly lady in a nearby town has 30 (yes: I said 30) cats living on her property in town. I just always wonder, “At what point did you realize you had a problem?” I would be willing to bet that neighbors are less than thrilled by the sheer number of cats this woman has. The town has no animal control so there is little that anyone could do.
Fortunately, a friend of mine happened to meet this woman and my friend called me to see if we could help her get them fixed so she could stabilize this incredible number of cats. How could I say no? Lynea was not happy about someone with 30 unfixed cats and asked me to “handle it.” I knew Lynea meant that if she had to talk to this person, well, let’s just say the woman would receive a very stern lecture!
The cats will start getting fixed as soon as appointments can be made. This woman is unable to pay the $10 per cat fee. If 30 people could each send in, say, $10, or 60 people each sent $5, or if 300 people sent $1, it would pay for this project. (7120 S. Kings River Road, Parlier, CA 93648) In the memo line, put “Jackie/OC TNR Project,” or just click here: www.cathouseonthekings.com/contribute.php#donate
Thanks in advance! Truthfully, anything to help offset the cost of the $300 to fix all these cats would be greatly appreciated. The good news here is that the cats are tame, so trapping won’t be necessary.
I received a call from the caregiver of the McKitties that were TNRed last year. Her favorite cat, Tom-Tom, had an injured leg. She was very concerned because the paw seemed very large. So I met her in town and when I peeked around the corner of her feeding station, I saw him and his grossly swollen paw. I spent the next four days trying to trap that guy to no avail. The only thing I caught was one of the previous TNR cats!
I told her she’d either have to net it or—since the cat allowed her to pet it—she could usher it into the trap and slam the door. However, the cat now wasn’t showing up for meals. I had to tell her that one of two things would happen. Either the cat would get septic and die, or the abscess would burst and the cat would probably be fine. Fortunately the second scenario was the one that played out. A few days later I received a joyful text from the caregiver that her Tom-Tom had returned, skinny but with no swelling or limping!
New Bridge-Kitten RescuedOn June 10, Reedley officially dedicated the new bridge on Manning Avenue. On June 18, construction workers finishing up some last minute details heard meowing. A tiny kitten was discovered in the bridge’s very deep storm drain. There was no way for the kitten to get out. The speculation as to how the kitten got into the drain was not pretty. Let’s just say that it is suspected to have been a deliberate act. But the good news is that these absolutely amazing, caring, wonderful workers rescued the kitten and brought it to The Cat House. With the temperatures in the triple digits, he would not have survived down there for long. You guys rock!
Funny StoryI’d just spent the past two weeks working on The Cat House newsletter and had sent everything off to the printer. I was at my line dance rehearsal when I got an email from Sid, our printer. He said that when he left the door open a feral cat had got in and was hissing and spitting and he didn’t know what to do. I asked if he was sure it was feral, and he said yes. I told him that the best we could do was to TNR the cat. He didn’t know what that was, so I explained. He said okay and that he had the cat in a box. I was somewhat puzzled as to how he got a feral cat into a box, but I contacted Martin Papaleo and asked him if he could please go pick up this feral (in Fresno) and TNR it. He said yes and I let Tammy Barker know what was happening. Well, the feral cat turned out to be a very small, very scared kitten! Martin picked up the kitten and Tammy said to bring it to Petco. The kitten will be fixed and put up for adoption.
Wrapping It Up
The Cat House on the Kings is bursting at the seams! In just the first six months of this year, we have taken in over 900 cats and kittens and even some dogs as well. If you are a Facebook fan then you’ll have read some of the heart-wrenching stories of abandonment and rescue. Fortunately some of the kittens will be taken in by other rescues where kittens are in high demand.
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