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.
The July heat has been brutal and unrelenting. Cat House cats are kept cool with fans and misters. The cats, of course, have the option to go into the air conditioned house, but many prefer to be outside. The cats are out and about when it is still cool, but once it starts to get warm, they retreat to their favorite cool spots.
In the afternoon, you will see cats lounging in the coolness of the shrubbery. Many of the cats spend their day down by the river’s edge. Ideally, it is best to bring all pets indoors during the heat. However, realistically this may not always be possible.
If you have outside-only pets, or stubborn pets who refuse to come inside, it helps to wet down the surrounding area for them which will bring down the temperature several degrees. Dogs can also be wet down with the hose, but an absolute must-have is a kiddie pool for dogs. Not only is it a refreshing dip for your dog(s) but it provides a source of emergency water should they inadvertently knock over their water buckets.
The New Beginnings Shelter Challenge is finally over. It was a very long contest, and we appreciate your diligence in voting every day. We have yet to receive the official news, but at the end of the voting period, I believe we were in second place. So many deserving charities to compete with for the prize money. Regardless of where we place in the contest, it is gratifying to see so much being done for the good of animals. Thank you for voting!
The Clovis Chipotle restaurant fundraiser is right around the corner! The Burritos for Purritos fundraiser to benefit The Cat House on the Kings is an amazing opportunity to get some great food AND help The Cat House on the Kings raise some money. You can show the flyer, either in print or on your phone, OR you can just tell them that you are there to support The Cat House on the Kings and 33% of your order gets donated to us!
Thursday, August 9! 1840 Hearndon Avenue, Clovis 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
We Had No Water!
(22) Kitten Tails
Every year you hope it will get better. However, each year it actually seems to get worse. Everyone is full. I currently have twenty-two kittens at my home. I have turned away many more because I am only one person and have a limited amount of room. I have an additional thirteen, give or take, in foster homes. It gets hard to keep track of them all sometimes!
Kittens are time consuming. Their care requirements include cleaning, feeding, and cleaning again. Particularly when the kittens reach weaning age and begin solid food. They basically swim and crawl through their food. So they get bathed and blow dried. Then they poop and walk through that, too. Another bath and blow dry. Then it is time to eat again. So repeats the process that fortunately is only temporary.
I have my kittens divided into seven groups based on sibling groups, size, and health status. Every room except my bedroom has kittens in it. The puppy play pens and tent catios have been a godsend. Most mornings the kittens go outdoors at 6 a.m. to enjoy some fresh, cool morning air. Then I feed everyone and administer any meds. While they are outside, I scoop all the litter boxes, sweep and mop up all areas, and wipe down all washable surfaces. Everything must be very clean. I use a lot of disinfectant wipes! I try to keep my house clean and odor free. I also use Febreeze air spray, it works really well on odors. I have fans in every room plus A/C, so everyone is cool and there is plenty of air circulation. I also make sure that the master bath is free of kittens and spotlessly clean for the hubby’s arrival home from work. A happy hubby is a kitten-tolerant hubby. No one wants to step on kitty litter to get to the shower. I’d like to offer up a little shout-out to my hubby, Frank, for his extreme patience with all these kittens. We recently celebrated our twenty-seventh wedding anniversary, which we both forgot. Nothing like mutual forgetfulness to bring you closer together.
The kittens that arrived this month came from a variety of situations. Some came from a local shelter, three from a friend who found three kittens in his boat, and three came from a lady in Clovis who was waiting for me to have an opening. Then I took in a six-month-old ginger and was convinced to take three additional kittens. The kittens were healthy looking despite being in a near hoarding situation. One kitten had been given to a neighbor whose children proceeded to put glue on it and throw it into a pool. The woman took back the kitten, and I took the three siblings plus a Siamese I spotted in the photos she sent. The Siamese was adopted right away which is almost always the case. The adopter wanted a “chatty” cat, and what’s chattier than Siamese?
Another group of three kittens came from behind an abandoned restaurant on the outskirts of Kingsburg. The kittens were very friendly meaning that they had clearly been dumped there. Unfortunately, one of the kittens had fallen down into a storm drain. A woman named Angie happened by and heard the kitten’s cries. She turned to Facebook for help. Another woman saw the post and asked her husband, who worked for the city to help. He removed the grate but had to return to work. The resourceful woman lowered a basket baited with food into the hole and waited. Soon enough, the kitten crawled into the basket and was successfully brought out of the drain. Kudos to Angie for her resourcefulness and for going the extra mile to save the kitten.
So as I sign off until next month, I will say that I hope to have far fewer kittens here by then. Six are supposed to leave soon and hopefully more to follow. Spay and neuter, put out water for community animals, and please share my column wherever you can. Peace On!
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