FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 26 Jan 2021

A plea for vet bills please: These are mounting up on the cats and kittens I have down here in foster care and with which I cannot burden the Friends of Ferals shelter in Hennopsriver as theirs too are ever increasing with our local Vet there. I do not run accounts with the Vets who already give me welfare rates and altho’ these cats are the shelter’s responsibility if there is no money to pay the Vet I pay the Vet out of my own income which being retired soon disappears. Even if it is R100 donation it all adds up, please!

Nutmeg growing by the hour

Nutmeg: the 7 week old kitten abandoned in the Leaping Frog Centre and in my care for past 4 weeks (now 11 weeks old) is still getting 2 baths a week for the ringworm which seems to have cleared up but still 1 week of baths to come. She has had various check-ups followed by her 1st vaccinations and her booster vacs and rabies will be at the end of next week. Her meds alone have cost me R700.

Sarah: still in foster care, is being monitored closely in the hope that we can get her healthy and fit before her next visit to the Vet for a further check-up possibly at the Specialist Hospital to see whether anything can be done on the old break of the ankle and the degenerative spondylosis which were diagnosed after doing x-rays. This again has so far cost me well over R1000.
Then 2 of the shelter’s kittens also in my care but with foster moms were spayed and, well after curfew, decided to pull out their stitches which meant me dashing around to the 24 hour vets to get the smallest of buster collars (cones) which were still too large so another plan had to be made which involved someone taking shifts to stay up all night.

 

Shiray: Watch the video below, she is still awaiting her forever home. She is still in foster care, her siblings having all been homed weeks ago and she would have been my kitten of choice. Such personality, can play on her own or with the resident cats of all ages and loves cuddles from her human foster parents.

Sarah in foster care
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Food Donations: Our bin just inside the Lonehill Pick’nPay has had little or nothing in there for the past week or so but to those that did donate, thank you. A huge thanks to Linda for the donation of food you left with Biz X-Press and condolences to you at the loss of your darling kitty. May she fly free with the butterflies. Also thanks to Melanie for the regular donation also left with Biz X-Press.

Adoptions: Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financials Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 19 Jan 2021

CHRISTMAS 2020 RUSHED UP ON US AND I DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WRITE A  CHRISTMAS WISH TO EVERYONE, NOR THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND DONATIONS!!
 
One of my volunteers had a birthday that month and asked that people brought her cat food rather than presents.  We were overwhelmed with cat pellets and thank you to all of you who donated.  Such a kind gesture.  Together with the regular donations we certainly had plenty cat pellets and a few tins and a large box of pouches from Lee Klette.   
 
Also, a last minute donation received early January, a large bag of Iams. Thank you so much to the lady who left her name but I didn’t get it, to thank you personally.
 
THANK YOU ALL.
 
 
Donations received end of December
Donation received early January
Nutmeg

Staying in December whilst I was feeding  at the Leaping Frog, a delivery man from Nandos stopped me to ask if I knew about the small kitten down by Nandos take-away that seemed lost and was hungry.  He said he had been been feeding it (with Nandos chicken).  Not Peri Peri!!!

I drove down the road to the entrance of the drive-in and looked towards the wall of the exit where the cars come out.  There was quite a bit of trash there and a ginger kitten trying to find food in the packages.  It was very nervous.  I talked to it soothingly and brought some proper cat soft food from my car which the poor little thing devoured.  I put a water bowl down as well and she drank thirstily.

Most of the time she was just nervous.  No hissing or spitting like feral cats do.  After she had finished eating she gave two or three quiet little meows.  I got a carry cage from my car but couldn’t get to her to catch her.  She was up on a ridge. I decided to come back the following day and try again. 

In the meantime I had told Judy.  The next day I went about the same time 4pm but there was no sight of her.  I waited and hoped it would appear.  But nothing and then there was a storm brewing. I gave Judy directions as to where to find her and she said she would pass by later. 

Amazingly I received a call from Judy later to say she had seen her in a storage  place next to Nandos taking shelter.  She came to Judy as if she wanted to be rescued rubbing her face against Judy’s hand. Within minutes she was safe in a carry cage with Judy.  The rest of the story I shall leave to Judy as she has been caring for this abandoned kitty since.  She is apparently so tame and just loves love.  Who could have left her like this to fend for herself.  She is only a baby..  more pictures below of, now named, Nutmeg. Also read Judy’s article following this one.

Carole Dike
0824242363

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 19 Jan 2021

As Carole mentions, Xmas had been and gone before we could wish you all a safe and happy festive season and huge thanks for everyone’s support during 2020.

This past few weeks have really been a mixed bag of Allsorts and a very costly one for me personally, the NPO not having sufficient funds to assist with medical bills.

Alegra the sick kitten taken on a Sunday to Animania the 24 hour Vet appears to have made a total recovery and still awaits a new forever home. I took Sarah, our adult cat in foster care with Carole, to the Vet before Xmas to have an old ankle break x-rayed as her limp, with more freedom at Carole’s than at the shelter, is more pronounced. Carole also noticed she was arching her back. The Vet established the ankle being an old break had become arthritic but that she also had spondylosis of the spinal discs in the pelvic area and she was arching her back to alleviate the pain. Sarah is currently on pain medication and being monitored to see her response to same but my next step is to get her to the Specialist once all the Vets are back to normal COVID hours. Then just before Xmas I had an appointment with the Jhb Animal Eye Hospital for Minka one of our kittens homed a couple of months ago who has an ongoing eye problem. These are all expenses I am having to cover out of my own pocket so any assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Alegra
Sarah

Then we have had 2 teenage domestic tamish kittens (now named Jack and the other Oliver) wandering the streets for a few weeks in search of food and it was obvious they had not been sterilised which is no doubt why they had wandered from home looking for a female and would eventually get into fights resulting in injuries and them possibly contracting Feline Aids or Leukemia. No owners stepped forward. At the time not knowing how tame either of them were, Jack in Glenferness and Oliver on Concourse in Lonehill, I decided to trap both as neither would let you pet them or pick them up. Jack was caught before Xmas and Oliver last week. Both were sterilised, vaccinated and to my delight tested negative for Aids and Leukemia with Lonehill Vet who assisted me with a reduced cost. I was very fortunate to find families who would adopt them and both are now in their forever homes.

Oliver

Again more Vet bills to pay.
Please any donations would greatly assist.

Cats Galore or Judith David
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

We had 2 escapees of recently homed cats. One was an adult homed the day before and the other a kitten homed a few days before. In both cases the adopters contacted us immediately and we were able to get someone out there who the cat was familiar with. In both cases the cat and kitten recognised our voices and were found within a few hours responding to our calls. It is essential that newly homed cats are kept locked inside until they are familiar with their surroundings being sound, sight and smells/scents. All they need is to chase a butterfly or a clap of thunder and with an adrenal rush just run and end up in unfamiliar surroundings.

Then we have Nutmeg mentioned by Carole in her Chronicles which due to lack of space and time I will write more about next week. After picking her up I took her to a safe place, gave her a dry flea bath and dewormed her (see in one of Carole’s photos that extremely round tummy – worms). She wasn’t bothered about food just wanted love. The next day I took her to the Vet for a check-up and she was given a clean bill of health except for possibly having ringworm which had affected her one ear, lip and nose which involves daily oral meds and 2 ringworm baths a week, however, from stress she the next day had a weepy/runny eye (possibly snuffles) and we had to give her 2 different eye drops 6 times a day. She is the best patient ever and once 100 per cent we have a possible adopter for her but for the moment she is still in my care. More on this success story next week.

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 8 DEC 2020

And still Kittens

Alegra, one of our hand-reared bottle babies, now nearly 10 weeks old, had a fever and temperature of over 40 on Sunday morning and had to be rushed to a 24 hour vet, Animania, in Fourways/Broadacres.

They immediately did some blood work, showing she is FIV/FeLV negative, but which revealed little other than she had an infection which caused her to become anaemic. She was immediately put on a drip and kept overnight. After another treatment a few hours later the temperature was down to a more normal 38 degrees. She remained on the drip overnight and she appeared to stabilise by Monday morning and we were able to collect her at 3p.m. and take her back to the shelter where she is being monitored. So far so good. Having 24 hour care the account was quite high so any contributions to her Vets bill would be greatly appreciated.

On the video below you can see our 4 grey tabby Weather babies having a game of golf, all 4 are still up for adoption and were featured in our article of 24 November. The foster mom had incorrectly sexed them as all males, however, we re-sexed them when having their 1st vaccinations and only Sleet is a male, the other 3 are females, Drizzle, Storm and Mist.

Shiray, our female tuxi featured last week, is still waiting for her forever home and has sent a letter to Santa asking for same. It’s a difficult time of year for finding homes for kittens with many families going away over the Festive Season.

Donations

Although many of the accounts with the Vets are paid personally by myself I rarely get donations directly to me but last week I did. Thank you Charlene Olivier, greatly appreciated and much needed. Also thank you to those people who donated packets of food, tins and pouches in our bin inside Pick’nPay and those left with Terri of Biz-X-Press and Terri thank you for once again stepping up last minute to do posters for a missing cat, it saved us valuable time.

Alegra
Shiray
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Adoptions

Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financial Donations to either:
Judy David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”
Or
Friends of Ferals
FNB
a/c no. 627 5435 9852
Branch: 250 655
Ben. Ref: “CG + Cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

GYPSEY IS STILL MISSING – 1 DEC 2020

Gypsey's facial markings
Gypsey's markings

GYPSEY IS STILL MISSING

Hereto 2 photos of Gypsey a beautiful calico female, sterilised, not chipped nor wearing a collar (there is another very similar cat living close by but wears a collar). Gypsey lives up to her name and does wander but has now been missing since Tuesday, 10 November.

She lives in the Tulbach Crescent area of Lonehill which is off Concourse. She may have gone down a stormwater drain, which is a maze and with the storms we had earlier and became disoriented and lost. If sighted please contact either Heather 082 496 8214 or Judy 083 611 1333

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 1 DEC 2020

Donations

FOSTERING

Although I am still grieving the loss of my beloved cat, Aero,  there is an empty space in my heart.  It felt like I needed to give this space to another cat,  but it was too soon.  Then Judy came up with the idea of fostering.  I have had Sarah for only two nights but she is filling my heart with joy and has settled in as if she always lived here.  I have arranged to care for her for a month over December.  She is a delightful, relaxed cat.  We all sleep together on the bed, me, my husband and Sarah.

Carole
0824242363

DONATIONS

Thank you so much to those of you who dropped off donations into our RED DONATION BIN AT VET TO PET. All donations big or small are most welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 1 DEC 2020

Fostering

A huge thank you to Carole (yes, our own Carole of Carole’s Cat Chronicles) for stepping forward to take Sarah into foster care and not only over the two weeks of Xmas and New Year but as from last Sunday. Sarah is in her element getting the individual love and attention she so craves and immediately bonded with Carole and her husband, Charles.Yesterday Sarah sat next to Charles doing a little bird watching per photo.

Dolphi our male cat has also found a foster home with one of our volunteers and he too left the shelter at the weekend this leaves space for our Xmas boarders. Boarding fees go towards shelter running costs.

Kittens

Now we just need to find homes for the 5 litters of kittens we have. From our Wine Litter of 5 we still had Jordan, Merlot and Shiray but yesterday a home check was done and approved for 2 of them and as Merlot and Jordan have bonded they will go to their new home over the weekend.

This leaves Shiray, the most playful, friendly and vivacious female tuxi of the litter. So active and independent who is either on the go non-stop or sleeping for a few moments then up and running again. She loves everyone, humans, children and other cats. We need to find her forever home before Xmas, please share.

Pablo – The Maine Coon with a broken elbow having now completed his rehab and physio was homed last Friday and as he needed a companion and he had bonded with our Summer who has been in the shelter for 3 years, Summer too found a home with him.

At the shelter we have many teenagers and adults of all ages, colour and sex.

Sarah & Charles bird watching
Shiray...
Pablo going home
Summer..
Shiray gyming

Adoptions

Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financials Donations to either:
Judy David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”
Or
Friends of Ferals
FNB
a/c no. 627 5435 9852
Branch: 250 655
Ben. Ref: “CG + Cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

GYPSEY IS STILL MISSING – 24 NOV 2020

Gypsey's facial markings
Gypsey's markings

GYPSEY IS STILL MISSING

Hereto 2 photos of Gypsey a beautiful calico female, sterilised, not chipped nor wearing a collar (there is another very similar cat living close by but wears a collar). Gypsey lives up to her name and does wander but has now been missing since Tuesday, 10 November.

She lives in the Tulbach Crescent area of Lonehill which is off Concourse. She may have gone down a stormwater drain, which is a maze and with the storm last week become disoriented and lost. If sighted please contact either Heather 082 496 8214 or Judy 083 611 1333

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 24 NOV 2020

And more Kittens: Here are the photos of our 4 grey tabbies caught recently and currently in foster care for socialising. All nearly 8 weeks of age and they will have their 1st vacs next week. I am told they are all males but this will be double-checked next week. As kittens should be, they are very energetic, playful and inquisitive. They are our Weather babies, Drizzle, Mist, Storm and Sleet.

A sleepy Drizzle
Mist
Storm
Sleet

Then on the 4 in 1 photo we still have the siblings from last week, Merlot (boy) and his sisters, Shiray and Jordan, joined by a non-sibling Oscar (boy). All now 8 weeks. Please share as we need to find these fur children their forever homes.

Don’t forget that at the shelter we have several teenagers and adults of all ages, colour and sex.

Adoptions:
Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st and 2nd vacs as well as rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financials Donations to either:
Judy David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”
Or
Friends of Ferals
FNB
a/c no. 627 5435 9852
Branch: 250 655
Ben. Ref: “CG + Cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 18 NOV 2020

DONATIONS

This week we have been preparing new posters for our collection bin at Vet to Pet in Lonehill.  Thank you to Jackie for putting together four different posters to display on our Red Donation bin.  Jackie is the Manager of the shop and kindly allowed us to put our Donation bin at the front of the shop. Please pass by and make a donation when you can.  Either dry pellets or soft food in pouches or tins.  These are available at Vet to Pet.

For a sneak preview of our new posters please scroll down.  

VOLUNTEERS

Over the December period some of our volunteers go away so I am looking for a couple of ladies to help out with feeding.  Please contact me if you have an hour once a week to help out.  Cat food is provided.

Call :  CAROLE   0824242363

caroledike@gmail.com