The Ailuro File

Here is news from one of our fosterers

From Issue No. 40 - Winter 2006

Pussies in the Park - Jean Grafton

The best news is that we finally found a home for Trixie. She is happily settled with a very nice lady who only lets her out when she is with her. Trixie is not getting up to any mischief at all, and spends every night on the bed with her new owner. Charlie and Bonnie have also found a really good home together.

We’ve had lots of kittens to foster this year, which is always a pleasure but I do wish people would get their females spayed, as so many of these unwanted kittens end up ill-treated. First we had a litter of five black/white ones. Topsy, Hayley, Barney, Patches and Flash  were born in the rafters of an outbuilding. Topsy and Hayley went to a young couple and when we visited them, they had their dining room set up just for the cats. They had enormous climbing frames, loads of toys and even a drinking fountain. Talk about spoilt rotten !  Flash went to live with a teacher in an old converted pub, a beautiful countryside home. Patches was homed with a little ginger boy called Jesse, who was brought in because his owner was going abroad (she’d only had him 2 weeks !!). They went to a wonderful home, where after seeing ours, the people built the kittens an enclosure on the back of their lounge and wondered why they hadn’t thought of it before. That left little Barney, who was soon taken by a young family with an enormous longhaired German Shepherd who was used to cats.

Next to arrive were a litter of three girls, two black/white, Poppy and Mitzi, and one fluffy black one called Angel. I had a call from the couple who adopted Jet (now Cadbury) from me two years ago, asking if I had a suitable female kitten friend for him. They chose Poppy, who is now called Minstrel, to keep up the chocolate tradition.

We then picked up another litter of five from Elaine’s, from a family who couldn’t find homes for them. They were beautiful kittens, in shades of cream/ginger/tabby/torti and white but running alive with fleas. Three were soon reserved and have gone to very good homes. Cracker (cream), and Honey (tabby/torti/white) are still with me at the moment.

The last kittens in were Dawn, a little tabby girl, found wandering in a Garden Centre car park with an injury to her nose, and Toffee and Humbug, brindle and black/white sisters, who were born under a shed. Humbug is coming round nicely and now spends all her time with Cracker and Honey, who are a good influence on her. Toffee is very nervous of being picked up but if you can get hold of her she will settle on your lap and purr. Who knows what Dawn has suffered in the first weeks of her life, but whatever it was, it has left her unable to really relax. These two really need to go to a permanent home soon, so that they can bond with the person who will keep them forever. Nervous and feral kittens become very attached to their owners and more and more frightened of strangers.

We also had two 4 year old brothers returned to us, as the owners were moving and couldn’t take them. Misty, grey/white and Felix, black/white, very affectionate boys, but didn’t like each other when put in the pen. The result was that Misty stayed inside and Felix stayed outside looking miserable. Misty had a bad infestation of earmites, so I brought him indoors in our spare room. Felix was much happier with the pen to himself but was homed two weeks later with a young family and a dog, as he was used to a dog before. Misty is fine now and back in the pen waiting for someone to fall in love with him.

Last to come in was Lucky, a 2/4 year old black tom. He had been fed as a stray for about a year and his feeder was about to go on holiday and was worried about what would happen to him. Now neutered, he is a lovely, affectionate lap cat.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Bridge Vets, Wroxham and 3 Rivers Vets, Poringland for raising £146.31 since February by selling our Birthday cards, and to thank all the people who bought them. Also Many Thanks to all the people who use Bridge Vets for the £39.00 in our collection box.

Here is news from one of our fosterers.

From Issue No.39 - Summer 2006

Summer at Catkins - by Elaine Hardy

Recap - Cleo and Chester are still here - last year's lovely tabby kittens - need an adult only home. Shy at first but can be so loving when they get to know you. Judy is also still with us now 7 months old, she loves Cleo and Chester - anyone interested in three juveniles full of fun ? Just a thought !! We all thought the kitten front was slow - then suddenly they arrived with vengeance. First came Freya on 29th March with her friend cuddly Ted who was homed within a few days as they weren't that close. Freya is a lovely semi-longhaired tabby and white. She was very pregnant on arrival and has produced three lovely female kittens, one grey and white, one black and white and one tabby and white. All are happily booked by their new owners. Freya will soon be spayed and will go on the homing list.

Next came 8 month old black boy Felix, full of love, a delightful little lad, he luckily soon found a new home. Loopy( now called Lucy) a 15 year old black and white OAP arrived on 10th of April. She was evicted from her home through no fault of her own. Blood tests all good. Four rotten teeth removed, she enjoys life under the heat lamp or in the sun. She loves people and will make someone a great pet, she does however hate other cats. We hope someone will give her a chance of a new life.

A phone call on the 29th April from Coastline Vets asked if we could possibly take in a young cat and 6 kittens found under a bush in Carlton Colville. The kittens were only 2 days old. Katy as we called her soon settled in and has been a great Mum, although she has found it all hard work, as she's only a kitten herself. All her kittens are boys, one black and white and 5 tabbies.

Last but not least, at 8.30am Sunday 14th May I received a phone call from an elderly lady asking for help as a cat was having kittens on her doorstep. I sat and waited for the final kitten, number 5, to be born. Once Mum had cleaned it up I put the kittens in the carrier then lifted her in, she was so grateful she purred - THEN BIT ME ! Purdy as I called her continued to be hostile for a couple of weeks. She is much better now and her 4 boys and one girl are doing well. So here we are, no kittens one minute, now we have 14 ! Any offers of good homes anyone ? All the kittens are now playing in the runs enjoying this latest bit of sunny weather. We have also been busy trapping cats at Filby, and have managed to spay 4 females. Some kittens are still beleived to be on site, we can only hope that local people will call us as soon as they are sighted. There are many feral cats living on smallholdings like this and local people seem to be totally unaware of the number of kittens likely to be born to 4 or 5 adult females ( REMEMBER IN FIVE YEARS ONE FEMALE CAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 20,000 OFFSPRING ). We do try to educate people as well as trap cats.

Hope you all have a good summer.

Here is a poem and news from one of our fosterers, from Issue No.38 - Spring 2006

Samson

by Mary Grumbridge

The Veritable Venerable

Archbishop of the Driven Snow

Meditated Meritoriously

Where he should go

He was certainly Handsome

His Name was Samson.

Willow Whispers by Sandra Peache

Very quiet here at the moment as the patter of 16 tiny paws are now in their new homes.We had to wait until they all got to nearly 6 months before they all found the purrfect home they were looking for.

Wilma and Harry went first and have settled in beautifully - a bit nervous at first. Kiri and Caruso are well established as well, living with two other cats plus a dog whose basket they seem to have bagged for their own. I think they were with us so long because, one, they were black and also they were a bit shy and the third reason was we wanted them to be rehomed in pairs. I'm glad we hung on for the right homes for them. Morgan was the first of the little black cats to be homed in 2006, he went to be a friend to another puss and settled in a treat.

Another wonderful thing happened as well; Sabrina who had been with us over two years has found her ideal home. She did go out into our garden so she was not penned up for the time she was with us. She had arrived with her litter of kittens plus one from an earlier birth. Sabrina is a cat who you have to take on her terms as she can be a bit feisty. she has now settled into her new home and seems to have taken on some of the previous cat's traits! Anyway her new owner is happy with her and Sabrina is happy also, she has a lovely park behind her garden to roam in. I must say the passers by who knew her here and would stop and talk to her have missed her - even the odd bite or scratch she would sometimes give them!

Cinq, one of our feral kittens, went to live with one of our last years hand rears as sadly Sundance's brother had been killed on the road. He hid up for a couple of days but is now great friends with Sundance.

Ellie, a friendly tortie came in with one of our cats Milly (our Pollyanna's mum) who had been homed 5 years ago. Ellie was a bit bossy with Milly so we decided to split them up. Milly is still with the CCS, looking for a quiet home, she is a long-haired black.

Delightful Daisy, a lovely grey tabby, was taken in as a stray and the family would have loved to have kept her but the resident dogs were not happy with her, so reluctantly she came to us, where she has found a loving home with one of our loyal supporter's sister. Daisy is frightened when the telephone rings but hopefully she will soon overcome her fear.

Dinky came back into our care after being in a home for 4 years, they were moving house and couldn't take her. A very friendly tortie, she has now been rehomed and is following her new owner around like a little dog.

Jasper, a large ginger cat, came in as a stray before Christmas and found a home in the New Year but was only there for a week, he bit the lady as she was trying to butter his paws ! He is still here; he did have a little nip at me, only when I tried to show him how to use the catflap! He has had an infection the last couple of weeks but is fit again now, no trouble to give him medication. I first was using the `tab pockets' we get from the vet to disguise the tablets but Jasper loves his food so much you only have to put the tablets in the food and they are swallowed up in a jiffy! What a good boy.

We also have a little Bengal X, who came in to us via the Social Services. Her young 17 year old owner could not cope with his own problems let alone a cat. His Mum, who was breeding them, thought it was a good idea to give Twinkle to him but it did not work out and in the meantime she wasn't coping with the cats she had. Hopefully there is an interest in her. She needs an understanding owner as she is a bit shy with new people to begin with.

Boots and Furry, two lovely 6 year old boys have now lost their `Dad' after their Mum died only 18 months ago. They are feeling a bit bewildered at the moment but eating ok says Ann their fosterer. We need to find them a quiet home like they were used to, although I think the neighbours children came in to see them. They have been indoor cats up to now but maybe if they were homed in a quiet area they could go out in the future.

We also have had some sadness too, we took in 2 cats after their owner died and sadly, after having them blood-tested, found they could not go to the home we had in mind for them as they were carrying a virus that could be transmitted to the other cats there. So heart rending. That is one of the down sides of Rescue. Decisions, with the help of our wonderful vets, have to be made. However long you do this job - it doesn't get any easier.

Thankyou to all the people who keep in touch with me to let me know how their cats are doing. I really appreciate hearing from you all. Although as I said at the beginning, we have homed the kittens, we still have in care here, at the moment, 11 CCS cats, several of those who will stay here unless we find someone like Val who took on Sabrina.

Roll on the warmer weather but hope it does not bring us too many kittens this year. The RSPCA and the Cats Protection have neutering campaigns going on at the moment. So hopefully they will do some good in keeping the cat population down this year.

Here is a story and a poem from Issue No. 37 - Winter 2005

The Story of Whiskas :by Elaine Hardy

Whiskas was found at the bottom of a wheelie bin in Lowestoft. A small, bedraggled, semi-longhaired, black and white kitten, of about ten weeks old, who could not put weight on his right hind leg.

He came into CCS care on Saturday 2nd July and was put in a small pen to rest until seen by a vet on Monday.

The leg was X-rayed and found to be fractured in two places, one an old break and one a new one. The injuries, the vets felt, could not be corrected by pins and plates - so amputation of the entire leg was the best option.

The operation took place on 6th July, the recovery was excellent and Whiskas immediately walked on his three legs. We had a slight hitch with a bout of ` Limping Syndrome ', a type of Polyarthritis that kittens get. The one remaining leg was affected, so he shuffled around on his bottom for 3 days.

Vaccinations complete, stitches out, Whiskas was re-homed to one of our members on 9th August 2005. Deirdre has a safe garden for him to explore in with her ever increasing menagerie. George as he is now called, is doing well, Roy and I visited him a few days ago.

The injury was thought to be caused by ill-treatment, probably several kicks. It was lucky a young woman saw him moving amongst her rubbish, otherwise the ending would not have been so happy.

The Tabby Kitten: by Mary Grumbridge

They argued for ages over a name

" What about Misty, or Dusty, or Fluff ? "

Till someone said crossly

" Enough is enough - call it Muffet ! "

 

" But I'm not scared of spiders "

The kitten meowed

" I shan't come if you call me

- be it ever so loud.

So you'd better believe me

Right here in this place

I'll come when I'm ready

And at my own pace ! "

 

" All right Mr Pussycat

You've said your stuff

We know what to call you

Your name is ` Tough ' ! "