Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Cats on Tuesday:
The colony of stray cats that live in the back lane have had kittens. Here's one cutie making herself at home in the empty water bowl on our back door step.
We have about 13 strays at the back and until now I haven't been able to do much more than keep them fed and dewormed. I can't afford to have the whole lot injected and spayed. Nor do I have the cages needed to transport them to the vet, or the space to keep the girls for 5 days while they heal.
When we first moved in I called various animal shelters to ask if they would help but none were interested.
Now I have some hope. First, I have a friend with cages who has some space to store the kitties while they recover. Second, another friend is checking out some subsidized operation and inoculation services. And finally, when Katz Tales sells, I should have some extra money in hand. But as royalties are paid a year after publication, this project will have to wait.
In the meantime I've started spaying the street cats who live in the front of our house. Our friend Tam is now inoculated and will be going for his snip in a month's time. His mum and sister Snow are next. I couldn't do them all at once because mum and Snow have had kittens. But in 3 weeks those kittens will be OK and I can do their older female relatives. And then will have to scrape together money to do those 4 kittens. It's never ending!
I wish people would spay their cats and stop dumping their cats!
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