February 10th update

Kittens 10feb

Dea and Rocky are still with us and certainly enjoy each other’s company.  We’ll weigh Rocky today to see if his diet has made any change in his weight.  With all his fur, it’s hard to tell.  Dea continues her training and, amazingly, we’ve an interest in her from Anchorage, Alaska.  Wouldn’t that be an amazing adoption?

Second room greeter Violet has gone to a great home.  The son in the family will soon become one of our Youth Volunteers.

Bali has rejoined her former family.  We did find out she was primarily an outdoor cat before coming to us so that explains why she spent all her time on the ‘catio.’

Two adorable teenage kittens arrived yesterday.  Originally, the offspring of a feral mom in Southern CA, they were brought to Orcas to join two dogs and another family cat.  It turned out to be a bit too much.  The little girl is a calico and the boy is an orange tabby with lots of white patches.  We are currently housing them in Dog Iso due to space limitations.  This is actually better than putting them in quarantine cages since they have room to explore and play.  They were quite frightened yesterday but attention from all of us will help them relax and enjoy being a kitten.

In 2004, we spayed/neutered 29 feral cats in the Obstruction Pass area.  The cats were beautiful, well fed, healthy but not touchable.  Due to a significant illness of the feral colony manager, we are in the process of trapping the cats that are new to the colony.  Unfortunately, there may be as many as 23.  We don’t know if all need to be tested and fixed at this point.  To date, we have 4 at the shelter awaiting surgery night.  All four need the works before re-homing.  Word has been spread by many through social media and we’ve had a few folks call who are willing to accept these cats in their barn, garden shed or other appropriate out building.  In order to relocate ferals, they need to be kept enclosed for a period of time so they learn to realize they have a new home.  The cats must be fed.  Relying on them hunting for nutrition isn’t appropriate.

If anyone knows folks who may be able to help, please have them call the shelter.  Mary is coordinating the potential new homes.  She has great experience with re-homing ferals and is a wonderful resource to make this a successful transition for the cats.

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