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March 15th 2014 6:47 am
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C&W Rustic Hollow Shelter in Iowa is going to accept Dolly in April. Mom's eyes leaking with joy. There is a one time sponsorship of $750 required. Trying to figure out how to arrange for furrends to help raise the money and it be 100% trustworthy to peeplz that the money going where it should. Anyone with this kind of experience please let us know.


Dolly's Meds are Done

March 13th 2014 7:40 pm
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Yep, Mom-Dolly be so much better! All done with her pills. She eating great. Purrs and head bonks and just so happy. But Human Mom know we are now at a crossroads. No good answers at the moment. If she go back to the farm she will likely get sick again and die. She cannot stay here. What kind of life would it be living in a cage in a bedroom? None of the sanctuaries ever contacted us in any way. Callie's sweet mom was able to get us some advice for helping her get healthy, but there be no one to give her a home. Even when we told a sanctuary we'd pay to support her there be no word at all. It would have been easier if Mom had just had her put down, but we wanted to give her a chance. But now starting to wonder what kind of a chance this is?


I Be DDP!!!!

March 11th 2014 6:46 am
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Thank you so much!! Momcat Dolly and me be Dairy pick! So totally pawsome. Mom is eating good, purring and rubbing and headbonking the humanz! Gonna get mom to upload video of her. Still purring for a purfect special needs home for her. Time starting to run out. Just a few days left.


Mom-Dolly doing better

March 6th 2014 7:27 pm
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My momcat, Dolly, is starting to do better. The terrible URI symptoms are going away. Today she eat out of a bowl! She cuddled on mom's lap for an hour, purring and getting head pets. Even made biscuits on mom's legs. Who says you can't socialize a feral cat! Very uncertain what happens next. No one has come forward to give her a sanctuary home or even talk to us. Callie's mom talked to a place for us, but I guess they have no suggestions. Dr. Stacy says that FeLV positive kitties can get a long okay in the barn population. Whoever first exposed her has exposed them, too. So, she stay here another week till her medicine be done then probably go back there. Sadly, she will probably go back to her feral ways and in a very short time no longer come and cuddle. But that will be okay because she will be alive.


Wishing I Could Write a Catster Column Today!

March 4th 2014 10:43 am
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I gonna let my human mom speak for herself here:

I work with two rescue agencies. I understand the frustration of avalanches of email that rescues receive - especially for special needs kitties. You have a kitty whose life may hang in the balance and you begin the search the internet for help. Organizations pop up that sound like they may offer help, or advice, and, as the person trying to speak for a small furball who has no voice, you are desperate. Some of these places look like they'd be heaven on earth. So, you send an email asking for help, wisdom, advice, information, ANYTHING. And you get back - nothing.

Such is our situation. A 3 year old semi-feral barn kitty was taken to the vet when a horrible URI. It was discovered she is FeLv positive. Do we put her down? Call me the guardian of hopeless situations, but we chose to treat her and try to find her more help. That immediately places me at odds with both the rescues I work for. With not enough funds to help our healthy kitties, why would I want to spend money on a FeLv kitty? Valid question if you are using finances as your benchmark (which sooner or later all organizations must). The rescues are not really insensitive or uncaring - just practical I guess.

So, I head out onto the internet looking for wisdom, advice, comfort and discover four centers for LeFv kitties east of the Mississippi. I email them all, not asking for them to take this kitty, but to give me advice, hope - words of support. Silence. It has been almost a week. Silence. There is the heavy feeling that no one cares. In reality there are a lot of needs out there. And no one does care about this specific kitty. They just should not pretend that they do.

So, a word to those of us who work with rescues and have web sites. If you don't plan to respond, don't include contact information on the web site.

Okay, friends, thank you for hearing my heart.


My MomCat Needs Purrrrss

February 28th 2014 6:37 pm
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My mom-cat, Dolly, is a feral kitty at the barn. Steph noticed she be sick a few days ago. She and my human mom went and trapped her, took her to Dr. Stacy's partner, Dr. Fox. She had a terrible smelly URI. Then the blood test reveal an awful terrible thing. My mommy has feline leukemia. Mom and Steph be stunned speechless. Dolly just lay on the vet table under the net quiet, letting Steph pet her head (very un-feral like). Some would say to put Dolly down, but it be a hard thing to do so unexpectedly. Dr. Fox say that FeLv kitties can live good lives, but not around other healthy kitties. The hard thing be that she live in a colony at the barn. Since FeLv passed by kitties who share food bowls the other kitties are already exposed. Dr. Fox suggest we help her recover from her URI, then return her to the colony. But is that fair to the colony? What if she be the only one with it? Mom tried to reach FeLv sanctuaries all over the country, but no one answer their email. Wish they would, even if it only to say they cannot help.

So Dolly in the isolation room in the basement. Because baby Ziva in upstairs, very strict washing - what mom calls reverse isolation. Mom Dolly be so sick her let my human mom hold her in a blanket and pill her. Understand we may be unable to save her, but terrible weather coming again and she will be warm and safe. Some of the rescue people here would give human mom and rough time about this, but in her heart she has to try to help Mom Dolly, no matter how short that time may be.


Catmus Tree Eggs!

December 8th 2013 4:29 pm
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I remember these! The catmus tree grew back in the living room overnight! Amazing! Little lights....and catmus eggs!! I have to make my nest! Ahh, did not take long. I now have two beautiful blue eggs in my nest. Merry Catmus everyone.


My Got Gotted Day!!!!

May 29th 2013 7:38 pm
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One year ago! Has it really been so long?? It was early in the morning when the barn called. Students had been looking for my sibling and me for days, knowing something bad was happening. But they were looking in a very big pile of rubble of clean fill. Then, this morning, my mama kitty had carried me up to the fence of the field, dropped me, then left. We guess she knew I was dying. That saved my life. One of the students called my human mom who was at work. My daddy came to the barn and seeing how very sick I was, rushed me immediately to the vet. At first he thought I had died on the way, but the vet said I was alive, barely. A terrible fever, botfly in my head, really dark times. It was almost six months before I was really healthy and my fever gone. At first they thought I'd lose my left eye, but I didn't! My cute face be slightly mishapened, but as Dr. Stacy says: "Not every kitty is a beauty queen." I beg to differ (and so does my daddy) I am gorgeous!


I Be ONE year Old!!!

May 3rd 2013 7:38 pm
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I am a big girl now!! I have my very first birthday! Spent the day playing with daddy. Miranda and I did a jump in the window game. It was lots of fun! Everybody played after a while. And a new human moved in to my house - just to share my birthday I think. Mom says she a college student staying for the summer - but I really think it to see me!


Yesterday be my DDP!

May 2nd 2013 6:42 pm
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What a wonderful surprise - even it we did learn of it a day late! Love to all my friends! The sun be shining today. Buurds be flyin' and these BIG bugs keep slammin' into da screens. Mama Lucy say they be June bugs - but it is only May. Don't understand that.

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