Sunday, February 17, 2019

Barn Cats BLOG 2/17/19

Blog 02/11/19 to 02/17/19

Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Cats at Valley View Mall -- UPDATE
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Microchip Problem
OMG (Oh My God):  Older Cats
Charlotte, The Barn Cat Mascot

Relocations:   I placed 7 this week.    
2          Barn in Lucas (Larry, Jamie)
4          Barn in Aubrey (Frankie, Jenny, Sammy, Bubba)
1          Adoption Group (Sarge)       

Our Cats after Release: 
Cedar Hill:  Blue, Callie, and Casey went to this barn in Cedar Hill.  All three came from Granbury where they were living in an HEB parking lot.  All 3 are still around.  The property owner has installed a cat house up high.  All 3 were in it when I was there.  You can see Blue’s head in the doorway.

There was also a new gate on the property – take a look:

Calls/Emails:   Cats at Valley View Mall--UPDATE
I have been taking cats from that location for years now.  It is surrounded by apartments so obvious what is going on.  FINALLY demolition is due to start in March.  Hope barn calls pick up before then so I can take more of them.  Would like it to be warmer, too.
UPDATE:  Trapping started last Thursday but nothing was caught.  They will try for 3 next Thursday.  I have a potential location for all of them but weather will need to be more stable.      

BMG:   Microchip Problem
You will love this – A lady had been feeding a cat for about 1 ½ years.  She is moving.  The cat was already fixed so just needed updated shots and testing.  The vet scanned for a chip and THERE WAS ONE!   But – here is where the weirdness begins – The chip was implanted in 2008 and said the cat was 11 years old at that time.   NO WAY!   That means that cat is 22 years old now and with an extra time for her feeding – THE CAT IS 24 YEARS OLD!  Plus, the phone is disconnected so no way to check with the other folks.  This is was I think:  THE VET CLINIC RECORDED THE CHIP WRONG.  Maybe inverted some numbers or something.  We cannot check unless be put the cat under anesthesia again and that is not practical.  Guess we will never know unless she gets sick here and needs a Convenia or something.   She is a young cat so that age just does not work.   WEIRD! 

OMG:   Older Cats
Received an email of a lady moving with two 8-year-old cats, one 9-year-old cat, and a 10-year-old cat.  They have always been outside and one of them only has 3 legs.  She is moving to Princeton and the HOA said no free roaming pets.  I cannot take cats that old – it is just not fair to them!  Remember the older barn cats went to our site in Anna, TX where they will be living out their lives.  I recommended to her that she install a CAT FENCE to keep them contained.  I hope she checks that out because I think it is the only SAFE answer for those older cats.     

Charlotte, The Barn Cat Mascot:  My neighbor and I went to a Church’s Chicken location at Hwy 121 and Interstate 35 one day in 2010.  Some uncaring person had discarded a cat in their parking lot.  She was living under a shed.  We returned to the house, got a trap, and returned to the restaurant.  We caught her with no problem.  She turned out to be friendly – not feral at all.  We got her vet work done and she has been with me since that day in 2010. Last year she developed asthma and I have giving her daily pills since that time.  I took all 5 of the in-house cats for their yearly vet exams and shots last Wednesday.  The vet suggested he take an x-ray of Charlotte.  Well – she has a tumor in a lung.  As you can imagine this is not good news.  She is eating and drinking good but still losing weight.  I will make her comfortable until the end-time comes.  BUMMER!  She will certainly be missed but NOT YET!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Barn Cats BLOG 02/10/19

Blog 02/04/19 to 02/10/19

Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Cats at Valley View Mall
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Frozen Cat – FLUFFY has 9 Lives!
OMG (Oh My God):  Note from Emory Placement
Walmart Carts

Relocations:   I placed 5 this week.  All 5 came from the Lewisville Animal Shelter.  No barns this week but 4 cats scheduled to go out on Monday to Aubrey – FINALLY!    
5     Adoption Group (Wyatt, Midnight, Anita, 2 kittens)  

Our Cats after Release:  No equipment picked up this week...but…I did get the Barn Cat taxes off to the tax guy.  

Calls/Emails:   Cats at Valley View Mall
I have been taking cats from that location for years now.  It is surrounded by apartments so obvious what is going on.  FINALLY demolition is due to start in March.  Hope barn calls pick up before then so I can take more of them.  Would like it to be warmer, too.     

BMG:   Frozen Cat – FLUFFY has 9 Lives!
A cat was found FROZEN in a snow bank somewhere in one of these big snow storms that have been all over the northern part of the US.  This was in northern Montana.  She was found and taken to a vet where she THAWED OUT – YES – REALLY!  …and is currently OK.  GEEZ – what next?  This was on   Interesting! 

OMG:   Note from Emory Placement
Put a group of cats in Emory over a year ago.  Two are still around Spaz and Cloud.  “They are great.  We have NO mice or snakes.  I feed them dry food and one can of Fancy Feast every day.  They never stray far away. HA!  Thanks for our cats.”  THANK YOU FOR TAKING SUCH GOOD CARE OF THEM!  

Walmart Carts:  Each time I go to the vet clinic we use I pass a piece of the Rayburn Toll Road access road.  There have been 2 shopping carts out there for several weeks….then there were 3…and now there are 5!   (Obviously not stayed or neutered because they are multiplying – HA HA!)  It seems there are always cars following me so I could not stop.  They have blue on them so assumed they were from Tom Thumb which is close by…NOPE…they are from WALMART.  I drew a map and went to the store to speak to a manager.  Hope they are picked up soon – I offered to help if they need me.  
Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg        

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Barn Cats BLOG 2/3/2019

Blog 01/28/19 to 02/03/19

January Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Burger – Cat with Bad Knees
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Chipped Cat at Animal Services
OMG (Oh My God):  No Entry This Week 

Relocations:   I placed 6 this week.  Still no barn calls or emails….NEED BARNS! 
6     Adoption Group (Burger, Henry, Whoopie, Sterling, Greg, Oliver)     

January Closeout:  I was out of town for 2 weeks so only 15 were placed in 4 North Texas counties:  Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Grayson.           

Our Cats after Release:   
1.     Van Alstyne:  Sundance and Bumble were placed in this barn with an elderly horse.  The horse was not eating all of his food immediately and rodents were getting into it.  No rodents or droppings have been seen since the cats were placed there….ALL GOOD! 
2.     Plano:   Clover and Tommy went to be garage cats in Plano.  Both are still around and spotted regularly.  They have a heater there and they seem to like it.
3.     Cedar Hill:  Blue, Callie and Casey were placed in this barn with a donkey.  They were formerly living in Granbury in a grocery store parking lot.  All 3 are still around and the rodents are GONE!   YEAH! 

Calls/Emails:   Burger – Cat with Bad Knees
I received Burger from Addison Animal Services.  He is only 9 months old but a big boy.  I had him caged for almost a month but decided to let him out to play with my “kids”.  He would play, play, play.  He even slept with me one night.  I decided to give him to an adoption group so he can have a safe, indoor-only home.  I noticed he would sometimes hop instead of run but did not think there was a problem.  The adoption group found that he has bad knees.  They are getting him some surgery next  week to correct the problem.  WOW – glad he went there and not to a barn! 

BMG:   Chipped Cat at an Animal Services Location
I placed a cat named Ribbit in Seagoville.  He did not stay so I placed another there:  Max Junior.  Well, Ribbit has turned up at Seagoville Animal Services.  He is microchipped.  I placed him in 2016.  Max is still there.  Ribbit was brought into Seagoville Animal Services but “did not look good”.  They were taking him to a vet the next day.  I have not heard back from them so do not know the results.  Will try to get an update for the BLOG next week.
OMG:  No Entry This Week
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