Sunday, December 9, 2018

Bare Cats BLOG 12/09/18

Blog 12/02/18 to 12/09/18

Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Many, Many Feral Cat Calls
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  “Mail Box Is Full”
OMG (Oh My God):  Required -- Heat Lamps or Space Heaters

Relocations:   I placed 17 this week. 
     6          Adoption Group (Meow, Sadie, Ivy, Nitrous, Miss Kitty, Noah)
     1          Heated Shed in Sachse (Tinsel)
     2          Garage in Frisco (Big Mike, Jackie)
     2          Garage in Argyle (Solo, Jorge)
     3          Barn in Celina (Dancer, Prancer, Molly)
     3          Workshop in Pottsboro (Moon, Buster, Cowan)

Our Cats after Release: 
1.     Sachse:  Blaze and Tina were placed in this air-conditioned/heated garden shed.  Tina is living more in the garage and that is OK but Blaze has gone to a neighbor’s house.  So, I put Tinsel out there this week.
2.     Denton:  Mama Bean, Dee, and Darla went to this garage/workshop area in their backyard.  They see one each day, one other every other day, and one only once a week or so.  But – that is OK.  It is a neighborhood with lots of other yards to hang out in. 
3.     Denison:  Tux, Judy, and Ginger went to this workshop in Denison.  All 3 have taken off.  Bummer!
4.     Copper Canyon:  Royce, Fluffy, and Pine went to this barn home.  All 3 are still around – YES!
5.     Flower Mound:  Mavey, Little Bit, and Willy went to this barn in the backyard of the family home.  All 3 are seen each day – ALL GOOD!  

Calls/Emails:   Many, Many Feral Cat Calls
It has been a terrible week for cat calls.  One needs help by next Wednesday because his parent is going into a nursing home.  One has many cats and is moving the end of the month.  PEOPLE:  We are going into the holiday season when I receive NO requests for cat relo’s.  This is the situation this week.  I had NO calls from barn owners.   I am filling requests from the time I was out of town.  ALSO – the local municipal shelters appear to be “running over” with feral cats, as well.  Poor Babies!   Not good but I cannot help – my cages are full with only 2 or 4 going out next week – maybe – if the weather cooperates.  SORRY!  

BMG:   “Mail Box Full” 
A guy called and has “lots of feral cats”…did not leave a name from that sentence.  I called him back only to have NO ANSWER and the “mail box is full” message.  Guess you do not need help after all…!!! 

OMG:   Required -- Heat Lamps and Space Heaters
Cats are only going out if there is electricity in the barn, garage, or shed and everyone must have a heat lamp or space heater.  It is getting really cold at night and some of these cats have been in my house since before November.  I only am leaving them if the situation is “just right”. 

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg                                                                    

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Barn Cats BLOG 12/02/18

Blog 11/28/18 to 12/02/18

Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Eviction
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Repeat Customers
OMG (Oh My God):  Summer Returned in Terrell
Cats at Purrwood Forrest:  Valentina and Blackie

Relocations:   I placed 8 this week. 
            3          Barn in Farmersville (Peter, Paul, Mary)
            1          Home in Trenton (Oreo)
            5          Barn in Krum (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Yes those are their names!)

Our Cats after Release:  No equipment picked up this week.

Calls/Emails:   Eviction
A guy called and was being evicted from a hotel in Dallas.  He has 2 cats.  Only one has been spayed.  He wants us to take the cats because we have helped him before.  I was willing to take them but he called at a very busy time and he has NO TRANSPORTATION.  The good news is that he found someone to bring the cats to me when I returned from a relo on Sunday.  I have vet appointments for both girls on Tuesday.  Hope they test negative….!!!     

BMG:   Repeat Customers 
I had appointments on Sunday to place 5 in Trenton and 7 in Krum.  Here is what happened: 
Trenton:  Had placed cats with them many years ago and the barn was just behind their home.  ALL GOOD!  So, I got there only to find out that the barn is gone and they want the cats to go to another barn location that they own.  Oreo the friendly cat went to be an inside-only cat at their home which was great.  Then we went to the barn.  Their son lives on the property so that was good but the barn floor was very rocky and uneven, the structure was just 4 walls with nowhere for them to hide, and the wall on one side did not go to the ground leaving enough room for a coyote to get under it.  BUMMER – brought the 4 cats for the barn back home.
Krum:  The barn owner wanted to put the caging (3 triple cages) in one of the horse stalls.  Well, the stall flooring was uneven and very soft.  I got 2 cages up but not the third.  I returned with 2 cats but 5 others went out there.            

OMG:   Summer Returned in Terrell
Terrell:  Mama, Summer, Simone, and Crystal went to a very nice barn in Terrell.  Summer had a problem with one eye and it had to be removed…but…it all has worked out.  The property owners have game cameras put around to see the cats.  When I left at the end of October, only Summer had not been spotted.  But – received a text about a week or so ago, and SUMMER IS BACK!  GOOD NEWS!

Cats at Purrwood Forrest:  Valentina and Blackie
Valentina and Blackie passed away just one week from each other while I was out of town.  Both were feral and elderly.  Valentina was 16 years old and Blackie was 14.  RIP nice kids! 

Valentina (calico) with Tess


Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg                                                                    

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Barn Cats 10/22/18 to 10/28/18

Blog 10/22/18 to 10/28/18

There will be NO BLOG in November. 
It will start back up in December.  See you then!

October Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Annoying Phone Call
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  MUD!
OMG (Oh My God):  Betsy Returned Home!

Relocations:   I placed 8 this week. 
            3          Barn in Flower Mound (Little Bit, Mavey, Willy)
            3          Garage/Workshop in Denton (Mama Bean, Dee, Darla)
            2          Guest House in Sachse (Tina, Blaze)

This is Little Bit in Flower Mound.  Barn owner has a big cage so put all 3 in there.  This cat bed is even heated!  

October Closeout:  I placed 41 in 7 North Texas counties:
            Collin              Denton            Grayson          Tarrant
            Dallas              Fannin             Hunt

Our Cats after Release: 
1.     Colleyville:  Tara and Tine were placed in this barn behind the family home.  Both are still there and doing well.  Best of all – no more rodent droppings! 
2.     Windom:  Spidey, Shirley, Jade and Robby went to this shed home with windows.  All 4 are still around and I hope they all stay.  The family wants a friendly cat for inside the house so I recommended a Bonham-based adoption group for them. 
3.     Whitewright:  Snow White and Henry went to this barn where the owner does Great Pyrenees Rescue.  This is the safest place on earth for these two solid white cats.  I got to see both but they were hiding so no good picture.   
4.     Terrell:  Mama, Summer, Simone, and Crystal went to this big barn home.  Summer had a problem with one eye and it had to be removed…but…it all has worked out.  Here is their new barn home:


5.  Parker:  Angel Dumpling, Cubby, Fronda Mae and Fraidy Cat went to this workshop attached to the barn.  All 4 are still around and I got to see Cubby.   

Calls/Emails:   Annoying Phone Call
A guy called from the DFW area was trying to get some cats placed.  Well, everything I suggested he had tried, or did not like/trust, or whatever.  He talked over me one too many times.  I finally got DONE and just said I would not be able to help him.  Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on.     

BMG:   MUD! 
I picked up equipment in Whitewright.  They have gotten 18 inches of rain over the last couple of weeks.  The mud was AMAZING!  …but the property owner had an extra set of mud boots so I did not sink down completely.  It worked out fine and I got to see both of the cats.         

OMG:   Betsy Returned Home!
Last week from Our Cats after Release:  Merit:  Smurf and Betsy went to this barn/workshop.  Smurf is still around and doing well but Betsy is MIA.  Hope she returns! 
GOT A TEXT THIS WEEK – and Betsy is back!   YEAH TEAM! 

This is the last BLOG until after November.  Will pick up in December.  Stay tuned…and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!    

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg