Saturday, November 2, 2013

10/21/13 to 10/27/13

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Calls/EMAILS You Don’t Want to Get
BMG (Bitch – Moan - Groan)
OMG (Oh My God) 

Relocations and In Take:   Placed 25 this week with intake at 10. 
            8          Workshop in Mineola (8 Hye School Cats)
            3          Barn in Whitesboro (Katie, Billie, Bobby)
            2          Barn in Anna (Tank, Nathan alias Mr. Nasty)
            2          Barn in Trenton (Macie, Kennedy, Elaine)
            6          Bonham Rescue
            4          Honeygrove Rescue

The barn in Anna has some interesting residents:

Hombre, Misty (mom), Jackie (baby)            



Cats after Release:  Did not pick up any equipment this week but got a report on one of our cats:  Topper Tabby (now just Topper) is living well in an organic nursery in Frisco.  He sits on the counter and greets customers which gets him lots of “love and kisses”.  He comes when called each evening so he is safe from predators around the property.  He is even now getting along with another cat we put there several years ago – Cristina.   

Calls/EMAILS You Don’t Want to Get:  There are 15 feral cats living in Burleson with an elderly lady.  Her daughter lives in Sherman.  We can take 2 or 3 a week until the situation is resolved but the vet work has to be done first.  If you have elderly parents, think ahead if there are lots of cats or dogs on the property.  Don’t wait for a crisis!   

BMG:   OK – standard intake procedure for Barn Cats is that all the cats have been tested negative for feline leukemia and sterilized with rabies and distemper shots that are current.  A volunteer with a local animal services department wanted us to take 2 cats….so….get the work done and bring them over.  When they arrived, they had NOT been tested or given a distemper shot.  The volunteer told animal services but animal services DID NOT tell the vet clinic.  AND – each very feral cat was wearing an e-collar following her spaying.  How do you get an e-collar off a feral cat?  (sounds like a bad Aggie joke)   I am not sticking my hand in there!  Hummm!  They needed to be knocked out to be tested and given their distemper shot so off they went to All Care to get that done AND remove the e-collars.  Geez!  We have received almost 6,000 cats in the last eleven years and these were the first ever with e-collars.    

OMG:  We had 4 test positive this week and need to be euthanized.  I HATE IT but it is a terrible death.  I just imagine one of these outside and sick and not being able to get to food or water.  I had two of my personal cats die of it in the late 70’s.  IT WAS TERRIBLE!  The vaccine was developed several years later and I was one of the first in line at my vet clinic in San Antonio.  My personal opinion:  Every cat entering a group or shelter should be tested for feline leukemia.  It is so contagious!  Don’t mess with it!                     

Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg

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