Sunday, September 27, 2015

Blog 09/21/15 to 09/27/15 

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Always Leukemia Test FIRST
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Rodents Attract Snakes
OMG (Oh My God):  Sam – Adopted 7 Years Ago
RIP, Truman
Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo – Leroy

Relocations and In Take:   We had 0 placements this week but Bonham did 8.      
            8          Bonham Rescue

Remember last week the backyard in Dallas (Sophia, Sally) – well we got there and the homeowner is planning some construction to start in the next month.  That would scare off the cats so we did not leave them last on 9/20…BUMMER!  SO – we really only placed one last week.  GEEZ – when will be weather break?  It is still so hot.     

Our Cats after Release:  
We had no one to pick up this week either.  In September, 2014, we placed 94 cats in the 37 counties that we service.  This year I think is less than 20.  I did a PRESS RELEASE to some small-town newspapers – hope it pans out.  We need some barns! 

Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Always Leukemia Test FIRST
Got some multi-screen texts from an independent rescuer who wanted some advice/help with some cats.  I just told her to call me.  Come to find out that she picked up a mom and kittens, had them in her garage for several months and NOW THEY ARE DYING!   A local vet had diagnosed the cats with leukemia.  Now she had a really problem on her hands because her cats in her house have not been vaccinated and it is a 3 month incubation period for feline leukemia.  Sorry – you cannot place any cats on your property until the end of that 3-month period.  Every cat who comes into Barn Cats has been tested.  Even that is not 100% but at least there is a chance they are clean of the disease.  It is highly contagious among cats...not to dogs or people.  When bringing a new cat(s) into your home, ALWAYS TEST FIRST!        

BMG:  Rodents Attract Snakes
I received an email from a location requesting 3 cats…GREAT – FINALLY!   I return this the “barn owner questions” and he responded with “My wife wants to wait to see if the one cat they have can handle the rats and rice by herself.”  OK – but remember:  rats and mice attract SNAKES and nobody wants SNAKES!  I was very disappointed because they wanted 3 cats.    
OMG:  Sam – Adopted 7 Years Ago
7 years ago we traded an orange tabby to the Coppell Humane Society for a cat they could not adopt out.  “Sam” went to live with a guy who just sent some pictures to the rescuer we worked with for the trade.  He is 14 now and (thankfully) in good health.  Take a look…some good news for a change! 

RIP, Trumam
I had Truman for only a year and a half.  About a week ago, he seemed “warm” to me.  I took him to the All Care.  He had a fever so they did some blood work and gave him an antibiotic shot, fluids, and a B-12 shot.  The fever was back to normal by last Monday.  I took him back to the clinic to be checked, and they discovered he had a tooth that was broken off and inflamed.  We scheduled a dental for Wednesday.  Wednesday morning at 2:53 a.m., he decided to cuddle and love on me.  The vet removed 4 teeth on Wednesday.  Wednesday night he ate some but wanted to be left alone.  Thursday I could not get him to eat and by that evening he was listless.  I took him to the Emergency Vet about 10:45 pm.  They discovered low blood sugar and put him on an IV drip with dextrose in it.  I picked him up at 8:30 am and took him directly to All Care.  They re-did the bloodwork and it was really bad and even worse from the evening before at the emergency clinic.  Both clinics suspected lymphoma.  I had him “put to sleep” on Friday afternoon.  This was so quick – now I treasure that 2:53 a.m. session where he go on my pillow and put his front paws all over my face.  What a nice boy!  I will truly miss him! 

Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo – Leroy
This is one of Chris’s cats names “Leroy”.   Leroy is between 12 and 14 years old…not a spring chicken.  The look in his eyes – WHAT IS GOING ON?     

Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog.  See you next week!       Peg

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Blog 09/14/15 to 09/20/15 

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Mess in a Mobile Home Park
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Drowning in Cat Calls
OMG (Oh My God):  Wrong County
Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo – Katy and Sydney

Relocations and In Take:   We had 6 placements this week.      
            1          Backyard in Flower Mound (Freddy)
            2          Backyard in Dallas (Sophia, Sally)
3          Bonham Rescue

Our Cats after Release:  
1.     Roanoke – All three cats (Houston, Joe, Olivia) have been spotted on the property and are “having a good time” out and about. 
2.     Celina – Gilbert was put in the house area and is doing great.  Lilly and Kolby were seen in the barn just before I arrived to get equipment on Friday…GREAT!   They have not seen Fric but he is solid gray and will be hard to spot.  BUT – good for Lilly, Kolby, and Gilbert!  
3.     Farmersville – Cleo and Primrose are seen each day but Stripe is being more elusive.  I am sure he is still around.  They have 5 Great Pyrenees dogs!  



Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Mess in a Mobile Home Park
Why do people move off and leave their cats (and dogs probably, too)?  Mobile home parks seem to be a “hot spot” for this type of behavior.  A person trying to help has been ordered not to feed the cats.  She had placed all but 2 friendly ones.  We will take them to trade to an adoption group…but…cannot help with the ferals because the weather has not cooled off yet and barn calls have not started.  Will do what we can when we can…but…bad timing. 

BMG:  Drowning in Cat Calls
The number of calls to take cats is gaining each day.  We are not placing enough to take in any new ones.  SORRY FOLKS!       
OMG:  Wrong County
When someone is coming here to deliver cats, I give the full address including the zip code.  A lady was coming here with a couple of cats but she ended up in VAL ALSTYNE!   WHAT?  Lewisville is along I-35 but she was on I-75.  AND … that is even in the wrong county.  Geez!   Unbelievable!   

Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo – Katy and Sydney
This is Nancy’s other cat “Katy” who she has had for many years and her dog, Sydney.  Both look good in the hat!  Sydney is 14 – old for that breed. 

Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog.  See you next week!       Peg

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blog 09/07/15 to 09/13/15 

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Kittens, Kittens Everywhere
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Rats – Please Start Running!
OMG (Oh My God):  Not Really Interested
Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo -- Mimi

Relocations and In Take:   We had 3 barn placements this week on Wednesday IN THE RAIN then 4 to an adoption group.  Bonham (thankfully) did 8 spays and 1 neuter.  Our numbers and not going to be good this September.  Last year we did 94 in September and 64 the year before that.  I blame it on the weather – still too hot!      
            3          Barn/Workshop in Ivanhoe (Anne, Georgia, Mandy)
            4          Adoption Group (Precious, Fluffy, 2 from Carrollton)
9          Bonham Rescue

Our Cats after Release:  
Did not pick up any equipment this week. But next week will be busy with Farmersville, Roanoke, Celina, and Cleburne. 

Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Kittens, Kittens Everywhere
I’ll bet I am getting 10 emails and 5 calls each day to take kittens.  We never take kittens:  They can be carried off by a hawk in the daytime or an owl at night.  If they are younger than 3 months (even with a feral mom) they will turn and be domesticated if someone works with them.  Then, they can go to an adoption group and there are 300-400 of those in the DFW area.  People – Please!  Read our website and don’t call Barn Cats about kittens!      

BMG:  Rats – Please Start Running! 
I have not had any calls or emails from barn owners in over a week.  WE NEED SOME BARNS!  The calls to take cats never stop!   I have 2 cats scheduled to come in from an adoption group and another from animal services, then every cage will be full with 9 in cages in my family room.  Geez!   NEED SOME BARNS!    I know about rain dances – we need a BARN DANCE! 
OMG:     Not Really Interested
Folks moved to a rural location about a month ago.  When the “cool front” (not cold yet) moved through the wife was freaked by a rat.  So – the husband calls Barn Cats.  Sounds like a good place with a garage and barn for a group of 4.  Called the wife – she really does not want the responsibility of additional animals on the property.  “What diseases to they carry?  Will they hurt my dog? How much maintenance is required?”  I also explained about snakes.  If there are rodents, then snakes will be around the house looking for food, too.  She made me tired!  OK – so YOU can deal with the rats then!    

Witch Hat Weekly Special Photo -- Mimi
This is Nancy’s cat “Mimi” who we trapped as a kitten at Mimi’s CafĂ© in Lewisville several years ago.  Think about it:  What non-thinking person throws a kitten out at a restaurant on the I-35 access road?  She has recovered well from her questionable beginnings and has a very good life with Neighbor Nancy!  Looks good in the hat, too.   

Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog.  See you next week!       Peg