Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have been asked this question more times then I can remember,and today was asked 3 xs so I thought it was a good time to set the story straight and be honest about how I feel."How do you feel about feral cats"??"What is your opinion of alley cats"??"What do you feel should be done with feral/alley cats??"No matter which way its spun people all mean the same thing and if they are looking for me to say "catch them and kill them" well they will be very disappionted!!Up until 10 yrs ago Im sure even my husband would say "do what you want" but after what we have witnessed even he wouldnt tell you that and he actually loves telling the story of MAMA!!She changed our lives for the better and let us see that they do love you and they do realize what you do for them.I have been fostering animals for many yrs through T.L.C,Orphaned Kittens Society.I became disillusioned with the way i witnessed funds being spent.I felt if I was gonna be up 18 hours working a smoke filled Bingo to raise money for the animals that needed care(working it free) only to see some pocketing money,buying booze etc then I couldnt support that one.This was after working it for yrs,I decided to open my own (smaller one) and that way I would know where the money went and what it really paid for.So very first one was Snowball( I know how original) actually 3 yrs before i started at TLC.Pure white 100% deaf,100% alley/feral cat.Took awhile to get him to trust us and eventually let us pet him and actually began coming into kitchen very quickly analyze the situation grab treat as fast as a speeding bullet and make it back outside.We kept food/water there for him so I would know he was eating.Eventually he let us hold him etc,,as soon as he was comfortable with us holding,petting etc we placed a ad in paper and he was adopted out 2nd day(this was after he was fixed and shots done) to a great guy that worshipped him.Went on to foster many and when we moved to another house we continued and thats where we got into TLC.Our first foster through them was Princess,a blonde husky,she had been in vets for almost 12 months,treated for both front legs broken,ribs busted,half her tail had to be amputated,1 ear twisted so badly so often it was flopped over couldnt stand up.That experience really shook me and made me lose faith in some humans,we went to that vets to get records and they gave us 15 pages of numerouse repeated abuse long before the last time when she spent almost 12 months.But worse thing is they never contacted anyone to report it AND the papers we picked up ,they had blacked out the persons name,address etc.Because we wanted to press charges and they refused to give us the proper papers,so to me they were all about the money of being paid to them not the dogs best interest so we black listed that vets and contacted every rescue in Windsor,supplied them with the blacked out pages and they all quit using them.Long story short we had her 15 great yrs until she died in June.but back to ferals,when we bought this house 11 yrs ago we noticed right away a cat with 4 baby kittens decided that she was making our porch her home.For years she had litter after litter (we couldnt get near her at all).We took every kitten she had over the yrs and adopted them out I actually have many here as my pets.For 10 years we would walk by and she would hiss and howl at us growling you name it.We made a 6 foot by 4 foot shelterEach time she had a litter she would bring her kittens onto wicker couch and that was her sign to me that she wanted clean bedding in there now that she had her kittens.She did this EVERYTIME she a litter,she had us trained,if her bowls were empty in morning she would be sitting at my door glaring at me through the screen,so I had to rush lol and fill her bowls.Each holiday she got a platter of turkey,ham and all the fixings,every night she sat in same window/screen waiting for her nightly treat(normally cheese or lunch meat or scrambled eggs) lol she loved the eggs.So for many years she made sure to make it known to us that she was boss,we were to fill food/water bowls,adopt her babies out,take baby to vet that may be sick and get treatment etc.So for 10 years she lived on my porch (tried catching to fix but there was no way) she was 1 million percent alley cat with a attitude,and we followed her rules of ,,,take care of my babies,feed me,clean my shelter after I have a litter ,keep eye on my babies and take to vet if any are any sick ones.This went on for all those years no touching and get off my porch!!So last Nov 27st 2007 I was out xmas shopping till about 9 pm and I wrapped the gifts,chatted on comp till almost 3 am.My cat Angel kept coming to me in comp room and tapping my leg and staring at me,I was getting pissed at her and ignoring her because shes a tattle -tail and I thought she was just tattling on someone so I ignored her.About 3 i decided it was bedtime,,walked into my bedroom and saw my usual cats that let me sleep with them!!And I had taken my glass's off and I thought Ellie-Mae really looked different sleeping on Chriss's pillow .So I put them on and couldnt believe what I saw,,MAMA had broken in and found her way to my bed(out of all the rooms she couldve gone into.I froze for a minute wondering "what the hell do I do" walked over to her,she looked up to me and I picked her up and SHE LET ME.So I took her into comp room,went outside to find her 1 baby she had out there brought him in and put in comp room.Chriss got home at 5:30 am and I told him to peek in comp room,he was floored.So next day I decided to put her back out and see what happened.Well when I came through door coming home from store she ripped in behind me and ran up stairs!!So we made comp into her room with her baby and feed her etc.Her personality was unbelievable,took her to vet and he said she was just getting old and didnt have much time left so we brought her back and set upon spoiling her as much as we could till she died.For 2 weeks she wanted to be petted,wanted to sit on lap,,started a game of musical chairs,I ended up having to put another chair in the room and if I was in 1 of them she would come over and weasel her way into that chair so I would move to other one then she wanted that one lol back and forth, and back and forth she started that with Chriss also,so her real personality was great.Wanted on lap 24/7 and we obliged.Then one morning i went in and she was still,I picked her up and wrapped her in blanket and held her as she died.For years I had told people all I wanted to do was bring her in and spoil her and I got to do that,we kept her baby and hes a great cat.So my answer to "how do you feel about alley cats"?I say .dont condem the cats,its the people that do it by moving and leaving behind,tossed out because they peed on something etc,,etc,,we thought for 10 yrs MAMA just wanted her food/water and didnt notice anything that we were doing for her over the yrs.But we were wrong .1) she broke in to have a warm place to die,2) wanted to be sure her baby was in a safe home and 3)this was her way of thanking us and letting us know that she appreciated everything we did for her over the yrs.They (alley cats) do see what you do for them,they do appreciate you feeding them etc for yrs.So next time you see one ripping garbage apart,walking all over your car etc remember they didnt do this ,its a result of some ass tossing them out and they multiplied bigtime.They return the love that you give you.