Monday, August 16, 2021

Are You A Crazy Cat Person?

I rarely ask people for help. Don’t you just love people who start out by writing that sentence? I can feel the eyerolls and everyone clenching their wallets tightly, but hear me out first before you blow me off as being just another person begging for something they really don’t need.
First, I’m writing this plea on behalf of my daughter, Christina who as many of you know is a devoted animal lover. In the last few years, she has taken it upon herself to look after all the feral cats in her neighborhood. This undertaking requires her to feed them twice daily EVERY day morning and night without fail whether she’s sick or injured. I liken it to the United States Postal Service motto for delivering the mail. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Trust me, come hell or high water those cats are going to get fed! As soon as she comes home from work and pulls her car in the driveway, they all line up to be fed. For the next hour or so she feeds them, talks to them, plays with them and basically socializes them as much as she possibly can. The same task awaits her early in the morning before she goes to work. Let me say that this is always something she lovingly does and never have I ever heard her complain about doing it. With her, it truly is a labor of love.

Last year, I saw just how devoted (and a bit crazy) my daughter was to her cause when we got hit by a hurricane and my daughter was out wading around in thigh deep water trying to find all the feral cats to bring inside her house so none of them would drown. She got them out trees, from under bushes and out of flimsy structures just so they would be dry and safe during the storm. If that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is.

Because the population of feral cats keeps increasing, she sees the need to have them spayed and neutered. While she absorbs the expense for their food herself, she doesn’t feel she can absorb the expense for the surgery and the shots for all the cats. Currently, in her neighborhood she takes care of more than twenty cats. All of them have names and although they are feral by nature, she works with taming them in hopes of finding them forever homes. Most of them allow her to pet them and over time have become semi-feral. Okay people, now you can get your wallets out because here’s where I’m going to ask you for your help. I’m not going to ask for a huge amount. Just send $5 or $10. Really anything will help towards getting these cats spayed and neutered so they can live out their lives being spoiled by my daughter. I’m even going to plant catnip and kozmic kitty grass along the fence line for my grand ferals. Thank you so much for your help in this furry, purry, undertaking!❤️



You can also follow her first "adopted" feral beast on Instagram (Pepper is beautiful, but has the personality of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His Mr. Hyde personality has been named Maxwell. When Maxwell comes out to play, you better run for cover! Pepper was rescued as a tiny kitten and has been an inside cat since only sneaking outside when he can manage to jiggle the doorknob open. Recently, my daughter adopted 3 more of the current feral kittens and their mother. Now they live inside as well.) 
Just search for  the_feral_beast on Instagram

Maxwell was caught sneaking outside! He looks like he wants to ask, "Do you have a problem with that?"

8 comments:

  1. It is a great cause. I hope your daughter does really well - and applaud her work. I feel a bit guilty but I am going to donate to a similar charity over here - where we also need it - rather than to hers.

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    1. I completely understand and applaud you for helping out in Australia. My daughter is hanging in there...she's been doing this for a few years now. This morning she's taking one of the females in for surgery. It's a process because first they have to have shots, etc. She went to the "catch and release" class the clinic offered so she could how to catch the more feral amongst the group. Most of them she has to where she can handle them, but a few of them are still standoffish even after all this time.

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  2. Has she checked in her area for low cost spay/neuter options as well? Here, we have a reduced cost clinic, and once a month spay days with the vet school where people can bring their own animals or feral animals they trap and release and manage (like your daughter is doing). She might want to call around and see what help she can get that way.

    Yes, i gave, it's a project dear to my heart (i work with a local shelter that supports a lot of people with managed feral colonies).

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    1. Yes, we've done that and she's been utilizing them for getting shots for the cats because that's the first step. This morning the first female goes in for surgery. Thank you so much for helping out. It's appreciated so much by all.

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    2. Locally, it's the Barbara Grice Spay/Neuter Clinic that handles that sort of thing. At the reduced fee, with shots and surgery it comes to $130 for the females. I'm so happy this is finally getting done. She really frets over all the cats and tries to give each of them love, attention, shelter from the elements and food. What tickles me is that she has all of them named and of course, they all come running whenever they see her. I told her that their stomachs start to growl when they see her. lol

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  3. that cat is part main coon ...they have great personalities but are also batshit crazy..Dexter was one..I'd donate but I just donated to the town of west for our feral cat population...

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  4. May this coming week be blessed by God with the intercession of Our Lady 🙏🌹

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  5. I am more of a crazy dog person, but I once upon a time had two cats, of whom I was quite fond. I would like to get another black cat someday.

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