- Kayla brought Rose‘s kittens (Thorny, Anthos, Violet, and Sage) on a little field trip to her office, where they got to meet Jasper, Kayla’s chihuahua. The kittens were very brave. They got their first taste of kitten gruel via syringe and it went over well with all of them.
- Kayla is going to try to have more regular updates.
- House update: The new flooring should be getting installed on the weekend (the materials were donated by one company and another company is donating the labour to install it, thanks to Angela Muchi Manju). Have to have whole house emptied by then (and temporarily relocate all of the cats/kittens) except for Sisko’s room. She thinks get everything will be torn out and installed the same day, Saturday. She’s told them they can’t go in Sisko’s room. Will be noisy. Have 14 guys coming. Shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours. They will either come back and do Sisko’s room after she’s gone or Shelly will have to shut Sisko and the kittens in the Cabinet of Solitude and put cabinet in bathroom for duration of work. Shelly is also trying to paint some of the rooms upstairs. Angie Quaale (owner of Well Seasoned and Township of Langley councillor) has apparently wrangled some volunteers to help paint.
- Thumper, Bluebelle, and Flower went to Mountain View for a checkup. Thumper and Bluebelle are still pus-free, but Flower is not. Dr. F took a sample of urine from Flower using cystocentesis (using a needle to obtain a sterile sample directly from the bladder). Culturing it will take about a week; they want make sure that the bacteria hasn’t mutated into something not treatable. They couldn’t get a sample from Bluebelle because her bladder was too small; they’ll try again at a later date. There’s very little danger of Tip’s kittens getting the infection as it is believed that it is the feral mothers eating of antibiotic-laden farm feed that allows the bacteria to take hold more easily in their kittens. (100% of all kittens from the colony, whether born in foster or not, have some kind of infection and they think that’s why.)
- Bluebelle may have a little underbite
- The kittens are all getting plump, including the ones still with Sisko. Shelly is going to try them out with kitten gruel sometime in the next week or so. (Busy, busy week coming up.)
- After yesterday’s room expansion, tonight saw the placement of walls/barriers to help keep the little wanderers corraled. It also heralded the arrival of the Sky Bridge, a favourite with most of TKHQ’s mama cats.
- Shelly is going to try to schedule Sisko in for her spay operation on September 3, 4, or 8. After that, she would be returned to the colony and all twelve of the kittens would be amalgamated into one big litter.
- Shelly has a long Gala meeting tomorrow.
People for Happier Cats/TNR site:
- Five-month-old Henley had her spay operation today. Unfortunately, while Shelly was at the feeding station, she received a call from the vet at Yorkson Creek Veterinary Hospital who did Henley’s spay. The vet had found a small scaly area on Henley’s shoulder. She checked and it flouresced, confirming that it’s ringworm. That means Henley couldn’t go back to Dawn’s and the options were limited to either keeping her in a cage at LAPS for six weeks of treatment (very stressful) or returning her to the colony. They went with returning her to the colony. Henley’s sibling Starling came right out to greet Henley. Henley didn’t run away — she scampered off a bit, Starling ran right over, then she had a nice dinner, her tail was up and she was happy. Hopefully they (including Dawn) can continue to work with her at the colony.
- Sarin was due to have her spay operation today as well. I don’t know anything else.
- Once the new flooring is in at TKHQ and one room is all ready upstairs, Torelius (aka Mr. T) will be brought in from the feral colony to see if he can be socialized enough for adoption. There had been thoughts of bringing someone else in with him, but Pinecone is not ready and no one else is as social as Pinecone or Mr. T. Also, Mr. T can be a little aggressive at the food bowl. And he’s really the only one so actively seeking out human company and touch. Shelly took a sample today from a bald, scaly area on his neck where he’d been bitten before. It’ll be sent for PCR test to make sure he doesn’t have ringworm before he’s brought in. (If he does have ringworm, they’ll at least be able to treat it at the colony since he’s so social.)
- Shelly saw four, possibly five, pregnant cats at the feeding station today: Enara, Eliann, Scout, a black one she thinks may be Remi (who she hadn’t seen in a while), and Neelix (maybe). Have to figure out where to possibly foster them if they can be trapped.
- She also saw Mila at the feeding station. Mila is looking good, and didn’t run away when she saw Shelly.
- New feeding station is very different from first one, with automatic feeders there to try to get the cats trained to come at certain times of the day — the cats don’t hang out there, they hit it on their way somewhere else unlike the first feeding station. Shelly found 15,000 photos on camera when she went there today — couldn’t upload them all. Mostly leaves blowing, no cats. She needs to tweak the settings.
Today’s video caps courtesy of Sara (Little Darling):
Shelly’s morning visit Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (updates on Thumper, Bluebelle, and Flower; Henley going in for spay; the new flooring that will be getting installed and other renovation work in the house; Project Mr. T, to bring Torelius inside)
Shelly’s late night visit Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (Updates on Thumper, Bluebelle, and Flower’s visit to Mountain View; Henley’s release back to colony due to ringworm; the new flooring; Torelius and other colony updates. Doesn’t include the adding of the walls.)