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Recap: Tuesday, February 23, 2016


General Notes

  • It’s World Spay Day 2016.

Feral Colony Cats

ferals currently being socialized at/through LAPS as of 2016-02-22 - Rio

  • Rio is hanging out at Hotel Jules with Foster Mom Jules.
  • Jules posted a short video of the two of them cuddling. Rio is still available for adoption. She’ll be going in for her dental on March 2 and will available for adoption right after that so if you’re interested, put in an application now at http://www.lapsbc.com/adopt/.


  • Decker’s neuter surgery went well. Everyone at Mountain View loved him, though he likes to climb their limbs as well. 😉 He’s missing the ear tufts in one of his ears, where his tattoo was put. They’ve given him an extra dose of pain killers because of how scampy he is even after the surgery. 😉
  • Alicia had her last nightly Periscope with him tonight.
  • She’ll be Periscoping again at LAPS tomorrow between 11:00 and 12:00 — Linda B. will be taking Decker from there to the LAPS Satellite Adoption Centre at the Abbotsford Petsmart, where his new humans will be picking him up at around 14:00.

TinyKittens HQ:


  • Shelly had her weekly conference call with Dr. Marcellin-Little today. He’s waiting to hear back from a neurologist about some things. Lots of other ducks are now in a row, there are a few more things to sort out, and hopefully they’ll be able to try out the Botox in the next week or so. Because this is such a new concept (he’d be only the second cat to receive Botox for this purpose), they all want to make sure that they’ve got all the information they need and are as prepared as they can be before they start.

People for Happier Cats/TNR site:

World Spay Day 2016

  • Shelly created a new Livestream event, World Spay Day 2016. It started today at 10:00 PST : “Join us for a special LIVE broadcast from the Happy Cat Forest to raise awareness about World Spay Day on February 23rd 2016. Stay tuned to our facebook page for details…”

  • One of today’s targets was Neelix; however, she kept eluding the traps:
  • The broadcast was very choppy (because of the poor reception/signal in the area) and had to be restarted many times. As a result, there is no good quality full video of the event. Little Darling has uploaded a couple of videos (with the choppiness left in because, really, it was near impossible to eliminate) covering much of the event, and Shelly has posted a couple of shorter clips to Livestream and to Facebook. (See the section at the bottom of this page for those videos.) I’m going to try to clean up my recording and post it, but that’ll take some time because of the sheer amount of CODs (circles of death) that occurred…no promises.
  • Summary of the broadcast and Shelly’s later updates:
    • Shelly arrived at the site and put out food. She also set out four traps, baited with smelly tuna.
    • It was very quiet at the feeding station, with mostly just the (already-fixed) regulars there.
    • Sable, Neelix, and Eliann were all there but didn’t go into traps. Sable is the closest to baby time. Shelly doesn’t want to bring in just one pregnant cat by herself, but wants whoever she does bring in to be about the same degree along. The room’s already set up. It would be nice to have a friendly cat to go along with the feral but if they have to go with two ferals, then they’ll learn a lot that way.
    • Neelix is very scared/skittish, very deferential to other cats, letting them all eat before she does. Shelly thinks she may be abotu two years old.
    • There’s been mating behaviour at the colony over the last month so all females are presumed pregnant. The Property Owner thinks he has a couple on his side that are starting to show — if Shelly can’t trap on her side, she may take two of those. Either way, the prepared room should be in use within the next week.
    • She’s not sure how many males are left to neuter.
  • Shelly talked a bit about her naming convention for the ferals, which tries to lump all like-coloured cats under the same letter (not always followed, but you can see the trend in the master list of cats): C for gingers with white (e.g. Comet, Caprice); E for black and white (e.g. Enara, Eaton, Eliann); H for tabbies with white (e.g. Hera, Henley, Henrietta); M for brown tabbies (e.g. Maravel, Milani, Mila); P for silver tabbies (e.g. Piper, Picard); Q for grey and white (e.g. Quark, Quarren, Quinn); R for solid black (e.g. Rhodes, Rollins, Reggie, Ramses); S for torties (e.g. Sloane, Sisko, Shiloh, Satine, Savina) and calicos (e.g. Sarin, Scout); T for gingers with no white (e.g. Torelius, Tiberius, Tiger). There are exceptions (I’m looking at you Acorn and Reese) and she is branching out beyond Star Trek names now as they are running out of names that can be easily pronounced.
  • Tomorrow will be a general TNR day, trapping males and females rather than today’s concentration on trapping pregnant females.

The cams and Livestream feeds

We currently have two live streaming webcams at TKHQ:

  • The Jingle Bell’s Romper Room of Delight stream: Despite the name, this is the stream that is on Noelle and Elf in their dormitory downstairs.
  • The TinyKittens VIP cam stream: When there are only two (or fewer) rooms of cats/kittens, this stream is usually showing an alternate view of one of the rooms. Wherever it’s pointing at any given moment, this special stream/feed is only accessible for a monthly or annual fee. (Consider it a way to donate to TinyKittens monthly, with the VIP cam feed as a perk.)

Inactive streams:

  • The Feral Recovery Room stream: This, as the name would suggest, is the stream that used to be on the upstairs room with its various residents until they went to their forever homes (or back to the Happy Forest); after Enara left on February 20, the feed was set to show a 23-minute loop of feral colony videos. The feral loop DVR feed went offline just after 10:00 today, just before the World Spay Day feed went live.

NoElf Room

This is the room downstairs where Noelle and Elf are currently residing.

  • The two cam feeds in this room went down Sunday evening several hours after Suzanne’s visit. Shelly managed to bring up the VIP stream at around 09:00 yesterday but it went offline again at around 21:15 last night. Both streams were down today until Shelly got back from the colony at around 15:15.
  • The Visits:
    • I have no idea if anyone visited before 15:00 because of the cameras being down. Shelly didn’t seem to know who visited either, and she hadn’t looked at the schedule at that point.
    • Shelly visited when she came home from the feral colony. She turned on VIP cam again, changed the view, and managed to get the regular feed back up as well. She gave an update on the day’s events at the colony. (I’ve included those above in the World Spay Day section of this page.) She also tried to trim Elf’s nails, but only managed to do two nails because Elf was hissing and squirming a lot. (No worries, they’ll get done at her spay surgery on Thursday.) She hopes they’ll go home the week of March 7.
      Before she left, she threw Elf’s green puffball out onto the catio — the look Elf gave her was priceless, as if she was saying, “Why would you do that? Green Puffball doesn’t belong out there.” Elf immediately retrieved Green Puffball and brought it back inside where it belongs. 😉
    • She also made a very quick visit in the evening to close the catio window and make some cam adjustments.

Feral Recovery Ward

The feral recovery ward is currently empty and awaiting new residents.

Shelly’s video clips from the Happy Forest:

Today’s video caps courtesy of Sara (Little Darling):

Tiny Kittens Spay Day special from Happy Cat Forest choppy sometimes

Tiny Kittens More of Spay Day-Short video-choppy

Tiny Kittens More of Spay Day-Long Video-Choppy

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