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01-14-2020 10:03 AM
Visited the TK page, and Shelly's been busy (what's new) trapping more cats in the frigid weather:
After three hours of minus eight degrees, two cats without tipped ears showed up. Both are in custody and en route to HQ. Live intakes on Thor’s cam shortly. TinyKittens.com/live 😻
Out trapping on the coldest day I can remember. Our target cats are too smart to leave their cozy barns.
In addition, Thor seems to be improving. So sweet, but cannot imagine how he survived with no eyes!
01-16-2020 12:58 PM
An update from the TK Facebook page:
2020 is off to an incredible start!
When we first trapped our beautiful Harriet 30 days ago, we thought she would be blind for life. We were wrong! We've been intensely treating her, including eye drops eight times a day, and are just shocked to see how dramatically her corneas have cleared up! Her vision will probably never be perfect, but she can definitely SEE! She's also become a ridiculously adorable little lovebug, and is almost ready for a home of her own! Apply meow: TinyKittens.com/adopt
So far this winter, we've managed to trap a whopping 15 females and 13 males from our Happy Forest feral colony!! We're super excited to have trapped so many girls, because that means 75 unwanted kittens won't be conceived in February/March alone!
We had actually been feeling a little discouraged because it felt like we were making such slow progress on our plans to catch up on TNR in the Happy Forest. For some reason this winter, they've all needed dental surgery, or eye surgery, or other extended medical treatment... and of course, they've pretty much all had ringworm. So, instead of the usual week-long stay we plan for a TNR cat, we've had many in our care for 30+ days receiving pretty intensive meds and following labor-intensive isolation protocols for ringworm.
That's why were taking a minute to celebrate how many we've actually been able to help, and the amazing outcomes we didn't think were possible. Because we actually have made HUGE progress!
We're out trapping again today, although the cold weather and snow are making it much more difficult to convince any un-tipped kitties to come out from their warm shelters and get in our traps.
We hope you know how grateful we are for our #TinyVillage, supporting us through all of the ups and downs, and the terrible camera angles and slow internet, and a million other things, so we can keep changing lives for so many cats.
Not sure how they manage in the frigid temps, but...no surprise that they do.
Hope everyone's year is off to a good start!
01-16-2020 04:30 PM - edited 01-16-2020 04:32 PM
@Witchy Woman ...It is so great to 'see' you!...Thanks so much for the updates!...That is absolutely wonderful news about "lovebug" Harriet!...If only the same miracle could happen for precious magnificent Thor!...He is also a love and I'm posting an adorable video of him playing for all to enjoy....such a heartwarming, wonderful sight to see...He knows that he is safe and loved and all will be well!
It sounds like a very difficult Winter for the Happy Forest and TK is to be applauded as always for all that they have managed to accomplish...There are so many in their loving care right now that it sounds like TK is just about busting through its roof...absolutely amazing and there is no limit to how far they will go to do all they can for these precious magnificent ferals!
Waving To Everyone!...Hope all is well and that you all are keeping warm and cozy!
01-16-2020 04:38 PM
I've been checking into TK a bit more, but not watching the cams so the updates provide a window into their hard work.
Cannot imagine how Thor lost both eyes. It hurts me to see him, but the video of him playing was heart warming. Animals are so resiliant and amazing.
I know Shelly said in one video in normally does not get that cold in Langley. There was another video of her getting her hair tangled in the cage/trap. Dave is on hand to help and is snuggling Thor. An amazing guy for sure! I am happy they have a strong man to call on for help when it is necessary.
Also, I checked in on Skye...do you remember her. A beautiful little calico that would lounge in the sink at TK. She is doing well, but her owner had postings about Skye having her blind eye removed. Not sure it was giving her trouble, but she is on the mend.
I don't keep up with graduates, but I thought of sweet Skye today and checked in on her. She is quite chubby now, and still playful. Very pretty girl.
01-16-2020 07:53 PM
I don't remember all the graduates but I do remember Skye - who got pretty pudgy along with her sisters Abby and Niblet. Sending healing hugs to Skye
I also check in from time to time - the Canada kits - 6 orphaned kittens - 4 were adopted together called Fuzzy Bums on their FB page.
Cold days for sure in the HF - -8 is Celsius and not Fahrenheit?
still 18 degrees F is cold
01-17-2020 09:25 AM
@Witchy Woman @yahooey ...Yes, I sure do remember precious Skye...She had to be rushed to the Vet for a Caesarian and we were clutching our pearls to their limit...at least I was!...lol...If I recall correctly, she also was found to have a heart condition.
She was adpopted into the bestest most loving home...such a sweetheart and among the many amazing examples of the resilience and endurance of these magnificent rescues by TK!...My heart is filled with so much love for all of them!
I read in chat that, when Thor goes in for his neuter, they will be able to check out his eyes more thoroughly and determine what will be the best care and procedure for him.
I was so happy to see this morning that Nyla & Thor are now out of the large crate and have access to the entire room...I went back in the timeline and saw Thor watching Nyla and following her a little...so sweet as it appeared he was using her as his seeing eye cat and doing quite well getting adjusted...If I recall correctly, they have determined that he does respond to shadows and light.
"Unka Dave" is such a wonderful asset to TK...It is great that the rescues also have a male "hooman" to relate to and they seem to gravitate to him so very well....so caring and gentle!
These forums have been a challenge within the past couple of days and I'm having a difficult time getting into threads and being able to post, so I hope that this goes through this morning.
Wishing Everyone A Great Weekend!...We were spoiled this past week with temps in the 40's and they will now be going back to normal...in the teens and 20's...We are headed down to the shore area on Sunday with another couple to enjoy...We are tough Nor'Easterners or so we think!...lol...
01-17-2020 09:41 AM
I laughed when I read "Unka Dave." He sure is a gift to TK.
TK seems to attract the best!
I hope Thor can overcome whatever issues there are. He seems a loving boy. There's someone out there that wants him I know....because I would take him in a minute if circumstances were different.
Yes, the QVC boards have been a pain lately, but I am seeing posts, so....
I'm going to check into TK in a bit to catch up!
Waving to everyone!!
01-27-2020 04:33 PM
Hope everyone is doing well. I am currently pet sitting my friend's Pug dog for a few days. What a funny little guy he is. Despite gifting him several beds for home, my friend forgot to bring one along when he dropped him off. So, I made a trip to buy a small, inexpensie bed.
Put it down and left to do something. I came back and he was panting like mad. I watched him for a bit and it seems he was wrestling with the thing. Grabbing it with his teeth and shaking it until he fell over!
What in the world?
I removed the bed immediately. Who knows what the problem was, but he'll sleep on the rugs for now. I just had to laugh. Either he was entertaining himself, or the bed somehow offended him.
Anyway, wanted to post this update from the TK Facebook page:
About 14 hours from now, Cassidy the #MiracleKitten will be departing on a BIG adventure to see a new specialist about his stumps! 🙀
He will of course be travelling with his full entourage, including his Emotional/Wrestling Support Auracuda, to make his journey as comfortable as possible. As you can see, they've been helping each other test out travel harnesses... 😂
Cassidy was born in a feral colony and lost both back legs below the knee shortly after birth. He somehow managed to survive the next nine weeks in the forest until help arrived. He shouldn't be alive today, but he refused to give up.
Watch his story, and you'll fall in love: https://www.youtube.com/watch…
For two years, we worked SO hard to figure out a way to restore the mobility he lost and minimize any future pain or mobility issues. Eventually, we ran out of options and felt pretty discouraged. We never stopped researching, followed other cats who got cutting-edge prosthetics and implants, and reached out to as many people as possible who might have ideas to address his unique challenges.
This week, we will be exploring whether any new options may be available to help him have the very best long term quality of life possible. Cassidy is scoring pretty high on the quality of life scale so far, and we want to do everything in our power to keep it that way!
Because pain is a huge factor in quality of life, we need to make sure we have an accurate understanding of his current pain range due to his hips subluxating (and anything else they may identify as an issue) and how any pain may progress as he gets older. We hope to learn whether hip replacement might be an option to eliminate pain while allowing him to retain his hip function long term.
Mobility is also a primary factor in assessing quality of life, so we will be talking about osseointegrated implants or anything new that may help him be able to walk on his stumps.
I don't know if any of these things will be possible or prudent for him, but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to find out, and to make sure we are doing absolutely everything to give him his best possible life. <3
P.S. We will post updates along the way on TinyTuxies and Auracuda
01-27-2020 08:33 PM
thank you @Witchy Woman for the update on your great adventure on pug sitting - guess just as people have a preference on mattresses - so do doggies
awww Puff Puff has to bring his support animal Mini Puff
I do hope there is something that can be done to help his pain or minimize his pain in the future
I miss watching them both along with our Grandpaw - those were some special days we watched with bated breathe and al lot of pearl clutching
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