One of the main reasons that I stayed an additional day in Hamilton, as opposed to leaving late yesterday, is because I am worried. You see, there was a feral cat who was in my driveway when I got here Monday night. She was dangerously thin as well as having a hole in her throat the size of a quarter that was an oozing mess. I fed her, of course, some of our dog’s raw food. This food is good for both canines and felines, so it worked. She took what I offered her but would not let me close enough to pet her nor catch her.
Here in Hamilton, Ontario, if you cannot catch a cat, the city will not pick it up and we are overrun with feral cats! I could not believe it when I moved here. I would estimate that we have 50 of them in our immediate vicinity.
Through the time that I spent here she came to my house and screamed in cat meows at my window, “MEEEEOOOW>>> HUNGRY”, so I brought her food. She has filled in some this week, but yesterday morning, to my surprise she brought two small kittens with her. I fed them too, but they also would not let me close to them. Mama Cat’s neck was still weeping. I got in touch with an organization here in Hamilton called Kit Kat Club of Hamilton which is run by the photographer Gail McGinnis from her home and website. She and other volunteers run a catch and release program for feral cats so that they can continue to live but not reproduce. It is brilliant! I hope that they will be able to help this sweet mama cat and her babies. If you can donate to them this would be great! Further, you can still be of help if you don’t have the finances to do so, they have a petition going for the City of Hamilton to deal with the feral cat issue in the Gage Park area. I ask that you take a moment to sign this, and share too, PLEASE.
This morning when mama cat came, I noticed three things have changed. The bad news is that two kittens are actually three. They are not bad of course, they are gorgeous little creatures but it is sad to know that they have been born into such a hard life. The good news is that mama cat is looking a lot more robust. Firstly she has gained some much needed weight and secondly, the wound on her neck is dry and healing! Thanks be to the Cat Goddess! She is looking so much better in fact, that I can only assume is due to her being fed by myself and others here that feed the feral cats.
Currently, mama cat is out of her immediate crisis. Still, I would like to see her fixed! I will stay on one more day here to feed her again and to see if I can cozy up to her. Hj is returning here Thursday so it will only be one day that we are gone. If I can’t get her tomorrow, perhaps Hj can, or I will when I am next here – she almost lets me touch her now, after just these few days, so she must have been a pet at some point in her young life. What I hope to do is catch her and the babies, and hopefully I can have the Kit Cat Club’s vet fix them and release.
Mama let me take some photos. Perhaps she hopes I will be able to help her? She is so small and so shy.
Today I went to get some food for my dogs and the cats at the Bark N Fitz in Dundas. When I went in I explained to the young man, that we have a pretty little feral cat with kittens and that she is depending on us for food; also, that we would be away for a couple of meals so raw food would not work. He gifted a bag of Go! to leave out for her! I have to say that I am mighty impressed! Thank you from Mama cat, baby x3 and us too. Yet another confirmation as to why I believe in supporting small businesses!