On arriving home from work recently, Stephanie, checked the answer phone for messages, as
usual. There were several messages from one gentleman asking her to contact him as
three little kittens had been abandoned in a cardboard box at North Walsham Council Tip?
Meanwhile, the kittens had been taken to the vets in North Walsham and they
contacted us to see if we had room for them. Fortunately, we did have a spare kitten
pen and confirmed we could take them. On collecting them from the vets we were
advised they "were full of fleas" and had already been sprayed. They had
very fat tummies, which indicated to us that they would also need to be wormed. On
closer examination of their coats by one of our veterinary friends it was obvious to her
that they also had lice, already taken care of with the flea spray. She agreed with
us that with their sharp features and large ears they could have some "oriental
connections". We have called these very affectionate little kittens Tang, Pixie
and Perdita and they are now making slow progress. We have however realised that
their fat tummies were not just the result of worms, but also indicated they were
suffering from malnutrition. With regular meals, Perdita has already regained her
figure and Pixie and Tang are looking much slimmer. Their coats are also becoming
thicker and they are now learning to play. With all the loving care they are
receiving we believe they will now all survive and in due course be looking for new caring
homes. Unfortunately, the mother cat would also need treatment for fleas, lice and
worms, and if living in a house, this would also need to be treated. We can only
hope she gets the treatment she deserves.
We often receive calls from people asking us to "come and get the feral cat which is
living in my garden". Unfortunately we are unable to help in these
circumstances. To confine a feral cat in one of our pens would not only be traumatic
for them, but also very cruel. They are used to having their freedom and have not
had sufficient contact with people to be able to trust us. We can however offer to
lend traps to catch the cats so that they can be neutered and will give assistance with
the cost of this. However, kittens from a feral environment can be socialised
providing they are not too old when they come to us. About 6 weeks old is best, or as soon
as they are able to eat food and not rely on mum. Although we have had older kittens
they generally take a long while to learn to trust us, although some never do and need to
be found homes on farms or in stables.
Paws, one of the kittens mentioned last time has now been re-homed as have two of our long
term residents, Myrtle and Moon, who have gone to their new home together. Nasher
and Snatch, are still waiting to be chosen, as are the following kittens who have also
needed time to learn to trust us:
* Angelica - a sweet little black girl now nearly 5 months old. Angelica
was the friendliest of the 10 kittens that joined us in July from an outside situation and
I am surprised she has not already been chosen.
* Minka - another lovely black girl from the same litter as Angelica.
* Charlotte - yet another pretty little black sister to the above
* Chaz - brother to the above, a dear little black boy with just a little
white on his chest. Chaz, too is waiting for someone to offer him a home.
These lovely kittens are the only ones still with us. All the kittens, together with
their mothers had been living on the roof of someone's carport. The mother cats have
now all been neutered and are learning to trust the people who are feeding them. All
four kittens are now friendly and love to be stroked and groomed.
If you are looking for a cat or kitten, call Stephanie on 01692 535858.
Alternatively you can visit www.northwalshamcats.co.uk for a description of the
cats before giving her a call on the above number.
Christmas Sale in aid of North Walsham & District Branch of Cats
Protection - 12th November at the St Benets Hall, North Walsham 9.30am - 12.30pm. Cats
Protection Goods, Hand- made Goods and Gifts, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola, Books, Raffle, etc.
Refreshments also available (including hot sausage rolls and mince pies)
"Alley Cats" Night Out - 26th November at North Walsham
Community Centre - 8pm to 1am. Music from Highways, Rawedge, Longshore - Bar to Midnight,
Raffle - Tickets £5 (or £5.50 on the door) available from Saffrom, Reload and Zelleys
Jewellers or phone 07768325540 or 01692 535858. Proceeds in aid of North Walsham
& District Branch of Cats Protection