Wednesday October 28, 2015
In case you’ve been curious about what has become of the stray cats of the marina that we’ve kind of been looking after…well, they’re still here! And we’re still looking after them.
We’ve actually developed a bit of a routine with these three cats lately and it always starts with them waiting at the bottom of our stairs for us every morning. I run to the van and unlock their container of food, where they follow me right to the door and wind between my ankles as Georgie watches curiously on her leash a few feet away. Even shy and timid Bandit will come right up to me when it’s time for food, but still goes running five feet away when I reach out my hand to see if she’ll sniff it. Then us three (me, Matt & Georgie) head off to breakfast at the patio while the cats eat theirs under the boat, and they’re always gone by the time we return 30 minutes later.
Into the late morning and early afternoon they’re still off hiding wherever they go to get their privacy. Maybe they’re cat napping after getting up at sunrise and waiting for us to come down and feed them, but they should know our schedule now and be well aware of the fact that we like to sleep in. No rising before 8:30 am. Just after lunch we might see a little movement from them, but not all the time. It’s strange though because either we see absolutely no sign or they’re boarding our boat and looking for new places to settle in. I get extremely giddy about this, but Matt thinks they’re becoming just a little too comfortable. I suppose I shouldn’t let myself get too attached since I know they’ll be out of our lives in about 6 months.
In the late afternoon just a few hours before sunset they become super active. At least the kittens are. Lynx kind of lays back and watches and Cairo and Bandit play around. They love to bat at pebbles and pounce on pieces of grass. They also wrestle with each other which is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. Partially because Bandit makes this face while she’s trying to bite her sister, and somehow becomes even uglier than she already is. Not in the way that it’s so ugly it’s cute like her normal face, but a This is going to haunt my dreams kind of ugly. Poor thing. It’s what makes me want her the most of the three.
On the subject of finding homes for these kitties, I have had a few inquires, but the prospects were unfortunately not close enough to come get them. Anywhere from a 2 hour drive but no access to a car, to being half way around the world. One day though, we’ll find something that works out. The big issue now is trying to make sure no more litters of kitties come around that need adopting.
I’ve called the local humane society and found out that for $40 per cat I can get a spay, microchip and vaccinations. Not a bad price!, really. The only issue is catching the cats to bring them in for an appointment. I doubt Lynx would be an issue as she is incredibly affectionate and often seeks me out each afternoon for scratching her chin and rubbing her belly. I can’t *guarantee* that I’d be able to get her on any given day though, and the appointments are non-refundable. Catching the other 2? Fuggedaboutit. Bandit won’t come anywhere near me and Cairo will sometimes fall into a dead sleep nap under our boat, but that is the only time I’ve been able to touch her. (But I did give her a belly rub the one time she did and it was fantastic!)
I did hear from the Humane Society that Animal Control sometimes goes around once a month to trap stray cats and spay them. They’re next on my list to call, but I just keep hoping there’s no reason for them to come back and ‘take care’ of these cats later for any reason. Like getting AC involved will somehow end up in their demise.
So that is where we are at now. Still trying to get them spayed and still trying to find them homes. I did just hear from someone that the office hear might have a cat trap. So if I can learn how to set up the trap, get one of the kittens in there, and have this miraculously happen on a day I have an appointment at the Humane Society, we’ll be all set. At least in preventing new litters. Anyone have some tips for me?
Guess what we just found out the other day? The litter that Lynx had back in September that she seemed to have abandoned after 2 days so we assumed they were dead? Well, they’re not. 4 healthy and adorable kittens are now roaming around with their big sisters. Only one manx of the bunch, a spitting image of it’s mother. Click on the link below to see them playing in their safe haven behind our boat.