Nanette

August 29, 2006

 And heere’s Nanette, daughter of Insua! There was a distemper outbreak at the colony early this month. Due to my naivetee working with ferals I overlooked giving boosters so that several adults needed vaccinations and 

there was an unvaccinated litter. 

Nanette’s siblings, Biloxi and Juju2 perished in the epidemy. Another sibling_Foo_ was killed when the woodpile they lived at was covered in insulation dust, maybe he was already sick, I’ll never know that.

Nanette was hospitalized but survived on Albon and tamiflu. She’s with us now and I’m trying to tame her so that she can be adopted out in the future. Here she is peering out of her lair in the recovery cage. She seems to be at a plateau taming wise but that’s understable..Nanette’s the first 5 month old kitten I’ve had to tame and since she’s had almost no  human contact whatsoever it makes for a quite challenging enterprise.

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July 29, 2006

I’m working on new sections for Cat Agora in August..too many maybe but then I’m still in between arranging my store by design or product. The swicht has taken me a couple of months and is still ongoing. Here’s a preview; Bibs for Assisted Feeding .

July 28, 2006

Albi

July 28, 2006

 This is Albi. He joined the ferals some months ago and I’ve tried uncessfully to get him. Hadn’t seen him lately and I fear he might be gone. Wherever you are Albi (he’s named for Albi, France and his coat “white sunrise” in my made up Latin)  be happy and good. We’re trying hard for your bros and sis. All this is for you. 

Jerome

July 2, 2006

He and Madam are the housecatest cats we have. Jerome was a stray that joined Juju’s colony. We rescued him to adopt out because he is such an affectionate cat. At the vet he tested FIV+ and later declined so he almost died. Dr. Covey couldn’t find other cause than his FIV status so we got him to be seen by a fp, Dr. Arnold from Lincoln. Jerome was diagnosed with organ failure, possibly FIP and given a few months to live. I decided to keep him to the end because I felt we (humans) owed him at least a few happy months. That was 10 months ago, today he’s a very contented and (ack) fat (maybe from the pred and overfeeding) housekitty.

June 16, 2006

 

My re- introductory photo above;  Insua with two of her three kittens. Their situation is precarious because she was spayed last week and we returned her thinking that her litter was gone..lo and behold, first one then another and later another kitten came to meet her! They are weaned but she must be in pain with their kneading. Thankfully she cares for them. I wished I could get closer to look at her belly but it isn’t possible (photo was taken from almost 1/2 block away)

May 25, 2006

So lets take it from the top..well start at the beginning or so. Backtracking I found out that I really didn’t introduce JCC cat by cat yet so heere’s Blacky! Blacky was the alpha male when we started trapping over two years ago. He’s a beautiful, large black cat. He seems to have fathered most of the colony, we have two of his kittens, almost identical to him in looks (same markings) and coat texture, even disposition.

 It is about time I introduce the little ferals. Here’s Bibi le Bebe, he eventually became a barn cat. This June I’m featuring him and other kittens from around the world_Bibi was Nebraskan_ check out Ditto from Sweden, Nini from Argentina and others on many gifts. 

Paula

May 20, 2006

Here’s Paula (tabby on the right), her brood and others having breakfast. Paula didn’t grow old with us unfortunatly. She dissapeared about two months after we TNR’her. Only photo of Paula, I made this magnet to sell in “What the voiceless tell us” section in my store Cat Agora http://www.cafepress.com/marta 

Why it is called Juju

May 20, 2006

Or why the feral colony is called Juju Feral Cat Colony.

Juju was one of the original (at the time we took over TNR’ng etc) cats. She was born to the first queen, Paula, that we trapped. Paula was a very..um..special feral. She was friendly with us unless we looked at her directly, but so good I could pick her up to check her surgery and peek at her belly. At the time she wasn’t 1 year old yet but had a 7 mos litter of 4 kittens and had adopted another four their mother had abandoned, a bit younger, probably less than a month. Juju was one of the adopted kittens, she grew up to be “very feral”, hardly at the food dish unless people wasn’t around. So wily that she got pregnant before we could catch her. As her litter (Pau and Paul) grew up she tamed somewhat (I mean socialized) and would eat with the others then she and her kittens would take cover in a range repository. We eventually spayed her and she changed for the better. Then she was shot as she was eating with the others. So, so, so unfair (never fair of course, but she was doing better and some idiot decided to cut her life short) At least I could hold her when she died, I’ll never forget it.  And so I changed the colony’s name to Juju in her honor. I don’t have her photo except for a faraway snapshot and this ‘unknown feral cat’ that I posted in the web.