It’s been a busy week for the Love Cats. First, the outside colony should be stable now. Boomer, sadly, has been humanely euthanized for FIV, but the rest of the news is positive. Amazingly, I was able to easily trap Nick and Zelda on Monday. Both passed their FIV tests. Nick was neutered and vaccinated on Monday and was able to be home to babysit Daisy. I believe Monday and Tuesday nights were the first time either of them had been without mama (Zelda), so I think they were a little nervous. Nick is the most serious kitten I’ve ever met, and he met his big brother responsibilities head on, doing a fantastic job.
Zelda was spayed on Tuesday and got her vaccinations. Dr. Val keeps girl kitties overnight because their surgery is more complicated. I’m particularly thankful for this with my feral kitties because I’m nervous enough about them recovering outside. Zelda came home Monday morning and immediately scooted under the house. I’m sure she wanted to check on Daisy, who was just fine.
I saw Nick throughout the day, but I didn’t see Zelda. I checked the game camera chip, and both Nick and Zelda were on the porch periodically during the day and night, and Daisy made a few appearances as well.
Walter has been scarce lately, but he showed up on the morning of December 1st, right on time to get his Revolution dosage. I’m so proud of him. It’s as if he knows he needs to get that medication, and he appears in time to get it. Of all the cats, he’s the best one for getting his Revolution application.
That’s our outside colony: Walter, Zelda, Nick, and Daisy. That’s a healthy size, and I’m happy to have them current on everything. At eight weeks, Daisy is due for her initial kitten shots, but I can’t get closer than three feet to her, so I will continue to work toward being able to handle her. My real concern is to be able to catch her at six months for spaying.
Shifting my focus to indoors, we’ve had a new development with Sapphire. Three nights ago, I went upstairs to bed, and she was curled up next to Tarzan on my bed. She mostly stayed there while I got ready for bed, and after I got into bed, she curled up at my feet and spent most of the night there.
The night before last, she spent part of the night with Mr. L and the menagerie, but Mr. L reported she was curled up on the corner of the foot of my bed around 1 am. This is a new development in Sapphire’s willingness to be near us. She still won’t let us touch her, but she goes out of her way to be close to us. We are most amused by this, but we certainly wish she’d allow us to handle her.
Rossie is still rooming with Sneaky in the dining room/downstairs bathroom. These two seem to be comfortable enough in the same room even though we don’t see them curled up together. Both seem content to live and let live. Rossie isn’t interested in us handling her either, but at least we see her out and about in the room when we aren’t in there (observed when we step inside the room and Rossie runs for cover from wherever she is). For now, we’re going with this arrangement.