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Number 7 – at least for now

Today we have a special guest blogger at It is Michael, caretaker at East World Headquarters. He is owned by Stella, Sashimi, and Henry.

What does today’s blog title mean? Michael would like to tell you about a very sweet kitty now named Mabel. At least for now, we consider Miss Mabel the 7th member of the family.

Here’s Michael!

Apparently somebody put the word out that I’m an easy mark. What started as an occasional act of charity, a meal now and then to a stray cat or two, has turned my house into the neighborhood shelter for homeless and wayward felines.

Suddenly, a feral cat community has made my backyard their home. I’ve counted at least a dozen strays that have come to my door for their daily bread (or crunchies). Since the weather has gotten so cold, I’ve opened my garage for the herd, which is now officially a hotel for kitties. Every day I fill 5 bowls with cat food, only to return the next morning to empty bowls and a bunch of scurrying cats trying to escape the scary human by making their getaway through the opened window.

Of all the feral kitties, there was one thin, sickly looking tabby who didn’t try to run away, but instead purred and begged to be petted. I felt sorry for sick-kitty, and resisted the urge to pet her as she was obviously not well, and I didn’t want to risk making any of the inside kitties sick. I started giving sick-kitty some warm chicken broth and wet food, and noticed that she appeared to get a little better…her eyes weren’t as weepy, and she wasn’t sniffling as much.

So, the other morning I was looking out my back door and noticed a group of 6 or 7 cats surrounding sick-kitty – it looked like she was in trouble, so I went outside to save her from the gang of boy cats. She ran to me, and I locked her in the garage alone while I called the vet to see if I could bring her in right away and have her spayed. My plan was to have her sterilized and then release her again – three cats is my limit inside, and I don’t think Stella would appreciate another girl in the house. I put her in a carrier, took her to the vet, and made arrangements to have her vaccinated and spayed. I dropped her off, said goodbye, and told her I’d be back the next day to bring her home.

You can imagine how I felt when the vet called later that day with some very disturbing news. Sick-kitty was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia – an extremely contagious and dangerous disease that cannot be cured. Most cats only live for a couple of years after being diagnosed, and the disease is easily spread through saliva, shared food and water dishes, or by grooming each other. I was devastated when the vet suggested that the only solution was to put this poor un-named kitty to sleep. Releasing her back into the feral community would be very risky and would likely result in more cats being infected.

I sent a few emails out, looking for somebody who could provide a home for her who didn’t have any other cats. I had a difficult time sleeping that night, knowing that I would have to give consent to the vet to put this sweet little cat to sleep the next day.

Well…sometimes there are happy endings. A friend of mine sent me a link to a shelter located near Harrisburg called The Best Little Cat House in PA, a no-kill shelter that accepts old kitties, and cats that are diagnosed with feline leukemia and feline aids. I gave them a call, and was able to place her on a list to go live at the shelter! I named the kitty Mabel, and in one month she’ll have a new home!

Now, the dilemma is that I have to keep her safe for a month. Putting her outside was not an option, nor is keeping her inside with my healthy kitties. So, I built a safe room for her in my basement, where she can live comfortably for the next month and where I can keep a sterile environment to make sure that the disease isn’t spread to Stella, Sheemi, and Henry. Whenever I go in to feed Mabel and pet her, I have to change into different clothing and shoes, and when I leave her I have to thoroughly clean and disinfect myself before coming in contact with my inside cats.

Mabel is a little loving kitty who loves being petted. She climbs up on my lap and just wants to be loved. It’s been a long time since anybody petted her I suspect, and she’s starving for affection. I think she’s going to be very happy in her new home, and I can’t wait until she has a permanent warm place to be loved.

So there you have it. Dang it, people, keep your cats inside and have them spayed or neutered!!! If you must keep a cat outdoors, then spay or neuter them and PLEASE give consideration to administering vaccines that can help to protect them from feline illnesses like feline leukemia.

Oh, and if someone reading this has any interest in adopting lovely Miss Mabel, PLEASE leave a comment on the blog! Include your e-mail address and I will contact you. (Your comment will not be posted for the world to see, so your e-mail address will be kept private.) You can take her if you have no other cats or if you have cats who are already infected with feline leukemia, but you have to promise to love her as much as we do. Below is a photo of her having dinner, including a few small pieces of bacon. Please note her pretty collar, which she loves very much.



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  • 1 Anonymous yazmış:

    I also rescued a cat that is FeLV-positive. It was devasting news because he is so sweet. I have been in touch with Lynn at the Best Little Cat House in PA. They seem like a wonderful facility. I'm hoping she can take him next month also. For now he is isolated as not to infect my other 6 cats.

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