Hi all and thank you for the warm welcome!
My kitties names are
Austin- He is a black and white tuxedo cat. He is around 10 years old. Found him when he was very small and fit in the palm of my hand. I bottle fed him and here we are today.
Frisky- He is a really pretty Brown tabby. He is around 6 years old. He was 2 when he started hanging around here and decided to move in. I know this because he had a astma attack and spent 4 days in a oxygen chamber. When I took him to the vet they scanned him and he was micro chipped from a Shelter that was over an hour away. Apparently someone adopted him never registered him and then turned him out on the street. He has been here 4 years now.
Jack- Is another Tuxedo kitty. We affectionately call him Velcro because he has 6 toes on each foot and sticks to everything even with his nails trimmed. We don't know his exact age he was a pure feral when he started coming around. It took me over a year of feeding and coaxing to get him to let me finally touch him. Now he is the biggest lover boy you have ever seen.
Miss Priss- Is white with tabby patches. She is approx 3 years old. When she started coming around she was so scared and hungry she would steal the bowls of food we had outside for the ferals and hide and eat. She was soooooo skinny too weighed about 5lbs and was pregnant. Gave birth the day before Valentines day this year to one kitten. She is slated to be spay on the 14th since the baby is completely weaned. It took me almost 4 weeks to get her to finally calm down so I could catch her and bring her in. I call her Miss Priss because since she has moved inside the house she preens and worries about cleaning her coat and just struts around like a Queen.
She is currently looking for a nice home if anyone knows of one.
Sophia/Sophie/Munchkin/Baby- So many names for such a small kitten. She is almost 4 months old and White with grey patches. She was born in my lap the day before Valentines Day her Mama is Miss Priss. This is her forever home.
I have also have a feral I call Domino- he is also a Black and white Tuxedo. Why is it I find all the Tuxedo kitties? Anyways he is not tamed. He just comes here to eat everyday. I have tried trapping him to have him fixed but he is just too smart for that. He has been coming around for over a year and just will not trust anyone to touch him. But I am determined I will one day catch him and he will be fixed and taken care of.
That is my kitty introduction
I will try to post pictures soon.
I have 3 rooms downstairs dedicated to kitties in transition.
I have one room that put them in when I first bring them inside. It is a quiet room and is seperated from any of my other animals. It is a place they stay until I can get them to the vet for testing and their shots. It has tile floors and washable bedding and food dishes. Nothing else. I keep it this way so that the cat just focuses on relaxing and also incase they are ill I am easily able to clean the room to get rid of anything that is spreadable.
The second room is a small livingroom it has a TV, and a couch and cat trees and things they would see inside any other home. I use this room to socialize the ferals or strays and also for introductions to my kitties. It makes things go easier when they are used to the sights and sounds of inside life and also feel that they are on their turf.
Third room is my medical recovery room. It has cat beds on the floor and crates that I can keep the kitties who are recovering from surgery or illness. This room is a quiet room and no other kitties are allowed in to stress whoever is recovering. It is nothing special more like a small utility room but it works out great for me.
We are in the process of building a new home. My hope is to make larger rooms and maybe even a full cat room downstairs so that I am able to maybe house a small rescue of 10 or so cats plus my 5 without overwhelming myself. That is my hope, but I am still in the research stage with my town to make sure I do not get in trouble for having a unauthorized rescue. It is one thing to take in one or two at a time and rehome them. But holding more than that I want to make sure.
All of the ferals and strays I take in get spay/neutered and all their testing and shots. I pay for this out of my own pocket. My goal is to rehome the ones I can. So far this has worked out well. I have rehomed quite a few and have only ended up keeping the 5 I have now in the 20 or so years I have been taking care of the cats.
Anyways thats my story , hope I didn't bore you.