What To Carry In Your Car For An Unexpected Cat Rescue

You guys!

Have you ever been out and about and, perhaps you see a cat and think, “If only I had the ability to help him right now…”

Well, I’m about to get you ready to do just that! I’ve spoken with three experts in the rescue field and am about to share with your their tips for what to carry with you in your car in case a rescue is needed.

This kit sucks for rescue. Shoes will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit.

This kit sucks for rescue. A sparkly bathing suit and sunblock will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit properly.

First up, we have Shawn Simons, the Headmistress at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats in Los Angeles, a rescue with a heck of a story and a special focus on trapping feral cats in the LA area. Here’s her advice:

I would always carry is a towel.  It is a very good way to grab a sick or injured cat while protecting yourself. Make sure you have a carrier to put the cat in. A humane trap may be useful but I find successful trappings often need a bit more prep, although a hungry cat may not need it. If you are trapping, our kits always include newspaper, tuna, can opener and a trap cover (like a blanket or large towel). We use baby food a lot for semi ferals. For night time, you’ll need a flashlight, of course. Also if you are not able to get straight to a vet, flea meds and clavomox would be good to have on hand.
Towels: A necessity!

Towels: A necessity!

Next up, we have a list of things that you might keep with you, provided by Liz Houtz, the Community Cats Program Manager at Tree House  (who happened to be the person that helped trap Louie and Sprinkle, the two “fosters” here that never seem to want to leave.) Here’s Liz’s list for what to bring with you when you plan to trap a feral kitty:
  • KMR kitten replacement milk
  • Kitten feeding bottle
  • Hot water bottle to keep kittens warm
  • Towels
  • Canned cat food and tuna for trapping
  • Can opener
  • At least one carrier (medium) and one trap
  • Newspaper for traps
  • Wire ties for broken carriers
  • Flashlight
  • Trap covers
  • Tarp to protect car
  • Duct tape
  • Trap divider

And finally, we have Tammy from Feral Fixers, an organization in DuPage County, Illinois that focuses on trap-neuter-return programs and works to support colony caretakers by providing traps and spay/neuter resources to help control the feral cat population. She says:

One of the most frustrating parts of rescue is not being able to go somewhere yourself. But having volunteers who CAN go there and do what needs to be done is priceless! We make it a habit to learn whatever we can about our volunteers so that we can call on them in a pinch and they come thru time and time again! A drop-in carrier, two towels, a small throw, some canned food – stinkier the better and a small sample size bag of dry food that you can shake to stimulate interest in food are the very basics and all can be stored and carried in that carrier. One towel to go in carrier, other towel or throw to drop on top of the cat to wrap and drop in carrier and then the throw to go on top and cover whole carrier to keep it quiet and safe. Just the very basics for cat pickup.

The Can Opener:  A Must Have for Resscues and The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

The Can Opener: A Must Have for Rescues as well as  The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

And there you have it! The basics (and then some) of what to carry with you so that you’re prepared in the event of a much-needed rescue! A hearty thanks to all of these wonderful experts in cat rescue. As a follow up to this article, we’ll be talking to Tammy again regarding how to know if kittens really NEED rescue and what exactly to do if you see some out and about.

Stay tuned!



Bachelorette of the Week: Wendee!

Dear Readers,

Today, I have for you a lady who wants to be your only love. She wants it to be just you and her. She doesn’t want to share your love with anyone else. Are you catching my drift? She doesn’t have any physical special needs, per se, other than insisting on having you hug her and her alone. And maybe a few jealousy issues.

This is what Wendee looks like when she's on the look out for hug thieves.

This is what Wendee looks like when she’s on the look out for hug thieves.

This lady is Wendee, and she’s siamese, if you please. If you don’t please, she’ll pretend she’s something else, but she’ll probably still look exactly the same except in her mind.

She about two years old, she’s ok with children (as long as they’re not cats), and has been waiting for her home for awhile now. She’s unable to go into a foster home because most of the fosters that Feral Fixers has have their own kitties or other fosters, and Wendee is SO not down with that.

Wendee is ready to leave the crate and get into a home where she can snuggle you and you and nobody else but you!

Do you want to meet Wendee? Contact Feral Fixers today! 

Wendee enjoying some snuggling.

Wendee enjoying some snuggling…ALONE.

"Is that another cat? Don't come over here, other cat!" - Wendee

“Is that another cat? Don’t come over here, other cat!” – Wendee



Bachelor of the Week: Moe

You guys!

Today, let me introduce you to Moe. He’s… wait, he was just here…

Oh, there he is.

He's been seen and he knows it.

He’s been seen and he knows it.

He was hiding. You see, he’s a bit shy. Moe is going to require just the right person! Someone with patience, someone with caring, someone who wears a skirt. Moe is more of a ladies man. He’s a three year old, hefty male tabby, and while he was in foster with a kind gentlemen, he never came out of hiding but does seem to show up for his current lady foster. He enjoys petting and brushing. Of his hair, I mean, not hers.

And you know what his favorite game is? HIDE AND SEEK.

That’s right! You can spend hours upon marvelous hours playing hide and seek with this adorable fellow. He’ll hide, and you seek. I also encourage you to try it the other way around if you have patience, which, if you’re the right person for Moe, you’ll have plenty of.

The folks at Feral Fixers do seem to think Moe may still come around and become a loving, one-person cat. He likes other kitties and would be ok with a gentle dog. Children and noisy environments are not recommended.

If you’d like to meet Moe, contact Feral Fixers!  There’s a $75 adoption fee involved, but you can consider it your ticket to a life time of playing games with a fabulous, dear-hearted creature.

Checking to see if the coast is clear...

Checking to see if the coast is clear…

"They'll never find me in here. NEVER!" - Moe.

“They’ll never find me in here. NEVER!” – Moe.

Hurry! Moe’s waiting for yo, so count to ten and run to find him!



Photos of Crepes and Frosty Claws

My title may have made you think that there was a chance of seeing photographs of me with the mystical frosty paws. Such is not the case. They are, in fact, two separate items. First, let me regale you with some brand new photos of me! Prepare yourself for greatness. This one, I call:

Relief of the Stump

in which I scratch my itch with my stump...and like it.

in which I scratch my itch with my stump…and like it.

And this one I call:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Crepes

It's hard to be me.

It’s hard to be me.

And now for the FROSTY CLAWS part.

My friends over at Feral Fixers in Lombard, IL, a group that does great things for taking care of the feral cat population and finding homes for all those little kittens, is having a party! They’re going to have lots of great stuff and would like to cordially invite all of you to attend. Here’s the info!

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