Rescue Never Takes A Break Even If We Do

UPDATE:  Please see the update to the story at the bottom of page.

Alana here.

Recently, you may have noticed that Crepes and I haven’t been blogging as much as usual. Numerous things in our lives have been taking up a lot of time, but it has just come to my attention that, despite our busy lives, rescue never takes a break.

A few months ago, we bought our very first house. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for  many years. The last few weeks have been absolutely filled with things to do – drywalling, gardening, heavy lifting. I’ve been trying very hard to get this home ready for us and our kitties and dog because we’ve outgrown the one we’re currently in, but this has lead to a lack of time for certain things. I haven’t been fostering this summer yet because I have no where to put the kittens. I haven’t been doing as much volunteering because I’ve been trying to work on the house and keep up our CATastrophes project. Just now, though, I got a wake up call that reminded me that just because I have a new house and a new project, that doesn’t mean that I can put my rescue efforts on hold.

As I was finishing up some gardening, I got a text message from Chicago Cat Rescue saying there was a blind, sick cat lying in someone’s front yard in my neighborhood. A good Samaritan found him there, offered him something to eat, and posted his photo on Facebook. Chicago Cat Rescue knew I lived nearby and asked if there was any way I could help. I had nothing with me – no carrier, no gloves, no supplies – but I ran over there anyway to see what I could do. And there I found a giant orange and white man cat lying beneath a lilac bush on a bed of lavender. His eyes were swollen shut and he seemed unable to walk. While I was coming up with a plan, another CCR volunteer arrived. Luckily, she had a carrier and a blanket. I asked the home owners for some thick gloves and some more tuna. We opened the carrier and put it in front of him and the little fellow tried to climb into the carrier but was unable to do so on his own. While I distracted him with the food, which even in his state he ate with relish, (not real relish, of course. That’s too salty for a kitty.) my partner lifted his back end into the carrier and I closed the lid. We whisked  him to the car and off he went to the safety of Chicago Cat Rescue and the hope of recovery.

I didn't stop to take a pic while trying to help him. This is the post that saved him.

I didn’t stop to take a pic while trying to help him. This is the post that saved him.

Driving home, this experience made me realize a few things. I realized that social networking really does work and that this blogging and online work that so many of us do truly does have an impact. Without the social network of that one post, our friend would have been picked up by animal control and wouldn’t have had much of a chance.

I also realized I should carry a rescue kit in my car at all times. It feels helpless to see someone in need and not be able to offer assistance. As my dad always says, “you can take it off, but you can’t put it on if you don’t have it.” I think we’ll discuss rescue kits in an upcoming post.

And finally, I realized that just because my life is busy, rescue doesn’t need me any less.  Kittens are still being born and abandoned. Cats are still being injured out on the streets. These things do not take a break simply because I did. I need to make time for rescue because without the people who really care, amongst which I count myself one, these creatures wouldn’t have the chances that they do. They need help and they need it now.

Love,

Alana.

PS. I just got word that he’s awaiting medical attention but is currently comfortable, eating, and enjoying some pets. I suspect he’ll have some medical bills, and CCR is a small, volunteer-run organization, so if you have a spare $10 to send his way, it would be appreciated.

Click here to see a little video of him enjoying love.

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Enjoying some pate, fluids, and love with Julie from Chicago Cat Rescue.

I will be speaking at the BlogPaws conference this week in Nashville and may be away from my blog, but I promise to resume regular writing upon my return. I’ve learned my lesson.

UPDATE: As of 5/26/15, our little man has gone OTRB. The doctors determined that he had a several spinal cord, which paralyzed him from the waste down. There was little hope of recovery for him because of the damage and our friend was eased of his suffering. It breaks my heart to know that he’s gone, but I find comfort knowing that I did my part to bring to him an end of comfort. Instead of being alone under a bush, he died peacefully, warm, well fed, and loved, and he will be remembered forever. I’m sorry I couldn’t do more, but if I’d been able, I would have given anything to save you. Rest in peace, little buddy.

LitterBox Rescue – Are You Having Litter Box Problems?

You Guys!

I shall assume you are all aware by now that litter box skills for a cat are of utmost importance. I have, in fact, heard that poor box skills are one of the top reasons that people surrender their kitties. (Not in this house, tho – one of us could pee a river on MomFOD’s head and she still wouldn’t give us up)

Contemplating my box skills.

Contemplating my box skills.

Now, I know for a fact that in this house, several of us have occasionally, shall we say, missed the mark. For instance, there was that time when Peabody was keeping me away from the box so I would scream at DadFOD and pee on his sweater to let him know. Box moved = problem solved! That was an issue of placement and cat warfare. Mrs. Peabody also developed box issues recently because she was suffering from a bought of SIBO or Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth, which caused her painful poop that she then associated with the box. She is mostly back on target now, so to speak, but her cause was medical. And then there was that time Niles peed in the Christmas bin…

 

Anyway, there are many reasons for which a cat might discontinue use of his or her litter box. They might be medical or behavioral. Some things to look for:

  • Is your cat experiencing pain? Does he have a medical problem? See a doctor ASAP to find out.
  • Is your box clean? Some cats won’t use a dirty box.
  • Is your cat marking territory? Do you have a new cat that might have caused this?
  • Is there another cat keeping one of your cats away from the box in a territory dispute?
  • Is your box covered? Some cats hate covered boxes.
  • Is the box in a place that makes the cat feel unsafe? Cats need to feel safe and calm when using the box.
  • Did you switch litters? Some kitties hate change and will rebel.
  • Is your cat de-clawed? Hopefully not, but if so, see a vet to make sure that they’re not experiencing pain in their feet that’s exacerbated by the litter pawing.

The first thing you should do, always, is have your kitty checked by a vet to rule out medical issues, then start looking around for behavioral problems or litter box problems that might affect his behavior. Sometimes, a very simple thing could be the cause.

Don’t give up on your kitty! Your kitty would never give up on you!

And now… for some expert advice, we have here a video with famed box consultant Louie Sorbet who’s giving the Johnson residence a kick in the butt for poor litter box skills.

Love,

Crepes.

 

PS.  In light of French CATastrophe (CHATastrophe) getting such a great reception lately because of its Catdance win, we’re hoping that maybe Ellen DeGeneres will notice it and fall in love with Guy LaFurrr. A lofty dream, we know, but we have a plan! Tomorrow, we’re gathering all of our forces to send Ellen’s media team our video! So, if you have a moment, please join us in tweeting and sharing the video on her Facebook page. We would be ever so grateful.  We’ll provide all the info you need. We know with your support we can do it! #TeamGuyLaFurrr

Win Some Imperial Cat Scratch N’Bits for Your Favorite Rescue!

You Guys!

Serious business today, so I dressed for the occasion.

It's business time.

It’s business time.

Imperial Cat, a company known for their eco-friendly scratchers, contacted me to let me know about this program they’re doing. I agreed to share it with you if they were willing to give away one of their Scratch N’Bits packages to one winner’s favorite shelter or rescue! Here are the deets:

They have put together four packages of goodies for kitties, including scratchers of different sizes. The scratchers can be placed inside cages for adoptables to get their scratch on. You go to their site, choose your gift, and they’ll deliver it to your favorite rescue. The packages are between $25 – $30 and include free shipping in the continental US (sorry, Hawaii.) For Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat-Month, Imperial Cat has also introduced a box of catnip goodies for $30 to help shelter kitties get their nip on while they wait.

So here’s what we’re going to do!  You leave me a comment below telling me which rescue you’d like to see get a prize, and I will draw one (1) lucky name using Random.org whose rescue will receive the Small Scratch n’Bits package that includes 20-24 scratchers of various small styles. Hurray!

The Prize.

The Prize.

Entries start now and will run through Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:59 pm. I’ll draw a winner and announce it on Monday, June 23rd! Leave a comment to help your favorite shelter get their scratch on!

Love,

Crepes.

 

***FTC Disclaimer: We were not compensated for this post, except for the giveaway to a rescue. All opinions are our own.***