Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Historic Cats at Work! Click here to read about cats at war. The kittens climbing ladders to get into their bunks is adorable

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Meet Millie, the Adventure Cat!

She is a rock-climber and hiker who goes on outdoor adventures with her human and even has her own set of safety and camping gear!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cats are Stealth Rat-Killers CATS AT WORK

I am the Community Cats Coordinator at Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. We specialize in feral cat relocations for outdoor cats who are at risk from poisonings, BB gun shootings, abandoned house demolitions (where the cats tend to live), indoor and outdoor cat hoarding situations, and feeders who have to move and can't take the outdoor cats they feed with them. We trap the cats and place them in x-large acclimation crates in their new environment for 3-4 weeks to get them accustomed to their new home. Dumping them somewhere without acclimation is inhumane as it causes the cats to become confused and they will attempt to find their way back to their original home and food source and that is dangerous. 

To secure their new homes we have a program called Cats at Work, where people actually request feral cats for their community gardens, personal yards, factories, stables, farms, barns and businesses, and in the case of the 47th Ward of Chicago, alleys! (see my previous posts about Cats at Work). Folks requesting feral cats for their yards and businesses must fill out applications, sign contracts, follow the protocol of the acclimation, and pay for the relocation of the cats.

In talking with these educated folks who understand that cats are the "green" and humane solution to their rat, mouse, chipmunk, rabbit and insect problems, they often ask, "if I feed the cats twice a day will they still hunt?" And the answer is OH YES THEY WILL. I also often have this conversation when I run into skeptical neighbors while I am trapping cats in alleys who are initially angry that I am planning returning the cats to the alley. 

My colony cats have lived with me for years in the yard, They are well-fed, spoiled cats who live in a heated, insulated, bi-level outdoor condo, but this is what we see all year:

And here are 2 of the 3 cats in my colony, lounging around like lazy-butts after their night of rat-killing. 

Outdoor cats kill neighborhood rats even if they are stuffed with store-bought cat food. It's their nature, their instinct, and their main hobby in life. They find the rat nests, stand over the hole, and eat the babies, thereby reducing the rat population. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Interesting Facts About Cats

I Found a Litter of Kittens! What Do I Do?

HERE is a great article from Animal Alliance NYC about what to do if you find a litter of kittens. Below are pictures of a very young litter I rescued last week:

You CANNOT feed kittens cow's milk and do not try to give them water!! It will give them diarrhea and dehydrate them. You need kitten replacement milk and a bottle set from PetSmart. They eat tiny amounts of food so do not squeeze too much food in their little mouths. You also have to take a cotton ball and gently swirl it over their little behinds to stimulate them to pee and poo, something their mother usually does for them. They need to be on a heating pad and kept very warm. As soon as you can, call your local vet offices and animal rescue groups to see if an experienced bottle feeder is available to foster the kittens. In the meantime, please click the link above to see how it's done. 

You also must bathe them in warm water, as they are too young to groom themselves. Here is my husband bathing them in our bathroom sink: