It’s been a month since Willow disappeared. Despite my various searches, and heading out every evening shaking my tupperware of dried food – not a whisker. I think I need to accept the fact that she’s either dead or has been taken in by someone else. Someone who obviously isn’t going to take her to the vet’s (which would be the only way of knowing she has a microchip). A trip to vet’s should be the first thing any responsible person does, on finding a “stray”. Not only to make sure that the stray is really a stray, but also to have a quick health check done. A seemingly healthy animal can still be a carrier of something (even if it’s just fleas, ticks or intestinal worms).
But I’m obviously living in a little dream world – what seems the logical, responsible thing to me, doesn’t seem to be the logical, responsible thing to others.
Anyway, the reason I need to let off steam . . . not only have I been pounding the street calling “Willow” but I’ve also been checking out lost/found sites, in the hopes that someone found her and posted photo there. Instead of finding Willow, I have learned that there is a whole batch of strays living only a few minutes walk away.
One (very responsible) citizen posted an advert about one particular cat (and her kittens) in the hopes of finding a local cat rescue home that would come out and catch them. Unfortunately, she was told, by those she contacted, that they are either too far away, or too full, and don’t have time to come and catch strays. They are already snowed under with the unwanted litters of this summer . . . they have neither the manpower nor the funding (or space) to take in more.
I understand that. Rescue homes rely on donations and volunteer staff. They do an excellent job with the means they have, but they can only save so many. There comes a time when there is simply no room at the inn. Which leads to my question of “Why?” Why are there always so many unwanted kittens??? Why don’t people have their pet cats neutered????
My mother-in-law actually lives in the residence where the stray cats were spotted. So me, being me, I couldn’t help going along to assess the situation myself. Wondering IF I managed to catch the cats myself and take them to a rescue home (saving them the time and trouble) would they have the heart to turn them away?
My curiosity and wondering soon turned into frustration and anger. There are just too many! I thought I was looking for one female and 2 kittens . . . I counted 3 adults and 4 kittens living behind the wheelie bins – there are possibly more.
Here you can see four pairs of eyes – I assumed it was a mother and her 3 babies . . . who soon left their nest and stayed at a very safe distance while I took photos
(yes, I also had my tupperware of dried food with me).
Seeing the kittens eating so well, I reckon they must be at least 10-12 weeks already. Problem is, they were obviously born “in the wild” and while they may look cute and cuddly, I was not tempted to try and get too close. I know, from experience, what happens if you get bitten or scratched by a stray kitten!
Then there was another adult female and (I think) a male
As you can see, the female, with only one eye, came up very close and seemed relatively tame (compared to the others who greeted me with hisses). She actually followed me a little, and I got to see a fourth kitten (he/she is definitely hers) and looks like a miniature version of the grey cat (which is why I’m assuming grey cat is male)
The mad-cat lady part of me just wanted to try and catch everyone and bring them home! The more sensible animal-owner part of me knows I can’t. I have my own animals’ health to think of. I am living in a very small flat at the moment, with barely enough room for us . . . and with Blackjack, and 3 cats, I can’t just bring stray cats or kittens home without it setting off a whirlwind.
Saying that . . .
I haven’t- been able to get this face out of my mind. If I could, I would at least take her to a vet’s to get that right eye & her good left eye checked out . . . and have her neutered so that she doesn’t have any more kittens out in the wild.