Inexpensive Foam Coolers can be Life Saver

The human has told me that many parts of the country are very cold.  We are very fortunate to live where we do, where Jacey and I can take little strolls out on the balcony year round without getting cold.  Here, feral cat who do not have homes have to deal with many things, but extreme weather is not one of those things.

Help protect my feral cat furiendsIn much of the country, that is not the case.  The human tells me that in the place where we used to live, it is going to drop into the single digits tonight.  That is very cold, and when it used to get that cold, even the sliding glass door for the balcony was too cold for me to want to sit by.

And as cold as that is, it is even worse in many places, where the temperatures are way below zero.  I do not even remember it being that cold for me when I was a feline living in Maryland.

A cheap styrofoam cooler can be a life saver for a feral catStill, even though I did not like the cold outside, I did not have to go there.  That is not the case for my feral cat furiends.  These poor felines need to endure these very difficult conditions.  Many humans think that we have fur, so we can handle the cold.  That is true to a point, but not when it gets as cold as it has in much of the country.

That is why I want to share a way for you humans to help feral felines who are dealing with the cold.  All you need to do is take a foam cooler, which my human tells me does not require too many green paper things.

You can tape the lid to the cooler, turn it upside down, and then cut a hole large enough for a feline to fit into in the side.  Then you can put it where the sun can warm the cooler, and where the wind does not hit the opening.

The combination of the heat from the sun and the heat from felines inside the cooler can help keep some of my feral cat furiends alive in the cold.

Please do not let our fur fool you.  When it gets as cold as it is in many places, we can freeze to death, too.  Please think of my homeless feline furiends and help them get through the winter.

Feral Cat Population Helps Prisoners

One of the most notorious prisons that houses humans who have done evil things is Pollsmoor Prison in South Africa, which once housed Nelson Mandela.  Things have changed significantly since then, and while the prison is home to murderers, rapists, and gang members, it is also home to a unique feral cat colony.  This clowder has helped many of the humans in the prison learn valuable life lessons.

The first prison where Mandela was held was called Robben Island.  When the prison was initially opened, the humans in charge of it took some cats to the island to do what we felines always do — keep down the rat population.  The prison closed in the 1980s, and was designated a wildlife area.  Over the decades that the prison was open, the feline population exploded, and there were charges that the felines were killing the wildlife on the island.  An order went out that all the cats were to be killed.

One local human and the SPCA objected to the plan, and they were given six weeks to capture all the cats they could and relocate them.  They were able to capture 24 cats, but only 15 of them were healthy enough to be released.

One of the Pollsmoor Prison Feral CatsAnd then just like Mandela, these cats made the journey from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison.  One of the reasons was that it has a large farming area, and the feral cats would be good at keeping the rodent population from eating the crops.

When the human with the Robben Island cats arrived at Pollsmoor for the first time, she was amazed.  There were cats everywhere.  Some of the prisoners allowed the felines to crawl into their cells, and shared their food with the hungry cats.  That is when she decided she would not only have to monitor the Robben Island cats, but implement a TNR program.

These felines are safe, because the warden and his staff look out for them.  And they have a surprising source of protection.  The prisoners themselves look after the cats, too.  One prisoner said of his cat who he hadn’t seen for a while, “she’s totally stoleOne of the Pollsmoor Prison Inmates with his Catn my heart and changed my life around.”  The warden, after hearing about the missing cat, commissioned a search to find her.  And this prisoner showed an unknown talent.  He started drawing his cat, and was given art supplies.  Since then, some of his artwork has been shown.

Another prisoner who is a few months away from being released after a long sentence, said of his cat, “she has taught me what it means to be considerate of others. Who knew I would learn life lessons from a cat?”

Remember, this all started just to give some feral cats a place to live.  What it has developed into is a very special program that helps felines and humans alike.  If you would like to learn more about the program, please visit The Emma Animal Rescue Society.

Facebook Helps Rescue Cat Stuck on Pole

We felines are known for climbing up on things that we cannot get down from.  Our claws only go one way, so we are good at getting up things, but not good at getting down from them.  That is what happened to one of my fellow felines in Amarillo, Texas.

The cat, who has now been named Xcel, climbed up a 30 foot pole and got stuck.  The humans around the area called animal control, but were told that animal control would not come out to help the cat.  Then they called the fire department, but the fire department told them that they did not come out to rescue cats anymore.  Finally, they called the utility company whose pole the cat was stuck on.  And they were told that the utility company would not respond.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Glad This Cat Was RescuedFor three days, the poor cat was stuck up on the pole.  It is a good thing the cat was not a diabetic cat like me.  Three days without food or insulin for a diabetic cat could be life threatening!

It was a Facebook post from a local news channel that managed to get some action.  The post read “this cat has been stuck atop a power line for three days. Neighbors have tried to coerce him down with food, tried calling Xcel animal control, and the fire department, but nobody will help. He’s panting and swaying in the wind. Neighbors are calling it animal cruelty that no one will help. What do you think?”

After reading that post, the local utility company, which owned the pole which the cat had climbed, dispatched a truck with a cherry picker.  And in just a few minutes, Xcel was rescued. Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is glad this Cat Was Rescued

Xcel, who was well known among the neighborhood as a friendly feral cat, was taken in by one of the humans living in the area.  The human said “I was not giving up until he was safe He is now napping in the top of my daughters closet on some blankets!”  The next stop for Xcel is the place with the humans in white coats so everyone can be sure he is healthy.

Xcel is another cat who reminds me that even a diabetic cat like me who has a home is far better off than many cats out there.  I am glad he was rescued and now has a home!