"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Who's This?

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that about 4 years ago, my farm became overrun with feral cats. I could not spay or neuter enough of them fast enough. And, did I say that I love every one of them, mean and not. So, after much money, time etc., I started my herd on birth control. I mix it into soft food once a week. Three times this year, a mother cat didn't come feed that day, and here is a result. I asked the vet about this and she said, "how many litters would you have had if you weren't giving them birth control?" My answer is many more. This little kitten was the only one left in the most recent litter after the raccoons found them. I could not just leave it there to be eaten that night. So... Did I mention besides the barn cats, I have four up at the house that go in and out the doggie door? They have all been fixed.

I hope this one will go to a new home at my granddaughter's house. Isobel loves it so and in fact, has named it Jasmine. I don't know if her father is going to let her have it though. Meanwhile, I am feeding it kitten formula and soft cat food and trying not to get too attached. Does anyone out there want a kitten?


  1. You are an old softy...and I don't blame you at all....but cats certainly do multiply....so maybe another plan might be in order.....like smuggle Jasmine home with the gran and don't tell anybody.....

  2. all meant to be, that cat. it's your 5th doggie door cat.

  3. Feral cats are a huge problem in many areas.
    In the spay and neuter clinic where I work, we have a feral cat program, once a month we hold a feral day, and everyday we will take trapped ferals and neuter/spay them at NO cost.
    Last Friday we performed 175 surgeries in one day, all within the guidlines of a TNR Program (trap, neuter, return).
    We have a mobile unit, if you have a feral colony living on your property, they will take that unit and perform all the surgeries on your own farm at the price of a donation.
    I'm glad to read you are trying to get yours managable, they can, and DO multiply at an alarming rate.
    Jasmine looks like the perfect companion for your granddaughter ;)

  4. Ah, a miracle kitty! (love chairy, too)

  5. Oh, now that's just mean! We're still working on Matt. Isobel asks to hold her kitty every day.


  6. Jo, that is a amazing program they have in your area. I can only wish they had that kind of program in my state. How do they catch all the feral cats? I have to live animal cages and I must have the smartest feral cats west of the Mississippi because we can rarely catch them. I guess the raccoons and opposums are quite as smart as we seem to mostly catch them.

  7. Such cuties, both of them!
    I wish I could adopt a kitty. But I'm not sure Benjy would approve. Sigh.


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