The re scheduled Book, CD and DVD sale will take place this Saturday the 13th!
Over the last 2 and a half months we have had a number of kittens being fostered around Almerimar, all but one of whom came from the cat rescue home (Casa De los Gatos). This all started when Gisela who runs the home was taken suddenly ill and had to spend nearly 3 weeks in hospital.
Timmy – Now Adopted By Tracy
The first 4 kittens that I brought back to Almeriar were the ‘babies’, 4 beautiful little things, at the time only about 6 weeks old. They still needed regular feeds, having been bottle fed by Gisela from the age of 2 days, and with them came a bag of various concoctions to supplement their food and help build their immunity. First Jenny had them for over 2 weeks and then Tracy took over and, due to delays with transport to Germany, they have been a part of her family for around 2 months now, and one little Timmy is to be a permanent fixture.
During their time here we have dealt with, infections intestinal parasites, fleas, normal cat worms, and fungus but they are now clear and ready to go to Germany on Friday (Adalita and Siamo that is), where I’m sure they will find new homes quickly as they are gorgeous. Only poor little Bauchi didn’t make it. We lost him after about 3 weeks, Begona thinks due to some underlying problem he had had from birth.
Beautiful Siamo … The most Gorgeous To Me
Siamo When He first Arrived
Sister Adalita – The Pure Siamese
Poor Little Bauchi
I found the mix of genes in these kittens fascinating. I thought there was a tabby parent and a siamese parent, but apparently the very young mother who abandoned them was black and white. Gisela believes that there were maybe 2 fathers … interesting!
After the babies came Lulu and Coreena. We had christened them ‘the fungus kids’ up at the cat home, as they had been ill for a long time with very bad fungus, and Lulu in particular was tiny weighing only 800g, which for a kittens of over 4 months was serious.
Lulu is another kitten bottle fed from an early age, but Coreena is actually one of my cat Saidi’s grandkids so I am particularly fond of her, and I was SO pleased that Dawn offered to take them. After only 2 weeks of loving care, good food and the right medicine from Begona, these pathetic little things were looking like proper kittens again with all their fur back, and were loving having the run of Dawn and Nick’s house and being thoroughly spoilt. As you can see from these recent pictures they are now fit and healthy and are also off to Germany on Friday.
Little, Loving Baby Lulu
Next to be brought out of the cat home was Schatzi a little ginger female, who had a very badly infected wound following sterilization we think too early. She has been nursed back to health, re-named Holly, and now adopted by George and Jean. I then rescued Lucy kitten who was close to death, we thought from infection and lack of food. This was a long and ultimately sad story. We adopted Lucy who became our kitten Orla, but it turned out that she wasn’t just suffering from Gisela’s hospital absence, but had a very serious genetic heart condition, and we only had our little angel for 2 months. I will write about her again.
Our final Almerimar kitten didn’t come from the rescue home, but was found abandoned in a rental property. I christened her Kiri after the opera singer as she ‘sang’ SO loud. She is now fit and healthy again thanks to Olivia’s Mum Annie, and should be off to Germany on a flight to Munich with Roya next week.
Thank you to all the foster parents who have looked after these lovely little things so well and grown so fond of them. We wish all our Almerimar kittens happy lives and you can be sure that I will be following their progress closely, and getting updates and new photos from Germany.
AND in 2009 there will be another lot of Almerimar kittens, foster parents willing, this time actually born in Almerimar itself!
We’re having a few problems on Callé Alcor where Pam has been feeding stray cats for several years. I joined in there when i adopted the mother of 4 kittens but that is another story. All has been pretty settled for most of the year with our beautiful siamese Monty (now nearly 2), 2 of my Saidi’s kittens still remaining (the other boys have wandered off), and Big Daddy (the father of many) occasionally dropping in.
However recently things have got a little more hectic. About 6 weeks ago I rescued a lovely little, mainly siamese kitten that appeared out of nowhere, presumably dumped somewhere, and in the last couple of weeks a lovely female tabby and a very large male tabby have both joined the party.
We get daily visits from big ginger Mookie, but he belongs to Muriel across the road and is just dropping in to check out our food and have an extra snack (he IS getting a little fat!), but the new Tomcat is causing a big problem as he is trying to ‘guard’ the food and chase the others off.
We are also getting worried about whether the female tabby might be pregnant. At what stage do you decide a cat is abandoned and take action to prevent more unwanted kittens? AND more to the point where are all these extra cats suddenly coming from?
Is this as has been suggested by someone today, another sign of the credit crunch, that people are abandoning their animals, or is that just an over-used excuse? How much does it cost to feed a cat in particular after all?
Anyway the siamese kitten was definitely lost or abandoned and on the basis that the female tabby was out in the pouring rain yesterday and was waiting for food I’m assuming that she is also now homeless, particularly as she has been repeatedly chased off by bully tomcat and keeps coming back. As for the bully himself, the jury is out, but it is hard to be too tough on him as he is actually very friendly, as as Chris pointed out, if he has been recently dumped he is going to be quite stressed about and territorial towards any food supply.
SO I wonder how many more animals are out there who have recently been made homeless, and whether their owners, whilst deciding not to look after their vulnerable animals, are still managing to go out for a beer! AND on that point let’s not put all the blame as is usual on the ‘non animal-loving’ Spanish, as our most recent rescue kitten was left in a rental property when her English owner moved away.
Thank you to Pam Roberts for these 2 comments that she sent me recently:
I have just done my early morning ‘walk the dog’ and then gone on to feed 3 colonies of stray cats. At the moment there are two lovely all grey kittens and one pure white one – plus an assortment of ther cats behind the Club Nautico – all very hungry and in very good condition, then there are the 3 cats by Alldays – they have been spayed/castrated and seem very happy with their life – Momo – a cat minus tail and a smokey siamese cat have been there for years, then there is the colony on the rocks behind the Varadero – again all healthy and in good condition.We are hoping to catch them over the next few months and have them spayed/castrated to stop the colonies growing.
I wish all people in the Port would put food out for them during the winter months as they get very old and wet and would eat all your scraps – please don’t throw food out – give it to the cats. Most mportant thing is – could you give one a home or possibly foster for about 6 weeks so that we can get them on their way to new homes in Germany.?? Contact can be made through this site.
Olli’s story makes all the hard work and heartache worthwhile and spurs me on these cold mornings at 8 am hen I am doing the rounds to feed all the hungry cats who are always sitting waiting for me. Please don’t throw your food scraps away give them to the stray cats – especially the colony on the rocks behind the Varadero – where there are 7 female cats, 1 absolutely huge ginger tom and a big black tom – all are desperate for affection and food. Our aim is to collect sufficient money to get the females spayed as soon as possible.The 2 black cats and Siamese by Alldays have all been ‘done’ and Monique and I look after them.
The Siamese has had a very thin metal stick (toothpick size) in her head for days and finally this morning I caught her by the scruff of the neck and managed to pull it out – quite embedded but as I had been unable to get her to Begonia – who advised me to pull it out as soon as possible – I was determined that the job was going to be done – she didn’t fight or meeow and now she should be much more comfortable.She certainly didn’t stop for breakfast and shot off at a rate of knots!!! Monique has antibiotics if there is a problem with her.
I would also like to say that Begonia – our local Vet – has been really wonderful with all the stray cats we have taken to her over the last few months, she spends endless time examining them and giving us lots of advice and Sandra and I, and Jean and George can’t thank her enough for her time and expertise, she is a Vet in a million.
Another 10 cats are going to Germany next Friday, and Sandra,Mary and I have the lovely job of collecting all the fostered kittens in Almerimar at 5 am and delivering them to Casa de los Gatos where they will be put in special carrying cases, sedated, and Gisela will then deliver them to Josh of the Dog Sanctuary by 7.30 am and then they will be on their way to new homes in Germany.Although Gisela will not be able to do this in the New Year, we hope to be able to carry on and find homes for yet more cats in Germany.
As you know Smokey Boy is off to Germany next week which is great news, but it will also be a shame to see him go for Pam who has done such an excellent job with him:
Just another comment Sandra if you are contacting Germany – Smokey – otherwise known as Houdini – has integrated so well with my 3 cats and isn’t bothered by the dog who thinks cats are there just to be chased – Smokey is fast asleep by my other cats in a bed by the radiator and isn’t fazed by my dog sniffing around – so I think he will settle into his new home in Germany very well – please do write and tell them what an easy cat he is – eats anything put in front of him and is calm and peaceful – but chases balls and bits of string all over the place, jumps out of my study window and isn’t bothered by his ‘gammy’ leg.I wish I could keep him but know he is going to be well looked after in Germany
I called down earlier and took this video of him playing. As you can see he is looking really good and his leg while not perfect by any mewans isn’t stopping him from playing and having fun ….