Home-made litter scoop

Check out this neat little idea!

A litter scoop made out an old soda bottle!  I am in the process of making one for myself (I am using a large Simply Orange bottle)!  The reason I am making one is because I had to bring in one of my feral cats.  He is in a back room, so as not to infect my house cat if he is sick.  I need to scoop his litter box but do not want to transfer worms to my house cat, if the feral has worms.  Didn’t feel like going to the store and spending money on a new scoop, so I looked around and found this little gem.  Enjoy!

Full instructions at MessyBeast.com

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LAspca free and discounted spay days for Feral Cats

Hello, I received this email from the LAspca and wanted to pass it on.  This is for feral cats.

“Just to pass this on: SAF is hosting a FREE Spay Day on January 24th, exclusive to people trapping in Jefferson Parish. If you have colonies in JP, with priority given to the West Bank , take advantage of the great deal below. If you didn’t have a chance to sign up for our Satur-Spay, or if you still have a desperate need for FREE S/N services, call SAF immediately.

The Spay Jefferson program, through Southern Animal Foundation, will be hosting a FREE feral cat spay/neuter day for those trapping Jefferson Parish colonies. The s/n day will be Sunday, Jan. 24th at the SAF Annex building,
1829 Magazine St. This is an appointment only event, so please call 975-7387 to reserve your spaces. When calling, leave a message and please specify the TNR event on the 24th. Please feel free to forward this info
to those people that are trapping in Jefferson Parish only. We are making this day available with a generous donation from a private donor, and it is specifically for TNR of JP cats. I’ll be booking approximately 60-70 cats.

**Please note – priority will be given to those that can trap on the Westbank of JP. There is a real need in 70072 and 70094 zip codes and very few trappers hit that area.**

Specifics:
–All cats must be in traps.
–All cats will be ear tipped.
–Drop off time will be 7:30-9:30 AM; pick up same day between 5-6 PM.
–Address/zip codes will be recorded for Spay Jefferson data submitted to the parish;

the JPAS has recognized a need in the Marrero, Westwego, Waggaman, Avondale, and Bridge City areas based on cats coming into shelter; for that reason, we are making them priority.

We also have about 5 spots left for the LA/SPCA Satur-Spay on the 30th (no parish preference given.) First come, first served to any professional trapper or caretaker with proof of government assistance. Call 762-3306 if you’d like these last spots.

Heather J. Rigney
Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Feral Cat Coordinator
Louisiana SPCA
Phone: 504-368-5191 ext 205
Fax: 504-368-5108
heather@la-spca.org

http://www.la-spca.org/dedication/events/howling_success/HS_2009.htm

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You found a feral cat, what should you do?

Maybe you just moved into a new house, or you noticed a feral cat behind your favorite restaurant.  Either way, you found it- maybe many of them.  What now?  You can’t just walk away and leave them to fend for themselves- but what can you do?  For anyone who cares deeply about animals, it is difficult to turn away from an animal so clearly in need.  Luckily, you really don’t need to.  There are many steps that you can take to help these feral cats.

If they are in your yard or neighborhood, you can leave food and water each day and create cat shelters for them so that they stay warm and dry.  Some organizations provide free cat food for feral cat colonies.  The very most IMPORTANT thing that you can do, is to arrange to trap, neuter, and release (TNR) them.  This ensures that your feral cats will not continue to breed.  Many organizations offer free or discounted sterilization for feral cats.

Depending on where you live, there may be several feral cat organizations in existence that will be able to care for the cats if you simply tell them where the cats are.  Please keep in mind that if you call animal control or an animal shelter, a feral cat will be put to sleep.  Feral cats are considered un-adoptable.  This is not entirely true, however.  Depending on the history of the cat, some may come to be fairly tame.  It takes a great deal of dedication and patience, but if you show the cat that you will not harm it, they will sometimes become friendly.  They may never behave as warmly as your pet cat, but they will enjoy being near you and grant you an occasional nuzzle from time to time.  Kittens are much easier to tame than adult cats, but in my limited experience, I have found that adult cats can be semi-tamed as well.

Future articles will discuss these options in more detail.

If you are caring for feral cats and you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us at nolapetsource@gmail.com.  Additionally, please feel free to share your comments and ask questions via the comment section beneath these posts.

New Orleans Feral Cat Meetup Group

Taking care of feral cats is not an easy task.  I care for 9 feral cats in my own backyard and it can be quite daunting at times.  It is nice to know that there are other feral cat caregivers out there.  People who understand why you allow feral cats to live on your screened in porch (don’t they have fleas?  They could give you a disease!) and why you spend so much money on food for them when you can barely afford food for yourself (They’re cats- don’t they eat mice?  Why do you keep feeding them?). People who understand the amazing rewards that these feral cats provide despite their skittish and sometimes downright anti-social nature. Additionally, it’s nice to have others to share ideas with and to ask questions of.  This is my first time caring for feral cats, so I scoured the internet looking for ways to help them, especially as cold weather loomed.  I was so glad to find this organization on Meetup.com, called the New Orleans Feral Cat Meetup Group.  Here’s what they have to say about their group:

“Alley Cat Allies has targeted the New Orleans, LA area to raise awareness, educate the community, and increase networking among active individuals in the area. Through workshops, outreach, and organizing you will learn about outdoor cats, feral cat colony care, Trap-Neuter-Return, and the importance of accessible, affordable, neuter services.

Feral Cats are outdoor cats that are unsocialized to humans and therefore unadoptable as pets. They have many individuals that love and care for them regularly. This meet-up group will provide an opportunity for you to network with other like-minded individuals in your area, and hear of activities going on near you!

Join Alley Cat Allies to learn how you can care for and advocate on behalf of the cats in your community.

Visit http://www.alleycat.org/neworleans for more information.”

Connect with others who share your passion for all cats, including the down and out.  Join them HERE.


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