Well....it was really a wild cat chase! We headed out to begin trapping around 7 at our first target location. Here I am getting the traps set and ready.
We were hoping to get a pair of gray tabbies and a big orange tomcat with an injured eye. I trapped him awhile back and he escaped like Houdini as i was carrying the trap to my car. I was SO heartbroken because i wanted to get his eye taken care of in addition to getting him neutered. Anyway, we managed to get one of the gray tabbies but the other one saw it happen and took off. And like a dummy, i held the trap wrong and my finger got slashed by a flying claw....oops...always some drama. We ran to Kroger to get some Bactine and proceeded onward.
We headed to our next stop at the stockyards. There is a group of 5 adorable bobtails that run in a pack. I have TNRed 4 of them, thankfully, but there is a torti female who has eluded us. She is most likely already pregnant with a spring litter. We tried for about an hour but she just wasn't falling for our games. It is SO hard to trap one specific cat when there is a group lurking around. Here is a photo of Beth Ann (the colony's feeder) and me waiting patiently.
Next, we headed back to our original location....no luck and a raccoon was about to get in our trap. So, we headed back to our house to try to trap a few on our front porch. On the way back, we saw a cat crossing the parking lot at Kroger so we put a trap out there. Long story short, no luck there either!
After a quick dinner at Wendy's, we headed home and crossed our fingers that the 3 left to TNR at our house would show up. After I showered the blood and tuna juice off of me, I peeked outside and saw a striped tail in one of the traps. It was Puff Daddy! Score! He is a tame old boy that showed up a few weeks ago. Later in the evening, a beautiful solid gray kitty arrived but he refused to get in the traps.
We had hoped to trap a total of 5 cats but only managed to get the 2. I took them both to the monthly TNR clinic here in Lexington. Here is a photo of all of the feral kitties lined up to have their surgery. Puff Daddy is the one peeking out on the far left.
Both of my ferals are back home now and they did great! They got neutered, vaccinated and a flea/deworming treatment. The amazing vet who takes care of them deserves a HUGE award...she spayed/neutered over 5,000 cats and dogs last year...yes, that is right....all that by herself!!!! She is an absolute angel.
I took this sweet photo this afternoon. This is Magee....a feral boy who has decided not to be feral anymore :). I TNRed him and his brother and his mother last fall. They stay in our backyard most of the time. He is my little gardening assistant. Loooooove him!