Saturday, July 18, 2009

Back from the Beach!

We returned from our wonderful beach trip yesterday evening. It was fantastic, as always! I truly think that i was born to be near the water...i am a Pisces after all!
Maybe one day we will own a little cottage by the sea :)....that's the big dream anyway!

I really needed a break from the cat madness, but lo and behold, guess what showed up on the deck at the beach???!! You guessed it, kittens! On Tuesday, two feral kittens came out of the vegetation on the dunes. We didn't have any cat food, of course, so I put out some turkey and bacon and fresh water. By the end of the day, we saw 4 kittens and once it got dark, the mama arrived! I was putting tuna in a bowl on the deck and she came right up to me. It was pitch black out there, so i nearly jumped out of my skin. I could just see two eyes glowing back at me. Over the next few days, I kept watch over them and fed them. It appears that they had been living under the house in the shade. That's where i found mama most of the time. Brian got up at 5:30 one morning to watch Tiger Woods, and he saw 5 kittens plus the mom and another adult cat (probably the deadbeat dad :)). The kittens appeared to be about 10-12 weeks, and it really looked like the mom was already pregnant again. As you can imagine, it killed me not to be able to trap them all and at least get them spayed and neutered and vaccinated. We flew there so i didn't have my traps with me and wasn't equipped to do anything for them except feed them and worry relentlessly. I just emailed a rescue group that is a few miles off of Oak Island to see if they might have a TNR program. It would be wonderful if I could get someone to help them.
Anyway, here are some photos for you guys to take a peek at.

First little one creeping up to the trail of food...

The pretty torti mama!

Mama and baby enjoying a canned food treat under the house...

The gorgeous view!


Me and my parent's pup, Louie....cutest dog ever. He was an Atlanta rescue that had been terribly neglected and now he is spoiled rotten!

Precious pic of Lulu and Meadow before we left for our trip.


Jenny Carter said...

Gosh, do you carry around a flute? lol I just captured two of mama's kittens FERAL!! uggh, I wish they will become good kitties so I can let them out of the cage, but their first experience with humans is not a good one, with my trapping and shoving them in a dog kennel. UGGH, at least I got them. The kitties look great. I hope everyone is doing well.

Little Dollings by Brenda O. said...

Awww.. so sweet! And your Meadow reminds me of a cat we once had, Zoe. Unfortunately for us, Zoe wasn't a house kitty, although she was the best fetch player, ever!


Pattee said...

I always enjoy reading your blog and applaud you for
all the work you do.

Great pictures!

The Creek Cats said...

Bless it! I could only imagine how you were feeling knowing you could not trap them. Hopefully the TNR group in that area will get on the job and let you know about some progress soon! Stray cats seem to follow both of us. My friends call me the cat whisperer....that's what you are too!

Wanted to tell you we were finally successful in trapping the Icky eyed kitty last Thursday. It was bitter sweet. We were happy to get her, but she had to be put down immediately. Half of her face, bones and all were gone. Cancer we suspect. I've never seen anything like it. I balled my eyes out.

Jill said...

Kitties in need always seem to find you don't they? At least you know they got love & good meals while you were there. I sure hope the local rescue team can help them! Glad you had a nice week at the beach. Looking forward to seeing your latest creations! Purrs ~ Jill