It's a happy colony and the cats look healthy. Most are black tux or black, makes it hard to figure numbers. I left them a drop trap and live trap set to feed under and in, which they did, and today I began the trapping, giving myself a couple of days, since I don't really know numbers. I have reservations for this couple's cats for Monday and Tuesday at the FCCO. 21 for Monday and 6 more for Tuesday is all I could get. But 27 fixed will sure cut into it and we'll nab the others, when reservations can be had.
I took these photos when I first went to check out the colony and leave the traps.
I trapped 24 of the cats today. I have 15 of them set up in cages, all nice and cozy. The rest I trapped later this evening. I have one more cage. If I catch more, then these latest catches will go first to be fixed on Monday. A Portland group offered to over night recuperate them up there, so I could drop off and come home, and not spend the day in my car along some curb freezing.
|I caught three in this trap, two black tuxes and a chocolate point kitten.|
|Black teen with tiny white chest spot|
|All black teen|
|Black kitten with tiny white chest spot|
|I caught two grays, this being the first caught, has white chest spot.|
|This black teen looks all boy|
|Black tux adult|
|Black tux kitten|
|Black tux tweeny|
|The chocolate pt Siamese kitten again, along with one of the two black tuxes I caught with the Siamese.|
|Very large black tux|
|Black tux kitten|
|One of the kittens climbed the pole after my line to play with.|
I haven't decided if I'll trap more than three tomorrow. Three tops me out at what the FCCO can fix Monday and Tuesday. I should stop at three more I know. Could be some time before the FCCO has more space.
Ok, so I will stop at three more. It makes sense and it doesn't make sense to trap more than can be fixed in the next couple of days. Be dumb of me.
Miss Daisy got a reprieve. The vet had sent her blood to a lab that would examine her excessive blood lymphocyte population to see if they were cancerous or infection lymphocytes and they turned out to be the latter. Infection NOT cancer!!! The news made me whoop and holler and jump around and forget I have vertigo. I didn't care I ended up on the floor, where I continued whooping and hollering.
I ran up before I started trapping, after the vet called me, to the clinic to get clavimox. On the phone, the vet, who is not even in Oregon right now, said she was sure glad she sent out that test, to have the lymphocytes examined by experts, so we'd know that much. She sounded happy. I know I was happy.
Yup, infection, but what kind? Back to that. Does she have giardia, coccidia, or even haemobartonella? Don't know. Back to that, not knowing, but I know she hasn't got lymphoma!! I know that!!! I will find a clinic with a giardia snap test, to check for that. If need be, she'll do the albon metro combo for awhile, along with probiotics. But first, the clavimox. And I ordered the t/d Hills food, that long ago, helped those wretched kittens overcome diarrhea. That will come on Tuesday or Wednesday, they said.
I went all out to try to help Miss Daisy, to find out for sure once and for all, what is going on. I know what it isn't going on now, but still not sure what is. Oh well, one step done. She hasn't got cancer. She could have an inflamed small or large intestine, or the oft suspected coccidia or giardia, but those two culprits are very difficult to find in poo. I hope the clavimox helps because otherwise, I'm going to look like I went through berry vines until we do figure it all out, getting taken down by Miss D's daggers while I give her fluids.
Worth it, in my opinion. Definitely.