We do not have a no kill shelter in Fontana or one that will take them. I am caring for 50+ cats, none of whom are house cats. The cost for food has wiped me out. If anyone knows of someone to help with food it would be of great help. Thank you for your help.
By Double D
I am right there with you. I had about maybe 25 at one time. I learned of TNR < Trap Nurture and release > It does work. After the males were fixed, which I only paid 40.00 total to have about 10 males fixed, I found 99 % of them homes. People want cats that are all ready fixed or kittens. I have 3 outside left to find homes for.. Hang in there , it does work out, please contact your local SPCA and ask about TNR. They worked out a deal with me for 40.00 for 10 it is usually about 30.00 per male cat. Aas far as food Freecycle.org is an awesome place to start people are kind on there and will help. Good luck and keep us posted.
Michelle in PA
About the kitten with pus in the eyes. This is a little time consuming because you have to do it three or four times a day, but I've "cured" many many kitty eyes in my day with this:
pour boiling water into a cup that has in it a Chamomile teabag in it. (just plain chamomile!)
Let it cool to just warm and use a soft cloth dipped into the tea to wash the kitten's eyes.
I would try to find a good home for the blind one. As for feeding the cats, while table scraps are the best, it'll help...
I also agree with asking for cat foods on Freecycle.org.
Also, please, please, please take what Rchinaberr has to say to heart. May you be blessed for your kindnesses!
Please contact your local SPCA or Humane Society. Most have a capture and release, spay/neuter program for this type of feral colony. I understand that you are a humanitarian but as other posters have mentioned all you are doing is harm to these cats as they continue to multiply. If you are on a limited income please, please, place yourelf ahead of the cats and check out resources in your community that can and will assist you. I too rescued a feral who had just had a litter and brought all of them from NJ down to FL, spaying the mom and neutering the kittens - my way of not contributing to further feral colonies (tho all of the kittens were adopted). Good luck with your quest and I hope your community can help you.
Do not use a boric acid eyewash on the cats! When used this way, boric acid is poisonous to cats, will be extremely painful, and will cause blindness. I've learned this the hard way, and still feel bad about my mistake. I take care of strays too and know how expensive it can be. You'll probably need medical help with this one. Have you tried calling Petmeds to ask for info on what they might carry? They've been extremely helpful to me whenever I call with questions or problems.
What you are doing is admirable however, you are dealing with a feral colony of cats that will continue to multiply forever unless you can get someone to help you start a catch, spay/neuter and release program. I am not sure what your local vet situation is but perhaps you can get one of them to work with you on low cost or free spay/neuter for these cats.
I agree with the person who suggested you contact Best Friends. They are a wonderful organization and will sometimes fund projects. They might be able to help you or at least point you in the right direction.
I am a huge animal lover so please take what I am going to say in the spirit that I am offering it. As long as you continue to feed these cats without spaying/neutering them, you are only making the problem worse. Now you are giving them the means of survival without doing anything to control the population. As you can see, it quickly spirals out of control and becomes totally overwhelming. And the cats will get sick and suffer. I'm sorry but there is no easy answer -- either stop feeding them or find a way to spay/neuter them.
Thanks again for having a loving heart!
Please get in touch with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab,Utah. I think their site is just Bestfriends.com. or you can google it. They can probably help.
When I was a kid my mom had the same problem with one of our cats. She asked my Grandma what to do and she told her to buy boric acid at the pharmacy. Boil however much water you want and let it cool, pour into an old glass jar. Measure about 1/2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. of the boric acid and shake well until mixed completely. Apply with cotton ball making sure to turn the cotton ball so as not to get the icky back into the eye. It won't hurt the kitties eyes even though the bottle may say not to use in eyes but it will work.
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