Baby Kitty was born to a jet black Irish Fold Moma. I thought momas ears had been cut off. I had no idea such a cat existed.
Kitten Mitten was brought to us by my Grandsons friend, a responsible young man of 16. His family is moving and Kitten was headed to a kill shelter. We took with with the idea of getting him to a local rescue. As luck would have it, the good local shelters that I work with were all full!
UPDATE: 8/16/2015 Marbles, AKA Kitten Mitten. He is a sweet kitty and after 7 days finally decided to come out of the bathroom and sleep with me. :)
He is a wonderfully loving kitty and I will tell more of him and post pictures later but for now I have kitties to feed.
Our Little Mighty Mouse
"Once upon a time a young man, while driving in Stayton Oregon came across a tiny kitten on the side of the road. Hoping the kitten was alive he called his Mother and asked what he should do. Naturally he went back to check on it. Not knowing if the kitten was dead or alive he laid it on the floorboard of his car and drove the kitten home."
We met my adult Son Donny at our gate and he rushed the kitty inside as it was in the 90's outside that afternoon and the kitten did not look well at all. The kitten looked at Donny for the first time as he carried him in. Not turning his head, only his eyes.
When my daughter Lisa and I saw him we immediately called Debbie W, a strong and caring animal advocate and volunteer with Marion County Animal Control, Pet Smart and several other local agencies. I can’t say enough about the help that Debbie provides to animals in the community! Debbie got us an emergency Sunday apt. with Salem Friends and Felines Co. Founder Jeanie S.
Jeanie agreed to meet with us and the little injured, dehydrated, skinny and surely starving kitten right away!
At the Friends and Felines Shelter in Salem Oregon, Jeanie went into action immediately, professionally, and with a compassion that I had never seen before from an animal care giver.
After taking Kitty's temperature which was well below normal, she carefully snuggled him into a warm towel and placed him gently on a warm microwavable hot water bottle made especially for kittens. She tested him for distemper and he was isolated (in my lap) until the results were negative. After that she continued to asses him as she stabilized him with medication and fluids given through his skin as he was unable to drink. He was so dehydrated. She lovingly cleaned his mouth and chin. His chin had been drug off by the pavement when he was hit by the car and the skin was just gaping there, hanging down, showing broken teeth, gums and all. We all thought his chin would require surgery. Once he was more stable out of kindness, she cleaned his ears and treated them for mites as they too had been torn up and were in terrible shape.
As we sat watching the kitten, we all had to make a tough decision. The nameless kitten had apparently been sweltering in the hot sun for days, after being hit by a careless driver and left to die! Due to dehydration he was unable to move except to slightly turn his head and eyes and give you that, "please save me" look. I swear he looked so deep into your eyes you could physically feel it! Putting the kitty down was the right thing to do, but could he be saved? He had struggled so long and so hard that we had to try!
But the thing that I remember most is that she kissed him on the head!
Dirty little injured dying kitten! Now I'm a dog person, was brought up that way and it never in a million years crossed my mind to kiss a cat. But out of shear compassion, Jeanie just bent over the little guy and gave him a little kiss! To our surprise,
HE PURRED !!!!!
Jeanie's volunteers came and looked upon the kitty and I remember on of them crying. We all knew that we had done the best that we could and only time would tell. Jeanie volunteered to keep the kitty and care for him but my daughter Lisa and my Granddaughter Leah, wanted to take him home and try to keep him alive and raise him ourselves, so Jeanie instructed us on what we would need to do.
My grand daughter, dauther and I were cautioned about getting too attached as it would be an uphill battle. We were generously provided us with a carrier, special wet food and clean towels and a microwavable warm water bottle for his temporary use. We were to offer him the special wet food every 2 hours around the clock for 2 days. Keep him the carrier stuffed with clean towels to make him cozy with and warm with the microwavable warm water bottle and place the carrier in our bathroom away from other animals and children. Jeanie also instructed on how to give him water by way of injection and gave us all the equipment we needed.
Before we left, we all, including Salem Friends of Feline volunteers tried to think of an appropriate name for the tough little kitten. Strong Heart came to mind. Lucky, and several others. And then my Daughter and Grand Daughter Leah commented on how small he was and how he looked like a small mouse. Mouse! We settled on MIGHTY MOUSE.........
Apprehensively, we took him home.
For the first 48 hours we did exactly as Jeanie had said. It required sleepless nights but we determined not to let Might Mouse or Jeanie down. We were rewarded with purring and eye contact, especially for my Daughter Lisa and Mighty even gave her an occasional turn of the head. Mighty would lift his head slowly as we talked to him, and he would listen intently, understandingly, while we told him what a good strong kitty he was!
On the 3rd day, he stood.
After much rest and care and continuous cleaning, his chin finally healed. Soon he was able to eat on his own and started to gain a little weight. Amazingly his torn red ears even healed!
Today the only signs that he was ever injured are the 2 bottom teeth that have grown slightly cockeyed and the 2 scars on his chin.
Now he lives happily with our family. He the most VOCAL cat of all. More so than a Siamese. As floppy and snuggly as a ragdoll and happy. This silly kitty rolls over every chance he gets for a belly rub. Even our veterinarian commented on it. He's so loving that he baby sat a litter of kittens for me till they were 6 weeks old and went to Pet Smart and found forever homes.
The moral to the story is that he with the love and care this little one made it and is now several years old. Because of the initial care he received from our friends at SFOFs he survived. And a special thanks to Debbie's referral there and getting us in, Jeanie for her kindness, and insite and instructing me on what to do.
We don't have pictures of him of his first days as they would of been too sad to take, but rest assured, Mighty Mouse is alive and well. Missing teeth? Yes, scars? Yes. Most cuddly kitty ever? Absolutely!
Sales of flower seeds help local felines Martha Allen, Statesman Journal2:16 p.m. PDT June 12, 2014
(Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal)
TURNER – A small, family-run cat rescue organization is selling poppy seeds to help defray the cost of feeding 41 feral cats.
Pamela Zivney started "Precious Paws Poppies" in 2012, though she had been feeding stray cats for more than a decade before that. She estimates that she has had more than 150 cats spayed or neutered during that time.
The flower seed sales don't bring in enough cash to cover the cost of vet care, Zivney said, but they do help pay for cat food. On her website, preciouspawspoppies.org, she calls it "seeding for feeding."
The cats live at four different locations around Turner. The situation got started when a neighbor moved out and left 22 cats behind. The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon helped Zivney trap many of those cats and get them spayed or neutered, but there were always more cats, she said.
"They just kept showing up," Zivney said.
Through continued spay and neuter efforts the population has stabilized. In the past seven years, just one set of kittens have been born.
The idea for the poppy sales started with a single bloom, Zivney said. The pink flower survived in the cracked pavement of a gift shop parking lot.
"It reminded me of my dad," Zivney said, so she saved seed from the tenacious plant. Relatives added to the collection, donating the seeds of peony poppies, and she has collected other types of the hardy flowers as well. Photos on the website, which her grandchildren helped her set up, show some of the many different varieties of poppies. Each order comes with a planting guide, adorned with photos of cats and flowers.
In addition to online sales, Precious Paws Poppies has a Facebook page with a 'wish list' of things the cats need. One of her grandchildren, Leah Zivney, makes bows for domestic cats to wear. Those will be available on the website soon.
"All our sales, 100 percent, go to the cats," Zivney said.
For more information: Go to Preciouspawspoppies.org
As rare as a beautiful sunrise in winter, and just as spectacular, I watched Caramel, the feral calico moma kitty gracefully lay on her side and stretch out lengh wise in anticipation of the onslaught of ravenous kittens that would soon be kneading her tummy with tiny, sharp claws.
At her que, 3 of the older colony members; Shadow a deep grey 7 toed elder with a white chest, Baby a beautiful Rag Doll whos Moma was a thin black Irish fold, and Caramels Sister, a long haired solid grey positioned themselves into a 15 foot triangular boundary around this mother cat Carmel.
I watched in fascination as Tiger, an orange Tabby from a previous liter paced. I knew then, something special was about to happen. When everyone was in place, caramel mewed to the kittens at the side of the parking lot. Kittens I had only seen once under a pile of brush but that's another story! Nothing happened... Then moma mewed again, still nothing! The third "loud" mew sounded like the shriek of a drill sergeant: Merrooww! And suddenly, Tiger, Caramels Orange adult Tabby polydactyl Son ran an from the pavement to jump on the fence that seperated the kittens from the colony. His meow was louder and deeper as his cajoling continued until finally the tiny, cautious kittens tumbled out from under a blue tarp that was partially hidden by overgrown black berries.
As the kittens ran to mom their paws were passing their front paws like a row boat gone astray. Others came timidly following until finally all 9 of them made it skitishly, shakily to mom! As Caramel received the kittens she carefully surrounded herself around them to accommodate all 9 hungry kittens. Kittens so satiny, so new...
They feasted greedily until by mutual consent the kittens feel asleep, still subconsciously kneeding moma kitty as she carefully, tenderly, cleaned each one from head to tail. Then momma kittty watched on as the kittens slept, contentedly that she had feed, kittens content with full bellies, content with their little lives and unknowingly safe as they were guarded by the small feral colony.
After letting the kittens briefly nap Caramel picked one up by the scruff of the neck, it wriggled and wriggled until it just froze! Caramel delivered the first of the 9 back to her hiding place amongst the black berries. One by the the ritual continued until each kitten was tucked safely away.
Then Caramel sauntered like a gypsy princess back to join her adult children that she had brought with her from a previous litter: Tiger, Fluffy, Cali and Pajamas. Shadow the old feral, perhaps related to the others, perhaps not, and Ragdoll Baby.
Each cat stood their ground as lookouts. Together, individually the cats remained at their posts. As I watched from the back steps of the small store I felt honored to have been included in the feral cats club. A tight knit community that honors a hierarchy of respect for the matriarch within the colony! I now belonged to a membership where humans are usually denied, where trust is earned and privacy is demanded. The elation I felt was ecstatic. I had been so graciously allowed by these wild, feral animals to watch a most sacred of things. The illusive Queen surrounded by her guards, feeding her charges! This little misfit colony trusted me with the most precious of gifts, their kittens! I had witnessed something so special and so rare as I had been included and trusted: I had witnessed the bond that the cats and kittens shared. The bond that the cats and kittens shared, the bond that they ultimately shared with me...
My beloved Precious Paws and Poppies
My husband once ask me why I care so much, I asked him why he brings kittens to me. He said, “I find little dying things and bring them to you to save.” Sweetest thing he ever said to me…
Years ago, in the hot pavement of our small family business, a lone weed grew. Father laughed at me when he saw me watering it for 3 days in a row in the summer heat. It was trying so hard to survive… To my surprise one morning I caught my dad watering our weed! A week later the weed bloomed. It was my first poppy ever. A beautiful, delicate, pink, crepe poppy that thanked us with many blooms and seed that I planted every year, for years. I will never forget the love and connection that I had with my parents and that love carries on today in my poppies, every spring, every summer…
Then came the kitties, oh the kitties. We live near a lumber mill were cats breed, near creeks and fields and kittens, always kittens. They even wander down the street from the creeks. Mewing. All alone....
Please meet some of our ferals and rescues and yes they ALL have names.
Like TROUBLE, a beautiful small calico kitten found by myself and the neighbor girl as we heard it mewing and mewing, the shelters were full…
FLOSSY, a skinny jet black Himalayan kitten brought to me that had stove burn her paws from malicious children.
MOOZIE, a young black and white kitten who was brought to husbands shop by his momma Celery after his brother was found dead hit by a car, again, no fosters available. Celery is now spayed, Moozie neutered, my grand daughters kitty.
MIGHTY MOUSE, a 4 week tabby old kitten that was hit by a car in 90 degree weather and left for dead that we had to give IV’s too. He has his own story on our web blog. He is one teriffic heroic cat.
ROTTIE and HOWARD buddies in the same colony, Howard was abandoned and very old, been with us for 7 years and Rottie his pal is blind. Good o'l boys!
SANDIE, ROTTIE'S SISTER that passed away at 5 years old. She was loved, spayed and cared for until then.
FA’DOODLE a brownish tabby. She was found merowing at the top of her lungs at our church in a downpour. Again, no shelter space or foster room. My Grandson Jasons Kitty. Sweetest kitten ever!
GRAMMA KITTY, a Siamese that my son found alone at a job site, at least 15 years old, had just been spayed! Horribly skinny. The vet said to put her down. She lived another 14 months with us in the shop, quite happily.
SKATEBOARD, left behind in our jeep by his momma because he was ill. My bottle baby, raised in a box with a teddy bear by Julia my Grand Daugter. CURIOUS is him momma. She wandered around for 2 days after she had her kittens before she cleaned herself up. Lost, young bewildered and impossable to catch until her other kittens were raised.
TACO found mewing in the neighbors pick up after the man returned from work. He worked his way into our home through my grandchildren.
CRAZY, renamed PATIENCE, white beauty that found me in my garden. A full year later I tried to pick him up and he bit me, hospital trip. Not his fault, mine, too feral. Yes he’s still here and allows me to pet him, once in a while... He comes and goes and Iv'e learned I cannot rehome all of them or get them to all stay here and be safe. It is hard when one leaves.... Hard for the caregives.
SHADOW, an absolutely beautiful long hair grey and white adult cat that almost ate me alive. Lived in our store for years and then my home when he got too old. I will one day write his story. My Shadow....
.MOMA KITTY a very sweet Irish Fold Cat brought BABY KITTY a white and black Ragdoll mix to me and momma mewed at Baby until she let my Granddaughter pet her kitten. Then shortly after momma passed away. Momma left her with us, momma knew…
CARAMEL that brought me 7 very feral kittens after I had her spayed. The very feral kittens stayed and I see Caramel occasionally. Janet with OFCC and I tried to trap them forever…. Finally we got them all spayed as adults. They too are still here living in husbands shop and the fields. Her kittens are Snowflake, the first one she brought to babysit the younger litter, Eva Dawn, Dawn Rose, Scruffy, Zza Zza and 2 orange tabby brothers that found a home at one of the retirement centers. Sire, Scamper, Curios and Georgia live and lived within this colony.
CALI who had 9 kittens 30 feet up in the neighbor’s tree and brought them to me??? There must be a sign on the corner that the kitties made. Free food, that way. But if they eat here, they get spayed. Period. Between her and FLUFFY they had 2 litters that we were able to find good homes for except Pajama's. She is still here. Our very first house cat... She is 9 now.
16 KITTENS Husband found them one hot August, 103 degrees crawling all over chunks of wood in my his old pick up truck pick mewing and dehydrating, no momma cats came. We waited until they started to fall out and then interveined. They found forever homes at pet smart through SFOF after we bottle fed them as well for 6 weeks. Even Pudgy!
22 ABANDONED CATS that the neighbors left. Really! So I called the Oregon Feral Cat Coalition which is wonderful and they helped me trap and spay them. The deal was I had to agree to care for them, forever. POPPA, now Odd Cat Sanctuary helped us out with spays too.
They were spayed and returned to me to feed and care for. So we fed them, tended them and they still live under our small store front.
No new kittens for years and then last spring after my adult son Donny’s cat passed away, 2 very young pregnant queens moved in to his back yard and had their kittens, 5 each. This has been the only kittens for aprx 7 years. Their brother and an adult white cat came just for fun. After the spays we are still neutering the males. We found good homes for many of that colony and their friends but 9 remain. We can only do what money allows. Females always get spayed first.
FLUFFLES our newest kitten, brought to me from my son’s new feral kittens last year (kitties above) Very small and weak, the only female and leaning against the wall hungry. Not aggressive enough to eat with the boys.
I could go on but the bottom line is, we feed up to 40 some kitties every single day depending on who shows up. And we have helped to TNR 153 cats to date, that I can personally recall. Ear tips, paperwork, cages and all. (update 170)
Over the years other strays, abandoned, feral, forgotten and lost kitties have come and amazingly the mill colony allows them stay. My husband cut a hole in his shop for them so they could come in and eat and keeps a fire in his shop throughout the winter for them. We do what we can. Our 3 wonderful grandchildren and daughter live my husband and I and our son helps with the kitties but as I laughingly told my Leah, “And I’m a dog person she replied, “Grandma, you didn’t choose the kitty life, the kitty life chose you.”
I sell poppy seeds because we need help to feed and care for these little souls. If we don’t their on their own. When my husband was able to work we paid for surgery’s, meds, food etc. no problem. We now have a small flooring business but that income supports the family so I try to sell enough seeds to keep the kitties fed and I have a very kind lady that sends us food through our Amazon Wish List when she can. Others have helped and for that I am extremely greatfull!
We would dearly love to find forever homes for the adults but it is hard. I have the time and space to help these kind souls but we always need more kitty food and medicine, fleas, worms, shots, respitory medicine. We do what we can.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Please Visit our Amazon wish list.
If you would like to help us care for these 4 colonies pleas visit our Amazon wish list and send us kitty food. Nothing fancy, just filling.
You can also help by ordering DOUBLE PEONY POPPY SEEDS or other FLOWER SEEDS. Your purchase helps our family to continue to feed these kitties and your kindness inspires us. We are not a non profit, we can not afford to be. We are simply a family that saw a need to feed and are selling seeds to that end. Please help us help with kitty feed.
OUR WISHLIST FOR KIITTY FOOD Please click here
First off, PRECIOUS PAWS POPPIES thanks you so much for your order and caring about and helping our Feral Kitties, the Lost, Strays, Rescued and Abandon. I hope your poppies make you smile and bring you beauty. If you have time, please let us know when you receive your seeds on our Face Book Page and feel free to post your pictures. I hope this planting information helps your poppies thrive! Best of luck to you and please stay in touch as we will have several more kinds of seeds this spring.
POPPIES are very dependable and need light to germinate so I never covered them with soil but you can lightly. The best flowers I ever grew were when I tossed a bunch of seeds on a hill in the fall and forgot all about them. In March I went out in the back and the poppies were in full bloom. It was amazingly beautiful and a wonderful Surprise. Once you plant poppies you’ll wonder how you got along without them.
SOIL SOWING AND GERMINATION (simply my suggestions) and deer do not like them!
I plant my poppy seeds in bright sunny areas and shade but not soggy areas. Simply mix with sand or just toss seeds loosely on broken or tilled soil from veggie gardens to fields. Poppies take about 10 days to germinate. To avoid transplanting I sow where I want them to grow. In Summer I toss seeds under plants that are being watered. One more thing, they can be leggy, some folks plant them behind shrubs.
WATER AND CONTAINERS ANS AND SPROUTS
Poppy seeds need water to germinate. I trinkle or use a spray bottle at first so not to disturb the roots. Seeds collect at rocks and too much water will wash them away. If over planted in containers you will have small poppies but they are cute. Sprouts can look like scraggly weeds (little T’s)
THINNING FERTILIZING and TRANSPANTING
Thin weaker seeding’s at 2 inches with 6 inches between plants. Use can use half strength liquid fertilizer on seedlings and regular fertilizer on tall established plants monthly. For transplanting do not disturb the carrot like tap roots. They will take off and grow! Dead head for more blooms, mulch for weed control.
FREE and low cost TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) information for all state’s on our Facebook Page Precious Paws Poppies
How can you help? By ordering new seeds, visiting our Rescue’s Wish List for kitty food at: http://www.amazon.com Please enter Precious Paws Poppies on the right on Amazon.
We keep feeding by seeding *** Please invite your friends to visit Our Small Family Animal Rescue at: http://Precious pawspoppies.org and Facebook to meet our Cat Colonies.
Thank you truly, from the bottom of our hearts to the full Kitties Tummies. Pam and Crew Precious Paws Poppies 7905 2nd PO Box 517 Turner Oregon 97392 ph. 503-743-2362
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Hi All,I am Pam! There will be stories here about the kitties we care for. Some short, some longer. I hope you enjoy them as you read about the kitties that have intruded into my life and stolen my heart.