Update on the cats in cages
I just got back from a meeting with one of the magazines who have kindly offered us some space to put up adoption postings when they have some free space.
Now the news that I know some people have been asking about - Rebecca, the caregiver and someone helping with pet transport went down to check out the cats in the cages. The good news - they took out 9 or 10 adult cats and three kittens. These cats have been sent to the vet for a checkup and to see if they are ready for sterilisation.
The bad news (and I'm afraid there's a lot more bad news than good) - they took out the toilet cats first because they were in much worse shape than the cats in the cages. According to Rebecca and the caregiver they were wet and dirty. Several of the cats had diarrhoea. They were very frightened and were not at all used to being out of the room which was completely closed up - none of the windows were open. The two kittens also had an eye infection and had lice.
Rebecca called and we discussed whether to take all the cats out at once but these toilet cats cannot be released right away because of the condition they are in. One concern is that the man may decide not to let the rest be removed. On the other hand, Rebecca fears that given the cats' very fragile state right now, they will not be able to survive if they should be released once they recover from the surgery, not to mention they need to be treated first for their diarrhoea. As such, it looks like they toilet cats are going to have to be boarded for a few weeks before they can be fit enough to be released. The person doing the boarding cannot take so many cats at one go (nor are there enough cages or carriers and it looks like more may have to be bought). The idea was in fact to release this lot by mid-week and to get all the rest out. That may have to be postponed depending on how the toilet cats are doing.
The owner then called me this afternoon and said he had gotten ill because he was so worried about his cats. He asked again what would happen to him. Rebecca and the caregiver told me that they had explained to him that the cats would be released into colonies where the caregivers were amenable to them being placed there - and that he could be present when that happened. That somehow did not register though and so he was very worried. I told him that he would be able to see them being released but we HAD to treat them as they were ill. He told me that he was happy to hear that and felt better.
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