This beautiful gray kitten is in good hands tonight after spending up to a week hanging around under the jungle gym in Scott Twp. Park! He was seen by many people today, and one person posted a photo in a Scott Twp. page about the gray kitten that kind of wanted to play with the kids, and another person had come with his kids to give the kitten food and water.
I was following the thread on Facebook and trying to get them to wait until after 7:00 so I could get some work done before I came down, and I was sure we wouldn’t trap anything in that sun. But when Carolyn posted that the police and Animal Control were on their way I grabbed a trap and ran, having a box with trapping items ready to go in my car. Sometimes a lone kitten looks like a rabid kitten to some people, and Animal Control is different in each community, and I wanted to be there to head off anything that might endanger the kitten.
And today was so hot and the kitten was panting and staying under this ramp where it was impossible to get.
Carolyn and Rachel had been there in the hot sun for a couple of hours when I got there, coaxing the kitten out with lunchmeat from Rachel’s sandwich.
Scott Animal Control showed up and were really wonderful helping us try to get the kitten with the catchpole, then left it to us when he figured the kitten was in good hands and there was nothing more he could do, and there was a dog in a car.
Then the kitten disappeared way down at the end of that ramp in a spot where we couldn’t even see it and I was frantic for how to get under there, sure it was suffering from heatstroke. Catherine showed up and helped manage all the people who’d come to use the playground in the evening and then Carolyn came back with her granddaughter. The kitten came out for her and started looking for food.
Even with the spectators, the kitten eventually made its way to the little trail of food I had made from under the ramp into the trap…and in the kitten went, after three hours of me watching and coaxing and moving the trap around in that blistering sun. I was shocked but happy—I was certain I was going to be there until midnight waiting for that kitten to come out.
It seemed that everyone in the park had heard of the little gray kitten and came to watch! I was grateful for the concern and reaching out for help.
It was a great opportunity to hand out information about the Homeless Cat Management Team and what to do when you find a lone kitten. I’m still not convinced there isn’t a shy mother cat around somewhere. The kitten will be vetted, fostered and since it seems friendly put up for adoption by Foster Cat, Inc.
I actually really wanted one day when I could just stay home since I’ve been on the go for weeks now, but what can you do?
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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.