The Kitty Adventures: Safe Sanctuary

The calico led Snow and Jellybean down the room, where there was a door leading to small room. It looked like a study room, but didn’t seem like it was going to protect them. Then she walked towards one of the maps, and pulled one of the pins sustaining the map on the wall off. The corner of the map sagged, and a hidden corridor was revealed. The she-cat beckoned for the sisters to enter. Impressed, Snow nudged her sibling and they hopped into the opening. But there were more surprises up ahead.

“Amber here, open up!” She said clearly. Two metal doors slid open. “Woah. That’s some high-tech you got going on!” Jellybean exclaimed. “So your name is Amber?” Snow asked curiously. The slender cat nodded.”Yep. Come on, we’re not there yet.” They padded into a clearing, with metal walls, a hole filled with fresh-kill, and plenty of moss newly soaked with water. “Is this it?” Jellybean asked excitedly. Amber smiled. “Yes, it is. We have to stay here until it is safe.”

Snow shifted to one paw uncomfortably. “What about the others? Where are they gonna go?” Amber hesitated. “We…We have other places like this.” She answered. “But some cats are defending our universe right now. Listen.” Snow strained her ears and heard a shriek of fury. “Aren’t you gonna go join them?”

Amber paused for a moment. “I’m not expendable.” She mewed briefly. Snow managed to keep her frown small and unnoticeable. Amber was definitely not telling them something. “We have to stay here for now. Get comfortable.” Amber padded up to the fresh-kill hole and grabbed a rabbit. Suddenly exhausted, Snow slumped on the hard wall and closed her eyes.

She was sitting quietly at the water’s edge, waves lapping hungrily at her paws. “Why are you here, Asher?” She said softly. A cat as black as the night sky above them padded up to her. “I have come to take my place.” He  growled. “Even you can’t stop me.”. The female cat’s brown, orange, and white fur  seemed to shine in the darkness. “I wish you weren’t like this.” She whispered. Asher laughed, a surprisingly harsh sound coming from a cat. “Oh, Amber.  That’s what they all wish.” “And they’re all right to. They fear you…I fear you!”  Asher glared at her. “You can still join me. One more chance. I can let myself forget the betrayals, and the fights we’ve had. We’ll be  unstoppable together, I promise you.” Amber avoided his eyes and stared down at her paws.”They don’t even trust you, they aren’t letting you fight aren’t they? They’re ignoring everything  you’ve done for them.” Asher stood up and walked even closer to Amber. He hissed in her ear. “Join me. Make our father proud.  Sister.”

Learning All About TNR (Part Two)

Hmm…where were we? Aha! We had just finished talking about the materials you need in order to execute TNR properly.

Now we’re gonna discuss how to actually do it. Ok, so first, you gotta set your little trap up. I recommend doing TNR during dusk or dawn, as that’s when the cats are usually most active. But that isn’t necessarily required, so don’t push yourself.

Black feral cat.
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Most humane cat traps have a pressure plate inside and have the doors close when stepped on. This is why you need the bait to lure the cat inside. Place the cat food inside and set up the humane cat trap so it’s door is open, but make sure the pressure plate works, first. There’s usually a manual in case you help setting the door up. I recommend placing the trap in a place where you’ve seen the cat the most.

Next, you just have to wait! Stay close enough to the trap so you can see the feral cat and get to it quickly if it gets trapped, but far away enough so the cat doesn’t get scared away by your presence. If you accidently trap a cat that has already been neutered or spayed, trapped a pet cat, or a completely different animal, release it and keep waiting.

Once you have finally trapped trapped your kitties, approach the cage (be careful, and DON’T open the door!), and put your blanket over the cage. This will help calm the feral cat. If the clinic you planned to go to isn’t open yet, bring the cat to your home until the clinic does open. If the clinic is open, bring the cat to your car and head to the vet. If you’re doing TNR in any cold seasons, make sure your car is warm enough. If you’re doing TNR in the hotter seasons, make sure your car is air conditioned. Don’t leave the cat alone in the car!

Your finally on the last step! Drop the feral cat off, and come back later. (sometimes the clinic will lower the cost of the surgery, or even make it free if you explain to them that you’re doing TNR, or you’re working with a TNR organization.) The vet will most likely call you once the surgery is done. Usually after the surgery, the clinic will keep the cat overnight. However, if they don’t have enough room you may need to keep it at your house overnight.

At last, the day has come to release the feral cat. Go to the exact same spot you trapped the cat, and release it! The feral cat will most likely bolt out of the cage, and you’ll officially have done TNR! Congrats!

I hope this article has encouraged you to do something to help the cats, and if you do, good luck!

The Feline Queen ❤️