We had a bit of an adventure with some of our fosters yesterday…
To set the scene: I am in bed, since last Wednesday I have been very sick. My older sister is down in the living room, watching TV with my Dad. My younger sister and my mother have gone out shopping with my Grandmother. We have a large kennel in the living room where three feral kittens are sleeping, we’ve been charged with taming them so that they can get adopted. They’re very adorable, but aggressive.
We decide to let them out so that they can run around the house for a bit, all the dogs were outside and the older cats were fast asleep, so there wouldn’t be any danger to them. Most of our house is kitten-proofed because of all the fosters anyway, so they couldn’t go chewing up wires or crawling into tiny spaces and getting stuck.
Or so we thought.
*dramatic music plays*
Sorry for the sporadic updates, but my family has been working with Captain the Cat for a little while now and I’m very proud to say that there’s been a lot of improvement. My Dad is kind of the hero of the story, because he suggested one things that might help tame him (Captain was very, very feral and would try to bite). Dad suggested we give him some of the leftover chicken in the fridge, because that trick has worked on stray pets in the past, one of them being another foster of ours, Cinderella, who was once extremely skittish until my Dad found out that Cinderella really, really loves scrambled eggs. We figured that to an animal food = safety, like how it did with Cinderella, so we opted to give it a shot.
Lo and behold, Captain is much more friendly now and allows us to gently stroke him on the head. The area where his leg once was is still very sore and he still has his bad days, but it’s a bit of a relief that he isn’t as terrified of us as he once was. We’re hoping he’ll eventually be adopted and not have to worry about traps or wild animals again.
In other pet-related news, Camp Companion has given the trap that hurt Captain to the DNR and there is an investigation ongoing to see who set the trap and if they could find them and press charges. We’re hoping they are able to, as someone who set a trap like this is likely to do so again and pose a risk to people or pets.
It has been an insanely long week for me and my family. We’ve spent most of this week preparing for a fundraising auction for Camp Companion, but we also had to play part in a rescue for a cat that was caught in a small animal trap in the suburbs around my city. Camp Companion has done quite a few rescues in the past, with many of the animals getting caught in gopher traps or racoon traps (neither of which hurt the animal, but just cause a huge inconvenience).
But Captain? He was caught in a rusty, outdated toothed trap, the likes of which are no longer sold or operated in general. It was also not staked down, which is also illegal. It was placed in a highly urban area , which is extremely illegal unless it’s a LIVE trap. It was also unchecked, as the cat had been stuck for nearly a week. In this state you need to check any (note: legal and licensed) traps every single day. To put the icing on the proverbial cake, the fact that this person caught and injured a non-game animal puts them as the subject of a hefty fine once they’re caught.
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