Wild Things


We have a wild cat that roams the neighborhood of the health care facility where I work. She had kittens in the fall of last year. Once they were up and running around by the dumpsters and throughout the grounds, the staff started to feed them. They wouldn't come up to the staff, but they knew when the change of shift was! Eventually the feeding of the cats included feeding of the skunks, and the administration said NO MORE feeding of the cats! There were notes all over the place.


I came in one morning soon after the notes arrived, and I called my husband to tell him that I felt so sorry for the kittens outside. They were going to have to fend for themselves. He told me to feed them some milk anyway. A couple of hours later, I went out to my car for a break and I called him. He told me he had rescued a female kitten. He just walked up and took her. She was so tiny and scared! We named her Rescue.


My husband then brought out live catch traps (I talked with administration about this first). Because of the other wild animals in the area, we had to shut them at night and reopen them in the morning. It took a few weeks but we finally caught all four kittens. One of the PM managers took one of the four, but we couldn't get any other help, so we kept the other three.


We have a group called Kindred Kitties in our area and they helped with having the kittens fixed. We call the two males Baby and Scamper. We never caught the Mom. She had more this year, but our Humane Society was visiting with dogs for our residents and they came out and caught the kittens this year. I sure wish we

We have a wild cat that roams the neighborhood of the health care facility where I work. She had kittens in the fall of last year. Once they were up and running around by the dumpsters and throughout the grounds, the staff started to feed them. They wouldn't come up to the staff, but they knew when the change of shift was! Eventually the feeding of the cats included feeding of the skunks, and the administration said NO MORE feeding of the cats! There were notes all over the place.


I came in one morning soon after the notes arrived, and I called my husband to tell him that I felt so sorry for the kittens outside. They were going to have to fend for themselves. He told me to feed them some milk anyway. A couple of hours later, I went out to my car for a break and I called him. He told me he had rescued a female kitten. He just walked up and took her. She was so tiny and scared! We named her Rescue.


My husband then brought out live catch traps (I talked with administration about this first). Because of the other wild animals in the area, we had to shut them at night and reopen them in the morning. It took a few weeks but we finally caught all four kittens. One of the PM managers took one of the four, but we couldn't get any other help, so we kept the other three.


We have a group called Kindred Kitties in our area and they helped with having the kittens fixed. We call the two males Baby and Scamper. We never caught the Mom. She had more this year, but our Humane Society was visiting with dogs for our residents and they came out and caught the kittens this year. I sure wish we 

could get that mom so we could have her fixed, too. We sure love our kitties, we sure do! I'm so glad we could help them out, or they would probably be in kitty heaven if we hadn't.

Theresa Ricci

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