NYC Eartips: The E-Newsletter of the New York City Feral Cat Initiative
(Photo by Urban Cat League)February 28, 2012

Always Trap Feral Kittens, Don't Chase 'Em Down and Bag 'Em! 

Chasing down feral kittens and grabbing them is always a bad idea, even when successful. The stress and anxiety for the kittens can take weeks for them to overcome. I imagine their instinct must convince the kittens that the person chasing them is set upon eating them. When that same person tries to pet them, and hold them, and nurture then, I'll take that bet as to how receptive they will be.

Learn how to successfully trap feral kittens to tame for adoption...

(Photo by Cindy Roth)Cali Survives and Finds Her Voice
A tiny one-day-old calico female kitten was found in the middle of the night by one of our trappers during a routine Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project in the Bronx. She still had her umbilical cord attached, and was nestled between two dead older kittens from another litter. The mother cat was nowhere in sight. Cali was cold ---- a condition that could mean death for a neonatal kitten.

Read more about Cali...
(Photo by Greg Kaplun)Onyx Mends, Now Making Friends
Onyx was found during a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project late last year in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The six-month-old kitten was bleeding profusely, having sustained a recent stab wound to the eye. According to the veterinarians who treated her, the injury likely was the result of a deliberate act of cruelty.

Read more about Onyx...
(Photo by Mindy Appleman)Chocolate Discovers Humans Good for Health
Chocolate appeared in the backyard of a home in Great Neck on Long Island early in the winter. The homeowner began feeding Chocolate, and so he happily remained in the yard for several months. But when he showed up dragging his leg, hardly able to stand up, the homeowner, who only speaks Chinese, asked her daughter to contact the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to find out what she should do.

Read more about Chocolate...
(Photo by Cindy Roth)Newborn Kittens: We're Not Garbage!
A litter of six newborn kittens, umbilical cords still attached, was found tied up in a garbage bag and thrown into a trash dumpster in Corona, Queens. A passerby heard their cries of distress and hit the Internet looking for help.

Read more about these kittens...



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