Monthly Archives: November 2016
Happy journey little angel, you deserve your peace and quiet now. Your life was one with rough patches, and in every stage of your life with us we tried to do what’s best and your trusting (non-hissing and spitting) attitude the last years was a big reward that we did well.
A horrible farmer did put a gin trap which injured you badly and brought you to us. Luckily you did well with just 3 legs and lived many years in our care, with a small break visiting another project CCT alongside your friends Blacky and Diva. You loved them all, also little Footy who went years before you.
The last few months we took you to have the best care and chance on survival, sadly the past week you stopped eating and the very important decision was there to be made…..we had to do this in order to show our ultimate love for you…..to let you go and have the peace you so deserve.
R.i.p. our dear dear little Beauty. Who’s remembered will live on….forever in our hearts. Hopefully your spirit will protect Diva and newcomes Lilly and Spotty, to keep them for many healthy years with us so that we can fight for your species….the amazing black footed cats!
A Cat’s Project such as ours, doesn’t limit itself to the care and dedication of Wild Cats, big and small, but all cats, wherever we can help out to improve a situation, can count on our care and support. The various Overseas caretakers and volunteers joining the WCW team luckily think the same, and we are grateful to Juda for not only keeping the idea but also working the idea out to have the new lot of 8 feral cat youngsters, who turned up and lived near our cheetah camps, neutered and vaccinated. One male and 7 females who all were carrying lots of kittens already, so intervention was very necessary. Of course we, unlike many, don’t believe in the easy way out: to have the cats killed, but we believe in finding a solution by keeping the animals alive and (more) healthy!
The good thing about this programme is that this group can stay in the same territory preventing other feral cats to keep coming in, spreading diseases and keep on breeding. So the knife cuts both sides.
Credits as said to Juda as frontlady of this project, but the programme was also another piece of nice teamwork as for assisting and supporting financially. Thanks to the vets at Uitenhage Animal Clinic, Eastern Cape/S.A. for delivering a great job.
In a second litter our African wildcat couple Louise, and male Max, gave birth to 2 female kittens. They are 6 weeks now and running wild; playing and climbing…a treat for the eye!
We decided to name the sisters Stars and Sandy!!! Hopefully all goes well with them. They had the ‘usual” rough start as for wildcats who are very vulnerable to signs of the flu like wet eyes, snotty noses. But luckily the skilled caretakerteam do give them the necessary treatment and they seem to be doing much better already.
The girls are very playful and do have a good appetite. All the best for them for a long and happy life!
Ok, so finally we could welcome the very essential addition to our Black-footed Cat Conservation Project: male Spotty & female Lilly. Black-footed cats are the smallest cats of South Africa and the second smallest of the world, with a fierce personality that makes them look bigger 😉
We closed this species in our hearts ages ago, and after starting up our S.A. conservation project and sanctuary, we were determined to do what we can for this species. We gave shelter to three black-footed cats that ended up in gin-traps from horrible people (farmers), and we had to amputate their frontleg. This is how we started. Sadly the two males (Footy and Blacky) aren’t with us anymore for some time now, and female Beauty is currently not doing so well either; we fear for her life. We still have our proud female Diva, a female presented to us as said being born in captivity. Black-footed cats are very vulnerable to stress and illnesses, esp. the threatening kidney disease “amyloidosis”. Some say this species is destined to get extinct. Youngsters (in wild and captivity) almost all don’t reach adulthood. In Europe the captive species has gone extinct with the last one dying in Wuppertal Zoo some years ago. In the U.S. there’s still quite a few in captivity but all from one bloodline, which also doesn’t help the species. In South Africa, their native country, they are also rare in captivity, and most of them are from the wild where they are already endangered.
It took us a long time to find a new couple of unrelated black-footed cats, said to have been born in captivity, but one can never be sure about that. If we in future have (lots of) surviving kittens, we hope to at least release a few, but first it is important to have a good buffer in our project, and a strong and pure bloodline for that matter.
Lilly & Spotty are for sure very welcome and loved, and we, like our team, will do everything that’s in our power to do the best for these two, our little Diva and the species in the wild!