Monday’s pets on furniture…and a rescue mission

Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2015 by KiM

If you would like to send me photos to include in the next pets on furniture post, please ensure your photos follow these basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off…and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, if the photo is too dark or unfocused it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net. Thanks!

I was trying to photograph the wooden tote that I found at a local antique show this weekend so it’s not officially a piece of furniture I’m trying to show off but the sofa, lamp and hutch in the background make it a furniture shot of sorts, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

This is newly rescued Sarah (the great dane/bloodhound) making herself at home in some much needed Sun after a VERY hard winter just North of Boston.
– kelly

This is our 8-month old Labradoodle Quimby, sitting on our Bo Concept armchair. He adores snuggling in the Restoration Hardware fake fur throw.

This is Orla May Taylor the Airedale Terror @
– Jules

I have gone and done it again…..I have been feeding 3 feral cats since the end of the summer (see video here I took last month). I had told myself after the last stray I rescued that I would not go through that again. I knew that would not last. I could not bear to let these poor 8 or 9 month old kittens live like they had been anymore, and after being in contact with the Ottawa Humane Society and a couple of rescue organizations – none of which would help me – I decided I had had enough. So early Saturday morning, my husband and I managed to trap 2 of the kittens. 

In the photo above you can see 3 of the kittens. We trapped the 2 that are standing in front of the garage they lived in. (They often ran out to greet me like this in the mornings because they knew I brought them breakfast).

This was taken a few hours after we had brought them home. Luckily I have a spare bedroom in this house with no furniture in it so it is now the feral cat hangout. I am fairly sure the one on the left is a female. She is the friendliest and loved to be petted (so I was able to get a look at her backend since she often came out of the garage to get some attention and get to the food before the others). The one of the right I am not sure if it’s male or female. It hasn’t really let me pet it but doesn’t run away when I try to. Judging by its temperament I think it will for sure come around.

They are pretty terrified of the events of Saturday but at least their food bowl was empty when I checked in on them Sunday morning (I hope to gawd they are both eating). I plugged in a Feliway diffuser I picked up Sunday night so I hope that helps. We tried to get the 3rd kitten and what I think might be their mom Sunday morning but were unsuccessful so we will try again Tuesday morning. I really hope we can catch them all and that they come around. There is that to worry about (my nerves are shot I am so concerned for these little cuties), and then how to pay the vet bills when the time comes. Please say a little prayer that this whole saga ends on a happy note. And I’ll be posting update photos on Instagram if you’re interested in following the progress. *SIGH*

Ruth says:

This is the best Pets On Furniture ever! Thank you for helping these kitties. Big prayers coming your way from Nashville! I love the competition for Alex's focus! And Sarah looks soooooooo dear. Labradoodle puppy Quimby is can't get more cute! And Orla May looks like an actress taking her camera shot (x marks the spot behind her!).

KiM says:

Thank you everyone for your kind comments ๐Ÿ™‚ This crazy cat lady just got a little crazier!!

Kirsty says:

How wonderful of you to help those kitties.. you have already made a huge difference in their quality of life. Many people think cats are just fine on their own, not realizing that their life expectancy is only two- three years, and many go in awful ways. I have spent time with quite a few ferals and a great way to get them to come around is to just be around them quietly for a few days -say, working on your laptop in the same time – talking quietly. Also, putting a homeopathic rescue remedy (Bach's rescue remedy is great..) in their water is an amazing and inexpensive way to calm them. You've done a great thing!

KiM says:

These little sweeties were also living on a busy downtown corner, so their life expectancies would have been WAY lower and I could not bear the thought of finding them smushed by a car in the road.
I put a Feliway diffuser in their room last night, and I found a bottle of rescue remedy type drops (not that brand) that I put in their waterโ€ฆand I plan to go bug them later with some catnip so they they should come around in no time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cat says:

Blessings to you for helping the feral cats.

Ombia says:

Thank you dear Kim for doing all this! I am sort of angry about those animal organisations not helping at all. What is their purpose other then help animals?!Do they say, that they are booked out or?
We for sure don't have a perfect solutions, but animal shelters in west Europe would take cats like this ASAP from the street.

I would not give Bach Rescue drops daily to the babies, it contains alchohol and also smells kinda odd. Not that they refuse to drink at all…
Feliway is great. Fingers crossed for the rest of the gang!

KiM says:

@Cat ๐Ÿ™‚
@Ombia I'm sort of (ok, VERY) angry too. The city shelter would immediately kill these cats if I took them there because they aren't adoptable at this point. They don't rehabilitate. And when I had told them about the cats' situation when I first spotted them they told me they would do nothing, but could lend me a trap. The private organization I mentioned a few pet posts ago that was adamant that they wanted to help was supposed to meet me at the cats location a while ago and I never saw/heard from them. Another org I was in touch with a while back said all they could do was help me trap them.
The other cats disappeared. I went by twice today and they weren't there. ๐Ÿ™

Betsy says:

I know what you're going through. I fed a family of eight cats 3 kits, 3 teens, 2 adults, through two polar vortexes and was lucky to have a friend who works with my vet and she trapped them in a drop trap. She has a friend that took all of them. So I feel very lucky and fortunate to have her help. We have trapped about 20 cats so far altogether. Some go to an indoor cat shelter, she is very resourceful, some are fostered.

She wanted to get all of them at one time, they kept each other warm under a porch, no real shelter. I had to be very patient.
I kept sending her e-mails almost every night to report my visit with them. She has so many cases, some are really dire.
It was very worrisome and stressful and I had someone helping! Kim, you can only do what you can do.

KiM says:

You're very lucky to have help Betsy, as are all those cats. 20?! YEESH!

Jules says:

What a heart you have Kim, great rescue. Thank you for posting Orla May Taylor, she is most chuffed to be on your Monday's pets on furniture. Julesx

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