When we returned to the Kingston farm again to complete the TNR program we were surprised to find very few cats and only four kittens. We can only assume the farmer had instigated a killing spree. We were told that in the past kittens had simply disappeared, presumably drowned or killed in some other way. Obviously much cheaper than our own, humane methods.
Cleo was sound asleep on a straw bale and, much to her disgust, I was able to grab her without any trouble. Timmy took a bit more time and was Furious at being trapped. Both were skinny and a bit fluey but nothing like as bad as the other kittens we’d found at this farm. Of the remaining two kittens, the farmer’s wife was keeping one and we hadn’t a hope of getting the other so we left them be, figuring that the remaining animals weren’t in too bad nick so might be okay now the numbers were diminished. Obviously we’ll go back and get them neutered when they’re old enough.
Cleo & Timmy were fostered by Lorna & Frank for a good while until the ringworm set in in the Autumn. It seemed more sensible for me to keep all the ringworm cats and try and keep it contained. Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a special group of fungi; it is not caused by a worm at all. In multi-cat households it can be a real problem to get rid of.
The pair of them joined in with the rest of the gang with no trouble. Timmy was pretty timid but has warmed up considerably – he’ll still need wooing when you first meet him but he’ll warm up into a wonderful companion. Cleo’s a deliciously affectionate wee thing but absolutely Hated being picked up when she first arrived. I’ve worked on this and she’ll tolerate being picked up if her forepaws are put on your shoulder and she’s getting better all the time. I don’t know them quite as well as the other kittens as they haven’t been with me so long. They both get on well with humans they know and with other cats but are timid of strangers (and who can blame them!).
Timmy has developed into quite the tubster – I presume he’s making up for lost time on the food front. Cleo is extremely chatty and keeps you up to date on what she’s thinking and doing. Both are very food oriented and the simplest way to make friends with them is to feed them.