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Shopping? Please help our Kitties as you do! [Dec. 7th, 2015|03:20 pm]
As you shop, please consider Smile.Amazon.com. They will donate a small portion of your purchase to Cause 4 Cats.

Here's the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-2018427

Thank you for your help!
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More and More Kittens! [Dec. 3rd, 2015|05:40 am]
Wow! The warm weather has really played havoc with cat hormones. We are getting calls daily about new litters of kittens being found. Some are tiny 3 week olds and others are going on 3 months, which should really be the last born of the year. We are scrambling for foster homes for any under 2 months. If they are brought to Animal Control and no foster homes are available with them, they will be killed. So we do our best to find some place for them. If kittens are 2 mos/2lbs and healthy, they can be turned into Kern County Animal Services on Fruitvale with assurance the staff there will really try to adopt them out as long as they stay healthy. That can't be said for Bakersfield City Animal Control on Mt. Vernon, unfortunately.

If you are in the Bakersfield, CA area and can help care for kittens for 2 to 4 weeks, please contact us at 661-755-4848 (call or text).

We also are faced with the challenge of finding an indoor location for adoptions as we quickly approach winter and unpredictable weather. If you can help us with that, please call.

Tonight our 5th group of kitties will be put on a transport to Canada. Karyn Pappel in Nanoose Bay, BC has been doing a fabulous job of finding homes for the ones we've sent. Because they need to be sterilized and have a rabies vaccination, we have been sending kittens 5 months or older and adults. Karyn's rescue is Colour Me Feline. We so appreciate her help in getting them forever homes!
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Already November! [Nov. 21st, 2015|05:38 pm]
It has been a crazy 5 months here, but things are settling down. Our shelter facility in Lebec is now officially closed and we have been moving kitties to other rescue groups. In September we did our first transport of ten 6 mo old kittens to Colour Me Feline in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Since then we have done 3 more groups. We also delivered 26 adult cats and older kittens to Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, CA. Kern County Animal Services placed approximately 50-60 adult cats either by adoption or transfer to other rescues.

We have done 3 adoption events in front of Walmart on Gosford in Bakersfield and will be doing another on December 5th. We have been searching for an indoor location for the winter months, but so far haven't found a good place.

Of the Persian cats we rescued in April, we have only one that still is in need of a home. She is happy in the foster home which adopted two of the Persians, but we would still like to find her a home of her own.

We have a lot of young kittens that have been rescued by others or are in foster care with us. We will be showing them on December 5th at Walmart.

Photos of many of our available cats and kittens are on our website. Here are a few.

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Update on Persians and Bottle Babies [Apr. 18th, 2015|12:19 am]
The Persian cats will spend the weekend at Petco then go to foster homes. We still need to assign 5 cats to foster care. Overall, they are doing well considering the shape they were in one week ago. All will be on antibiotic, ear drops and eye medication.

I was contacted tonight about a found kitten, newborn, that a feral must have dropped on their property. One of my volunteers who lives in the same area is caring for the kitten overnight. Beyond that, I'm not sure where it can go. We really need bottle feeders.

I also agreed to take a gorgeous chocolate point kitty to re-home. It's human parents are divorcing. Dad is moving to N. Dakota and had several other pets. "Roo" was the youngest and most adoptable, so he decided he needed to find a place for her. She should find a home pretty quickly.

Our crowdfundraiser on LoveAnimals.org is going well. We've raise 1/3 of our goal for the Persians medical care. Thank you all for your support and for sharing this with others: family, friends, contacts. We really appreciate your help.
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Rescue of Neglected Persian Cats [Apr. 15th, 2015|02:05 pm]
We have posted a story with photos on our website about 8 Persian cats rescued 4/10/15. Please see at www.cause4cats.org.

All 8 were taken to Stine Vet Hospital and have been tested for FELV/FIV, given a health exam and most already have been dematted. One is pregnant, the only male is not fixed, and we surmise the others are also unsterilized. Fortunately it looks like their health is okay other than being very thin and infested with earmites. That is good news, because once we get them in better shape they will be able to get spayed/neutered and put up for adoption.

This has required lots of money we are scrambling to raise. Our website has a Donation Button that links to PayPal, but we have also created a Crowdfunding project for $2,500 on the LoveAnimals.org website to help with the initial vet care. Here is the link: http://www.loveanimals.org/8-cats-need-vet-care1.html. Please consider making a small gift and pass this information on to your contacts and Facebook friends. With the burden shared by many, we will be able to pay these costs without negatively impacting our other financial responsibilities. Thank you in advance for assisting us.

We also need foster homes for five of the eight cats. The pregnant cat is already with a foster and we have a volunteer mother and daughter team who will help with two when the cats leave the vet hospital. We expect the other five will only need to be fostered about a month until they can be put up for adoption. If you are in the Bakersfield area and are able to foster one or two of these kitties please contact 661-248-0299.

We are meeting Bakersfield's KGET TV 17 this evening at the vet hospital. Hopefully, they will publicize this on their news program. We have not dematted two of the cats so they may get footage of them for the story. So the cats should be ready to leave the hospital tomorrow or Friday at the latest.

Thank you for your compassion for these cats.
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2 Three-legged siblings need surgery [Apr. 5th, 2015|01:54 am]

On March 27th, these two three-month-old kittens, Runtly (black) and Chumley (black/white) were brought to us to find them homes. Both are missing the lower half of a back leg from birth - the umbilical cord wrapped around the legs and choked them off. Their mom had been abandoned at a business, got pregnant and gave birth to seven babies December 28, 2014. The employees there kindly took in the family and looked after them, so the kittens were healthy and very friendly to people. They had been able to find five homes, but needed help with these handicapped youngsters. On Sunday the 29th, we were delighted when Mary Worley and her daughter, Sierra, adopted them together. The kittens were re-named Bonnie and Clyde.

Unfortunately, the kittens do require surgery when they get a little older to remove the partial leg up to the hip. They are trying to walk on the stump and the delicate skin is not able to withstand the wear like the pads of their feet can. Poor little Bonnie actually had an open sore there.

We are seeking donations to help pay for the surgery when they are older. Clyde will be neutered at the same time, but Bonnie will have to be spayed in a separate surgery. If you would be able to help us with a small donation toward the surgeries, we would be very grateful. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and your donation is tax deductible.

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We Caught Her! [Feb. 19th, 2015|11:56 pm]
For several months we have been seeing (and feeding) a few cats along the parking lot between Petco and Panda Express on Gosford. Efforts to trap any of them have been futile. Only one, a teenage calico kitten, has been seen on a regular basis, and a few weeks ago she was fooling around with a black and white male we had not seen before or since. Trapping her thus became urgent. So on a recent Saturday evening we set out a trap with tantalizingly smelly canned food. To our delight, by the time the store closed at 9pm we got her! She is surprisingly docile and allowed us to treat a bite wound on her front leg, apparently from a rat. She will be spayed at Critters without Litters as soon as the wound heals. Then we'll be able to put her up for adoption.
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An Overdue Update [Feb. 6th, 2015|11:59 am]
Cause4Cats volunteers have been working hard at Petco in SW Bakersfield. January was a great month for adoptions. Of course, the younger kittens easily found homes. However, we had many teenage and adult cats go to wonderful homes as well. The volume of adoptions was surprising. We thought the start of the year after the holidays would be slow, especially considering we placed 23 kittens and cats the weekend before Christmas.

We are focusing on care of 3 kitties at the shelter who need eye surgery. We are trying to raise funds to do these asap:

Stevie is a young female who came to us as a 5 week old kitten with seriously infected eyes. The left is enlarged and needs to be removed. The right eye is small and the vet will perform a procedure to open the lids slightly. Now that she is 4 months old, the vet is willing to do the surgery. Stevie

Secondly, Bloo is a gorgeous senior with flowing white hair. His owner died and his daughter's husband is highly allergic to cats. So C4C agreed to take him in after a vet check cleared his health. One long time problem Bloo has had is a weepy left eye. The vet reported a mild lower left eyelid entropion, which causes irritation as the lower lid is turned inward and the lashes rub against the eye. Poor Bloo has had to endure this for his 7-1/2 years of life. Our vet will correct this with surgery as well so Bloo can comfortably live the rest of his life without this eye issue. Bloo

Third is Freddie, who is just over a year and has developed glaucoma in his right eye. This is a very painful condition and the eye needs to be removed. Freddie comes from a feral colony left to fend for themselves when the lady who was feeding them moved away. He is sweet and hopefully can be adopted when his health improves.Freddie

A happy way to start the new year was the adoption of Spencer. He was a feral 5 week old kitten caught in the parking lot of a Bakersfield apartment complex. He was caught the day after Christmas by an LA man visiting his mother. He was slower than his littermate, who later disappeared, and the finder thought it was due to a leg injury. However, it turned out he has an odd gait due to neurological damage, probably caused by panleukopenia. Spencer is very sweet, otherwise healthy, and cute as can be. We had people lining up to take him home, and the happy adoptor took him home when he reached 8 weeks of age.
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Blind Kitten Deserves a Chance at Life [May. 1st, 2013|08:53 pm]
One of our newest rescues is a tiny tortie kitten, last survivor in a litter born to a feral, found in a parking lot in Bakersfield. The baby, who has been named Mundy by her bottle-feeder, had terrible eye infection that ruined both her eyes. Visits to 2 vets confirmed that the eyes will have to be removed when she is older, but she has a strong will to live. After reading Homer's Odyssey (http://www.gwencooper.com/books/homer-s-odyssey) about a blind kitten, there was no thought to euthanizing her just because she will not have sight. She deserves a chance. If you can help us funds to pay for her surgery, we would appreciate it very much.
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It's KITTEN SEASON! [Apr. 18th, 2013|08:16 pm]
It has been a long time since I've posted to this. I suppose Facebook has taken over, but I am not one to frequent Facebook. Too many postings I don't really find applicable to what we do, and I find it hard to be heard above the noise.

Anyway, we are getting calls almost daily about kittens now. Some people are looking to adopt, some people finding apparently motherless kittens, pregnant strays, and always the feral cats that need to be brought under control with litters of kittens popping out everywhere. We are doing what we can, with several pregnant strays or new moms with kittens placed in foster care, adding orphaned kittens to them where we can, but we are loaded to capacity right now. It is so frustrating to be at capacity in just a month and a half into the season. We are desperately in need of more foster homes and volunteers to help us weekends at Petco on Gosford in Bakersfield. Especially is help needed as the first of the kittens reach 8 weeks.

If you can help at all or spread the word, we sure would appreciate it. Just call 661-248-0299. PLEASE spay/neuter your pets and encourage EVERYONE you know to do so. If you feed, or know someone who feeds, a stray or feral cat(s), PLEASE get them fixed as well. If you need advice, help, whatever, call us!

Our CUP will be coming up for renewal again next month and we are confident we will have no problems continuing our small shelter operation. We are permitted for 60 rescue cats and have been at our limit for the past few years, so we have ALL kittens in foster care in Bakersfield. (I do miss having some around!) We are currently doing a lot of cleaning and painting. We are working to get together funds so that the property can be weeded and weed-wacked. Brush clearance is due mid-June. If you can help with the funds we need to care for the shelter and the cats, please donate on our website or send a check to PO Box 0488, Lebec, CA 93243.

Thank you for your support!
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