The "Carrier Hoarder" Cats

This blog is dedicated to the story of an animal rescue operation. In July 2006, a rescuer in the San Fernando Valley became aware of a situation where two animal hoarders had accumulated 47 cats in their small apartment. The cats lived in carriers stacked on top of one another; in many cases, the carriers were so small the cats couldn't turn around.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

And now...introducing the critters!

All 16 cats from what is hopefully the first wave were taken to Kitten Rescue's private shelter the evening of July 18. They were filthy from standing and laying in their urine and feces. The carriers smelled worse than a neanderthal's armpit. (I would know.) A number of them were too scared or feral to give thorough exams to; hopefully they will calm down in the ensuing days. Quite a few of them were severely matted, and many had patches of hair missing - possibly from malnutrition, matting and/or stress-related over-grooming, but also possibly due to mange or ringworm (our personal favorite). Everyone who was examined had ear mites. At least one appears to be pregnant.

One thing that stood out was how thirsty all the cats were. Elle noted this during the time she had them in her apartment on Tuesday afternoon, and they have been drinking water like crazy. I guess there must not have been room for water dishes in those carriers.

So far, everyone has been treated with Revolution. They will all be tested for FeLV and FIV on Friday morning.

For pictures and descriptions of each of the kitties, go here:

- Ben


At 10:05 AM, Blogger mel mel said...

Cool Kitty--reminds me of Lucy the Angel Puss kitty!

Keep up the great work! I look forward to meeting these kitties soon and helping out!




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