Releasing Mama Rose

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Hi Efurryone! It’s me, Cookie! Today, we are going to tell you about the “R” part of TNR.

TNR stands for

Trap

Neuter (or Spay)

Release (or Return)

As much as Mommy and Daddy like Mama Rose, she dislikes them. More accurately, Mama Rose is afraid of Mommy and Daddy.

It was obvious early on that there would be no taming of Mama Rose. EVERY time Mommy or Daddy reached into Mama Rose’s cage, they were greeted by a HISSSSSSSS!!! So each and every time Mommy or Daddy would place a food bowl, a water bowl, or a freshly scooped litter box into Mama’s cage, Mama Rose was frightened by the experience. Sometimes, Mama Rose would hide under her bed.

This made Mommy and Daddy very, very sad. They knew that they would have to release Mama Rose soon after her spay surgery. All the feral kittehs were spayed or neutered in early October, so the weather here was still mild. As regular readers of our blog know, we live in northeast O Hi O, in a suburb of Cleveland. While we have moderately hot Summers, beautiful Autumns, and Spring seasons that range from 2 days to 2 months, it’s the Winters that earn Cleveland its reputation of being an unpleasant place to live. In fact, Cleveland was recently ranked second for snowiest “big” U.S. cities.

On average, the official reporting station for Cleveland gets about 60 inches of snow a season. It is at the airport, in western Cuyahoga County. We live in the bulls eye called “The Snow Belt”, and get about 90 inches a year at Casa de Furry Bambinos.

Now, imagine if your home is outdoors, like that of a feral kitteh like Mama Rose. So Daddy built Mama Rose a shelter, using directions he found at Alley Cat Allies web site. We will save that for another post.

So back in October, after Mama Rose had a few days to recover from her spay surgery, Mommy and Daddy released Mama Rose. Watch the video to find out what happened!

Mommy and Daddy are committed to feeding Mama Rose every day, as long as she chooses to visit us.

Mama Rose is currently showing up for dinner around 6:00 pm (shortly after sunset). If the wet food is not out there, Mama Rose sits on our welcome mat by our front door and waits, all but tapping her little footie. Mommy and Daddy have learned to place the wet food out as close to the time they expect to see Mama as possible. In the winter, the wet food freezes pretty quickly. Mommy is looking into buying a heated food dish. If any of you have suggestions about caring for outdoor feral kittehs, we would love to hear them.

Next time, we will tell you a funny story about Rusty and Woody!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 5:06 pm

Eric and Flynn @ 5:06 pm #

Mama Rose looked glad to be free again. We are glad she is returning for food and shelter so you know she is safe and well.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 3:45 pm

I am glad you are looking out for Mama Rose. A truly feral adult cat can be a little bit skerry! Maybe you could get one of those outdoor cat cabins; there is a giveaway on The Cats Meow blog right now, I think!

Monday, January 31, 2011 11:54 am

JB @ 11:54 am #

Oh, mom has tears in her eyes, and you did such a good thing with Mama Rose. We sure hope she realizes how good she had it at your home and that she comes back often!
–JB

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 3:15 am

Niecy and Trish @ 3:15 am #

Dear Bambinos,
Our mommie is ferklempt, but we explained it all to her. Meanwhile, we are very glad to have a nice warm roof over our heads. We are so glad that your human mommie and daddy, Sue and David, rescued us and took such good care of us until we could go to our furever home at Deb, Paul and Tim’s. But we know that some cats just need to roam. Zei gezundt, Mama Rose!

Sunday, February 6, 2011 4:24 pm

jansfunnyfarm @ 4:24 pm #

It’s nice Mama Rose’s kittens are all being socialized even though she couldn’t be.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:42 am

Oh, makes Teri remember Mama Katz’s release after her spay and her looking for her kittens…and most recently TomTom, who disappeared for 3 days but he’s been around every day since then. We don’t see Mama Katz often, but like you, feed her every time we do…

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