Such a couple were Natalya and Terry who first called me last year. They were concerned about a small cat they called Ginger. Ginger was then not more than a kitten and the couple who went daily to feed the colony were concerned about her eyes. This is a kind of conjunctivitis and is common among the Sicilian feral cats. I advised them to use a product called Pensulvit.
When I returned to Sicily, last October, I searched for the colony and believed I had found it but there appeared no sign of Ginger. I was overjoyed, as were they, when on their second visit they found Ginger alive and well. We met in Shoreham by Sea and agreed that on my next visit she would be neutered. During this time, Laura has been caring for and feeding another colony of cats and I have been delighted to be able to send her money to help with her work.
Elke continues her sterling work with feral cats. I was able to give her enough money, last autumn, to feed several colonies of cats over the winter. Recently, she contacted me when a friend had been taken ill and was in hospital. She had left behind ten unneutered feral cats and Elke was anxious to have them neutered in order that she could find them homes.
During a recent telephone conversation with Laura, she reported that the colonies she cares for are all alive and thriving. Thanks to donations from kind people in the UK, many of them readers of Animals’ Voice I was able to send them some money.
Catsnip is so grateful to women like Elke and Laura who continue to work for these unfortunate felines.
My next visit is planned for this autumn when we’ll be carrying out more treatment and neutering of the cats.
Please contact me if you are in Sicily and have concerns by visiting www.catsnip.org.uk.