We are currently looking after the most lovely little black cat, we found her on the road near the Nisaki petrol station a while ago. She is now almost better and her wound is getting smaller each day. Her story can be viewd using this link:
It was our intention (and still will be if no one can help) to integrate her into the existing village colony, but she is such a friendly cat and craves human company, she purrs at the touch of a finger and really is a delight to look after, we think she would thrive if she had a human family of her own.
Could anyone living on Corfu offer this cat a home?
Message posted by emma8370 on 12†July†2009 at 12:16pm - IP Logged
Did we manage to find a family for poor little Luna?
Message posted by Angela T-A (Agni Animal Welfare Fund) on 12†July†2009 at 2:06pm - IP Logged
Yes Chris - it is sad and this is our biggest problem.
We help a cat that is in trouble, sick, often bad eyes with kittens, snake bites etc. they then get friendly during their time being treated. They get used to regular food and so then we find it hard to put them back out in the wild.
It is better for them to have someone who can at least make sure they get food and shelter or keep an eye on them even if they live outdoors rather than just returning them and leaving them on their own.
But so few people will help with them. It is very sad Chris.
It is sad we can't find more homes for the stray kittens. I have an absolute sweetie who won't fend too well as a 100% street cat when I have to spend time in UK next winter as she is a 'people cat' and to make matters worse a kitten was found outside our hotel this morning and has had to join the posse of Lagoon cats. He is so tiny he would fit in a half pint glass but has obviously been handled because very tame.
Message posted by Lavinia on 13†July†2009 at 6:11pm - IP Logged
My little old female cat died (nearly twenty)a few months ago and I still have a 16 year old neutered tom who is very docile. I live here permanently and if no-one else comes forward I shall happily take Luna. Would you like to pm me please? I don't actually have a cat basket but maybe could borrow one from you pro-tem?
Message posted by Angela T-A (Agni Animal Welfare Fund) on 13†July†2009 at 6:45pm - IP Logged
I shall do my very best for her and am happy to welcome her home. I have a large house and garden so hopefully she will be happy. I live almost at the end of a long country lane and my only (not very)close neighbours already have fourteen cats!!! My very spoilt old, neutered, tom cat spends most of his time asleep so shouldn't really bother her. I have sent Angela a pm with my phone number but if it hasn't gone through please let me know? Do you think she would be happier to be outside to begin with? It is just that I would like to get a little "house" ready for her and it could be on one of the verandahs or in the sitting room if you think she would prefer to be inside? I just want to make her happy and welcome (dotty foreigner???) Best wishes
Right, thats it! She can sleep in my (en-suite with the door open) bathroom so she doesn't get lonely - she is going to be one very spoilt little pussycat! Poor old Perseus can sleep outside but he prefers that in the heat of summer anyway and he has a large armchair with lots of cushions to sleep on.......
Message posted by Lavinia on 14†July†2009 at 2:29pm - IP Logged
She is home! I collected her this morning and she really is the dearest little cat who has gone through a terrible ordeal. She is sitting on my knee at the moment having eaten a large amount of salmon for her lunch and Perseus (my gentle old neutered tom) can't quite make her out. She is purring extremely loudly and has draped her front paw over my arm so I finding typing a bit tricky!!
Oh what wonderful news, I hope both your cats get on well soon and hope the both bring you many years of love, affection and entertainment.
What brilliant news. Lavina, I think you live in Benites so if you wanted me to add a few new toys in our case and meet up (we are staying in Moraitika) then I am happy to do this. We fly out on the 24th
Message posted by Angela T-A (Agni Animal Welfare Fund) on 14†July†2009 at 3:23pm - IP Logged
Dear Em, I actually live in the hills above Kinopiastes (about 10 mins from Benitses). If you really mean it, could you possibly bring some Bob Martin cat Spot on (for fleas and ticks) for cats and kittens from 12 weeks old? I only have some Frontline here which is for much bigger cats and she is absolutely tiny. I shall, of course, reimburse you and thank you so much for your kind offer.
I'll pm you with my landline number. best wishes Lavinia
Message posted by Kingtonks on 14†July†2009 at 8:29pm - IP Logged
Thank you so much Em on Luna's behalf - she just so sweet and feisty but I am afraid my faithful (16 year old)tom, Perseus, has now got fed up and has disappeared (even though I have been making a great fuss of him).........why is everything so difficult? Lavinia
Message posted by matsui on 14†July†2009 at 10:42pm - IP Logged
Congratulations on your new arrival,I am sure Luna will bring you lots of joy and happiness
As for Perseus,I am also sure he will be fine in a few days. His pride has taken a dent because of the new arrival,even though you have made a lot of extra fuss of him!! Cats are very superior creatures and probably he feels his nose has been put out of joint! But there is a pecking order with cats and I am sure he will be No 1 again shortly!
When I had Millie my collie pup,Cuddles my cat who was 16 at the time took great umbrage at having this puppy share her home! She ignored me for over a week and hid wherever she could! Now 18months later Cuddles rules the roost and it is Millie hiding from her!!
You are so kind to give this little one a chance of life and I am sure that Perseus will come around soon.
Please let us know how they are getting on!!
p.s. Cuddles has seen 5 dogs and 7 cats come to share her home in the last 18 years and she has always been fine,after a week or so of sulking
Message posted by Lavinia on 14†July†2009 at 10:52pm - IP Logged
Sue, Percy (Perseus) has slunk back in but is sitting with his back to me! The problem is that he was second cat for about 15 years until Easter - so he has only had two or three months as "top cat". However, I am very proud of him as he is at least four times bigger than Luna and has shown her no aggression whatsoever. Poor little Luna is still quite sickly so I have to protect her. I think Percy understands as he was rescued himself from a black plastic bag on a rubbish tip in Bath.
Message posted by Kingtonks on 14†July†2009 at 11:39pm - IP Logged
You may have seen on other posts, or in my gallery that we are currently owned by 11 cat's ranging from 10 and a half to 7 months. Alas at easter we lost our old Burmese. Our rabble have to get used to comings and goings as we breed Maine Coons and so the older ones get to see young kittens grow and leave him.
Some take longer than others, Saffie our oldest loves them and will happily "babysit" kittens along with Simba as soon as they can get in with them. Flur (just over a year) sulks at them for the first few days of them venturing downstairs, but soon gets over it.
As long as Perseus will be fine as long as he still gets lots of attention, like you are showing him.
I'll keep you posted re the Bob Martin and let you know when I pick it up. Looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks
Lavinina, good for you taking in Luna (and once upon a time Perseus). I wish you all many happy years together.
Angela, you do outstanding work! It must be hard on you psychologically to be so close to the needy little ones. No matter how much you do, there are always more worthy candidates for help! But thanks to your efforts and those of others who care, including several of my husband's Corfiot relatives, things are much better than they used to be for the strays.
As someone who visits Corfu from too far away to realistically take an animal home, I very much appreciate what you folks resident there do on a day-to-day basis, and wanted to take this opportunity to say so.
Message posted by Kingtonks on 18†July†2009 at 8:15pm - IP Logged
I am nearly in tears reading these posts, if I ever win the lottery I would move to Corfu and open a cat sanctuary as I too am a cat lover and couldn't bear to turn any cat away, well done to you for saving that little kittens life.
Message posted by Kingtonks on 18†July†2009 at 9:36pm - IP Logged
When Warren and I eventually move to Corfu with our rabble they will continue being house cats with a secure outdoor run/ balcony but we also plan to take a couple of dogs. But also we plan to have space for an outdoor room which will be dedicated to outdoor rescues. Just wish we could find a way sooner rather than our plan.
We have some wonderful Greek friends and much to Katterina's Dad's understanding, she now has 6 of her own cat's. They have come from the two they rescued. Plan to talk her into the benefits of neutering this year. Hope she sees the logic. I'll explain about our girl who pyo'd and hopefully that will do the trick
Message posted by Lavinia on 18†July†2009 at 9:59pm - IP Logged
My lovely neighbour, who is also a really good friend, now has fourteen cats (hence my concern about getting Luna spayed). She and her husband absolutely love their cats and treat them extremely well but believe that spaying and neutering is really cruel and very "un-natural". We often have long conversations about the pros and cons but I still haven't managed to win them round. I don't believe it is that they do not care for their animals because they so obviously do, it is more of a religious and cultural difference. I can't force my beliefs on them and wouldn't dream of trying to do so as I am a guest in their country - but I keep the discussion going and tread very carefully!
Message posted by Angela T-A (Agni Animal Welfare Fund) on 19†July†2009 at 12:05am - IP Logged
I have experienced this with our Greek friends too. They are just educated to think very differently to us. We have to just gently try and get them to our way of thinking best approached through the younger generation. They know that the British believe strongly in neutering so I think one day they will see the reasoning behind it.
I have them asking me about medication sometimes and what to do with a sick cat and that is progress because they used to believe you could not treat sick animals.
So do keep trying - one day we will convince them.
Message posted by Linda2 on 19†July†2009 at 12:25am - IP Logged
Luna is absolutely fine and her neck has almost completely healed and her appetite is enormous! Percy is also fine and I have persuaded him to sleep on my bed (as he does in the winter) instead of outside which he happily does as long as I put the aircon on! So all is peace and harmony. Thanks very much for asking.
An up-date on Luna - who is now called Poppy. The reason for the name change was two-fold. I found myself calling her "Loonie"rather than Luna and also "Luna" has (as Ann Widdicombe would say) "something of the night" about it!! So she is now Poppy.
She is a very dear, good little cat. Very affectionate, very clean and sleeps happily on a shelf! I made her a very comfy bed on the floor but interestingly she prefers being two shelves up. She eats enormously and now has quite a round little belly. Her breathing is much improved as is the discharge from her nose. She still had a large raw patch on her neck when I got her last week which was not being helped by the fact that she kept scratching it with her right hind leg. So (taking a tip from my lovely vet in the UK, Rachael) I taped a baby sock on to her right rear foot and her wound has almost completely healed. Her left eye-socket seems to be fine but I shall get Effie the vet who has been treating her to check her over next week.
Percy (Perseus) my gentle old tom, has now completely accepted her - or rather ignores her. He doesn't bother her and she doesn't bother him. She is incredibly clean and used a cat litter from the moment she got here. She is still tiny but in a month or so I shall get her spayed and she should have a long and happy life here. She doesn't stray at all and just goes out on to one of the terraces for a bit or sleeps on one of the outside chairs.
I thought you might all like to know about a happy ending for once!
Message posted by brucelin1949 on 21†July†2009 at 12:28am - IP Logged
She is sitting next to me as I write this. Her neck has almost completely healed and her snuffling is much better (I wish she knew how to blow her nose!!!) Her appetite is enormous and she and Percy are getting along absolutely fine - they just ignore each other. One thing I meant to say is did you ever notice that her right back paw is much larger than her left? Quite weird really... look forward to seeing you. I have an influx of young coming over starting on 4th August and lasting a few weeks so she will get even more attention from them! Look forward to seeing you soon xx
Message posted by Lavinia on 01†August†2009 at 2:17am - IP Logged
Just to let you all know that Luna (Poppy) is doing fine. Em and Warren (Kingtonks) came to lunch at the beginning of the week which was great. Poppy is growing, is very affectionate and her neck has nearly completely healed. She has had a very runny nose but Em suggested that it might be aggravated by the heat and so I have put a fan on in the drawing room (where Poppy sits in state on a silk cushion on the sofa!) and it really seems to have helped her. She remains a dear little cat and there is still no problem with her adopted, elderly brother Perseus who just completely ignores her. For the moment all is peace and harmony although she loves eating cicadas which I try to discourage as she usually presents me with one back leg!
Message posted by kassi on 01†August†2009 at 2:32am - IP Logged
I've just found this thread, and read with fascination the tale of Loonie and the many other cats and kittens on the island. My sister too has a cat 'situation'. When she first moved into her house, word went around the cat population that here was dear old lady, who will feed us regularly and care about us enough to make it worth while adopting her - my sister.
Over the years she has had many cats pause for a time with her, the females bring her their new kittens for inspection and the boys merely sit and ponder all the activity.
At present she has two adorable ginger twins, their mummy, and various other regulars. I give them all names when I visit. There is Boris the backwindow cat, Tipsy, whose head is one sided, Tabby Tornmouth, who had surgery to his mouth, that was ripped apart by a machine of some sort, and so the list goes on. Her Whiskas bill is enormous, but she wouldn't consider stopping. Such people are saints. Kate
Message posted by Ellenjay on 10†September†2009 at 6:42pm - IP Logged
Hello Ellenjay- just to let you know that Luna is sitting next to me as I type this - purring away! Her neck has healed completely and her breathing is almost clear. She eats immensely and follows my old neutered tom (Perseus) everywhere. He is very patient with her and even lets her eat his food. She is twice to three times the size she was when she arrived. Her name has been a saga. When she came home she was called Luna but I found myself calling her "Loonie" for short! So I decided to call her Poppy. But when (my half-Greek) daughter arrived home for her holidays she wanted her to have a really Greek heroic name (as she had been so brave when so tiny) so we decided to name her after Laskarina Bouboulina (a famous heroine of the Greek War of Independence) so she is now known as "Boubou". She is no trouble at all and is incredibly affectionate and we all love her to bits.
Message posted by Kingtonks on 12†September†2009 at 7:20pm - IP Logged
Dear Em - great to hear from you - yes we are all fine although poor old Perseus (now 16) found the heat in August rather unbearable. Boubou is very well but seems to think I am her baby and washes me all the time (is she trying to tell me something!?) Please get in touch next time you are in Corfu. The shortcut home from Benitses through Gastouri has been a "no-no" all summer due to coach congestion. I learnt my lesson with you guys in the car that day we had to reverse such a long way!!! Love from Corfu and Lias
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