Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Category: kitten rescue mallorca

Kitten time again!

by VM

Keep an eye and ear on the bins.

It’s Springtime in Majorca. That means blossom, and pollen, and sunshine and blue skies, Easter and … kittens, plenty of kittens. It means kittens born to street cats and family cats that often end up being dumped in the bin. So please, you must keep an eye, and an ear, on the public bins, and random boxes left in car parks or on the side of the road.

If you find some newly born kittens what should you do? Have they been dumped or are they street cats whose mother has gone off to get some food? Here’s some advice from an experienced cat rescuer, Cati Salva.

“If you see kittens inside a box next to a rubbish bin it’s clear that they have been abandoned. It is not so clear if you find them somewhere odd (a plant pot, or in the middle of the street). In this case I advise people to do this:
1) Don’t ever touch them. It could happen that the mum is moving them from one place to another and if they catch your scent some mother cats will reject their babies.
2) Watch from a distance. Stay around somewhere where you can see the kittens but are not scaring the mum in case she comes back for her kittens.
3) If you don’t see any adult cat around in about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how busy the area is) then yes, you may go ahead and take them because the mum is most likely not coming back for them. Something might have happened or not, but a baby cat can’t stay for long without the warmth of its mother.

“If you take them home you have to keep them separate from your other cats if you happen to have any. This is extremely important. Even if they seem healthy they could have a stomach bug or some other ailments and you need to protect both your own animals and the babies.

“Things vary from caring for a four month old kitten or a new born. The older kittens will have wide open eyes, sharp teeth and be quite mobile creatures. They will most likely be eating by themselves. You can soak some dry cat biscuits in water and see if they will eat. Younger kittens need to be bottle fed. Their eyes will be open at 15 days of age but they won’t be able to move around very easily. If you are unsure as to the age of the kittens then take a visit to a vet to make sure.

“If you are bottle feeding kittens the most important thing is to keep them warm. Until they are a bit older they can’t control their body temperature so they have to have blankets. I usually use one of those electrical pillows on a low setting to keep them warm enough (be sure you’re not burning them of course!). Make sure the electrical cable is tucked away and put a cloth on top of the device to avoid warm plastic on their skin.

Hand rearing kittens can demanding, but rewarding

“Another very important thing is: no, cats can’t drink cows’ milk! Not even lactose free cows’ milk. They have to have special cat milk which can be bought at the vets and most pet shops. There are a lot of brands and it doesn’t matter which one you chose as long as you don’t change it once you have started. Baby stomachs are quite delicate and sudden feeding changes may cause diarrhoea and subsequent dehydration.

“To feed them, prepare the formula as indicated and use a baby cat bottle. Some cats don’t latch on to bottles at first, so you have to be persistent and patient. Sometimes they can’t get the milk out, so you may squeeze the tip a bit (or make the hole slightly bigger) so they get to taste one or two drops and get motivated to suck themselves. Some other cats don’t like bottles and people feed them with small (needle free) syringes, but this is dangerous as you could accidentally place milk into their lungs. They should never be placed belly up like human babies It is ideal if they can eat on their paws in a hard surface (you can put a blanket in between). Just think about how the kittens would feed from their mums: that’s the ideal position. After their meal the babies need to be stimulated to urinate and defecate.  If they were with mum then she would usually lick their bottoms. You don’t have to do that! Instead you could use a piece of wet, mildly warm gauze and wipe the area.

“You should expect them to be hungry every 2 to 3 hours at first. Yes, it’s just like having a human baby and can be super tiring work. You can try to make the “night feeds” a bit more substantial by making a slightly thicker formula, but don’t overdo it. The kittens may need bottle feeding up until around six weeks of age. Sometimes they eat at four weeks, but some others don’t. Some vets advise to give the kittens chamomile between feeds and others tell you to prepare the formula with chamomile instead of water. That is completely up to you.

“If you can’t be in charge of the feedings because you work, ask your local vet if they know of anyone that could. They can’t take them into shelters because most of them are not open 24 hours a day, but sometimes they know volunteers that can take them home”.

Every week Pet Project tries to help an animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

 

 

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Cat Collaborations

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In August Arc Animales received an email from an elderly couple in Pollensa who had a ‘kitten saturation’ situation and desperately need their help!

They had contacted both Pollensa and Alcudia rescue centres who said they were too full to take any.

It seems the couple had started feeding three female abandoned cats late last year. Then the inevitable happened – first lot of kittens were born on the 6th March and the second on the 31st March (on their terrace) then another litter was born in July somewhere on the finca. They had been feeding them all and got themselves into a situation where they could not cope, in particular financially: in all there were 23 cats and kittens.

In addition the couple were in the procees of selling their house and moving back to the UK but they were desperate that the cats and kittens find new homes and be safe.

There were three adult females (needing castration) 14 older kittens from the 1st and 31st of March (needing castration) (Four of which they would keep themselves)

6 young kittens which had only just started eating solid kitten food (castration will be needed later). This meant that there were three adult cats, nine older kittens of around 6 months and 6 young kittens that needed rehoming. It also meant there were sixteen cats that needed castrating immediately and seven would need castrating in a matter of months.

Arc Animales got in touch with Baldea (who were featured a couple of weeks ago in Pet Project) and working with Ana Aranda Lindsay it was arranged for the cats and older kittens to be castrated in the Baldea mobile vet unit.

17 cats and kittens have been castrated. It’s been a fantastic team effort between Baldea, Katzenzuflucht and Arc Animales.

Arc Animales are now looking for forever homes for the six little kittens – growing by the minute – that were too young to castrate. There are four little boys, Micah, Sima, Malin, Sujay and two girls, Pearl and Pippa. They are all between 8 and 12 weeks old.

Please spread the word about these kittens whose start in life was not the best but, with your help, their futures could be.

You can get in touch with June from Arc Animales by emailing info@arc-mallorca.org or visit http://www.arc-mallorca.org.

 

 

 

 

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur writers and photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at www.petprojectmallorca.com If you want to help with this column or send information then please do to petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

Furry nuggets begone!

by petprojectmallorca

After hand rearing from birth and eventually adopting these two boy pussy cats it was finally time this week to take them to my local vet in Peguera and do “the deed” and have them castrated. Being healthy cats they haven’t really seen much of the inside of a vet’s surgery so it was very funny indeed when Morris (grey tabby on the left) suddenly realised during the obligatory photo call that perhaps he was about to lose something quite important to him. Thank you to Riccardo Gigioli from Clinica Veterinaria Peguera for his great work. Riccardo is running his own castration scheme for cats which is funded through his affiliation to the Lyonness card scheme. You can ask for more details about it by calling him on 971 689 525.

Buzzers?

10743231_10154844329715422_1624588508_nIf you are interested in bee keeping then get yourself up to Llubi on Saturday for the Honey Fair. Bernado (aka Mr Bee!) will be there and is a great source of information about bee keeping. Regular readers may recall an article about him earlier in the year about his bee keeping museum.

 

 

Blankets and heatersStacks of blankets courtesy of Steve Wood

Steve Wood must be congratulated for his enormous contribution of blankets and heaters and other helpful equipment which he is currently distributing to many of the rescue centres around the island.

 

 

 

 

 

Kittens seeking homes

I love the look of this one, he's got a real attitude on himThese two characters caught my eye recently, but no, we are not allowed any more cats. However if you are interested to adopt one then hop onto Facebook and check out the Pet Project Mallorca Facebook page for more information. Sleepy, but looking for a home

 

 

 

 

 

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur writers and photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at www.petprojectmallorca.com If you want to help with this column or send information then please do to petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

She’s a lady, not a tramp

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By Vicki McLeod

10583802_338598186296813_1586679531447719739_nThis week in Pet Project we have undertaken a little cat rescuing of our own. Living underneath a container at the site of one of our clients’ business is this little cutie, and two of her siblings. We’re not sure of the sex of the other two cats as they are still quite timid, but this little girl is quite friendly. She seeks out cuddles and strokes, and has become so familiar with the people working around her that she was easily caught by Pet Project and taken to the good people at Calvia Vet in Santa Ponsa. Vet Anna Pink and her husband Juan treated the pussy cat, they declared that she was quite well although she has not as yet been tested for any viruses. She was spayed and then released back to where she came from. It is completely possible that this kitten, who Anna thinks is about three months old, could be adopted. She’s certainly got the loving streak in her and we think would fit in well once she had got used to her new family so if you are interested to give this sweet cat a home then get in touch by emailing petprojectmallorca@gmail.com or calling 649 090 886.

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Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

Remember us?

by petprojectmallorca

10503391_10152233130348507_940199882_oI was hoping that this week’s Pet Project would be a story of cat adoption triumph. Last week these two little guys, who my family have raised by hand from birth, were due to be adopted permanently by another family in Majorca. At the very last minute they dropped out. This means that these two loving, friendly, hilarious balls of fun and fur are in desperate need of a new home. They are almost three months old. They could be apartment cats as they have yet to go outside, and they are litter tray trained. They love to play, and they love each other very much. This is why they should not be separated and they are up for adoption as a pair. They are available for adoption through Cat and Kitten Rescue Mallorca run by Elaine Gill and Nicky Morgan. A big part of the adoption is the undertaking that the adoptees will commit to having the cats castrated when the time comes, and this means that their operations are paid for up front and in advance: the adoptee then receives vouchers which can be redeemed with one of the vets who is participating in the scheme and the animals are castrated. The cost per cat is 55€, plus if possible a donation to the organisation which covers other vet bills, food, kitten milk etc which then enables them to continue to save more little furry lives. And, do you remember the kittens that were found abandoned in a bin? They are now ready for adoption as well. If you can help and seriously want to have some beautiful cats in your life then get in touch with Nicky on 699 532 267. You can also find the organisation on Facebook Cat-and-Kitten-Rescue-Mallorca.10477726_10152233198358507_451343722_o

About PP

Every week Pet Project aims to help to rehome an animal or to help and support a refuge or animal shelter here on the island. Pet Project is run by the PR firm Phoenix Media and is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. For more information or to get involved visit www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

Puppy Power!

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What a bunch of cuties! It’s not just kitten season in Majorca but puppy time as well and the refuges around the island are dealing with a big increase in abandoned animals. Merche and her helpers in Llucmajor are in charge of this group of beautiful pooches which have all been abandoned and are currently in their care. If you are interested in any of them then please get in touch with Merche via email on  asociacionanimalistallucmajor@gmail.com or call 673 37 63 82. The refuge is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to midday and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

The photos are all taken by the super photographer Shane Green (www.shanegreenphotography.com). He was asking the names of the pups and Pequito at the refuge was naming them on the spot! They’re all about 3 months old. The others: Pucca, is about 6 months old and female, and Linda is about a year old, female and quite shy and retiring.

Kitten Update.

Both Morrison and Sainsbury are doing well and are eating (A LOT). They will be ready for adoption in about a month. If you are searching for a kitten to adopt there are a lot on offer at Cat & Kitten in El Toro. You can get in touch with them via Pet Project.

About PP

Every week Pet Project aims to help to rehome an animal or to help and support a refuge or animal shelter here on the island. Pet Project is run by the PR firm Phoenix Media and is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. For more information or to get involved visit www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

It’s cat and kitten time again!

by petprojectmallorca

Well, kitten season is well and truly upon us. Sadly this year there Babies everywhere! Photo by Cati Salva have been many many reports of newly born kittens being found abandoned in rubbish bins. Of course, some of these poor little things are not going to survive, but volunteers all around the island are trying to bottle feed the ones who are found and this requires 24 hour care and commitment.

If you are able to volunteer to help raise some newly born kittens then you can get in touch with us at Pet Project and we can forward your offers on to the appropriate refuges. If you want to help but don’t think you can fulfil the demanding role of adoptive parent, then you can do that by donating kitten milk to the local refuges. Nicky at Cat and Kitten Rescue has made an appeal saying:  “We urgently need kitten milk for these poor newborn kittens that are being handed in to us, These kittens need feeding every 2 hours day and night and we have kind people all over the island willing to help to bottlefeed but the milk that is needed is special kitten milk which is bought from vets and good pet stores, kittens cannot drink the same milk as we do. Is anyone willing to donate a box of kitten milk to feed these little ones and give them a chance of survival after such a horrendous start in life.  Today we have rescued 19 kittens , all newborn, all now safely in the hands of people that can help them , but we need help to enable us to do this work, tomorrow and the coming weeks will be more kittens handed in.  One box of milk will make all the difference, please donate and help.” You can do this by leaving kitten milk at the Salvation Army at Son Caliu or take it to your local refuges to be used there as well.

Also in this week’s Pet Project I would like to introduce to you another hard working cat lover, Tessy Myncke, who is championing the cause of the many, many cats which are left at refuges and never get homed.

“I thought it would be maybe interesting to dedicate this time in your section to cats that are waiting in the animal shelters a very long time for a chance to be adopted. It is so terrible and sad to see all these beautiful, handsome and sweet cats behind bars. Some of them for years and years…

Timothy

Timothy

“Timothy is a beautiful boy that was left at the SPAP and is suffering so much, as he always has lived in a house. He deserves so much to be adopted by a good family.

 

Tempel with Tessy

Tessy with Tempel

 

 

 

Tempel is a beautiful girl living for almost a year in the shelter. Her little sister was adopted months ago so Tempel is now alone.

 

Dalton

Dalton

This is Dalton, he’s such a sweet and lovely cat that people left in the street. He is now also in a “cage” in the SPAP waiting that somebody “put his eyes” on him and take him home. You can see the fear and desperation in his eyes.

Tessy with Amon

Tessy with Amon

 

 

And this is AMON, the same sad story as almost all the cats living in cages. A marvellous “big boy” (around 7 kilos….) he has also been abandoned.

 

 

You can see these cats at SPAP in Palma.  You can find out more info via our website www.petprojectmallorca.com or via www.spapmallorca.org

Pussycat, pussycat

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By Vicki McLeod

Sometimes you can think that the human race are just about the meanest bunch you will ever come across and that really the only friends you should try to cultivate are the four legged furry type, and then you meet someone like Nicky Morgan and the rest of the gang from the Cat and Kitten Rescue Group and you realise perhaps you’ll give Homo Sapiens a second chance. Despite busy and demanding work and personal lives the volunteers at Cat and Kitten give up a large chunk of their time to caring for abandoned felines in Majorca. And they do a great job.1607096_654790964567707_976461568_n

I went to visit Nicky at her home in El Toro where she constantly has a batch of “babies”. Nicky is well known in the animal rescue circles as a “mummy” to tiny kittens and is skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to rearing by hand. Look in her cupboards and you will find stacks of veterinary and health supplies for her little charges. She has been known to take the kittens with her to work to make sure they are getting their scheduled feeds on time, and that also means around the clock, so there’s no slacking off even when it is 4am. “I was looking on the Natura Parc website when I saw these two little babies. They weren’t doing very well there, and I could see that they needed to be somewhere warm and dry so I went and got them, “said Nicky, indicating her two youngest house guests. “When they first arrived they were very frightened and wouldn’t come near me, but they soon settled in and now they are doing very well.” If you look closely at the photos you will see that one of them really does have a jumper on!

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“Well, she was so poorly that she needed extra help to keep warm”. By the time of printing it’s quite likely that at least one of these lovely cats will have already been adopted but if you would like to contact Nicky about them or any of the other kittens that she is fostering then call: 699 532 267.

Nicky is supported by her local vet surgery in Clinica Veterinaria El Toro and she has nothing but the highest of praise for Asuncion Jaime Servera. “Together we always manage to sort out the babies,” she says, “they are so kind to me and the kittens there.”  Of course fund raising is an important 1546380_654790904567713_1569487249_nelement for the group’s survival and they have received plenty of help from the Majorca Daily Bulletin agent Jaquie Buttle who sponsors the group’s marketing materials and posters. “Jaquie is brilliant,” said Nicky, “She’s done so much for us; she does all of our printing and laminating. We couldn’t do without her!”

If you would like to support the Cat and Kitten Rescue group there will be a Quiz night at Aroma in El Toro on February 15th There will be a raffle, food and fun. Get a group together with a minimum of three and a maximum of six per team. It’s 2.50€ per person to enter.  If you are a Facebook user then please LIKE Pet Project Mallorca to keep up to date with news and you will find a link to the Cat and Kitten group there if you would like to volunteer to help them.

Animal Parties!

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This week’s Pet Project is a quick round up of fundraising events which are coming up in the next weeks in aid of rescued animals.

100% Animal On Sunday 27th October there will be the “100% Animal” festival. This will feature various organisations, refuges, charities, and ecological groups. There will be a little market for organisations to sell gifts, live music, face painting, presentations, animal training demonstrations, a charity raffle, tennis, a Coolest Mongrel competition and the Coolest Ferret competition, and a dog beauty parade featuring dogs which need adopting. The event is happening at the Agroturismo Ca Na Susi which is on Carretera de Valldemossa at km 10.9 (100 metres from S’Esgleieta) and will run from 10am to 7pm on that Sunday. Any enquiries can be made to festivalanimal@outlook.es

On Thursday 31st October, Halloween, you can join a part at Willies Bar in Magaluf. This bar is run byWillies Bar Nicky Morgan who has featured in these pages in the past. Nicky is a dedicated kitten carer, and has hand reared many, many little balls of fur!  This fundraiser will be in aid of “Cat, Kitten and Furry Friends” which are two online groups of animal lovers who respond to animals in distress and give of their own time freely, generously and willingly. The idea came after a colleague and friend of Nicky’s, Elaine Gill, found a dying cat in the streets of Santa Ponsa and they realised that they needed to have some money available for emergency vet bills. Nicky and Elaine along with another passionate animal Nicky Morganover Renee Nijs have got together to organise what sounds like a super party. There will be a free buffet and it is free entrance to the party. There will be live music from JP Bradshaw and karaoke as well, and there will be a charity raffle.  You can get more information by calling 971 130 503. Willie’s Bar is on Avenida Notario Alemany No 9, Magaluf.

Every week Pet Project aims to help to rehome an animal or to help and support a refuge or animal shelter here on the island. Pet Project is run by the PR firm Phoenix Media and is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. For more information or to get involved visit www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

Fun and Games in Magaluf.

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984066_496382010434048_1244851043_nYou may have seen her around, Renée Nijs is known as The Dog Lady of Magaluf. She’s the cheerful character walking her pooches around and about in a pram. Yes, a pram. This weekend coming Renée is organising and gathering together like minded people for a fundraising party for SOS Animales, and she would love it if you would join her. It does sound like a lot of fun to be honest. There will be food, drink and entry into the tombola for the bargain price of 20€ per person, plus plenty of silly party games to keep everyone entertained. It will be at the Pirates Beach Bar in Magaluf on Sunday 15th September it is scheduled to start at 11.00 and go on until 15.30pm. You can make a reservation beforehand by calling 971 131 328. Renée wanted particularly to mention all of the businesses which have been supporting her cause: Katmandu, BCM, El Mundo Restaurant, Tapas, Ecus Rent A Car, Nicky Morgan of Willies. It really has been a labour of love for Renée to get everything together as she has no car and does everything on foot. Well done Renée and we hope your event goes with a bang!

Kitten rescue dramas

Scots born Eli Whillock, who is a huge animal lover is contributing to this week’s Pet Project with her own tales of kitten rescues, can you help her home the last remaining pussycat?

IMG_0592“My friends Sascha and Antonio were having a walk with their daughter Sophia on her horse Lluna I in Son Ferrer. They were passing a derelict building when four tottie kittens ran up to them crying their wee heads off.  They were friendly, unusual as they thought they would be feral kittens.  The kittens were trying to follow them, crying all the way.  So when they went home they gathered dishes, food and water and returned to them… they were starving!  I went with them and they were in a horrible situation, rattling around the rubble and filthy rubbish. The picture taken of the four of them gorging was their first look at food, they were lying in the dish, on top of each other, it would have been funny if it hadn’t been so sad. It was really difficult to leave them as they were running after us like we were the Pied Piper, screaming in distress.  We knew there was nothing we could do at that point, so they were left in the building that night and our friend Claire went in following morning, she visited them, fed and watered them again.  One was missing, but we later found out that it was found by a local lady who has many cats, and she took it in.

“We decided we couldn’t leave them there but there was no room at various shelters to take in more kittens, so Claire offered to house them in her laundry room on a very temporary basis until we could, hopefully, find homes for them or find someone to foster them.  We managed to cobble together a bed, litter tray, lots of food and toys and Claire’s laundry room was a much better bet than where they were, 50 yards away from a farm with lots of large dogs, and right beside a busy main road!  It was not good.  So off they went with Claire to Paguera to be looked after by Claire and her little boy Fred.

“So now there were three.  Claire managed to find a fabulous home for one of them, and the tabby and white boy was picked up on Monday.  I decided to give the ginger boy a home. Claire has 3 cats already and Sascha has 6!

IMG_0647“So now we are one!  A little tabby girl… Claire and I took the kittens to see Ricardo the vet in Paguera who very kindly offered his services to check them over. Healthy looking wee souls, no fleas and he wormed them for us.  Ricardo reckons they are about 7-8 weeks old. They are all extremely tame, enjoy being picked up for a cuddle, munching and drinking well and are using the litter tray no problem at all.

“All we need now is a kind soul who has been thinking of adding a cat member to their family, or who knows that one more wee soul won’t make that much difference to the one or two they already have, to come forward and give her a loving forever home.” You can get in touch with Claire at claire@proguardplus.com and Eli at eliwhillock@aol.com.