Saturday, December 08, 2007

New Friends

Dear KC, here is a picture of me with some of the feral cats I look after.
Best regards from cat lover Karene from Swakopmund, Namibia
Do you remember the email we got from Karene in Africa a few weeks ago? KC published it on the Cat Blogosphere, but it is reprinted below. A few days ago, she sent us a picture of some of her ferals. Don't they look great. She will have a website up soon.

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Dear Cat Lovers, I manage the oldest feral cat colonies in Swakopmund, Namibia. Their origins can be traced back to the original feral cat colonies in the Cape Town Harbour. Thirty of their cats were shipped to Swakopmund to help the people of the town with the devastating rat problem they found themselves with. That was in 1897, 110 years ago and the descendants of these cats are still living here. Bad news for rats, who are also still here. I have personally caught 50 of these cats during the last few years and I believe that is something to celebrate. The cats are well cared for and protect us humans from rats. The colonies are now all of a manageable size which in turn enhances the life of each colony member cat.
Colonies will continue to be monitored and managed on a daily basis, because we really care about them and feel that this is the least that we can do for them after the great job that they do for us. Black Cat Friday is the best news ever and thank you all you cat lovers for brining the attention to the plight of the black cat, especially in Sub Saharan Africa where superstition is rife about black cats. Cat hatred is present wherever missionaries of the early pioneering days taught the indigenous people the myths that they had been taught themselves, so the lie about black cats and cats in general is perpetuated.Purrs and meouws from the Swakopmund feral cats. purrrrrrrs. Kab (website under construction)
PS: I meant to say that I had personally caught 50 cats and had them sterilized at our private veterinary practice and then released successfully back into their home colonies. One of these females is now 14 years old. I had her sterilized 3.5 years ago. Purrrrrs from swk catz 11/26/07

14 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

14 years old for a feral cat. That's amazing. Thanks for reporting KC!

Kimo & Sabi said...

That is a great story - purrrs!

Daisy said...

I have never seen a cat from Namibia before. They look very beautiful and I am glad they have someone to look after them.

Catzee said...

I like this! Her looks like a furry nice purrson.

Mickey said...

Thank you for showing the picture.It is nice to see the human behind the story. She does well with those cats. As a black cat myself,I approve of Black Cat Friday!
Purrs

Eric and Flynn said...

She is doing a great job. Those kitties are looking good.

Emma's Kat said...

Wow, what a great story and work that she's doing! Can't wait to see her website once it's up! Keep us updated!

Artsy Catsy said...

What a wonderful cat lover, and those are beautiful ferals!

KC, thank you so much for your Vishus Deer Bookmark order! We'll be sending 10% of it to the Cat Blogosphere's "Cat Friends Helping Friends" and 10% of it to the Rescue Farm.

Rocky
& the Artsy Catsy staff

DK & The Fluffies said...

KC - come by tomorrow am, we're going to watch Elf and you can bring all the kitten over to play with Fiona and Orlando.

Shohom67 said...

How exciting!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Oh wow, what a heartwarming story -- what a lovely, good-hearted lady to look after the beautiful feral kitties!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Jake and Bathsheba said...

Those are some beautiful ferals. And they don't seem that wild since she can pet them. They're doing a great job with the rats.

~J&B

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Thanks for sharing the letter & picture! What pretty cats, and what a wonderful caring person she is!

Victor Tabbycat said...

Look at the stripes on the tabby's tail! Brown an black an white! Those are furry well cared for ferals.