As we were thinking of what update to share, and thinking of the climate of stress we feel lately from so much information about the pandemic, we thought it would be nice to share a great success story!
In August of 2018 we wrote a report about a young cat that was abandoned on our front door, who one of our then interns named Google Drive (Googy, for short) - As soon as we got her we took her to the vet to spay. She was very shy at first, but as she was cared after by one of our team members during her recovery, the two became best friends!
Googy was officially adopted by our team member and has been living with her for the past year and a half, but she comes back to SINAL very often so she can run around with her friends! We love it when we know one of our cats develops a good partnership with someone and goes off to a new adventure - and of course, we check on in on them regularly to make sure they are well!
Here is a picture of Googy from that report back in 2018, and a picture of her today in her home.
A big thank you to our donors for helping us keep our cats healthy and happy! we will do another round of spaying soon, so stay tuned to the reports!
This time we are showcasing Cinza, which means grey in portuguese. Cinza has been around since she was a baby - she prefers staying away from us humans, but is very very close to her feline friends as evidenced by her picture, cozying up to Branca.
Cinza is by bar our biggest cat - even though we try to keep her on a healthy diet and she excercises a lot. Despite that, she has never had a health problem! Because she likes to stay away from the humans, getting her to take her preventive treatments when other cats are ill is quite a challenge... luckily she never passes on a meal!
A big thank you to our donors who help us keep Cinza and her friends healthy! Stay tuned for more stories of our feline community.
Smokey is by far one of the friendliest, loving cats of SINAL. She has built up her own fame since her hangout spot is by the main entrance, and she immediately approaches people when they pass by, looking for some love. She is our greeter!
If you want to concentrate on work, it is better to keep away from her, or she will climb on top of you and purr and rub against you until you stop what you are doing and pet her - She is so furry it is quite the temptation to give in and take a 5 minute break to play with her.
As opposed to many other cats, Smokey was born here when her mother arrived here pregnant. She was brought up here and neutered with her siblings. Because she grew up here, she has always been very well integrated with her surroundings and the rest of the multi-species community, as seen pictured here with her friend Calu in the background!
A big thank you to our donors that help us keep Smokey and her friends healthy, safe and happy. Stay toon for more stories about the cats in our community!
Here at SINAL we have entered the winter! Winter in Brazil means that we have temperatures around ten degrees at night and twenty during the day. Although our winters aren’t as cold as the ones in Europe or the US, the humidity in the air chills the property. But unlike us, our forty cats spend most of their life outside. They walk around outside, play, and most importantly they sleep outside.
So with ten degrees at night, they got a little cold. You could see them cuddle themselves together on chairs and benches to stay off of the ground. So we decided to create “hot spots” for our 40 cats . We chose areas where they like to gather at night. We chose two verandas in front and underneath our houses, the favorite spots of approximately 30 cats. We laid out thick cotton blankets, and are happy to report the cats were very excited about claiming them immediately! Now when we walk around SINAL property we can see them day and night laying on their favorite blanket.
Additionally, we want to inform you about the July bonus day - Donations over 100US$ made on July 18th will be matched by GlobalGiving! So bring some friends together and help us maintain a safe and comfy home for our 40 cats.
When it comes to cats, we can find many similarities to humans. One is the fact that there are seasons cats are prone to certain diseases just as we are. Unfortunately one of those seasons was in march. It was the season in which the so called bot fly leaves its parasitic larvae on cats’ skin. This is not only painful for the cats but can also cause infections. Sadly there is no way of preventing the bot flies to leave their larvae on the cats. The only thing one can do is to be prepared to treat it. And luckily we were prepared.
As soon as we realized that two cats were losing fur and heard them complaining we knew what was going on and were ready to act! When these larvae sit on dog skin they can be easily removed. This is not possible with cats. So how did we treat the two cats? We gave them medicine, which has to be crushed into powder and mixed in their food. But as all of our 40 cats eat together we had to separate the two cats (Bolinha and Linda) from the others during feeding times so they would not loose their appetite by eating the not treated food. Once we started the treatment it only took two days for the cats’ skin to be cured. After those two days they were happy to rejoin the other 38 cats for their meals.
This treatment with medicine was made possible through your donations. Thank you for caring about our cats as much as we do!
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