The land of stray Siamese cats; An 8 month trapping crusade conquered by Cat Man Chris

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When stray and feral cats start breeding out of control, their numbers explode at a frightening rate. And then the world is literally left with millions of homeless felines and not enough people to care for them. And that includes “designer cats” like Siamese. But there is a way to help prevent this from happening. That is, with the TNVR or Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return programs. As with the crusade which The cat man Chris, commonly known as Chris Poole, fights every day. Unfortunately, this is not a magic bullet. But there is no giving up. Not until the last feline is mended or finds a forever home. No matter how long it takes.

So when he discovered a place FULL of Siamese cats and kittens, he spent over 8 months patiently waiting to trap every one of them!

It started in June 2020 when Chris was feeding at another local mobile home park. One of the locals mentioned to her that her friend was feeding a colony of stray Siamese nearby. But the felines weren’t fixed and had reproduced like mad, overwhelming the woman.
It is also an unusual location as to one side of the house is a large pond/road. Then on the other side, a large wild area. Which meant that after eating, the cats and kittens quickly disappeared into the bushes. It is also a dangerous place due to alligators and other wild animals which can prey on cats and kittens.

Hearing “Siamese” always breaks the hearts of animal rescuers, as these “bred” or “purebred” cats have often been abandoned. They may have served their “purpose” and were simply discarded. Worse still, when rescued from the streets, potential “designer cat” adopters apply in droves. So, weeding out those who don’t have the best interests of cats at heart is not an easy task.

The “Siamese Street” cats, as Chris began to call it, were suffering, however. And as he managed to coax them close to him, he noticed that they definitely needed medical attention. Like most stray and wild cats, they fought fleas and had sticky eyes from infections. Many of the first kittens captured had mange beginning to appear on their little bodies. Later, in foster care, the dreaded ringworm also made an appearance.

But none of this deterred Chris from his mission.

And while others may have given up or didn’t have the time and resources to continue, Cat Man Chris refused to do so.

It was probably one of the hardest places I had to work. I know I spent over 100 hours there trying different methods/baits. I took out the regular traps, drop traps, catnip, early 5am starts, mornings and nights.

The lady left for work early and fed them early so I had to stick to their routine. Then I discovered that the house a few doors down feeds them too! Add MASSIVE ducks and toads that were used to food being left out, buffet style. It would therefore be necessary to drive them out of the traps which in turn would frighten the cats and they would not come back… big nightmare!

The cunning felines had access to a garage where Chris couldn’t reach them either. When he was given access, they lay under pallets just out of his reach.

But in November, he was finally able to use his long monkey arms (LOL) to catch 3 little Siamese cuties!

They were scared but left for a new life with one of its partner organizations, The rescue of runaway animals. Here they settled into foster care and found wonderful new forever families!

Finally able to be carefree kittens, there are more adorable photos and videos of these three than you will ever be able to share here.

His mission, however, was not yet complete. There was always the PURRpetrator behind it all…mama cat. Because without catching it and fixing it, the cycle of suffering would continue.

The owner on Siamese Street told me about a new kitten…argh. So I went today expecting not to see them or see them running away. But luckily mom and kitten were in one of the shelters! Mom quickly ran away, but the kitten stayed inside, so I put my net over the opening and grabbed her.

Then with the kitten in the cage, I used it as bait to lure mom into the trap. WOW!
Mom was really wild and was TNR, but the sweet kitten was placed in foster care and adopted.

However, he did not forget the other cats in the area who were not Siamese.

There were quite a few that had already been corrected; he could tell by their notches or their pointed ears. So trying to trap ONLY unmodified cats also added to the difficulties. Once he passed, they were treated for any medical issues and adopted or returned there. Weatherproof shelters were also made and distributed in the region for their comfort.

Chris trapped 5 other community cats on the spot, fixing and releasing them all.

The other last female (black cat) was trapped by the house owner’s daughter a few doors down. I showed them how to use a trap and let them do it because the cats knew them and trusted them.

Cats aren’t stupid and I was getting to the point where cats would see/hear my car stop and then disappear.

Now at least there would be no more breeding and he moved on to the next needy cats. Please follow The cat man Chris for all his rescue “tails” and for helping him in his crusade to save the world’s cats!


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