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January 7 Blood Sugar Readings

Good morning, kind humans. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings. I have some good news to share with you for two reasons. First, I like my blood sugar levels a lot better than the ones we have seen recently. And second, we are going to get some much needed rain around here.

It has been a very dry rainy season for us, and many humans got concerned that we would not get enough water. But it looks like we are going to get a lot of rain starting tonight and going into Wednesday. Now, furiends, I will be honest. I do not like it too much when it rains. The human has to close all the windows, so it does not get wet inside. And I cannot work on my fur tan.

Feral Cats Need Shelter During Storms
Feral Cats Need Shelter During Storms

But it is okay. The human told me we need the water and if that is what must happen, then it is okay. It is also a reminder that we need to look out for felines who are outside. Help them find shelter when the weather is bad if you can!

I am glad I get to enjoy living inside when it rains. That is one of the nice things I get to enjoy because of the human. He also makes sure my blood sugar levels stay where they should. And for the week, they were much better. They averaged 175, which is much better than the week before. That week, they averaged 219.

One of the things that made both the human and me happy is that we did not have any extremes in my glucose readings this week. Hopefully that trend continues this week! Then I will be able to share good news with you next week. And by then, the rains will have stopped so I can go back to working on my fur tan.

Company Contributes $10,000 to Help Feral Cats

Furiends, many people and companies want to help feral felines. There is Love Your Feral Felines near where I live. And not too far from me, a feral colony was at risk. But kind humans stepped in to help them, and a company contributed $10,000 to help these felines.

A dozen cats were living in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a parking lot. They had lived there for 22 years, and some of the humans caring for these felines were employees of Northrup Grumman. This only makes sense, since the parking lot was for the facility that company operated.

A new property management company took over, and one of the first things they did is tell the humans caring for the felines they needed to take down the shelter. Furiends, you know as well as I do that this would have been a death sentence for the felines living there.

The six humans who had been taking care of the feral colony for years were stunned. They asked for time to trap and relocate the felines. And the property management company granted that time, with their tenant, Northrup Grumman, pushing them to do so.

One of the Northrup Grumman Feral Cats Saved
One of the Northrup Grumman Feral Cats Saved

It took a while, but the kind humans helping these feral cats were able to trap all of them. Five of the cats in this feral colony found furever homes. The rest of the felines went to a facility near Santa Barbara. This facility, named VIVA, sits on 42 acres of land. The relocated felines will have lots of room to roam!

And Northrup Grumman came through with a donation to cover the expenses of this move. They gave $10,000 to People and Cats Together. This group worked very closely with the volunteers to help them get the felines to safety.

Like one of the humans helping these feral cats, I am happy they are safe. But I do not like how their home for 22 years was taken away from them. It doesn’t make any sense, furiends and the property management company who decided to do this deserves many swats!

Humans Turn to Felines for Rodent Control

Furiends, some of you may know that the human and I used to live in the Washington DC area before we moved to San Diego. That is why I can tell Jacey and Koji, who are Southern California cats, about what it is like for things to get very cold and about white watery things falling from the sky.

And it is why I am glad that some businesses where I used to live are turning to felines for pest control.

A new organization formed after the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League merged heard about the working cats program in Chicago. That inspired the Humane Rescue Alliance to create the Blue Collar Cats program.

One of the Felines in the Blue Collar Cats Program
One of the Felines in the Blue Collar Cats Program (Humane Rescue Alliance)

Humane Rescue Alliance had to modify Chicago’s working cats program slightly to comply with local laws. No felines are allowed inside the restaurants. That means these community cats live outside in homes provided by either the business or Humane Rescue Alliance.

So far, nine businesses expressed interest in the Blue Collar Cats program. Six of these businesses will not have any problems with allowing the felines inside, because they do not serve food. The others will have to build homes for the felines outside.

A brewery participating in the program said that they brought the felines on site for “another layer of protection.” They hope these felines will help reduce the cost of their “expensive contract” with a pest control company.¬†In addition, the human in charge of the brewery loved the idea of felines guarding grain.

There are high hopes for this program. The human at Humane Rescue Alliance in charge of this program said “I do expect we will have plenty of cats to meet the needs of potential business partners.”

And that is good, furiends. Businesses benefit from reduced pests. And felines who cannot live inside find homes! That makes me happy.