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This lovely elderly chap needs help. He"s really friendly and as far as we know he's lived all his life in Caleta de Fuste. He's now in Species Vet Clinic in Caleta because a few concerned people noticed he was looking frail and rather skinny. After X-rays and blood tests it turns out he is suffering from mid stage kidney degeneration, which is very common in elderly cats. Can anyone help and give this chap a home for his autumn years, twinkle will cover the cost for any special diet or medical care that he needs. He's in Species vet clinic if you would like to go and meet him.
It's taken 6 months but finally we were able to pick up this handsome lad and have him neutered. He's had a complete personality change, he used to be a bit of a beastie and now when I go to where he lives to Feed him and his friends, which is in the middle of nowhere, all he wants is a big fuss.
Thank you to Tom, Tina & Dan for fostering Mia and Mitzie ( the 2 sweetest Little girls that we found several weeks ago). They have a new family waiting to adopt them, so all being well they will join their forever family very soon.
Thanks also to Paul Richarson for adopting them, we are sure there new names of Sugar & Spice will suit them well.
RIP our lovely gentle Paco. His face tumour grew daily, with a heavy heart I had to take him to the vets last Monday to have him put to sleep. Zack is missing him too
Thank you so, so much Claire & Ziggy (the cat) for raising £121 by doing a car boot sale to raise money for Twinkle. It looks like it was a lovely sunny day, and some great items for sale. This money will go towards our vet bill
Javier of Bichos veterinary clinic came to the house again for another review of our cats with fungus. I'm pleased and relieved to say that nine of them are now fungus free and safe to be rehomed so we've been able to move them into a larger cage where they've got more space to play and get to know each other. It's been many months but finally they are okay.
In the coming days I will add individual photos and descriptions of the ones that are available. We've still got 10 cats that need treatment and are in quarantine but we are getting there.
I can't thank Javier enough for all his assistance and advice with the fungus outbreak. and for giving us many things which were extremely helpful such as vitamins for the cats, gloves and some gowns
please click above to see them playing
As if we are not under enough strain as it is here is our invaluable car off to the garage with suspected broken clutch, lets hope its back soon so we can continue with our many vets trips etc.
Mitzie and Mia had a visit today from their future parents and I'm pleased to say if all goes to plan they should be adopted in a few weeks. In the meantime they are being fostered by Tina and Tom, not forgetting Dan, where they will be thoroughly spoilt and given the best care possible. I'm so grateful that they are able to foster them, these two little girls are super adorable.
They were abandoned outside at a cafe in Caleta, we were told that originally there were three of them, but one was missing by the following morning. They are the cutest, friendliest little girls you could ever wish to meet.
Brownie one of the cats that we took in during our campaign in June, is now officially free from the fungus infection that so many of our foster cats have had. He is such an adorable little man, because we are so busy we don't have time to give him the cuddles that he needs, and he's been getting a bit depressed. Thankfully he has a lovely foster home to go to tomorrow, while are still looking for his forever home. If anyone can give him the love and safe home environment that he deserves please get in touch via either email on our contact page. Although he is blind in one eye, he makes up for it with the one good eye and doesn't let his disability get in his way.
We have some great items for sale on our eBay page, so if you fancy looking to see if you can grab a bargain and help us help the cats please take a look
In Jenny's words,
I'm so sick and permanently tired by the stream of cruel cowards that dump animals as if they are garbage.
At 9 o'clock this morning I picked up these five baby kittens from the rubbish bins. "For crying out loud" they are just two weeks old! It's amazing that they stayed together and that we got there before the dustcarts came.
We are still completely full of cats and kittens and in lock down. Tonight these kittens are in my store room because I have nowhere else to put them.... They have a mum somewhere, who will probably now get mastitis because she will have a lot of milk and no kittens.
Even cats can feel the loss for their kittens when they are suddenly taken away, especially when they are only two weeks old and completely dependent on their mum.
The primary aim of our charity is to neuter as many homeless cats as we can afford, but we're struggling financially and can't help everyone. That said, every week we have cats neutered to prevent unwanted kittens from being born but it's never enough. We took these kittens to the vets for a check up, where they were also treated for fleas and parasites.
We've given them a nice bath and are hand feeding them and they look like new kitts. It would be great if someone could foster them or better still adopt. We have too many cats and kittens already to give them the time and attention they need. They are utterly cute and deserve a chance.
A few weeks ago we posted this statement on Facebook
"Just when we think things are tough enough! Not long ago, late in the evening we took in 9 very sick kittens that evidently had a highly infectious fungus disease. This has now spread to all our foster cages including all the kittens that we were hoping to be rehome. We've taken every precaution possible to contain the infection. Because of this we are in lockdown and are unable to rehome or take in any cats, including emergencies."
Here is the latest update
Bath day, for our fungus infected kitties. Every 3 days they need a special wash/bath, don't know who finds it more stressful me or the kitts. Poor little Tina in this photo hates it but it must be done. Some cats are showing signs of improving with the fungus patches looking much better and some patches have gone completely. The larger cats have been on daily additional medication of oral liquid and creams to help fight the infection, this is repeated once a day for seven days, seven days off and then repeated again for another seven days. Hopefully in two weeks time we will be through the worst of it.With the number of cats and kittens we've got with this infection it can take up to 4 1/2 hours to get through the wash and apply the necessary creams and/or oral medication.
Above Jenny robed to stop further cross contamination and washing one of the kittens
In March we found this tiny white kitten, living alone in the streets. He was only weeks old but had already developed some kind of skin cancer/reaction to the harsh sun on his ears. He was absolutely petrified, starving hungry, dehydrated and terrified of people and other cats. It took a while but he grew stronger every week and he improved rapidly with the medication we gave him.Thanks to Elena, he is now one very happy chappy
Sabre is finally better and yesterday we put him back to where he lives, in the gardens of a little complex. Several months ago we took in Sabre after we found him with a gaping wound that was badly infected. Because the wound was so deep and infected it couldn't be stitched up, it had to heal from the inside out. After months of washing his wound and applying creams his wound healed up, to the point that it could be operated on and closed up. A few days ago his stitches were removed and he looks like a new boy. When he was released yesterday evening, he clearly knew where he was, he was so very happy to be back on his own turf. After months in a cage he rolled around, smelt the bushes and purred a big thank you. Take a look at his before and after photos. Good luck Sabre, you were a super patient and one of the tidiest cats we've had the pleasure to look after.
London Marathon 2017
Last year we were successful in obtaining a charity ballot entry into the Virgin London marathon, due to many reasons we were not able to use that place, but have carried it over till 2017 and Ryan Christie has delighted us by accepting the challenge not only to run the marathon, but raise funds for Twinkle.
Please take a look at his Fundraising page and see why taking up the challenge is so important to Ryan & Gill.
Our most recent event
Sunday 17th July we were at the Foal Farm country festival day, Foal farm have been hosting this event for many years and upon hearing our financial plight invited us to join them on the day with the hope of meeting friends new and old and of course hopfully raise some money.
Unlike our last event the sun came out along with loads of friendly people, we had a great time talking to those of you who came over for a chat and would like to thank all of you that purchased something and or donated, without out you we cannot survive.
Our recent supposed small scale campaign
We have just completed another week of neutering with volunteer help from both the UK and Fuerteventura, We almost cancelled the campaign because of a lack of money, but with so many cats and kittens desperate for help we went ahead.
Here a few photos of some of the cats and kittens we helped
We now are completely full of cats and kittens that are looking for new safe loving homes and we are asking anyone that can make a donation towards our vet bill, medical bills and feeding costs to please contribute whatever you can to help us. WE ARE DESPERATE.
Home wanted for UK cat
Treacle is a very loving young lady who has become unwilling to venture outside at her current home, she now prefers to sit indoors and watch through the window.
We caught this boy recently for neutering, but he was already done, he has no microchip. and he was living rough on waste ground with 18 others but he is BLIND! He is adorable, really friendly and cuddly and would to be in a safe and loving home. Help! Message us please.
Since spending time with us it appears he is not completly blind and is learning to enjoy a life of pampering
Meg was hit by a car a week ago but managed to get back to her babies that she had given birth to in the bushes. We have taken her to the vets, luckily she only has a damaged knee that should heal with lots of rest and care. Her kittens were very sick when we found them, they all had eye infections just because of the harsh environment they were born in, but now they are doing fantastic. They will all need homes, please contact us if you could help.
Hanna was found this week when we were catching feral cats for neutering. All her kittens had terrible eye infections, one kitten was so sick she had to be put to sleep. The 4 surviving kittens are only about 2 weeks old, it's incredible how much they have improved since we rescued them only 6 days ago. Please contact us if you can offer a safe, loving home to any of our rescued cats and kittens. We have so many we're full up
A visit to Jenny is never uneventfull, After a call from a concerned worker it was off to an area near Rosario where it was said there were 4 kittens in a builders yard being fed by their mum who only came in the evening when it was quiet, after a couple of hours we had caught 3 of the kittens, one needed the vets quite quickly as its eye was stuck shut with gunge, then shortly after we caught a fourth, whilst looking around we saw two more appear but then hide away, a trap was set and by morning two more were caught and finally the mother entered the trap as well, they all needed vets treatment for the masses of fleas that were covering them.
We will need help to look after this little family as they are so young, so if you could help please send us a message.
All the kits and mum have now been caught, so will receive treatment and have a great chance of a brighter future.
Between us all we have achieved a huge amount.Thank you to everyone that has donated to Twinkle. Without your donations we could not have helped all of these cats. Since 1st February until 6th April we have,
Castrated 45 male cats.
In addition we have used over 600 kilos of dry food feeding the stray cats at our cat cafes.
Every single day we use 86 pouches of wet food, 3 big tins of food and 25 kilos of dry food, plus special diet food for the sick and elderly cats and this is just for the cats that live at the Twinkle house.
We know we keep asking, but if you could donate just a small amount it would mean so much to us and of course all the innocent cats that would benefit.
Update....Sadly we had to put Gandolf out of his misery, he was found looking very forlorn and after a visit to the vets he was diagnosed with mange amongst other things, so although very sad we could not let him suffer any more, he will be missed by us all when visiting Castilo Playa.
This lovely elder man has lived at a smaller complex in Caleta, he developed tumours on his ears due to the intensity of the sun here, we took him to the vets where both ears were removed. He is doing really well and is such a lovely chap, since him being with us we have noticed he is deaf ( not so unusal for white cats).
We have a dream to find him a home to spend his Autumn years with a soft bed and cuddles, if that's with you please get in touch.
Gandolf as we called him has returned to his complex, he has been happy there for many years and he knows the area, plus the managment and the visitors that know him will keep us updated on his wellbeing.
Alive for 24 hours of pure hell.
Today I took 3 tiny kittens to the vets, it was the saddest thing I have ever seen.
In our 20 years of helping strays we've seen blind kittens, cats with legs hanging off, cats with no nose or half a face missing, cats that have been shot six times, cats so neglected and matted with their own urine and faeces they've been unable to walk.The kittens I picked up today were only 24 hours old, they were all stuck together by the placenta which was like rotting meat because they had been lying in the red hot sun since yesterday. I think the mother must have died after she gave birth to the kittens.
The kittens were still alive when I found them, 1 was screaming it's heart out. they had ants going into their mouth then coming out of their nose and flies laying eggs in their stomachs, umbilical cords and the rotting placenta. they were being eaten alive.
Within 2 minutes of getting them in my car the tortie died. I got them to the vets within 6 minutes of finding them and the vet jumped us to the front of the queue. They could not be separated from each other because the placenta had dried and was rock hard and with the infestation of bugs they had become one pitiful "mass". They had to be put to sleep immediately.
I've seen many things but nothing as cruel as what nature had done to these tiny kittens. The brown lump in the photo is the dried up placenta, which smelt putrid. I couldn't even cuddle them or give them their first and last drink of milk. The other photos I had were just to upsetting. Horrible day
How quickly 20 years passes, to remind us all of some of the memories here's a little montage, please click the link below
Donations can be made via our [Donate page].
If you live in Fuerteventura or Europe and could help Twinkle with a donation you can make a regular donation or a one-off amount to the Twinkle account detailed here.
Twinkles Bank Details: Account 0081-0695-57-0001158319
IBAN : ES16 0081 0695 5700 0115 8319 /BIC BSAB ESBB
Caleta Harbour Cat Cafe
We use over 280 kilos to stock the Cafe's with food every month, as such we are always looking for volunteers to help with them, or welcome any donations to help keep them stocked.
Donating items to Twinkle in Fuerteventura.
We are really pleased that anyone who wishes to donate any items to Twinkle can drop them off in Caleta De Fuste.
"Browse" have kindly said they are happy to accept items on our behalf at their shop which is located at Urbanización Costa de Antigua, 35610 Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
Any toys, bedding , treats or food would be most appreciated, at the moment they are only able to accept smaller items, for larger items please contact us and we will arange collection.
We frequently have small items that need to travel to Fuerte, if you have a couple of kilos baggage allowance free and would be happy bring something out to Fuerteventura for us,please email us.