The Feral Cat Coalition uses a different local facility every month. Every facility requires a slightly different setup on our part, and the flow through the clinic is different for each site. These pictures will, however, give you a general idea of some of the common sites you would see at one of our monthly clinics. They are in the same order as a cat would progress through the system.
|A visit to a Feral Cat Coalition clinic begins with admitting. Volunteers admit cats to the clinic as caretakers look on.|
Yes....that IS rain on the ground. It isn't always sunny in Southern California.
|Because of the rain, cats in carriers and traps were stacked indoors to protect them from the weather while they wait to begin their journey.|
This clinic was somewhat small due to the weather...119 cats were admitted.
|Cats are anesthetized through the traps. These are wild cats that cannot be safely handled.|
This method is both effective and safe for cats and humans.
|The anesthetized cats go to Prep where they are given the once-over to identify health problems.|
They are sexed, have their bladders expressed, and are passed along to be shaved.
|Females are attached to a surgery board and shaved.|
Males do not get a board, and of course get a much smaller area shaved.
|The fully prepped females are then stacked on a rack where they wait to be called to an available vet. The wait isn't long when you are doing 120+ cats in 3 hours.|
Here, a volunteer keeps watch over respiration to make sure all is well.
|Here, two vets work simultaneously.|
The physical layout of every clinic is different. Some clinics have many surgery stations in one room; others have small surgery rooms scattered throughout the facility.
|Our more proficient vets are always willing to share their knowledge.|
These clinics are a great way for vets to improve their skills. Techniques learned here can translate into greater efficiency in their own practices.
|Following surgery, the cats are removed from their boards and taken to have their ears cleaned.|
At this station, volunteers remove a lifetime of debris.
|From ears, the cats go to be flea-combed. This is a major chore on some of these cats. Many are so infested that they are flea-anemic....the fleas are sucking the blood out faster than it can be produced.|
Removing the fleas gives the cat a chance to build its strength and helps its ability to fight off other problems.
|Some cats require extra attention and often fluids.|
This is our ICU....actually, it is usually the back of a Ford Explorer. In this picture it was a van.
|At the end of the chain is recovery. The cats are returned to their traps or carriers and are closely monitored until they are awake.|
When caretakers come to claim their cats, they are informed of any problems with the animal and given instructions and medications if necessary.
[Page updated November 2009]