Today I have sad news to share. I wasn't sure how to break the news because its so sad but I decided to do it as a PSA in hopes that this will NEVER EVER happen to any of our friends.
Snap's barn has lots of feral/semi-feral kitties (along with the 3 well cared for kitties that live with in her barn). As ferals do, they reproduce and while the humans have been trying to trap/spay/neuter them the actual owners of the farm are not fans (hiss!). So there are lots of kittens to find homes for. One of the riders took home 3 very adorable kittens a few weeks ago. He was very excited to bring them home to his boys (he has 4 or 5 sons ranging from 10-19!). They are a wonderful caring family and they adore these kittens.
On Tuesday the Woman found out that one of the kittens tragically had to be helped across the bridge. The youngest son came home to find the kitten with his paws in the paper shredder. (I know, its shocking and horrible and just brings tears to your eyes.) The poor little kitten was bleeding heavily and crying and the poor little boy found him there. The Dad came home shortly after and rushed the kitten to the vet. Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done since his paws were completely destroyed by the paper shredder and could not have survived.
We do not have a paper shredder at home, the Woman shreds everything at the office. The shredder they had was obviously not stored away from curious kittens and turned on without a switch. Please, everyone take this as an opportunity to re-evaluate how kitty friendly your homes are. This family is devastated completely and we would never want this to happen to anyone we know.