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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:37 am

Ahhhhhh, a kitty sighting! See, they're there just waiting for you. I'm sure as soon as the coast was clear, that lil sweetie was chowing down. I wonder if it's that kitten you had spayed?
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Post by jeanebellini on Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:00 pm

i remember your seeing the kitty in the collar before....i hope its somebody's kitty and the poor thing isn't living outside with a collar on!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:51 pm



There has been different colors over a period of time.
This also looks to be a taken care of kitty. Speaking of
cats, a black one was slithering under a gate earlier this
afternoon. Slid back out when he/she say me, but didn't
act scared.


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Re: Feral for life

Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:38 pm

It's amazing how many house kitties get kicked out. I'm sure OK is a (former) house kitty. He's friendly and knows all about petting/asking for supper. Sad... People hit hard times and the first to pay are the pets. Crying or Very sad
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:49 pm


The "excuse" for this is that cats can hunt. Well
fiddle de de on that. Boo would starve in a week so
would 95% of the cats. Speaking of OK, how is he
doing.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by bpaquet on Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:33 pm

OK seems to have moved in to our barn for the hot weather. He showed up with a leg injury, although I couldn't figure out what was wrong. Nothing was obviously broken, but he was limping badly. He's been hanging out for a little over a month, and seems better. He's walking ok, his usual sores are healing up and he is TALKING. We have to tell him to hush up all the time. He just won't shut up. It's kind of funny.

I think I'm going to ask the vet for some wormer and rabies vaccine. I don't want to try to get OK into the car at this point, but if he's going to hang around, I want him worm-free and protected from rabies. I've seen some raccoons hanging around (probably because of the cat food) and I know they are first culprits for carrying rabies. These seem alright so far, but no reason to tempt fate. I'm sure the vet would sell me the vaccine, and I'm sure I could jab OK quickly -- with gloves and long sleeves just in case. The wormer could be challenging, but I am thinking they might have some of that topical stuff. Not sure there...
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:42 pm


Glad to hear that OK is doing well. I wonder if it could have been a cut pad
or something that may have gotten up in the between the pads and then
worked it's way out.

The shots and worming sound challenging. Still it's a good idea. Do you leave
cat food out all the time or do you pick it up after about and hour or so?
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:43 pm

you're braver than i am trying to get a shot to a barn kitty! but a sweatshirt and heavy work gloves do work wonders;)

i've only seen wormer stuff you put in food..if you could give him his own bowl and step back to watch him eat it it should work. if you find out there's a topical stuff for it i'd like to know....don't think any of the Rescue Kitties will need it, but its a good thing to know.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:08 pm



Hey, could you get your equine vet
give the meds.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:00 pm

Yeah, I like that idea better. If you give OK the shot he might not be so friendly and trusting of you anymore. I sure hope his sore leg improves more. At least he knows where he can be safe, fed, loved on, and where the breeze from the fans are so he can stay cool. Smart boy that one is.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:21 pm


Went to lock up the laundry room and what do I see
lounging on Ole's back deck but a black cat. This isn't
the one I trapped, it wasn't ear tipped. I got out my camera
and took two snaps. i don't know how well they will turn out,
the cat was a the extreme end of the range for my lens and flash.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:56 pm



Just got back from making the run. Wound up covered in
ant. I'm grateful they weren't fire ants. This is not the first
time that the dishes had ants but not like this. They were covered,
I'm just black. Some how the food and water were mixed together
and the cats didn't finish it. It was a mess. Sad
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Re: Feral for life

Post by ARNIgal on Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:24 am

Yeah, there's this one woman along my morning run who feeds the strays in her neighborhood...and anecdotal evidence from observation suggests not leaving food out for more than about an hour. If I happen by later in the morning, the dishes are covered in flies. This woman usually feeds the cats at 6 A.M.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:42 am

Early morning feeding makes more sense: the raccoons, skunks, and possums are asleep by then, and the kitties are already up for the day (early birds singing wake the kitties anyway). That way you KNOW the kitties are getting the food.

Any chances of trapping that black cat and getting it 'fixed'?
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:37 pm



Right now the one run I'm making is risky enough.
I take the food and water out around 10.30-11.00. I take
only enough of what I think they can eat in hour. That's as good as
it is going to get. Ole it gets up in the middle of the night and the
Rutledges are night owls and even Gary is often up late, which means
the dogs are out. So that's that.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:31 pm

black ants....well at least i don't THINK they bite. (thank God its not fire ants like you said!)
what is with these bugs anyway? this year i've got these tiny little reddish brown bugs that i (pretty much) only see in the water dishes that are on the floor. not nobe's dish and usually not the higher dish but the one dish that Toothpick likes to drink from! i hope you don't get these things are well!
hope your kitties will start eating faster!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:18 am



Well just got back from the run, no ants tonight
no sighting of cats. Earlier sitings, a black cat in
a yard when I went to go pet sit, then when I was
coming back there was a black cat in the alley way.
On my way back from the store a black cat crossed
the street at a high lope.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by ARNIgal on Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:22 am

By lope, you mean the "kitty trot" Smile ?
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:06 pm


No, this was what horseman would call a high
lope or hand gallop. Definely kitty with a mission.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:06 pm

could it be the same black kitty or different kitties??
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:27 pm


It's different cats. Still it's interesting, especially
the one that was lounging on Ole's back deck several
days ago.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:48 pm



Just got back from the run. The stupid dogs were out and started
barking. On my way back I thought I heard someone yell at them.
All the food was gone, but the water bowl was almost full. I left
fresh food and water, no sightings.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:50 am

Hopefully that person thought the dogs were barking at a skunk or something wandering by. You weren't seen were you?

I'm wondering if the food/water were put out say..............around 5-6am................would all those nightowls even see you out there? Or would they and the dogs be sleeping then?
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:00 pm


Fif, that is a good as it's going to get. There are people who
get up at the crack of dawn, if not the middle of the night.
I don't think I was seen or Gary would have said something
this morning.
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Post by fiffur on Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:06 pm

Good thing you're so sneaky after dark. Believe me, the feral kitties thank you for it.
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