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« on: March 05, 2012, 12:18:20 PM »

Hello,
I have been feeding and providing shelter for a black cat all winter. He is doing well and looks good. However, in the past several weeks I have also had another black cat (with white on her chest) who is here all the time. She does have a collar on, but clearly either is an outside cat or a stray. She's very spooky, but doesn't go far when I'm around, just into hiding. She's been hanging out in the tall grasses in the backyard these past days so I just put food out where she could see me doing that. She ate like she was starving and looks - um, plump.

I need to get her trapped, for sure. I have done this once before (with a sad result for GC) so I'm nervous again, particularly if there are kittens. I just emailed the HS about handling the vetting/spay/etc when the trapping is so unpredictable.

Any thoughts? ideas? comments? PRAYERS PLEASE?

I will work on getting the other black one after I get this little girl trapped and taken care of. She can stay here as a feral, but I'm sure she had a family at one time. Too many folks around here either let their cats roam or just toss them out and move.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 12:25:09 PM »

Sending prayers from here,that all goes well with these little ones.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 12:32:49 PM »

It just tears at my heart to hear about this poor kitty, who had a family at one time.  Bless you for taking care of these ferals.  I hope you can trap the little lady and ensure a better future for her and her babies.  If she has a collar and had a home at one time, chances are she could live indoors again.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 01:01:21 PM »

Wow, this was me last winter!  A black feral hanging around, never coming near, I built him a shelter and fed him regularly...and then another black cat shows up (only she wasn't entirely black, she's just a VERY dark calico whose only light markings are on her belly).  I could only glimpse her from time to time, she kept her distance for sure.  Turns out, she was pregnant (and probably dumped in the neighborhood very close to term - barely out of kittenhood herself, poor dear), but we never knew that...until the dog found the kittens...

Got both adults s/n, they now live out on my deck in their yellow cat house, with freshly heated Snuggle Safes every cold night.  They are best friends and the female often tries to teach the male to play with toys (she's very good with toys, he acts like he's never seen them before, but he's getting better).  The surviving kitten (the emergency vet tried to save the others, but it was not to be, alas) is now an adolescent living indoors and happy as a clam. 

So now I have two deck ferals and a new indoor cat out of the deal.  The whole process was extremely stressful and worrisome, but now that we're finally sorted out, it's all good!  My little feral girl has finally decided that it's ok if people touch her (just don't let her see it coming - she enjoys being scritched immensely, but she cannot deal with the sight of a hand coming at her) and their house is warm and dry and safe.  And the kitten?  He's everyone's favorite.  And he OWNS the dog that found him.  He LOVES that dog and that dog tolerates all of his loving with dignified grace...



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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 01:20:48 PM »

I just heard back from the HS. They are willing to work with me on timing and can often get the ferals in the same or next day. They also would be willing to have her delivered to the clinic once she's trapped. I am going to buy the trap tomorrow and get her evening meal set up in it (without the trap set) tomorrow so we can get this taken care of. I would love to have her be an indoor kitty, but I can't take another indoor cat right now (between CJ really struggling medically and Cassie and Rascal having cat wars at times). I don't know what I'll do if they do find she's very pg - maybe they will have to spay her and just not tell me. I don't know how I could manage a feral/stray mom and kittens right now.

At any rate, I am so happy to hear of a good result (for most of the kittens and the others). I do have a decent shelter and enough food for everyone. They get wet food at night and kitten kibble out all day. It's not ideal (to me) but manageable.

Thanks for your support and kindness. It's nice to be "understood". I will definitely keep you posted.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 02:09:56 PM »

CM, if she is pregnant, they might be able to find a foster home for her until they can wean the kittens and adopt them out. Many shelters do this. I'm wondering if she's tattooed or has a microchip. She just might be someone's long lost cat -- never know. Awesome to have your own trap. I bought one long ago and it has served me well for both cats and small dogs. Hope everything works out with this girl.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 02:43:42 PM »

Catmom, hope everything works out for you and that cat is someone's lost cat. 

My friends's Ukrainian grandma told me before, in order to make trap easier (does not work on dog), you should put a mirror (or any broken mirror, so that the animal can see their image or reflection) at the end of the trap.  I am not too sure if it works Huh Huh, as I had never done it before.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 03:07:46 PM »

I just want to send many good wishes your way.  It's funny how emotionally attached one can get even without really knowing the cat/animal - I know it must be a lot of worry and stress.  I hope things will go smoothly and that we'll be hearing the wonderful continued story soon.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 04:08:57 PM »

So glad that the HS will work with you!  That's a big step.  In the meantime, you might want to post the female on craigslist and whatnot as "found", just in case someone is looking for her.  Hey, you never know...cats can end up in strange places and look like they've been abandoned when they're actually lost and someone misses them.  And be sure that they scan the cats for chips too, just in case.

BTW, I had both my "deck cats" chipped.  I didn't think a collar would be safe and I wanted to be notified if they ended up at the shelter for some reason.  They really don't wander far at all, though...



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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 04:39:54 PM »

Wow, here you go again ! Hoping you can catch her easily & she has a family looking for her.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 09:05:29 PM »

Bless you! Hope you can catch her and that she will eventually have a good forever home. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 10:43:36 AM »

Spent some time at the HS this morning, with the director, who was someone I worked closely with when I was a volunteer there in my past life! The trap is set and the arrangements are made for vetting and spaying as soon as I get her. IF it looks like she can be socialized, there likely will be a foster available for her (as well as if she is about ready to give birth IF she is a she and pg). I am cautiously optimistic - but hate the trapping part! It's a warm, sunny spring day here in Michigan so I'm guessing she's off hunting somewhere.
Wish me luck!
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2012, 10:59:06 AM »

My fingers are crossed!
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 12:42:29 PM »

Good luck to you all!
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 01:20:39 PM »

Good luck and keep my fingers and toes crossed!!
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