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Thanks for the update. Ritz' FHS episodes remain sporadic. I have reintroduced turkey and pork into her rotation (I fed prey model raw). I wanted her to have more variety than chicken/beef, and the occasional rabbit/quail/goat. I'll see if the pork/turkey trigger any episodes. An animal communicator--who I do trust--indicated Ritz might be sensitive to pork/turkey.
Interesting question, and I'll be curious as to the answer. This is a wild shot, but I would think you'd have to be careful about wild game. Cooked would be okay, but for those of us who fed raw, I'd want to freeze the meat for a few days or longer out of caution. I'm kind of paranoid about feeding spices to cats, no matter how diluted. And I'm not sure rinsing chicken or other meats that have been cooked in a lot of garlic/onion would get rid of the toxins. I'd also...
First, thank you so much for rescuing this cat. She would certainly have died a painful death otherwise. While at the vet, I assume she will be spayed. She should also be tested for FIV and FeLK, and probably given deworming and flea medication. Here is an article that answers: now what? Alley Cat Allies is also an excellent resource. Although ACA indicates it is difficult to make a house pet out of a feral cat who is more than six months old, don't let that scare you....
Online gave some excellent advise. I was in your shoes around four years ago. Lived in condo, surrounded apartments and houses. People moved out and left their cats, most of whom were not spayed or neutered. First step is to start feeding them for perhaps a week so they get use to the routine. Meanwhile researcher low cost spay neuter clinics. Plan on trapping the cats to get them s/n. Otherwise you will soon be feeding their kittens. And tenants will complain. Luckily...
This article appeared in todays (July 17th) edition of The Washington Post. The title says it all. And so do the 550 comments (so far), most of which are refuting the article and pointing out that even pure bred dogs/cats get sick. Ritz is a rescued cat, she and her litter mates were dumped in front of my condo building. She is relatively healthy, especially considering the first four to six months of her life she lived largely outside iand survived a 20 inch snow storm.
I'm so pleased you were able to trap two of the kittens. That's super. Some tricks I've used with success, all pertain to bait: dribble some tuna fish oil from the front of the trap to the bait. put some cat nip in or near the bait (after the trip 'wire'). Keep up the good work--and keep us posted.
She deserves the best medical care you can afford to give her. She already has a human she deserves: you. Vibes and prayers for you and Egypt.
I just saw this thread. Sorry for my late response. Thank you for helping this man and the many cats/kittens.When I needed to trap just one cat among many, I would feed the many, already TNRd cats, sitting beside them while they ate. And ate. And ate. If the cat I was trying to trap would come near, I would motion her away. Then much later, I would set out traps and hope the one I wanted got trapped. I would set out several traps to increase the odds. Plus there...
I think it is fairly common, especially in the transition stages. Time will tell (and, so will the litter box). Ritz loves beef (and goat, and chicken and quail and....). But she can't handle beef or dark meat on an empty stomach. The first couple of times she threw up, I kind of freaked. But she always wanted to eat right afterwards, including, um, the stuff she just threw up -- yuck!. Then I realized the connection, and now I feed her beef in the morning and chicken...
I guess I would wonder/ask if they are playing, eating and acting normally otherwise. Do they seem at all distressed about their poo? And, does your vet know anything about raw feeding? (My vet tends to blame every illness Ritz has on my feeding raw.) If their poo were smelly only when being fed beef, then that is your answer: avoid beef. But that their poo is also smelly on chicken (very different proteins), then I'd be a little worried too. I'd give it a day or two,...
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