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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi there everyone!
Just joined the forum for help with a fairly specific issue I'm having with our newest kitty. As my username suggests, I'm much more familiar with pooches than kitties when it comes to behavior.

My name's Cathi, and I live in Angels Camp, Ca with my husband Jeff and a small menagerie or critters. We live on 20 oak-wooded acres where we are building a home, barn and studios.
We share the property with 4 horses, a small dairy goat herd, 3 dogs and, currently, 6 kitties.

I've been very active in purebred boxer rescue for about 15 years, though the current house-building has curtailed that at the moment.
We have a very strong belief that animals should either be acquired from responsible, ethical breeders, or should be rescues. To that end, we have 6 kitties LOL! Our standard policy on stray/feral kitties is that they are free to hang around and eat the food, but they will have to forfeit their reproductive rights.

Our cats are:
The Gimp - so called because he came to us with a fused elbow joint. He showed up in the barn, skinny and terrified one day. I would give him some goats milk each day when I went out to milk, and eventually he became trusting of us. He's aprox 5 years old. The Gimp is an orange tabby DSH, neutered and indoor/outdoor.

Splatter - We initially mistook her for a bit of road kill. as we drove by her on the highway, she lifted her little head and we realized she was alive. She was all of 4 weeks old (apparently dropped in the road by her mama while being moved), and had a broken femur and was hypoglycemic. She's a petite 3yo spayed tortoise shell DSH, indoor/outdoor kitty

Kitty Too- was one of a litter of feral kittens dumped at our feed store. He was 6 weeks when we trapped him and his sister Thomasina and brought them home, 4 months ago. They were tough to socialize at first and we handled them with welding gloves the first few weeks, but they are loving indoor kitties now. Kitty Too is a neutered black and white DSH, marked like a cow

Thomasina - shares Kitty Too's story. She is a tuxedo marked DLH, very loving and calm. She too is an indoor kitty, scheduled for spay next month.

Tubby - showed up as a feral kitten under our house 3 weeks after we adopted KT and Thomasina. He was about 5 weeks old, very feral. It took 2 weeks of feeding him and the purchase of a Hav-a-Heart trap to capture him. With some good groceries and wormings, and the examples of KT and Thomasina, Tubby has become very social and outgoing. He is a stocky (tubby if you will) gray and white DSH who will be neutered in Dec.

That brings us to Kimmy, the reason I'm here.
The day I took Kitty Too to be neutered I noticed a scraggly gray tabby wandering around the road near our house. On the way home that evening after picking KT up from his neuter, I saw the cat again in the road and realized something was wrong. I stopped and called "kitty?" out the window and when she turned around, I could see she had one eye completely blown. It was bulging from the socket and the whole side of her face was a swollen, bloody mess. I parked, and followed her up the hill a bit and finally she just lay down and let me walk up to her. She was so thin you could see the vertebrae of her tail and covered with burrs and mats.

I picked her up - she was limp and listless - and put her in a small duffel bag in the car. Took her home and stuck her in a dog crate with some food and water and a small litter box and left her alone for a few hours.
Over the next few days, she ate well, gained some strength, began urinating (after some 50 ccs of sub-Q fluids) and having bowel movements. I brushed her fur out, bought her an e-collar and just sort of nursed her along, with steady improvement.

After about a week, we took her in to the vet, who insisted she either had to have the eye removed or be put down. Apparently such an injury is not only very painful and prone to infection, but if they *do* heal on their own, with the eye left in, tumors frequently develop.
Surgery however, was $450.

We could afford $200 tops (I have other cats to S/N, a rescue mare with melanoma and a geriatric boxer). We told the vet as much and asked to be sent home with some antibiotics and pain meds. We thought that would give us time to brainstorm with some of my boxer rescue and boxer community folks to see if there was something we could do. Kimmy is a very sweet and affectionate kitty who definitely deserved a chance!
As we were getting ready to leave the vet, the head vet came out. Seems a mad had brought an injured stray cat in earlier that day. The cat had to be PTS, but the man wanted to help a cat so he gave the hospital a $200 donation and asked that they use it to help a stray cat should one come in. The staff all agreed that Kimmy fit the bill, so between our money and the donation, Kimmy had her surgery last Wed. The vet also spayed her for free, as we were afraid she might be pregnant.
Kimmy is named after a dear boxer rescue friend who passed away suddenly in Sept. She is a gray tabby DSH, obviously indoor only.

I'll write a separate post in a more appropriate place about the issue we are having with Kimmy, but wanted to introduce myself first.

2 final things...
We just got a Litter Robot (I call it RoboKitty 2000)! We love it! Does anyone else have one?
Also, and I hope this is not a rule violation, we keep a streaming webcam trained on the cats' favorite chair - we got it from a thrift store, and I swear its stuffed with catnip - they treat it as their own personal jungle gym! The webcam is on my personal website, under the "watch" link.

Anyway, its great to be hear, and I look forward to everyone's insight and advice regarding Kimmy!
post #2 of 16
Hi and welcome to TCS
post #3 of 16
Hi and Welcome, you have interesting Kitties, Pictures please
post #4 of 16
Welcome to TCS!
post #5 of 16
Welcome, how lovely of that man to donate money and then how lucky you arrived the same day, what a great story!
post #6 of 16
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post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to say thanks for the very warm welcome to the forum!
I'll try to get some pics of the kitty crew up soon!

Also thought I would clarify why some kitties are indoor/outdoor and others are indoor only.
We moved back to Ca after spending about 12 years out of the state.
Our farm in Mo was great, and predation was not an issue. All our kitties were indoor/outdoor there.
We brought 7 cats with us when we moved back here to Ca in Nov 2005 and until this last May, we and the cats and dogs were all sharing a 29 foot travel trailer while we built.
Once the walls went up and the place was secure, we moved into the house while we built, but sadly, along the way, we have lost 5 of our cats, plus a feral boy we were working on socializing.

Our 2 remaining transplant kitties will not tolerate indoor living only.
We built a cat door into the house's exterior wall, and have it set so they can only come in. We must let them out, and we do not allow them outdoors after dark.

All new kitties are indoor only.
When the house is complete, we will screen in about 1/3 of the wrap-around porch, as well as much of the area under the porch, with access to the space under the house, and then all cats will be "indoor" cats, with free access to the screened in areas.

I think that should allow everyone adequate fresh air and sunshine, as well
plenty of personal space and opportunity for kitty adventures.
Its been heartbreaking loosing so many pets, and we don't want that to keep happening, but we have to wait till the house is complete to really customize the kitty experience.

Anyway, again, I'm thrilled to be here and will post pics and a bit about Kimmy's adjustment into our home later today.
Take care all!
post #8 of 16
Hi and welcome! I enjoyed the read. How wonderful that that man donated $200. Kimmy's Guardian Angel must have been watching over her.
post #9 of 16
hello and welcome great story.
post #10 of 16
Welcome to TCS, and let me be the latest to THANK YOU for all the wonderful work you're doing with all your animals. I hope Kimmy gets well - will look for that post in the Health forum (I presume)?
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome Cat52!
Actually, its a behavior question - I posted it in that forum:
One good answer so far and hoping for more input (so feel free)
post #12 of 16
OH! I just put a smart-aleck joke on that thread! Another Senior Moment! I only joked, btw, because it seemed the previous posts all had good advice & I had nothing to add there. So that was you, eh? Ahem. Hi!
post #13 of 16
Welcome to the forum! Im new as well...what a wonderful story! If only good things like that could happen to every animal in need
I looked at your web page also....gorgrous animals you have yourself!
post #14 of 16
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #15 of 16
Welcome to TCS!!!
post #16 of 16
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

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