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Kinda Cute Story

post #1 of 16
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My coworker and her husband love cats, but she is allergic so they cannot have cats in the house.

There are a couple of strays that have made themselves at home in and around their house in the country..they think they are mother and son.

Anyway her husband has taken quite a liking to the cats...and apparently vice versa.

The other night, my coworker hears some sort of meow screaming coming from outside so her and her hubby get up to see whats going on.

The momma kitty is sitting on the laneway screaming away...then when the kitty saw her and her hubby come outside, she bolted across the road..was gone for a minute or so..then bolted back and then looked at her hubby. Then again, bolted across the road..bolted back.

So, hubby grabbed a flashlight because he thought she wanted him to follow her.

He followed her to a barn across the road, and sure enough there was her son kitty getting beat up by a bunch of other cats!!!

He scared the other cats away..and the little boy kitty is fine now.

Anyway, I just thought it was cute that momma kitty was smart enough to alert the humans to help when her son was getting picked on
post #2 of 16
It's great that she came to you for help. She showed a lot of trust and faith in your willingness and ability to help you take care of her boy!

It's great.
post #3 of 16
Wow, that is so sweet and so smart!!!
Simply amazing. What a great mama cat. And your coworker and her husband are pretty great too.
post #4 of 16
That is one smart kitty!

I think she will be grateful for that for the rest of her life
post #5 of 16
Wow... that's pretty amazing. Like the Lassie of cats! What's the matter mama? Your little boy is getting beat up by the other cats? Dont' worry, we'll rescue him!
post #6 of 16
Aww that is such a sweet story! Thats wonderful how he was there to help!
post #7 of 16
Natalie, cats are amazing animals. What a wonderful story! So how's the baby boy?

OK - now it's Laurie the feral cat advocate. Are you familiar with TNR? (Click on the left hand picture-link in my siggy. ) Do you know if there are any low-cost spay/neuter places near you (shelters often provide them)? Can I maybe help you find some info so you can give it to your friends and maybe help talk them into getting momma and her litter spayed and neutered so they're not caring for 20 cats next year?

...And if you want any info or if you want me to help find places near them that may help, just let me know.

Laurie
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Natalie, cats are amazing animals. What a wonderful story! So how's the baby boy?

OK - now it's Laurie the feral cat advocate. Are you familiar with TNR? (Click on the left hand picture-link in my siggy. ) Do you know if there are any low-cost spay/neuter places near you (shelters often provide them)? Can I maybe help you find some info so you can give it to your friends and maybe help talk them into getting momma and her litter spayed and neutered so they're not caring for 20 cats next year?

...And if you want any info or if you want me to help find places near them that may help, just let me know.

Laurie
Laurie, I totally agree with you and get where you're coming from..but this is my office manager I'm not sure I can go into TNR with her..for the sake of awkwardness in my office etc...

On a good note though, I don't think the momma kitty is able to have kittens as she hasn't had any in the last year She may already be spayed I mean..I could be wrong though. As far as the boy kitty, I have no idea if he "paints the town red".

Its also possible these cats do have owners...they don't know for sure if they do or not. They are just always around the the house. (How do you even know if cats are strays or not?)

Like I said, I KNOW and totally agree with TNR. I am just in a weird position to be suggesting it to my manager.
post #9 of 16
Oh, yeah, well - that would be awkward.

Personally, we don't worry about whether kitties are strays or ferals or owned by someone. If they're on our property, they get trapped, spayed and neutered. They're obviously not pure breed kitties owned by someone for breeding, or they wouldn't be out. And if someone is irresponsible enough to let an unspayed or unneutered kitty roam - then whatever. I really don't care if they get mad (even though no one's ever complained, and I doubt they know who did it).

We had a friend who's dog got off it's collar and bolted. He disappeared for six months. The dog turned back up on their porch - with a collar and ownership tags on him (this was years ago - before microchipping was available). Turns out he'd been caught by the pound about 20 miles from their home (they're in an urban area and there are a bunch of shelters) - so they didn't check shelters far enough away. He got neutered and adopted out! They called his "new" owners, explained the situation - and because the dog had been destroying the new owners furniture, they were glad to let them have him back. Apparently he escaped as soon as he could and ran home.

...but because they're friends, we gave them the lecture about spaying and neutering.

But the point of that whole story is that there often is no way to know - and the animals really should be spayed or neutered whether they've got an owner or not. It isn't right that other people should be responsible financially for someone else's pet, but whatever. Our issue is the animals, not their owners.



Laurie
post #10 of 16
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Is there anyway to tell if they are spayed/neutered? They do come up right close enough to pet them...I wonder if I could somehow tell if they have been altered yet??
post #11 of 16
Neutering is easy to tell, because there's nothing but a little lump left - but I still have a had time telling between a neutered male and a female unless I'm close enough for long enough!

With females, generally you have to shave the belly to see if there's a scar.

Laurie
post #12 of 16
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Is there anyway to tell if they are spayed/neutered? They do come up right close enough to pet them...I wonder if I could somehow tell if they have been altered yet??
Semiferals who had been TNR do have often/usually made a little triangular jack on one ear, left I believe.
LDG, please write the correct.


But homecats, or exhomecats, usually dont have the telling jack, no.
post #13 of 16
They might have a notch in their ear which can easily be seen even at a distance. Some other places will tattoo the cats (left I think) ear with a NS to indicate Neuter/Spay. My Wickett has said tattoo in his left ear. Sadly, telling if a female (with out any marks) is spayed usually requires surgery I believe. Unlike boy kitties it is not externally evident.
post #14 of 16
That's great, Nat! You always hear about how dogs are supposed to be so smart and we need more stories like this that prove cats are just as smart!(Or smarter.)
post #15 of 16
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They might have a notch in their ear which can easily be seen even at a distance. Some other places will tattoo the cats (left I think) ear with a NS to indicate Neuter/Spay. My Wickett has said tattoo in his left ear. Sadly, telling if a female (with out any marks) is spayed usually requires surgery I believe. Unlike boy kitties it is not externally evident.
To determine whether a female's been spayed or not (if there's no ear notch) is actually just a matter of shaving the belly to see if there's a spay scar.

With one cat we rescued there was a scar - but it was so horribly jagged, the vet said it's possible it was an injury scar. So he did go to spay her - and it turned out she was spayed. She must have escaped her home (she was a maine coon) when she'd just recently been spayed, poor baby.

Laurie
post #16 of 16
What a cute story and a smart mama!! I do hope she gets spayed or is and her by gets neutered! If there is no TNR program, I am sure some vet would give them a good price knowing the situation. They can check the ear tips to see if the kitties have been s/n/ An ear that has a tiny piece clipped means s/he has been spayed or neutered.
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