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Hi Everyone! New member, feral cat caregiver

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Hello Everyone: I'm a new member, and very happy to find a place where I can talk to other cat lovers. We just "adopted" two semi-feral females, Bean and Mouse. I've never had ferals or semi-ferals before, so I have lots of questions.

It's been a very intense experience so far. At one point, I thought both of them were going to die. I had managed to trap Mouse to take to a TNR program at the Toronto Humane Society. She came down with a very severe upper respiratory infection immediately after she got out of the shelter. Of course, she passed it on to her sister, Bean. Both became gravely ill, and it took a military exercise to catch them both and get them medical care (and also a ton of cash, not so nice). I wish the Toronto Humane Society had warned me of the risks of Upper Respiratory Infections after visits to their shelter. My cats could easily have infected the entire neighbourhood. It would have been much cheaper, and less dangerous, for me to take them to an ordinary veterinarian.

Now both are recovering at my house. They aren't the wildest of semi-ferals, as they already let me rub their bellies (I've never even had a house cat that lets me do that)! They are very jumpy though, of course, and they are dying to go outside. Bean is quite depressed, and I posted on the feral cat forum to get some advice. I think she started to pull out of it today, as she responded to my efforts to play for the first time.

Anyway, I'm very happy to have a place to chat with other cat people.
Cheers everybody!
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Welcome to TCS!
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welcome!
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Welcome to TheCatSite
I am so glad that you, Bean and Mouse have joined our wonderful community of caring people who love cats. Thank you for opening your home to those two precious kitties.

As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message. I will get back to you asap.
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Welcome to TCS! Bless you for taking Bean and Mouse in and caring for them. I pray they make a full recovery. TCS is a wealth of info. The "search" is your best friend.
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Welcome to TCS!!!
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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!

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Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
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Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Look forward to hearing more & seeing photos of your kitties!

Best Wishes! Enjoy the forums
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Welcome to TCS!!!! I'm so glad you found us! Enzo (the one in my welcome picture) was my feral baby. He was our first cat and had never been touched till I picked him up at four months old and brought him home. He was a little nervous and not the best with learning where it was ok to poo But he caught on soon enough! He's a love bug, but is still much more independant than our other two. Good luck, feel free to PM me if you wish!

See you in the forums!
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Welcome to TCS!
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