Skimble, thanks for the kind words. I try very hard not to over load myself with cats. Right now, with 4 and one in CRF and the visitor in the basement we are *trying so hard* to find a good home for,
I'm at my limit.
Snorkel is a dear cat, and I really AM trying to get him a home - where he'll be indoor only and well cared for. For now, he is back inside, off the mean streets where he belongs. He may have other health issues, but the vet really couldn't tell me much... so we just observe and go along. At least he's not out there infecting others with FIV and fighting to get scraps for a living... and possibly dying a bad death from lack of care or FIV opportunistic infection.
Our plan is to post on petfinders, at PetSmart, and with other rescues,
online. He is such a great and playful loving boy.
Nicest of all my
cats excepting the 18 year old. Clearly he was raised with love by someone, but they never took care of him (fixed him) or vetted him. Probably because in our area, it costs about 360 to neuter a cat, and people just don't do it, cause of cost.
One day I'm going to start a low cost spay/neuter clinic - when I finally pay my house off, I'm going to borrow against equity, buy a mobile vet trailer outright, hire a vet, find some likeminded souls, and just go DO IT.
I get so fed up with our local SPCA, Humane Society and County Shelters. They just don't put their money where their mouth is. Its all about politics and self aggrandizement for the "organization".
For 80 to 100K, they could buy a drive around vet bus and go do high volume low cost spay and netuer and rabies and distemper for cats and dogs in "hot spot" areas where there is over population or low incomes.... But do they? NOOOO.
They claim people that don't need the service would use. My reply: Better for the ANIMALS - who cares about if the people are going for "low cost"??? AT least you stop the overpopulation issues...
Whoops, ranting. Sorry about that. Dad's a great resource - saved me alot with some of my cats. Also I am a research librarian, LOL. I have Merck's current manual at work! And yes, that's how I come to know so much too. Look up is my mantra.
(Oh, and I don't give rabies vacs that's something the vet has to give, we do that at the clinics - but I do give em other vaccines if needed/required.)
I check all drugs before giving to cats - asprin is contra indicated you can dose one baby aspirin with 3 days between doses no more for a cat, so you have to be really really careful for that. My vet said in the past that's how they treated for arthritis, it was the only thing the cats could take for the pain. They have more treatments now, luckily.
Immodium *was* safe, and my vet said I could use - but carefully. And not for more than a day or so. But since we changed out the food, he's much better so I do suspicion he has food allergies to fish (it was the salmon flavors he had issues with).
As far as my wee feral colony goes, they are doing very well IMHO.
No real breeding anymore. Stopped it by fixing 14 of them.
Had only 1 litter this summer, and we are trapping those kits to fix.
They do have shelters I made, and they get fed by me every single
blessed day - I never miss once.
My dream is to get one of those nice luxury dog kennels with runs with attached house/shed and be able to bring some to my boyfriends farm, where they wouldlive wonderful lives, and be safe from traffic and parking lots and the like.
One day, if I dream hard enough, and plan I might make it happen.
Course I worry about winding up over burdened but that's what my
boyfriend and family are for, to make sure I don't.
Off now to feed ze ferals and play with snorkel in the basement. the CRF kitty Diablo has had his walkies (I walk him every single day, so he can
do his poop outside and sniff the grass and spray and so on...figure it
gives him a good quality of life, without the danger of wandering away.)