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post #1 of 13
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I live on a military post in Germany and there usally seem to be a few strays around. It seems some people find out all the paperwork requirement to take animals back to the states and just decide to abandon them on the post . Any way there is this on stray wondering around my apartment building (I live on the first floor) the cat won't let me near he/she but it's getting cold out and I'm worried about the kitty. Any advice on how I may get the cat.
post #2 of 13
Can you get a cat trap? That is really the easiest best way.
post #3 of 13
If you cant get a trap maybe you have a old rubbermaid bin that you have the top to. Put some old towels in it and cut a hole big enough for the kitty to fit. Attract the kitty with wet food maybe.
post #4 of 13
Have you looked into rescue groups in the area? I've never done a search for Germany. They may be able to lend you a trap - and who knows - take the kitty once you've trapped it for adoption, fostering - or at the very least, spay or neuter at a low cost so you can release them. Then just put out food and water - but they can't procreate making even more homeless kitties.

Laurie
post #5 of 13
Well - all I found so far is this: http://catrescue.meetup.com/

Laurie
post #6 of 13
So you think that cat / these cats was pets? They are no real semiferals?


I have a suggestion.

I do read sometimes on a polish forum. they wrote there is some interest in Germany to get polish common shorthairs = "moggies", for example rescued homeless, for adoption. Apparently there arent enough german shorthairs.

Thrue??

If yes, there must be possible to find new home for these german ex homecats in Germany... Without great difficulties I mean.
post #7 of 13
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So you think that cat / these cats was pets? They are no real semiferals?


I have a suggestion.

I do read sometimes on a polish forum. they wrote there is some interest in Germany to get polish common shorthairs = "moggies", for example rescued homeless, for adoption. Apparently there arent enough german shorthairs.

Thrue??

If yes, there must be possible to find new home for these german ex homecats in Germany... Without great difficulties I mean.
The problem won't be finding a home for them I know a good couple ppls that would love a cat. The problem is catching them. I just went down to the MP station today and found out Germany has a law that saw you can't set live animal traps unless your from the humane socity or a vet clinic and those ppl aren't going to come onto our post to catch a few cat it would be to much paper work.

My husband and I were driving though post and we found three kittens somewhere around 8-11 weeks. So my husband and I spent 20 mins chasing one of the kittens around but had no luck. Is there anyway to catch them not using a live trap? I'm almost positive they are not feral the kittens might not have been pets but there parent more then likely was.
post #8 of 13
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Oh I forgot to mention the three kittens I found I'm certain (mostly) that they can be turned into housepets. My upstairs neighbor (the one I gave Beta to) caught a kitten from where these kittens are he said when he caught his kitten there were three others with him. He caught the kitten cause the kitty got stuck trying to run away. Anyway he put up a fight and was all claws and teeth throughout the night but come the next day the gave him a bath and he was calm and acting like a normal kitten just put in a new home. No claws, no teeth, not even a hiss.
post #9 of 13
Kittens that young usually come around pretty quickly.

But when they're scared, they are little hellions and ALL claws - and they may be little, but those things are SHARP and you can get really injured.

The only way I know to go about it is to put food out near where you saw them at the same time every day. It helps if you sit like 20 feet away from the food, and slowly move closer to get them used to you. Then skip one day, and the next day, put the food in a carrier, not a trap. When they go in to eat it, quickly shut the door.

But this is rather time and patience intensive.

How frustrating!

I think you should try to contact the Humane Society - maybe you can find an e-mail address? You never know until you try!

for wanting to help.

Laurie
post #10 of 13
ah, so "amateurs" arent allowed to use traps?

OK then, but who knows they were taken with traps??


or even. Ask the MP-police do it ie catch the ex-military personal cats with traps - and ask them let you help them with all the practical.
In any case, this could be the official version!

Which German authorities would quarrel with US-Military police doing their job on US-military territory??



I only ask!



ps: If I understand you right, it seems to be quite common US personel abandons their cats when leaving.
Make a drive, perhaps even with help of say - the military chapelains (the good shepherd! ) - if they cant take the cat with them, it is usually possible to find the cat a new home in Germany. If they try a little, or otherwise they can ask for help with that.
post #11 of 13
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ps: If I understand you right, it seems to be quite common US personel abandons their cats when leaving.
Make a drive, perhaps even with help of say - the military chapelains (the good shepherd! ) - if they cant take the cat with them, it is usually possible to find the cat a new home in Germany. If they try a little, or otherwise they can ask for help with that.
Thats a really good idea I'm going to talk to my Chaplin on monday.

I can put food out for the kittens the same time everyday but sitting out there would be harder since I have to get up at 6am to do pt.
post #12 of 13
Talking about abandoned german cats and finding new homes for them.

I just remembered a thrue story:

world war II: the fate of the german battleship Bismarck is well known: sank after a fierce fight with several british ships. Only about 100 men survived.

What is not wellknown, the ships cat survived too. One of the destroyers, the Cossack?? I dont remember for sure this detail, found and took up this survivor. And he was soon made the ship cat on Cossack. Fate made also Cossack sunk together with most of her men, but not the ship-cat. Our ex german cat. Now he was saved by the Ark Royal.
Which too sank eventually.... But our hero was saved AGAIN!
This time nobody wanted to take any risks, so this VERY experienced ship cat got his leave from the military. One sailor took him home as home pet, with no ships in sight to sunk.
This ex german, now british cat lived 10 happy years more before his time come to pass away...
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post
Talking about abandoned german cats and finding new homes for them.

I just remembered a thrue story:

world war II: the fate of the german battleship Bismarck is well known: sank after a fierce fight with several british ships. Only about 100 men survived.

What is not wellknown, the ships cat survived too. One of the destroyers, the Cossack?? I dont remember for sure this detail, found and took up this survivor. And he was soon made the ship cat on Cossack. Fate made also Cossack sunk together with most of her men, but not the ship-cat. Our ex german cat. Now he was saved by the Ark Royal.
Which too sank eventually.... But our hero was saved AGAIN!
This time nobody wanted to take any risks, so this VERY experienced ship cat got his leave from the military. One sailor took him home as home pet, with no ships in sight to sunk.
This ex german, now british cat lived 10 happy years more before his time come to pass away...
thats really cool
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