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11/30/08 at 4:45pm
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I have had the wheels come off my life a number of times, so I know how you feel. After all...do you think I MEANT to drive a truck when I graduated from college?
I'm serious about getting together up in Hot Springs some time. Coy's would be great; we'll even buy!
Glad you arrived safely. Well....Wilbur found a spot to lay up on the shelf in the laundry room, and I don't think he has moved in the last 24 hours. Tinker seems a little more responsive to me petting her, pushing into my neck scrathes, but she is shaking all the while...the poor thing. Unfortunately had to do the weekend laundry...so, I'm sure the big noisy machines are helping them relax any. Still don't seem to be eating much, although I hope they are eating something....but it is hard to tell. I tried giving them some tuna this a.m.....and I think Wilbur may have taken a bite or two.....but don't think Tinker has had any. I feel bad for them, they are so scared. I'm thinking about putting all the cats on the other side of the garage and in the utility room tonight, and giving them a chance to scout out the bigger section of the garage...the posts, etc. They will at least find the good hiding places. Anyway....that is where we are today. If you have any suggestions on how to make them more comfortable, let me know. Take care. . .
|A bit ago I opened up the catdoor from utility to garage......and was out playing with cats in garage, and first Wilbur and then Tinker had to come out to check things out for themselves..... We all played, they watched, and then Tinker decided to take a tour, walking around the garage smelling everything. They didn't go straight into hiding or anything....so that's hopeful.
Hey, if you manage to contact the lady who is fostering your kitties, here are some tips that I've learnt from others who foster frightened kitties who exhibit around the same symptoms as yours:
1. Keep them in an enclosed cage area (together if they prefer each other's company)
2. Drape a cloth over the cage to minimize external stimuli which will frighten them even more. If possible, put the cage away from other cats.
3. If they refuse to eat, serve them water which was used to boil chicken/tuna in.
4. If that doesn't work, have someone smear honey and some of the chicken/tuna water on their lips. The stickiness will encourage them to lick it off and hopefully the taste will make them regain their appetites.
If possible, keep them in an environment which is as quiet as possible. Hope these little tips help tide your kitties over this stressful time!
|The cats still no improvement....they seem lost without you.|
|I keep leaving food whereever they go. I put a dish of tuna in front of Tinker who was hiding in a corner of the garage....and I looked a couple minutes later to see if she was eating and she had turned her back on it. It looked like Wilbur had "maybe" eaten a tablespoon of dryfood from a dish I had sat near him last night.... The only way I could know for sure is to keep the two of them in the utility room full time, but I don't want them to feel trrapped there. I kept them in there for the first day or two....but within just a short time of opening the cat door into the garage...they had their heads sticking out there and chose to come out. So, it seemed they felt more comfortable in a bigger space, with more places to hide. Not sure what to do tonight...if I should try leaving them in there again....or what. The only other cats I have on their side now, is the two kittens who would never bother them at all. The other 8 cats are all being kept on the other side of the garage...and wondering why. I don't want to let them over and totally freak Wilbur and Tinker out any more. Maybe it will just take time....but I do hope they are eating. Think I should force feed them?|
|I have a rescue group here in AZ that travels to Missouri all the time to pick up dogs. They will be able to transport them to Missouri. I am still waiting on finding out what town they go to and when the next time they are going is.
Can you work with that group to get them transported from Missouri to Arkansas? We need to get them out of Karen's garage as the stress is too much for them there.
Oh dear... With cats that stressed, its important to monitor exactly how much food they are getting, even to the extent of counting the number of kibbles put into their bowl and counting it after a few hours. Caregivers must also step in quickly if the cat has not been eating for too long.
I know you said this lady is experienced, but I'm not sure if she's dealt with cats that just won't eat? I'm sorry to add to your worry, I'm sure reading this isn't making you feel any better.
Its a very good thing that Tinker can be tempted by tuna, and that she's eating it. You mentioned that Wilbur doesn't like tuna. What does he like then? Will boiled chicken do?