Well... I obviously need a tutor to use this vBcode thing, lol, as I can't work it. :| Anyway, so I will use the equal signs === to separate my replies from the quotes here.
Originally posted by catspride
I am 68 this March,
Happy Birthday ahead of time.
I am on a very small pension, I continue to work as I can on the internet. I average a population of cats of about 22 up to 36, depending on the number of half ferals who only drop in for food -- my steady population is, at the moment 23, all of whom sleep indoors during cold or rainy weather, with the number being more like 15 or 16 in good weather, and 5 or 6 in hot weather -- at that point they are all up a cool tree or in the storage shed.
God bless you. I still live in a place where many people actually still believe that ALL animals are un-intelligent, non-sentient, soulless, remotely amusing, 8th class disposable species, incapable of emotions, thoughts, or feelings, only put on earth by God Himself to eat, wear, torture with experiments and throw beer cans at. (It's not my fault that they're delusionally indoctrinated as wonderful marketting pincushions in a world of economic slavery, although it appears to be my problem, as well as the animals). So it warms my heart, a pittance of emotion from me, when I see people actually caring for them, as they will never be considered for actual Citizenship on this planet as the humans will continue to consider such things as digital watches as having much more grand and holy importance.
I also rescue dogs, and have a stable population of 6, with occasional periods when I have rescued abandoned puppies and not yet found home for them.
I only have 3 dogs now. Puppy Dog, the 4th, died a few days before mother went to heaven. That was mother's dog. Mother and I loved her so very much. Although she was the smallest of all the dogs, any strangers to the yard feared her the most, she was our prime guardian dog, and guarded us with her life. She guarded all the cats also. I needed $8 to try to save her, for some antibiotics, but (I won't mention any names) cancelled the veterinarian charge account, as well as all the other accounts here, as mother was going, which left me on our own with no resources having gone bankrupt taking care of mother for the last 3 months of her life. I have rescued several dogs over the years down here, including all the ones that are here now, but (I won't mention any names), whom I took them to to save them, botchedly butchered some of them then charged me tons of $ to get their bodies back for proper burial. One emergency animal hospital even claimed to have *lost the body*, right after operation, until I, oddly enough, suddenly found myself screaming in their lobby, whereupon they produced the body, charged me $300, then I came home and buried the little red cat.
I find it impossible to give away cats. Here one simply opens a door to the kitchen, and feral or half-feral cats appear like magic. Our small village sometimes has as many as 300 cats moving through to look for food.
Mabuim seems so far from Texas and California right about now. I have to again thank you on behalf of all the Cat Gods for finding so much care in your heart. Your actions have not gone unnoticed.
With the generous help and discounts of a group of very kind veterinarians, I have every female (cat or dog) spayed and every male castrated.
Geez, as a human male, let's use the word "neutered" from now on instead of "castrated", LOL..... hehe...
Ouchies.... :/ You're fortunate you can get such help and discounts. Not all vets where I am tend to like to shave their profits for charitable actions. I think it costs something like $50 to $75 to alter my cats here where I am, per each individual cat.
NOTE TO REST OF THE WORLD (not writing this paragraph just to you, catspride, LOL): Sure, send me about $2,000 (that includes all the animal traps, as the traps would have to all be set at once, since when one cat sees another trapped, they are intelligent enough to not go into a cage then, no matter what kind of "delicacy meat" is in it [been there, done that, know it all too well unfortunately]), and I will =instantly= go out, catch, and alter all my children. Until then, or until I sell this estate, or find $ elsewhere, there still remain no Veterinarians in the State of Texas that will alter cats for Free, to the best of my knowledge. Further note, some are still kittens so they can't even be altered yet.
I manage. But I have the help from veterinarians because I DO NOT allow my cats to have young. ===============
Well, you've nipped that particular problem in the bud. That's good. Unfortunately I've not been able to do that yet. One day I will reach that point. That, of course, takes $, which I do not possess such an exorbitant amount for such a necessary feat at this current time, unfortunate for both me and the cats. Again, some day I will reach that plateau, today is obviously not the day.
Every kitten that is here has been rescued. It means life is tough, there is little money, and none at all for frivolity or vacations. It means that I live in a very spartan way.
I think I need a drink. LOL..... I hear that, catspride. I can't ever remember having a "vacation" since I was born. Oh well. LOL... You've basicly just described *my* "way of life" as well. Well, it's good to know that I'm not *completely* alone, even though I am, that is to say that others have similar problems and find ways to deal with them amicably and effectively. We live like bedouin here. We are the new spartans. LOL...
But someday I will be working again soon so I will no longer have to hear people down here where I am who their continuing advice (remember, I'm in Texas, lol) is to "just kill them all and be done with it". I've gotten in the habit of when they say that to me, they've been saying it for a while now, that I just look at them and ask "Would you kill your children if I =told you to=..?", and they just stare at me with a strange look on their face. They apparently have no idea what a loving bond can develop between animal and human, nor that these animals are probably the closest I will ever come to having children. Nor do they seem to care that both my friend, mother, and father who have all gone to heaven now swore me to God to "Take care of the animals, Pat" before they left. I continue to do my best and look for help and direction. However, for the most part, so far it appears all I have received is "direction", unfortunately. All that "green american cash" must have been invested in Digital Watches or something... Lol.....
But I know every cat by name, know its personality, the story of its rescue, and its age.
Yes. I hear that. My ears can hear that very clearly.
35 cats too many? What is too many for one is not too many for another.
This is often quite true. Not always, but, yes, often.
I know what you mean about wanting to move your family somewhere else. But my read of the news from California is that real estate and rentals,
even in the boondocks, are extremely expensive -- much more expensive than in Texas.
I just can NOT live in Texas anymore. I just can't. It's a nice place etc, but I've lived here for about 40 years of my life and there are just too many *bad memories* here, some surrounding my mother and father's passing. It's just too hard. On the other hand, if I absolutely must, I *could* stay here, and move to some place with a bit more "cultural etc opportunities", find a little place nearby in the country, and move my whole family there without a glitch, which, true, would be much more cheaper than moving BACK to "Somewhere Near L.A.". Yes, I know things are expensive in California, but there's surely some little place of dirt where we can move where I can put up a nice animal-proof fence and we can START OVER.
I don't really want to move to the desert, as I want to be able to commute to LA (where I can make $600 a day sometimes, if I'm very very lucky) but I was looking on the Internet and there's tons of places a little further out, like say near some place called Palmdale (near the desert), where they're selling *80 acres* of agriculturally zoned land for about $30,000. I don't need 80 acres, just a little plot of land, so there must be something for me and the animals out there, nothing expensive, nothing large, just where we can live out our natural lives in peace and happiness. Until I sell this Estate, it is almost no good to actually look any further, as I don't have the $ to put on it to begin with at this moment. Once I sell this estate (may the cat gods help us, soon) I will begin to find a place out there, immediately. I am quite quick at getting "a place to live" when I actually have the $ to do so in my possession.
Also their animal control laws are much, much more rigid. Very likely the animal control people would divest you of all but a few cats as soon as someone told them how many cats you have without the means to
properly (by whatever standards they use) house and care for them. They also have a tendency, according to friends of mine, in some places to
demand proof of yearly vaccinations for diseases and rabies.
Well, any further information on ALL that in the above paragraph you just wrote would be welcome here so I can comply with all their LAWS, ===ahead of time===. If anyone has any links to information on what the "standards for properly housing and caring for multiple cats" is in California, that would be helpful. If any of their "standards" includes turning outdoor cats into indoor cats, that sounds a little improbable though, as if I tried to do that to some of these outdoor cats here, they would be crashing through glass windows of the house just to try to regain their Freedom of the Outdoors.
Good luck in keeping your family together.
Thank you. I need it. Although "kill them all" or "adopt them all out immediately" as I have been thusly advised for an extended period of time now, years, remain 2 interesting options, in the face of =seemingly= insurmountable odds, staying together remains the desired outcome. Green American Cash couldn't hurt us either. LOL.....
Thank you again so very much for your kind letter and insight.
May the cat gods bless your doorway.