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A colony in so-so health with a so-so feeder

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I am in a place in my life where I just want to do TNR and not take on longterm maintenance of any colonies or work longterm with socializing individual ferals. If they won't come around in a couple weeks, I need to re-release them. Anyway, without going into the details, that's how I am comfortable working where I live right now. So I do sort of "roving TNR" in various colonies. Apparently nobody has done any TNR out here before!

But the colony that is my latest project is my first not-so-healthy colony and I'm feeling conflicted. Here's what I've caught so far:

1. Persian covered in matts and very bony. I thought he was "somebody's pet" (see my other post) and released him before I saw his sad state. Trying to retrap him but don't know what I'll do with him then.

2. Female with pyometra--a uterine infection. Spay solved that health issue but it could have been fatal to her! She turns out to be friendly. She's in my bathroom now awaiting a permanent home.

3. Teenage female with blood clots from apparently aborted litter, one eye permanently clouded by untreated herpes, a healing limp, serious URI, and very bony. She is the daughter of #2 and is also friendly. She is in my bathroom and has a home to go to soon.

4. FIV+ definitely feral that vet recommended euthanasia. He was euthanised, poor guy. Had pellets in his ear from being shot vet said and other battle scars.

5. Apparently feral female with some kind of eye injury to left eye. Doctor said injury is healing nicely but vision permanently compromised on one side.

These cats live in a relatively quiet, old residential area. Mixed rental houses and owned houses. Large student population that is gone for the summer, but also lots of lower income families and some middle-class families fixing up old Victorians and such. So to me this is a pretty "nice" place for ferals to live, as opposed to a freeway underpass or what have you.

Sigh. I've never had such a batch of sad cats. I feel bad for them.

Their feeder loves the cats. To her credit, she puts out straw bedding for them on her porch in the winter. But her idea of "feeding" is dumping a bag of cat food on her porch when she noticed the previous pile is gone. Their water isn't always fresh. She lives this roller coaster drama-queen life and could up and leave tomorrow, or be here for another 3 years. I don't consider her entirely reliable, but she has been feeding for 2 years.

I guess I'm just wondering are these cats living an okay life? Should I be putting them back in this neighborhood? I'm tapped on relocating cats out here and frankly the "barn cats" in this part of the country don't seem to be treated well for the most part--to me that isn't an option.

Just wondering I guess what you've done with some of these sadder colonies you come across.
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I think the preference is always to "return" the cats unless they are in imminent danger...and a "bad" feeder isn't in my eyes a imminent danger. If it were me..I'd spend some time with the feeder...show her how to make an inexpensive feeder..one where she can put the food in and also put in clean water. Since she loves to do the feeding...perhaps she wouldn't mind keeping an eye on these kitties and alerting you when one looks sick.

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Hi All,

If I can add on to what Katie's already suggested . . . . see if the feeder has mentioned to you any "nicer" folks in the neighborhood, or if you know some yourself. Approach them as 'relief feeders' -- someone who might supplement the food the feeder leaves, or might offer to feed for a quick trip that the feeder is making out of town.

We hear so often about cats being complained of in neighborhoods; if a neighborhood is NOT complaining, that's a good time to seize the opportunity to involve them a little bit. Not ask them to start adopting cats or even setting traps -- just, kicking in a dollar once or twice; or offering that extra feeding hand, or maybe just, saying "yeah, the cats are not so bad to have around." When or if this particular feeder wants to move, won't it be nice NOT to feel you have to panic about what will become of the cats? Not to have to rush to find a relocation situation? Remember, it's trap, neuter, and return, to the only home the cats have ever known. They shouldn't HAVE to leave because ONE resident human does.
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