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Ok.Who jinxed me???

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Just kidding.

I looked outside a few minutes ago and I'll be darned if there wasn't a black cat(not the kitten) outside eating.

I have my trap set with canned food(with tuna juice also)and catnip,but I also have a little dry food in the regular spot just in case my spayed feral comes to eat,I am hoping she will not get in the trap,so that is why it is there.The trap is pretty much right beside the regular spot.

I don't know where this cat came from(unless it is crazy neighbor's tom..see my well,well,post page 2 for more info on this cat),but it had a wound on the side of it's face. I couldn't really see how bad it was,but it could use some treatment I am sure.

It did not look like a tom cat unless it is a young tom cat...just going by size..it looked like a female(which I know sometimes will fool ya)

I didn't step outside to see if it would run because I was hoping it would find it's way to the trap,but no go.It ate a little dry food and left.
Maybe he/she will be back and I will be able to trap him/her soon so I can get it fixed and also see what is going on with it's poor face.

I haven't seen the feral momma and baby since the other night when Big Daddy brought them over.Maybe once I let him back out he will bring them back soon,so I can get momma spayed and get baby tamed and fixed and adopted.


A few months ago I didn't even think there were any more ferals around here,boy was I wrong.


Hopefully this cat will turn out to be the crazy neighbor's cat,but my luck it will not be.
post #2 of 20
When it comes to TNRing, I don't know if there IS such a thing as no more ferals. I think it was MA who said once you start feeding (and TNRing) it's like a big neon sign that says, "Hey, come on over, free food and treatment here." As you know though, it is possible to have a managed group of ferals where you know that everyone has been spayed/neutered and vet checked and if a newbie shows up, that's what happens with them too.
post #3 of 20
Oh boy! I've had a tuxie boy dropping over about every 3 weeks for the last 6 months or more - not regular enough to trap him - I just trap the existing colony when I try to set the trap. This week I saw him 3 times and when I looked at him closer last night, I realized it was a different Tuxie! This guy didn't run when I talked to him, so I think he is trying to stick around therefore trappable.

Yup.....they keep coming and coming and coming.......
post #4 of 20
The only thing that I caution about is that when people talk about "new" ferals...ABC would love to say...more ferals=more dumping=not a solution....so the question to me is...do you think that people are seeing more ferals because the ferals are now trusting us more or do you think (as ABC does) that there is more dumping??

Katie
post #5 of 20
I think we are seeing more ferals because awareness is growing about them. You know how if you're pregnant, you seem to notice pregnant women everywhere? Perhaps before, people just didn't 'see' the ferals but, because of the general movement of TNR, we are more aware of them now.
post #6 of 20
Tania..that is an excellent point.

Katie
post #7 of 20
Did the cat go in the trap??? I'm dying to know!
post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by lotsocats
Did the cat go in the trap??? I'm dying to know!

I like to know too
post #9 of 20
Well? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lotsocats
Did the cat go in the trap??? I'm dying to know!
Nope.I never saw it come back and I left the trap set last night and didn't have a thing in it this morning..except the food.


So now I am on a mission to catch 3 cats(actually 1 is the black kitten)as of now.Probably will be more before it is over.

My neighbor told me the other day that she has been seeing the momma cat going in and out of a barn next to her house.So if I don't have any luck here within a couple of days I will set the trap in the barn.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kumbulu
I think we are seeing more ferals because awareness is growing about them. You know how if you're pregnant, you seem to notice pregnant women everywhere? Perhaps before, people just didn't 'see' the ferals but, because of the general movement of TNR, we are more aware of them now.
Yeah I think you may have a point there as well.
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Momofmany
Oh boy! I've had a tuxie boy dropping over about every 3 weeks for the last 6 months or more - not regular enough to trap him - I just trap the existing colony when I try to set the trap. This week I saw him 3 times and when I looked at him closer last night, I realized it was a different Tuxie! This guy didn't run when I talked to him, so I think he is trying to stick around therefore trappable.

Yup.....they keep coming and coming and coming.......
Good luck in catching this kitty.Keep us posted.
post #13 of 20
Sending good trapping vibes!!!!

Katie

P.S. The only feral I've seen recently is my girl cat who I swear is the product of a travelling feral....at least..that's how I explain her behavior.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kumbulu
When it comes to TNRing, I don't know if there IS such a thing as no more ferals. I think it was MA who said once you start feeding (and TNRing) it's like a big neon sign that says, "Hey, come on over, free food and treatment here." As you know though, it is possible to have a managed group of ferals where you know that everyone has been spayed/neutered and vet checked and if a newbie shows up, that's what happens with them too.
I think she is right about the sign.LOL.

Also I have had several stray cats show up here that were not feral..They always seem to come to MY house.LOL.I think I must have something outside saying "Come on over for food and fixing." LOL.

I rehomed all the tame strays that have come here..except for my RIP Tom Kitty..and there was just something special about him and I had to keep him.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well,I saw the black cat again tonight.

I do think it is my crazy neighbor's cat.I saw him spray on my flowers outside.Blech.

I watched for him to go in the cage but he still didn't go in.I walked out when I saw him walking away and he really didn't act feral.When I said "kitty kitty" he looked at me and I thought he was going to come to me,but then other my neighbor's cat that I sort of adopted(that I let in all the time)came running to come in and scared him off.

But I hope I am able to catch him soon,because he has that wound on the side of his face,and I KNOW they aren't going to do a darn thing about it.
From what I can see it looks to me like one of those wolf worm holes...It may not be,but dang if that is not what it looks like the best I can tell.
I had 2 kittens with those once.Hence my cat named Wolfie.LOL.And a little tuxie girl that was just too far gone with it and crossed the RB a couple weeks after I caught her.

I swear those people don't take care of ANYTHING they have.They are the one's with all the loose unfixed dogs running around and one of their GSD's has been limping for 3 weeks now.

I really don't know that I will release him if I catch him...I may just find him a new home..
I normally wouldn't do that,but these people are HORRIBLE.


Would it be really mean of me to rehome that cat??
post #16 of 20
No, not at all. I think that's the right thing to do in this case. I wouldn't be surprised if the neighbors don't even go looking for him if he's 'missing'.

What is a wolf worm? We don't have those over here. Could it be a hole from a burst abcess?
post #17 of 20
Oh, OK, Bot Fly larvae. Nasty, nasty, nasty. I found this at www.ento.vd.edu:

Hi ..Sorry about the kitten. Yeah you shouldnt mess with these bot worms .. around here we call them wolf worms (larvae of a cuterebra fly). I have now had two kitties that have had them. I adopted a kitty just the other day from a local shelter that goes out and gets animals from "high kill" shelters. I noticed the baby (only 6 weeks old) had a sore on his shoulders , as his brother did too. I inquired and they said they had been fighting. I had already been thru one "worm" before , and this was going thru my mind. But it was scabed over .. Well I asked that they bath him before I took him. WHen I got him outside to the car I looked him over really good , and after the bath, sure enough , I could see the "worm" bobbling up for air. I took him back and explained to her what it was and they both the kitties had to be seen by the vet immediately. She took them ..and thye pulled out a huge "worm" out of the one kittie's neck .but said that the worm in my kitty had evidently came out on its own. Ummmm I didnt believe that ... so I looked him over and this morning ... sure enough I could still see the worm. I took him to my Vet first thing this morning. She applied a topical and the "worm" backed back down ..so this other vet ..didnt wait around for the worm to come back up. But my Vet was able to get the worm out safely and my kittie is okay. So please take this as a lesson ..and hopefully you will be able to save more kitties and other animals with the knowledge you have gained.
post #18 of 20
euwwieeee!!!!

*pulls feet up offfloor*
that is the grossest thing
post #19 of 20
vettechstudent...I think rehoming him would be a good thing...especially if the neighbors are neglectful. If they ask...you can tell them that I did it...again...all the way from Virginia.

Katie
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TNR1
vettechstudent...I think rehoming him would be a good thing...especially if the neighbors are neglectful. If they ask...you can tell them that I did it...again...all the way from Virginia.

Katie
LOL.Yeah I will blame it on the girl from VA again.Hehe.



I think it would be the best to rehome him,because I am telling ya these people are awful.I am just glad you all agree with me.


Kumbulu

It could be an abcess I guess,which is what I am hoping it is.Either way he needs some antibiotics,and I KNOW they aren't giving him any because you have to get it from the vet and I know they aren't going to take him.Stupid people.


turtlecat

Yeah ewww is right..those things are NASTY.


I will set the trap tonight and set it where I usually put the dry and hopefully he will get in it.
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