Katie, Kazy, Trizy (well close but no cigar on the spelling there, LOL!)
So nice to hear of your colonies. I too have one, though i don't journal.
My life has always had cats, but when i moved to my current home, I suddenly started to acquire cats as strays. 2 lovely ones came into my
And then came the turning point...
One cold night, at a dinner, leaving the hotel/restaurant I saw the pitfully thin cats dumpster diving.
I resolved then and there to do *something* I began to feed, but had no monies for much else. So of course...more cats!
Finally after a year, I got some help finanically and with traps and did TNR. Now I have only 12 sometime cats, 5 to 6 are always there, the others come and go. But happily only 2 to 2 need fixing!! All have had rabies, and spay and some have had distemper etc. 2 came home as ferals to be home cats, and have tamed nicely.
As part of my work, I've been asked to tame various ferals outside of my colony cats... tonight I agreed to take on a new Siamese style kitty, in direst need of taming, and perhaps if he does well... adoption to a new home?
So far my rolls include:
Martini, Dewey, T.T/Sunny Delight, and Baby the feral coon kitten.
All have found homes, and been tamed to very nice kitties.
Back to the colony: In my colony most of them, I have trapped and I've fixed.
I provided nice shelters for them... tho not
of course racoon proof. Nothing really is... but I tried! I tried to make
the holes small enough for kitties, too small for coons, LOL.
I made tupperware / rubber maid shelters, stuffed with straw. And I made sure to make several plus left out large dog igloo, so the coons could have shelter and not bother the kitties. As I noticed, coons at my site eat next to the cats, and indeed the cats threaten the coons, not the other way round. So I leave plenty extra dry chow - and bowls in different locations so all can eat, and all can be peaceful.
When it rains, I have 2 garbage cans on the sides, on the ground, that I put food into to keep it dry and sheltered.
when I needs meds for my kitties: I use fish antibiotics.
You might try Katie, if in need of low cost anti biotics - fish meds. These can be bought at the local pet store with no prescription, and are the same antibios as you give your pets. Fish Flex, is Cetaflexin (sp??!!) Fish Mox is amoxicillin and there are 2 others mentioned.
I had this info from the Terrier Man's website, about working terrier dogs and how to keep vet bills down. My vet confirmed it for me, and told me it was okay in a pinch...
The dosage has to be adjusted for the kitties body weight, but he gives the dosages for the 8 lb to 16 lb dogs and you just do a little math. Not difficult!!
You sprinkle on the food using stinky wet stuff like tuna, and they gobble it up!
Its cheap 30 dollars for a BIG bottle of antibios and they work REALLY well on most cat bites/wounds.
I also use Revolution on my cats for ticks, fleas and worms. Its expensive, but I got the vet to write a presciption and now get it from 1-800-petmeds for less!!!
You can get Strongid for worms too, its liquid and costs about 30 dollars for a large bottle. You have to get your vet to write the presciption though.
Um, I have to go now! I have such fun reading this. Its nice to share my heart aches and my successes with people who *understand*.
LIke for example, my Frogita is so tame for me, but runs from other people... but Goose is fine with people in the house he knows, he is super affectionate and loves being picked up and petted... Frogita OTH will only let ME do that!
Such little characters.
Wish me luck with my newest challenge. I am hoping he comes with 2 8 wk old kittens to help me "teach" him about handling loving and petting. Kittens are usually very easy to tame down, and they LOVE to play. I think this new boy will do well with me. Send me vibes for his taming. If he tames nicely the rescue will find a home for him!