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post #571 of 715
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I don't think there are any tnr groups within a 100 mile radius. I will have to do it.

The grey is getting braver. He will lay on the groud and peek through the porch rails if I don't move quickly. I walk slow and rattle the food bowl... I try to get them to trust me...
post #572 of 715
If anyone can catch those wild boys, it's you Jenn.
post #573 of 715
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The tux is getting better around me. I did pet him the other day. He has let me touch him twice in probably 6 months. But he regularlly lays within a 4-5 feet of me. But he is very feral still. Not tame at all.

The grey has never been within 15 feet of me. And even then he lays low ready to run.

I think with patience I could actually get the tux but the grey would be rough.

Festus I can pick up if no one else is around.. He camps out on my porch.

I will do my best to catch them so they can all be fixed.
post #574 of 715
Here's some catch the wild boys vibes Jenn.
post #575 of 715
Hey Jenn, can we help out and send money to help pay for the spay and neuter's? For $15, I'd love to be able to be an honorary mum for a day and pay for the fixing for one of these guys.

Your story has really touched me, and they fact that you do all of this for these guys even when you're not exactly rolling in cash is just wonderful. Please PM me if I can do this to help these little guys!

post #576 of 715
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Sarah, that is very sweet but it would make me feel like I was taking advantage of you........

No we're definately not rolling in cash....... unfortunately.. We wish we were. Where are those money trees and cash fields. They must not grow good in Missouri.......but seriously.....

My philosophy on this is: "We have these cats and we will be ok with the low cost program on our income. We are spacing the fixings out and deciding who needs it first. That is why we chose the house cats Hank and Cow to fix first. After those two, we will do the girl babies, and then the ferals that are outside. I appreciate it soooo much Sarah that words cannot express. I cannot rely on others for basic vet care other than the program that I found which is for people like me. If a person cannot afford basic shots and basic vet care through programs that are designed to help, then they don't need the animal. And I am not that person. I love my babies and have just enough to get through. We feed them well and take good care of them. Cow and her calves came along unexpectedly just like JJ. They were in the area when we moved here and they ended up with us because we felt sorry for them and their situation. All the other ones we had were all fixed through our own pockets. That was 13 cats plus the three dogs. IMOM did JJ and for that I am grateful. But Cow and her calves will be ok.....

I am very grateful for the program I found. Very grateful. But I cannot accept cash from "a friend" to pay for their needs if we can do it. JJ's major medical through us for a loop and we were helped. Our times are tight but not so tight that we can't do 15.00 an animal. I promise if that changes in the future I will ask you if that offer still holds. But I just can't take money from you Miss Sarah..

As soon as we have our house finished and get moved our income will increase drastically because of bill reduction. Then we'll be rolling in the dough We won't have a mortgage for one thing... And we will be in there pretty soon. In a few weeks... We are saving money for the end stage of the plumbing or we won't be able to hook the commode up.....

If it changes Sarah, I promise to let you know... The offer makes me feel all warm and cozy...

Jenn and the gang

p.s. I am going to do a search and see where exactly the closest TNR group is. I am not 100 percent sure.. I would love to find a cage to use for the ferals... Poor little guys.. And the vet the SNAP program uses might have one. Ours does not. And you know something else. The lost cost spay neuter program tried to get my actual vet that did JJ's surgery involved and he refused!! I personally think that's pretty bad of him. And he is a good vet but the almightly dollar is causing him to have altered thinking or it could just be me. I thought vets would welcome this sort of program. We have heard there is a great vet in Crane arkansas. We are going to check them out. He is supposed to be a country doctor. The vet that is actually doing the fixing is closer to springfield. And he must be special. His name is Dr Divine... hehe.. Isn't that a cool name? Friday, we are sending off for our first two certificates for Cow and Hank. The woman told me it only takes a few days to get them back and she also said that sometimes the doctor will schedule the surgeries so the person can wait and take the animals right back home with them which is cool is driving distance is involved. Husband knows where he is at. I am not sure. But this vet is actually doing it for the necessity of having the animal fixed. He has no special requirements. The woman I also spoke with said the special requirements are the very reason some vets refuse to participate in low cost spay neuter programs. Special requirements to a vet are shots, wormings, heartworm meds and all the other things that rake in the dough. The love of the animal is lost somewhere along the way among the dollar bills. So I hope Dr Divine is simply a divine human!
post #577 of 715
Our vet's hospital participates in a low cost spay & neuter problem.
He has certain mornings set aside to do those surgeries.
I can only imagine how many kittens they has saved from being born into horrible lives.

Here's hoping that Dr. Divine is exactly what you need for your furkids.
post #578 of 715
congratulations Jenn on all your hard work. There's a special place for you in kitty heaven.

ren and stoli. . .
post #579 of 715
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I hope Dr Divine is simply divine............!!

And I can't wait for kitty heaven.... I don't mean I'm ready to go now. Still got a lot to do but I know I won't live to be a real old woman so I have to do what I can in my allotted space in this life.. You just never know.......

I am not really religious but you know that saying in the bible, something about being kind to strangers that you never know when you are entertaining angel? Well, I imagine a lot of these kitties are little angels in disguise.....

What do you think?
post #580 of 715
I agree wholeheartedly.

My heart tells me that every kitty, who we share our lives with, is a gift from the Divine.
We have been blessed.
post #581 of 715
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Very very blessed...... and I do believe all that we do will come back to us somehow so I feel it is important to try and do good. When we give all we can to a creature that has nothing... no home, no trust, no food, no life and no hope we gain so much in return. To only think about survival takes away everything else. When we give hope to something that has no hope or doen't even understand the concept of hope...well that is the ultimate gift. I think we all choose our path consciously or not and mine is somehow connected to the cat creatures.

When an animal can take their lifes comforts for granted and take for granted they will be fed and take for granted that they will never get hurt.............then that is a job well done by some human...

In helping the kitties, they in turn have enriched my life and they touch everything I do. Some of them helped me through some very very dark health times and I will always be there for them.
post #582 of 715
That is a lovely post Jenn, lots for us to think about there. You seem to have a good way of putting things int words.
post #583 of 715
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Thank you Book Tigger..... !

I'm off to get ready for work now. The boss is gone today!!!! It is going to be a good day!
post #584 of 715
Hooray...the boss is gone today.
post #585 of 715
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It was great day!!!!
post #586 of 715
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Our new toys

JJ after eating macaroni and cheese. He is falling asleep. See how fat he is getting. He does exercise too. He plays hard and eats a lots... He is also doing better with the dogs too. His hormones seem to have settled some. They still avoid him however. They have a mutual fear of him and he likes that so that might be why he is getting along with them a little better. They avoid him at all cost. hehe

And that's some for today. All is well in my household.

Been offline for a couple days but I'm back. Just very tired right now.

Take care all and a special big hello to Miss BTiger, XO and Satai.

Nite, Jenn and the gang
post #587 of 715
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I'm off work tomorrow too. I am going to take JJ out in the yard to play for a bit in the am while it's cool. I think he would enjoy it. I can't leave him out there but I can sit with him a little while. He is so used to the house now, he NEVER tries to go out. He loves being an indoor cat.
post #588 of 715
Aww, he is looking really well - do watch his weight though, with only having three legs now he needs to stay on the slimmer side. And I love the pics of the new toys!!
post #589 of 715
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I try to watch his weight. But right now, I'm just watching it grow. He's a chunck...... I am thinking of trying to lease train him on a little harness for walks. JJ is much like a dog at times and he really might like it. I don't think I have one other cat that would like going on a walk with me. Oh, they follow me around but they would not like a leash. But maybe JJ...... We will have to see. I know three legged cats can get over weight, but JJ is still smaller than when he was when I first laid eyes on him last year. He was huge then. He is merely chucked out at this point. He looks pretty healthy but I foresee him getting obese if I can't get him on some sort of program for walking. I am hoping he will take to it. This morning after daylight finally gets here, I am taking him out.

And those little canvas holes have three openings and canvas string inside them to play with. 4.00 each. And they love em. Hank slept on one of them last night.

Since they are waterproof, I might have to buy some more of them and put some in their enclosure just to play in. They could be mini caves for shade in their sunny portion.

I think they would like that. Some of the adults are even going inside them, looking around and then stepping out.. They each have three 8" holes for entrances. So I have them together for sort of a tunnel to play in.

But the babies are dashing through them. So it's cool.
post #590 of 715
I love the kitties new toys.

JJ is looking so good.
post #591 of 715
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Thank you Xo........ JJ looks so different now than when he first straggled up to the door with a broken hip...

He is healthy now. It's hard to believe it is that same cat.

Getting his leg amputated was the only logical possible solution.. Thank god I went ahead and did it.

His leg was holding him back and now it's as if he is just set free and all his personality as a loved pet is shining through.....

It was also a remarkable experience for the humans in his life as well.
post #592 of 715
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Last night my possum came up to my husband when he was outside. He came in and said "Honey that possum is not scared".. Surely he knew that possum has been eating with our cats for 6-7 months now. Possum girl has a beautiful hair coat. It is shiny and she has really blossomed. Purina cat chow is her favorite food.

Hubby said we are not taking the possum when we move. That poor baby will be missing her kitty food and fresh bowl of water...... She eats several times a day and is quite fat..

Wonder how she would like the enclosure until she got used to her new area???? The only cat who really doesn't like her is cookie. The others eat with her. The young one is the one who came up to hubby. She probably weighs 15-20 lbs. Her mama is very big. Larger than JJ or Muffin combined. Probably tops out at 35-40 lbs. She is about 18" tall across her tallest portion of her back and she is not afraid either. She is the largest fattest possum I have ever seen. And she is also very very healthy looking. I have actually picked her up once. She was heavy.....very heavy. She went limp and played possum games on me. It scared her. So I sat her out of my back yard....

What am I saying??? I can't move a possum........
post #593 of 715
Hey Jenn, just caught up! I think you could move the possum.
post #594 of 715
i have some of those 'cat cubes' for my cats - they're all adults & they love them... well, Java & Cable love them, anyway - they're my young adults.

and, no, - you can't move the possum - i agree with your husband on that one!
post #595 of 715
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Well, her name is Katie. I named her today since hubby would not. I told husband that Katie sure was cute. And he just looked at me and said who is Katie. I replied "Why your little possum, dear".........! He just shook his head.... hehe

I don't know if the possum is moving or not. I have read you can litter train a possum. When they first started hanging out, I did some reading on them and everyone said, you cannot domesticate a possum. Then I read an article about a woman who found a hurt possum that she could not touch but slowly gained it's trust. The doctored the possum and kept her in her house for a few days to recover and the possum thrived. She had a two story house and after the possum would eat his food "outside", it waited at the door and the woman would open it and he would come inside, lumber up the stairs and get on it's bed......... This was a non-fiction article by the way. I'll see if I can find it. I had a pet armadillo once name Prisilla when I was about 10. She lived in our hay barn. We had her for years. This was back when I had a pet cow named tarbaby that I rode. We even had a pet rooster named Henry. We had a horse that would come in our hard and open our door. We came home once and she was in the living room.. My mother about flipped. The others were in the dogs yard eating their grass.

I have lots of animal stories about our home when I was a youngster. We had em all.

I am about ready for bed or I would get a pic of Katie tonight. She mostly eats at night. I never see her during the day. I suspect she sleeps under my porch during the daylight hours. It has huge rocks and crevices underneath it to hide in.

Until I was working I was a night owl and would sit on our porch and star gaze and talk to the cats and Katie. She was scared at first but now she is comfortable in my presence and will eat and drink with me only a few feet away. I have never touch Katie. Only her mama.

Katie, katie, katie....... What am I going to do with you?


p.s. Possums have the strangest toes and feet. They are so fragile looking but still cute. But in reality, they are very rugged and tough little critters.
post #596 of 715
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Did you know opossums are the only marsupial living in north america? Marsupials are considered very ancient forms of mammals.

I just read that.

post #597 of 715
I don't know if American possums are like Australian possums, but a friend of mine has a bunch of friendly possums (and birds, cats and dogs) in her house. One of the possums pretty much lives inside now, and when it's feeding time, the possum sits on the chair with the cats and waits for dinner

Jenn, do you think you could take a picture of JJ's "stump" now, so I can see how it's healing? I'd love to see how well it's doing!
post #598 of 715
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I will take a pic of JJ's stump tonight. It looks great. It is totally healed and hair is growing back. It will be just a bit. He is asleep on that side and when he wakes I will take a pic.......

Tame possums..........hummmmmm... That's what I had in mind!!!
post #599 of 715
I have been reading about JJ. It is a very touching story. I am living my own version of that now.
I found this site a couple of weeks ago while trying to find help for my cat Chipper. She still is eating, drinking and trying to use the litter box (doesn't always make it inside though). She drags her hind legs. Xrays have been taken and nothing was found wrong. She has the vet perplexed. We even changed from one vet to another. She is being treated with antibiotics and predneson. I keep praying for her healing.The vet said to keep her quiet so she has been spending her time in her favorite place, our enclosed patio. But I feel sorry for her because she isn't in with us. So I try to spend alot of time with her there.Has anyone else had a cat that suddenly can't walk, dragsther hind legs and has a droopy belly? We are at a loss as to the problem. The vet suggested a test of some sort but it would be between $1300 and $1800 just for the test.If they would find something it could be twice as much or more. Sorry to have rattled on there. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
post #600 of 715
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I bet she has some sort of nerve damage. I pray she gets ok...... It is so hard on the caregiver watching your animal drag their legs.

Please keep up updated. And for financial help, contact imom.org. Without that organization, JJ would not be well today...... They can help you. It is a quick process to get approved. Less than 24 hrs after you fax them the paperwork.

And also post a new post saying the same things in the health area which is were this post is, so you can get specific replies to this. Someone might know something you can do.

But when JJ first came to us with the nerve damage it was due to it being severed by the bone and so he dragged his legs. Hopefully your baby will heal and believe me when I say I am rooting for you both.

I willl watch for your post and the replies.

Good luck sweetie...........Jenn

p.s. There is also a tick paralysis. Have you checked her for ticks??
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