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post #31 of 55
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Hey LDG,

Thanks for your tips! Actually someone is coming tomorrow to look at him and we are interviewing her We want to make sure he gets a good home. We were going to keep him but my dad thinks 5 cats is a lot so if there is someone interested in him he'd prefer he goes to a new (good!) home.

On another note! He does NOT like hairball remedy. I tried to give him some because it looks like he is going to throw up a hairball. I finally somehow got some on his paw and it scared him and he hit his head on the table running from me. I really wasn't paying attention to his "I don't want to do this" signals he was giving me and in the end he hit my hand with his paw and left two little claw marks on me. Then he hissed at me which he hasn't done since early in the beginning

How in the world can I give this guy hairball remedy? Also grooming him is out of the question as he tries to attack the brush! He is not easy to groom! I haven't even tried to clip his nails because I am WAY too nervous to do that. But I see him sometimes catching his nails on the carpet. The he freaks out because it hurts maybe and he's scared. Any tips?

Also, how do you know if it is a hairball or he has asthma or something? I keep thinking it is a hairball but he never produces anything as far as I can tell. And at other times when I pet him he makes a kind of grunting/wheezing sound

I'm confused

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Edited to add: Oh yes about the peeing on the couch. That only happened once or twice and has never happened again (thankfully!). He seems to be adjusting very well to life indoors.
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by writergirl
We want to make sure he gets a good home. We were going to keep him but my dad thinks 5 cats is a lot so if there is someone interested in him he'd prefer he goes to a new (good!) home.

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So do I. Not because I think 5 cats are too many, but because I think you are a too good fosterhome.

And the trick is not to adopt those one has saved and fostered, no Madam, the trick is to adopt them to a good home (giving the home adresse here so they may get advice if they want or need) - and youself shall take next semiferal to foster.
And so on.

EDIT: the point is a really good and dedicated foster is much more scarce than a good cat owner.

Good luck!
post #33 of 55
I love those little tiny meows. They are so sweet...... awwww... He is trusting you.

Jenn
post #34 of 55
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Well things seem to be taking a turn for the worse rather quickly. Chandler has taken to intimidating the mommy cat. Her daughter has taken to harassing him (constantly hissing and growling at him) And Chandler is starting to snap! He chassed the daugher (miss hiss is her name appropriate enough) up the stairs and under the bed where she usually sleeps. We're not sure what would have happened because my mother broke it up.

I really hope that person will adopt him because I don't think it's doing him any good being here anymore.


Erica
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by writergirl
He chassed the daugher (miss hiss is her name appropriate enough) up the stairs and under the bed where she usually sleeps. We're not sure what would have happened because my mother broke it up.


Erica
Why?
Probably nothing. Cats arent either KGB or CIA. Not even Fed police! They dont pursuit opponents once they fled away.
They CAN mob, thought. But if the mobbed cat fleds to his shelter shehe is left alone there.

But what is going on here? Especially as I did retold the witnessing shy semiferals make almost never troubles with homecats??

I want to believe he feels himself a homecat now. Ie your fostering and socialisation was succesful. He is no longer a humble accepted poor guy. Now he is one of the guys - and wants to have his share of power amongs the cats his equals.
Entirely normal and natural. The usual recommendation is to wait, look on as long the fights arent too heavy. And let them themselves build up the new ladder.
The momcat and her kittens must be of course protected and left undisturbed if she cant defend herself (most/many momcats can, they are VERY efficient and chase away every intruder).

You can try with feliway/felifriend: the friendly and feeling secure cats scent.
It isnt very cheap but very often is quite effective.
post #36 of 55
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I think the problem is one of the cats was bullying him for weeks (hissing, growling, hitting at hime - even though she is half his size) and he just can't take it anymore. They are fighting almost every day. I can't be around to constantly supervise them because I am having medical treatment every day.

What is this feline friendly stuff?

Erica
post #37 of 55
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I didn't realize until tonight why my indoor/outdoor cat (Furby) was spending so much time outside. Furby was a homeless cat who still likes (correction Loves!) to go outside. Well anyway I had him in my arms with with his paws over my shoulder like usual and the new guy came in the room and Furby started whimpering like mad!). I now have cat scratches on my back because he desperately wanted to get away. As we speak he is outside because he is too scared to come in. I just thought it was the warm weather and that's why he wanted out I was wrong!

Poor Furby. It isn't fair to him. And plus it stresses me out having him out there because I have had to chase away raccoons on more than one occasion. Now he is spending all of his time out there and I am stressing about it.

I really hope we can find a home for this guy because NO one is happy about it. Sorry Stephanz I didn't really understand your last post too well. I didn't understand your advice about how to help them get along better. What do you do when one cat is absolutely terrified of the other? Furby is losing weight (he was 7.8 pounds to start with not sure exactly what he is now).

Poor Furby Also the Mother cat spends the majority of her day under the bed because she is scared of the new guy (who weighs 15 pounds!) The mom is very small.

Help!

Erica
post #38 of 55
Yes, I see. The personal chemistry dont always agree... Not all cats are friends or even can live together with others.

Yes I see you want to find him a new home ASAP. If you cant, and you are sufficient desperate it is OK to turn him loose. After all, he IS used to live outside, he wouldnt die like most dumped homecats. And now when he is healthy and neutered he would be in the same position as a TNR-ed cat.
And who knows, chances are good he would find a new home.
This is not my first hand recommendation, but I do mention this as a possible emergency exit.
post #39 of 55
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Originally Posted by writergirl
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What is this feline friendly stuff?

Erica

Feliway or Felifriend is essentially the scent they have from their faces, when happy friendly cats do go around and rub on everything and everyone.
Here made in industry.
Most vets do sell it.

Look it up on google.com or even here at the forums.

It may do the trick in your family.
post #40 of 55
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I'm going to try and find this felifriend stuff- thanks for the tip!

I couldn't just let him free. Even if I did he wouldn't leave. He'd just hang around on our front porch waiting to be fed. I am still trying to find him a home. He's a nice enough cat. He really would make a good pet so long as there are no other cats around.


Erica
post #41 of 55
I don't know if this is the cheapest place to get it, but it's a product called "Feliway" and it is a synthetic hormone that mimics the "friendly" scent markers in cats' cheeks. It can be purchased in a spray bottle (spray it everywhere in the house - every few feet at cat cheek height - it doesn't stain anything that we can find - couches, wood, walls, curtains - we've used it on everything) or in a plug-in "Feliway Comfort Zone), like air freshener. We had one in every room for a while (we've got six cats, all feral rescues, only two rescued at the same time and we've fostered a bunch along the way). It really seemed to help out here. Just don't spray near litterboxes or where they're supposed to scratch. Here's a link: http://www.catfaeries.com/feliway.html

At the same site, you can find Flower Essences. We used calm and serene for one cat that was having problems with all the other cats and started obsessively licking herself. It seemed to help - but there are lots of choices for multicat houses and feral rescues.

You can also rub the cat or cats the newbie's having problems with - rub them really well with a washcloth or something that was washed without softener (the less "other" scent the better). Put that cloth under a dish that newbie eats from. If you are willing to use more than one peice of cloth or wash cloth or whatever, you can also put treats on it for him (after having rubbed the kittie(s) he's having problems with all over - get their scent good and on it. Works best if it's only one cat, but.... ). The point is to get him to start associating good things with that/those scents.

Same for the cat that's having a problem with newbie. Rub newbie with a wash cloth or whatever, and put it under the food dish of the one that really dislikes him. Same thing for putting out treats.

Also, if you want to look for organizations that can help, use this link:

http://www.pets911.com/organizations/organizations.php

Type in your zip, and start calling. Maybe you can find someone that can foster, or some way of getting out info that there's a feral that needs to be socialized if someone wants to adopt....

You can also contact the Best Friends' No More Homeless Pet Network:

you can either join the network or just e-mail them about the situation. Their may be other network people in your area that might be able to help in some way - either in assuming his foster care or adopting him.

Sorry it's turned into such a stressful thing!

Maybe there's some way you can confine him to one room to help ease the stress levels? Is there a room that the other cat's don't "need" to access? It might help calm everyone down. Just a thought.

Sending lots of calming vibes your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hang in there - and hopefully you can find someone either to adopt him or to assume his foster care. Whatever happens, thanks for helping this guy!

Laurie
post #42 of 55
Sorry - somehow I missed that Stefan answered the Feliway question. But maybe the cat faeries link will help. Petsmart and any petstore I've seen carry it as well.
post #43 of 55
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Wow LDG thanks for the tips that's great They are actually already getting along a bit better. Since I have been home all day again they are getting along much better. I've been giving them all tons of attention and I think they are feeling more secure. I will check out the felifriendly stuff too.

Today we had a vet-on-the-go come in to check him out because we weren't sure what was going on with his back. At first we thought it was matted fur then we thought it was scar tissue then we we had no idea because it all started to fall out in clumps. Well turns out it was just matted fur and the vet shaved all the matted fur off I am very happy about this. His new fur's going to look great. He also had his nails clipped and was checked out by the vet and given eye drops.

Erica
post #44 of 55
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The cat got out about 20 minutes ago and he is very scared and we have no idea where he is. I am worried.
post #45 of 55
The newbe? Dont worry too much, he is used to manage outside, he shouldnt be harmed and will return when convenient.


Why is he scared? Did something happened??
post #46 of 55
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Hi. Thanks, yes the new one. He was scared because I went to look for him in the backyard with the flash light and he ran away really quickly. He's been gone for 9 hours now.
post #47 of 55
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He hasn't come back yet it's been 24 hours. I looked around the neighbourhood during the day and night but couldn't find him.

post #48 of 55
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He hasn't come back yet it's going on three days does anyone have any tips? I'm really worried about him. I miss him so much.
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by writergirl View Post
He hasn't come back yet it's going on three days does anyone have any tips? I'm really worried about him. I miss him so much.
Do you have any photos so you can put up posters? I've heard that's the single best way to find a missing cat. I've also heard putting the litter box outside at night so he can find his smell???
post #50 of 55
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Thanks so much. Yes I'm going to print off a picture of him and make a poster. I'm also going to set the havahart trap and put something out with my scent on it and also something with his scent on it.

I miss him
post #51 of 55
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One person called about the poster. They saw him 2 days ago a few blocks from my house. I'm going to go out looking for him again tomorrow and put up more posters.
post #52 of 55
Woo Hoo!

If you can safely go out fairly late (or early in the morning), that's a prety good time to hunt cats, LOL. When Fwan lost Teufel, she would go out in the middle of the night, and call for him, and she did hear him meow back, but just couldn't figure out where he was...
post #53 of 55
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Hi,

Thanks for the idea. That's what I'm planning on doing tonight. I'm going to go out and call for him.
post #54 of 55
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It is probably futile but I'm still looking for Chandler 7 months later. I miss him so much I'm going to make new posters and put them up.

~writer
post #55 of 55
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It is probably futile but I'm still looking for Chandler 7 months later. I miss him so much I'm going to make new posters and put them up.

~writer
Aw. I'm sorry. I hope it will help.
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