TheCatSite.com › Forums › Feral Cats and Rescue › Caring for Strays and Ferals › Starting My Enclosure
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Starting My Enclosure - Page 4

post #91 of 118
Great looking enclosure!

(Sad you had to post pictures of a murdered snake though..)

Another person with lots of cats! (I have 30)
post #92 of 118
Jenn, I really think you're on to something with Jimmy's behavior and mannerisms. He's just gotten so used to reacting to situations in certain way that it's automatic. He's obviously comfortable around you and Juan after all this time and feels safe. It's also obvious from your posts that he's adjusted well to the life of house cat. You've done an amazing job with taking things at his pace. Given my experience with Jimmy when he was in foster care, I'd think you'd be fine trying to touch him. I managed to get in a few little pets here and there on his back and, while it sometimes earned me a swat, it mostly just seemed to surprise him and he wasn't quite sure how to take it.
I think he's ready for that step and I totally trust your judgement regarding what that might be.

Good luck!
post #93 of 118
The freeze in your area has been on CNN TV today.
Warm and safe vibes coming your way Jenn.
post #94 of 118
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Jenn, I really think you're on to something with Jimmy's behavior and mannerisms. He's just gotten so used to reacting to situations in certain way that it's automatic. He's obviously comfortable around you and Juan after all this time and feels safe. It's also obvious from your posts that he's adjusted well to the life of house cat. You've done an amazing job with taking things at his pace. Given my experience with Jimmy when he was in foster care, I'd think you'd be fine trying to touch him. I managed to get in a few little pets here and there on his back and, while it sometimes earned me a swat, it mostly just seemed to surprise him and he wasn't quite sure how to take it.
I think he's ready for that step and I totally trust your judgement regarding what that might be.
Thank you Elly.......that means a lot to me...... I'm fixing to give him a little push... I better bake a little chicken. I'll bribe him for a pet. If you'll notice in the pic I posted of him under the ramp, there is a saucer there. That is Jimmy's for his snacks....hehe And on occassion he eats a little canned cat food.. they all do.

Quote:
Warm and safe vibes coming your way Jenn.
And thank you too Xo.... It is pretty cold here. We work in Berryville Ar and it was not too bad there today but on the way home, we go north 33 miles. It rained all the way hard. We hit Shell Knob in Missouri and just north of there it was as though we crossed a line. The rain turned to ice in an instant. The trees were absolutely white with ice. The power lines had iches of ice hanging off them. I crept home.

And as soon as we turned on our road, the ice stopped. The rain stopped and we drove on in. Right now it is not raining. I was looking out the back door here at home when it was daylight and the mountain out back is white but the trees in our backyard are green still..

It is like the storm [so far] has went around our little house. Our power is still on [obviously] and so far no damage at our house. We are snug as we can be...

I dread going to work. We drive straight downhill for 10 miles when we initially leave. It is remote and in the forest. I just pray that nothing happens to our electricity in the next 48 hrs. Only time will tell. We have been lucky so far.

Our 4-wheel drive went out two days ago. We had it serviced and on the way home the transmission started slipping ane it you went over 15 mph it went back into nutral. So this morning when we got off work, husband bought a little chevy 4x4 s10. He put 80 lbs of rock and concrete in the back and that's what we are driving to work tonight. The neon we normally drive has studded tires in the front but it is not 4 wheel drive.

We drive 33 miles to work and it normally takes us approx 50-60 minutes with normal road conditions driving more or less 45mph. We usually leave at 10:45 pm to get there 25-30 minutes early. We are driving the 4x4 and leaving approx 2.5 hrs early tonight so we can creep...

It's gonna be a long night... In case of a situation where we get stuck or something we are leaving "lots" of animal food and animal water in the house for the cats and dogs. We have them all in... We only leave the big dogs out at night if it is at least 40 degrees with no rain. They have a great dog house also stuffed with hay that is large enough for both of them to snuggle. Muffin, the little girl. will never stay outside at night. She uses the cat door to poopie at night. She sits out there with them.. It is too cute.

I'll let you know how it all goes in the morning pending we don't get stuck anywhere. I'll think we'll be fine..

Jenn and the gang
post #95 of 118
Thread Starter 
Speaking of snakes.......... a month ago we saw a cottonmouth. It was absolutely huge and we couldn't believe it was out this time of year. I figured they were all denned up for the winter somewhere. This one was out in the middle of the road coiled up striking at cars as they drove by. It was as big around as my arm. It was not on our property and about 5-6 miles away.. Don't know what happened to it. They are very aggressive and very dangerous.

I am dreading snake season starting up. I am going to buy some garden mesh and put around the bottom of the outside of the enclosure to keep snakes out of there OR a snake coming in the cat door.. I don't want to have to worry about snakes in the cat hay where I also lay down. I am also going to buy something to kill any grass or plants around the outside of the enclosure so I can see the fence bottom.

It makes me nervous. I told my husband we need to keep something handy outside in the event of copperheads which are in abundance out here. I have an older uncle crippled in the arms from a bite from one of them. They strike like an electric sewing machine needle. And if it's me or them, I guarantee with divine intervention's help, I will win... Predators of that type are history if we run across them by our house area. It comes down to our life. If we got bit by a cottonmouth, we might not live till the paramedics got here.

So yes, I am a snake murderer.. it is merely survival of the fittest.. And the humans at my house are going to be top-dogs. I would not even consider relocating a poisonous snake. I grew up in Tx around rattlesnakes and where we lived out in the country we called "rattlesnake hill". They are deadly.. I have lost many a dog to a rattlesnake bite.
post #96 of 118
Thread Starter 
our weather statement..........yikes...
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
335 PM CST SAT JAN 13 2007

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>098-101>106-140600-
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-MILLER-MARIES-VERNON-
ST. CLAIR-HICKORY-CAMDEN-PULASKI-PHELPS-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-
LACLEDE-TEXAS-DENT-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-WEBSTER-WRIGHT-NEWTON-
LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-DOUGLAS-HOWELL-SHANNON-MCDONALD-BARRY-STONE-
TANEY-OZARK-OREGON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...WARSAW...COLE CAMP...VERSAILLES...
ELDON...LAKE OZARK...VIENNA...NEVADA...APPLETON CITY...OSCEOLA...
HERMITAGE...OSAGE BEACH...CAMDENTON...FORT LEONARD WOOD...
WAYNESVILLE...ROLLA...LAMAR...EL DORADO SPRINGS...STOCKTON...
BOLIVAR...BUFFALO...LEBANON...HOUSTON...CABOOL...SALEM...JOPLIN...
CARTHAGE...GREENFIELD...SPRINGFIELD...MARSHFIELD...ROGERSVILLE...
MOUNTAIN GROVE...MANSFIELD...NEOSHO...AURORA...MOUNT VERNON...
NIXA...OZARK...AVA...WEST PLAINS...WINONA...EMINENCE...ANDERSON...
PINEVILLE...MONETT...CASSVILLE...KIMBERLING CITY...GALENA...
BRANSON...FORSYTH...GAINESVILLE...THEODOSIA...THAYER...ALTON
335 PM CST SAT JAN 13 2007

...UNPRECEDENTED ICE STORM WILL PARALYZE MUCH OF THE MISSOURI
OZARKS...

HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET THAT HAVE OCCURRED
ACROSS MUCH OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS CAUSED MAJOR TREE AND POWER LINE
DAMAGE. LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE DECLARED PORTIONS
OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI A DISASTER AREA.

ANOTHER ROUND OF FREEZING RAIN WILL IMPACT THE REGION THROUGH THIS
EVENING BRINGING ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS TO AREAS MAINLY ALONG
AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM CASSVILLE TO SALEM. ANOTHER ROUND OF
HEAVIER FREEZING RAIN WILL SPREAD ACROSS REGION SUNDAY. TOTAL ICE
ACCUMULATIONS BY LATE SUNDAY WILL RANGE FROM THREE QUARTERS OF AN
INCH TO TWO INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

THE ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH SUNDAY WILL CAUSE
CATASTROPHIC TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE...PARTICULARLY ALONG THE
INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR. TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO
DETERIORATE TONIGHT AND BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME
AREAS...ESPECIALLY ON UNTREATED ROAD SURFACES. IN ADDITION...MANY
ROADS WILL BE BLOCKED BY FALLEN DEBRIS...TREES AND POWER LINES.

MANY RESIDENTS OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WILL BE WITHOUT POWER FOR
SEVERAL DAYS. ANYONE PLANNING TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE REGION SHOULD
PLAN TO STAY AWAY FROM THE MISSOURI OZARKS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SPREAD INTO THE REGION AS WE HEAD INTO EARLY
NEXT WEEK. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...AND
POSSIBLY BELOW ZERO MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHTS. THESE BITTERLY COLD
TEMPERATURES WILL ONLY AGGRAVATE THIS DISASTER AND CAUSE HUMAN
SUFFERING AMONG THOSE WITHOUT HEAT AND POWER.

THOSE WHO USE IMPROVISED HEATING SOURCES TO ATTEMPT TO WARM THEIR
HOMES ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION. DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE
POISONING AND FIRE INCREASE DRAMATICALLY WITH SUCH DEVICES. IN
ADDITION...THE COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FROM MONDAY INTO WEDNESDAY
MAY LEAD TO WATER PIPES BREAKING...ESPECIALLY WITH HOMES AND
BUSINESSES WITHOUT HEAT OR POWER.

LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES SHOULD CONTINUE COORDINATING
EFFORTS TO MINIMIZE IMPACTS FROM THIS IMPENDING DISASTER. THIS IS A
VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST FORECAST AND
ADVISORIES CONCERNING THIS MAJOR WINTER STORM.

$$

CRAMER/GAGAN/FOSTER
post #97 of 118
Its not the fact that you killed a snake, but that you posted pictures of a bloody, murdered snake on a forum with animal lovers.
post #98 of 118
Thread Starter 
I also am an animal lover and I'm sorry I offended you...........

I love your siggy by the way. It is awesome......
post #99 of 118
Thread Starter 
Hey xo......

Here's JJ, the dog hater guarding his scratching toy..... He has the floor variety.

He mostly ignores the dogs now, but you can see by his expression, he is irritated as heck........... bless his heart.



More tomorrow.........time to leave for work....

Jenn and the gang
post #100 of 118
Its alright, atleast you apologised!

Thanks! Actually, someone from the signature thread made it for me ( If I remember correctly, it was Anakat )
post #101 of 118
Hang in there Jenn...
Your tribe is depending on you.
I am sending lots of warm, safe thoughts your way.

Can't help myself....
I love JJ.
That picture of him and doggie is adorable.
post #102 of 118
Jenn, that forecast sounds downright scary. Sending "stay safe and keep warm" vibes to you Juan, the animals and everyone in the area.
post #103 of 118
Thread Starter 
I'm fixing to leave work in aprox 30 minutes. Where I am at, the roads and all are fine. I called the counties I drive through on the way home and we have trees down and power lines down within 10 miles of us. I am going to call my house to check and see if I have electricity before we leave. If we don't we are going to walmart to buy a little propane cooker. We can deal with candles for light but warming our chili would be nice without having to start a little campfire......

I just don't know what to expect...
post #104 of 118
Stay safe Jenn.
post #105 of 118
Thread Starter 
It is a winter wonderland. The major ice went around our house but not sure what is going to happen tonight. My daughter lives in Nixa which is 5 miles from springfield, mo. They have been without power and heat and water for three days. They just bought a house but haven't moved yet. The power, TODAY, came back on in the new place. So they have packed blankets and are heading to camp out.

These are some pics I took on my way home. We have major outages 10 miles from our house and we are fortunate to have missed that portion of this storm.

I am including a picture of my handsome husband and some power lines..













And then where we live the ice just quit. I am going to our creek tomorrow and take some pics of it. I can hear it raging from the house. It is over flowing. It is supposed to be 4 degree tomorrow night. Thank god for propane... hehe
post #106 of 118
Thread Starter 
And our new little 4x4 that Juan bought yesterday. Sure glad we got it. Especially with the ice right now. And we like to haul stuff around. I also mis quoted something yesterday. We don't have 80 lbs of rock in it. Juan put 500 lbs of rock in it for the ice.





Drives like a top. I have been sitting staring at my honda passport which I have always loved. Too bad the transmission died.
post #107 of 118
Thread Starter 
Now back to kitties............
post #108 of 118
I know how damaging ice storms can be, but that last picture is just beautiful.
post #109 of 118
Your ice photos are beautiful but it sure looks cold...burrrrr
Really cool truck...
nice husband too.
Stay warm and safe Jenn.
post #110 of 118
Thread Starter 
Jimmy says to heck with cold weather enclosure life....
post #111 of 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcribbs View Post
Jimmy says to heck with cold weather enclosure life....
Looks like the Big Guy appreciates the good life!
post #112 of 118
Awww...Jimmy look perfectly warm and comfy.
Has the ice melted yet?
post #113 of 118
What absolutely beautiful pictures! I know how horrible ice storms can be - but that crystal palace look they create are just incredible.

SMART JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Missed you!

Laurie
post #114 of 118
Thread Starter 
That crystal palace is every prettier today. With the cold cold sun shinning through the ice, it was unbelievable. Took my breath away.
post #115 of 118
Stay safe Jenn...
apparently falling tree branches are a serious problem in your area.
post #116 of 118
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure if I told you guys but the worst night when we came to work, the road was blocked by a huge tree. Completely blocked. Juan and I tried to drag it out of the road to no avail. We had to back track a few miles and find the guy with the chainsaw who was clearing branches and limbs off the road and tell him what was up ahead. He cleared the road for us so we could get to work. It took us slightly over an hr to go the first 9 miles there were so many downed trees. We could hear them in the forrest falling. Neither one of us have ever seen anything like it. The roads weren't icy...just patchy.. The trees were the major issue. We were very lucky we did not lose power at our house due to a frozen tree falling. Around our immediate area, the trees were clear of ice but to within a mile away they were covered.

And no, the ice has not melted yet. It has been in the teens and single digits at night. And low 30's in the daytime. I think tomorrow it will warm up but by Saturday [tomorrow] we are looking at 5-7" of snow... This is supposed to occur Friday night through Sunday night. The weatherman might be wrong. Sometimes he is so we will see.
post #117 of 118
Jenn, Juan and fur babies.
post #118 of 118
Thread Starter 
Everything is back to normal as far as this thread goes. And thank god the snow is gone...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Caring for Strays and Ferals
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Feral Cats and Rescue › Caring for Strays and Ferals › Starting My Enclosure