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post #31 of 44
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Yes I do Satai, and I sure appreciate it........ Keep them prayers coming too. They seem to really be working these days. ahhhhhhhhh.... That was a sigh of relief......

Jenn
post #32 of 44
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FINALLY GOT A PICTURE OF THE GREY FERAL. He is so elusive. But I tiptoes outside moving very very slowly and got this. He was about 30-40 feet from me and I zoomed!



Poor little guy...
post #33 of 44
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I have made arrangement through one of the low cost spay neuter programs to get the mama cat, her three babies and all three male ferals fixed for 15.00 each. I can't do them all at once, but Friday i am mailing 30.00 for two certificates to get the mama and one male cat fixed. The male is the one I can touch. Yeah...

She also said that I can get the babies in a bit when I can afford it. And the two wild ferals [tuxado and grey], when I catch them I can pay the vet the 15.00 and get them fixed and then the vet will send off for the certs. That way I won't run the risk of the certificate expiring if I cant' trap them.

Thank you LDG...............!

Jenn
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by jcribbs
I have made arrangement through one of the low cost spay neuter programs to get the mama cat, her three babies and all three male ferals fixed for 15.00 each. I can't do them all at once, but Friday i am mailing 30.00 for two certificates to get the mama and one male cat fixed. The male is the one I can touch. Yeah...

She also said that I can get the babies in a bit when I can afford it. And the two wild ferals [tuxado and grey], when I catch them I can pay the vet the 15.00 and get them fixed and then the vet will send off for the certs. That way I won't run the risk of the certificate expiring if I cant' trap them.

Thank you LDG...............!

Jenn
Yay! Low cost spay and neuter is DEFINITELY necessary when you are dealing with so many kitties!
post #35 of 44
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yes it is!!!! The feral male with the hurt foot and the grey feral..........I will have to trap to get them fixed.

I am worried about these two eating after we move. The brother cat is going with us and I want to take these two as well. Since we have to have our enclosure finished before we move, I guess I can "attempt" to retrap these two to move them as well.

It's going to prove extremely difficult I would imagine.

Since they will probably remember being trapped, it might be easier to trap them and move them and THEN get them fixed. It might be hard to trap them TWICE. Once to fix and once to move.

Anyone have ideas on this?
post #36 of 44
Maybe you could trap, neuter and then bring them home to the new place?
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by sheilad
Maybe you could trap, neuter and then bring them home to the new place?
That's my thinking also, if it could be done. Definately less risky than trying to trap twice.
post #38 of 44
I am so glad you found a low-cost service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The big question - is it a place that will keep them overnight? Or are they going to charge you for that?

There's another problem with moving ferals. As you know, cats are territorial, and when they're outdoor cats and you move territories, they freak (not that indoor cats don't, it's just their still confined to the house). The advice given when moving ferals is to keep them in large cages (protected from rain) for at least a week. Cages large enough for litter, a bed, food and water. Then to feed them wet food, and keep putting that out for a while after you've let the doors open. The idea is that they then associate the new place with food and will continue coming back to it for the food - in the process making the new territory theirs.

But moving trucks, etc. might scare them off - which is why it would be best to trap them before movers come. And which is why it would be best to them relocate them to the new place after the movers are gone. But that means staying at the vet or shelter or boarding or something inbetween.... unless you have superhuman movers that are moving from one place to the other in one day.

Any more details to see what we can brainstorm?

((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))

Laurie
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by jcribbs
The babies are just slightly [I think] over three months old. Is that too young to fix?
Ooops - I remembered I forgot to answer this. It is definitely NOT too young to fix! It is safe to spay/neuter as early as seven weeks. Many vets (if they're not regularly involved with ferals) won't due it because they don't know the research on it and haven't spayed or neutered a cat that small, but here's a link: http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/repo...ly-neuter.html

Most organizations that provide low-cost spay neuter services will already know this and be willing to spay/neuter the younger kittens.

And as to the questions - stray or feral - sometimes it can be really hard to tell! A feral that's never had a bad experience with a human can get friendly pretty quickly (though that's not the norm). Trusting a human can take forever with a housecat that was abused by humans. Strays can become "feral-like" pretty quickly. Here is a really well written article by someone who's worked with ferals for a long time: The Many Differences Between Feral and Tame Cats.

Interestingly, none of our ferals talked. Lazlo was the exception, but he was the first one we rescued and that was because he was abandoned by the family on their first excursion, and he cried up a strom. But once inside, the only time he would ever "talk" was a meals. And that was just a quiet meow or two. But no one else ever talked. Until Flowerbelle. She was rescued at a very early age as a teeney, teeney kitten, and she's deaf. But she's not mute. And her mom probably never taught her not to talk - don't think she was with mom long enough. And she talked any time she wanted (or didn't want, lol) something. THANKFULLY it's the cutest little chirping kind of thing.

However - once she started talking, after about a month or so, one of the other cats started talking when he wanted something. It was the rustiest "I've never used my voice before" kind of sound, lol! I don't know how long it took, but eventually, of course, they all started talking. Not a lot - but something every day. So now instead of the quiet peaceful home we had, we've got six talking cats.
post #40 of 44
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That's a wonderful story! Star's meow is very very high pitched and kitten like and she does it very soft. She is timid about it also. The only time she does it is when she is in and needs out. It's a sweet little meow. I've only felt her purr once or twice and it's very slight...

It's special when the ferals do stuff regarding communication and love.

All the others, except Jimmy are very vocal.. JJ is extremely vocal.!!! He has a low gruff meow that rings through through the air!!
post #41 of 44
I've been following this thread for a while now, and I must say that you are amazing for doing all this! It's a lot of hard work, but so so worth it in the end! Keep it up, I love reading your updates and all the pics!

{{{Hugs and good vibes}}}
post #42 of 44
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Ok............progress report.

Both male ferale brothers I can pet... The one with the hurt foot is not tame however, I can reach through the rails of my porch with the rail between us and can scratch him all over the head and shoulders and he loves it...

The rail has to be between us!!! So, he will be no trouble to catch. Since the first rail petting, he is progressing rapidly. The other brother, who I have names Festus........I can pick him up now.

The grey I hardly ever see.

I have sent off for two of the low cost certs to get a couple of them fixed. They should be here this week.

p.s. The foot is now well. It is larger in size than the others but I got a very close at it from inches and it is healed. I did not try to touch it. Just observed it. It is just a little malformed due to scar tissue. He is not limping any longer. In a few days, hopefully I can frontline him. His brother is already frontlined.
post #43 of 44
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Just wanted to add......... both are fixed and live in our house/enclosure.

Felix, the cat that had the hurt foot.......... well, he is a huge lap cat now..... Not sure if I mentioned this but on close inspection of his foot, the pad was ripped off. It is totally well now and give him NO TROUBLE...

Fetus comes in and out. He sleeps on my bed but prefers the enclosure.

They both have a happy ending.
post #44 of 44
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Update on Felix......

The boy with no pad. Took this today. He is rotten.
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