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Friday, August 06, 2010

I was out with friends the other night and was asked "Why do you bother with stray cats?"

I kind of had to think about that and now can honestly say there are lots and lots of reasons.

I have learned a long time ago that there really isn't a "somebody". When we see something that needs to be taken care of, thinking that "somebody" will do it doesn't work. We all need to be a somebody.

As a side note, many years ago a neighbor would leave their small children home alone with their teenager. The younger children, about 2 and 5 could be seen all over the neighborhood, filthy, hungry and worst of all, in the streets. The people that lived around me would say, "Someone has to do something. Someone should call the child services dept." Yes, someone. But no one did until I looked in the mirror and become "someone".

It's the same way I feel about these strays. Someone has to do something. Just feeding them isn't enough. I trap them, neuter and vaccinate them and in those wonderful cases, when they are tame and sweet, find them homes. It's not easy and very often heartbreaking but I make a difference.

I know I can't save them all but I can make a difference for a few. I can watch my daughter who has the patience of a gnat, pick up a kitten and talk to it soothingly and pet it until it's calm. I watch my hulk of a son, this champion wrestler, spend an hour just cuddling a scared kitten with the softest of touch.

As for me, I get this wonderful fulfillment when, on those rare occasions, I find a home that will love them always and I know the cycle of "stray" for that one cat is over. It's a great feeling.

If we all just become a "someone" think of all the great things that can be accomplished in this world. It can be as simple as a hand out to a homeless person, helping a child or feeding a stray. Put it all together and it's a whole lot of something.

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NINJA-NED 8/7/2010 8:25AM

    i love your idea of being the 'someone'. it's beautiful. and as a huge cat lover myself, i love that you care for cats. keep doing what you're doing. have a great weekend!

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MARYMAC45 8/6/2010 8:48PM

    We have 4 strays that were left in our neighborhood when some people were evicted from their homes. One by one they arrived on our back deck and we added them to our family of pets, after they were checked by our vet. It is added expense but they are very lovable. Our daughter does the same. She made arrangements to have 5 Ferrel cats fixed and she was able to keep 2 that were more friendly. She released the other 3 in the woods where she found them. I want to thank you for what you do. We need more caring people to watch out for children and animals.

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GEMINI-SKY 8/6/2010 4:59PM

    Hi I have 2 ferrel cats myself...last year a mom and dad brought me their 5 kittens and stashed them in my DH's wood pile which was under cover.
I took 3 to a neighbors farm. Haven't seen mom since and dad stops by once in a while. The 2 I kept are so much fun and very loving. But they still, after a year, only come to me. Smart Kittens ! ! ! Every time I look at those 2, I'm glad I took the time to help.
Good for you and keep it up what you are doing. You're Surely making a difference.

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FITKAT2010 8/6/2010 4:52PM

    I hope also you are taking good care of you. Unless you do you won't be around as long and as healthy as you can be. Then where would all the strays get their attention?

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TRACKMOM64 8/6/2010 4:07PM

    I believe in order to receive a blessing you have to be a blessing to someone else. That's my reason for doing what I do. Thanks for sharing

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

I got the phone call I've been waiting for. Both kittens that I rescued have been adopted. What could be better than that??

Robin went home yesterday with her new family. They have renamed her Mable and it's a wonderful home and she will have a big sister.

Batman is going home on Tuesday. I don't know what his new name will be but I'm sure he will very happy. He will live in a swanky high-rise apartment in NYC and have a doorman!!

Part of the win/win also is that both kittens will remain patients of my vet who was so wonderful taking them in for me.

I'm really happy for them because they will not have to live out their lives trying to find food and avoiding danger every day.


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SOFEDUPP 7/30/2010 9:54AM

    That is awesome!!

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TAYLORLIV31 7/30/2010 12:22AM

    Your heart is glowing. God sees your grace.......feel good about saving and making them royal and grand. emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 7/29/2010 9:51PM

    You've done a great thing!

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    That is such great news!!! emoticon

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CJSARGENT1 7/29/2010 5:39PM

    You have 2 diamonds in your heavenly crown....Thank You

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GEMINI-SKY 7/29/2010 5:35PM

    Isn't that the BEST Feeling. It all worked out...And they will be safe and happy...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

After all those days of worry. After all that time of trying to coax her out I finally got her!!! Whew, what an ordeal!!

I know a lot of you wanted me to set a trap. Some of you didn't see that in my blog I said I had already set one! She wouldn't go in it because that is how I trapped her in the first place.

I have been so distraught over her I was racking my brains as to what to do next. I stopped by a grooming shop owned by a friend of mine. She is the one that lent me the trap. I asked her if she had "cat" gloves. These are insulated, very thick gloves that are used to handle difficult cats. She said she did and loaned them to me.

I went right home, sat in the garage and just talked to her like I did every day. Finally she appeared, very timid but she knew she usually got some food. I chatted and cooed to her and when she was finally within range I lunged and grabbed her. She was quite startled and upset but I just put her in the cage and bawled my eyes out!! She is safe!!!!

I called my vet and had to grovel. It was rather humiliating because had I brought them both in at the same time he would have just taken them as a pair but this time I kind of had to beg because he already had the other one. It was humbling but hey, I went to the hospital to save her, what's a little groveling.

He agreed to take her for a week or so and try to get her adopted with her brother. He will worm her and vaccinate her as well. I love him!! This now means another trip into the city, another parking fee yada yada but I pray they will get a home.

Once this is done I will set out to trap a couple of other cats that are around. I will get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated and then release them. They are older cats and it is the best I can do. They will not make it as a pet but I can keep them healthy and safe.

I am so happy today. We have taken Robin out several times from the cage and she just purrs and cuddles. I know someone is just going to love her!! Hopefully along with her brother Batman!!!

Wish us luck!!!

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JAMAICATRIP 7/26/2010 8:08AM

  I just read your blog about finding robin. I am so happy for you. I have never had a pet until about 2 weeks ago and now I have a cat named Nalla and I just love her. I never understood how a person could fall in love with an animal but after just 2 weeks my husband and I absolutely love our Nalla. This is the best way to start my week knowing that all your hard work has been rewarded.There is a crown waiting for you in heaven....

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OBOIST61 7/22/2010 12:38PM

    What wonderful news.

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K8NJKSMOM 7/22/2010 12:23PM

    Hurray! I'm so glad you were able to catch her. They are lucky kittens to have found you!

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SOFEDUPP 7/15/2010 1:10PM

    I am glad that you caught the kitten. I hope a family is able to adopt the both of them.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/15/2010 6:20AM

    Batman and robin - I love it - you a wonderful person for taking such good care of stray cats. I love my kitties - but you go up and beyond that! emoticon emoticon Bravo!!

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TAYLORLIV31 7/14/2010 10:44PM

    Your going to heaven! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2010 9:43PM

    I'm so Glad for you and for the babies (Batman & Robin). They were so lucky to end up in your yard so they could be helped...
Bless You.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/14/2010 7:03PM

    So glad to hear that this kitty is on the way to happier things. emoticon

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    'Missed your blog yesterday -- SO glad you were able to find her again!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/14/2010 6:25PM

    Oh I am so happy to hear that. I saw your blog yesterday and it was heartbreaking. Poor thing, must have finally realized it was in her best interest (ie she was hungry) to come out.

I hope they can grow into loving pets thanks to all of your blood, sweat and tears!

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I have never been this angry or this sad in my life!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In my last blog I told everyone of what I had to go through to catch the little kitten we call Robin. I had her brother and now I had them both, they were safe. I was planning on taking them to the vet, getting them shots, wormed and finding a home.

My g/f asked if she and her daughter and friend could come over and see the kittens. They are both teenagers (16 and17). I specifically said they could if they followed what I said. I kind of laughed about this because they weren't babies. I was socializing the kittens and the more they were held the better.

They got to my house mid day. I was showing them the scars on my hands and brought them into the garage. The girls sat in front of the cage and I gave each one a kitten. I said very specifically if the kitten gets squirmy put it back in the cage. No big deal right??

Within a minute both girls had set the kittens down and they had run off . BOTH OF THEM!! I was so shocked I couldn't speak. I threw everyone out. My garage isn't just an open space but a vast array of boxes and things piled to the ceiling. My car isn't even in there right now!!!

By the end of the evening I was able to coax out the male and I grabbed him. In fear he re-ripped open my hand but at least I got him. I couldn't find the other one. I went back into the house absolutely hysterical crying.

It has been several days now. I am no closer to capturing the kitten than I was the first. I have seen her once. I am beside myself in disbelief. I just can't stop crying and when I do I become so upset that I actually feel my blood pressure go so high my ears ring! I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR THIS KITTEN. She had a future. She was going to know what a home was, what a family was, what being loved was and now that's gone. Stolen from her by a moment of stupidity!! A four year old could have followed my instructions!

Now my window is closing. There is only a certain amount of time to turn around a ferral kitten before it can't be done. She's almost 10 weeks and soon it will be to late, that is if I can get her at all. I HAD HER!!! I really thought I had rescued them! Her brother is at my vets, safe and loved and cuddled all day by everyone in his office and she is wandering around, hiding behind boxes.

If I can't get her I don't know what I will do. I may have to call in animal control in which case they will take her and put her down or I may have to open the garage and let her go. She will have a horrible life growing up in the wild and most likely be killed by a car or other animal and if not, pregnant by 6 months and a life span of 3 years if she's lucky.

I cry all the time. I have scars on my hands that will never go away from catching her but I thought it was all worth it because I saved her life. Now this. I can't even get into the law that says I have to watch her for 10 days in case she gets sick or I will have to have a series of painful rabies shots in my stomach.

I am going to try and find a butterfly net. I might be able to catch her with that but I no longer have any hope. I am still on pain medication for my ripped up hands and antibiotics for the infections that I got for absolutely NOTHING!

I was in the city today working and had to get off the bus because I started to cry. It's all I do, sit and cry. This poor little kitten is a good as dead and she had everything right in front of her. How cruel is that?

Just needed to add that I have a humane trap set and that is how we got her in the first place. She just won't go in it again I'm sorry to say.

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MARYMAC45 7/14/2010 4:11PM

    If you can take the time to sit by some food & water and talk softly she may come out. She has to be hungry & may be receptive. OR place some raw hamburger meat in the humane trap that will get her. Our daughter catches ferrel cats and has them fixed and finds placement for them or if they are real bad and cannot be tamed she sets them out and they will not reproduce. Good luck.

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K8NJKSMOM 7/14/2010 3:28PM

    What a terrible time for you.

Try putting out tuna for the kitten. When my cat "escaped" years ago, this was suggested as it has quite a scent that the cats can pickup. After two days lost, this did the trick and my furry boy returned.

Wishing you good luck.

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2010 1:20PM

    Maybe if you go inot the garage and put a bowl of food and water down and sit calmly, and talk softly, he may come out and eat..probably very hungry by now. If he doesn't come out, keep doing it day after day. As my post in your previous blod, it took me over a month for them to come out with me sitting there. Sort of aclumating them to me slowly. They were already 8 weeks or so when I found them. As a matter of fact, the others have come back from time to time. I keep taking them back to a neighbors farm but they keep coming back.
Slow but sure wins the race...I wish you luck and just know I feel for you and for them. You're foing something good for them.

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OBOIST61 7/14/2010 10:35AM

    Animals just really latch on to our hearts and when they're in particular need, it makes it all the worse ... and of course, this problem was completely avoidable which amplifies it still more. Not that I am telling you anything you don't know. You and the kitties are being kept in many prayers. And all of us are hoping for good news from you soon.
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LIZZYP609 7/14/2010 12:33AM

    I agree with Michelle_Sue, try a live trap, if you don't want to get them from the shelter perhaps you can borrow one from somewhere else. Also, there is a movement in some cities to do a catch and re-release of feral cats. You catch them and then have them spayed/neutered and they are re-released. If you are still concerned please go to and get some help for her! They are a no kill shelter. Call or contact them TODAY to get some help! Don't give up! You can save the life of this cat!

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TAYLORLIV31 7/14/2010 12:12AM

    Gayllynne, I'm in tears tinking about your pain both physically and emotionally. You have a heart made of gold. The advise above talks about the live cages, try that as soon as you can. I'll be praying for you. The members are all concerned about you. Menopause makes our emotions extra, so don't worry things will calm down soon. I pray that you catch her soon. emoticon

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RONIE11 7/13/2010 9:44PM

    it sounds like you are going through quite a bit. I'm so sorry about the kitten and I'm so glad you were able to save the little boy.. you need to be happy about that and it sounds like a live trap could get the little girl out for you.. try raylins sardines... You can't give up the idea that she's too ferrel to make a good pet.. not unless you try.. I sure hope your hand heals nicely..and it all works out well... she's just scared..

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    If you put food in the trap, sooner or later the kitten will go in because of hunger. Then, you will be able to do what you wanted in the first place--I would hope you would keep them-- Good Luck!!!---betsy emoticon

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    I agree about the stupidity. I really hate when people will not listen.

But you can use a "live trap" and the ASPCA will loan you one for free. You can set it out with food and water and you should be able to catch her that way. A can of sardines works wonders.

We have caught our chickens and rooster so many times in ours - it will not hurt the kitten, only cage her so you can safely recapture her.

Good luck my friend.

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    Wow! I'm so sorry for all the pain that you and the poor little kitten has gone through!
At least you've gotten the male saved! Most definitely see about getting the live trap! That way you can at least save its life for good and get it the type of life you would like it to live!
Good luck and best wishes!

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    prayers to you.

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LINDA! 7/13/2010 6:28PM

    I am so sorry. I am also an animal lover and know how you must feel. It is such a stupid stunt that the teenagers pulled on you. Wishing you success with finding and helping this kitten.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/13/2010 6:20PM

  You are amazing . so caring so kind . am sorry that the silly teens did not stop and think before they did the most stupid stunt of the year . like teens most do not think beyond the fact that they need to check the latest tunes on the radio. sorry you get cut up cat scratches can become infected . clean they well . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BHAWLITZ2 7/13/2010 6:19PM

    I'm so sorry for the situation you are in. I have 2 cats and a dog that are definitely members of my family. I go through hoops for all of them. I take our 15 year old cat into the Vet for fluids 3 times a week. He was near death a few months ago, but he has rebounded with the help of the fluids. We spend a small fortune on him, but he's a family member and a living creature so I won't do any other way.

You are doing the best you can do and should be commended for it. You have saved the little boy and hopefully fate will be on your side and you'll be able to catch the female. Don't give up hope. Don't put your health in jeopardy - take care of those hands so they get better. God bless you and good luck.

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MICHELLE_SUE 7/13/2010 6:11PM

I was raised in the country so perhaps my view of things is different, and I feel that you won't care for my answer, but your local animal control probably has live traps. A live trap will not hurt the kitten, and I am sure that they will release her to you. It sounds like your kitten is still in the garage? If so, it should be really easy. A little research on the internet about catching a feral kitten might have saved you days of worry. I am concerned about you, tho. It sounds like you have something else bothering you besides the kitten... emoticon

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Painful day

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I am a huge animal lover. I have worked with animals for over 30 years now and cannot sit by and let any animal suffer.

For the past week, two adorable kittens have been coming to my door to be fed. Of course, I obliged and kept feeding them daily until I could borrow a trap. A couple of days ago I trapped the first one. He is so cute, black and white, but ferral. Before I had him 2 days, he was tamed, purring and we were cuddling him.

His litter mate was more difficult. I finally caught him this morning. Also absolutely adorable, mostly gray with white markings and even more ferral.

This morning my daughter wanted to see the new one because she was asleep when we got him. I told her to be very careful and not let him out as he wasn't tame yet.

When she didn't come back for a very long time I knew something had happened. He got out and she had him trapped in the back room of our garage. I finally cornered him, reached in and grabbed him and he went crazy. He bit clean through two of my fingers, bit more of my hand and scratched my arm very badly. I never let go and got him back into the cage with his brother.

I was a bloody mess and went upstairs and had my daughter call the E.R. They said to come in immediately as these always get infected. I was shaking like a leaf.

We spent several hours in the hospital. The put me on I.V. antibiotics, gave me a tetus shot and I am on heavy duty pain killers.

What a day! I had so much to do today but nothing got done. I didn't even get to see my son leave for camp. Tomorrow will be the telling day. They are worried about severe swelling and tomorrow I will know for sure. I have to watch the kittens for 10 days to make sure they are healthy. least they are safe and will no longer have to worry about them getting hit by a car and they also will no longer be in the wild and breed and create more unwanted animals.

Now, I need to find them a home. Anyone want a pair of cute kittens????

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2010 1:10PM

    Hi i had a similar experience last summer. I had mom, dad and 5 babies I was feeding. They all hid im my husbands wood shed inbetween the logs. I had put out food and water and sat there till they would come out and get it. I kept saying It's Ok. They were just to cute not to help. this lasted about a month and then there were only 2. Mom, dad and 3 babies left and I kept feeding the 2...Now called Hoot and Skoot. Hoot is solid black with owl eyes (hoot) and Skoot is a tabby.(always skooting around getting into trouble)
I kinda let them come to me on their own time and then they started following me around the yard. I now have 2 sweet cats 1 yr old that only like me. They are just now starting to warm up to my husband and step son...Ferrels, as you know, are tough little creatures.
Best of luck with them, it's a real challenge.
But chasing them around is a good workout...(the positive side)

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    I hope you're feeling better and healing well!

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SPARTANPHOTOG 7/11/2010 8:03AM

    Wow! Sounds like an eventful day - sounds a lot like my days - never what I planned. Bless you for your kindness to animals. emoticon emoticon

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TAYLORLIV31 7/11/2010 12:37AM

    Wow! You sure had a wild day. I pray that you heal well and that the medicine kicks in fast. I have two kitties, one hell cat that is great as long as he doesn't have to go to the doctor. He acts more like a dog and follows us everywhere. The other has a mild personality and is so sweet. What I can say about both of them is that they come when they are called and we can't live without them. Feel better soon, emoticon emoticon

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MILLIE701 7/10/2010 7:56PM

    Hmm, let me think. Free adorable kitties. Gonna have to say no on this one.

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QUIETCUPOFTEA 7/10/2010 7:53PM

    bless you for caring for these kittens. and i'm sorry about your hand. i hope it all works out for the best. i wish i could adopt your kitties - my husband & boys are allergic. i grew up with many cats and miss their presence. having reached out to these helpless creatures, you make the world a much better place for them. emoticon

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