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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/16/13 8:44 A

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It has gotten really bad with people leaving food out there again. This makes it very, very hard to trap for spays and neuters and makes it so not all of the cats get their meds and dewormers. I was talking to one man and Donateo tried to get into his car (the door was open) and then he went under the running car and laid down. I had to get him out. This is some of the type of very dangerous behaviors I am seeing. Donateo is about 7 1/2 and some of the younger ones are not respectful enough of vehicles.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/1/13 12:02 A

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Well I relocated the 10th coon. It should have been higher, but the newer traps hang up some and are not stable enough (heavy enough) to prevent misfiring or animal escape. I will have to do it some more

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
9/23/13 11:40 A

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well, I trapped and relocated 3 coons this weekend but I still need to get some more out of there.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/25/13 9:35 A

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Well, it is going to be time to get spays and neuters done again as the days are shortening a bit more since I have poor trapping success during daylight hours. There is a new cat around. A large framed yellow medium haired tabby with one tightly folded over ear. The cat will let me get pretty close, but not too close. The is no tipped ear. My guess is that the cat is a male, but I can't get close enough to check. "He" is not bulked up through the neck and shoulders. So that could be age related, because he was neutered earlier, or because he is a she.

Right now there are some small kittens too. I try to handle them if I see the chance while they are in the stage to develop a friendly relationship more easily. The colony has always had some kitten loss to predators etc.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/20/13 1:31 P

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Yesterday I had packed my truck to go feed the colony and jumped it, but when I went back to the house to bring my mother's 10 Yr old 18 1/2 # silver dapple dachshund back in before I left I discovered that he had pulled his stake up (which I had reset 2 days earlier since it had loosened in all of the recent rain) and was not in the yard. I called him walking around the perimeter and walked over to the neighbors dog pens (through the woods) on either side. I didn't see him so I called his favorite person (my mother at her office) and told her to come call him so he would bark since he was most likely tangled in the underbrush in the woods around our more lightly wooded yard somewhere. It was already 6:30 and finding a small dark colored dog in the woods in the dark would be very hard. The road fronting the property is very busy at certain times of the day because of commuter traffic. I continued looking and when she pulled in he started barking excitedly. I took him off of his cable and carried him in so I could get his cable untangled and reset his dog stake and get back to the feeding goals.

My mother called the office and let my brother know that we had him and he would not need to come help search for the dog. On the way there, the intersection near the property where the cats are was blocked with fire trucks, a rollback, and police vehicles and officers controlling the intersection since the box controlling the lights had been struck, I had to go down a bit and approach from a different direction. The cats were ready to eat when I got there, so I got their water out (about 20 containers this time of year) and fed them in the dark.

I am seeing less cat food on the rental property, so it looks like my please stop endangering my cats notes left there are helping. By the time I finished (after 10:30 PM) the intersection had been cleared and the lights were working.



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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/19/13 9:10 A

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Now I have a soggy little yellow kitten on my lap drying since he needed another bath. Lactose intolerance formula can be a sticky mess. He gets very excited when nursing, with lots of paw waving and some dribbling before and after he settles into nursing.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/16/13 2:37 P

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He has been doing better and seeks attention and bottles frequently.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/12/13 6:33 P

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He was not doing well early this morning since V & D is a life threatening problem in a very young kitten. He seems to be doing ok now, and hopefully it will stay that way.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/9/13 12:32 A

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The little yellow kitten still seems to be doing fine, but I really have to watch Caellech , carry him around or put him in something, since she is too rough with him. She is still pretty young too and acts like he is a toy so I have to keep her from hurting him until he gets a bit bigger.

Today I heard another kitten crying in a large steel tank. It is a bit bigger and faster (6 or 7 wks maybe) so I couldn't get it out. I opened an empty nylon cat food bag (the large ones of coarse) and hung it in through the opening. The other end is held in place with a board that is held in place with a chunk of concrete. I added some water to some of the food mixture and dropped it in where the bag is hanging in down the side and the grey kitten started eating right away. I am hoping it will figure out how to climb the bag and get out of the hole. If that doesn't work I will have to thnk up some other approaches.

My other problem is that people keep on endangering my cats putting out food on the parking lot of the rental property where neither I nor the lease holders for the food places want them. There is a lot of through traffic there, so I do not want my cats out in it. I also want my cats to get the colony meds and be hungry on trapping days for the spay neuter clinic. Yes I catch and release quite a few who don't need another surgery but like the canned food bait, but that is to be expected. I spend time handling the cats while they eat too. A younger kitten that misses the regular dewormings delivered in their rations can be in poor condition or die.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
8/6/13 12:28 A

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Well, I've got another bottle baby. He cried for several hours and no dam showed even better than an hour after I finished putting out food, so I have a little yellow tabby. He had a cold and there is flea dirt on him (I had put meds in the ration several day earlier which the kittens would have gotten through the dams milk to help with flea control). He is good at crying when he wants attention and is still not wild about the rubber nipple and the formula - or about the nasty tasting medicine drops twice a day, but he seems to be starting to adjust.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
7/25/13 2:23 P

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The cooling weather has given Caellech and Cinbad some extra energy to burn off in late evening romps. Chrysta has to hide from them on my lap when that is going on.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
7/17/13 2:23 P

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Make sure your cats have access to plenty of cool clean water and some shade too. A fan is often appreciated indoors, in shelters and outside when it is hot. Last night there were 4 cats and a dachshund (sort of a cat sized dog) spaced out in a line across the room in front of one here.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
7/14/13 8:34 A

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I am having a problem with someone endangering my cats by putting out food and water in a dangerous place on the rental property. I have already had to put one down ( a friendly tall and long, slender bodied 2 - 3 yo neutered male) after he survived multiple fractures since although I think he might have been ok with one rear leg after amputation he also had pelvic fractures which are much harder to manage and can cause large bowel motility problems that can be very hard to keep managed so they are comfortable long term. I knew he would have to become an indoor cat, but I've seen the sequellae of pelvic fractures too. His femoral fracture was open and contaminated.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
6/25/13 5:55 P

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once again make sure your cats have plenty of cool clean water.

Wayne has had his sutures removed and is acting normally. Caellech ( 8mos spayed female -yes born in the shed in Oct) managed to pull out Shelsea's bottle of meds (1 week left so I was planning on reordering them anyway so I would be getting more before I ran out) and scattered them somewhere. I had to call the pharmacy yesterday morning and they got them shipped overnight for him. Now I have to keep all of the meds in a box that can be sealed. Jessi is on a new med too. She looks like she is feeling better. Her lesion is still looking pretty rough. She needs a bath, so I maybe doing that in a couple more days. Wayne is the youngest of the others and he was an '06 kitten.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
5/31/13 11:44 A

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with this heat make sure you have plenty of water in shady areas so it doesn't get too hot and plenty of decent resting areas for outdoor cats. Fans in sheds are good too. Remember cats can't cool by sweating.

Right now more frequent changes are needed to dump out all of the cicadias, etc. that have ended up in the water bowls. Remember too, to scrub them regularly to keep algal and bacterial growth from taking off.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
5/24/13 11:51 A

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recently there are drowned or drowning cicadas in some of the water bowls when I go out to clean and fill my feline outdoor water bowls. With todays rain there will be the drowned or drowning earthworms and insects too.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
5/7/13 10:27 A

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now my new problem is that my cats are interested in all of the birds feeding on all of the caterpillars on the ground in an area that is closer to the road than I want to see them (my cats). There are lots and lots and lots of the caterpillars around here this year. Usually the cats do not go that far in front of the house.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/24/13 6:05 P

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Well, my cats are getting tired of the trapping and are ignoring the traps just fine. Another lady helping me is not happy I am taking a break since I am not trapping anything anyway (with a dozen traps set out for a number hours) and it needs to be longer than 2 or 3 weeks for there to be any change in response. I have to put out water before setting traps, which takes up to 2 hours in hot weather. It takes about 1.5 hours to set out and bait traps and I have another 3 to 3.5 hours of feeding after I'm done trapping. Don't forget I have to put them all away somewhere in there too and the facts are that the cats tend to avoid the traps before dusk anyway and it is getting dark later. I think we need a break.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/21/13 6:58 P

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Several days ago I put a kitten that had been crying for several hours with two in the shed. The little grey and white kitten is still with it's yellow and white foster siblings and seems to be doing fine. Of course when one of the mothers lies down to nurse kittens several more show up for the meal too. There are several mothers with litters in the shed and generally once they kittens are getting around well any mommy will do when they are hungry. All of the mothers tend to look out for the group once they have brought their kittens into it.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/12/13 11:47 P

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One of my mother cats is not too sure about me but her kittens are coming up and one of the four seems particularly interested and she seems to be tolerating it and staying inside the shed near the door. She is a black tuxi and has 2 brown tabbies, a yellow tabby and a yellow and brown patched tabby on dominant white (not a calico by definition but multicolored).

With the changing weather extremes and some heavy rain there has been some shifting of kittens back inside the sheds. A number will probably shifted back out after the forcasted colder wetter weather has passed.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/12/13 1:35 A

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well, we had another trapping day with out much success. We did trap on adolescent male at about 10:30 after I had started feeding and the other lady was picking up traps. No one wants to hear it, but I need to give them a 4-6 week break from regular trapping. Remember 11 traps were set in the afternoon. Even most of the pretty regular Sr snackers who were sterilized years ago are passing on entering the traps to get the canned food and be released.

I am going to trap another black long haired tom who is coming here (the house) regularly as evidenced by his frequent spraying activities here. And send him in. Then I get to keep him for a couple of days before releasing him again since we are pretty close to a road and of course he will be let go when it is pretty quiet around here.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/8/13 10:57 A

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well, yesterday was supposed to be a trapping day, but where as it is not uncommon for me to trap and release large numbers of "snackers" who go for the tuna and canned food treat in the traps I only caught three and they had already been spayed or neuthered so no cats for Mondays group at the spay/neuter clinic. It was windy off and on, but I think we need a trapping break so they won't just avoid them.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/7/13 12:24 A

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Caelech has survived her surgery and vaccines and is back to trying to resume her old activities.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/4/13 9:03 A

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Well Caellech's new hobby is stealing a plastic grocery bag and racing through the house with it. She has also taken up hasseling the older cats some, but they are putting her back in her place for that.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
3/29/13 12:18 A

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when I went out Thurs afternoon, I saw a small yellow kitten about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks old lying on the path between the two sheds She was very cold and poorly responsive but still showing a righting reflex. My first thought was she was one of the two yellow kittens in the mixed litter (2 slightly older than the other 3 that both mothers seem to be nursing), but they were all there so I got the one kitten that was several feet away from the group and put both of them back with the other four. The kitten I found was only minimally responsive but I put her in the kitten pile and started putting out food and water. After about an hour and a half I could see one of the smaller yellow kittens (I suspect it was the one I found climbing on the others and trying to nurse on them} Later when I came in I saw the grey tuxi mother dashing out (the other is a torti (actually a patched tabby since there are yellow tabby and brown tabby spots on white) and all of the kittens where active so I know she had been nursing the kittens. I left the added kitten there with the litter.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
3/25/13 1:37 P

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well, my feral colony is having to deal with the snow again. Yesterday, I got there before the snow and found that the heaters and lights weren't working right. I have a spare heater in case one goes out, but dim lights show another problem. Then everything went out. I found some one had turned on the wrong heater in another out building that has some big water tanks in it that will repeatedly short out the system. I unplugged it and went in the office to get the key so I could get in the shop to flip the breaker. Then return the key and got duct tape to tape up the cord and put a note on it pointing out the right heat lamp to turn on. I'll still have to monitor it. I will ask that it be taken down or that the cord be cut off. Of course if it happens again I may have to get the cord off. This is not new. It has been that way the last 2 years.

Of course, by the time I finished with all of that I started feeding with a few flakes falling here and there.....but by the time I finished it was snowing hard and some (fortunately not all) of the feeding areas had a layer of snow on them. I am always amazed at some of the human idiots in small probably open rear ended (one drive wheel) cars who have to go flying by weaving through traffic in less than optimum driving conditions like very heavy wet snow and sticking snowfall (with slush) in heavy traffic at dusk never ceases to amaze me. I could see flashing blue lights past my turn off, so the police were already trying to help keep it under control around the interstate exchange.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
3/8/13 4:31 P

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It turned out the Black longhaired adolescent was not spayed (or eartipped), but she is now. Those 5 and Michele should be coming back Sun eve. (hopefully all of the snow will be gone by then) and I will have another group ready to go. I did not trap Thurs evening in the snow and runoff.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
3/1/13 12:22 P

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I trapped 5 for the spay/neuter clinic including 1 adolecent that I am not sure if it is ear tipped or not. I have gotten back a big varity of ear tips even though we are supposed to be pretty consistent - although I will make it smaller on my very tame cats or indoor former bottle babies. It is very hard to get cats that need to be sterilized into the trap before dark. I generally catch a number of my repeat offenders (some of them several times) since they can't resist the pile of canned food bait. I had about 25 trap and releases last night. It seems that the relatively rare cat that was recently steriled and gets trapped again really freaks out - most of them don't want to. The practised snackers just work on cleaning up all of the food and then just stroll out when I open the door. I can't start several hours of feeding before trapping is finnished. That is about another 4 hours. I may get home a little before midnight after trapping. Sometimes later.

The people at the shelter don't believe that it really takes that long or the darkness effect. It generally ties up most of the day. I am trying to get certain individuals in a large group. It doesn't make much sense to to be out for hours in the summer heat since I won't catch much during the day. They also don't see why if they call me if they are slow I can't go out and and come back in 20 mins with several cats. It takes longer than that to set out and bait all of the traps (generally 10+). In hot dry weather it may take almost 2 hours to get water out....and that has to be done before trapping.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
2/28/13 10:42 A

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well, 10 yo Shelsea is starting to act a bit more normally although he isstill not eating as well as I would like. First I have to go to the bank to get enough money in to pay for my cat food bill and some prescription meds for my cats. Then I have to go pick up some more meds, and next I need make sure fresh water is put out for the colony cats and then set up my 8 traps so I can get some more to send to be spayed and neutered. The four cats coming back will be released and I will get to spend several more hours feeding. I still have to work in periodic checks on Shelsea. I am supposed to have another meeting tonight, but I don't know if I will be able to make it to the computer group presentation.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
2/21/13 11:31 A

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well I am mostly trapping ang releasing cats already done, but I still miss some. The lady took in 2 that looked like they weren't ear tipped, but both already were so they will be coming back. The older girl was not ear tipped (she has been missing for years and she seemed to recognise me and was very underweight but eating well and very comfortable moving in with the group in the front (older) heated shed), but she is now. They will both be coming back Sun when it is supposed to be a nice sunny day and we are going to try to trap some more for Mon appts at the spay/neuter clinic. There are 2 silver tabby toms I have been hoping to trap, but so far I have to keep trying.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
2/15/13 10:43 A

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They said the older guy had a broken tooth. They also tagged him as being a 2 yo, but I know he has to be at least 8. Since he showed up as a mature tom 6 yrs ago. He stayed very quietly in a cage while he was getting meds. But he was ready to go when the cage door was opened back on his yard. I had 5 more already trapped before the the 5 done last week arrived for release. I generrally have to let go more cats than are taken for surgery since they don't need sterilization surgery a second (or more) time. I always double check before they leave since I do miss some on the first check.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
2/6/13 11:06 A

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Some cats have come back and others have been sent off for spays and neuters. Suprisingly the second cat trapped last night was the older tom who showed up there mature a number of years ago who usually sprays the traps and walks off. He seems to have Siamese and Maine Coon somwhere in his background. He comes complete with a Siamese voice and blue patches in both eyes. He has had a chronic crusting around his eyes for several years now, probably Herpes so I am worried about him possibly having some other problem causing immunosupression. He is probably the source of several cats with a blue eye and there are several others having a Siamese type voice like his. I am sure he is probably at least 8. The first cat trapped was a approx 2 yo large framed tom and the last was a male kitten I have been working with.......all 3 are avant yellow tabby tuxies. That might be some evedence of genetic relativity since the older tom showed up untouchable after the SPCA did a number of spays and neuters about 7 years ago and then never finnished or kept up with the job like they promised. The spays and neuters this year have been financed by a private donor who has also been donating some of the daily rations and supplies.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
1/24/13 8:19 A

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Well, fortunately the other lady still has my four now post surgery adolescents. Today and tomorrow I am doing some extra shoveling so they can have clean areas to eat. Fortunately a fair number of them like to be in the sheds. I will be doing some extra bedding flipping and exchange with this weather. Hopefully the coons will be less active so they are not getting in the sheds since I am having to keep out more water and food inside the shelters with the temperatures staying below freezing all of the time and food not staying available in the falling snow. The warm up date has been shifted back several more days from Sun to Tues.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
1/23/13 12:20 P

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Many of my cats like the sheds put out there for them in wet and/or cold weather, but there is usually still a rush to get out when they hear an approach. I have to turn and switch out some more bedding. Another lady has 4 adolescents taken for spays or neuteres until this weekend. Hopefully it will be starting to warm up some by then. I will have to send some more when they come back.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
11/15/12 12:38 P

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Charleton, who I had been taking care of for a little better than 2 mos, suddenly worsened and died about 5 am yesterday having seizures. The little female still seems ok. There have been a number of recent adolescent deaths at the colony after the temperature drop. I hate this part of having a colony. There is always the question of did some of the weaker ones get crushed in the clusters they form around the oil core heaters since that is were I find a lot most of them. There is always increased disappearances of the smaller kittens in the fall because of preditors. I have seen tracks in the mud too, so I am sure it is happening again too. I try to feed so there is not a lot of food out after dark to attract coons, skunks, foxes, possums etc.

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11/12/12 9:57 P

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I am still working on tryiing to convince the kittens to drink formula out of a little bowl, but they still prefer nursing with lots of dribbling since Charlton likes to chew up nipples. They are both eating canned food. I have started giving him a little canned food spiked with a drop or so of furosamine daily to try to take some of the strain off of his heart before he startes showing any clinical signs. I am still hoping it is something that woll spontaneously resolve in the next several weeks

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11/6/12 1:18 P

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Well Charleton is working on growing his hair back, but he still has his bow legs and is still walking and running palmigrade (dropped pasterns). Since both kittens like to sleep on my shoulder I know that he has a grade 1 or 2 heart murmur. Hopefully it will never cause problems.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/22/12 12:59 P

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Right now I have been trying to trap and relocate wildlife. Specifically raccoons, possums, and groundhogs that have become a real problem around the outdoor cats. So far I have gotten 3 coons, but there are still a bunch more. Hopefully I won't trap any skunks. There are mostly mostly black or mostly white skunks in the area. I have tried to encourage the Pizza Hut to discourage their patrons from saving and throwing out pizza crusts etc for the cats since they are fed cat food everyday and will leave most of the bread and I really don't want the risk of increased rabies exposure through wildlife vectors. There are probably still foxes in the area too.

Don't ever believe the labeling on most of the smaller livetraps. They are labeled for raccoons and ground hogs, but most of them are too small and light to handle more than very young animals. The adults, if small enough to fit will seriously damage the lightweight traps they are trying to sell. I am using my older, heavier and larger live traps.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/20/12 2:07 A

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Well I had to find Charlton this morning and then get him warmed back up. I think his 2.5 yr old half brother was probably trying to use him for a toy again and got him stuck since Cinbad's attention to an area is how I found him. He seems ok. I always keep kittens locked in a crate when I leave the house, but usually they stay with me here. He is just starting to go between areas without me having to take him.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/15/12 12:02 A

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Charlton is still doing fine, but I lost a young adult from what looks like FIP, so that could be a really bad indicator. I hope there is not an outbreak since it is fatal.

I have a tricolor kitten here too. I am treating her dehydration now. I started her on antibiotics and the iron supplement and am force feeding her small amounts of formula. Hopefully once she starts to feel a bit better she will start eating the kitten food on her own. She is starting to look around a bit more, but she still needs another dose or so of SQ LRS.

Tomorrow morning if she continues to improve I'll have to take her in to get a splint on her back leg since I noticed she was not putting weight on it when she stood up and it feels like her femur is in several pieces. Then we will probably have to anaesthetise her weekly for the next 4 to 5 weeks following to replace the splint until she has a one piece femur again. She is young enough that she will need it changed that often since she is going to be in the rapidly growing stage since I think she is about 5 or 6 weeks old.

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Well, my mother had a space heater out last night and Charlton has discovered the joys of sitting in front of it when it is on.

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Charlton likes to be on my shoulder most of the time I have him out. He is still a nursing kitten weighing less than half a pound. Hopefully he will be outgrowing the habit as he gets bigger.

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Well, the cats are noticing the dropping temperature, so anytime I sit down I may have several vibrating mini space heaters settling on me. I am expected to spend some time being the kitty recliner. I guess there could be worse things they want. I can still use the computer, read and/or watch TV while being slept on. Charlton and Wilbur are heat sharing right now

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we replaced the microwave and Cinbad had to exercise by running back in forth accross the two two rooms with some jumps into and out of the box yesterday evening.

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I have a small vibrator on my shoulder. A little silver tabby kitten named Charleton who is doing better than when I found him and who has to be on a lactose intorerance formula.


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Why do people think that cats (an obligate carnivore) should want to eat a bunch of pizza crusts and bread sticks?? I had to pick up a bunch in the dark and get it shut in the dumpster. The cats may lick a bit of oil off since they are fed daily (a real feline diet) and not really hungry but most of it is left to attact wildlife and dogs that could be a risk to the cats. I told the employees that it will attract the skunks up too. Wildlife risk is why almost no cat food should be left uneaten when I leave. Coons, Skunks and Foxes have the biggest potential to have and potentially pass rabies so I don't want them attracted into our areas.

The little silver tabby is definitly lactose intolerant, but he is doing fine on the formula. He has softened food, water and formula offered, but he still wants the bottle most of the time. I was worried this evening when I came home from feeding the colony because I did not hear him when I got home, but he walked out of the carrier when I opened the door and started up until he got his bottle which I had filled and put in a warm water bath before I went to get him.

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I have another three to turn out today. I need to go buy some catfood first. They will get ivermectin today. I have a kitten that is about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old again. I guess he was abandoned because he was sick (Herpses and secondary bacterial infection) He is very vocal. He is getting used to the rubber nipple which of course is not just like his mamas.

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continuing with the spays and neuters. Three will be released post spay tomorrow.

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Well the spay neuter program count has passed the 50 cat mark, and there are still more to be done including a number of kittens too small to be done yet and some trap wary older cats. It took another out of control year to get help to come through from other sources. The help promised 5 years ago never happened. I had a donation this weekend too including some food and two more live traps (so I have 7 now). There is another bigger surgery day scheduled in a few weeks. The director of the spay/neuter clinic has had a loan of ten more traps for trapping promised for the event. I have a number of cats who like the canned food snack but don't need surgery again or are too small at this time for the proceedures, so I get to do more releases and resets than I do deliveries for surgeries so it does take up a big chunk of time.

Jonathan is about 11 1/2 (neutered 11 years ago) likes to get his daily snack when I am trapping. At least it seems that one a day is enough for him. He just strolls out of the trap when I let him out. He will complain loudly if I am not there when he finnishes, so I will know he is finnished and wants to be let out again even if I am in one of the other areas. He is a gray longhair and he is one of my Maine Coon crosses. He probably weighs about 14 # and is not fat. I have quite a few large framed cats who would be vey skinny at the 8# average. I also have a number of small framed cats who never weigh more than 4.5 - 5 # (and are in good body condition)

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Cyrll relapsed. He died several days ago.

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I am trying diatomaceous earth for flea contol in addition to all of the other stuff.

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Cyrll is continuing to improve, He will always be ataxic but his normal appetite and meal prep time excitement are back. The spay neuter group vet is off this week, so none will be done before next Mon. So far 17 were done.

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well, we have had ISP problems, but Cyrll, who has renal disease swallowed a hairball that caused a functional GI outflow blockage which we cleared by vomiting large amounts and then has to to have another IV catheter put in to be used over the next 5 days. He had to have initial and several follow up rounds of blood work. He is still on some supplements, but he is eating well and the cather was pulled several days ago. I didn't get any cats to the spay neuter clinic that day when he was in need of critical care. The continued construction is bothering my colony and now they took out the front of the area that I have been using to feed and have shelters because it stays drier there than any where else. They are going to put dumpsters there for more unhealthy fast food.

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It turned out that the kitten has a major diaphagmatic defect. We don't know if it is genetic or traumatic. At any rate surgery would probably kill her. I guess I get to look at making her a house cat and possibly injectable heat control, which is far far from ideal.

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Well today my colony was upset by all of the construction commotion nearby. I got 1 unspayed kitten almost too small. They said technically she is. I knew the several others I released would be for sure. They kept her overnight to do tomorrow. I will see if I can get some others to take tomorrow to be done tomorrow. I guess the clinic will be closed Weds, but I will be trying again Thurs. I have a number of toms that look at the trap and walk away. Of course I have several already spayed or neutered who just seem to like the canned food bait enough to not be concerned about being trapped for a few mins. so they can get a snack pretty regularly.

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with the combination of no power and high heat I decided to turn out a spayed female a day early. It may rain again, but heat stress can be deadly to cats so I released her earlier than I would like. She is a black Siamese cross probably born last fall. I retrapped and released a Manx X tom who had bolted too early. They are both back with the colony.

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well we got in 6 neuters and a spay for the week. It seems like a lot the kittens born last fall were male, but there are a lot of tortis, patched tabbies and calicos in the younger kittens, so there will be more girls later. A lot of the dams are nursing, so the shelter clinic doesn't want them even when the kittens are also eating dry food well. By the time they arn't nursing they are very pregnant and ready to have the next litter.

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I have tried to check for an alternative phospate blocker for Cyrll without success. It seems this product class is too new. I can understand why he doesn't like it since having to eat gritty food all of the time. It is not something I would want to have to do.

Unfortunately he has to have it to keep his blood phosphate levels close to normal. They were dangerously high without them, and he is feeling better than he was several weeks ago before he has to start on the meds. He will have to be on something to control this problem for the rest of his life.

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I have to try to get 2 or 3 unaltered cats to the spay neuter clinic for the next several days. I'll have to go out early and put water out so they start coming out. Then I will have to try to get a couple of the appropriate cats and get them over there. Some will have to be live trapped -a number of these are the toms I want to have done ASAP. I am hoping this may help decrease some conflicts we are having now. Of course this year we hit the population explosion and there are a lot of kittens that are too small at this time and there are several mothers with litters too young for them to go yet. I was promised help years ago, but it never happened.

Now we need to set up lots and sheds in another area (accross a busy road -- so I want good fencing) since another restaurant is going in very close to where my colony has been for many, many years. Right now I am having to spray poison ivy (lots and lots of it) to try to get into the area that used to have a barn. It does have a seasonal creek and floodplain too. So they will have a smaller area during the winter, but they should have a nice wooded area to hang out in in the summer.

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All of this heat has made more work for me making sure I get get out enough water each day to make sure there is always some still in the bowls the next day. I have had to add a number of new bowls and someone left the bowl portion of a birdbath by one of my feeding stations, so I pushed it over a bit so it would always be in the shade and put water in it. I'm afraid this will be one that the coons will really get filthy every night, so I may leave it turned over except in really hot weather like we are having now.

The heat seems to be making some of my cats pretty cranky too. At least a fair bit of the lot is shaded, and where I put out most of the food and water is in the shade. My back shed is well shaded, but my front shed gets pretty hot in the summer so they stay under it and other places during the heat of the day except on days when it is overcast/raining.

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Free choice feeding is generally not a good choice for many cats since it may lead to overeating. Very young cats, geriatric cats and some cats with other health problems often require more than 2 meals a day.

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Tell me about it. I have to keep several on special diets. Cyrll has to be on a phosphate blocker for renal disease...but it is gritty so he would rather eat somebody else's food. Of course Cinbad (the c is soft---his dam is named Charlene), Wilbur and Crysta are trying to get his which is R/D (Hill's Renal Diet) with a big spoonful of canned R/D to mix the the offending tiny scoopful of offending gritty powdered medication into. I feed several different diets and have to be present at all feeding sessions.

Why are you trying to go to an all wet food diet? I mix a little canned into good quality dry and add just a little water right before serving. Food quality is important as are the health needs of each individual. With an all wet food diet there can be a bigger risk of dental tarter build up. A lot of the canned on store shelves are not balanced. It is true that a normal wild feline diet is not 90% dry matter and it is not more than 50% carbohydrates. Cats are obligate carnivores and have a daily protein requirement along with some other nutrient requirements for things thier body needs but can not make. High carbohydrate diets may be part of the reason many cats in the US are overweight -- just like it is for us. Insufficient exercise is the other--again just like it is for us. Many canned diets and some of the lower grade dry diets are not balanced.

Select diets carefully. You have to make sure that all of each of your cats needs are met. Health problems cause increased special needs that need to be met for an individual.

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new quirks in the food and feeding department. lotte has decided she is a crunchatarian [ no wet food, puhlease], just as i am trying to ease them over to wet. miko will now only eat her food if i move the bowl into my bed [where she hangs out], but she's 20 so i humor her. pru eats anything around, and lili is also a bit of a vacuum-cleaner in the food department [i am trying to gently diet her but it's hard with 4 of them].

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oh, yeah...Wayne and Wyatt are still fine. I still suspect one of them was trying to get something out of his mouth.

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I have an adolescent yellow tabby (a recently neutered male who I did not recognise) seeks lots of attention when I am putting out food. He wants to be petted at the feeding stations and I have to work on not stepping on him between them. Sometimes cats will just decide to become friendly in the big colony situation. He tries to push in when I am trying to pay attention to some of the others. Sometimes I will pick him up and carry him if I want to walk a little faster. It is a bit more work, but I don't have any complaint about a cat who wants to my buddy. I do have two I have to watch out for aggression from all of the time (just them liking to swat at me) and mama kitties can be cranky sometimes.

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This morning my mother was having a fit that one of my big orange cats was foaming at the mouth and must have rabies. I didn't see any cats that did not look normal, but not that many were out. I had spent some time checking under things but I did not see Wayne or Wyatt (two 8 yr old littermate brothers nuetered many years ago-probably Maine Coon Xs) who were the most likely candidates, so I started putting out water and then food which brings everbody out. Wayne, Wyatt and all of the others looked normal. I suspect one of them got something stuck in his teeth naybe while rubbing and chewing on some grass or something and was trying to get it out. After that was accomplished there was no longer a problem. They all seemed to eat fine.

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well the first kitten seem to be doing fine, Brigid is very small and very bossy. Today I found another kitten down and doing extensor rigidity and opisthotonus (seizure activity) I started force feeding her small amounts of formula to get her blood sugar up. She is moving a little now (not standing or walking yet) and I did get her to eat a little kitten food slurry, so I will still have to see if she pulls through. Very heat stressed kittens seem to have a poor prognosis.

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unfortunatly all of this heat seems to be stressing some of my younger kittens with the colony to death. I have found several dead and I have one that looks like she might pull through. This happened several years ago when there was another abnormally hot streak, so I will be glad when it cools down a bit. This year we have had lots and lots and lots of rain or extremely hot.

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Now Dolly wants me to get the lap top out of the way. She is a long haired Siamese cross with some dominant white who was dumped as a very small kitten with Bordatella (kennel cough) a number of years ago. She hid ia small places first and I had to slip her antibiotic laced softened kitten food. Then she decided she should try to follow me everywhere when I was feeding. I was afraid she was going to get run over so she ended up a house cat.

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ok, I had to look and see why 4 of my cats were so interested and jumping up the sliding glass door. It turned out there was a skink crossing the screen on the other side of the glass.

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We had a nearby lightning strike just before 2 am. Many ofthe cats down here all jumped up and after a bit drifted over to look out the sliding glass door. It was a while before they settled back down again.

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Now I am having to do computer access around Shelsea. He had to have a perineal urethrostomy a couple of years ago. He is kept om CD served with water to try to prevent more surgery (he had been on this diet to control cystalluria several years before he had to have the surgery even though he had never blocked before that. I was told that he has enough poximal uretha left for another surgery if needed, but I am hoping we do not. He is 10, so middle aged. His tail is a little bump on his butt. He is large framed and probably has some Maine Coon genetics. He has a tuxi like his mother, but less color since Katerina is what I refer to as a tuxi patched tabico. She has yellow tortishell flecking in her brown tabby patches.

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Earlier today Francis and Charity (I adopted a kitten with a broken humerus to keep her from being put down when she was showing a good appetite and wanted to be active to keep her from being put down and treated her by restricting her activity by keeping her in a large dog crate and changing her splint weekly for 4 weeks since she was growing so rapidly. At the final splint removal palpation showed a free moving pellet so we did a local and removed it since a free floating bone fragment might cause some problems later and discovered that her right humerus had been shattered because someone shot a roughly 4 week old kitten with a pellet gun. If her humerus has not been shattered and absorbed the momentum of the pellet, her chest cavity probably would have been entered and she probably would have died from suffocation. Anyway, 12 years later she is still here) went outside while I was doing some yardwork. Francis is much larger and heavier than Charity and a couple of months younger. At first both of them were just out there then Francis decided he wanted to strike her. I saw him and yelled at him. He backed up but then a few mins later he was coming up behind her again. I yelled at him again and we repeated this several times. Then he did hit her and I went over to take him back inside. He growled at me and ran short distances several times until he gave up and I put him back downstairs. Francis was also very young when I got him. I don't know what happened to his mother or his 3 littermates. He was just there by himself oneday. Both of these two still got some formula when I first got them.

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I need to leave and go take care of my colony. Wilbur and Morgana (both originally bottle babies from the colony) are going to have to be disturbed since they have both been sleeping on me. Just another problem they have to endure.

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I found a veterinary site with a reference in an article that some cats will try to eat cat feces when they are iron deficient. I had already scooped the box but maybe he can still smell some. He had been on oral iron supplement drops going on two weeks now. I started him on the oral iron and subQ fluids along with syringe feeding when I saw the problem about 8 hours before the clinic was going to be open again.

He is much more active now, but still has a low PCV and his neutrophil count is still high after 12 days of broad spectrum antibiotics. We will be sending a CBC off to a lab tomorrow. I am looking to see if they can find any evidence of mycoplasmosis, but it can be very hard to detect since ther is a lot of latency except when the animal is stressed out and thier immune system can't control it any more. If there is we may have to change antibiotics. His BUN and Creatine are still high, but at least they are much closer to normal than when we first started this. He will probably be telling me that he does not want to go again all of the way to the clinic again. The whole mile there.
















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I'm not sure that it's legal to not give him a vowel. emoticon There must be something in the litter that he either needs in his diet or just really likes the taste of. And I thought I was the only one with really strange kitties...

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yes, he is grabbing a mouthfull. He gets another profile to day to check his potassium and phosphate levels (the more expensive one). His urine volume in much smaller that it had gotten though it is still probably a bit larger that most lanky 8 pound cats. Cyrll (no vowels) is probably a Maine Coon X. He is using his hind end a bit more normally in that he is no longer sort of crouching in the back. A bit of ataxia has always been his normal.


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Do you mean that Cyril eats the cat litter? I used to have a little dog who enjoyed what I refer to as cat box treats, but I've never heard of a cat eating cat litter. I wonder what's in it that Cyril thinks he's missing in his diet?

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Now I am having trouble seeing though Morgana passing back and forth over me between me and the screen, She is purring loudly. She was another of my bottle babies.

Cyrll's new supplements came in and he likes them much better. We will be getting follow up blood work again early next week. Since his phosphorus levels are important in his case we have to continue getting the larger more complete and more expensive profile. I guess it is a good thing I wanted it when we didn't know what was causing his problem. I am hoping the C/D to K/D diet change won't let any crystalluria problem reapear. He is now running from the litterpan (he still tries to grab a snack of the litter too..?? a deficiency of some sort?? the Hill's vet had no idea on that one either) and climbing up on top of the recliner.

Cinbad (also a soft C - one of Charlene's babies that she abandoned after they got sick in one of those non stop rainy periods about 2 years ago and also a bottle baby) is sure that he should have the right to get Cyrll's food so I have to warch out for that too.

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SANDELSON, hope your kitties are doing okay. Both my parents and I have been that road with a kitty. Ms Molly and PolyDactyl send purrs.

VALI_T, you are so right.....they run the house but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I took them both out this afternoon. Ms Molly was declawed when we adopted her but she loves to go in the pool area. I have a harness and a leash for PolyDactyl and she follows me around the yard. Now if I could only get her to pull weeds with those beautiful mitten feet of hers!!!

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Cali likes to sit on my cable modem while I'm on the computer, I think it feels good to her because it keeps her little butt warm. emoticon I keep a glass of water on the desk, in part so that I can have a sip once in a while...but mainly so that Little Very Bad Girl (Cali) can have a drink when she wants one. It didn't start out being her glass of water, but I've had to accept that it truly is hers and that she's kind enough to let me have a sip once in a while. (Yeah, I accepted a long time ago that I'm not the one who's in charge in this apartment.)

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5/9/12 7:56 A

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Cyrll is looking alert and eating pretty well - except he doesn't like the human supplements. We have ordered some feline supplements that he will hopefully like better since he will need to be on them for life.

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5/5/12 4:39 P

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Right now I am having a hard time seeing the screen and the keyboard because Francis and Dolly are not see through. I have spent a lot of the last 3 days at the clinic with Cyrll (soft c). At 5 years old the kitten I took home because he was a hypoglycemic seizure kitten now has severe renal signs. He was not eating and drinking because he couldn't hold his head up. He came to his bowl, but couldn't get the food out. He wanted the food and water offered by sringe. I started him on SQ fluids and called the clinic after they opened. He is having to have supplements added now and a dietary change. Right now we are still doing frequent IV fluids' but he is eating and drinking more on his own. I am still having to elevate bowls for him. He likes the caned food diet program and the others are having to settle with cleaning the bowls of any left overs. I do most of his in clinic handling because he will bite and thrash around if he is handled by someone who doesn't know how to handle a cat with neurological abnormalites. He is one that I have the cage cards marked do that I am doing most of the restraint and patient shifting so no one else gets hurt. He is not mean, but he has neurological abnormalities...so he gets the warning stickers.
He had crystaluria problems very early. He was put on C/D at 10 mos. He has always been lean despite the fact he has always had a good appetite. I am a little worried that he might get more crystal prolems on K/D. I hope not. The dog likes being allowed to do cleanup duty after the cats finnish eating since Cyrll is a messy eater.

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5/1/12 9:34 P

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I have two that I rescued from a shelter. Adopted PolyDactyl first at about 1 1/2. Ms Molly came 2 weeks later and she was 8 and had been an only cat all those years. PolyDactyl is true to her name. Ms Molly is a diabetic and has been for a number of years. She is now 18. The girls don't sleep together and sometimes rough and tumble. Molly has never really understood "playing" and would prefer to be the only. She is the most affectionate cat I have ever had and Poly is the brightest.

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4/29/12 2:52 A

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Cinbad (the c is soft) was the only survivor out of at least 6 of feral dam's (a longhaired dilute torti named Charlene) late summer litter several years ago. She left the remaining kittens which I tried to save. Only one survived. He had been the least freindly and active of the remains of his litter, but he did live and then he grew into the dominant bully even though he is not a large cat. He has target markings on both sides and I try to give him his favorite soft ball toy regularly to occupy and encourage to exercise in other ways that picking on the others...most of them are older than he is. He likes to carry his toy around. I can't leave cat toys out or the dog will eat them. Charlene is getting to be an older cat now, but she is still with the colony. I do have a number older than her, since I have a number that are in thier teens.

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When my ex husband and I moved to this apartment Luna (the older, timid kitty) didn't come until the second day because she had gotten scared and jumped behind the washer in the old place. I left food and water out for her, thinking that she would get herself out on her own because Cali used to jump back there all the time and get out just fine.

The next day I went back to get her and found that she had not been able to get herself out. (My Ex had to move the washer to get her out.) Meanwhile Cali apparently thought "cool! I've got this new apartment all to myself!" and when we brought Luna here on the second day Cali made what I call devil noises at her for a whole day. Then she calmed down and decided that sharing "her" apartment was okay after all, since Luna's a friend and all.

She also wouldn't let Luna use the main litter box in the new apartment for about a week. I guess she just decided it was time to prove that she really is the boss and the dominant kitty in the house.

There was much rejoicing!


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My 3 Siamese all entered the house at 8 weeks and I raised them under my arm while the older cats got to know them. It took about a month each time. Now they sleep in a pile and play well together. There are all spayed females and I have had no problems. I attribute their group dynamic to bringing them in as tiny kittens, never allowing an adult to try to pierce the group. Of course it could be a Siamese thing, but I don't know.

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My neighbor has two cats one feral and one house pet. The feral one will come in the house and let people pet him but he ignores the house cat and she ignores him

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I'll tell you about one of my problems. I have two cats, Luna is 8 and I had her before I got Cali, who is 5. Luna is sweet but very timid, while Cali is the boss even though she is younger and came into the family after Luna was already here. Cali is a sweet little girl and she and Luna are friends, but sometimes she kind of bullies Luna. (I can't think of anything else to call it.)

Part of Cali's playing involves biting, though in her defense I will say that this has gotten better over the years that she's been with us. I've managed to modify her biting behavior to some extent, but sometimes she'll just walk up to Luna and biter her on the back or the shoulder. For some strange reason, Luna does not like this. (Heck, I don't like it when Cali bites me, either, so I can't blame Luna for not liking it.) I've only seen Luna fight back against this one time, and it was actually sort of funny. She turned around and bit Cali really hard, and Cali was so shocked that she actually acted scared. I just wish that Luna would fight back more often and teach Cali that the biting is not okay, but I don't think that she's ever going to do that since she has already let Cali establish herself as the dominant kitty and the boss of the apartment.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/28/12 12:59 P

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I have a number of cats I raised as bottle babies and several I bought home to treat injuries or medical problems. I also maintain a feral colony that was around many years before I was born back when there used to be a truck stop on the property. That was before I 95 was completed and before there were anywhere near as many stoplights in this area as there are today. I can handle a number of my "ferals" and deworm regularly.

Many of my cats are spayed and neutered and some have been treated for other problems and some have hospital records for other priority treatments and surguries. For instance Wayne has had to be treated twice for glaucoma in the same eye and he is monitored by me incase he needs to go back again. Jeremy had to have part of his tail amputated after I found him missing the skin over part of his tailbone one day. I had to keep him on pain meds for a while but he is fine with his shorter appendage now. I have several "hit by car" survivors too.

I have to deal with some conflicts too. Aging can change status in the group.

I always have kittens with the colony, because unfortunately people sometimes dump more cats who of course are not spayed or neutered.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
4/28/12 12:41 P

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I want to start a category for those of us who spend time with more than one cat and who have to deal with group problems and conflicts. We also get to see some crazy romping around. We often have cats of more than one age group and sometimes have to deal with problems that can come up there.


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