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CARTOON3 SparkPoints: (36,248)
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4/26/13 5:57 P

I feel so sorry for stray animals.They are prone to diseases.

MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
4/26/13 5:34 P

I have neighbor who doesn't like cat, and complain to the apartment complex manager, she also poison two of my cat, after I have took them in and got them spay and neuter, it was stray the I took in, I didn't know what was wrong with them, it cost me several hundred dollars, try to get them well, it cost me another $ 300.00 to get them cremate; she no longer live here; but it's been two years, I am still try to recover the expense from that event.

I now feed about 7 stray, plus 3 at home that move in and adopted me, and hope I don't have any more show up, there is two I like to get them to let me touch them, and take them to the vet get it spay and neuter before gets too late.

Thanks for every one input, and wish you all lucky, me too - keep on take care these poor animals. God Bless.

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4/26/13 8:55 A

I have a stray yellow cat. I have also had a coon, I think, coming into my garage. Someone moved my suet feed cake from a shelf to the top of the deep freeze. I have 3 cats and don't want to close off the porch and garage because they do sleep there.

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4/26/13 8:48 A

My heart also goes out to animals left to take care of themselves. My neighbor is a contractor and found kittens at a job site. He should of taken them to a rescue place as kittens get adopted quickly. He didn't and let them outside not fixed. One I now feed as they no longer do and I hope the other was taken in by someone but the reality is we have lots of raccoons and foxes around here.

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4/25/13 11:42 P

That's cruel because a pet is part of the family.

4/25/13 10:44 P

SIMPLYME160,there are such laws in many places. In Omaha if a person does not get their pet licensed that is one strike. After three strikes they are not allowed to have a pet for a number of years. There are also laws regarding the number of pets a person can own with out a kennel license. But unfortunately many people ignore the laws and many people buy pets from unlicensed people. Some parts of the country are capturing stray cats and having them neutered or spayed and release them into areas that need mice catchers.

Edited by: MARCIEMCGOWAN at: 4/25/2013 (22:45)
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4/25/13 7:38 P

Only my opinion, but I believe it should be made into law pets have a license, required to be spayed/neutered by 9 months old preventing accidental litters, along with a rabies shot. Breeders should be registered with the State, obtain a Breeders license and permitted a limited amount of litters, taxed on income from litters and kennel areas inspected. This will discourage Unprofessional Backyard Breeders that neglect their animals that are "out for the money". I live near a shelter that has a sign posted on the door " no longer accepting animals due to overcrowding". Some of the pets owners read that sign and set their animal loose to fend for itself regardless of age, some pregnant.. others never make it across the major roadway. These pets need a Voice since they can't speak for themselves. Both my pets were taken in as dumped babies, neutered and indoor pets I also place pet food on my porch. for a few strays/

Edited by: SIMPLYME160 at: 4/25/2013 (19:41)
OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,474)
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4/25/13 3:10 P

it seems that the strays and shelter pets are just so grateful to have a family. I've yet to take one in that gave us any real problem. It's just a matter of teaching them how to behave.

4/25/13 2:17 P

A few years ago we found a stray cat during a blizzard. It was the day after Christmas. She had been declawed and spayed. She was so skinny and hungry.
We took her into our lives and she is so sweet and happy to be in out of the cold. When we first found her she was scared of every sound and movement near her. Now she is not so scared and much calmer. I will post a picture of her on my blog. Her name is Bella and who would get rid of such a sweet little girl. The vet thinks she was about 1-2 years old when we found her.


DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
4/25/13 1:58 P

Love4kitties' post should be required reading for anyone who thinks a domestic cat can take care of itself for any length of time. Cats may still exhibit some of their ancestral traits (I've had a few who were superb hunters), but they are subject to so many dangers that their chances are slim even if they manage to feed themselves.

To the OP - if you're spending half your monthly income on pet food and care, you MUST do something to stop the flow of animals and cut down the number you're caring for now. I know it's tough to turn them away, but you'd be better off taking really GOOD care of just one or two and doing your best to guide the rest to some kind of alternative. The idea of putting a sign on your door directing any "droppers" to animal control or the local shelter is a good one. Your city/town/county might have a shelter or animal control as well, check into that. Good luck!!!

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4/25/13 10:11 A

Most of my pets were strays that followed me home or even into my job !

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/25/13 9:06 A

my sister didn't call animal control. she googled an animal shelter similar to HSUS. They actually brought her the cage and told her how to trap the animal. Then once the animal was captured, they picked it up, neutered it, and brought it back to her free of charge. The only thing was she needed to take care of it. Since it wasn't domesticated, she had a nice box with a blanket out by her front door and would leave the mommy food and water.

MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
4/25/13 8:52 A

Thank you, I did call the animal control, they toll me in order for them to pick up the animal, I need to have them in the cage, most the animal wait for me to leave the food, them come eat, how can I get them to get in the cage or box.

I took some to the local human society, they told me the kitten were too small, they have no room to take them in, they can take them and euthanize, I took the kitten and food back, can't do it.

I hope to get the animal trust me enough, let me touch them, try to get the female spay. all my animal at home are the strays move in on me.Thanks again, for all the advise, I will try , have a Bless day !!

SWEETSUGAR7 Posts: 2,450
4/24/13 6:22 P

You need to call the local animal shelter and tell them about the massive amount of critters is around your place. They will pick them up and do what they can for them. It is sad but you cannot think about what happens next.
1. you don't have the money to care for animals that are not yours. call and let go.
2. you need to make sure you have the correct food for your diet in your home so that money needs to go to you and for your health and care
3. you should be spending more time on you and work out any way that your body will let you
and eat right
4. the animals only need food, water and love here and there. they will be there when you wake up and when you come home and when you go to bed.

Spend more time on you and less time on these strays. if you have to don't answer the door when you suspect a drop off. I know they know you care a lot and think it is helping but it is not. It is making it worse for you and a burden. Get in control and change things around you will be glad you did.
Talk to the people that have already done this and let them know that you cannot continue this way.
Put a note on your door that says something clear and to the point and kind at the same time. Go as far as putting the animal controls number on the sign.

I hope this will help get you back on your feet and things back to normal and have more money in your pocket.

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4/24/13 6:07 P

One of my cats was a stray when I adopted her, that was about 11 years ago. She is now very happy to be an indoor only cat, and my other cat, who is almost 13 years old, is also an indoor only cat.

My neighborhood always has 1-2 stray cats, sometimes more. It just breaks my heart. I wish I could take care of them all. There are a few neighbors that feed them, and during the cold weather, I keep a cat shelter out on my porch, made from a large plastic storage tote and insulated with styrofoam, with a "doorway" cut into it, for any cat that needs to get out of the weather. I also line with some stray and a piece of an old blanket. When I need to clean it out, I can take the lid off which makes it easy.

If I could afford it, I would get all the stray cats in my neighborhood spayed and neutered.

4/24/13 3:04 P

My first cat was a stray. She was a tiny little kitten, found all alone. No other littermates or mother cat around. Its possible that the mother was in the process of moving the litter and Lilly got left behind/was the first one moved. For such a rough start, she lived 17 years before she died of old age.

I always worry about the strays I see around here... heck, even the owned cats that run around outside. We have a lot of wild-life around here. My former roommate's cat was (most likely) eaten by a coyote. (The cat was inside at night, was over by the screen door, really excited about what was outside, and she stupidly let the cat out. Kitty was never seen alive again) In my old neighborhood, a cat had its eye ripped out by a raccoon (its owner saw this happen).

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4/24/13 2:18 P

@CrystalDancer - that's a popular program. Very nice when it's available. As you said, not the perfect solution, but better than nothing being done at all.

I think in our area the shelter will loan humane traps for citizens to pick up. They are very understaffed, but I know a few folks in my county who have made the effort to trap the feral cats and get them to the shelter.

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4/24/13 2:10 P

Our neighborhood animal shelter does a catch and release kind of program for the feral cats. They provide the traps, once trapped you call the shelter, they pick up the stray. They spay or neuter the stray and do a small ear clip on one ear to mark them as spayed/neutured for future reference. After they do all of this they re-release them.

Maybe it's not the best solution, but it's at least fixing the reproductive issues. I bet a lot of shelters do something similar, and while it may seem time consuming, it may help for future feral cat problems (and financial strains of feeding them like the OP is doing).

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
4/24/13 1:53 P

"Cats can live out on their own pretty well..."

No, actually they don't do well. They are typically emaciated (unless someone is putting food out for them), loaded with parasites (infested with fleas, tapeworms, roundworms, etc.), have horrible dental problems (which are just as painful for them as they would be for a human), and often have chronic (untreated, of course) illnesses and things like abscesses from fighting, etc. Unaltered females have litter after litter and the kittens suffer just like the parents and often don't make it to adulthood (and death out on the streets is just as ugly as life out on the streets).

It was just about a week ago that I saw yet another cat who'd been living on the streets. He had several people in the area feeding him, so at least he wasn't emaciated. But...he was so severely matted that he couldn't move his body, legs or his head freely. There were over 100 foxtails and other types of grass awns/burrs in his hair (many were embedded in the mats) and a lot of these were poking into his skin, which was a mess (lots of infected areas). Many people don't understand how painful this sort of thing is... His nose and lip were abraded, ulcerated and crusted from his futile attempts to pull the mats and grass awns out of his hair. He had an infected bite wound on his leg (from fighting), was limping due to soft tissue damage inflicted during the fight and he had a broken tooth. There was also a severe flea infestation, tapeworms, roundworms and ear mites. He was miserable. He wasn't doing pretty well.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 4/24/2013 (14:06)
RONNIEHUEY Posts: 12,033
4/24/13 12:55 P

I have two fur babies that started out feral.They both found me.One followed me home from a friends house.My newest baby started hanging around.She would get on my roof at night because of hungry coyotes.Both cats are now house cats,when the door is open ,they don't show any interest.Now my daughters'cat .he perks up his ears when the door opens.I'm baby sitting him while she is doing her Army duty.She can't have a pet in her barracks.I moved to a new place on my sisters vineyard.They don't want the cats inside.I used my tax refund and had a fancy 1000 dollar cat house built with an outside run.The three cats love their new home.It is next to my patio and has windows for them to look out of.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/24/13 12:39 P

My sister had a stray cat living under her bush and it had a litter of kittens. She rescued all but one of the kittens. the other just kept eluding her. She kept two of them and gave the others to neighbors.
She called the animal control and they said there is nothing they could do. She called a local animal shelter. They told her if she could catch the mother, they would neuter her at their expense, but bring the cat back to my sister to take care of. She made a nice box for the cat with a water, food, and a blanket for it outside. She finally caught the kitten. Since it was more feral than the others, she had to work on domesticating it. It is now part of the family. The mother eventually stopped coming so my sister thinks it was hit by a car or something else got her.

I feel bad for the animals and do leave out food and water, but am also leary because they do tend to be more wild.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
4/24/13 11:49 A

So very sad.

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4/24/13 11:03 A

@CLRW - cool. If they are already doing this to control wild animal overbreeding, then it may be availble for 'domesticated' animals already...if not, I'm betting it will be.

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4/24/13 10:58 A

@OBIESMOM- they actually do make birth control for controlling wild populations. I'm not sure they have it for cats and dogs, but I've read about them doing it for pigeons.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,015
4/24/13 10:36 A

But if you can't handle the dog, there are ways to rehome if you can't find a family member or friend or afford to take to a shelter. My friend just spend 4 months trying to rehome their English Bulldog because he had some serious special needs they couldn't manage. And they're a good family; she's a detective on the local PD. But they managed to get him into a home where he can get the attention he needs.

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4/24/13 10:17 A

@Marty - our golden (in my profile pic) was "free to a good home" because his original family couldn't handle a big dog.

Our lab mix was running around at a school in the next county. I'm pretty sure he was left there in hopes that somebody would take him in. The school is WAY back off the street and of course had lots of activity.

and the one I found at the park recently - well, who knows? He has a collar but no tags. I've posted signs all over the park, at the school across the street, and the vet's office in that neighborhood. Possibly the owners couldn't afford to get him the medical attention he needed.

around us, I've seen a major surge in the cat population. People turn them out, they aren't fixed, and they breed like crazy.

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4/24/13 10:10 A

I've often thought it would be great to have some kind of birth control that could be put in the food left out for strays. I know there are programs to capture, spay/neuter and release, but wouldn't it be great if you could just feed them something (non-lethal) that would make the animal sterile? They can enjoy their life & not add to the stray population.

MKMMARTY Posts: 6,893
4/24/13 10:08 A

sometimes people feel that they have no choice - cost too much to take to an animal shelter - their friends or family can't accept another pet - they just can't keep - so out of desperation they drop it off hoping for the best.
Life sometimes throws a curve ball we can't deal with...

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4/24/13 9:56 A

I must agree with everyone, EXCEPT Bill, I have had pets all my life and feed strays at home from racoons to possums, the food is for my cats, but the animals eat it including the bluejays emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/24/13 9:40 A

brought home a puppy from the park on 4/13. I put signs up, but still no contact from his owner. He needed medical attention (his eye had popped out). He's on the mend; may lose the eye. He gets along well with our 2, so if nobody claims him...I guess we now have *3* dogs.

sorry, Bill. I know that cats can live out on their own pretty well. But a 5 month old puppy in need of medical attention? I could not just leave him. No, I can't save them all. But I did save that one (and I'm pretty sure that made a big difference to him). Since we will have him neutered, taking him in also puts a stop to possibly another hundred or so puppies.
(yep, I got in my exercise that day...and every day since. Plus some extra by running around in the yard with the new pup)

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 4/24/2013 (09:41)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
4/24/13 9:11 A

That makes me so sad. My animals are family and I could not casually drop them off anywhere.

I have three dogs and cannot take in anymore. I do put out bowls of water for the strays in the neighborhood. Especially on scorching hot days. On scorching days I put out ice cubes.

BILL60 Posts: 961,780
4/24/13 9:09 A

And how much exercise did we do today? While it's sad to see stray and sick animals, it's a reality of life. I'll just continue to ride my bike and stay healthy.

GAILRUU Posts: 10,210
4/24/13 9:02 A

I don't get it either. My husband brought home a kitten he found dropped off at a remote boat landing at a lake. After a trip the vet, spaying and lots of food she is the most affectionate cat we have ever had. Our other cat is from a litter dropped off at the vet's office. The man who brought them in said if they didn't take them he was going to feed them to his rottweiler! People like that shouldn't be allowed to own an animal.

MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
4/24/13 8:49 A

Why people get animal and not want to take care of them? when they drop these poor animal some where, often time they don't get to live long; I try to feed all the stray at my apartment complex, the number just keep on added up, and some of my friend Think that I like them, and when they find one, they take to me, I finally have to tell them that I do love animal and try to do everything I need to do; for mine. by same token, I hate to see the stray go in the dumpster, so I buy extra food to feed them.

People don't know how much it cost to feed these animal, I buy 50lb dry food and 200 can of wet food every month, not counting the one at home, and am live on fix income, because I am disabled, can't work, with the vet visit and all the shots, it cost me one half of my monthly income, please get your pet fix, is better for both of you.

And for my friends, please don't bring me any more stray that you find at road side or anywhere else, unless you going to pay for their expense. I don';t have money tree grown in my container.

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