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@Soosie - I can relate to your situation, as I wound up with 3 young feral siblings hanging around my house early 2017! I worked with a rescue group to get them neutered & examined, but since feral cats are hard to socialize & place, they just release them back where they were picked up .. my house! They are very affectionate with me, and spend a lot of time in the house, but they are terrified of other people & want to run outside to hide. Last year one broke a hind leg outside, right after being neutered, so during rehab he learned to use a litter box, and has become my 100% indoor cat. This spring he was injured again, and I found out he has bone cancer. He had hip surgery (not inexpensive), and I'm not sure of his long-term prognosis; had he not been taken in, he would have died last winter. The other 2 seem to be OK, but one refuses to use a litterbox .. even in the worst weather, so I had to shovel snow off the deck & stairs, so they could go outside to the bathroom! Because they're split between inside & outside, it would be even more difficult going away, and having to depend on someone else feeding them & cleaning up .. because the wildlife would eat whatever food was left out for the cats, if they weren't fast enough. Between cat food, litter & medical treatment, it's cost me $3,100 this year already!! But I really love them all, and can't imagine leaving them behind if I moved.


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An update on my life as an animal Mom. I didn't get to Suri in time before she had a second litter of kittens. I did find a great rescue group and am working with them. For now I am fostering Suri and 3 kittens in my utility room. I went ahead and had Suri spayed. I couldn't wait and take a chance. When I saw the big male cat laying in wait on the neighbor's walkway I told him to take his love interest else where. Then I did a little dance. I have named the kittens and Foster Paws has given them and Suri their shots and has done testing on them. I have Sandy (male), Sly (male) and Sassy, (female.) They will go to be spayed and neutered in the near future. Sly has become the big man on campus. Naturally, I have gotten attached to them, but I can't spend the rest of my life spending and cleaning. That is about all I do these days. I will take Suri to a pet adoption day this week and pray she finds just the right home. She is a beautiful and sweet girl and deserves this. I have arrived! I can legally be called the "Crazy old Cat Lady."

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@Soosie  Nice to see you posting again, have not seen you in awhile!  Perhaps I have not visited the right places.

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@Soosie - Check around; if these are rescued kittens, you may be able to get basic veterinary treatment at a discount, at some facilities. You're lucky your kittens "clean" your house; mine create the dust bunnies, with their shedding .. epecially the one who's indoors full-time.


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I think some of the best people in the world are animal lovers. They have big hearts and take care of God's creatures. This is an update on the two kittens I took in a few weeks ago. They have grown so much and there is never a dull moment. They have long slender front legs and have used them to bring out the dust bunnies under my refrig. Also a couple of other pieces of furniture too large for me to move. They have learned to climb to the top of my high back chair in my office and I saw one of them eyeing the hanging light fixture in the room. I am praying he doesn't find a way to get to it even if he does want to clean it. I named them Sadie and Sammie. I was pretty sure Sammie is a boy, but what are the chances of having two male cats? I now think Sadie is a boy so I asked on my Facebook page if someone could think of a name close to Sadie because he responds to the name. He is now called Shady. I am saving for the Vet bill. I think I will try to get them to a Mobile Vet for shots to save, but want my regular Vet to neuter them. I certainly didn't need two more kittens, but here we are. I told my Vet I will have to work forever to put food on the floor.

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@Soosie - Good luck with your kitties! As soon as feral cats or kittens turn up near you, I strongly recommend looking for a cat rescue group in your area! They can help with the trapping, and cost of neutering & initial vet exam.

 

Late winter 2017, a small tiger cat began showing up at the food I put out on my deck for the wildlife. Because it was still the dead of winter, I didn't want to chase her away, but posted a photo on the local Nextdoor group's website, asking if anyone's can had vanished .. she had a very distinctive short, kinky tail. No one claimed her, but someone responded from a local cat rescue group, volunteering to help me trap her for neutering. Within a short time, 2 young black cats showed up with her, with variations on the tail defect! So over the next 6 months, I got all of them neutered/spayed. But as ferals, they're deamed not adoptable, because so many people want "lap cats", and they were released back at my house. As this past winter approached, I got 2 of them used to being inside most of the time, but couldn't break them of their desire to go out. The 3rd one got injured outside, and during recuperation from a broken leg, he learned to use a litter box, and because my pet. Now that the weather's nice again, the other 2 spend at least 20 hours outside each day, and less than 4 hours in the house eating & napping.

 

I lost my last cat about 2006, and since I was house hunting, I didn't want another cat. After I moved, I was still happy just feeding the wildlife. Now I have these 3 indoor/outdoor cats, and the indoor one recently had another serious injury, this time requiring surgery .. and I found out he has bone cancer too, which may be why he's had these 2 injuries. It's a new ways of life, for sure!


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Soosie,

If you go one line you can find cheap or free spraying or neutering. Several places by me offer this service. State run programs run quarterly. I took my girlfriends dog to get fixed last January. The cost was only $17, through my paad card. Please check into this,  as you will safe hundreds of dollars.. Nancy 

 

 

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Pet Mamas and Papas are special people in my book.  I have two rescue dogs and one older cat.  At least that was the pet family until recently.  There was a cat that I fed for a year or more.  Beautiful, offspring of a Sealpoint Siamese.  I thought it a boy and called him Suri.  Surprise, surprise.  Suri gained a lot of weight and I realized he/she was going to have kittens.  She had three and brought them to me.  They took up residence in my carport.  One of them stopped showing up and I hope someone in the neighborhood adopted him/her.  The two remained.  One looks just like a SealPoint and the other is white with grey markings.  Both have blue eyes.  They were pretty wild.  I talked baby talk to them and didn't try to touch them.  After some time, they started to come to me, rub my legs and let me pick them up.  My plan was to find adoptive pet parents.  Time went by and since I am on a busy street, I was very concerned for their safety.  One evening, I was picking up some broken branches near my drive when a car came through at about 80 miles per hour with a highway patrol car not so far behind.  Decision made.  I scooped them up and brought them in.  My house looks like a couple of two year olds live here.  I am estimating how long it will take to save to get them spayed and neutered and all shots. Also am checking for a group who will trap Mama cat and spay her and bring her back in the neighborhood.  She is a seasoned outside cat.  I have seen her stop and look both directions before crossing the street.   Oh, well, guess I will work up until lunch time on the day of my funeral.  A friend told me that this is God's way of giving me the big family I have always wanted but never had.

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