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    Re: For animal lovers

    Quote Originally Posted by stcroix;3924893;
    We live on the Gulf coast where a couple of hurricanes have gone through in the last few years and I keep 'inheriting' displaced cats that I don't know WHAT to do with! We've taken them in and adopted them out until I no longer have anywhere to take my last one. She's already had two sets of kittens (she's a wild cat and not adoptable,even tho she lets me rub on her at times--cautiously). I'm wanting to catch her in some way and get her fixed like the others, but my husband is finally putting his foot down on the expense (we've already paid a few hundred dollars getting cats fixed, shots, or put to sleep because we've found out they had feline leukemia, poor things) Anyway, three weeks ago we were actually able to catch this last mommy cat and her five PRECIOUS kittens and took them to the Humane Society where since they were overflowing already we had to literally beg them to take the kittens. Unfortunately they told us that since Mommycat is wild that they won't take her because shes unadoptable.... They said to get her fixed (good luck luring her back in that cage!) and take her out to the woods and that she'll survive. They seemed very sincere about it. The problem is that I've fed her for over a year and she's stopped bringing in birds and squirrels (poor little things,that was a sight!) I'm afraid she'll have lost the instinct to hunt and I just hate to let her out in some woods somewhere! (even though they seemed to think she would be ok...) I feel like I'm deserting her! Anyone have any thoughts on this? Any animal experts out there who could assure me that she will survive and I'm not leaving an innocent animal out in the wilderness to starve?! Gee I hate these hurricanes and the innocent animals who get blown up here at my house, lost from their own homes!
    Gosh, you're in a bad spot, stcroix. You shouldn't feel guilty with whatever course you decide to take. It sounds like you've really tried your best and done more for those cats than most people in your position would have. I'm no animal expert, but I do know that there are a lot of cities that fix feral cats and release them back into the wild and they do fine. Cats are a pretty self-sufficient animal and are excellent hunters. I would suspect that if she hunted for her food once, she'd know how to again. If you can't take care of her and the humane society can't take care of her, it doesn't seem like you have much of a choice. Would you happen to know anyone who has a farm, though? Farmers often love to have 'barn cats' to keep the mice down and it would provide the cat with a little more shelter than the woods.
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    A little off topic: I heard that cats domesticated themselves, thousands of years ago; it was in their best survival interest. And it was found that they originated in Egypt, instead of Turkey, as previously thought. If you get a chance to watch 'The Science of Cats', it is very interesting. It is not a series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay;3925310;
    A little off topic: I heard that cats domesticated themselves, thousands of years ago; it was in their best survival interest. And it was found that they originated in Egypt, instead of Turkey, as previously thought. If you get a chance to watch 'The Science of Cats', it is very interesting. It is not a series.
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    Thanks for the encouragement,Stargazer. I guess I just needed someone else to say that she could make it on her own since she has done it before. It's a sad situation,though. I'm going to get the paperwork started tomorrow to get her fixed at the Humane Society, then I guess I'll just release her in some woods we have near. I wish I knew of someone who had a barn and needed a good mouser! These innocent animals just break my heart.

    And,yes you guys, cats ARE very smart. They certainly always seem to know the dummy in our neighborhood who will feed them!
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    Run an add in your local paper for 'Barn Cat' . Put fliers up at Farm feed stores, Vet clinics, Pet food stores. Don't place her on craigslist.
    I understand your troubles, we live on a farm.
    I am fortunate to live in a county that has a fantastic free Feral cat trap, spay, neuter and release program and have had to use their services alot.
    I was able to catch several litters when they were small enough, confined the kittens and mom and was able to adopt out the kittens as house cats.
    I held, petted, played and talked to the kittens everyday and they tamed down, of course Mom was still feral and hissed.
    Good Luck, I'm glad to know there is another 'dumb person that will feed them' out there.

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    Not "dumb" - Kind!

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    Well, some of us are kind as in kind of dumb. Just read this, if you doubt it.
    I was just now using the Furminator on Ringo because he's been shedding so much, and he seemed to be really onto it this time, so I just kept combing. If you have used this implement you know the shedded hair will kind of pile up on the animal, so he has to be brushed offto remove it; when I used a towel to wipe off the loose hair, ... and !
    I feel awful, there is a line about an inch wide all the way down his back and about a 3 inch across patch right in the middle of the stripe with hardly any hair left at all. Every bit of the underfur is gone, so he only has the long guard hairs left.
    I bet I be more careful next time, AND put on my glasses and turn on an extra light before I do that again. (And he's STILL wanting more brushing, but I don't want to pull the hair off his sides too!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb;3929071;
    Well, some of us are kind as in kind of dumb. Just read this, if you doubt it.
    I was just now using the Furminator on Ringo because he's been shedding so much, and he seemed to be really onto it this time, so I just kept combing. If you have used this implement you know the shedded hair will kind of pile up on the animal, so he has to be brushed offto remove it; when I used a towel to wipe off the loose hair, ... and !
    I feel awful, there is a line about an inch wide all the way down his back and about a 3 inch across patch right in the middle of the stripe with hardly any hair left at all. Every bit of the underfur is gone, so he only has the long guard hairs left.
    I bet I be more careful next time, AND put on my glasses and turn on an extra light before I do that again. (And he's STILL wanting more brushing, but I don't want to pull the hair off his sides too!)
    Wow

    Did you get the furminator deluxe?

    I used to use it on Monet. I didn't think it took that much off. I never had to separately brush him afterward to clear up the remnants, either.
    What kind of cat is Ringo? Isn't it a DSH like Monet?
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    St. Croix,

    I'm sorry for all your troubles with the cats.

    In my area, we do have a lot of private rescue orgs for feral cats and the like.
    Do you happen to have any there?
    They often go beyond what a local shelter / Humane Society / ASPCA can do.
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    Re: For animal lovers

    There should be no animals performing in circuses. Please watch the video here and pass it on.

    Ringling Brothers Circus' Over-the-Top Cruelty | RinglingBeatsAnimals.com

    Here also

    Circuses.com: The Circus is No Place for Animal Abuse

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