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  1. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Protocol for after a Feral's spay?

    You are very kind. I've been really worried about all of it, and my concern for all the cats - especially psychologically - is upsetting my mother. If I mention it at all, her anxiety goes up. (She's been dealing with A LOT of health issues, and anxiety is just one of the problems...
  2. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Need advice on taming semi-feral cat

    I've been thinking about this, too. We have a Mom Cat that will not come within yards of us. After she's spayed, I want her to have flea/ticks treatment. The only idea I've come up with is using a carrier that we have which also opens from the TOP. Find a way to lure her inside the crate...
  3. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Dry food suggestion?

    I wonder about this, too. It does seem no one can seem to agree. I makes me feel like I'm just running in circles. All I do know is that this Mom Cat and her kittens will eat anything. (I feed them wet and dry food). They aren't picky eaters. Whatever I give them, they'll eat. My only...
  4. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Ode to Psycho - the cat who came back to cross the bridge

    Cats are intelligent. I think deep down he knew you would help him. You did what you could. You tried helping him with nutrition, but that just wasn't enough. You took him to a vet, which he clearly needed. You took all the appropriate, humane steps and he's no longer suffering now. That's...
  5. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Protocol for after a Feral's spay?

    Thanks. It's been on my mind. I'm going to visit the shelter again this week, to see if they have any idea when they might be accepting cats again. (I planned on asking about the procedure for after a spay then, but in the meantime I was curious about the average protocol/others personal...
  6. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Protocol for after a Feral's spay?

    How do things work after a feral cat is spayed at a shelter? I assumed the shelter looks after her for a day, or two tops, and then we release her back outside to recover on her own. (Continuing to feed/water/have outdoor sheltering options open to her of course). This cat will NOT accept...
  7. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Inexpensive way to spay/neuter large # of ferals?

    I can't imagine. My gosh. I'm in over my head with just one feral that gave birth to 5 kittens. (Her kittens are feral, too, since we didn't even know about them and they're kind of old now). There are other ferals that come and go, too, but the Mom Cat pretty much kicked them all out. I...
  8. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Access crawl space?

    Our feral gave birth in a crawl space to our storage building that we had blocked off. (With small plastic netting, until we could get some more tin. The old tin rotted out). I guess the Mom cat used her teeth to open it up. She was determined to give birth there. She even kicked out the...
  9. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    That is a very good idea about securing the cord. I'll have to put another thinking cap on. It would be so much easier if I had something to hide behind as they take the bait. That way I can be closer to the cage. I was thinking about unpacking a tent that we got a few months ago and never...
  10. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    I am officially THE WORST Feral Cat Catcher in the known Universe. (And this is with no sleep for 3 days, and camping outside day and night. And when I say night, I mean until after sunrise. While outside, I'm hearing coyotes in the distance. This morning I had to scare off an armadillo...
  11. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    Thank you! I'll try that right now. I just had a meltdown by the way. A NEW cat showed up. I trapped it, but no one came to help me by shutting the door to the cage. It was thrashing about forever, but finally got out. I bet that display taught the Mama Cat not to go inside the cage...
  12. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    Thank You. Shade has been yet another problem. I battle it practically every hour. I was just plugging the baby cam back in and zip tying the umbrella to one of the cages again, went inside to get some ham for them, and the ONE TIME I forgot to look out the window first before going back...
  13. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    I've been giving them wet food and kibble, but the food situation - and the temperatures - have been a HUGE issue. Pretty much the second I put out any food at all, there's a hill of ants in the food. I've even used smaller bowls inside a larger one to try to deter the ants, but they are...
  14. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Feral Mom moving her kittens/BAD Timing

    What do you do when a feral cat has moved her kittens elsewhere? I was so close to capturing all 5 kittens, and then the Mom to be spayed. (We personally visited the shelter after discovering she had kittens that were already pretty old. I think they nurse just a little bit, but they are...
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