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  1. swagman

    Worming ferals

    I am sure this has been asked thousands of times. I I did search and can't find the answer I am looking for. I have a few ferals I am feeding and caring for - one of them must have worms - I cant feed her enough but I can't inspect her poop to confirm. I can't get within 6 feet of her and if I...
  2. swagman

    Outdoor wireless camera recommendations for feral cats (and other wildlife), please?

    Good luck! If you have questions I will try to help however I can!
  3. swagman

    Outdoor wireless camera recommendations for feral cats (and other wildlife), please?

    Reading your message I thought a wyze cam would be better because of power limitations but you still might have an issue with wifi - which they depend on. By the way, they also have a solar panel for this cam so you NEVER have to recharge the battery. But those little adapters that go in a light...
  4. swagman

    Friend of Ferals Award Badge - Apply Here

    thank you - will do! A condensed version!
  5. swagman

    Friend of Ferals Award Badge - Apply Here

    I am just a molecule compared to the wonderful people doing such great work here. But I want to try to become more of a contributor to pay back all the help I have received. I live in a normal residential neighborhood where people often complain about feral cats. I met one and started...
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    Outdoor wireless camera recommendations for feral cats (and other wildlife), please?

    Since you mentioned focusing on the floor I am adding another video from a cam that is really close up and personal. This is where I tried to set up another living space for Swag and she tested it out. You can see it is a really good cam from a close or far range. In this case, since I had no...
  7. swagman

    Outdoor wireless camera recommendations for feral cats (and other wildlife), please?

    I use Wyze cams. wyze.com Their version 3 model is only about $30 and it is outdoor ready but it does require an AC power source and wifi. They have another outdoor model that is more expensive - about $75. but it has a battery that lasts 6 months. They all have a memory card slot so you can...
  8. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Thank you @silent meowlook too! My wife thinks same, she was often breathing this way but I followed advice above 2 yrs ago to not try to trap her again because I agreed that it could have done more harm than good. Over the years we have tried putting worm and flea meds with food but no matter...
  9. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I read somewhere that feral cats often only live to 2-3 yrs and have felt like I was on borrowed time. Its nice to hear we can beat those odds with care. My heart still aches for Swag and I have kept the window blind closed because I can't stand...
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    Feral straining breathing

    Thank you so much for the replies and condolences. I have come back here to re-read them multiple times over the last couple of days. I can't describe how comforting they have been. Still very sad but whenever I think of her I look through the photos and videos of all the great times we had...
  11. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Thank you so much. I'm feeling such sorrow today, its amazing how much this little baby because a part of my everyday life. This is her at my window just a couple nights before. We met this way multiple times a day and she usually slept on this pedestal all night.
  12. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Sad announcement. I haven't posted here for 2 years. This feral cat and I became very close but only though a plane of glass. No matter what I tried or how patient I was I could never get close to her physically. I created a very nice environment on my deck and she spent about 80% of everyday...
  13. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Update: I still can't get closer than 10 feet or so but she is starting to sort of "air knead" when I am talking to her through the window. Weirdest thing. Almost like it is an involuntary muscle movement. This is just a short clip but it goes on as long as I stay at the window. Her little...
  14. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    thanks Jcatbird! I am really trying. Would love to give this baby the loving I know she is wanting! #patience. My wife thinks I am a weirdo for doing all this. But she is caretaker for another 4 ferals we keep watch over. We've been looking after this little clowder for about 3 years. 5 ferals...
  15. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Havent been back in awhile but here is an update for those interested. Mimicking the same behaviors I got her to come up a few more times and eat while I was on my knees crouched over facing the other direction about 10 ft away. Then she just wouldnt any more. More affectionate than ever...
  16. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    A lot of trial and error tonight. Laying flat or on side in any direction didnt work. But once I was on my knees facing opposite direction about 12 feet from dinner, I kept calling her and after about 10 minutes she came up to eat. Positioned herself where she could watch me while she ate. I...
  17. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Update! I've got her playing with a toy. As you can see, she doesnt really seemed to be bothered about the breathing. I rubbed that toy all over me before putting it out there. Maybe she will recognize the smell. Still no luck making direct contact. When I bring food out, I sit on the ground...
  18. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Love your story! Thanks for sharing! Encouraging!
  19. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    Hi! Thank you! Yes. I do remember that, and I am frankly horrified that if I catch her for a vet visit she might run away and never return. The feedback I initially sought here was whether this looked like a serious enough ailment that it warranted the drastic step of catching her and taking...
  20. swagman

    Feral straining breathing

    I dont have a screen on that window. But I have cracked it open about one inch so she can hear me better and she wont come up with the window cracked. I do have screens I could put there to try that though.
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