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  1. Kristin_Happy Texan

    First rabbit!

    I LOVE those Giants! I saw my first one years ago at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I couldn't believe how ginormous they can be. We used to have a rabbit that roamed free in our backyard. (We had a lot of tree cover and it still had a rabbit hutch that we used for a while. It never...
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    Portraits of our dogs across the bridge

    Those are amazing! I've often pondered doing something like that with my old pets. Soon (Feb 24) it will be one year since I had my sweet little Abigail put to sleep. She was sort of our special needs dog. She acted more like a newborn child than a dog. (Reaction to her puppy shots gave her...
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    Fawn on Doorstep

    That was our main concern. We read that fawns could only go so long without being fed, and we couldn't exactly just leave and go to the store because we didn't wish to frighten it and we were extremely worried about it running off and into the road. It was a very, very stressful day. (This...
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    Fawn on Doorstep

    The barb wire is on all the property around here. It was already here when we bought the land. Some people electrify them, but we don't. We don't get deer around here anymore. We used to get A LOT of them, but after the neighbor got a new, extremely large dog they stopped coming around. I...
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    Fawn on Doorstep

    I thought I'd share what surprise showed up on our doorstep - literally - back in 2017. While it was amazing to see, it was also very stressful worrying over the Mama Deer not returning. She stayed away all day, and for a few hours seemed frantic from trying to remember where she left her kid...
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    Trauma after trap/Spay

    That's a photo from a few days before she was trapped. (Her kittens were trapped that evening). I've actually seen her run away when she heard MY VOICE when I was inside the house. It made me feel like a villain. She does return to the porch at night still, right after dark. (Sometimes a...
  7. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Help with heated pet pads in feral cat shelters

    I love this thread because we've been pondering building a shelter for our feral that will protect her in the cold and heat of summer. (With us it's mainly the summer that's incredibly harsh. We do have crazy cold days in the winter - especially the last 3 years - but it's still rare). My...
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    Trauma after trap/Spay

    Yeah. I've been super careful about my presence. She often liked hanging out in the tree line, and I doubt she's there anymore, but I won't even allow myself to look for her over there. (I used to talk to her over there, or she'd watch me from that spot while I watered the garden). Okay, so...
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    Trauma after trap/Spay

    Has anyone ever seen their feral cat - after being trapped/in a shelter/spay surgery/recovery - traumatized from the experience? I've noticed that our feral has been very skittish. I'm so used to her coming up to our porch begging for food, running off when I come outside to fill her food...
  10. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Food after spay

    Canned Cat Food with option of dry food as well. I put Probiotics in her food, too. I'd like to give her Mackerel, but I'm afraid it'll just draw the other cat over here. That other Calico cat keeps hanging around, and I have to say.... our feral kitty that just got spayed has been hiding...
  11. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Our Toy Aussie

    She's been to the vet so many times, over her legs, that she's now petrified of riding in the car. (I was so relieved to finally have a pup not afraid of the car, but after her spay... she's been traumatized). The vet X-rayed her legs. She said her legs and spine look perfect. She has...
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    Food after spay

    I've read all about that, too. (I did tons of research and even called our vet). It was the only option we had. The garage and storage building are much colder than the barn, which has heat lamps. She also spent her first evening after surgery at the shelter. So far it looks like she did well.
  13. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Finally, Jasper gets it!

    I've read that frozen carrots work, too. I keep meaning to try that.
  14. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Identifying Spayed or Neutered Ferals

    Thanks for that. This place has been great for me, especially these past few days. I'm the only "cat person" in this family, so that's another part of it I guess.
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    Finally, Jasper gets it!

    I understand about the eating of ornaments. Lillie (Toy Aussie) is the first dog we've ever had that is a chewer and will eat anything. I'm constantly sweeping the floors because of it. If I don't sweep the floors, then SHE will do it for me. Lol!
  16. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Identifying Spayed or Neutered Ferals

    I understand my Dad's snark, and I agree with him, but I also wish he'd kept silent. It served no useful purpose for us, and it certainly doesn't help if we ever had to use them again in the future. It's a small country town and the only shelter we can use. I checked on the cat again. (I...
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    Identifying Spayed or Neutered Ferals

    Allow me to ramble one more time: Kitty is home. She's in the barn, still in the trap. (Poor thing. She doesn't even have Meds I can put in her food!! There's nothing for the pain. Without the pain medication, my dog would have been crying the entire time). I have a water bottle on the...
  18. Kristin_Happy Texan

    Ferals - Hygiene/Cleanliness while trapped for hours

    They did. The entire debacle is explained inside my "Identifying Spayed/Neutered Ferals" thread. (The 11:16 AM post from today).
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    Food after spay

    My mother was telling me about that just today. We never heard back, so at around 2 pm we called. They said the vet took her, but I don't know exactly what that means. I doubt the shelter even knew. They did say she would come home tonight. (I think that's assuming she was diagnosed as HIV...
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    Identifying Spayed or Neutered Ferals

    Where I live we keep our pets on Flea Meds all year. It's the heat/humidity. Even in the winter we can have fleas, as our winters are usually pretty mild. This feral is always hanging out in our tree line too, which I imagine is filled with ticks, etc. I'll ask if she has fleas, and what...
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