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  1. Chris Ekstedt

    Help! Vet wants to sedate my OA cat for nail trimming

    This would have to happen every 3 weeks @$145 for the anesthesia and $25 for the trimp on top of a Solensia shot at $110. I can't afford that. Wouldn't gabapentin be enough? I can't even afford my own dental work! She did seem in pain the last time and cried out but good grief, sedating her...
  2. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    So far it looks good. I've told her Rosie is very active at night and that might be a problem for her. Rosie bounds (roughly and noisily) off and on my bed anywhere from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. and gallops like a freight train through the hallways knocking over food dishes, etc. lol! I now keep her...
  3. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Thanks all. After reading your answers I think I actually will stress that point with any new foster if it gets to that. As I have observed her over time she can regress if too confined. Those two nights were awful for both of us. She's started life with a trauma and that shows in her...
  4. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Back again. Since my health has gone downhill there is talk now of transferring Rosie to another foster. When I first trapped Rosie and took her into my house I put her in the bathroom where she cried for 2 nights straight. I had to get up repeatedly to calm her down. I got no sleep those...
  5. Chris Ekstedt

    Aggressive FIV kitty I've had for 5 years

    My foster has her own bedroom that she can retreat to fortunately. Sometimes my FIV cat tries to go in and I'm constantly having to 'herd cats' since she was able to access that room before the foster and she considers it her territory. She's had a UTI now treated and seems happier but still...
  6. Chris Ekstedt

    Aggressive FIV kitty I've had for 5 years

    I'd be hesitant to sedate her. She's lethargic enough. Yes, she's been to the vet and is happier now that we've addressed a UTI that she had. The FIV test was not a snap test. It's also evident with the way she keeps getting respiratory issues and some infections that she's in fact FIV. She's...
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    Aggressive FIV kitty I've had for 5 years

    Portia is my muse and has been a big love of mine. I adopted her from the SPCA not knowing she was FIV positive. They had irresponsibly taken her back after she had gotten loose and someone found her except they neglected to re test for FIV. I could not give her back knowing they would not take...
  8. Chris Ekstedt

    Shocked and feeling guilty after tragic death of my beloved boy

    I am so very sorry Ewelina. I lost a long time kitty friend in 2020 myself to tragic circumstances. She too was constantly insistent about being able to go outdoors. The first part of her life she had known that freedom and simply did not want to give it up. She had freedom to go in and out...
  9. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Thanks Fionasmom. :) It's really hard to get the best shots of her...she is SO fast. I wish I'd gotten the one last week where she cleared a 42" gate (the one at her room which is now obviously useless lol!) easily. But she's 'lame' right? Note to self: never underestimate a cat!!
  10. Chris Ekstedt

    Looking for support/ adopted semi-feral cat

    Yes, I can see she's more relaxed now. Good work! I feel the same as you about crating. "Over my dead body" and that may end up being quite literal (I'm 74 and in poor health). I'm hoping to get her completely socialized enough to eventually adopt because, like you, I cannot imagine this very...
  11. Chris Ekstedt

    Looking for support/ adopted semi-feral cat

    Hi MindyStClairesMo, She has been 'friendly' from the time we started feeding her wet cat food. When she began to smell it she would come closer and act in a playful manner (her style of begging for the food but in a 'cute' way). She would meow and roll on the ground and knead her paws when she...
  12. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    I actually have an instagram site for her with pics and videos :-) Thanks so much again for the support and encouragement !!:hearthrob: Login • Instagram
  13. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Also, yes, the Rescue knows she got out and now again inside. I'll talk to them in depth about it all when I come to their adoption fair with her in a soft crate (I'll keep her in that just to get her used to that crowd). I've noticed that the only cats really on their radar are those they have...
  14. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    didn't finish a sentence there lol! I think they judged her on the first visit when she hissed at them and the fact she was 'lame' (Pfffftttt she can jump a dang fence) And their 'post' they put together on Petfinder kept mentioning 'oh she's lame'. They finally changed that at my behest. I...
  15. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Yeah, Jcatbird, this kitty is not only adoptable but a big fluffy adorable sweet dispositioned and spirited TOTALLY adoptable kitty. I think they thought her skittishness (right after I trapped her took her to the vet...she hissed and they had to sedate her...next visit a little better but she...
  16. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    I'll see if there are any organizations like that that would help. For now I'm going to take her to the next Rescue's adoption fair in a soft crate and just expose her to a cat adoring crowd and see how she does. They have them frequently. She's made progress since our ordeal. She's more...
  17. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Also the tracker helped me realize that it wasn't her quest for freedom but her response to my anxiety ridden loud half feral orange cat that I've been trying to tame for years. He was 5 years old when he landed on my doorstep in a snow storm but he's always stayed a little wild and stays mostly...
  18. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Hi Rubysmama, One thing that really helped was an experienced tracker who had done that for 20 years and knew pet's behavior. He told me to simply 'keep the door open'. He told me this two days in a row and I couldn't believe him the first day. All his suggestions worked including laying out a...
  19. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Exactly! Sometimes a trauma is necessary to straighten out one's priorities. Both she and I went through it and I think we'll make better decisions now!!!
  20. Chris Ekstedt

    Trapped skittish stray with an old injury. Need advice on how to motivate an adopter

    Yes, that was critical input for me. I now know that she considers my house 'home base' and does NOT want to live outside. Honestly, the way she bolted made me wonder if she didn't want her freedom. Well, that was a big fat NO as I could tell from her behavior that she displayed on my deck...
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