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    how can I encourage my semi-feral TNR cat to be calm inside my home?

    A few months ago I TNRd a handsome feral panther boy whose sister (already spayed) I started feeding in March 2020. Their affection for me is ever-progressing, but now mister panther actually peeps into and even enters our house! He's been inside twice before, actually. First the TNR, and then I...
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    How do you avoid medication anxiety/stress?

    My elderly foster cat needs daily meds. I think it's starting to really stress her out despite my best efforts. (It *must* be given as a pill and treats will NOT work with her) :( I know one piece of advice was to try to work it into your routine, but we don't really have a routine yet as she...
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    elderly cat won't eat after enema

    So yesterday I took my 17 y/o foster cat in for constipation and the doc wanted her to be admitted for an enema and IV fluids. She stayed at the vet for 12 hours and "a lot" of poo came out. Vet said after the enema to expect dribbling feces for 24 hours, and it might be approaching that now...
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    Why do cats run to their food source after waking from a dream?

    I've only owned one cat before. She was about 8 years old when we adopted her and she passed when she was 15. Right now I'm fostering an elderly 17 year old. With both cats, they often wake from a dream appearing startled and confused, looking around the room and at me, then practically run to...
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    how long does it take for special food to work?

    I finally started my elderly foster cat on Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Fiber Response which she ate with her previous owner and seems to really like. I don't know what she was eating for the 2 months since her owner died and she was looked after by the family of the deceased, but she was...
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    running out of time w/ senior foster cat, won't eat

    On Sunday the 12th we took in a sweet, 17 y/o senior lady whose owner died. She's deaf (does not react to footsteps or loud noises at all), and has barely any teeth left with some signs of gingivitis. Naturally we expected her to be confused/anxious/depressed, and so far she's spending her days...
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    I need a sound recording of mom cat "trumpeting" call for kittens

    So there was a video I saw years ago of someone playing a sound that made a bunch of kittens emerge from hiding, responding to the call for food. It was that trumpeting sound a cat makes when it's made a kill, letting its kittens know it's dinner time. Or when they want the kittens to come...
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    What does this semi-feral want from me?

    One of our community cats, about 2 yrs old and spayed, often mews at us, a high-pitched whining sound that lasts about 2-3 seconds. The mew is always accompanied by squinted eyes. She does this often--it's the only sound she makes at us giant furless cats aside from the occasional soft warning...
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    Tipped ear healing time? TNR question

    Hello! My TNR'd boy is doing very well. It's been a week since his surgery and he's showed up every single day. He's a true panther cat with grey skin and all black fur. At first, the new edge of his cut left ear was grey (just like his shaved butt! ha) but now it's raw (pink and red) and I...
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    my first TNR was an incredible success

    Yesterday we released the freshly neutered Panterita. Since he knows us and is fed by us - he's even showed me his belly a couple times - I figured it would be best to let him smell wet food before letting him out of the trap. He seemed not to care, was wide-eyed and crying. He wasn't agitated...
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    can I foster if I don't have a dedicated room?

    Hi there. I really want to be able to foster a cat, but I don't have a room in the house that could be safely designated as "a cat room". I'm quarantined with my parents right now (who are amenable to the temporary foster of a cat/kitten) and there's just a lot of clutter everywhere that I...
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    canned food size change?? reusable lids won't fit

    Within the last ~5 years, has the dimensions of the Fancy Feast (small) and Friskies (large) cans changed at all? I ask because for years I was using plastic one-size-fits-most lids with 3 size options and they snapped on just fine, perfect tightness to remove easily but also make a moisture...
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    LOST IN PENNSYLVANIA - please help

    This sweet, beautiful boy, Pony, escaped his trap just after being released from a spay/neuter clinic in Sharon Hill, PA (Delaware County). He is a feral community cat and was due to be returned to his home in Camden County, NJ. Local rescue efforts have seen no signs of him. We've put up flyers...
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    ADVICE NEEDED: possible cat hoarder neighbor

    I'll preface this with saying that I do not want to call animal control. I am trying to TNR these cats and some of them are very sweet (if mostly distant) and I don't want them taken away/killed. I was talking to a neighbor, who keeps chickens cooped in her fenced yard, about the neighborhood...
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    help me understand this feral/stray cat's behavior

    In March 2020 we had 4 newcomers show up semi-regular in our neighborhood, adding to the 3 siblings that had been around for a year by then. One of these newbies is a fluffball my mom decided to name Pony because he looks like a white-brown Pinto with an all-brown tail. (He's really cute)...
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    cat (sometimes) unable to lift forepaw to clean face

    We have some feral cats in our neighborhood, two of which come around for food (still won't let me touch them; TNR is being looked into). One of them often shows up with a brown nose, dirty with food (we know another neighbor leaves out a big cat food can every day). I've watched her clean...
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    is there hope to socialize this feral?

    Early last year, we started to notice an influx of a few seemingly feral (very avoidant and clean) cats in our suburban neighborhood. We never saw any kittens, but a few months later we saw three new cats, all juveniles (at least 4 months old by their size) who looked exactly like 2 of the known...
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