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Free cat isnt so free anymore!
GrandmaNewt
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Date: 1/10/12 2:15 PM

Last year a stray cat showed up in our yard and had kittens under the shed. We did the right thing, trapped all the kittens and took them to an orginization that would socialize them and find them good homes. Mama Cat was taken to a foundation where she was spayed, given shots and had her ear clipped to mark her as a stray that had been fixed. We did as we were told and turned her loose where we trapped her at. In theory she was supposed to go on about her life after that.

What really happened is that she became our patio cat. She sleeps on the patio chairs or in the tool room if its cold or rainy. She meows outside my back door when she wants attention. Very loving and loyal cat is what she has become. However we cannot let her in the house because she pees on everything trying to mark her teritory, and our 2 inside cats dont like her much.

So the other day we noticed that Mama had blood in her urine. Since she has now become our official back yard cat, we packed her up and took her to the vet. Nothing too serious, it is a bacterial uti that should clear right up with meds. What got me was how much the meds are The vet visit totaled $187. 25 of that was the office exam, the rest is the cost of the meds. GRRRRRR so much for having a free cat! Glad she is going to get better tho!

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Date: 1/10/12 2:34 PM

Yes, but you're an angel. Here's a pat on the back and a hug!

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Date: 1/10/12 2:42 PM

I can sympathize...One year I spent more in vet bills than in the kid's doctors bill (very good human insurance). It was only the thought of free room and board, courtesy of the IRS that kept me from claiming the cat as a deduction!

I have heard of pet insurance. If you have the other cats also, you might check into it.

She sounds like a nice, loving cat who is grateful for the attention and care. That does make it worthwhile.

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Date: 1/10/12 4:30 PM

I'm so glad that kitty found you

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Date: 1/10/12 5:42 PM

from all stray kitties everywhere...>

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Date: 1/10/12 9:13 PM

What organization would have you just let her loose again. I've never heard of such a thing and I know alot of people in rescue. I thought the idea was to try and stop the feral cats. Thanks to you she will have a better life.
-- Edited on 1/10/12 9:14 PM --

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Date: 1/10/12 10:15 PM

I know just how you feel.
Two feral kittens were left on our front porch a year and a half ago. So far the vet bills total a little under $1000.
They are very spoiled and will only eat canned food and not just any canned food but just the shreded kind.

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Date: 1/10/12 10:35 PM

Ouch! Most big box pharmacies will fill animal prescriptions, for the human price (so $4 antibiotics). Unfortunately, we could not find a way to get them to bill our health insurance for the cat's Plavix!

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Date: 1/10/12 11:56 PM

I have a friend who would say, "You are putting jewels on your heavenly crown ."

Doing good is not always cheap but it is always worth it.

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Date: 1/11/12 0:05 AM

Quote: Sewwolf
What organization would have you just let her loose again. I've never heard of such a thing and I know alot of people in rescue. I thought the idea was to try and stop the feral cats. Thanks to you she will have a better life.
-- Edited on 1/10/12 9:14 PM --

It's called TNR, "Trap, Neuter, Release." Some cats are never going to be domesticated, it is sad but true. So kind people humanely trap the kitties, neuter them, give them their shots, make sure they don't have communicable diseases, and then let them free again, clipping their ears slightly so that other TNR programs know it has been done.

This way they won't have more generations of kitties who continue the cycle. It is not a perfect solution, obviously, but it is the best one in an imperfect world.

Sometimes mixed in with the truly feral are formerly domestic cats who have been abandoned or thrown away by their sickening and disgusting owners. Those cats can often be domesticated again. And kittens are often salvageable.

Every so often if you go into our vets' office you will see the staff carrying kittens in little pouches like baby carriers. That means that they have feral kittens whom they are trying to domesticate - get them young enough and it can be totally successful.

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