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Old July 23rd 06, 02:14 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
critter carol
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

A pregnant feral cat has adopted my lush Phoenix backyard. She pants and
looks so hot despite the shade and available water and food for her.
(Afterall, it has been over 110 degrees this past week.) I have not been able
to trap her---she seems trap-wise. I worry about where she will have the
kittens and wonder if I should build her some kind of box to protect the
family from rain and monsoon wind---to say nothing about my pitbull who hates
cats. I have been able to keep the dog away from the mother cat, because she
is wary, anyway., and the dog listens to my warnings most of the time. I
worry about kittens, however, who won't have as much experience or sense.

I had a side area that was shady and fenced off, but my neighbor cut off huge
branches of my tree which shaded this area completely. (Another story) Now,
the cat does not want to be over there, because of the sun and resulting heat.
That area WAS the good solution to this problem, but now that is gone.

OK folks, I am open to all suggestions from people who have experience with
feral cats. I have had lots of animals in my care and have never had an
unwanted litter, so I don't know what to expect from a feral labor, nest
choices, kitten behavior, possible kitten socialization & mother tolerance of
this, and whatever else I don't know to ask. I know about farm cats, but
Wisconsin farms offer mother cats lots of choices that don't exist in a hot
Phoenix neighborhood.

I will be driving to one of those Wisconsin farms in the fall, so I would be
able to find farm homes for this cat family if they are FIV and feline
leukemia free. I hope I can be accepted by the kittens so that I can get
them tested. Maybe I can use the kittens to trap the mother. Any experience
with that? HELP.
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Old July 26th 06, 03:10 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Laura
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised within a
month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years and have
had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my site
http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com


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Old July 26th 06, 03:14 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

Why would you have her put to sleep ever heard of trap neuter and release?


"Laura" wrote in message
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some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised within
a month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years and
have had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my
site http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com



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Old July 26th 06, 01:33 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat



I agree. Have her fixed and let her live out her time no matter how
long or short that may be. Just keep water out for them so they do
not get dehydrated and dry food if want. The important thing is to
get her fixed so she does not keep having off-spring and to get the
kittens fixed and into a shelter and / or homes.


Why would you have her put to sleep ever heard of trap neuter and release?


some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised within
a month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years and
have had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my
site http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com


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Old July 27th 06, 06:29 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

because the lady has dogs and I doubt she wants her pitbulll to get the
taste of blood Ever think of that...once she begins to feed to trap the
kittens the cat will NOT leave ... then the only thing to do would be trap
it and try to tame it if that doesn't work putting the cat to sleep is the
best thing...better than being eaten alive or hit by a car ect.
"kraut" wrote in message
...


I agree. Have her fixed and let her live out her time no matter how
long or short that may be. Just keep water out for them so they do
not get dehydrated and dry food if want. The important thing is to
get her fixed so she does not keep having off-spring and to get the
kittens fixed and into a shelter and / or homes.


Why would you have her put to sleep ever heard of trap neuter and
release?


some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have
the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised
within
a month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years
and
have had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my
site http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com




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Old August 7th 06, 10:08 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

Why not just spay and release the mother back into the wild? I'm not
sure why euthanasia is the solution to the problem of poor
socialization.


On Wed, 26 Jul 2006 02:10:35 GMT, "Laura" wrote:

some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised within a
month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years and have
had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my site
http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com

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Old August 7th 06, 10:08 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Da Beav
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Default pregnant feral cat in Phoenix summer heat

This is getting even sillier. Why would anyone use food to lure a
nursing cat and her kittens into/near their dog-infested yard?

Fwiw, urban and suburban ferals don't survive by making stupid
decisions. They're pretty good about avoiding traffic, swimming
pools, gimmicky book stores, and most predators (except well-meaning
humans). I'd give the mother much better odds at surviving the 'mean
streets' than suddenly becoming tame. Sheesh!



On Thu, 27 Jul 2006 05:29:28 GMT, "Laura" wrote:

because the lady has dogs and I doubt she wants her pitbulll to get the
taste of blood Ever think of that...once she begins to feed to trap the
kittens the cat will NOT leave ... then the only thing to do would be trap
it and try to tame it if that doesn't work putting the cat to sleep is the
best thing...better than being eaten alive or hit by a car ect.
"kraut" wrote in message
.. .


I agree. Have her fixed and let her live out her time no matter how
long or short that may be. Just keep water out for them so they do
not get dehydrated and dry food if want. The important thing is to
get her fixed so she does not keep having off-spring and to get the
kittens fixed and into a shelter and / or homes.


Why would you have her put to sleep ever heard of trap neuter and
release?


some cats that are feral NEVER become tamed. Trap the kittens and have
the
mother put to sleep if she doesn't come aound and become socialised
within
a month she never will. I have done feral rescue for the last 4 years
and
have had many unwanted litters. any more ??'s e-mail me direct from my
site http://lauraspetrescue.tripod.com



 




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