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Subject: Question For Cat People
Date Posted: 12/19/2008 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2006
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I have about 6 outside cats, I was wondering, since the weather is cold and snowy (about 2 feet) if your wheather for is like that.? Is your cats coming when called to eat? Are you seening your cats? I have seen 2 of them so far, but one really isn't mine. He used to be till the neighbor started feedng him so in all actuallity I have only seen 1 of my true cats. I'm worried about them as I cant find them and one is just a baby I have has sister inside but he's to shy and I couldn't catch him to bring him in. I can't amagine being an animal and being outside in this crap! I feel so bad for them.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:58 AM ET
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I'm guessing all these cats are showing up which means someone is not spay or nueturing. (sp?) Outside animals need quite a bit more food to survive, which doesn't mean they will, but it does help a lot. Their bodies have to work so much harder trying to stay warm. Many people think because they have fur, they're all set. Not true. I've also found mixing half warm water and half evaporated milk is great for animals. I got that from an old country vet many years ago. They may be held up somewhere close; someone's shed or got into someone's cellar. If these are not your cats, call a few vets and see if you can find a place that keeps homeless cats. If they're feral, (wild) they will probably take them anyway.

Roni

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 12:59 PM ET
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There not feral, I've raised them since they were babies. So they're mine they a few of them just dont like coming in. Mickey Lynn, Pepper and Lucky out of that bunch come in. I have Pepper and Lucky but haven't found Mickey or any of the others other in Freckles. I think they might be under my shed which has about 2 feet of snow near it, and I can't get to it due to my ankle, so when my Grandpa comes down I am gonna see if he will dig a hole for them to get in and out. I have lots of food and water out there, I just feel for bad for them and I'm not used to not seeing them they always come when I call so its a bit heart breaking esp since I lost a cat last year even though she had been posioned. It's still in the back of my mind. That she died in the middle of a snow storm on Dec 26th.  Esp since one is just a baby it really worries me, I tried to catch him but he's shy, but yet my Mom can pet him. Told her next time she seen him to grab him! I hate this weather its so bad for the animals.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I hate this weather too. We got ten or twelve inches of snow yesterday, settling on the two inches we already had, and another storm coming tomorrow. Plus last week we had an ice storm and lost power for five days. Last year we had over eleven FEET of snow. I really didn't think I could hate snow more, but I do. I've been feeding a couple of baby possoms for a while now, but since the snow hit, I haven't seen them. I don't know if that's what is holding them back. I can't believe people actually tie their dogs out in this and leave them. My husband's nephew did that and the dog froze to death. Crap like that breaks my heart.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2008
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I always make sure that there is a place for my outside cats that kind of protects them from the elements. We have 3-5 ferals (who have been tnr) and our 3 cats. I have a wooden cat house on the front porch with a towel or two in it, and an old dog crate with an old blanket in in and some towels around it to protect it from the wind. Through the worst of the winter there will be multiple cats in each every night. we tend to lose feral kittens (if I don't get a chance to tnr) but the main crew seems to be intact.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 5:38 AM ET
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Many humane society's have humane traps you can borrow to catch outside cats if you need to catch your shy cat to bring him in.  If that is not an option and they have to remain outside they should have a shelter: even a dog house bedded with straw or old blankets would help.  They need a warm, dry place they can get out of the weather and wind.  They also will need additional food to maintain their body temperture and a fresh source of water that is not frozen daily.  A good idea is to have a semi sheltered spot or sheltered spot to feed them in every day (in a shed, on a porch, near the shelter).  If your cat is trapped under your shed it may starve to death, dehydrate to death or freeze to death if it can't get out.  If your cat is not coming for food something is wrong-either he's trapped somewhere or can't come to you due to injury, illness or death.

I've had outside cats and indoor cats. I'm a firm believer in keeping pet cats indoors only and if you have farm cats they should be spayed/neutered/vaccinated/dewormed/flea treatments and be fed daily, have shelter, etc.  I personally would not have outside cats in town. I've seen too many hit by car or died because they got trapped in some one's garage cats at the vet's I used to work for.  Just my 2 cents!

Vet Tech Tory

Subject: If you see your cat but can't catch it
Date Posted: 4/27/2009 6:35 AM ET
Member Since: 4/26/2009
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If you see your cat(s) but can't catch them because they are too shy you should try a humane trap with some tuna or some yummy wet cat food, also you can try calling them and giving them some chicken. one of our shy cats came to us because we offered him chicken. Also, if you put your other cats in the bedroom for a little while so they don't get out you can put some yummy food next to the door far enough inside and leave the door cracked because he may just want to come in " all by himself" Cats are funny that way. I hope these suggestions were helpful.

Kurinn