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> > Thank goodness for that,Phew!!
> > Well, If there Is one (or2) things that I have learnt from this
> > incident,It Is that I obviously do care what you think about & say
> > too..& the other I that I need some sleep before reading & posting In
> > the future as well.
> > > don;t worry about it, that's the result of staying awake for 48
> > hours
> > > onthe trot (why?) just went away to feed some cats i am cat sittign
> > > whilst their mum is away and came back to this, very amusing.
> > (HOW TO CATCH AN OVERLY TIMID CAT)
> > A bit of cross posting going on here.
> > I don't know If you read the bit about little Lucy(furr!)?
> > She Is a little stray that has been visiting Visit's our Community
> > feeding bowl for a few months now.
> > She is ever such a shy little individual & I have never been able to
> > get near her before having to trap her recently.
> > I happened to notice nearly a couple of weeks ago, that she had a very
> > sore looking patch around her throat, but she wouldn't allow me near
> > her too have a closer look @ It;In fact,She wouldn't even allow other
> > cats near her either, or even accept the offer of night shelter during
> > the cold snap of weather we had recently because of all of our other
> > visitors..I even tried placing a box, further way from the other
> > Moggies..to no avail though.
> > I posted the problem on here, & Phil picked up the thread somewhere
> > down the line & I had a [email protected]
some of the traps that he had placed a
> > link to, for another person with a fairly similar problem.Of course,
> > the immediate problem was that she was deteriorating rather fast, & I
> > had no idea where to find a trap for her.
> > Fortunately, I found a family in the Usaf @ Mildenhall who offered to
> > lend me a one, so we went racing down there to pick it up.The following
> > am I tried It out a few times on my own poor unsuspecting Mog's, then
> > put it outside baited with some microwaved whiskers inside It.(the heat
> > makes it recognisable from way off because their sense of smell is 10 x
> > ours!)
> > Sure as eggs are eggs, she came racing through the hedge as soon as I
> > had gone indoors. Whilst watching from the kitchen window ,she took
> > the bait & activated the trap as soon as she got inside It...&
> > Instantly turned into a Tasmanian Devil with fear...
> > Brought her in& called the vet to see If she could fit her in, but
> > instead of us going to her, she came out to us.I am certain you can
> > imagine the fear I felt @ the very thought of her fee just before xmas,
> > can't you?Nevertheless, she arrived 10mins later, & I found some
> > wonderful welding gloves that I had been saving"just in case", which
> > came in handy-I knew they would...1 day,lol!.
> > I tried to restrain her, so that Lola could give her a sedative
> > injection, & It was really clear that her poor little neck was being
> > squeazed silly where some Idiot had fitted her with an obviously
> > expensive collar..but It wasn't a cat collar;more like a dogs
> > one.Rigid, with no elasticated safety release bit...worse,It was
> > embedded into her neck where there was skin growing over it.Poor little
> > mite...You could see straight away that It was pustulated,raw &
> > nasty.She also had a nasty gash on her hind leg which was fairly manky,
> > but no where near as bad,so treated that 1 also
> > As soon as the sedative started taking effect, she probed the wound &
> > It exploded-It was positively dreadful Bookie!.The abcess started
> > drainig, so whilst she cut it(collar!) out,I was mopping up the cut &
> > abcess with warm saline solution..then she gave her an antibiotic shot
> > in the scruff, & stitched her back up again.Once fitted with an
> > E-collar, I popped her into the spare run, & went to settle the bill.
> > This1 has got to be a an all time wonder-She didn't charge me a single
> > penny for coming out, or the consultation either.Only for the
> > injections, & also the antibiotics too.I could have kissed her,lol?!
> > She told me to bring her back yesterday, or call her if there were any
> > further problems.
> > Intention was to have her spayed yesterdat because she couldn't do It
> > round @ our house, & infection prevented it being done sooner -so to
> > kill 2birds with one stone, we agreed to take her yesterday.
> > I really was hoping that we might be able to get her to trust us, but
> > by wednesday It looked hopeless.On thursady I sent Tilly (10), out with
> > her food to tup in her housing, & blow me If she didn't purr like a v8
> > for her, with leg rubs & head butts too.Friday better & she even
> > allowed me in there with no complaint too.
> > I had a lady come to visit us friday & saturday ,with a view to having
> > one of the kittens...eventually.As she has never had a cat before, I
> > suggested that possibly a kitten wasn't the best option if she is
> > single and works all day.So asked Her if she was willing to consider
> > the black female & she agreed.We have a month to introduce them &
> > allow them to get used to one another & learn to love each other too(
> > she is recently widowed & wanted a birman kitty-after seeing
> > Lucy(furr!), she decided that It didn't have to be a kitten &
> > Lucy(fur...get it?)deigned to cuddle leg her too, so things are
> > looking optomistic there....Kids named her, & I thought It was rather
> > apt too,lol!!
> > Had huge problems in first few days, but by yesterday,Tilly helped me
> > get her into a dog basket with that huge collar thingy on & we took her
> > to clinic. I waited outsside whilst they spayed her & got her stitches
> > out whilst still under anasthetic.
> > They kept her for a bit for observation ,until she was drinking
> > ect,then we brought her home again.
> > It was my original intention to either take her down to cpl or home her
> > if poss, or simply let her go again once spayed & just allow her to
> > come and go as she pleased.My reasoniong was that she was used to being
> > an outside cat, & also that I had no problem with her semi owning us-If
> > only for dinner & bedtime If that is what she wanted.She is used to
> > traffic,& there isn't very much anyway because we live in a village.
> > This way though,It has worked to everybody's favour including her best
> > hopes too.
> > reason I have been awake for 48hours,Is because she hadn't eaten until
> > a few hours back(this morning).no bo pened,but passing urine ok-It was
> > the food that was worrying though because she has a ferocious appetite
> > & It was the only way that we were able to get the antibiotics into her
> > too.
> > She started eating in the early hours, & once It was 7am , there was no
> > hope of grabbing a few hours because all the kids were up with the
> > larks this morning.Now I am almost acomatosed with desire to get
> > horizontal, but waiting up for the lads to get home safely, then I am
> > off to crash out until sometime tomorrow.Wont be too late because my
> > daughter katie is coming around for dinner with her boyfriend, then
> > they are returning to Leicester to get back to do some work before Uni
> > starts again.I think that Kt has quite a bit of work to do, & Jon is
> > working in the labs.He has just won a scholarship to do genetic
> > medicine for smith glaxo klein.Good for him,hey?
> > So everything seems to be coming together for a change.Only a few mins
> > until new year now, so have a wonderful one & to all of our American
> > friends-I wish you all a wonderful, happy & healthy, prosperous year
> > in 2007.GREETINGS TO YOU ALL.
> > S,TRIBE AND MOGGIES TOO X ;o)
> all that sounds like lucy (yes I get it lucy-fur, lucifer) was ownd by
> someone, was a proper domestic cat cos some idiot put a collar on her (
> i do not put collarsa on mine, can't stand the idea, implies that I own
> them and that I control them and that they are enslaved to me or
> something, don't like that at all, don't liek it on dogs either and
> hate seeing people drag dogs along the road by leads attached to
> collars horrible, no need) and it was the pain of the collar growin
> ginto her skin that was making her behave in that way.
> not surprised there was an abcess there, nasty things, i have had to
> lance one inthe past and they do pop with a small explosion of pus,
> horrible things.
I agree witrh you entirely.I do believe In chipping though.
Iam not sure If you are aware of this, but most local council's offer a
pet chipping service.Not only Is the service cheaper than your vet's
would be,they also have a better screening and notification srvice
too.The cost of this fee done by my local council, is £15, so well
worth the fee.
Having a pedigree's, Mog's as well as the Heinz 57's, I chip all of my
cats, so that If the house/indoor cats get out by someone's stupidity ,
such as leaving a door open.As soon as they are picked up & reported as
stray's, they can contact me to tell me that the cat has been found.
I believe in most cases, that most people collar them to identify that
the cat does belong to someone. And also most people who use a collar,
also use a name barrel too.
If you think about it though, this doesn't assure you that someone will
not steal / keep your cat.All they need to do Is remove the collar,
then keep it, If you use one for security reasons.
I am fully aware that chipping will not prevent someone from keeping
your cat either, but If you sucpect that someone has indeed got your
cat, It offers you the option of going to the Poilice , who will be
happy to scan the disc in such circumstances.
I find collars to be unessacery, potentially harmful, & plain dangerous
too as you will see in Lucy's case.
Should you wish to take your cat out, there Is no need for a collar,
when you can get a harness that can be fitted to your cat's
specifications.I use a harness to take my cats to the meadow behind my
house, where I let them loose so that they can have a bit if the best
of both worlds.
It takes the cat a few weeks to get used to it, but once done they get
used to the short walk past the deadly road in front of my house- they
are all very good at understanding why I do this.Also, to date, I have
never lost a cat either.Even whilst In the meadow, they never wonder
far, and come straight back to me when I call them too. I try never to
take more than a pair at a time to ensure that when I do have a tricky
charactor, It is far easier to go and explain that It is time to go
> wonderful that it has all been sorted and that she has found someone to
> take her home, fingers crossed it all works out, poor little lamb
I agree here too.Only just over a short week ago , that she had no hope
at all of rehoming.It has amazed me that she has adapted so well in
such a short period of time.She really is so different to the little
Tasmanian Devil that we trapped!
> and happy new year from myself and jessie-puss, hopefully 2007 will by
> less **** than 2006 (and i will be able to get a decent job and be able
> to get the hell out of teaching!)
Same to you too. I wish you every sucsess with the new year and also
your career change as well.Have you any thoughts on what you would
rather do now that you have decided to give up teaching?Either way, I
wish you well!