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Thread: If you take care of feral cats....

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    If you take care of feral cats....

    Please make sure to check with your humane society to see if they know of a low cost vet for spay & neutering! I was so glad I checked our h.s. - they recommended a super reasonable high-volume spay/neuter clinic. They are in a town about an hour from us, but to make it easy for people they do pick-ups at the humane societies - and drop the animals off the next evening for you to pick up. It can't get any easier. And we were able to get mama kitty, her two kittens (they do pediatric spay/neuter) (and the mama was pregnant before we could do anything to stop it) - AND dh was able to catch the daddy too - so the whole family got "fixed" AND vax'd for less than it would've cost me to do one. I am sooooo grateful. They are all home now and recovering in cages in our basement (away from out inside cats) so we can make sure they're all ok before we release them again.

    Mama has become much friendlier since she had her kittens - and with a lot of work, the big tom cat has even come to really enjoy a good head scratch. I hate to have to let them go again.... I'd love to keep them inside, but we already have 3 in a tiny house.

    Anyway, I know we couldn't have done the daddy cat, and it would've cost a ton to get our two females done - it made such a huge difference and was so reasonable that I'd love to catch more just to stop the cycle. I'd gladly pay their price! (I can't remember the actual breakdown, but to do 2 females and 2 males, incl rabies & distemper, it was only $150!!!! - and they even trimmed their nails)
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    You are a hero in my book!
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    Thank you for doing this for the cats. (((hugs)))

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    For the dogs and cats in my life....my rule is~If I feed you - you will get fixed~ Good job in caring for the cats in your life.

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    My daughter takes care of 15 feral cats and had them all fixed.
    I dont know where she took them but it was very reasonable. She traped them two at a time with special cages.
    Since she lives in a rural area with lots of land she enclosed an old porch for them to sleep in. They are fun to watch and they keep the pests at bay.
    Right now Im watching a couple of them trying to get at something in a stack of logs outside my window.

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    They're so fun! I do wish we were in a more rural area though. We are on the edge of town and have a large yard with neighbors on one side that are good with cats - but on the other side is just one lot and a busy road. Over the years I've found too many of them there. If they would just stay in their yard I'd be so happy.
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    when a neighborhood cat started coming into our backyard with her kittens, we finally let her stay in the garage at night. then into our house. when the two girl kittens were old enough we took them to our Vet and had them fixed. $300.00 each!!! the mamma had another litter (the dad snuck into our garage!) and after she had weaned the babies, we took her to a planned pethood place to get her fixed. couldn't afford another $300.00 if she didn't want to stay with us in the end.
    but she did and we have 3 cats and love them all. i feel bad having taken her to that planned vet place. it was horrible. so noisy with kids running everywhere and she was so frightened when we took her home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    For the dogs and cats in my life....my rule is~If I feed you - you will get fixed~ Good job in caring for the cats in your life.
    I have that rule, too, but mine extends to DHs, too... LOL! You are a hero! Have y'all been seeing that PSA about "fix at 4"? I never knew they could be fixed so young...
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    Being on social security our local Humane Society has a plan that only cost us $5 for our male and $10 for our little female. The vet that we used doesn't like to do them until they are 6 months old. I agree with that since they can have issues if not fully developed when spayed or neutered. Fortunately the big male that is now lliving under our house has been done. He is fed twice a day like our other outside animals and is very friendly. I have 3 indoors only cats and a small house so I sure would like him to go home. If not he is welcome as long as he behaves himself. We have had skunks that lived under the house years ago and were no problem I just didn't feed THEM ! LOL

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    Here in Las Vegas, NV we have a city/county wide TNR program (trap, neuter, release). There are tons of volunteers city wide that actively trap feral cats, they are given shots, spayed or neutered, groomed if needed, ear mites treated etc, and then they are released back to their colonies to live out their lives. The tip of the right ear of the cat is clipped to show that it has been fixed. There are many volunteer caretakers that feed these colonies. The city now even has a new law that if you register the colony you are caring for, if one of those cats are picked up by animal control, they are returned to you.

    A year ago a stray cat showed up in my yard and had kittens. She wasn't a feral cat, she was one that had apparently been abandoned a year before due to a home forclosure in our neighborhood. We of course fed her while she was nursing the kittens. When the kittens were old enough, we trapped them and the animal foundation took them in to be socialized and find them homes. We then trapped Momma Cat and brought her to the place that does the TNR program. The cost was $25 to me to have her fixed and get shots. We took her home and locked her up in an empty room for her 48 hour post surgery care. We were told to release her where we trapped her at and she would rejoin her colony. Funny thing is that she never left. I have tried to make her an inside cat, but she doesn't like coming in the house with my other cats, and they dont like her. She lives on my back patio, sleeps on the patio chairs or in our tool shed (which we now have to leave open for her). She has plenty of food and water, and even a potty box inside the tool shed. A few months ago we even took her to the vet because she developed a urinary tract infection. For the past month or so, two of her feral friends have been coming around for dinner. One of them is sporting a brand new clipped ear, so I know he has been fixed. I have to borrow a trap and try and catch the other one so I can get it fixed too.

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