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Feral Cat Maths
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:56:42 am »
To be specific, multiplication.

Following the discovery of a week old kitten on a neighbour's doorstep (who was away) which was deposited with a vet, for the management of, and the subsequent discovery of another puddle of about 3 or 4 at the back of our garden since moved to a nearby shelter by the mother, we have a Cat Issue.

We've been putting food out for the mum, who is starving, this may result in the kittens surviving (all dependent on local foxes, I suppose)

What then? I have  a vague plan that the mum and kittens might be captured and neutered, no idea who would take that on. Have no wish at all for a menagerie chez chateau Ham, of any size.

Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 11:07:10 am »
Could ask Cats Protection League for advice. They've been helpful to us (admittedly not with really feral cats, but with a house down the road which 'leaks' cats at regular intervals).
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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 11:08:13 am »
Tell your local cat rescue shelter. They'll either take them in and attempt to socialise and home them, or they might do a trap, neuter, release on them.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2014, 12:04:10 pm »
Trap, neuter, release seems to be SOP around here.  Or at least that's what I was told when I rang cat protection to ask for Zev advice.  I suppose there aren't many other options with cats that haven't been socialised with humans.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014, 12:47:08 pm »
The CPL were worse than useless when Mrs Ham contacted them to help deal with a problem of 13+ feral cats in her school. All she got was Teh Mad Cat Woman who made matters worse; as a result I am reluctant to contact them. I suspect that the mother is a recent convert to life on the road, or is young herself.

Lets see how it all pans out - wondered how anyone else had dealt with it. Timescale wise, I suppose it will be around 3 weeks before the kittens are self mobilising.

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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2014, 01:24:08 pm »
No pictures  :'(

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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2014, 01:45:00 pm »
The CPL were worse than useless when Mrs Ham contacted them to help deal with a problem of 13+ feral cats in her school. All she got was Teh Mad Cat Woman who made matters worse; as a result I am reluctant to contact them. I suspect that the mother is a recent convert to life on the road, or is young herself.
There might be other organisations though. Here, there is the SSPCA, the CPL, Lothian Cat Rescue and Seafield Cat & Dog home. Try googling to see what else there is.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 05:21:57 pm »
No pictures  :'(

Sorry! The abandoned one, courtesy Miss Ham

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2014, 06:15:19 pm »
And mum




Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 10:01:37 am »
Just a thought - how much time would you expect catwoman to spend with catchildren? Thinking this one seems to spend a lot of time away (waiting in our garden for food, basically, now) - wonder if the foxes might have had away with the littl'uns already.

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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2014, 12:41:02 am »
Maybe she ate them or they are nearby.

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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2014, 08:37:58 pm »
Well, mum has gone from "don't come anywhere near me, six feet is close enough" to "ooo this stroking thing is all very nice" in about 5 minutes flat. We now have a tart miaowing at the back door for Moah! Now!

Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2014, 07:33:34 am »
The Damascene convert:



I strongly suspect that she must have been socialised with humans as a kitten, she has gone from a terrified feral cat to one who wants to be with me all the time in about 5 minutes. This poses its own set of problems.

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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2014, 07:58:26 pm »
Just say NO.  :hand:
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2014, 10:17:56 pm »
Possibly abandoned? The more owners a cat has had, the clingier it is. Ours, who are both on at least home 4, are incredible tarts as soon as they've decided someone is trustworthy.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2014, 10:30:50 am »
Taken to the vet to get spayed today. Didn't enjoy the journey but didn't take it personally.

Miss Ham want to name it Mossy, after Kate Moss, as she is just a bag of bones and fur.

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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2014, 02:14:41 pm »
So welcome to cat ownership.  Wonder if the kittens will appear.

In other cat related news, cat owners at my unit have a new cat.  Still black and white, but his one dribbles when you stroke him and head butts you if you stop.

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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2014, 06:29:33 am »
By rights, I think she should be described as stray rather than feral, although indications are that she must have been thrown out/got lost very young, if only because she is still only somewhere between 6 months - 1 year old. While the concept of "indoors" is strange adaptation has been swift. There is that annoying cat who keeps looking back at her in the patio door at night, but aside from that it has received the stamp (or the pad) of approval.

The kitty litter tray is a Thing of Mystery, but we got through the first night indoors without mishap. Given how warm it was finding her on the granite worktop was no real surprise, surfaces had been cat-prepared earlier. In common with Pete, she wants to be where I am (not that Pete knows me, you understand).

Of the three humans here, Miss Ham wants to keep her, Mrs Ham who coincidentally has been away with her mum for a couple of a days returns today and is not a cat person. I'm ambivalent, but not sure how we'd ever get out of this one if we wanted to. I suspect Teh Cat may have the last word on this.

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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2014, 05:00:32 pm »
Ho hum.

This is going to work out expensive.

Any advice on cat flaps out there? (Yes Ian, I know)

I'm thinking of a microchip acutated thingy that I'll have to install into the wall, needs to go above the damp course so a step going in most likely.

And the alarm system will have to be modified.

And and and....

Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2014, 07:08:01 am »
Staywell Microchip activated acquired, hole in the wall to be cut, mog to be chipped. Now looking for an old midi tower case as the dimensions will line the hole perfectly. Shame I don't have any these days.

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Re: Feral Cat Maths
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2014, 09:55:02 pm »
So who decided on keeping the cat?  Have the kittens appeared or is this a different cat?

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« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2014, 09:04:46 am »
The dynamics of cat keeping were as described, Mrs Ham came around to the idea so the decision was made by the cat (Katie Cat, as she now is). Kittens are inside a fox somewhere, in all likelihood, except for the one that made it to a vet who is doing well, having been taken home by a nurse.

One hole knocked through the wall, made good with steel bar and mortar, microchipping booked for Thursday.

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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2014, 09:40:15 pm »
the decision was made by the cat (Katie Cat, as she now is).

You are a slave to a new master.. ;D

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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2014, 10:03:27 am »
Good evening all, and welcome to tonight's episode of "I Am The Centre Of The World", the program where we interview those people without whom, it is possible that the world will not turn. Tonight, we are fortunate to have with us international lady of mystery, one time single mum, Katiecat. Hello Katiecat, thank you for joining us, would you like to share with the listeners your top tips for survival"

They did nasty things to me

Oh. From my briefing notes here, I see that you have  settled down in your house now.

They did nasty things to me. They shouldn't live here now.

Umm...apparently you do like food?

They did nasty things to me. Give me food.

And from what I see, your house has been specially modified to take account of your requirements, at no cost to yourself?

They did nasty things to me. Took me to THAT place. Again. Prodding and poking. Again. For the second time.

But as you say, Katiecat, this was the second time, why has this bothered you so much?

They did nasty things to me. Last time they DRUGGED me.

Oh.... Ummm... please? would you mind? Not THAT look? oh, thank you. Maybe it would be interesting for the listeners to hear your ideas about play? I understand that along with that nasty prodding and poking you acquired what in some circles has been known as a toy.

They did nasty things to me. Give me food. Saw that toy thing. Thing to do is to kill it first, really kill it. Then ignore it completely when you know it is dead.

OK, that's useful. Any further tips, Katiecat?

They did nasty things to me. Give me food. Avoid humans.

Thank you, and goodnight.





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« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2014, 11:00:59 pm »
 ;D

I see you've learned kitty translation fast!
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