May 10th 2012 8:51 am
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I thought the whole point to this trap/spay/neuter thingy was to keep the feral colony from growing, but it looks like we have two new interlopers on our porch now! One of them, Ricky, is the maybe-sister of Littleboy from across the road. She got spayed, along with some others, when the pawrents got the neighbors involved in the spaying project. That’s fine, but now she’s decided THIS is her home – hey! Stay on your own side of the road! (sigh)

And then, this other cat who the Mama thinks must live further up the road has been sneaking over to eat our feral’s food, picking fights and being a pain. The Mama chased him away (it is definitely a male) a number of times, thinking he was someone’s cat because he looked well fed and groomed, but a few days ago, she looked out the window and saw him sitting on the straw bales, and he had a bad wound to his eye. He no longer looked quite so handsome and the injury had sapped his strength. When she went out to check on him, though, he took off. This morning he was there again, but since possums had been on the porch making a mess of the “breakfast dishes” (the ferals had already eaten, but there was still dry food left), the Mama had picked up all the bowls. Marble (that’s what the Mama is calling him since he’s something in between a tabby and a tortie – very beautiful markings) was trying to find some scrap to eat, but ran away when she opened the door carrying some food out. He didn’t go very far, though, and came back to eat when she walked back in the house. Since she had some amoxicillin she got from the spay project people, she mixed up a second soupy bowl of food and amoxi and this time, Marble allowed her to sit there with him. She got a closer look at the eye; it looks like it’s the inner eyelid that’s gotten torn, probably by someone’s claw. The eyeball is OK, she thinks, but probably the other will fall off as it’s almost torn loose. He ate all the medicine-laced food, and she’ll try to get him further doses if he continues to come around. The fact that he’s here when he is injured and weak, makes her think he doesn’t have a family after all. (sigh) Well, if he sticks around, he’s definitely joining the “seedless grape society” – and no more fighting!!!

Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

May 10th 2012 at 9:14 am

Your momma is so good for taking care of all those kitties!
Purred by: Laura W

May 10th 2012 at 10:30 am

highpaws N headbonks...ow...two yur mom for takin care oh de kitties N de furst place sam, N while her may thinks it be a tanx less task, st francis N God both noe what her iz doin...which in de end... iz all that matters....we hope marble will bee all right

Purred by: littleboy (Catster Member)

May 10th 2012 at 10:19 pm

oh your mom is so pawsome! we love that was a good ideal to lace the foods with meds. Hey you got a Littleboy living near you? what person calls their cat Littleboy MOL
Purred by: littleboy (Catster Member)

May 10th 2012 at 10:19 pm

oh your mom is so pawsome! we love that was a good ideal to lace the foods with meds. Hey you got a Littleboy living near you? what person calls their cat Littleboy MOL
Purred by: Blade (Catster Member)

May 11th 2012 at 12:02 am

Awww, poor Marble! Its crazy how many ferals you have ofur there! We guess you live in a more farm area? Cause we live in the city, we see kitties once in a while but most of the time we assume they have homes! Your Mom is so good and loving to be taking care of all those ferals and fixing them too!
Purred by: Samhain (Catster Member)

May 11th 2012 at 4:55 am

Hi guys! The Mama says thanks for the moral support. :) Haven't seen Marble yet this morning. Hopefully he'll show up before the Mama has to leave for the shop, because she has to be there to monitor who actually eats the food with the amoxi in it. They none of them object to the taste when mixed in food and will eat just about anything set in front of them!
Hey littleboy! Yeah, your namesake lives across the road - he's a handsome indoor/outdoor kitty who is partly striped but with large areas of white on him. His sister (?) Ricky looks almost exactly like him, but with more white.
Blade - we're about 10 miles out in the country on a 5-1/4 acre farm plot, which feels even bigger since we're bounded on one side with a hay field and on another with the marshland. The remaining two sides are dirt/gravel roads. There are countless ferals within a mile radius of us; what we see are only a portion of what is out there. What we are NOT seeing this spring (so far), I'm happy to say, are the troops of little kittens jumping through the grass by the side of the road.
NEWS FLASH: Marble just showed up! The Mama has given him a second dose with his breakfast; she thinks he looks a little better this morning! :)




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