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Urgent!!! Very Importante! Needs advices from my former- feral cat furrriends!

April 19th 2013 11:23 am
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Ok! So guess what! Mommy got tha trap to catch Fiona this weekend and tonight is the night....all week she has been eating her yum yums in the trap, but tonight's the night we gotta set it, and keep her in the baffroom until her appt in the morning. We gots ta keeps her covered at all times, and can't feed her after midnight-but what if she's gotta go potties in the trap?? They said she might, and then the newspaper is gonna be dirty then.

Also, afterwards, we has to keep her again, back in the trap, until Sunday when she can go free-since she is kinda friendly, even though we don't touch her, do you think it's smart to keep her inside out of the trap in the baffroom? I know she is gonna be scurrrred! And some cat, but I swears it isn't her 'cause Mommy looked a lot and she looks like a girl fur sure, but some cat is spraying by my door! We see the neighborhood boycat come up that lets Mommy pets him, and he fights with Fiona-well, makes not nice sounds to her. We don't know if he is fixed, but his owner is a butthead and doesn't want us ta helps.

Does girl cats spray? the neighbor next ta us is mad and stopped feeding Fiona on the nights Mommy comes home late. She comes fur dinner around 7pm too-should we wait till later to put her stinky yum yums out, so her time in the baffroom isn't too long from 7 am?

Halps! They said they wouldn't ear tip her if I thought I might try to socialize her....we are just not sure if that will work, and how to do it-like, if we let her out will she not like us anymore from being trapped...and what if she leaves and then her incisions get hurted?

I know there is info about this and they said to call a vet if while she is home after surgery, she is having pawroblems, but what about aftur the holding time?

Halps purrrrplease furrriends! It's like the midnight hour! I'm gonna post this in the forums too fur helps!


Purred by: Molly Angel (Catster Member)

April 19th 2013 at 1:13 pm

HI Kitty,
When Fiona comes home maybe she can go in a bigger kennel. One that is big enough for a litter tray and a bed. She can stay in there for a while. She might need antibiotics. I did after my spay. You might be able to borrow one? We bought ours at petsmart. She will probably be scared for a while. When she acts less scared she can be free in the bathroom. The reason I would wait to let her free is she shouldn't jump around for a few days and she might try if she is frightened. Plus it will be harder to catch her and give her medicines.
I was not mad at mom for catching and spaying me. I moved in with her :) Good luck kitty and mommy.
Purred by: Kitty Pryde (Catster Member)

April 19th 2013 at 1:24 pm

thanks Molly Angel! We actually have a giant dog crate we bought when Harrison was here and was attacking me a lot. Mom can put that up, but it is so big that i doesn't fit in the bathroom...did you get covered up with a blankie over the bigger kennel? I don't know if I am gonna be curious or upsets about the whole thing! Yah, and Mommy is worries about that too-her getting hurt.
Purred by: Kitty Pryde (Catster Member)

April 19th 2013 at 1:25 pm

they said they were gonna give her a shot of antibiotics too, so that's included in the whole thing
Purred by: Alex R

April 19th 2013 at 3:34 pm

Sounds like she is much less feral than our colony was when we trapped and spayed them. (We've done 31 so far, including our inside crew). In the beginning, none of the ferals had allowed us to touch them. We decided the less cage time the better to reduce the mental trauma. We trapped them the night before, covered the cage with a blanket and put them somewhere warm and quiet. Yes, sometimes they poop or pee in the cage, but the vet is used to it, and it's not going to hurt the cat for that short period of time. In almost every case, they initially ran off after we returned them to the trap site the next day, but had returned again within a few days, sometimes within the hour to eat. With the males, the procedure is fairly minor and they seem to be up and moving normally once the anesthetic completely wears off. With the females, it's a bit scarier, because of the more involved surgery. But, we felt that, as wild as they were, they would be less likely to do damage to themselves if they felt they were free and in control, and not fighting to break out.
If Fiona will let you pick her up, she would be better off in the dog kennel- otherwise, you might want to allow her to decide where she'd prefer to be.
Happy note: our TNR vet also gives antibiotics at the time of the spaying, and we have had no complications with any of the feral. Both our regular vet and the TNR vet use super glue to close the incisions these days; apparently it is more reliable than the stitches which some cats will chew on.
Hope this helps. You can p-mail me if you'd like any other specifics.
Purred by: Kitty Pryde (Catster Member)

April 19th 2013 at 4:17 pm

thank you Samhain! If she does get trapped tonight, which we are purrring she does since she is familiar with the trap, we are gonna keep her all covered and stuff and bring her at 7 am, the earliest we can. Then gonna sets up the crate, with a mini litter box, Mommy got some puppy pads and a big soft blankie too-and see how she does. We have to keep her overnight anyways. If she seems too stressed after that, then we will let her out, but if she seems ok, we will try and let her heal comfy. A'course I might be a little nervous, but I think I will make sure the crate is covered! But I sniffs her nose when she comes to eat and am ok, but it's not like she is "inside" when I do it!
Purred by: Kitty Pryde (Catster Member)

April 19th 2013 at 4:18 pm

they aren't planning to eartip thing her since I said she seems more friendly and I wanted to try to see if she could be socialized-but I am not sure if that is the right choice
Purred by: Alex R

April 19th 2013 at 5:07 pm

Mama Alex here: here's the thing about ear-tipping. Sleeper and Samhain aren't ear-tipped because they came inside when they were little kittens and before we took on caring for the feral colony. When it came time to trap the ferals, I cringed at the thought - "oh no! Mar those beautiful ears?!", but I gave in for practical reasons. In our case, the majority of the cats are black. Up close I still have some difficulty telling them apart. And there is at least one more black cat out there on the periphery of the colony that we haven't trapped and spayed (we think he's male). If there aren't others that look like Fiona in the area, and if you're going to try to socialize her, then maybe it's not necessary. However - and here's the main thing - it identifies the cat immediately as one who has been spayed. And the hurt is next to nothing to the cat, when it's got the other surgery to contend with. And as far as we're concerned, we love our little Fearless with her ear-tipped ear just as much as the others - it gives her a certain distinction! :)
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

April 20th 2013 at 3:21 am

I know this info may not really matter since Fiona is a boy, but yes, girl cats can spray. Trust me.
Purred by: Alex R

April 20th 2013 at 5:30 am

MOL! Jezzie, you'd know! But, yes - though we haven't sprayed in the house, the Mama has observed me outside at least twice, do a pee-spray which didn't involve my squatting, and I'm female.
Purred by: Alex R

April 20th 2013 at 5:46 am

Just saw the second diary - now I see why you were calling him a boy, Jezzie. Thought maybe you were adding psychic-reader to your other qualifications - MOL!


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