Beware of The BLOG...it creeps, it leaps, it glides & slides all over the place.
A TazCam could put you on the map.
There are so many that help kitties, and the feral ones need it the most. Have a fabulous day. ♥
TazCam ! Yes !There are shelters here who will spay and neuter ferals for free. Problem is that few people bother to trap and take in. They will supply the trapping cage and it is easy to trap them with food in the cage.
All the kitties living here at the house were born feral. All good n tame now! The tough part catching in the trap is the vet bills. We have paid for alot of care for other strays too, shots, spay/ neuter of the wild ones. Like $500 per cat! Then they tend to take off n not return.
Cats are woefully misunderstood...but it is their own faults.
LL: TazCam. Lol. In my eyes Shelly R. is a saint opening up her private home to these kitty cams. Tazmania, aka Taz, is like a tiny sprite that is in a spot one second, and on the other side of the house in the next second. Sometimes it seems as though Taz is in different places at the same time! One thing is sure... she follows me around like a puppy. She's an unusual cat.
Sandee: As I was telling LL, I think Shelly is a saint for opening up her house for the feral cats that she rescues. She's taught me a lot about cats in general, but much about ferals and strays.
Kid: I couldn't live under the scrutiny of cameras in my house, but I'm glad that people like Shelly do so because they have a heart of gold. I've considered volunteering at our local shelter, but we've also done our little bit by adopting several feral/strays. Our little Taz was rescued FROM A TRASH CAN as a tiny kitten. My daughter fostered her and we adopted her and now she's a super sweet love bug who follows me everywhere, but retains her feisty side.
Snaggle Tooth: You're absolutely right about the vet bills. Ferals contract more diseases because they're not usually cared for in the wild. They go untreated and suffer from bad teeth, ear & eye infections, and much worse. At Tiny Kittens, Shelly keeps the trapped ferals until they're speutered (spayed & neutered), and illnesses are treated. During their stay, the volunteers avidly try to socialize these cats and many have turned in their feral cards, while the hardcore ferals are returned to the forest where volunteers feed them daily and they remain happy & healthy. The key is keeping them from reproducing and giving them a better quality of life.
Long Live Taz Cube ! :-)When we were fostering, people would contact us through the shelter and say things like My Rottweiler just found, picked up and brought me a couple kittens but we can't keep them... We'd meet them at a nearby McDonalds or something take them in get em adopted out. Lots of fun. Head em up - Move em out, Rawhide !For the benefit of any readers, new kittens cannot go potty on their own. The Mom licks them on their lower abdomen to stimulate them. If you finds any, wet a paper towel or whatever and rub their lower abdomen to see if they will go. The darker the output the longer they've gone without.
Jan: Kittens don't ask to be born and thrown out like they were trash instead of being in a loving home. Humans need to speuter (spay & neuter) their pets. I've had many cats and they've all been unique and individual creatures. I've had the same experience with dogs.
A good TNR program is a beautiful thing to see, i wish every community had that.
Messymimi: We know a very good vet who is opposed to TNR programs. He argues that just speutering cats isn't enough because when not being continually vaccinated, they spread diseases. It's a head-scratching subject for sure. Shelly's program does it's best to heal the cats before they're released, or if they're too far gone, she keeps them in hospice care. Our vet friend thinks this is too expensive and the feral cats shouldn't take resources away from the hospitable cats. Food for thought.
Anyone who calls cats, dogs, birds, whatever - dumb animals Are dumb animals themself.It is easy to see that all of these creatures can experience fear, hunger, love, contentment, playfulness, happiness, etc. The only emotion I haven't seen in cats and dogs is grief over a friend that has passed on, though you do see this in elephants.
KId: I have learned much about feral/stray cats from Shelly. New kittens can't go potty on their own or eat on their own, so they have to be bottle-fed & have their bowels tended to. Shelly gets her hands dirty every step of the way. She even fed the Auradorable Aura with a feeding tube because Aura's super wide cleft palate didn't allow normal kitten suckling. I've watched this kitten's life from birth and into a hopefully healthy cathood. Shelly is the driving force behind this wonderful organization.
Kid: Regarding your comment about only elephants feeling grief over those who had passed on, we had a young German Shepherd who would often linger at the grave of her mentor, Dax, who was buried in our yard. We started to cremate our pets after Dax's death. We thought it could've been smell and not something spiritual like with the elephants. I don't know, but I think elephants are smarter than we think.
God Bless these people Cube. And I'm not saying cats and dogs don't grieve, they just don't do it as obviously as elephants do.Most animals are smarter, more talented, than most people imo.
Kid: Yes, God bless people who do God's work. I think it matters for humans as well as animals. I agree that elephants are way smarter than people think they are and they do have elaborate funeral practices, i.e., they grieve in a very complex way over a lost one.I don't think cats & dogs grieve in the same spiritual way as elephants do, but they grieve, just in a way more more subtle way.
I'm saddened that not a one of you mentioned the miraculous kitten, Aura, who fought overwhelming odds and survived to tell her tale on TV.
Aura has confided in me that she wants to host her own show called Global Mews.
Really nice and informative blog, keep it up buddy…Thanks for sharing
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