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Wish me luck! (first venture into TNR)

sugarcatmom
February 16th, 2010, 11:09 PM
So DH and I moved a few months ago and it didn't take me long to meet all the cats in my new 'hood. 2 of them are unfixed males of no-fixed-address. It's taken me a while to get them on a fairly regular feeding schedule (cold snowy weather didn't help) but now it's time for yee ol' snip-snip. Because they're on the feral side of things (although one guy is now letting me pet him briefly while he eats), they're going to be returned to my yard where I'll continue to feed and monitor them. These are a couple of really tough dudes, with a plethora of battle-scars to show for it, and do not make good adoption candidates. They would be PTS at the Humane Society and would take up valuable space at the no-kill shelters, so I'm thankful that with help from the wonderful MEOW Foundation, they'll get to live out their lives in the only environment they know (without creating anymore "mini-me's").

MEOW brought 2 traps over just now and set them up all nice and cozy with some tasty treats inside. Tonight the boys will get a free meal as the spring isn't loaded, but by tomorrow morning their days with nuts are numbered. And because I just so conveniently happened to get a cold today, I'll probably be staying home from work to monitor the traps. If I wasn't able to, MEOW folks would come by to check on them a couple times so that the cats don't have to spend too long in lock-down. How great is that?!?! And there's a new 24hr vet clinic here that works with rescue organizations like MEOW, making it easy for me to get these guys in for their spa-day as soon as I catch 'em.

So, :fingerscr that everything goes as smoothly as possible!

Jim Hall
February 16th, 2010, 11:15 PM
best of luck i wish we had somethimg like that down here

luckypenny
February 16th, 2010, 11:18 PM
Wow, what a great organization!!

And that's very :angel:ic of you to participate.

:goodvibes: and :fingerscr that all goes as planned.

hazelrunpack
February 16th, 2010, 11:33 PM
More :goodvibes: and :fingerscr for a successful operation (oooo, I made a pun :o)

What a great group that is! :highfive:

14+kitties
February 16th, 2010, 11:34 PM
:grouphug: You know you have my good luck wishes! That goes without saying. :angel: I have heard of the MEOW Foundation. I think Bailey used them with her neighbours' cats. I have also done some reading about them when I was looking at different rescues and how they work.
You are in for a great adventure!! I am sure the boys will be much happier once their marbles are gone and the testosterone is out of their system.
Thank you so much for being their :angel:!! Be careful! It's addicting!!!! :D

mummummum
February 16th, 2010, 11:46 PM
:thankyou: You are indeed an :angel:

My Lodi Girl
February 17th, 2010, 12:09 AM
Good luck!

Tundra_Queen
February 17th, 2010, 02:10 AM
scm, what a wonderful thing u are doing! I hope the kitties go into the trap soon! Meow sounds like a wonderful organization.

Get better soon.

Debbie :)

Love4himies
February 17th, 2010, 07:51 AM
You rock, girl :thumbs up :angel: :lovestruck:

Good luck :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::fingerscr:pray:

Frenchy
February 17th, 2010, 03:24 PM
Good luck Sugarcatmom ! They sound like a wonderful organisation !!! :thumbs up

dollface
February 17th, 2010, 03:58 PM
Good Luck!! Can't wait to hear the outcomes!

sugarcatmom
February 17th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Got the grey guy! Just came back from dropping him off at the clinic. He was so good in the car, didn't thrash around or make a peep (or pee!). I'm sure he was terrified though, which kinda breaks my heart and in some ways I feel like I betrayed his trust. But I keep telling myself he's on the way to better health and happiness and the real traitor is whoever let him get to this state. He has some wounds on his back (probably from fighting) that have been oozing for a little while - I noticed drops of blood around the feeding station a couple weeks ago, which actually made me cry. At least now he can get the medical attention he needs. Oh, I named him Memphis (http://www.egyptologyonline.com/memphis.htm), after the capital of Ancient Egypt.

Anyway, my incredible wonderful fabulous husband deserves some props in this. He's always so supportive, but today he actually played hookey from work so that he could help me. Off to go give him a big kiss.....http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/inlove.gif (http://www.millan.net)

kathryn
February 17th, 2010, 06:14 PM
Good luck! I can't trap right now due to 3 feet of snow on the ground :o I got about 30 cats done within the past year :thumbs up you'll get the hang of it! i've found the cheaper and smellier the cat food the more kitties go for it.

Love4himies
February 17th, 2010, 06:18 PM
Got the grey guy! Just came back from dropping him off at the clinic. He was so good in the car, didn't thrash around or make a peep (or pee!). I'm sure he was terrified though, which kinda breaks my heart and in some ways I feel like I betrayed his trust. But I keep telling myself he's on the way to better health and happiness and the real traitor is whoever let him get to this state. He has some wounds on his back (probably from fighting) that have been oozing for a little while - I noticed drops of blood around the feeding station a couple weeks ago, which actually made me cry. At least now he can get the medical attention he needs. Oh, I named him Memphis (http://www.egyptologyonline.com/memphis.htm), after the capital of Ancient Egypt.

Anyway, my incredible wonderful fabulous husband deserves some props in this. He's always so supportive, but today he actually played hookey from work so that he could help me. Off to go give him a big kiss.....http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/inlove.gif (http://www.millan.net)

Way to go :grouphug::highfive::thumbs up

If they are not totally feral, will the rescue try to adopt them out? Put them in foster?

Dee-O-Gee
February 17th, 2010, 06:39 PM
:goodvibes::goodvibes: and :fingerscr:fingerscr coming your way SCM.

Sounds like you got a great game plan going on not to mention a very supportive husband too! :thumbs up

sugarcatmom
February 17th, 2010, 06:41 PM
If they are not totally feral, will the rescue try to adopt them out? Put them in foster?

Nope. If they aren't either young or friendly (and these 2 are neither), there is almost no hope for adoption and foster homes are already filled to overflowing. Their policy is to return them to where they were picked up, provided they have a caretaker. These guys are very street-wise and will be happiest back in their old stomping grounds. I'll make sure they get good food (how many "alley cats" get canned Nature's Variety and raw venison? :D) and fresh water and warm, dry shelter. They'll be juuuuuuust fine. :thumbs up

NoahGrey
February 17th, 2010, 06:55 PM
I'll probably be staying home from work to monitor the traps.

You don't know how happy I am to hear this. And THANK YOU!!! I 95% percent of the time, get the aragance of people not giving a crap. I remember getting a call from dispatch about a neighbour calling that his next door neighbour has had a cat trapped in a trap for 24 hours in their yard. And it was freezing cold out.

Get there, no one home. Radioed da boss and proceed into the backyard. There is a cat, ovioulsy freezing, hungry and terrfied, with not even a wind break or away from other weather elements. It was placed right in the open. Man I was peeved.

He was adorable though. A rolly polly guy. He wasn't a stray...or if he was, he had it like a king.

ACO22

ancientgirl
February 17th, 2010, 08:28 PM
SCM, you and your hubby are angels for wanting to help these little ones. I wish you all the luck in the world with this.:goodvibes::grouphug:

sugarcatmom
February 17th, 2010, 08:43 PM
Just got back from taking the second guy (silver tabby) for his spa session at the vets. We named him Cairo. This guy has an eye infection that developed a couple days ago so I'm glad I got him in before it got any worse. Both boys will be spending the next 3 days at the MEOW shelter to make sure they've healed up properly. If either of them suddenly decide to show a friendly side, they WILL be admitted to the adoption program. Cairo might have a better chance of that than Memphis because I have been able to pet him in the past. But he was one angry mofo in the trap so I'm not holding my breath.

Something else that MEOW does is microchip the TNR cats. They'll be registered in MEOW's name, but my name and address will be listed as the caregiver so that if they are ever picked up by someone else, they can be returned to my location. Very cool.

You don't know how happy I am to hear this. And THANK YOU!!! I 95% percent of the time, get the aragance of people not giving a crap.


I was so excited (and anal) about checking for them that neither cat spent more than 15 min in the trap. I could see it from my kitchen window and probably looked a gazillion times throughout the day. Not only was it covered with blankets and a garbage bag, it was on top of some thick cardboard and another blankie. :thumbs up

Off to go get beer and pizza for my sweetie.

aslan
February 17th, 2010, 08:47 PM
congrats SCM,,you have done a wonderful thing for these two,,give hubby a hug for us too.:thumbs up

Tundra_Queen
February 17th, 2010, 10:31 PM
Got the grey guy! Just came back from dropping him off at the clinic. He was so good in the car, didn't thrash around or make a peep (or pee!). I'm sure he was terrified though, which kinda breaks my heart and in some ways I feel like I betrayed his trust. But I keep telling myself he's on the way to better health and happiness and the real traitor is whoever let him get to this state. He has some wounds on his back (probably from fighting) that have been oozing for a little while - I noticed drops of blood around the feeding station a couple weeks ago, which actually made me cry. At least now he can get the medical attention he needs. Oh, I named him Memphis (http://www.egyptologyonline.com/memphis.htm), after the capital of Ancient Egypt.

Anyway, my incredible wonderful fabulous husband deserves some props in this. He's always so supportive, but today he actually played hookey from work so that he could help me. Off to go give him a big kiss.....http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/inlove.gif (http://www.millan.net)

YEAH TO HUBBY!! SCM, you are doing such a wonderful thing!! I'm so glad that u were able to get both kitties...great job!!:thumbs up

You don't know how happy I am to hear this. And THANK YOU!!! I 95% percent of the time, get the aragance of people not giving a crap. I remember getting a call from dispatch about a neighbour calling that his next door neighbour has had a cat trapped in a trap for 24 hours in their yard. And it was freezing cold out.

Get there, no one home. Radioed da boss and proceed into the backyard. There is a cat, ovioulsy freezing, hungry and terrfied, with not even a wind break or away from other weather elements. It was placed right in the open. Man I was peeved.

He was adorable though. A rolly polly guy. He wasn't a stray...or if he was, he had it like a king.

ACO22

ACO...that makes me sick to my stomach. the poor kitty!

Debbie

14+kitties
February 17th, 2010, 11:13 PM
:highfive: Gotta say - it's my turn to be proud of you!!! Great work!!! Thank you so much for caring about these two. I'm sure there will be more along the way!! :grouphug::grouphug:

kathryn
February 17th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Wow, sounds like you've found a great organization!!

I do turn over friendly ones to the shelter to get occasion. and by friendly i mean, house cat turned loose and begging for human attention friendly. i always worry about the real friendly or real little ones because i don't want them walking up to the wrong person and getting hurt :(

otherwise as far as I am concerned if I wouldn't bring the kitty into my own house then he/she is going to be just fine outside. I've been dealing with feral cats since I was 14 so I've learned where my limits are for the most part.... and you totally sound like you are on the right track with everything! :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
February 18th, 2010, 12:29 AM
Great job, SCM!!! :highfive: Wow, you work fast once you put your mind to something! :eek: I'm in awe! :D

I'm glad you got Cairo before his infection got worse!

Quick recovery to them both! :goodvibes:

Love4himies
February 18th, 2010, 08:43 AM
WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go SCM :highfive:. Glad Cairo "participated" so quickly, those eye infections can get so bad if not treated.

I agree that some cats are happier outside leading the life they know, however some cats, once shown the good life inside, love it too. I am glad there will be a 3 day observation period :thumbs up What a great rescue you are dealing with. :angel:.

Chris21711
February 18th, 2010, 10:41 AM
Fantastic news SCM :thumbs up

sugarcatmom
February 18th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Just got an email from Angela at MEOW and Cairo is going to be admitted into the adoption program! I can't believe how awesome this is. I guess he's turned into a charming little chatterbox at the shelter and doesn't mind the lovin'. Woooohoooooo! Smart boy, he knows a good thing when he's found it. This is a big relief for another reason: because Cairo and Memphis have clearly been mortal enemies for a while (Memphis has a number of badly infected abscesses on his back), there was worry that they would continue to battle even without testosterone to fuel their fire. Now Memphis can reign supreme in "his" 'hood. I'm so happy for them both. :lovestruck:

Frenchy
February 18th, 2010, 04:33 PM
Just got an email from Angela at MEOW and Cairo is going to be admitted into the adoption program!

omg that is great ! :highfive: nice job sugarcatmom !!! :thumbs up

mikischo
February 18th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Just got an email from Angela at MEOW and Cairo is going to be admitted into the adoption program! I can't believe how awesome this is. I guess he's turned into a charming little chatterbox at the shelter and doesn't mind the lovin'. Woooohoooooo! Smart boy, he knows a good thing when he's found it. This is a big relief for another reason: because Cairo and Memphis have clearly been mortal enemies for a while (Memphis has a number of badly infected abscesses on his back), there was worry that they would continue to battle even without testosterone to fuel their fire. Now Memphis can reign supreme in "his" 'hood. I'm so happy for them both. :lovestruck:

That is wonderful news! Sounds like it couldn't be working out better.:thumbs up Thank you for what you are doing for these kitties.

Love4himies
February 18th, 2010, 05:23 PM
I am so happy about Cairo :cloud9:, when you said you could pat him, I didn't think he was totally feral.

Angela is right, they have developed the aggression towards each other and would continue to fight, even when they have forgotten why:( . Memphis will be quite happy :thumbs up

Sending some :goodvibes: for a quick recovery for both boys.

Tundra_Queen
February 18th, 2010, 09:47 PM
That is wonderful news about Cairo!! Woo Hoo!! * doing the happy dance* :D:D

hazelrunpack
February 18th, 2010, 10:24 PM
Memphis will be blissfully happy thinking he's finally vanquished his long-time foe, while Cairo will be blissfully happy learning the comforts of indoor living! Win-win! You gotta love it!

Congrats to all three of you, SCM! :goodvibes:

14+kitties
February 18th, 2010, 10:57 PM
Bless you for what you are doing and bless the Meow Foundation as well!! :thumbs up Great job on both your parts!!! :cloud9: Memphis is going to love his new home :cloud9: and Cairo is a lucky boy to have been accepted into the adoption program. WhooHoo!!!!!!!!!!

onster
February 20th, 2010, 06:08 PM
I love their names :D:p

You are such an amazing person for doing all that you do. :grouphug:

Twocents
February 20th, 2010, 09:19 PM
:thumbs up Awesome news! Congrats! :)

It's cool that the TNR group keeps them in for a few days and also microchips them.

I have also seen how a stray pet cat goes from wild scaredy to calm pet after being comfortably confined for a day or so. I'm sure they feel paranoid when they're too afraid to get some proper sleep. :sleepy:

I would be willing to help TNR the strays around here but would need to work with a group - I don't think I'm up to setting up my own charity.

If anyone knows of a TNR group that works with people close to London, ON, please let me know.

:cat: :cat:

14+kitties
February 20th, 2010, 11:47 PM
:thumbs up Awesome news! Congrats! :)

It's cool that the TNR group keeps them in for a few days and also microchips them.

I have also seen how a stray pet cat goes from wild scaredy to calm pet after being comfortably confined for a day or so. I'm sure they feel paranoid when they're too afraid to get some proper sleep. :sleepy:

I would be willing to help TNR the strays around here but would need to work with a group - I don't think I'm up to setting up my own charity.

If anyone knows of a TNR group that works with people close to London, ON, please let me know.

:cat: :cat:

Twocents - check your PM. :thumbs up

edwina
February 21st, 2010, 06:37 PM
Great Job :thumbs up
I am buying a trap in march so i can trap some of the baby makers around here. :)

Twocents
February 22nd, 2010, 08:41 PM
Twocents - check your PM. :thumbs up

Thanks 14+kitties.

Twocents
February 22nd, 2010, 08:47 PM
Sugarcatsmom, you really are an inspiration. Thank you. :)

sugarcatmom
February 24th, 2010, 12:15 AM
Memphis is home! His wounds have healed up nicely and since he hasn't been very appreciative of his accommodations at the shelter, we released him back into the neighbourhood this evening. I was worried that he would associate my yard with his capture, but he ate all the food I left out for him after a couple of hours of being back, so that's a huge relief. He now has a funky little Rubbermaid shelter (stuffed with straw and catnip) set up in a quiet spot if he should need it.

Thanks everyone for your well wishes and support. You guys are awesome!

growler~GateKeeper
February 24th, 2010, 12:50 AM
Congrats Scm sounds like everything went according to plan :highfive:

krdahmer
February 24th, 2010, 01:47 AM
:highfive: That is awesome SCM!!! and to get one adopted is extra awesome!!! :thumbs up Hope you're enjoying your new home too! :D

Tundra_Queen
February 24th, 2010, 07:11 AM
WAY TO GO SCM!! I hope Memphis sticks around your place so he will be safe!! :thumbs up

Do u have a nice yard in your new place?

quincymycat
February 24th, 2010, 07:25 AM
Finally got around to reading this thread. SCM...you are the greatest!!! Thank you, thank you ,thank you!!!!

When I was trapping Chloe, the rescue would lend me the trap but not check on it OR take her when I did catch her. I think they knew she would be well looked after with me so they just said "no more room at the inn"!
Their loss I say. Now...if she would just start thinking the same way :laughing:

Thanks again, you are the best and the kitties around you are better for it! :thumbs up :thankyou:

ancientgirl
February 24th, 2010, 08:17 AM
So glad he's home and well. I don't know what his little shelter looks like, but I saw this on Catster and though it was a really neat tutorial on how to make a kitty shelter.

How to build a low cost cat shelter (http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/build-a-cozy-low-cost-cat-shelter-for-outdoor-cats/2010/02/20/)

14+kitties
February 24th, 2010, 09:17 AM
Great news and a wonderful job on your part SCM!!
It's in your blood now. :p

Dog Dancer
February 24th, 2010, 11:39 AM
Just saw and read this thread. Job well done SCM. You folks who do all this rescue work are truly earth angels. I'm so happy for your two kitties SCM, it all seems to have worked out wonderfully.:grouphug:

Love4himies
February 24th, 2010, 12:36 PM
That is great news, SCM :thumbs up. Now he can just enjoy the rest of his life without having to deal with the hormone thing :cat:

Will you be getting any updates on Cairo?

hazelrunpack
February 24th, 2010, 03:27 PM
Congrats on your successful venture, SCM :highfive: You've given them both a wonderful gift!

buddingartist
February 24th, 2010, 06:40 PM
Congrats, good luck although you seem to be doing great in your new venture, and what a hero for saving those animals.:thumbs up

sugarcatmom
April 15th, 2010, 10:23 PM
It's in your blood now. :p


How right you are, 14+!!! I just trapped the most stunningly beautiful siamese tortie mix. She was extremely shy, much more wary than the boys were, and I rarely caught more than a glimpse of her. Yesterday I managed to get a good long look as she ravenously ate everything I put out. And my heart sank when I realized she was probably pregnant. Either that or she has an eating disorder :rolleyes:. I immediately contacted the MEOW Foundation and they dropped 3 traps off today while I was at work. The other 2 traps are for a couple of long-haired boys (one scrappy orange dude, and a grey guy the exact same colour as Memphis - even has the same eyes. Related?). I strongly suspect they aren't neutered, although the longer hair makes it harder to tell.

Anyway, set one of the traps when I got home from work today and within 10 minutes, I caught the tortie I was so worried about. I wonder if that's some sort of record! She was freaking out in the trap and it broke my heart. Felt like a traitor again :(. Still waiting to hear how she's doing, and if she really is pregnant like I suspect. If so, she'll go to a foster home to give birth. I would so love to take her in but it would be beyond stressful for Aztec.

In the meantime, here are a couple photos of Memphis from a month ago. Notice his shaved butt where he had all the abscesses. He's hanging out on the retaining wall of my neighbour's yard, and the yard on the other side of the fence is a feral cat haven. The dude that lives there could totally be on the show "Hoarders", with his extensive florescent tube collection and giant satellite dishes galore.

hazelrunpack
April 15th, 2010, 10:34 PM
:goodvibes: for the tortie girl! I hope she turns out not to be pregnant! :fingerscr :pray:

Good work, SCM! :highfive:

14+kitties
April 15th, 2010, 10:38 PM
WoooHooo!!! WTG!!!!!! :thumbs up
Memphis is adorable! Have you managed to make any headway with him or is he still standoffish?
Won't MEOW abort if the new one is pregnant? I hate thinking about it but sometimes it's necessary. :( Especially if she is not going to be able to go into a foster program.
Is there any possibility all these kitties you are seeing are belonging to the "hoarder"? It sounds like you have a lot of them around. That is so sad.
I know what you mean about kitties freaking out in the trap. Most of them do. They are so terrified as to what is going to happen to them. Do you put a towel or blanket over the trap before you move it? That normally works to calm them down. I'm sure working with the MEOW Foundation you will know all that. Heck, you knew that before. :D
Congrats again! Keep up the good work!!! :grouphug:

sugarcatmom
April 15th, 2010, 11:53 PM
Memphis is adorable! Have you managed to make any headway with him or is he still standoffish?

He's sniffed my hand, will (usually) come over to me if I call him, and gives me lots of winks. I haven't tried touching him yet. For now I'm just respecting his personal space. He has a very zen-like persona. He's met Aztec a couple times and shows no animosity towards him. Aztec, on the other hand, is a tad freaked out by Memphis. I think his calmness unnerves him. He's used to other cats running away from him, and when they don't, he becomes unsure of himself.

Won't MEOW abort if the new one is pregnant?

Judging by the size of her belly, I'd say she's probably too far along. I really really hope that she's just been packing on the pounds from visiting the buffet a bit too often, and that at best if she is pregnant, she's not as far along as she looks. In that case I'm all for an abortion/spay combo. I'll let you know what I find out....


Is there any possibility all these kitties you are seeing are belonging to the "hoarder"?

I totally wondered that myself. He doesn't go outside much. It's really hard to tell if the cats are just attracted to his yard because it has so many hidey-holes, or he's the source of the problem. I know Aztec would love to go explore that yard, even though he knows he's not allowed. The thing is, my new neighb is a pretty high-density area, with a number of apartment buildings and rental units across the street. They're most likely at least part of the problem. The last place I lived rarely saw a stray cat, and I knew pretty much all of the resident cats by name (but couldn't tell you the names of their "owners" to save my life :rolleyes:).


Do you put a towel or blanket over the trap before you move it?

Indeed. There are blankets over and under the trap when I set it, and as soon as I see that a kitty is in there (I watch from my kitchen window), I pull the rest of the blanket over the front, then straight to the clinic. When Memphis was trapped, he sat quietly looking at me, one paw in the air. It was kind of eerie, like he was expecting it. That zen-thing again. Cairo (now named Cevelt at the shelter) was a little more agitated and thrashed around in the car for a bit. Then hissed at me when I took him inside the clinic. Rude! The girl tonight was flailing and slamming back and forth in the trap, making it difficult to carry. And she peed in the car. By the time DH and I got to the clinic (rush hour traffic was terrible - it took us 45 min), she was just quivering and panting. :( I wish there was a way I could tell her that she's safe now.

14+kitties
April 16th, 2010, 12:19 AM
He'll let you know when he's ready for the pet with a good head butt to your hand I bet. He sounds like such a sweetie. :cloud9: Same colouring as Greyson and the girls. Maybe a little darker.

Thank you. I know some of the vets that will abort almost up to the point of birth. I wouldn't think that is safe for mom at all. :( It could be if she is tiny she looks further along than what she is. :fingerscr

Let's hope they just hide in all of his junk. Living in such a high density area does the city not make him clean up his yard?

Memphis sounds like a hoot!! I am so glad he is sticking around. :cloud9:
Maybe put garbage bags or heavy heavy plastic down on the seat/trunk of your car. :shrug: I usually make sure I have mine covered before I take any in to get done. We are an hour and a half away from the vet we use in TO. I wish there was a way for them to know as well. Hopefully when she has settled she'll figure it out.

Keep up the good work!!!

DoubleRR
April 16th, 2010, 09:07 AM
What a great thread--any chance MEOW would expand north? Thus far we have nothing here--there is a movement afoot to try and create a real shelter, but so far the only one we have any access to is an hour away and full to the brim. It also has issues with disease from time to time, much more frequently than any others I have had dealings with, which makes me leery.

Wonderful that you have helped so many cats already.

sugarcatmom
April 16th, 2010, 12:20 PM
He'll let you know when he's ready for the pet with a good head butt to your hand I bet.

That's what I'm hoping for. :lovestruck:

Living in such a high density area does the city not make him clean up his yard?

Nah. It's a complaint driven system and it would appear nobody else in the 'hood minds (and his front yard is fine, just the back that's "messy"). And honestly, it doesn't bother me either. This is an eclectic area, with lots of character and some rather eccentric residents. People pretty much do whatever they want. I'd way rather that then live in the 'burbs where you can't even paint your fence or plant a tree without committee approval. And heaven forbid you should actually hang up a laundry line!

Maybe put garbage bags or heavy heavy plastic down on the seat/trunk of your car.

I have the best car for feral cat transportation! Mazda3 hatchback, and the hatch area has this reversible floor with plastic on one side. The traps fit perfectly without sliding around too much. Maybe Mazda should start a new marketing campaign, aimed at the TNR folks! Anyway, it's not the fact that she peed in the car that bothered me, it was that she was soooo scared. I hope she's doing better today :fingerscr. Haven't heard anything yet.

14+kitties
April 16th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Nah. It's a complaint driven system and it would appear nobody else in the 'hood minds (and his front yard is fine, just the back that's "messy"). And honestly, it doesn't bother me either. This is an eclectic area, with lots of character and some rather eccentric residents. People pretty much do whatever they want. I'd way rather that then live in the 'burbs where you can't even paint your fence or plant a tree without committee approval. And heaven forbid you should actually hang up a laundry line!

I have the best car for feral cat transportation! Mazda3 hatchback, and the hatch area has this reversible floor with plastic on one side. The traps fit perfectly without sliding around too much. Maybe Mazda should start a new marketing campaign, aimed at the TNR folks! Anyway, it's not the fact that she peed in the car that bothered me, it was that she was soooo scared. I hope she's doing better today :fingerscr. Haven't heard anything yet.

You'd fit right in here then! Hubby has a great "collection" of stuff he "needs one day". :laughing: Although I must admit he is slowly cleaning it up.
Clothes lines? Most cities won't allow you to have one. Stupid!!
I have a Sunfire. Back seats fold down. When I am taking a feral in I can put the trap in the trunk of the car and see straight back. Actually, the car is so small I can reach back. :laughing: I make sure I put down the bags or plastic 'cause I have to drive it the rest of the time. :o I have had a few really make a mess in their carriers but I have been lucky.
Great idea for Mazda. Are you going to get in touch with them. :D:p

Frenchy
April 16th, 2010, 01:17 PM
The grey kitty is stunning (of course he is , he looks just like my Monsieur :p)

hoping the tortie isn't preggo and can be spayed :goodvibes: :fingerscr

chico2
April 16th, 2010, 05:19 PM
Sugarcatmom,I had no idea you were doing all this wonderful stuff for stray kitties:grouphug:to you for sure!
I too prefer an older neighborhood ,where we can do what we want,my clothes-line outside is always full in the summer.
Memphis is really beautiful,hope the little girl will be ok:pray:

sugarcatmom
April 24th, 2010, 11:50 AM
Great news! The tortie girl was not pregnant. She just really really liked the food I was putting out. And the icing on the cake is that she's going to be admitted into the adoption program. Whoever gives this lucky kitty a home is gonna have to watch how much they feed her or she could easily become quite the chubbster :laughing:.

Now on to the boys. Finally caught the long-haired orange guy this morning. He's little, but super feisty. Biggest sh!t disturber in the 'hood. I'm hoping he magically becomes friendly once he's neutered and in the safe environment of the shelter, but I'm not holding my breath. If adoption isn't in the cards for him, he's certainly welcome to come back here and live out his life. Hopefully he and Memphis can reach some kind of truce once testosterone is taken out of the picture. :fingerscr

Long-haired grey guy is a polydactyl! He has such an expressive face with very intense light yellow eyes. He'd be a great adoption candidate if he can let out his inner friendliness (he gives me winks and isn't too terribly freaked out by my presence, so I have more hope for him than orange guy). He'll be the toughest one to catch though because he isn't very food motivated. What he is interested in is my neighbour's female tuxedo kitty :rolleyes:. Yup, she's likely coming into heat. Don't get me started on that - it's a complicated story and I'm working on a solution as fast as I can :pray:.

The other cat I caught this morning was a new grey and white short haired male. Absolutely gorgeous cat and in great shape. Could very well belong to someone nearby. But because he isn't neutered (and I'll bet the farm, doesn't have ID) he's fair game for snatching and snipping. All cats trapped for MEOW are put "on hold" for a period of time before they go up for adoption in case someone comes forward to claim them. Doubt that happens very often though.

14+kitties
April 24th, 2010, 12:00 PM
That is wonderful news!! I was so hoping that was the case and she wasn't pregnant. Maybe she was fixed already? :fingerscr
It sounds like you are doing a marvelous job of trapping all these kitties. :highfive: Kudos to you SCM! It is a rewarding experience, as I am sure you know.

chico2
April 24th, 2010, 02:28 PM
SCM,I had no idea you were doing TSN,that's great,you know you are doing a wonderful thing,but I am sure I don't need to tell you that:grouphug:
Good luck with all the kitties:cat:

Love4himies
April 24th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Wow, you are doing a great job, SCM :thumbs up. The kitties were some lucky that you moved in :angel:

Yay for Tortie-girl :lovestruck:.

Are we going to get pics of your kitties :D :pray:

hazelrunpack
April 24th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Holy catz, SCM!! You're really going gung ho! Congrats on the successes :highfive: