Cat Lovers Thread

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    This is a "Cat Lovers" thread.....if you have a cat(s) and want to share about them, this would be a good place to do that.

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    I hate cats. :evil:
     
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    I like panthers.

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    I have 6 cats.....Whoa, before you go calling me "Crazy Cat Lady" there's a story behind all of this.

    We already had one cat...Cali, a Calico that is an indoor cat, and she thinks she's the Alpha cat.

    We acquired Dolly after losing a beautiful male cat we brought back with us from Alabama.
    The crate we were carrying him broke as we were getting him out of the car, an of course, scared and confused he hit the ground running. We live in the country and it was almost dark, so even though we searched and searched, we couldn't find him.

    I was so sad that my hub finally said, let's go to the County shelter and see if someone turned him in...he wasn't there, but he wanted me to see the kittens thinking I would fall in love with one of them and I would recover from my sadness....I did, and that's how we got Dolly.

    In August of last year we went to California and our son was in the middle of moving and begged us to take his cat "Snicklefritz" because he would be staying with friends and no cats were allowed. Softies that we are, we agreed.......now we have 3 indoor cats...not to mention Smoky and Tiger, the only two male cats we have that are outdoor cats.

    Then, just about 2 months later, a dear aunt of mine had to go into a nursing home, and her kids didn't want to take her cat "Boots" to the shelter, and asked me if I would be willing to take her. Her daughter has a dog, doesn't like cats, and her son lives in a no-pet apt. So, I volunteered to take her. She's docile and very pretty....almost looks a bit like the one we lost (gray with white).

    So there you have it, four indoor cats that amuse us all the time, and 2 outdoor cats, that keep snakes and mice away.....

    Here's Cali as a kitten...[​IMG]

    This is Dolly.....[​IMG]

    this is Freakyfritz (what we call her) [​IMG]


    I'll post pictures of the others up later......:)
     
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    i have 10.....and foster kittens......


    one is sleeping on one arm as i type this......
     
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    I miss fostering. I fostered kittens for most of my adult life, hundreds and hundred of the little blighters. Loved them all then sent them on their way.

    After losing several foster litters a few years ago, I decided to take a break and haven't been back to it. Then, moved cross country and have not gotten back to fostering. I am back to working with birds of prey - conditioning for release. Problem is, they look at kittens as noms.

    Still - visiting LOL Cats just isn't enough.
     
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    its an emotional toll when they die. (((hugs)))
     
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    I really did have a bad run for a while. Odd things that we were never able to identify. And, one litter would look great at night and, one after another, be dead in the morning. Got down to the last one, beautiful baby, all of sudden went bad. Drove 30 miles, one way on a Sunday, to the vet and after a long exam and a slew of tests, she discovered he had no rectum.

    Another had patent ductus ... can't remember the term and don't feel like hunting ... but the vet said he could live several years but wouldn't get to be an old cat. I decided I'd keep him, took him home. Next morning, he had breakfast and was romping with his sibs and, mid-attack, literally dropped dead.

    I had something like 20 kittens go like that and finally just had to quit for awhile. Then life got in the way.

    Working with wild animals, a much larger percentage die. I've had to put down a lot of birds of prey.
     
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    yes, they crash.....and faster then a blink of an eye. We have protocol for crashing kittens.... and it is still very very hard to have them die

    the pay off..... is all of the ones who live!!!!

    ive never worked with birds of prey. Ive only ever had hawks on my arm. It is amazing to me how light they are for their size.
     
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    I do education programs with a a great horned owl. HI raised him from a tiny nestling, found on the ground. I've also trained many other raptors to be education birds. And, I have the scars to show for it.

    Birds have hollow bones and lots of feathers. People talk about how an owl got their cat but truth is, they'll never take prey as big as an adult cat because they can't lift off with it.

    Some hawks will feed on the ground but they still would not take on something that big.

    But, they will attack, tear up a cat and then take off - hit and run. Not often, but it does happen. OTOH, kittens and small dogs are open season.

    If you enjoy working with animals, you might want to look into volunteering with a local rehabber. Find them on line, call your local humane society and/or animal control or your state's conservation/fish & game etc. Nothing better on the planet. Really.
     

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