Thank you Terri, for the honor of hosting Sunday Stills for a couple of weeks. I am so excited because March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day. Did you know that cat videos are the most popular on YouTube? I hope you have some cat pictures to share for this week’s #Sunday Stills.
Moji v cosmos
Cats filled our lives for the entire 20 years we lived in Elderwood.
How to Respect Your Cats
Our cats came from our neighbor’s 2.5 acre feral cat colony. In the country people dump cats. If the dumpee can afford to keep and fix them, they have found a home. If not, they reproduce and live as semi-wild animals. All of our cats found us or came from next door.
“All outdoor animals are at risk from wild and domestic animals. The only way to totally protect your animal is to keep it indoors. Of course, that has its limitations, too.”Dr. Gerald Haggard, Exeter Veterinary Hospital
When we got our cats, they looked like something from the trash, covered with spider webs, matted fur and goobery eyes. Moji was scared of everything and had a favorite hiding place that the spiders also loved. She was too young to be away from her mother, even though she was old enough to ween. She sucked on Nutter’s and Porshe’s ears in order to go to sleep. They did not seem to mind.
What to Do After Adopting a Feral Kitten
- Bathe them but gently, with a wash cloth not immersion.
- Trim their nails if you plan to hold them.
- Feed them cat milk replacement, not milk until they are weened.
- Take them to the vet for infected eyes – amoxicillin can save their lives. We lost one kitten trying to treat it ourselves.
- Get their recommended shots.
- Cats with fleas usually have worms. That’s why keeping them flea-free is so important and so difficult if they are outdoor cats. Comb out fleas dipping the comb in soapy water after each combing until they are old enough for a flea collar.
- Get them fixed as soon as they are old enough.
- Get them chipped. We lost Porsche at about one-year-old because he bolted at breakfast one day and never came back. We were devastated.
- Give them a safe place to go, especially at night. We lost Butters because something took him away, or he wandered away one night.
- Give them clean food and water, out of reach of other animals, if possible. Take the food in at night to avoid attracting wild animals like skunks and raccoons.
- Provide some kind of heating and cooling for them in extreme temperatures.
- If you cage them, provide litter boxes for each cat. They like clean boxes, too.
Caging our Ourdoor Animals
Living in the country, twenty years ago when we arrived, we treated our cats like feral cats. We weren’t cat people, but cats came anyway. Most survived for many years with that kind of attention. They rarely went to the vet, They survived if they survived.
As Scardy aged, his fights caused us several expensive trips to the vet. After the last trip and after losing a couple of our new babies, Vince decided to build them a large cage by putting a chain link gate at either end of the walkway between the garage and house.
At first I was uptight about keeping them caged at night, but within a short time even Scardy and I adapted. We had to make some adjustments when they were little as you can see on the video.
As they aged, the kittens, especially Moji, loved the cage. They had a place to run when they got scared, and could get into the garage as well. We had a safe place to feed them. Because it was covered, it was cooler in the summer than most places in the yard except wet dirt.
Outdoor Pets Have Plenty to Do
When we moved from their rural home in Elderwood, CA to the mountain community of Prescott, AZ, their lives changed in many ways as did the ways we showed them respect. Scardy and Porsche are now gone. Moji and Nutter Butter reside indoors full time because of the wild animal danger here.
Nutter Butter and Moji’s Indoor life
- The doctor prescribed tranquilizers for the nine hour driving trip from CA to AZ. They weren’t crazy about the cages, but they slept most of the way.
- They are much safer and cleaner even than they were in their cage. Prescott has many wild animals and cats are not safe outside.
- They like to look outside, but haven’t been too interested to sneak outside in the cold.
- They love to cuddle.
- Nutters loves TV. Animated and animal stories are his favorites. He loved “Penguin.”
- They both love toys.
- We have to keep them away from the dog food. It makes them sick. So do hairballs.
- They love to wake us up at 4:00 am to feed them even though they have food in their tree. This is not working well for us.
- Nutters and Kalev, our dog, still wear their Seresto flea collars. They have to be changed every nine months. Moji took hers off. Since she is indoors 100% I haven’t worried about her yet.
- The harness and leash I bought for Nutters did not stay on longer than five minutes. As soon as I tried to get him to go outside he backed up and scraped it off against a chair leg. I guess he doesn’t want to go outside badly enough to be safe. 🙂
- Nutters has been throwing up hairballs because he’s grooming no only himself, but long-haired Moji. I called the vet and they recommended hairball medicine. I didn’t find it at Walmart even though it is on their website. I found hairball treats, a special undercoat brush that removes a lot of hair without hurting them, and some food for cats with sensitive stomachs by Blue. He loves it, and so far, no hairball messes in the house.
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
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- Betty Louise
- Brian Bushboy
- Donna SORRY I MISSED YOU, DONNA!
- Mama Xingfu
- Marsha, that’s me
- Woolley Muses AKA Don
Thanks again for Joining me this week.
I hope I did not bore you with too much catty information. Have a great week! 🙂