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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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2 cats back with the colony

Last Friday was a great day. Two cats who I haven't seen since their release six weeks ago showed up.
One shy little black kitty could have been around all along but in hiding. I saw the other one, white and black AJ, hunting in the field above the barn.
I recently posted a question in this forum about why ferals leave the colony. Some of them spend up to a month in a large cage, getting familiar with the place, and I get very attached. When they vanish, it's like losing a pet.

So I am thrilled that two more, anyway, still consider this their home. Now I have eight that I know of, which brings my "success" rate up to 60%.
Better!
Here is a shot of my favorite breakfast bunch:

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 11:45 AM
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your cats look beautiful and healthy. congrats!


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Happy Day! Nice set up for feeding. Fingers crossed the rest find their way back to their home and food source.
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Thank you both.
It's always a temptation to take on more ferals; I would love to save more. But eight is a good number for me financially. (I have five at home, too.)
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Oh, what lovely cats! The black one, of course, is my favorite. I'm so glad you're taking care of those beauties. They look very well cared for!




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Great feeding station. Wish I could do that here.
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They are beautiful. Yes, the black is my favorite, too.
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Taba

I love them all.
And the ones who are too shy to come in and eat while I'm there, too.

Junior (the black one,) Stripes (gray) and Otto (orange longhair) all came from local rescue groups that contacted me.

Taba, the little white/tiger has a special place in my heart. She was my first personal rescue.

One day in September I took one of our group home residents to his job at the local recycling facility. I had seen cats there from time to time. It was a chilly, rainy day and as I drove through the yard - there were big trucks coming and going and the whole messy, filthy place looked worse than usual - I saw a small, wet, white and tiger cat trying to jump up into a Dumpster.

That was it. I felt like I'd been stabbed in the heart, I felt so sorry for it. I knew if I didn't help that cat there was something wrong with me.

I went back and talked to the people in the office and they agreed to set a trap Friday morning. That's spay and neuter day at the Humane Society.
We set two traps and caught two cats - one of them was Taba. So I first saw her on a Wednesday and by Friday afternoon she was fixed and living in my barn.

She was so wild that I gave her extra time in the big cage - 6 weeks. Now she is quite a sweetheart and even lets me pet her while she eats.

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What a wonderful ending!




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That is so so great. Love to hear stories. Like this. Good luck and bless you.
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