531Re: HIYA! Julie in Riverwest... INTRO
- Mar 3, 2009I MEANT URBAN!!! NOT RURAL LOL. I'm right in the city. :D
Anyone else from Riverwest/east side on this list??
--- In WisCats@yahoogroups.com, "Julie" <kisluvkis@...> wrote:
> 1.) How many feral/stray cats are you presently involved in caring
> for? (other than your own pet cats)
> **Erm... well currently 3 regular "yardies", about 3 more infrequent
> yardies. Also TNR'd a colony of 12 that someone else cares for.
> ...as well as... 1 permanant hospice case, 3 house ferals, 2 plain
> 2.) How long have you been caring for the colon(y/ies) you're now
> involved with? about 3 yrs.
> 3.) How many of them are spayed or neutered? All but the 2 or 3 new
> kids that have been poking around lately.
> 4.) How much experience do you have with TNR and using the humane
> ***Lots and lots. 20 some cats.
> 5.) How many of the cats you're now caring for have been born in
> your colon(y/ies) since you've been feeding them?
> ***only 3 kittens I ever saw as kittens. all from one litter. I know
> 1 other calico was pregnant more than once, but i never saw her kids.
> 6.) What do you feed your colony cats, and do you also provide fresh
> ***Purina Cat Chow, mixed with 1/3rd kitten food in winter, wet food
> occasionally. Water (in heated bowl in winter) 24/7/365.
> 7.) Where do you usually get your cat food? Do you pay full price,
> or do you get a price break or donated cat food?
> ***Grocery store. Some friends pass on coupons, free stuff, stuff
> their cats dont like. A friend in rescue trades me food donations
> she cant use & i bring her food she can use in trade.
> 8.) How often do you feed your colony cats? Approximately what time
> of day?
> *** They live in my yard so before and after work. Morning/Evening.
> 9.) Do you have a problem with raccoons or other animals coming to
> eat the cats' food? (Have you found any useful ways of dealing with
> this? Please share!)
> *** In summer and +35degree weather, yes. In non-winter months I take
> the food in when I go to bed. Coons only come at night.
> 10.) Do you provide any form of shelter for your colony cats? If
> so, what? (new & interesting ideas are always welcome)
> *** Oh do I ever!
> *Year 1 was IndyFeral/FeralVilla
> *Year 2 was covered litterboxes insulated with sticky foil pipe
> insulation/hay/foam panel in roof, floor, and to make entrance
> Year 3 was a huge wooden box my neighbor made me.
> *Year 4 is Omaha Steak Coolers, lined with Mylar, stuffed with hay.
> BEST so far!
> ***Pix of all my shelters here!***
> 11.) How many kittens (if any!) do you expect to be born in your
> colon(y/ies) this kitten season?
> ***Hopefully none! I dont know of any unspayed females so I dont
> really expect any, but then again I dont know.
> 12.) How/where have you been getting the cats spay/neutered?
> (private vet, feral cat clinic, Humane Society program, etc.)
> ***WHS TNR program!
> 13.) Is "Eartipping" an essential part of your TNR routine?
> ***WHS does it, but my colony is small enough that I wouldnt care
> either way.
> 14.) How much have you typically been paying for spay/neuter
> & etc.? What does the "etc." include (testing for leukemia & FIV,
> Rabies & FVRCP vaccination, leukemia vaccination, worming,
> flea treatment, ear mite treatment, eartipping, etc.) for the price?
> ***WHS does it for free. Spay/Neuter, Flea treat, Rabies 1 yr vac.
> Testing if deemed suspicious/necessary.
> 15.) Are you paying out of your own pocket for spay/neuter/etc,
> or are you part of a nonprofit that pays for the spay/neuter?
> ***Own pocket for medical, but s/n thru WHS.
> 16.) Do you also keep your own records of each TNR, or do you leave
> that to your vet?
> *** Huge folder with every vet bill, WHS certificate, microchip info,
> 17.) Where geographically are you located? (nearest reasonable-
> sized city, state)
> ***MILWAUKEE WI - RIVERWEST
> 18.) Are you in an urban, rural, or suburban environment?
> 19.) How long have you been involved in cat rescue? How long with
> feral cats?
> ***Started rescue with 1st feral cat. She was my intro into this
> crazy world! 3 yrs ago.
> 20.) Are your family and/or friends supportive of your efforts?
> *** YES! some think i'm weird, but boyfriend is cool with it, helps
> with money, transport, etc. friends support with donations, adoption
> referrals. Lots of positive feedback.
> 21.) Do you have contact with other cat rescue/feral cat TNR people
> in your geographic area for mutual help and support?
> *** A few folks. Know some on my block, they dont TNR but know I'm a
> resource, etc and I call on them to keep lookout for new kids, etc.
> 22.) What do you do when a cat in your colon(y/ies) gets sick or
> *** Scoop it up and take it to the vet!! Most are touchable now, so
> it's not too hard. Only one is seriously untouchable. She's
> 23.) Although it is very important to stay current with your
> tetanus vaccination, have you ever considered getting a
> "preventative" rabies vaccination (or have gotten this already)?
> *** Not really.
> 24.) How many "pet cats" do you have (as opposed to your colony
> cats) are they a pure breed, pound kitty, stray, tamed feral.
> In other words, what's your kitties' story?
> *** 2 pet cats before this madness started. 1 was a barn kitty who
> was sick (saw her at a barn party in my 20's) and I felt the need to
> save her. my 1st cat ever. Never even liked cats before that! HA!
> 2nd was a stray kitten on my neighbors porch. took 7 yrs before I
> aquired the rest/started feraling.
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