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531Re: HIYA! Julie in Riverwest... INTRO

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  • Julie
    Mar 3, 2009
      I 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
      > housecats.
      > 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
      > traps?
      > ***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
      > water?
      > ***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
      > smaller.
      > 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!***
      > http://flickr.com/photos/kisluvkis/sets/72157614070320153/
      > 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,
      > etc!!!
      > 17.) Where geographically are you located? (nearest reasonable-
      > sized city, state)
      > 18.) Are you in an urban, rural, or suburban environment?
      > ***RURAL
      > 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
      > injured?
      > *** 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
      > resisting!
      > 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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