Curator of the Coy Zoo
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Savannah, GA
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Thanks for the information. The cats at the warehouse near my work and touchable, but feral. I've taken one of the girls into the vet for surgery when she had a major issue and the Vet checked and believes she is already fixed. She came up with that decision based on the exam and that she is FAT! The other female there isn't fixed yet, that I know, but in the three years I have been feeding them she hasn't had kittens that I have ever seen. I have made appts to have her spayed but then she does the disappearing trick for days after. Its like she "knows!". A kitten just showed up there, but I checked and netiher female has been nursing her nor will they let her close so I figure either a cat I haven't seen or someone dumped her. I've been getting her used to being fed in the crate that I keep there so I can catch her and get her fixed ASAP. She's probably a little over 8 weeks. I started feeding them 3 years ago when the people at the warehouse left and the cats remained. They were sitting in the parking lot every morning waiting for food and after about a week I decided to "adopt" them. There used to be 3 girls, but one disappeared - eaten by coyotes I think.
Now, the outside cats at the house. One, a friend left at the house and he's neutered and I get his shots yearly. There are three litter mates that are coming for meals: 2 males and 1 female probably about 1 year old. I think they belong to someone else, but think one day the girl will make a trip to the Vet on my dime. I can pet them but not pick them up too well. And that doesn't even include the other assorted felines that stop by for free food in the garage or back yard that I may see but certainly can't catch. For the most part I can't even get close enough to see if they have an abcess.
Thanks for the information aboout amoxicillin. I didn't know I could get it without a prescription. I have to take Darby for an ear check to the Vet Friday anyway and might ask for a prescript, just to have when I see a problem. Great idea: thanks!
I did contact the local TNR group, but interestingly enough they haven't been very receptive. The cat vet I typically use is involved in them and she's been giving us a good rate with the strays when we take them in and I have my own live trap, but the group has yet to trap, fix and return the warehouse cats. Odd!