the return of a semi-feral kitty

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Here's a little gratuitous cuteness. The orange tabby was found on the side of the highway in Wyoming by Kid#1's GF. She was only able to catch him, the others dispersed into the tall grass across the highway. He traveled with her and her friend to a wedding in CO, then back home. She can't have pets where she rents so I volunteered to be his foster mom. Everybody knows you can't have one kitty by itself, ( my husband thinks I'm making this up :rolleyes: ) so I found him a buddy on CL. Kind of neat how they happened to be the same age. They are inseperable. They are big enough now, and the weather is warm enough for them to spend the days outdoors. They come in at night,
i love kitties and doggies and all sorts of creatures, but can't have them here. i live vicariously through friends and the internet as far as they are concerned. :)
 

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Every cat I have atm was abandoned on my property when they were very young. Most of them were young enough that I bottle fed them for a week or two, because they were still figuring out how to eat and drink and cat in general, pretty much. One of them is useless for anything besides being a couch ornament, but all of the others pull their share.

I had a pair of bonded brothers who left me 'presents' on a daily basis for years. Mice, birds, chipmunks, plus the occasional rabbit. These were big 18 lb tabby cats who I fed and watered religiously, and would allow into the house during extreme weather until they got old and arthritic and came in to live permanently. I never could get it across to my vet that it didn't matter what kind or how much food I fed them, they would 'supplement' until they were full! One of them has passed on, and getting the other one down to the weight I would like to see him has been impossible. He might be old and creaky, but he can still go out and feed himself at will.
 

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we've had a number of them abandoned here. some we can't catch before they are eaten by the other wild life around. once in a while one is friendly tame enough that we can catch them and bring them to the shelter but their chances are not that great for being adopted from there (1 in 10).

one time i had a very friendly one that i was able to catch and take to the shelter and as i was starting to fill out the paperwork a lady came in looking for one she lost near her place. this was not the kitty i had, but i told her i had a very friendly one in my car (running around without a cage) that she could have so we went back outside and she took it. lucky kitty. for the few moments i was taking care of it i called it Spike. lol no idea if it was a him or her - i consider it kinda rude to look that close without consent...
 

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Around here it is traffic or the raccoons that get everything. Very occasionally a coyote, but they tend not to come up to the house much, except during late winter. There is actually a crippled coyote that hops around on three legs that we see all the time in winter; there has to be an abundance of small game around here for it to get easily to survive as many years as we have seen it.

Now we usually get wandering ferals and none of them seem to stick around long. I personally keep water available outside at all times for whatever animal needs it, but all of mine are fed inside. Not having food outside at regular times means they usually move on after a day or two. I have a heart that would like to adopt them all, but there's a limit to what I can keep responsibly. The last couple of strays that we were able to trap were taken to a friend's farm for rodent control.
 

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