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2012-07-28 04:17:24 PM
I've a cat that survived as a feral for his first year. I made friends with him by feeding him. I would sit on my front steps, and put down a bowl of food. Every day, I would move it closer, until after about ten days, he trusted me enough to let me pet him. Getting him to come in the house was another major project. After I got him fixed, I was supposed to keep him in the house for a few days. I thought I'd make him an inside cat, like my other one. After several days of him begging to be let out (and driving me nuts in the process) I realized he was getting in my dirty clothes bag, and peeing on my clothes. Ok cat, you win that one.

I only feed him indoors; if he wants to eat, he has to come in. He'll spend the night, but only if I don't let him out. He eats, then he wants to snuggle up to me on my bed (some times he wakes me up by washing my face). He's about seven years old, and he's dodged the coyotes so far. That takes some skill - I rescued a feral kitten about a year and a half ago, made her an inside only cat, and a few weeks ago she managed to get out. I wasn't too worried, she'd gotten out once before, and was meowing to be let in within a couple of hours. Not this time. I never saw her again.

So, I rescued a cat, and he made it clear that he wasn't going to be an inside only cat. He's had a better and longer life than he would have if I'd just ignored him.
 
2012-07-28 04:43:11 PM
Had a calico cat for 18 years. She killed god knows how many mice, birds and rabbits, got split open from sleeping in the fan blade when I started my car, and fell 2 stories down a chimmny while chasing birds (I had to take the stovepipe apart to get her). We finally had to put her to sleep, as she was standing in the corner meowing and peeing - totally senile. Great cat.
 
2012-07-28 04:46:37 PM

rabidferret: Sounds like honey badger


Honey badger don't give a shiat!
 
2012-07-28 05:31:56 PM
Cat is stupid...

Seriously... Why didn't the cat just step to the side a bit so the coyote's rocket skates blasted him out over a cliff where he could hover in mid-air briefly... while he flashed a snarky sign to the camera?
 
2012-07-28 05:59:02 PM
Saved my cat from a coyote a few years ago. Heard a commotion downstairs and rushed outside. She was backed into a corner. Scottish berserk rage cut in, and I drove away the coyote. By this time, my cat was up a tree. Called the fire department. They wouldn't come out. Good old berserk rage cut in again. I'm deathly afraid of heights, but I put a ladder against the tree and rescued my cat.
Went to the vet, who announced that the cat had been bitten, and would have to be quarantined or put down. Fortunately, her rabies shots were up to date, so we were allowed to take her back home and keep her under quarantine in the basement (there may have been some berserk rage in my reaction). She was never the same again, unfortunately, and died a year or so later.
Uncool story.
 
2012-07-28 07:02:54 PM

Bondith:
Where was I going with this? Oh, right. Some cats need to go outdoors.. They're independent, and they need to go explore and torture small mammals. Keeping them inside is cruel and confining.


I agree that some cats do desire to be outdoors but personally I have a problem with them torturing small native animals, since that by my definition is something that is cruel. Hence I am in favour of people who live anywhere near where native wildlife also live keep their cats indoors if they insist on having a cat in the first place. It is safer for the cat and also safer for the wildlife. It is generally frowned upon to let your dog run free and maul anything it can get hold of, I'd apply the same rule to cats.
 
2012-07-28 08:20:19 PM
No Bondith, this is not the real Caturday thread. You may have found it by now, furr-ther down the list pg as it opened to all at 8AM. This one appears to have opened ~10AM. What this does do is provide a double Caturday!
blurr_grrrl, Fang Q for the pic tho poor Cosmos is a mess. Bet the coyote was an even bigger mess.
 
2012-07-29 12:22:27 AM

foxyshadis: MooseUpNorth: That it also helps to keep your pets/toddlers alive and healthy, and cuts down on vet/doctor fees, may or may not be considered bonus.

Other than spaying and neutering, I've never taken a cat to the vet. We've been lucky, no coyote attacks, but then I've generally adopted strays during my life. The non-strays were big fluffy, mellow calicos who never went far unless they were following me for a walk; the strays do their thing and I do mine, and it's just nice to see them again when I do. They act tough, but they miss cuddles too.

Big Kitten, aka Snickers:
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/Only one I could find on short notice


No rabies shots? No distemper vaccines? If not, then you're neglecting them terribly.
 
2012-07-29 03:33:23 AM

Debby7813: No rabies shots? No distemper vaccines? If not, then you're neglecting them terribly.


Forgot about that. We always got that out of the way during the one big visit, and maybe I've just been lucky to not have a kitten get sick. Kittens generally stay inside or very close to home, though, they're not going out all day like the big cats.
 
2012-07-29 05:56:08 AM
I keep my cats in less because of coyotes and more because of cars and neighbors that don't appreciate cats.
 
2012-07-29 12:41:56 PM
Humane Soc of US said in insert on therainforestsite, one of Gtr Gd network mbrs today, that best way to get coyotes to Leave Yr Turf is to yell at them & wave yr arms. With vid clip, all of :07 long!
 
2012-07-29 01:31:17 PM

laulaja: Humane Soc of US said in insert on therainforestsite, one of Gtr Gd network mbrs today, that best way to get coyotes to Leave Yr Turf is to yell at them & wave yr arms. With vid clip, all of :07 long!


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2012-07-29 08:55:55 PM

Devo Cornholiosky: [www.sheldoncomics.com image 800x273]
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What is Lil Butter? Looks like an English bullcat.
 
2012-07-29 10:11:54 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: Devo Cornholiosky: [www.sheldoncomics.com image 800x273]
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What is Lil Butter? Looks like an English bullcat.


Other than stupid, I don't know. He's just a character in www.sheldoncomics.com
 
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