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Trapping Misadventures

30 Jul

Tonight I am trying to trap a skinny little tomcat who’s been coming around for a while. I was at ACCT this evening, watching a DVD about a new method of socializing ferals. It was much longer than I expected, and I didn’t get home until 8:30, well after the time this little guy normally shows up.

I quickly tore up a sheet to make a trap cover, and whipped up the evening’s cat food. The whole time, I could hear meowing, which sounded like it was outside, and I thought to myself, “Oh, no! He’s meowing now? Rats, that means he’s not feral, so NOW what am I going to do with him?”

I served the indoor cats their supper and went out to set the trap, with no sign of the little tabby & white boy. When I came back in, I realized I’d left my cell phone upstairs, and went to get it. While in the bedroom, I could hear the meowing again – not coming from outside, but from the closet!! Poor Sally had been stuck in there since at least early afternoon, possibly mid-morning!

She

Sally atop the cat tree

cannot resist an open closet, and is lightning- fast, so I did not see her sneak in. So now she’s sitting in the window, waiting for the little visitor kitty to show up, and I’m sticking my head out the window every few minutes to see if the trap is still open…

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29 Jul

7/29/11:  We’re looking for ideas from our subscribers about the things they’d like us to write about. 

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I am an Animal Rescuer by Annette M. King-Tucker

29 Jun
I am an Animal Rescuer
by Annette M King-Tucker

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Rated “G” by the Author.

Words that unite those of us who feel their pain and heal their scars with love and care.

I Am an Animal Rescuer
My job is to assist God’s creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs
I take in new family members without plan, thought, or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body

I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends
I don’t often use the word “pet”
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time

I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind
We may be master of the animals,
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven’t learned

War and Abuse makes me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And making a difference ever day

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat

I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done,
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full

Annette King-Tucker
Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue
Claremore, Ok
http://www.wildheartranch.org

Wild Heart Ranch Widllife Rescue

Solution for problem urination. Contributed by Katherine F. 6/26/11

27 Jun

BuffBlue (B2) was surrendered to me when he was 5 years old. I learned that B2 urinated outside the litter box sometimes. This was an issue I’d never dealt with before and it’s something not many people want to deal with. I wanted to give B2 a chance rather than let him go to someone and then possibly be surrendered to a shelter.  I planned not to adopt him out to a new home until his issue was resolved, just to be fair to him and whomever decided to adopt him.  So I gave it a shot.

First, I took B2 to the vet to rule out a possible urinary tract infections (uti) or any other medical issues that may have been causing him to urinate outside the box. After they were ruled out, the vet suggested prozac, feliway and a tall cat tree. I didn’t have a tall cat tree so don’t know how beneficial that would have been but the other two recommendations (prozac and feliway) didn’t work very effectively. I tried to figure out what made him do this. He is one of the most loving and sweetest cats I had met. With B2 already declawed by the previous home, I had wondered whether or not the declawing may have contributed partially to his behavior. From doing a little of research, I was surprised to find that declawing is number one reason for inappropriate urination. 

One day, I was at a health pet store which I had been patronizing for a long time.  While there, I discussed B2’s urination issues with the store owner. Without hesitation, the owner pointed to Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract litter and asked if I had tried it. I decided to buy a small bag, being a bit skeptical given all the gimmicks out there.
 
When I got home, I put out two separate litter boxes – one full of Cat Attract litter and the other with a mixture of Cat Attract litter and World’s Best litter to see which one B2 would prefer. On the first day, I could tell how pleased he was with this new discovery.  He seemed to have something to look forward to when he needed to do his business. Since then, he has been using Cat Attract litter religiously with no interest in the other litters.  I can see the difference in his level of contentment and happiness. He’s more playful and affectionate. Cat Attract litter was a miracle waiting to happen!
 
Cat Attract litter is more than just a litter and is designed to resemble the natural odor that an outdoor experience provides for cats. Cats may be domesticated but their instincts will always be that of what comes naturally to them. Cats aren’t able to tell us which litter they prefer and I believe all cats, even those without urination issues would also enjoy Cat Attract litter. Dr. Elsey has done his research in understanding the needs of cats and educating us to be receptive to those needs.  There are many wonderful reviews about Dr. Elsey and his Cat Attract litter. 
 
For rescues and shelters, check here about their Shelter Partners Program. Inside the litter bag, there is a booklet with valuable information and instructions. Please don’t give up or lose hope. Good luck!
 
Here’s a tip when you use the Cat Attract litter for the first time by using 5 important steps: