Am I doing the right thing?

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Am I doing the right thing?

Post by Jack Shollenberge » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Hi all, my name is Lorrie and I am having a hard time deciding if I am
doing the right thing...You see I live in the City and I have 4 cats of
my own...however there are 3 strays living in my neighborhood...Lately
I couldn't stand to see them digging through the garbage...and then I
noticed that the female calico is pregnant...so I am now putting out
food and water for them on a daily basis...on top of leaving the garage
door open enough so that they can get inside to keep warm, did I
mention the bed?, anyways we don't own this house, and I can't get near
them to try to tame them so that they could get better homes....

So basically my fear is this...when we move out what will happen to
them...I refuse to call the Humane Society they will be put to
sleep..yet I have to wonder if I am being fair to them..Should I try to
trap them and tame them up?  What should I do?  I can't imagine that
the people moving in her will want to care for them..so that leaves
them back at the start..no food no home..not to mention the kittens...

HELP?  I feel guilty if I don't feed them and guilty if I do...?????

 
 
 

Am I doing the right thing?

Post by Liz Littl » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Some of the shelters are "no kill".  Ask about those in your area!  And
good luck!
 
 
 

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Post by A. Hutchinso » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Hi all, my name is Lorrie and I am having a hard time deciding if I am
>doing the right thing...You see I live in the City and I have 4 cats of
>my own...however there are 3 strays living in my neighborhood...Lately
>I couldn't stand to see them digging through the garbage...and then I
>noticed that the female calico is pregnant...so I am now putting out
>food and water for them on a daily basis...on top of leaving the garage
>door open enough so that they can get inside to keep warm, did I
>mention the bed?, anyways we don't own this house, and I can't get near
>them to try to tame them so that they could get better homes....

>So basically my fear is this...when we move out what will happen to
>them...I refuse to call the Humane Society they will be put to
>sleep..yet I have to wonder if I am being fair to them..Should I try to
>trap them and tame them up?  What should I do?  I can't imagine that
>the people moving in her will want to care for them..so that leaves
>them back at the start..no food no home..not to mention the kittens...

>HELP?  I feel guilty if I don't feed them and guilty if I do...?????

A friendly suggestion (from someone who always wants to make everything
better and "save the world" but finally realized she can't do it all and
stay sane or even marginally happy):  If the cats are truly feral (wild)
you wouldn't find much in the way of homes for them and probably couldn't
keep them if you tried.  This is not always so, but is usually the case
with such animals.

  If you really want to stop the cycle (at least with these cats) you
might ask the Humane Society if you could borrow some humane traps and
try to catch the cats in order to have them spayed/neutered. Then release
them back home.  At least then there would not be new kittens every few
months to add to the problem.  You could try to "tame" the new kittens if
the mother lets you near them, though.  Being near people and even
handled by you, might go a long way toward making those kittens
adoptable.

Best wishes and Good Luck!

A. Hutchinson

 
 
 

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Post by A. Hutchinso » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Hi all, my name is Lorrie and I am having a hard time deciding if I am
>doing the right thing...You see I live in the City and I have 4 cats of
>my own...however there are 3 strays living in my neighborhood...Lately
>I couldn't stand to see them digging through the garbage...and then I
>noticed that the female calico is pregnant...so I am now putting out
>food and water for them on a daily basis...on top of leaving the garage
>door open enough so that they can get inside to keep warm, did I
>mention the bed?, anyways we don't own this house, and I can't get near
>them to try to tame them so that they could get better homes....

>So basically my fear is this...when we move out what will happen to
>them...I refuse to call the Humane Society they will be put to
>sleep..yet I have to wonder if I am being fair to them..Should I try to
>trap them and tame them up?  What should I do?  I can't imagine that
>the people moving in her will want to care for them..so that leaves
>them back at the start..no food no home..not to mention the kittens...

>HELP?  I feel guilty if I don't feed them and guilty if I do...?????

A friendly suggestion (from someone who always wants to make everything
better and "save the world" but finally realized she can't do it all and
stay sane or even marginally happy):  If the cats are truly feral (wild)
you wouldn't find much in the way of homes for them and probably couldn't
keep them if you tried.  This is not always so, but is usually the case
with such animals.

  If you really want to stop the cycle (at least with these cats) you
might ask the Humane Society if you could borrow some humane traps and
try to catch the cats in order to have them spayed/neutered. Then release
them back home.  At least then there would not be new kittens every few
months to add to the problem.  You could try to "tame" the new kittens if
the mother lets you near them, though.  Being near people and even
handled by you, might go a long way toward making those kittens
adoptable.

Best wishes and Good Luck!

A. Hutchinson

 
 
 

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Post by Ginger Peschk » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00


We've got a cat who likes to*** us on the hands and arms.  Is she helping us "wash" (as she would with a cat companion), or maybe going after salt ?
I'm curious as to whether anyone else's cat does this, as well as any ideas why.

Ginger

 
 
 

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Post by Kristin Mou » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:


>>We've got a cat who likes to*** us on the hands and arms.  Is she
>helping us "wash" (as she would with a cat companion), or maybe going
>after salt ?
>>I'm curious as to whether anyone else's cat does this, as well as any
>ideas why.

My cats*** my arms and legs when I've just come in from a run and I'm
sweating. They don't do it any other time, so I know it has to be the
salt they're after. I'm a walking salk***!
They also*** my bangs sometimes to wake me up in the morning.
--
KNM
 
 
 

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Post by shosh.. » Sat, 21 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Jasmine will*** my hands if I have freshly applied lotion or perfume
on.  She's trying to clean it off so I smell more like the "pet" she knows
and loves.

s


 
 
 

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Post by Melissa S. La » Sat, 21 Oct 1995 04:00:00


I have found that my 7 cats only do it when we are being
affectionate.  They also*** one another in affection.  I
consider it a large honor since I'm being given the same kind
of affection they share with one another.

MeLisa

 
 
 

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Post by Isobuta » Mon, 23 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Jake loves to*** me, and he closes his eyes while doing it.  He
particularly loves my nose, which he occasionally***s raw.  I don't
mind...

Mark H. Rosengarten

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Post by Debbie Schwar » Tue, 24 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Jake loves to*** me, and he closes his eyes while doing it.  He
>particularly loves my nose, which he occasionally***s raw.  I don't
>mind...

One of the things that endeared me to Murphy the wonder tabby, the
world's sweetest kitten, and one of the reasons that I now have 3 cats
instead of 2 cats and a dog, was that when I was at the Humane Society
looking at dogs, the volunteer came out, said "You've *got* to see this
kitten" and plonked Murphy in my arms, was that Murphy immediately
began purring her ears off and***ing every exposed patch of flesh on
my arms and hands that she could reach.
(She also nibbled all my fingers, but has stopped this now that
she's older.)
--

"That's why I'm not married - I'm devoting my life to being a
psychiatric patient.  It's like being a nun, but more expensive."
--  Shelley Long in "The Cracker Factory"
 
 
 

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Post by x.. » Tue, 24 Oct 1995 04:00:00


My cat***s my nose and my hair. I don't think cats are that hard up for
salt. They just think your a big weird-looking cat (in my opinion...but I
could be wrong!)
 
 
 

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Post by Peggy Fin » Tue, 24 Oct 1995 04:00:00


My cat, Oreo, loves to*** my face. He sleeps with me at night and he
comes up to me at least twice in the night and***s away. Then he
settles down and lays rignt on my shoulder.I put my hand in the way
because I hate the feeling and he***s my hand. I have no idea why he
does that.
 
 
 

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Post by Sarah A Thrutchl » Wed, 25 Oct 1995 04:00:00


        I have two cats, Jasmine and Sebrina.  Jasmine has been giving me
kisses ever since she was a kitten.  Unlike the other posts, she does
this all of the time.  She mostly kisses me on the eyelids (to wake me
up), on the nose, and she sometimes sneaks one on the lips.  She will
*** my hands and my arms too.  Unfortunately, it's not just one or two
***s.  She'll continue till her tongue dries and feels like sand paper
on my skin.  Not a good feeling.  Most of the time I have to push her
away in order to get her to stop!  She's definitely weird.  
She will actually kiss on demand.  If I say "kiss", she***s me.  
Sebrina is the baby, and she has started to give kisses too.  She does it
mainly on my face and my fingers (as she tries to suckle my fingers.  I
saved her at 2 weeks old from a plastic bag on the sidewalk a couple
blocks from my home, and I don't think she was fully weaned.)  I don't
mind this affection, and I'm glad to hear that other cats do this too.  

Sarah owned by Jasmine and Sebrina.  I do not know the cat codes that
follow the names, as I am new to posting.    

 
 
 

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Post by moz.. » Fri, 27 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>    I have two cats, Jasmine and Sebrina.  Jasmine has been giving me
>kisses ever since she was a kitten.  Unlike the other posts, she does
>this all of the time.  She mostly kisses me on the eyelids (to wake me
>up), on the nose, and she sometimes sneaks one on the lips.  She will
>lick my hands and my arms too.  Unfortunately, it's not just one or two
>licks.  She'll continue till her tongue dries and feels like sand paper
>on my skin.  Not a good feeling.  Most of the time I have to push her
>away in order to get her to stop!  She's definitely weird.  
>She will actually kiss on demand.  If I say "kiss", she***s me.  
>Sebrina is the baby, and she has started to give kisses too.  She does it
>mainly on my face and my fingers (as she tries to suckle my fingers.  I
>saved her at 2 weeks old from a plastic bag on the sidewalk a couple
>blocks from my home, and I don't think she was fully weaned.)  I don't
>mind this affection, and I'm glad to hear that other cats do this too.  
>Sarah owned by Jasmine and Sebrina.  I do not know the cat codes that
>follow the names, as I am new to posting.    

 My little guy, Milo, he's oh around 9 weeks old now, male. And he
also has this thing for***ing all the time. The part I can't stand
is when i'm dead tired and trying to sleep, he comes up to my pillow
or my fingers and***s my face and fingers. But he turns from***ing
to suckling. is this normal? Its hard to get him to stop sometimes
also, while he's doing this, he is purring like a tractor!

 If anyone has any advice, it would be appreciated.

Bob