it takes time, but ferals can be taught to trust us humans.  i had 2 and each 
took around 18 months of concentrated effort before they became lap babies.  
dorlis
---- "MacKenzie wrote: 
> I'm so sorry to hear about Bashful, Heather. Prayers for Pepper,
> meantime. I do hope she doesn't become chronically depressed. This is
> the first time I've heard of an active attempt to treat feral cats'
> illness and I really applaud you. I have 2 feral cats and I know how
> difficult it is. 
> Hugs and bless you,
> Kerry M
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Heather
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 1:25 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Bashful to cross at 2:15 today (EST) Tampa, FL
> 
> I would like to add, please also send prayers for Pepper, Bashful's
> elderly
> buddy who after being treated for scabies recently, is still going
> strong at
> the Library, but she is FIV+, also more than 10 years old and is
> deaf....Bashful was Pepper's "ears" and we know Pepper will miss her
> very
> much.   Please pray for Pepper's safety.
> 
> Heather
> 
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Heather <furrygi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > I haven't posted much lately, sadly have had quite a few rescue losses
> in
> > the last months as well as rescue "emergencies" which has me so behind
> on
> > all fronts....
> >
> > However, one of our dear, fairly elderly university campus ferals,
> Bashful,
> > will be crossing this afternoon and I wanted to share her story so
> that many
> > thoughts will be with her.
> >
> > Bashful's caregiver has been taking care of her for at least 10 years,
> she
> > disappeared a couple of weeks ago which was attributed to roofers at
> the
> > Library where she has lived for so many years.   When she showed back
> up she
> > was clearly in dire need of help.   Elaine her caregiver called me for
> help
> > trapping, 2 friends and I set out without much success the first two
> > days--it was heartbreaking, she was half under the drop trap the first
> night
> > but just a bit of food made her choke & cough so horribly, we had
> tears in
> > our eyes just hearing & watching.  Her neck was very, very swollen
> impairing
> > her ability to eat and walk.
> >
> > We got her 2 nights later, began b/w, exam....cytology via needle
> aspirate
> > confirmed a high grade, aggressive lymphoma.
> >
> > We discussed the possibility of chemo but Bashful is very feral and
> already
> > unhappy even being at the vet, it was clear this was not going to be a
> way
> > to give her quality time and that she was already in a very bad state.
> >
> > One of my good campus friends who came to the call to help drop trap
> is
> > leaving now to be with Bashful for her final moments.   Bashful was
> not
> > FELV+ (likely was FIV+), but I know many here can sympathize with the
> > dreadful diagnosis of lymphoma.
> >
> > We treat feral cats for illnesses as much as we possibly can, I've
> actually
> > got 14 campus feral kitty Bobbye on my porch now for that reason (CRF,
> FIV+,
> > along with Toxoplasmosis & possible eye tumor which has not
> > progressed--she's done well other than not liking the fluids of
> > course)....but it just didn't seem there were any way we could put
> Bashful
> > through chemo, weekly vet visits, and possibly never feeling good
> enough for
> > the time to have been of quality for her.   She is very stressed at my
> vet
> > and we hope things go as peacefully as possible this afternoon.
> >
> > Go with love, sweet Bashful, and know how badly we wanted to help
> you--you
> > will not be forgotten.
> >
> > Heather
> >
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