Don’t use chicken wire, it goes to pot very soon.  Use ¼” or ½” hardware
cloth, or even turkey-wire – much more sturdy and you don’t look like you’re
sitting in a chicken coop.  Then you can staple or nail screening on the
outside and not be bothered with flies/mosquitoes! 

 

From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 8:07 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sorry to Ask so much, but...

 

I used chain link since a major goal was to protect the cats.  I suspect I
will use chicken wire to make a screened in porch here.  The bugs don't
bother me nearly as much as the thoughts of something harmful getting on the
porch to be.  

On Aug 13, 2011, at 2:02 AM, Natalie wrote:





Did you know that there’s screening available that is “pet’proof”?  Our cats
climb the screens, and we will replace them with the special ones.

 

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2011 8:10 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sorry to Ask so much, but...

 

I guess  I am trying to say you can hold them inside a lot longer than
estimated.  I've had them in for 3-4 months.  The thing is to build a
relationship with them during that period.  They see you with the food.  I
handle all the dry food with my hands so there is my odor.  Etc.  I like
Feliway when they are in confined.  Because she won't be released into a
known area, developing that relationship is very important.  

 

Frankly, I have been very concerned moving or traveling with cats but have
been successful in both several times.  Ebony, a feral--ok all my guys/gals
have been feral--went out on a leash for cats for a long time when we moved
so he could learn where he was.  The leash got longer and longer
and.......but he knew where he was.  The boys I have now travel around in a
carriage so they get a sense of home--it has paid off when
..............left a door unlocked and Copper took unauthorized walk-abouts.
Now they are familiar with lots of scents on the farm...they go for mile
walks when the weather permits.  

 

All of this is to say that, with a lot of love and patience, you can do
this.  Frankly, I like the enclosed area.  I did this for Ebony and Mi Tu
then repeated it on the farm for Dixie.  Now I want to replact it for the
boys by way of a screened in porch.......and a reenforced screened area for
the ones I will bring over if Mom leaves this world before they do......care
is a lifetime commitment.    

On Aug 12, 2011, at 7:20 AM, Natalie wrote:






The one concern is that Hemy is NOT being released in her own territory and
if she doesn’t get used to Bonnie and her yard, may start searching for the
old area.

 

From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:56 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sorry to Ask so much, but...

 

On that, I have had a few ferals that were held inside after vet treatment
for various reasons:  weather (very hot or cold etc), dangers (size and age
of cat and the presents of packs of dogs, hawks etc) healing time + adjust
time (they were returning to their own group), and just because of numerous
other concerns.  None of them have ever forgotten their nature.  These
ferals live at my Mom's but I am the primary servant.  Mom's concerns have
to be addressed.    

 

This is my experience only.  

On Aug 11, 2011, at 8:26 PM, Diane Rosenfeldt wrote:







 

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