There must be someone who could take over feeding them - especially with
colder weather coming (don't know where you are)..they cannot be left
without food after relying on it for so long.


I have never liked TNR because there were never any people to take
responsibility.  Since I do rescue and care for many at home, I could not
add the responsibility of caring for outside cats, too - there's just not
enough time and energy.

[] On Behalf Of Susan Hoffman
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] outdoor cats plight


All too true.  When I had a house fire in 2007 and moved I packed up my yard
cats and brought them along.  I still have two of them.  One is 11 years
old, absolutely untouchable, and she was my first TNR cat.


Once you start feeding they learn to depend on you.  You can't just walk
away and leave them.


Where are you located?  There must be other feral feeders or TNR groups in
your area.  Perhaps we can help you find them and you could get some relief
while you heal up.  (Are the cats you've been feeding all spayed and


Please do NOT involve your local animal control agency.  They very well
might round up the cats and kill them.  If you want to get those cats homes
then take in one or two of the tame ones in at a time and foster until a
home is found.




From: MaiMaiPG <>
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] outdoor cats plight


Dozens of years re feeding.  We trap, s/n and release.  That is the price of
free food.  I would not feel right about abandoning my wild friends.  When I
moved to care for my mother, I got neighbors to take care of the one feral
at that house.  I visited when I could and furnished the food.  We have fed
ferals at Mom's for as long as I can remember.  And calling a shelter will
probably result in the death of most of the cats you have been caring for.  

On Aug 27, 2012, at 3:02 PM, dot winkler wrote:

Hi.  I threw this out there a few weeks ago but don't i know if it went thru
- I didn't see any replies.

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with outdoor (stray) cat
feeding.  I have been feeding 7 for a year and a half now.

I am going to have arm surgery and will not be able to drive for 6 weeks and
will have a very difficult postop recovery.  I have no-one else to feed the
cats.  I am thinking of calling some shelters and maybe simultaneously the
newspaper to expose their plight.  Perhaps some can be adopted, if a
facility would take them in and if they got the proper exposure from the
newspaper.  I also could try to help in the adoption process.  ALSO, my
other question is, how long have people been feeding their outdoor cats?  I
am thinking this cannot go on forever.  Where do I find people to help me
out with it, if I can't find adoptions?  Any input on this, would be great.


From: Marta Gasper <>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV & Ascites?


I wouldn't know..besides of FIP it could be heart trouble and other
conditions. Sorry I can't reasure you. The vet can draw fluid and analyze it
for protein content, high protein is FIP. Last year and earlier this year we
lost two kittens to FIP almost a month apart. When they extracted fluid from
the first one it was clear but the analysis confirmed the high protein
content. So dx was FIP, later on vet found a large mass growing so concluded
that he had pancreatic cancer thus the fluid_at that point was greenish_his
sister also got a FIP dx, high prt fluid but more typical; yellow viscous
fluid, no cancer.
I'm wishing all the best to you and your kitten 




From: Forgotten Felines <>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 5:00 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] FeLV & Ascites?


My FeLV+ kitten developed ascites and I'm worried the vet is going to tell
me it's FIP. Does anyone know if ascites is ever related to FeLV?

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