Hi, My bf and I feed around 140 cats in 20+ spots (colonies) each day. Unless they are adoptable and you find homes, or work with a rescue to find homes, their only option is basically death (which is what will most likely happen if taken to a shelter). Sadly so many very adoptable cats are euthanized due to the lack of homes each day. I have been doing this 8 years now...it really is a lifetime commitment (as far as the cats' lifetime goes, anyway), unless you find someone else willing to get involved or take over. Unless the cats are friendly/adoptable, I would caution you not to raise any attention to them such as the media...if unadoptable the best thing that you can do is ensure they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated & ear tipped and tend to any medical needs that may arise, in which case you might need help or advise. Alley Cat Allies website is a great info resource, and also has "feral friends" by area, they might be able to put you in touch with someone if there is anyone in your area who has registered as a contact. There is also a great Feral Cats yahoo group where you can get a lot of great input.
Ensuring they are all spayed/neutered is the most important part here, or there will be more cats with the same "plight". I hope you can find someone to assist during your recovery, and that your surgery goes well--thank you for caring for these cats! If you can't find anyone to help feed, you could certainly try contacting rescue groups to see if anyone nearby can help while you are recovering. Heather On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM, dot winkler <venus7ora...@yahoo.com> 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. > Thanks > > ------------------------------ > *From:* Marta Gasper <marta.gas...@yahoo.com> > *To:* email@example.com > *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 > > http://homelessnomore.webs.com/ > > ------------------------------ > *From:* Forgotten Felines <toledoc...@gmail.com> > *To:* Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > *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? > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > >
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