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        12-30-2009, 03:38 PM
      #11
    Started
    I just got a heated mattress pad for christmas. I was trying to keep it a secret, but the cats discovered it last night when I forgot to turn it off. They have the whole house to find a place to lay, I swear they have heat vision.
         
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        12-30-2009, 08:11 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Sillybunny that's a riot!

    Went to the business today and all the food was eaten. Now it looks like the tenants up over the business are feeding it. Saw it by one of the cars in the parking lot, and he actually looks better in the daylight. Eyes do look a little runny, but not as bad as I've seen in others.

    Sadly, I think he may have been left by a renter on the street behind the business. So he is a bit wary right now. Trying to get him used to my voice, and have it associate it with food and water.

    This will take a bit longer than I originally thought. I'm going to inquire with a few of the neighbors about him, and may get a humane trap and capture him that way.

    We have a hugh storm coming, 3 days of snow predicted, so I'm going to see if I can get him soon. He does seem fine under the porch, there's shelter and he made a nest out of the thick mulch under there.

    My daughter and I have named him "Jack Frost", so I'm thinking of him as mine already! I'm picturing him all cosy in the barn and being the king of his domain! Boy , am I a softie!
         
        12-30-2009, 08:59 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I have a barn cat that a friend of my husband's caught the summer before last. She had 3 kittens and he was looking for homes for them. I said I'd take two as I needed barn cats to help with a mouse problem and I didn't want just one 'cos I thought it might be lonely. LOL. So we ended up with the mom (Lickety) and one of the kittens (Split). Lickety was caught using a humane trap and then taken in to be spayed so we picked her up from the vets. I've never actually touched her because she is quite feral but my hubby fell in love with her little black kitten. So Split is now part of the house cat herd (we have 3 black indoor cats).

    Lickety comes to the barn every morning for a meal...and hangs out there for part of the day nesting in the hay. But she does come and go around the neighbourhood so I think simply having the barn for shelter, fresh water and hay would be fine for your guy. And even though I do feed Lickety dry cat food every morning, I've not seen a mouse in the barn since she arrived. I still cannot touch her but she will come down to eat her breakfast whilst I'm standing 6" away.
         
        12-30-2009, 09:07 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Jake and Dai that's interesting. It also brought to mind another question I have.

    I'm afraid the cat might run away before he knows that the barn will be his home. How can I get him acclimated to the barn before he might just take off. I live pretty far out, and am surrounded with woods (not to mention animals that go growl in the night).

    Should I use a very large cage I have (was once used as a kennel for a St. Bernard, fully grown), or just cross my fingers and hope for the best?
         
        12-31-2009, 05:44 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    ^^I've heard that the best way to accustom a cat to his new home is keep him inside during few first days. Now you could perhaps keep him inside the barn during few first days?
         
        12-31-2009, 06:28 PM
      #16
    Trained
    That was my big fear too Walkamile, that Lickety would just pick Split up and take off because she was afraid of the new place. So we actually got a bit creative in trying to keep both of them around the barn.

    At first we also wanted Split (her kitten) as a barn cat as well...but because he was a baby and hadn't had his shots yet, I was afraid to leave him out loose. When Lickety went to the vets to be spayed and get her shots, Split was still just too young.

    So we kept Split in a rabbit cage in the barn and fed both of them day and night to keep them around. Because he worked from home, my husband would take Split out of the cage during the day and let him run around and play while also keeping his eye on him so he didn't take off. Hence they bonded and now DH considers Splitty his indoor cat!

    But, by keeping him in a cage at night in the barn back when we first got them, Lickety stuck around and learned she would be fed regularly. So while she does roam during the day, I typically see her every morning when I feed the horses, waiting for her breakfast of kittie crunchies.
         
        01-01-2010, 03:14 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    ~Update on the Cat~

    I was able to get the cat last night (Dec 31) and bring her into the business until it was time to go

    Poor little darlin, had frost bitten pads an all four feet. Definitely respiratory infection going on and most likely ear mites. With all that , she couldn't get enough loving. She has one blue eye and one green eye. All white with a smug of grey on the top of her head. Very thin, but not extreme.

    Upon discussion with my hubby (who was adamantly opposed to me bringing this little creature home) I knew I could not put her in the barn, ever. She needs to be a house cat. Those pads really disturbed me, and she had difficulty with them in cleaning and how she moved on them.

    Decided that I would call my nephew who is a police officer, and he called the animal control officer (also a good friend of his) and the ACO came and got the kitty. They can't put her up for adoption for 7 days, but will give her medical attention immediately.

    I am going to go to the shelter when the 7 days is up, and see how she is doing and discuss any special issues that she may have with those frost bitten pads. I don't think, could be wrong, that she will be able to handle the cold with them.

    I will leave my info if she is not adopted , so that she will come home with me and not euthanized. Hoping to work on hubby in the meantime.

    HIs concern, besides not wanting anymore house pets, is the medical cost. I'm pretty maxed out with T and her special needs right now, so I do understand his concern. But, if she is a house cat, that will be minimal after the initial expenses.

    Sometimes it's so difficult to try and reason with my head and not be ruled by my heart. But, she truly deserves a good life, a life of comfort and pamper after what she has been through. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that for her...fingers crossed.
         
        01-01-2010, 03:50 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I wish her the best of luck, I think the pads would cause issues outside at least until they healed up. At least you caught her and gave her a chance at a better life and the care she desperately needed. :) Keep us updated on whether she gets adopted or not.
         

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