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Post by Sylvaen » Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:52 am

All 4 of our cats are Rescue Cats; all are spayed / neutered. :)

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You can find out more about each cat by clicking on their name, which will take you to their UnitedCats profile(s).

Occasionally we foster stray kittens, until they are big / strong enough to go to their new homes.
The photo album of our Foster Kitties can be viewed HERE. ;)

This is the latest arrival (foster kitty - female).
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We found her at 2:30am on September 25th. It had been raining ALL day, so the dogs only went out 3 times that day for short walks (they hate the rain), until the rain finally stopped just before 2am. So we figured, lets go get some candy at the nearby gas station (about 20min walk) and let the dogs stretch their legs a bit. On the way back home we heard the kitten crying and found it huddled next to a building... wet, cold, skinny, sick, covered in fleas, looking pretty miserable overall. It was obviously really young, only a few weeks old, and too little to survive out on the streets in this condition so we took her home. First thing I did was give her a bath (water was filthy, had to refill the bowl 5 times!) and on the final wash I used some of our nice kitty shampoo... by the end of her bath she was totally laying down on her side with only her head above water, supported by my hand. She loved getting bathed... heaven. :)

Afterward I dried her thoroughly with a towel and spent over an hour killing all the fleas I could catch (at least 50 of them) by squishing them between my thumbnails. Then I doused her in flea powder and applied eye cream... both eyes were quite crusty / goopy but the right eye has a translucent / opaque sheen and some signs of corneal ulceration. Looks like feline herpes to me. Luckily all our other cats have been previously exposed (Gizmo lost her eye due to feline herpes) and they all have very strong immune systems so they won't be adversely affected by her arrival. Anyway, I'm treating her eye with antibiotic cream (chloramphenicol) to counter any secondary bacterial infections and hoping that her immunity will kick-in to fight off the viral infection. I really hope she'll be able to keep that eye and that it will make a full recovery. I'll foster her until both eyes are normal, which will be at least another week or so. Plus, I still have to find her a good home. That's why we haven't given her a name... (so we don't get too attached. It's hard though, would be nice to keep her.) ;)

After applying ear drops I gave her the first meal... if you think Tamaskans are wolf-like, you should see HER eat! lol After she ate I tucked her into bed with a hotwater bottle and that night / morning she slept for 10 hours straight. lol I think she knew she was finally safe... the streets are no home for such a little kitten. It's now been 6 days since we've had her and she's doing great. Her eyes are much better; the infection is totally gone in one eye and the other one is clearing up. She's a really happy / content kitten with a very feisty attitude (we call her "stunt kitty" because she's forever leaping off high places or climbing up furniture without any fear whatsoever). But she also spends a lot of time sleeping in my lap or on the back of my neck, which is where she's perched now, as I type. :)
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:30 am

All your cats are beautiful and look very comfortable :)
Ah, if only I lived closer, I would love to take "stunt kitty" :D
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Post by Blustag » Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:29 am

Gizmo is looking wonderful especially after her horrendous start in life.. well done ;)

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Post by claireyclaire » Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:46 am

They are all lovely, but as Gizmo is an honarary tamaskan, I think she might be my favourite!
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Post by malamutemick » Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:18 pm

Great Pic What Lovely Cats,I Love Gismo What A Horrendous Start To Her Life But She Certainly Looks Great Now :D

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Post by wicca1 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:35 pm

wow lovely cats(and dogs) i love them all :D .

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Post by Sylvaen » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:58 am

hehe thanks, they are a great bunch :mrgreen:

Here are some group photos:

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:39 am

Great photos! :)
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Post by Dallas » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:58 am

love the last pic! looks kinda like the cat has a major hangover :lol:
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Post by muensterland » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:13 pm

All your cats are beautiful :D Great photos! :)
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Post by Sylvaen » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:45 am

Thanks! Here's a picture of Feeding Time last night... :lol: :roll:
Spot the Tamaskan sneaking in.... Jasper thinks he's invisible. LOL :lol:

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The newest arrival (white kitten) is a stray that I found yesterday.
I'm fostering her and (hopefully) she'll be going to her new home with Matija's cousin this weekend.
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Before bath: gunky ears and eyes, grey fur that smells of car oil, very thin and dehydrated.
After bath / flea powder / clean ears & eye drops: she was grey... now white! :shock:

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Within a few hours of finding her, shivering on the street, she's already curled up and sleeping ON Vixen... hahaha

And, as for the other Foster Kitten (the orange one) - it looks like we'll probably be keeping her after all. :roll: ;)
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Post by Rahne » Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:33 am

Love your cats! It's hard to say goodbye to the foster kitties ;)

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:14 pm

So lovely. I think if I were a kitten, I'd feel safe sleeping on a wolf looking dog too :D
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Post by Valravn » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:21 pm

Aww! That is so sweet! :D

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Post by Megaen » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:56 pm

aww your cats are so cute :)

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Post by claireyclaire » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:40 pm

Yay!! I knew you'd keep her. Can she be Jaspers new pet?!
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Post by Sylvaen » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:58 pm

Rahne wrote:It's hard to say goodbye to the foster kitties ;)
Yep... ;)
claireyclaire wrote:Yay!! I knew you'd keep her. Can she be Jaspers new pet?!
hahaha yep, you definitely saw that one coming. :D
It's really hard not to get attached. She's a complete monster / beasty, but now she's a part of the family (and Jasper's new pet... haha) - she's also bonded really well with Gizmo (who's acting like her surrogate mother).

In other good news, exactly one week (to the day) after I found her, the white foster kitty has gone to her new home with Matija's cousin and aunt. In the one week I had her, she doubled in weight and is much healthier now. She is the perfect match for them... really calm and gentle, laid-back and chilled out... not at all feisty, just a really sweet / cuddly kitten. :)

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Post by Amy » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:28 pm

All your cats are beautiful :P

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Post by Keir » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:03 am

I'm glad you decided to keep the cheshire(ish) ginger kitten. It looks like it has such a big charachter!

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Post by Misaya » Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:28 pm

Lovely, and lucky, cats. Strange how the kittens all find their way to you :)
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Post by Sylvaen » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:40 pm

Soooo.... it didn't work out with the foster home (Matija's aunt isn't ready for a cat in her life yet...)
Result: I now own 6 cats... LOL :roll: :lol:
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Post by Tamaddict » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:06 pm

lol, is there anyone else that can take her?
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Post by claireyclaire » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:09 pm

6 is a nice number ;)
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Post by Sylvaen » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:20 am

Tamaddict wrote:lol, is there anyone else that can take her?
Well, I don't want to stress her out too much by moving her from one house to another, over and over... she's already been through a lot for such a young age... and she is a really lovely cat...
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Yep... and, according to this image, I'm still in the "safe zone" :lol:

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Post by Tamaddict » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:24 am

LOL, that comic is great. Well then, I guess congratulations are in order for your new addition. What's her name?
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Post by Sylvaen » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:31 am

hehe thanks :D
I've decided to call her "Luna" (since she is almost pure white with touches of grey / silver and bright yellow eyes). :)
On that note, I've decided to call the ginger kitten "Sola" (short for Solar / long for Sol).
So, they're named after the Sun & Moon. ;)

Hopefully I won't find any more cats for a while... LOL

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Post by Tamaddict » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:41 am

Lovely names. I love the whole play on sun and moon. And yet another fab comic, lol. :D
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Post by Aislinn2204 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:38 pm

Hi Debby,

It's really great that you give all these wonderful cats a safe home. :)
There should be more people who have such a big heart for poor little souls...

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Post by claireyclaire » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:34 pm

Sylvaen wrote: Hopefully I won't find any more cats for a while... LOL
Debby when are you going to realise, you don't find them, THEY FIND YOU! :lol:
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Post by Sylvaen » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:15 pm

hehehehe you are right... it's just funny how fate works out that way. ;)
I too wish there were more people out there helping these stray cats - Croatia has so many of them and they are all really gorgeous (not mangy or ugly at all) and they develop into really lovely, beautiful cats... all they need is a bit of TLC. It's just sad because winter is coming and it will be really hard for them... I can't imagine how Sola or Luna could survive the winter outdoors, at such a young age, without food or shelter. :(
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Post by Tamaddict » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:31 am

:( Is there a no kill shelter that you can bring them too?
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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:04 am

Not really... the city only has a really cruddy dog shelter - it's the best they can afford, but it pretty much sucks.
It's just a row of outdoor dog pens... they have no facilities for cats at all.

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The Society / Organization has an arrangement whereby people who find stray kittens can either sign an ownership contract and get the cat sterilized for free when it's old enough... or to just foster the kittens and have an advertisement placed on their "rescue website" for people who want to adopt... but there are just so many kittens and not enough homes so people who "foster" usually end up keeping these cats. Otherwise, people just put out food for the stray cats... and there is a trap/spay-neuter/release program but it's not widely used. If they could just cut down the overpopulation problem it would be a good start to addressing the stray cat issue... there are too many of them breeding and too many kittens being produced so just feeding them on the street (without spaying / neutering) just adds to the problems. One day, when I can afford it and have the space, I'll have a "no kill" cat sanctuary at my house; not a shelter, but a permanent Forever Home for unwanted cats (maybe 20-50 or so, not too many) with a 'cathouse' and a large (adjacent) outdoor enclosure.
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Post by Tamaddict » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:51 am

That's too bad. I love my cats so much I can't even imagine things like that happening to them. I don't understand how people can abandon their animals. Well, I commend you for helping those you can. I hope you are able to open such a shelter in the future.
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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:00 am

A lot of it stems from lack of education / lack of responsibility... it's not so much pure abandonment (though that does happen) but, more usually, many people just let their un-neutered cats roam around outdoors, which adds to the overpopulation of the existing strays... if their female cat comes home pregnant, they usually don't bother to do much about it and will most often just let her out again to have the kittens outdoors somewhere (in a shed or a garage or warehouse, etc) since they don't want to bother with the kittens or finding homes for them. Those kittens then grow up as feral street cats and then they start breeding; it's a crazy never-ending cycle. :?
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Post by Valravn » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:28 am

Sounds like my neighbors… :evil:

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Sylvaen wrote:A lot of it stems from lack of education / lack of responsibility... it's not so much pure abandonment (though that does happen) but, more usually, many people just let their un-neutered cats roam around outdoors, which adds to the overpopulation of the existing strays... if their female cat comes home pregnant, they usually don't bother to do much about it and will most often just let her out again to have the kittens outdoors somewhere (in a shed or a garage or warehouse, etc) since they don't want to bother with the kittens or finding homes for them. Those kittens then grow up as feral street cats and then they start breeding; it's a crazy never-ending cycle. :?
unfortunately irresponsible people with pets are always to blame for inhumane or unnecessary suffering, overpopulation, and unhealthy living of animals.
here in Aus 250,000 dogs alone are euthanized... I think the figure for cats is somewhere around 300,000 each year. I had seen posts on websites blaming breeders for this; maybe they should turn their frowns to puppy mills and backyard breeders and cat & dog owners who can't be bothered to learn the do's and don'ts of pet ownership.
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Post by Sylvaen » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:32 pm

Looks like I forgot to update this topic last time I uploaded photos of my cats (to Facebook) so here are some new pics for those who haven't seen them yet.

Gizmo & Sola (sleeping on freshly folded laundry :roll:)
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It's a wonder we have any space left to sleep at all - I think soon we'll need a bigger bed!! :lol:
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Luna:
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Miss Gizmo:
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Sola (climbing waaaay up high in the kitchen):
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Recently, we've also noticed something interesting... Libra is a Black Phase CAT!! :D

At first she started getting grey / silver tips on the back of her head and on her face, then it spread down her legs and now if I move aside the fur along her back, all of her undercoat (all over her body) has turned grey! She still looks mostly black (well dark brown when she's in the sunshine) but now she has silver highlights. It's just strange because her brother, Leo, is still solid black and white with no sign of any grey hairs at all and she's still a bit young to be turning grey... she's 8 years old... I figure by the time she's an elderly cat, she'll probably be solid grey. It's just an interesting phenomenon to see in a cat - I've only ever seen it in Black Phase wolves...

Grey around her head and back:
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It's not so easy to see in photos, but very distinctive in real life. :)
I'm curious to see how it will develop over time.
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Post by AZDehlin » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:10 am

Looks likes animals rule the roost at your place... I have never seen a black phase cat... I can see the greying on her forehead and the back of her neck... I wonder if she will go all grey eventually.

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Post by Katlin » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:23 am

Umm the second to last picture...was she the one that was sick? Her face looks really sore! Or it could just be me reading the colors wrong :|
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Post by TerriHolt » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:32 am

i used to live next door to someone with a black cat called bagheera (from the junglebook) with a silver undercoat. he gor run over before he could finish changing colour tho :( .
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Post by WhiteElkStag » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:51 am

O.o how do you deal with that many heart beats? We have a mess of snakes and the two pups, and snake husbandry doesn't take any real time commitment. But, even the idea of adding another one is daunting! Six cats....

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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:49 am

Boreal wrote:was she the one that was sick? Her face looks really sore! Or it could just be me reading the colors wrong :|
Yep she was the one who had hepatic lipidosis (thankfully, after intensive vet treatment for 6 weeks she is now all better and much healthier weight)... however, in that photo the afternoon sunlight was shining on her face, that's why there's a patch of orange light by her ear and nose (and on the wall behind).

Here's a better pic, though she's squinting because of the camera flash:

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WhiteElkStag wrote:O.o how do you deal with that many heart beats? We have a mess of snakes and the two pups, and snake husbandry doesn't take any real time commitment. But, even the idea of adding another one is daunting! Six cats....
It's not easy. There's a lot of hair and fur all over the place - takes constant cleaning and we only really have the space for 4 large litterboxes (ideally we should have one of each cat, if not more) so the 4 that we have need cleaning twice a day. Will be easier when we have a bigger place as then the cats will also have access to an outdoor enclosure.
WhiteElkStag wrote:Oh, they're beautiful and all have really touching stories. You're very lucky!
Thank you! Yep, it's a lot of work but I love them with all my heart so I definitely do consider myself lucky. :)
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Post by TParham86 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:47 pm

:D Your kitties are sooo cute!!

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Post by AZDehlin » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:47 am

Do the cats rule the roost?

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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:44 am

They sure do... LOL :)

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Post by WhiteElkStag » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:59 pm

What a great capture even though Vixen looks so dejected. >.< Really caught the moment.
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Post by Katlin » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:00 pm

:lol: the dogs are like "hey that's ours...please move" cats:"uh no" dogs:"ok ok we'll wait". ;)
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Post by TParham86 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:39 pm

Lol very true :lol:

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Post by TerriHolt » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:21 pm

i love that picture :lol:
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Post by wolfwannabe » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:52 am

Lovely cats, I love the photo of the dogs waiting patiently for their turn at the bowl :)
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