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Well, I spent the morning cutting a kitten out of a barbed-wire fence . . .

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    Well, I spent the morning cutting a kitten out of a barbed-wire fence . . .

    Yes. Seriously.

    I heard a kitten crying about 8am, when I went out on my walk, but I couldn't pinpoint where it was. I heard it when I came back an hour later, and again couldn't find it. Finally, after about 3 hours, I was able to figure out that it was somewhere on my neighbor's property; I thought lost in their hay field somewhere. So I asked if I could go look for him, and they said yes. (Which was a shocker, given that they and my dad are having a Hatfield-McCoy-style feud. Good to know it doesn't extend to me!)

    I saw a tiny tabby finally, and thought he was sitting on a wood fence post. No. When I got closer, I could see that he'd somehow managed to impale himself on the barbed wire fence. Not just on the barbs; the whole fence. I ran it with my fingers, and could literally feel where the fence went under his skin. The neighbor came out, and we had to cut their fence to get him out of it. But those eyes - OMG, when he saw me coming, those eyes were just huge and round and "Oh, THERE you are! Finally!"

    So he's out of surgery now. They removed the fence, stitched up about six gashes, and he'll come home in a day or two. His little claws and pads are ripped up from fighting for so long. I don't know how long he was there; it was four hours from the time I first heard him until we got him cut free. I will be interested to talk to the vet (just talked to the vet tech; he was still stitching him up) to see exactly what happened. No name yet, no - but no, it will NOT be 'Barb' or 'Wire' or anything remotely similar!

    Oh, how horrible! Thank goodness you found him.

    He's a handsome tabby. Call him Tab Hunter.
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      Originally posted by PeteyPie View Post
      Oh, how horrible! Thank goodness you found him.

      He's a handsome tabby. Call him Tab Hunter.
      Oh, I like that name! That will definitely have to go on the list for consideration. I was thinking Mulligan - you know, a do-over (and also because Hercules Mulligan was a survivor himself - a patriot who had to act like a Loyalist in New York to gain intelligence for Washington). But I do like Tab!


        Ouch! Poor little guy! Lots of jingles for a quick recovery!

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          Oh, bless him! Poor baby!

          I hope he has a quick recovery.


            He's so lucky that you found him!

            He will bounce back and start causing shenanigans quickly!
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              Poor Kitty, so glad you found him when you did. Jingles for a quick recovery and kudos that you're going to keep him.


                Poor little kitty! Glad he's safe now.
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                  Poor little guy—thank you for helping him.

                  I'd call him Gulliver, since he got tied down like that.
                  "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


                    Bless you for your search and rescue !
                    A lucky & handsome boy who will repay you for years to come ~

                    Jingles & AO his recovery is smooth ~

                    ((hugs)) for all involved in the stress ~

                    I would call him ( for no reason at all)

                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                      Poor kitty -- THANK YOU for going out of your way to find and save him.. He is a lucky boy...
                      AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                        Poor little thing!
                        Glad you found him.
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                        ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


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                          Thanks everyone, and keep up the jingles! He's a bit younger than I thought - much more like 6 weeks, so I'll pick up some KMR in a bit, just in case.

                          He came home about an hour ago, and the rest of the indoor kitties are having mixed reactions. The older ones could care less - this is not their first new kitten! - but Maximus and Tiny have been the babies for five years, and this is their first new kitten, and Maximus is extremely unhappy with me, the kitten, and the world in general.

                          I'll post some new pix when he settles down a bit. I hear him crying for me now . . .


                            You are truly a SAINT in my opinion! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for looking for him until found and then doing so much to help him. He's so precious! I ADORE
                            KITTENS and love all cats -- have rescued all of mine, too. Thanks for keeping him. Cats are so awesome! Glad he found a cat lover that will take great care of him.


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                              Not a great picture, but here's one of him with his KMR. You can see some of the cuts/stitches here; he's got several more on his stomach and inside that leg.

                              He drank quite a bit of KMR, then ate a tiny bit of wet food off my fingers, then went back to sleep. I'm just letting him sleep as much as he wants right now.


                                Many Kudos to you for your great generosity and kindness for another throwaway critter. We need more like you in this world.

                                there's a name there for him- Kudos.
                                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                                  He's adorable.

                                  I'm so glad he's eating and drinking. It will help his little body heal. I hope your other two forgive you relatively soon and thank you for saving this little guy.

                                  Healing jingles for him!!


                                    Hoo, Boy!
                                    His guardian angel worked overtime!
                                    You are wonderful to be so persistent - 4hrs! - rescuing him.
                                    I like Mulligan

                                    I'm sure he'll win over your former "babies", even Maximus
                                    When I added kitten #3 to my 2 older housecats, the oldest - a shelter rescue, who was nearly blind by then - spent the 1st month hissing & swatting at the little bouncy annoyance.
                                    Then I came home one day to see kitten had been groomed. By the Old Man.
                                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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                                      Some tips on calming him down would be welcome! He was pretty good last night, drank milk and ate some canned food, then settled in for the night. Until 2:30am, when he started crying. Those sharp, half-panucked baby kitty cries that drive right through you. Now he will not stop crying. He has a box to hide in, he's used the litter box, a shirt of mine, a stuffed toy, and a catnip toy, all of which generally work. He's clearly still missing momma and littermates.


                                        Originally posted by Alex and Bodie's Mom View Post
                                        Some tips on calming him down would be welcome! He was pretty good last night, drank milk and ate some canned food, then settled in for the night. Until 2:30am, when he started crying. Those sharp, half-panucked baby kitty cries that drive right through you. Now he will not stop crying. He has a box to hide in, he's used the litter box, a shirt of mine, a stuffed toy, and a catnip toy, all of which generally work. He's clearly still missing momma and littermates.
                                        Could some of that be an after affect of his medications wearing off? Poor thing has had a rough time.