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  • #41
    Those *)&% things are diabolical.

    The one under your bird feeder, that one one of the head demons. Possibly a VP

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      #42
      I don't really understand your comment, Hippolyta, so I guess I'll just ignore it.

      The kitten is still around. I watched it eat the food I had put out this morning, and, even better, I then watched it go into the shed, through the cracked door. Frankly, I had an idea it might be back there, when I went into the garage the shed's attached to, I distinctly smelled cat pee.

      The feral cat lady's thinking was exactly what a couple of you have said. I'm going to have one chance to catch this kitten, so I had better increase the odds all I can. I have already noticed that if this kitten is scared in a certain spot, it never goes back to that spot.

      Of course, the trap is in the shed where the kitten has taken up residence. So, the next question becomes, how am I going to get to the trap, without scaring the little bugger out of there? Because, if I do, it may never go back into the shed, and I want it to have a safe spot.
      If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
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      • #43
        Originally posted by Louise View Post
        I don't really understand your comment, Hippolyta, so I guess I'll just ignore it.

        The kitten is still around. I watched it eat the food I had put out this morning, and, even better, I then watched it go into the shed, through the cracked door. Frankly, I had an idea it might be back there, when I went into the garage the shed's attached to, I distinctly smelled cat pee.

        The feral cat lady's thinking was exactly what a couple of you have said. I'm going to have one chance to catch this kitten, so I had better increase the odds all I can. I have already noticed that if this kitten is scared in a certain spot, it never goes back to that spot.

        Of course, the trap is in the shed where the kitten has taken up residence. So, the next question becomes, how am I going to get to the trap, without scaring the little bugger out of there? Because, if I do, it may never go back into the shed, and I want it to have a safe spot.
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        • #44
          Originally posted by Louise View Post
          I don't really understand your comment, Hippolyta, so I guess I'll just ignore it.

          The kitten is still around. I watched it eat the food I had put out this morning, and, even better, I then watched it go into the shed, through the cracked door. Frankly, I had an idea it might be back there, when I went into the garage the shed's attached to, I distinctly smelled cat pee.

          The feral cat lady's thinking was exactly what a couple of you have said. I'm going to have one chance to catch this kitten, so I had better increase the odds all I can. I have already noticed that if this kitten is scared in a certain spot, it never goes back to that spot.

          Of course, the trap is in the shed where the kitten has taken up residence. So, the next question becomes, how am I going to get to the trap, without scaring the little bugger out of there? Because, if I do, it may never go back into the shed, and I want it to have a safe spot.
          LOL - cute kittens are diabolical, in that they have too much power over us! that's all I meant.

          Your kitten is ridiculously cute

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          • #45
            Originally posted by Louise View Post
            I don't really understand your comment, Hippolyta, so I guess I'll just ignore it.

            The kitten is still around. I watched it eat the food I had put out this morning, and, even better, I then watched it go into the shed, through the cracked door. Frankly, I had an idea it might be back there, when I went into the garage the shed's attached to, I distinctly smelled cat pee.

            The feral cat lady's thinking was exactly what a couple of you have said. I'm going to have one chance to catch this kitten, so I had better increase the odds all I can. I have already noticed that if this kitten is scared in a certain spot, it never goes back to that spot.

            Of course, the trap is in the shed where the kitten has taken up residence. So, the next question becomes, how am I going to get to the trap, without scaring the little bugger out of there? Because, if I do, it may never go back into the shed, and I want it to have a safe spot.
            Any updates?

            Go into the shed while the kitten is eating in the yard. Retrieve the trap and start putting feed in it while fixing it so it can't close. One day remove the fix and *poof* you have a new kitten.

            StG

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            • #46
              OMG! How cute 'it' is

              I just saw this thread. I try very hard NOT to come to this forum as I get attached to strays and hardship cases.

              But Louise, what's one more mouth to feed anyway. Will the feral cat lady consider taking the kitten if you do catch it? It's way too easy to get very attached to those animals that need us the most and are the most difficult in one way or another.

              Off your topic but as long as I have your attention:

              I was at Lollypop last Friday (thank god the kids are in school ) and after looking at the dogs meandered over to see the cats/kittens. There was the cutest little 2+ yr old blonde tiger whose mouth was going a mile a minute but I don't believe it was actually vocal. It looked more like it was chewing something or possibly had something stuck in it's teeth. I was very close to inquiring but want a dog first. The farm and house are way to quiet and lonely without a dog.
              Sue

              I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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              • #47
                Someone who does TNR, please add to/correct this:

                I think what you do is bait the trap and stay with it. Use strong-good-smelling food that Kitten can't resist. Don't leave the trap. When Kitten goes in and springs the trap, cover it up with something so Kitten won't die of fright and either take her in, take her to vet for op and vaccinations, or whatever you plan to do with her. I have been told that baby ferals can become pets but I am not anything like an expert so suggest you contact Alley Cat Allies (they may have a local affiliate near you). They do TNR so know all about to do it and they are wonderful helpful people. Or ask here:

                http://www.momakat.org/ (not affiliated with Alley Cat Allies, I don't think)

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                • #48
                  Originally posted by Wraper2 View Post
                  I have 17. house cats.
                  Oh, thank god! Someone with more house cats than me!!!

                  And Louise - only FOUR house cats? Amateur. LOL! You need this new one.

                  And I say ignore the feral cat lady. Right before I moved from my old rental house, I had to trap and move six kittens because their mom died and I'd been feeding them. I don't know that they would have lived if I hadn't trapped them. They weren't old enough to hunt.

                  Put good stinky wet food in the trap, cover said trap with a towel (don't know why this helps but it does) and trap that baby.

                  My kittens weren't much bigger than the one you pictured. I still have four of my six (two got a new home together). One is bit skittish but the other ones are pretty normal. Even the skittish one loves me when I'm in bed, feeding or in the bathroom (what's with that???).
                  "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by alabama View Post
                    My kittens weren't much bigger than the one you pictured. I still have four of my six (two got a new home together). One is bit skittish but the other ones are pretty normal. Even the skittish one loves me when I'm in bed, feeding or in the bathroom (what's with that???).
                    ALL three of my cats are especially affectionate when I'm in the bathroom. Sometimes everyone's in there with me, as if it's an important meeting or something (the dog is too afraid of the cats to join us).

                    Is it that I'm a captive audience in there?
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                    • #50
                      Maybe they know we can't move quickly??? LOL!
                      "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

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                        #51
                        Well, I have a problem with trapping it now. Circumstances aren't good for either me, or the cat right now. I really don't want to go into any more detail about that.

                        Besides, this kitten is extremely skittish. If it sees me go outside to put food down, it runs, and it doesn't come back for hours, or even a whole day. Otherwise, I would certainly consider trapping it right now. I'm getting up at 0 dark 30 in the AM, just to make sure that the food is there when the kitten arrives.

                        As for advice on how to proceed, I have enlisted the help of the most knowledgeable expert I know -- Erin, ex-cat-herder of COTH. What she doesn't know about feral and stray cats isn't worth knowing. She agrees with my reasons for waiting.

                        Thanks, everyone, for continuing to be interested in this little cat.
                        If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                        Desmond Tutu

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                        • #52
                          Originally posted by tikihorse2 View Post
                          ALL three of my cats are especially affectionate when I'm in the bathroom. Sometimes everyone's in there with me, as if it's an important meeting or something (the dog is too afraid of the cats to join us).

                          Is it that I'm a captive audience in there?
                          I wish I knew what the deal was! It doesn't even matter if you are being forced to pay attention to the critter. They just have to BE there. 5 cats and 2 dogs. Don't close the door either

                          My mom was visiting a few weeks ago and didn't know one of the doors to the bathroom (there are 2) doesn't latch (due to settling, we just haven't bothered to fix it), so she closed both doors to go pee. 5 seconds later *creeaaaakkkk* in comes kitty #1 because damnit, the door was closed and Must. Investigate!! She gets up, escorts kitty out, closes door, sits back down, *creeeakkkkkk*!
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                          • #53
                            Originally posted by tikihorse2 View Post
                            ALL three of my cats are especially affectionate when I'm in the bathroom. Sometimes everyone's in there with me, as if it's an important meeting or something (the dog is too afraid of the cats to join us).

                            Is it that I'm a captive audience in there?
                            I found the same thing when I had cats as well. Now my last dog would ALWAYS come with me into the bathroom at the lower level (raised ranch) but just would look in and keep on going when I used the bathroom in the upper level. The only reason I could think of was that I took a shower in the upstairs bathroom but not the one in the lower level. While she tolerated a bath, Bonnie was never thrilled about getting one.
                            Sue

                            I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                            • #54
                              Originally posted by tikihorse2 View Post
                              ALL three of my cats are especially affectionate when I'm in the bathroom. Sometimes everyone's in there with me, as if it's an important meeting or something (the dog is too afraid of the cats to join us).

                              Is it that I'm a captive audience in there?
                              Same here! Except it's very orderly & specific. Out of our 4 cats - "Norton" MUST be in the bathroom with my husband at ALL times. And while in there my husband MUST turn on the tap so Norton can have a drink. "Gizmo" also is either in the bathroom with my husband (or right outside the door), but sometimes also visits me in the upstairs bathroom as well. "Ming the Merciless" MUST be in the upstairs bathroom with me, but couldn't care less about my husband; & "Fat Olivia" doesn't understand what all the hoopla is about & has no desire to enter either of the bathrooms with either one of us at any time.

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                              • #55
                                Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post
                                Same here! Except it's very orderly & specific. Out of our 4 cats - "Norton" MUST be in the bathroom with my husband at ALL times. And while in there my husband MUST turn on the tap so Norton can have a drink. "Gizmo" also is either in the bathroom with my husband (or right outside the door), but sometimes also visits me in the upstairs bathroom as well. "Ming the Merciless" MUST be in the upstairs bathroom with me, but couldn't care less about my husband; & "Fat Olivia" doesn't understand what all the hoopla is about & has no desire to enter either of the bathrooms with either one of us at any time.
                                Our gray tabby Sputnik (a.k.a. Acro-cat) is the same way with my husband. If Wayne is the the bathroom Sputnik is always on his lap. He's not that demanding when Wayne is on the couch - and he jokes "Maybe I should pull my pants down!"
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                                • #56
                                  I know off-topic to this thread, but funny nonetheless re: cats & bathrooms.

                                  As a confirmed lifelong arachnophobic, imagine my horror to find a HUGE hairy spider sequestered beneath the toilet seat in our upstairs bathroom one morning last year. Even more horrific because I'd visited said bathroom in the middle of the night without turning on the light, so most likely my "friend" had been there at that time. I shudder even now.

                                  After much hyperventilation, I managed to slaughter the beast, but it took me many hours to use that bathroom again. This is a small bathroom tucked into the weird configuration of the upstairs of our somewhat modern home, so has a partially rather low slanted ceiling in the toilet area.

                                  So I go in to use the - uh - "facilities", & suddenly I feel the lightest little whiskery brush against my bare leg. Since I'd just killed that huge stupid spider, & even though I knew he was smushed & gone, I jumped up off my "seat" like a rocket, konked my head on the ceiling nearly knocking myself unconscious, & screamed so loud I woke up all the dogs who started barking like crazy things, only to see "Gizmo" the cat sitting next to me with that stupid "I love you" look on his face.

                                  My husband claims that they're all in cahoots with him to at some point make him a merry widower.

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                                  • #57
                                    Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post
                                    I know off-topic to this thread, but funny nonetheless re: cats & bathrooms.

                                    As a confirmed lifelong arachnophobic, imagine my horror to find a HUGE hairy spider sequestered beneath the toilet seat in our upstairs bathroom one morning last year. Even more horrific because I'd visited said bathroom in the middle of the night without turning on the light, so most likely my "friend" had been there at that time. I shudder even now.

                                    After much hyperventilation, I managed to slaughter the beast, but it took me many hours to use that bathroom again. This is a small bathroom tucked into the weird configuration of the upstairs of our somewhat modern home, so has a partially rather low slanted ceiling in the toilet area.

                                    So I go in to use the - uh - "facilities", & suddenly I feel the lightest little whiskery brush against my bare leg. Since I'd just killed that huge stupid spider, & even though I knew he was smushed & gone, I jumped up off my "seat" like a rocket, konked my head on the ceiling nearly knocking myself unconscious, & screamed so loud I woke up all the dogs who started barking like crazy things, only to see "Gizmo" the cat sitting next to me with that stupid "I love you" look on his face.

                                    My husband claims that they're all in cahoots with him to at some point make him a merry widower.
                                    OMG! The tears are running down my face from laughing so hard!
                                    Sue

                                    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                                    • #58
                                      I caught a feral cat with a laser pointer and the sliding door. I lured the kitten in with a laser pointer and then shut the door..Once it was in the house I just sat quietly and went about my routine and within a few hours it was curled up on my lap asleep. I know not everyone gets the easy one but that was the easiest and worked the best.

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                                      • #59
                                        Well, after posting about bathroom general meetings that were feline-human specific, today we had one that was only canine-human only. Somehow Darby beat the cats into the bathroom. The cats formed a quorum at the door, however, and stared at him until he was ready to give into their demands-- it was definitely a hostile takeover or something.

                                        But the REAL purpose of this thread: is that darling little kitty still hanging around? Have you had a chance to take any more pictures?
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                                        • #60
                                          I'm so neglected, I live with 4 cats and none of them want to be in the bathroom with me. Maybe I'm just in and out too fast or I'm boring?

                                          Some might wait outside the bathroom though so maybe I'm not so neglected.

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