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Yes, this is about cats - are you surprised?

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One of those being-an-adult milestones you wish you didn't have to pass...

So, I've been around when the decision to put a pet to sleep has been made, which has been fairly rough. This is the first time I've had to make the call, though.

Yesterday myself and Ursula (our local cat lady and TNR consultant, who I cannot speak highly enough of) cat-napped the last two resident strays from our area. There are six local cats and these were the only two that hadn't yet been neutered. Both are quite young - a tabby (who turns out to be male - we had thought he was a girl) and a little black female, who may or may not be the daughter of the Momma Cat (the friendliest of the six, and a favourite of mine - I will be spiriting her into the house and onto the couch the minute we have a place with a lease that allows it).

Was worried about the black kitty - she seemed to have a few problems, including a very scruffy coat and ears, and she had her tongue sticking out most of the time (which can be a sign of various problems, including dental issues and mouth ulcers). Anyway, the two went in for their operations, and the vet has advised us that little black kitty has various health issues, some of which are likely untreatable (possible feline AIDs among other things), that would be likely to cause her a lot of suffering and would make it difficult for her to survive the winter. So I said yes, go ahead - we knew this was a possibility when we captured her, and I don't think animals should be left to suffer. Poor pet, though. Am sorry we couldn't do anything for her.

Happily tabby boy (who need a name!) has no problems worse than a very treatable flea infestation, and will be returned to the Weir tomorrow when he recovers from his little operation! Suggestions welcome.
  • It's such a hard choice to make - kudos for doing it.

    I reckon tabby boy should be Julius. It's a good name for a cat.
    • Julius sounds good! also concurs, which is impressive, as he doesn't think kitties should have "human" names... odd man. And thanks.
    • Actually, stop the presses - Julius is in fact Julia ;-) Name's still good, though. Brian can refer to her as "Caesar", so everyone's happy.
  • I'm sorry to hear about the kitten that didn't make it but I think you did the right and the brave thing. I hate when doing the right thing makes you feel bad / upset! Sometimes I want to kick the world, just a little bit!

    You're so good to take the initiative and look after all of these cats!! Do you pay for the vet or is it a free-for-strays service? (sorry if that's rude to ask, just ignore if it is!!)
    • Not rude at all, the only problem is getting me to shut up about the cat-minding thing once I start! :-D

      Ursula works with a charity called Animal Trust Fund, who have a deal with a vet in Tallaght for neutering at a reduced cost. Our building management company, though, decided off their own bat to put in the TNR program, so they pay Ursula the cost of the neutering and other vet expenses, which I have to say is very cool of them. I started feeding a couple of the cats last November when it got really cold and miserable, and things spiralled from there ;-) Generally people around here seem to agree that having five or six fat, healthy strays lazing around beats lots of hungry miserable ones, so I'm happy!

      I think the DSPCA may run a free-for-strays service somewhere, but I'm not sure about that - can ask my consultant cat lady if you like ;-)
      • That is cool of your building management company to pay the fees! Regarding having lots of cats around the place...it'll keep the mice at bay so I'm sure the residents will appreciate that too. It's great that you've done so much to help, especially ensuring they're neutered! At least now there should be a finite number of them...until their mates hear about the sweet deal and move in too :-)
        • Heh, am willing to forgive them their draconian attitude towards drying clothes on balconies when they're willing to do the right thing by the strays ;-) (They also apparently responded to Cat Hatin' Man with a polite eyeroll, which wins them additional points in my book.)

          I think actually the strays are inclined to be somewhat territorial - haven't noticed any new strays hanging around for a while, although some occasionally stop by for food and disappear again. Lots of pet cats tootling around with collars on, though! I think the word has spread among the humans rather than the cats :-D

          And no, I've never seen hide nor hair of a mouse round here... unsurprisingly!
  • *hugs*
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