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#1 Maudie

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

Hi,

Firstly, I have two beautiful cats, one we adopted from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital five years ago and one was a starving stray who came to us around Black Saturday. I am an animal lover, but I adore cats more than anything <3

My cats are 100% indoor cats, so it doesn't bother me when neighbours cats come into our backyard. A few months back a beautiful long haired white cat started visiting us. She seemed healthy and well cared for. Then we started noticing her fur not being so clean, and a few times she's turned up on our front door or back deck soaking wet after a rainstorm.

I've started to feed her and she's very hungry. I even made a little bed for her on the back deck. We can't keep her... our two are enough. They are set in their ways and our council only lets two cats registered per address. Sooo... sad.gif tomorrow we are taking her to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. People can adopt from the LSAH, all cats adopted are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated so I hope a good, responsible cat owner eventually gets her.

Oh, and the cat is so special - she has one blue eye and one green eye. For the last week she has been wearing a collar I put on her from the RSPCA saying, "This cat has been visiting me, please call me on ....." so if I'm wrong and she does belong to someone they have a chance to let me know - but no one would let a beautiful cat like her get sunburnt, soaking wet or that hungry.

So, take good care of your furbabies... and if you want a new one consider adoption. smile.gif


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Maudie you sound just like us - we are fellow animal lovers and have an indoor cat who wraps us around her little paw! biggrin.gif

I did a days volunteering at Lort Smith Animal Hospital late last month. It was awesome and I'm sure they'll take good care of your visiting cat and find her/him a good home.

We would happily take him/her if our current cat was not so unhospitable to other felines. blush.gif

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:47 PM

It is so nice to know that there are lovely people like you looking out for animals Maudie smile.gif

Our two cats are 100% indoor only (well, we take them out in our backyard on their harnesses and leads every now and then and we have built them an outdoor enclosure that they go in only when we are home (so we can bring them back inside when they want.) Most of our friends look at us like wacko.gif when we say our cats are not allowed out unsupervised. Some even like to tell us we are being cruel keeping them indoors rolleyes.gif I like to point out that any vet will tell you they are safer being indoor only, and you just have to look at the stats on how much longer indoor cats live! Our two are spoilt rotten and have more than enough entertainment inside so they don't get bored so we are happy with our decision.

It makes us so sad seeing cats wandering the streets at night, especially when it is getting so cold and wet, I wish we could take them all in, but like you our council restricts us to two cats. I have decided that next time we get a stray visiting we will take them to LSAH. I took a female stray and her 4 very young babies to the Cat Protection Society a few years ago after we found them sopping wet in our backyard, and they told us the mother scratched them when they took her away from her babies to check her over (understandable I thought) so they would have trouble rehousing her because she was probably "anti social" so they were going to put her to sleep. Then they said the kittens would not survive without their mother so they would be PTS also. I tried to take them back but they wouldn't let me sad.gif So I decided then I would never go back there again! I like that LSAH doesn't put their animals to sleep, so will use them next time.

My neighbours used to leave their cats out all night and one night after midnight one of them was trying to get in our garage door (DH was up late painting in there with the door slightly open) it was winter and freezing cold, so I went out and picked her up and knocked on their door, got them up and handed her over saying that she was trying to get in our garage so I assumed they must have forgotten to let her in for the night (even though I knew they always left her out.) I think I guilted them into keeping them in as we haven't seen them out at night since. During they day they are still out but not at night hopefully.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

Blue Bug, things are working out for Whitey (still fingers crossed). She passed her health test (no feline aids), she needs to pass another test in about 8 days time, but I think she'll be adopted.

Something I didn't know about LSAH is that they don't accept adult strays, but they do accept surrendered pets. So we acted as her guardians who could no longer care for her. Just a tip, if yo have a stray that needs rehomed.

Fingers crossed for Whitey. smile.gif
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

She sounds lovely, I hope she finds a wonderful new home.

We have 3 RSPCA rescue cats. We are only meant to have 2 but one of them isn't registered. ph34r.gif I don't feel guilty though because our other 2 cats and 2 dogs are registered and we are responsible pet owners, so meh. smile.gif
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

That is so sweet of you looking our for Whitey smile.gif I hope things work out with a nice new home.

We have an indoor cat too although he does go into the backyard with me when I hang out the washing or am out there with the kids - he likes to have a bit of a sniff around and a snooze on our outdoor setting tongue.gif

But our neighbours are just out of control with the number of cats they have, and they all roam free day and night. I frequently come home to find them sprawled on my doorstep, lying in the driveway, chasing birds on the roof or fighting in my backyard. We hear them all night long too and they do their business bloody everywhere except seemingly in their 'owners' yards, ugh just what I need to clean up before my kids can play in their sandpit or kick a ball around mad.gif I think some people's idea of having a pet is to throw some food outside to it every now and then and call it a day wacko.gif

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Maudie - that is wonderful what you are doing and even though you cant have her I'm sure there will be a family who can adopt her and get lots of joy from her.

I have two cats, one is solely indoor cat and the other is allowed out during the day and is bought back in at night. I only rent the house I am in and its quite small with no room to have a cat run. However once we are able to move one of the first things we are doing is making a nice big run for them.

I have lost too many cats by allowing them to be outdoors and it was a very hard lesson to learn. I would love to be able to keep my other cat in but he is much to accustomed to being allowed out and he doesn't leave my front yard. It is still a risk but he can be very determined to get outside when he wants to. He's even been known to head barge the front door to try and get it open.


QUOTE(tibs @ Apr 14 2012, 05:10 PM) View Post

mad.gif I think some people's idea of having a pet is to throw some food outside to it every now and then and call it a day wacko.gif


Totally agree with this and it always breaks my heart when I see or hear of it.



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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

We went back to the LSAH before the football last weekend. Turns out "she" is a "he"! Bahahaha! Not so good at checking those details! (It's hard, he has VERY long fur!!!).

He was doing well, he had a few sunspots, but not feline AIDS. The sunspots are being looked at and hopefully by tomorrow or Sunday he'll have a sign saying, "I'm up for adoption" then ADOPTED printed over it!!!

Such a beautiful cat... I don't know why people don't treat cats better!!!

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#9 Maudie

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Here he is, if you know of anyone who'd be interested please share this link (hopefully a photo will be added soon).

Whitey at Lort Smith Animal Hospital
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