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RE: Slugger

Thing with our vet is we're not just talking a couple of cats here...at
times, the local feral cat population can easily number 40 or 50
cats...depending on how prolific the mating adults turn out to be...it's
a sizeable investment of his time and money to make this commitment to
helping these animals...our town is strictly on its own when it comes to
management of strays...we get no help from the Animal Control folks in
nearby Iowa City and no backup from the Sheriff's department unless a
domestic animal is at large and considered imminently dangerous. And
we're located right off a major highway, so unfortunately, it makes a
good dump site for people wanting to get rid of unwanted pets. BTW, we
also from time to time have had problems with wild dog packs...those,
however, are usually taken care of in short order by farmers with
shotguns who must protect their livestock from these dangerous animals.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 02/26, Pamela J. Evans < gardenqueen@gbronline.com > wrote:
From: Pamela J. Evans [mailto: gardenqueen@gbronline.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:44:35 -0600
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Slugger

Sugar's vet - Dr. Lisa does that too. She always got a couple extra
cats<br>roaming around the office that were dumped off there or she has
found.<br>She fixes 'em, gets their shots up to date and places them.
Good lady.<br>She great w/ her highness as naughty as she is at the vet.
She's a<br>gardener too, office closes at noon on Thursdays for that
reason. Don't<br>you love it??<br><br><br>---------- Original Message
----------------------------------<br>From: "Melody"
<mhobertm@excite.com><br>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Date: Thu, 26
Feb 2004 08:22:48 -0500 (EST)<br><br>>Kitty: You listen to the rest of
us talk at length about our children so<br>>we're always happy to hear
about your babies, too! Glad to hear you've<br>>got such a good guy for
a vet. Our small town vet and his assistant have<br>>taken it upon
themselves to capture and neuter as many of our large<br>>colony of
feral cats as they can...a community service project of sorts.<br>>They
try very hard to place them afterwards and if no luck, off to
the<br>>local no kill shelter they go. As a farm community we
unfortunately have<br>>lots of strays who reproduce more like bunnies
than cats. :-)<br>><br>><br>><br>>Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>>"The most
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." <br>>--Albert
Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Tue 02/24, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net >
wrote:<br>>From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]<br>>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>>Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:22:45
-0500<br>>Subject: [CHAT] Slugger<br>><br>>I've mentioned Slugger a few
times - he's the tough tomcat that rules<br>>the<br>neighborhood who
decided to spend the winter with us. He often<br>>sleeps in my<br>chair
in the family room most of the day and heads out<br>>at night to see
who<br>he can beat up. He's become very friendly and<br>>will curl up in
my lap....to<br>the consternation of Mick who absolutely<br>>hates his
guts.<br><br>I had told my vet that I don't want another cat<br>>but
that I'd like to neuter<br>him if I could get him to let me pick h

im<br>>up. He said to bring him in<br>anytime. Same day service.
However, after<br>>joining the ranks of the UnE, I<br>called to see if
anything else would<br>>be required. The total came to $170,<br>so I've
let it slide. He won't<br>>let me pick him up anyway.<br><br>Well,
Slugger suddenly became very<br>>ill; limp as a ragdoll. So I slid
him<br>into the carrier with nary a<br>>struggle and hauled him off to
see Uncle Hugh.<br>Apparently he had some<br>>celulitis happening in his
leg and a scratch in a<br>delicate area. Dr.<br>>said he wasn't all that
ill and could be neutered and<br>started in<br>>about the Feluk and FIV
tests. He doesn't want to neuter a cat<br>just<br>>to then let it run
around spreading disease. I explained why<br>>I<br>couldn't manage that
and he just said, "Oh, we'll just do it for<br>>free then!"<br>I
protested, but he insisted. He also lowered the rate on<br>>the
castration a<br>bit from what I was quoted AND didn't charge me
for<br>>antibiotic injection.<br>So Slugger got neutered, treatment for
wounds,<br>>and vaccinations for<br>Rabies/Dist/Calci/Rhino-TR, tested
for Feluk and<br>>FIV ( both negative! ) for<br>all of $83.<br><br>I
hate to ask for<br>>reduced rates, but I just can't spend $200 on
another cat.<br>However,<br>>between the doctor and myself I feel we're
both doing our share for<br>a<br>>stray that needs help and for the
community to prevent the spread<br>>of<br>disease and also to tame the
neighborhood bully - eventually<br>>MUCH<br>appreciated by the other
cats.<br><br>So that's the update on<br>>Slugger, if anyone was
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