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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

That's the point of a vet getting involved.  He can't take the time to catch
them himself, but I think most would be happy to do a few neuterings of
ferals for free as a community service. It only takes a few minutes and some
anesthetic, but mainly it requies volunteers to bring them in.  If a group
made this sort of effort, over time the colony would be neutered and over
more time, the population reduced.  And then the occasionally dumped
newcomer wouldn't consume much time at all.

For more infromation on TNR programs (Trap-Neuter-Release) go to:


- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 5:17 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] 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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