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Sep 16, 2013 06:17 |  #2911

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Sep 16, 2013 07:01 |  #2912

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My cats stay inside as well, always have. I can't sleep (or go to work) if I know that they would be outside.

They exercise by racing up and down in my house.... :)..Yesterday they met other cats for the first time. They did good, I'm proud.

Oh yes, as I said my cat goes out but not when I'm not at home. He tends to stay really close fo the house and I (or the kids) keep an eye on him and bring him back in when I have to leave. I wouldn't feel safe knowing he is outside and nobody is home...


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Sep 18, 2013 02:45 |  #2913

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Sep 18, 2013 14:52 |  #2914

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Sep 18, 2013 19:07 |  #2915

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What a horrible story Kido

Yeah, it was tough. To this day, when I'm telling this story, my eyes get all wet. In my mind I can still see that poor guy breathing heavily, steaming out of his mouth, meowing and hissing while being completely defenseless.

As mentioned, I knew this cat by sight. Rarely would he show up during a day, but they used to swear at each other with Yoda. Through the terrace window. At 4AM. We liked him anyway, we used to call him Black Panther.

This is the only record of him that I have:
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Filmed with a camcorder from a distance of about 100m, hence the quality. If you look closely, you will probably see some resemblance with Luke. Who knows, maybe he was Luke's grandpa?

Black Panther wasn't the first nor the last. In 2011 another cat started to show up near the house and finally inhabited the blackberry bush. Don't know his story but when he first showed up, he had a string attached to his neck so he probably had a "home" at some point:

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When I noticed that he decided to stay, I tried to befriend him. It took a while because he was a bit shy. When I finally succeeded, I realized that there was something wrong and took him to the vet immediately. He was seriously ill, already had liquid in his lungs and soon enough lost the will to keep on. We decided to put him to sleep which, you can imagine, was very difficult experience to cope with, even though he wasn't "our" cat. He passed to the history as the only feline Yoda wouldn't try to kill. Maybe she sensed his illness before we did.

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You probably remember the story behind Star Wars Family. Padmé used to have a home before ours, I'm sure of that. Whether she got lost or thrown away, I don't know. She was obviously beaten at some point. During that few weeks I was spotting her near the house, before she gave birth to Leia and Luke, her fur and general condition deteriorated severely. After 11 months in a loving home she got better physically but she's still a shivering bundle of nerves. Not even once did she try to make use of an open door.

Padmé and her kids weren't my last rescue. Cats just keep appearing here, most of them have or had a human family. Few months ago, on Sunday morning, during the walk with Yoda, I've heard a distant cat's cry. After further investigation, in which Yoda took an active part, we discovered there was one indeed - sitting on a eucalyptus branch, about 4m above the ground, on my neighbor's plot.

That particular neighbor has 6 dogs which probably chased that unfortunate kitten the night before and she ended up on the tree, saving her life. I took the telescopic ladder, the crate, a pair of gloves and went to wake the neighbor up. Fortunately I had the adequate equipment and the skill (thank you Yoda!) to get that cat down.

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These particular neighbors are pretty simple people. At least that's one way of putting it without getting disrespectful. They would accept me rescuing the cat, but they couldn't be bothered with helping her any further. If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't even notice her presence in their yard. The only comments they had were about my climbing skills and about this cat being a probable cause of their dogs barking throughout the night.


She was very clean and had a new collar, therefore I assumed she had a human family and either got lost or let out. Without taking her out of the crate, I took a few photos, put her in the car and went on a quest to find her parents. The closest condominium was my first bet, I spoke to the majordomo but he told me that nobody complained about a missing cat and he didn't recognize her. He promised to ask around.

The kitten was a bit scared, or maybe spending the night on a tree branch had something to do with it, anyway she urinated inside the crate and got a bit panicky. We went back home, I washed her, fed her and left her in a quiet bathroom so she could calm down, maybe rest a little. She turned out to be a real darling, a lovable, trustful cat that wanted to check the house out and cuddle right away.

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I printed a few posters with her photo and after two or three hours I went back on my quest. The majordomo had no news but at least he accepted to put the poster near the entrance. Long story short, it was well past the 4PM when I heard the honking near the gate. By that time I was almost convinced that I went mad and adopted a fifth cat.

The guy that came looking for his pet was indeed an inhabitant of the condominium I mentioned. He brought three daughters with him... or two daughters and his wife, can't tell for sure since the ladies haven't got out of the car. He obviously thanked me but wanted to evacuate himself as fast as possible. Not so easy! I forced him to listen to my stories and to the horrible visions of what could happen to his cat if he would keep letting her out without supervision. I preferred to be perceived as a mad man, than find this creature dead.

He said that she only goes for walks near the house, never left the condominium before and that every neighbor there knows and loves his cat. That was the owner point of view, mine slightly differed. I told him that it was my third encounter with that particular animal. The first time she got chased by Yoda, which BTW went ballistic and jerked the leash with such a force, that the harness' buckles just snapped open (I wrote about it here). Second time was, when my other neighbor alerted me that she saw a feline that might have been mine and she got scared her dogs would chase or hurt my kitten. The third time I got her off the tree. So, what would the fourth time be like?

Don't know if my educational speech worked or not but I haven't spotted this cat ever since. Either she's safe or dead.

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We live in a rural area that is slowly being swallowed by the adjacent capital city. Lots of construction sites, traffic increases, so does the population: both animal and human. You will find every kind of people here: beginning with crazy animal lovers and ending with guys that chain their dog to the tree near the gate and use him as an automatic doorbell.

Supposedly we're getting more civilized, but conditions for stray and wandering animals are not getting any better. Almost every month I get to see a new cat sightseeing. Almost every month some habitué cease to appear for reasons I can only guess. Right now, the one I get to see most often is this lovely lady:

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She's very clean, very friendly and well fed. She obviously has a home. I've already seen her being chased by dogs. Last time I saw her, I got the impression that she might have been pregnant. It was like 2 weeks ago and I haven't seen her since. Don't know if someone is taking care of her or not, right now. If I would do that - would I be stealing someone's baby or committing a good deed? The only thing I did for her was removing that stupid collar with a bell that she had. If someone doesn't want her to kill birds, he should keep her close to her home instead of torturing her ears and turning a predator into an easy target.

Cases like these are what formed my point of view. Look how many felines I mentioned and I'm not even an activist, just happen to like cats and try to help whenever I see one in distress. I'm sure someone working at a shelter would have much more thrilling stories to tell. Taking care of animals that someone else neglected, not only cost me anguish (in some cases at least) but also time, effort and real money.

I love the idea of cats running wild and free, doing whatever makes them happy, exploring all the interesting places and expanding their territory. I love the idea of them leading an independent life, getting home after an interesting day and sharing some time with their human family. However, after seeing first hand what's the trade-off, I'm not so sure if I love the idea of how it works.

I'm aware that nature is one cruel mistress and that s*it happens, but I choose to make use of my superior species position and prevent it from happening whenever I please. Cats (among others) are called domesticated animals for a reason: we take care of them, feed them, give them shelter, sacrifice buying a new lens to pay their bills and in return they... keep being cats. If we get any privilege in this relationship, it's to decide what's good for them and what's not. Sometimes against their will. So, if I can keep them happy as it is, why would I risk with their life and my sadness just to make them happier?

BTW, I know there are cats that are not very adventurous and will just stick near the house. I totally agree that it would be next to impossible to keep a cat, that got used to his trips, indoors. It would be all hell breaking loose. But anyone taking home a young kitten should at least consider what are the benefits of keeping him close and raising him as an indoor.

On the other hand, after two months with Leia in a crate I start to believe that everything is doable, depends on how much suffering you are willing to sustain.



  
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Sep 20, 2013 10:27 |  #2916

Really interesting stories kido ;)

This bad boy fought with his "brother" apparently and got a wound close to his lip... Real warriors these :rolleyes: :p

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Sep 20, 2013 12:03 |  #2917

They are both so pretty!!

And what a stories Kido! I agree with you. Man you have a heart of gold and they...the cats around you know it! That is why they come close when they are in trouble or lost...they know you will help them...they have spread the word :p:p.

Tomorrow I can pick up the girls from their vacation home.....wonder if they are mad at me.. :(.


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Sep 20, 2013 17:44 |  #2918

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Sep 20, 2013 19:31 |  #2919

Rosie in a staring contest with another cat.

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Sep 21, 2013 01:40 |  #2920

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Sep 21, 2013 01:48 |  #2921

enjoying the sun.. :)

The girls did great...made new friends too. I'm really proud of them.

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Sep 22, 2013 08:16 |  #2922

Yari is really the sweetest kitten ever ;)

Found back that one of Nino, taken with a 650D and an old 75-300 Canon lens. I think it tuned out pretty well considering the not top notch gear :p

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Sep 22, 2013 13:40 |  #2923

Nino is cute too...and it is not only the gear, you have a perfect model so any photo can be great with that gear. :p


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Sep 25, 2013 13:44 |  #2924

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Sep 27, 2013 09:16 as a reply to  @ ions's post |  #2925

Estelle, a stray cat that has been with us for 6 months now. Named after the newest member of the swedish royal family :)

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