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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cat Whispering


The cat food dishes were in the dishwasher.
No problem...these guys are pretty resourceful. ha.
Such a cushy life, don't you think?



In contrast, this guy continues to be my project.
He's been back a couple of times now, recognizes my voice
and will come as close as 3 feet away to pick up bites of chicken.
If I step any closer, he runs into the bushes.




Those weepy eyes sure are yucky and kind of bloody...
and he sniffs with a lot of drainage.
He can't see very well.... only when things are up close.
Our cats don't run him off...they seem to know he needs help.



I'm hoping he will get comfortable enough that I can lure him
into a carrier with a treat and take him to the vet.
Maybe just a checkup for the first visit and the neutering 
can be done when he's better.  Even if he doesn't decide to
live here, I'd like to get him healthy.

I'm trying to think of a name.  He looks like a Creamsicle! ha.
I started to call him Peaches until I discovered he was
a male.  His posture is very submissive and he keeps his
tail tucked down between his legs! ha.
Poor guy.  He looks like he feels awful.



59 comments:

  1. Aw, poor little thing. I'm sure he will come to trust you in time.

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    1. I think we're making progress...at least food lures him in!

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  2. Maybe he is quite old, and that would account for the weepy eyes and excessive moisture.

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    1. No cat, no matter how old, should be bleeding from his eyes and sniffing, ...at least I've never heard of such a thing.

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  3. maybe Julius...as in Orange Julius.....in that same theme of the creamsicle :-) I hope the poor little one does get comfortable enough quickly so you can get him to the vets and hopefully get that infection cleared up. LOVE the "belly up to the bar" picture! :-)

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    1. haha...well, that's an idea. I'll keep it in mind. I've seen him three times now and we've progressed each time, so hopefully my plan will work!

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  4. Creamsicle sounds like a good name for a cat!

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  5. I know food does eventually win them over but some of our ferels never did tame. I sure hope you can save this guy.

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    1. Yes, that's true...he might not become domesticated, but I can still trick him into a carrier. I've done it with several cats that I'd never petted or touched. They'll do almost anything for some food!

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  6. Aww, how sweet !
    Sadly watery eyes in cats are a sign of feline respiratory disease, lets hope the vet can help if you are lucky enough to trap him.
    I hope he decides to stick around, he already trusts you, and he would be loved.
    ~Jo

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    1. He just sounds and looks awful...worse in person. Poor guy. No sign of him today, though.....
      I'll look that up, Jo....is it treatable with antibiotics? Hope so....

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    2. Yes, it sounds like you've got it right...he has all the symptoms, even the squinting. Highly infectious, too....I figured that and haven't put a bowl out for him...just throw him bites. Hope I can catch him quickly before anyone else catches it!

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    3. Cats are able to overcome this Betsy, but he'll need some help. The best of luck with the trapping, mackerel or tuna work well, but how you'll keep the other cats away I don't know......

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    4. Oh good..that's great to hear. I figured an antibiotic at the very least. I know I can lure him into my carrier...will need a few more days to gain a little more trust. I can't just set out a trap...my own cats would be in it every morning. haha. Wish me luck! I'm going to call the vet and see if they will take an emergency visit as soon as I have him secured.

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  7. Oh, you have got to catch him.
    He needs you!
    My heart hurts for him.
    (Voting for Julius)

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    1. He does need me! Hope he realizes that soon....

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  8. I think he needs more time to trust you ! Lovely photos and sweet animals :)

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  9. I hope you catch him - poor guy! I think Julius is a good name too!

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    1. I hope he's treatable....would be sad to trap him just to hear he must be put down. :(

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  10. Saying a prayer that you can get him help (and that the vet CAN help him). Bless you for trying.

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    1. I know! :( I hope this has a good outcome!

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  11. We had a male cat named Peaches. He was a big ol' tomcat with knicked up ears. He'd come home with battle wounds every so often, but he was the sweetest cat ever. I think Peaches is a good name. Or maybe Chicken Lickin' like the cat who lived behind us when we were kids.
    :0)

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    1. I do prefer Peaches. haha...maybe it would make Marmalade feel better. Two orange males with girly names. lol....

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  12. Your cats are almost as kind as you are . . .
    How about Orange Peel . . . a type of marmalade . . .
    Hope you catch him and can get him to the vet . . he does look as though he has been in the wars . . poor thing . .

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    1. Yes, he does! And if he has something contagious, all the better to get him checked out!

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  13. Betsy, he's so very pitiful. I hope he doesn't have something like feline leukemia. He needs to get to a vet pronto for his own sake and for the other kitties who are coming into contact with him. If it turns out he's terribly sick, there could at least be an end to his suffering. I don't remember seeing any of your other rescues in this bad a condition. I'm betting that in addition to his sorry physical state that someone has badly mistreated him. He breaks my heart, but he's certainly come to the right place for help if only he will accept it. Lynne in NC

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    1. Yes, I know! Jo...comment above...works for a vet and I think she has it right with feline respiratory disease. I looked up the symptoms and he seems to have all of them. I'm concerned about how contagious he is. My cats aren't getting close to him, but he is hanging around. I hope I can catch him soon...for all of our sakes! He does look so very awful. :(

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  14. Do you have access to a trap that has a spring loaded door? If so, put some tuna in the end opposite the opening. When he goes in for the food, he'll trip the spring and the door will close behind him. Maybe the vet has one. Good luck!

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    1. I can't use a trap like that with all my own cats around the yard. They each take a turn being inside it every morning. haha. But I've lured 20 cats into carriers with a bite of food....I just need a few more days to get this one to trust me a little more.

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    2. Sounds good. On second thought, the trap may have traumatized him. Hey, I thought of a name.....Latte. He sort of looks creamy-like and you love coffee.

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    3. I have a feeling the carrier will traumatize him, too...haha...but it will be the beginning of getting better. latte...yes, I do love my coffee! ha.

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  15. Looks like he has been through the ringer indeed
    hopefully he will be caught at your feed
    Could be an infection too
    Don't want that spread to your crew
    They sure know how to fill their tummy
    When no birds are around that are yummy lol

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    1. yep...I'm sure he's contagious.
      That would be outrageous!
      Want to catch him quick
      with my treat in the carrier trick!
      ha.

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  16. Oh dear.....I do hope Peaches can be lured into the cat carrier....
    He does look kinda pitiful.....
    Good luck Betsy.....keep us posted!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  17. I wonder if your vet would give you antibiotics to put in some soft food, Betsy?If they understand your situation they might. He does look like he has URI and needs them to get over this. Once cats have this and are treated it lays dormant in their bodies. It can then appear again at anytime but is very treatable. I had a cat and after she was treated and well again it would show up years later but only in one eye.Other than that she was a healthy, happy cat and lived to be 17.

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    1. He might...I could ask..but it seems a shot of an antibiotic that lasted in your body for 10 days would be more efficient..and much easier. I want him to get a full check up, too...his ears are dirty...ear mites? I'm already getting excited about seeing how he looks healthy. Hope I can get this ball rolling soon....

      good to know about the re-occurrence, too!

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  18. By all means, if you can get him that would be the best for him. He looks like he could be a friendly cat but is just too afraid to come close to anyone. It's so hard to help them when you know nothing of their history. I often think that if our Audrey was ever lost that she would never go near a stranger and would be looked at as a feral cat by anyone trying to help her. She is the sweetest cat with us but afraid of all strangers. Good luck with this guy. I'd love to see him looking well.

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    1. yes, I agree....some cats would never approach a human for anything. You just don't know what they've been through. My Velvet has been living here for three years and won't let us touch her. She sleeps and eats here and is just fine and makes herself at home, but will run if you try to pet her. She might have been abused...I just don't know. She taught her litters to be fearful of us but she still let us play with and touch them so she knows we are harmless. She's a true feral...but I do agree that some pets that get lost would never be seen as domesticated!

      ok...I'm rambling...haha....

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  19. best of luck to you and peaches. I hope he allows you to help him soon. you seem to have the touch with all the kitties so I
    think your patience will pay off. Taria

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    1. I think I can do it but I wish he'd hurry up and get used to me. ha.

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  20. I like Peaches... I hope you can catch him...whatever the outcome will be better than the life he has now. Dont you wonder where they come from and how they know to come to your house? So kind of you to take in all those kitties...

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    1. Yes, I think it should be Peaches...it just fits! I do wonder how they know to come to me. I think cats communicate in ways we don't know...there has to be an underground cat help line somewhere. ha.

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  21. And, of course, I am teary again. It just strikes right to my core. So sad and I dearly hope Peaches lets you help him. This is the one I was asking you about the other day and I thought you said you hadn't seen him again... maybe he just reappeared recently. I am crossing my fingers - he is certainly getting closer and I am glad the other kitties are not being mean to him. I love the photo of them chowing down out of the large container - too funny!

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    1. Yes...the same one! I hadn't seem him when I commented back and he's been back twice since then. But I haven't seen him yesterday or today!

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  22. What about Bartkovicz as in Peaches Bartkovicz?
    Good luck with your project. I hope you calm him down enough to get him fit.

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    1. It seems that Peaches is winning out...and I can pronounce it easier. haha....

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  23. Hi Betsy - the cats are as resourceful as you .. I suspect Creamsickle will soon be helped .. certainly hope so - his eye doesn't look too good ...

    Good luck with Creamsickle .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Haven't seen him in two days now. It would speed the process up if he came daily, don't you think? lol....

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  24. Oh, that face... just makes me want to cry. I'm so glad you are the Cat Whisperer, Betsy. I know he is getting help he needs. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. I can do so much more for him that provide food...I wish he realized that!

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  25. OMGosh, poor guy! He is so sad, I sure hope he accepts your help. BTW, I love the new header with the baby birds....it speaks of you.

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    1. I know..pitiful thing! I want to help him!

      I love the header, too...so perfect for my blog! :)

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  26. he looks like a Percy to me. i'm hoping he will submit to some medical help soon. i admire what you do for cats!

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    1. Julie! Wow..it's been quite a while. You're looking great! Thanks for visiting...I hope he sticks around and lets me help, too!

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  27. I like the name Peaches!!! Why is his eye bloody?!

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