Trouble in Paradise

Hi everyone! I thought I would give you a Brody ( aka Daryl the Feral) update and ask for advice, tips or whatever you have to offer.

We were doing so well—–when he was caged because of his stitches. I was able to pet him and everything. He did meow a lot at night, but that was bearable. After he got his stitches removed, I moved him to the upstairs bathroom so he would have a safe zone. I left the door open when I was around to supervise and he did come downstairs—to meow and meow. At night, I shut him in and the next morning I opened the door to find that he moved a board out of the way to hide in a cubby hole in the bathroom.

DSCF0934  And this is where he always is. He comes out to eat/drink  and use the litter box which are in the bathroom. He had been  sneaking down late at night and one night he even settled on the kitty bunk bed for a while. Then I ruined everything because I am impatient and wanted to be able to pet him again. When he was downstairs, I snuck upstairs and blocked off his hidey hole. I followed him up to the bathroom with the hope of petting him and he freaked out, he didn’t try to hurt me, but he sure can scurry.

The rest of the night, he wouldn’t go toward the bathroom and I felt awful for ruining his safe place. Finally after a few hours , he decided to try it again and got back in his cubby hole. Now he won’t venture downstairs. He likes to stand at the top of the steps all evening and meow and meow. Snowball and Phoebe have gone up to investigate, but he runs back to the hole.

He is such a sweet boy and doesn’t slash out or bite. He is just so afraid of humans and other kitties. I have given him several toys and he has no interest in them. I don’t know what else to do to make him feel safe  Has anyone else dealt with a cat like this?

On Petfinder, I have seen many cats listed as “spirit” cats. I have a feeling that is what Brody is going to be- a noisy spirit. I wonder if there is a kitty anxiety medicine that would help? My kitties are very friendly and would be good to him if he would give them a chance. I welcome any ideas to help him.

No matter what, I am not giving up on him. I am just looking for ideas. Thank you.

Feral Friday

Hi everyone! Last week I was offered a free sample of Pet Remedy a natural de-stress and calming spray. I had a choice of a plug-in or a spray , but I worry about plug-ins starting on fire so I went with the spry. We got this for free, but all opinions are our own.

The spray arrived on Monday which was perfect timing. Right after it arrived, I got the call from the people trapping the ferals for me. They had another one and he was not happy. He kept throwing himself against the back of the cage trying to get out. I sprayed this in the backseat of my car ( that is where I had the trap) and he stopped doing that.

The next day, when I brought him to the clinic, I sprayed the car again as well as the towel and he was fine the entire way. Added bonus, the smell of the spray covered his unneutered male odor. Now that he is quarantined, I spray it in his area twice a day to help him feel better.

It is made with valerian root which is known to be a calming agent. If you want to learn more about this or order your own here is the link .

Here is a link to an article about how helpful it is for all types of stress. Click here

I have a question. I know my niece got a rabies vaccine when she started working at a vat clinic many years ago. Today I called my Dr. and asked if I could get one that way when I am dealing with ferals, I won’t have to worry. I was told they cost $5,000 and you need to get that at the ER- most insurance companies don’t cover it. Does anyone have a rabies vaccine?

Don’t forget to comment to enter Phoebe’s Dr. Seuss giveaway. And thank you to Ann of Zoolatry for this adorable graphic:15meowing


Selfie Sunday

Hi everyone! I have lots to tell you, but Mom is going to interrupt this post for day 2 of The 3 Day Quote Challenge.

I have been nominated by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, to participate in the “Three Day Quote Challenge”. The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:

1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

Today is day 2 and it says to post for 3 consecutive days ( sorry Phoebe). Today’s quote is from James Altucher who I think of as my guru. He is a man who has failed many times, but always keeps trying.

“The more grateful you are, the more you attract things to be grateful for.”

And my 3 nominees today are : Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows, Peaches and Paprika , Four-Legged Furballs  .  No pressure on any nominees, only participate if you have time.

Now back to Phoebe. 031My bikini is back and officially retired. Thank you to all who participated: Critters in the Cottage , The Florida Furkids, Lucy’s Lounge , The Kitties Blue , Christy Paws  Miss Mudpie and The Canadian Cats . If you missed any, just click on the names and you will go to their bikini posts.

I didn’t see Grammie yesterday, but she sent a bag of treats home with Mom for me. I love her so very much. I love my purrince too!

And here are a few selfies for The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfies Hop:

032 Penny

025Sammy kept his eyes open this time

042 Who is this? This is the feral Mom wrote about yesterday. Some friends that live 2 miles away had asked us for a trap because they have 4 ferals around.. Mom borrowed one and volunteered to take them all in to get fixed. They want to keep this one if she is willing to stay inside- and good thing because I heard Mom talking and she said she is already in love and wants to keep her.

One more thing—thanks for the ideas on hiding the vet reminder, but it was too late. I have to go to the vet on Tuesday and Joanie is coming too. She has a little bump on her ear that Mom wants checked.


A Hop and a Challenge

I have been nominated by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, to participate in the “Three Day Quote Challenge”. The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:

1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

Today is Day 1 of my challenge and because I  completed a quote challenge 

in September where I used all cat quotes, I thought I would do some other favorite quotes. I love quotes and have a Pinterest page for my favorites.
My quote for today is from Eldridge Cleaver ,   “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem” .  I just said this to my Mom yesterday when she was telling me I need to learn to mind my own business about cats that are not mine. I currently have a feral waiting to get spayed next week ( long story).

On Day 1, I now nominate the following bloggers:
For Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop, I am cheating a little. I didn’t make this art, but I am eagerly anticipating the both of these graphics on canvas from Vision Bedding and once they arrive, I will be having a giveaway so one lucky winner can get something custom-made of your choice. Thank you again, Ann of Zoolatry
for these: Stinky FOREVER
Over the Rainbow Bridge, Lucy
I have some other graphics that some of you made for me that I hope to have put on canvas someday too.
Caturday Art

Feral’s Rainbow Forest Family

Happy Thursday everyone! Today is Phoebe’s day off- I forgot she was going to be traveling with some friends and her purrince too. Today they will be at the beach.:

Lucy and I decided to do a book review today because tomorrow we are lucky to have Cat Scout Felix doing a guest post. Lucy and I loved Feral’s Rainbow Forest Family by Pamela June Kimmell . It is a sweet children’s book about a cat whose name is Feral-well he hears someone call him that so he figures it is his name. He organizes a colony of feral cats so they can feel safe and loved.

I felt sad for Feral and all the cats and I hope that is how everyone feels that reads this. It is important to teach children respect for all living creatures. I also like how the book such cooperation in the community of cats and that everyone is needed and equally important. This is a great book for kids and adults. I am especially impressed that Pam did the illustrations too!

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Right now you can get this book and help Bootsie at the same time, the author, Sammy’s Mom ( ) has donated a copy to Bootsie’s auction: . 

Phoebe did make something  for her Grammie on before she left for her vacation:I LOVE MY GRAMMIE!

And the winner of the catnip mat and toys 015 is : -Congratulations! I hope Ladybird will share with the kitties 🙂