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We're calling this one Taz. The most vocal and mistrusting of the bunch. Missed out in two earlier feedings because hunger hadn't yet matched his fear of humans. But he finally got a full tummy, and decided to take a nap right there.
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Getting worried about Bandit. It's been 24 hrs and shes still not eating or drinking. We have a call into the vet. But online vet pages say we still have 24 hrs before we're allowed to freak out. She is alert, sitting up, occasionally moving positions in the cage but not really avoiding me if I stick my hand in for taking care of food/water/liter. I put some treat paste on her paw and she hasn't even licked it off.
 

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We're calling this one Taz. The most vocal and mistrusting of the bunch. Missed out in two earlier feedings because hunger hadn't yet matched his fear of humans. But he finally got a full tummy, and decided to take a nap right there.
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Getting worried about Bandit. It's been 24 hrs and shes still not eating or drinking. We have a call into the vet. But online vet pages say we still have 24 hrs before we're allowed to freak out. She is alert, sitting up, occasionally moving positions in the cage but not really avoiding me if I stick my hand in for taking care of food/water/liter. I put some treat paste on her paw and she hasn't even licked it off.
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I'm going to be angry if she breaks my son's heart. He's going to be absolutely hysterical if she doesn't pull through. I did get a 1/2 ml of water into her mouth with a syringe and she swallowed it, licked her lips. I think she'll be fine if we can get her hydrated and probably medicated, but 36 hrs...has me more than a bit worried.

Update - the feral program is horribly understaffed, but I tracked down the vet who did her surgery and called her practice for advice. Waiting on a return call. We also moved her out onto the porch for the day with her kittens (But she's still in the crate). The crate is being mobbed by kittens now and hopefully she'll have a bit more to live for.

The ginger we're calling Taz has made a big enough hole in the screens that we had to patch it to prevent escape. Despite his reputation, I think Taz actually has better odds at being an outside pet. Yeah, he's feisty and extremely vocal, but he'll actually eat off my finger (make sure you retrieve your finger quickly when the food is gone.)
 

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I'm going to be angry if she breaks my son's heart. He's going to be absolutely hysterical if she doesn't pull through. I did get a 1/2 ml of water into her mouth with a syringe and she swallowed it, licked her lips. I think she'll be fine if we can get her hydrated and probably medicated, but 36 hrs...has me more than a bit worried.
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Kid came up with the idea of putting some of the treat paste she won't bother to lick off her paws into the syringe. She ate that after I squirted it through her clenched teeth. She's strong enough to pull away after a couple half ml of water. But the most awesome news was that she did apparently pee last night, which is a total game changer on the news front.

Also this morning she finally ate. I guess having kids climbing all over the cage did a number on her spirits. Also later attempts at forcing that tiny half ml into her mouth is being met with resistance which is awesome. If she pulls through today she can be let out. But i may keep her on the porch a little longer after that. Until shes more fully healed
 

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Wow what a difference some fluids and a meal makes. She's definitely pulling away from me shoving syringes in her mouth now, she ate a nice size meal, and even pooped a tiny bit. Which is all great because nobody has called me back. I did squirt a bit more paste/water into her mouth and boy she was licking her lips this time. I think we're going to be able to let her loose on the porch tomorrow (day 3) . I still plan to keep her on the porch for another week, or as long as my screens hold up.

After that - I'm not sure. I want to hang on to the kittens for another few weeks until we can get them spayed/neutered.
 

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Wow what a difference some fluids and a meal makes. She's definitely pulling away from me shoving syringes in her mouth now, she ate a nice size meal, and even pooped a tiny bit. Which is all great because nobody has called me back. I did squirt a bit more paste/water into her mouth and boy she was licking her lips this time. I think we're going to be able to let her loose on the porch tomorrow (day 3) . I still plan to keep her on the porch for another week, or as long as my screens hold up.

After that - I'm not sure. I want to hang on to the kittens for another few weeks until we can get them spayed/neutered.
Glad to hear all of this.
 

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Bandit is eating well now. We released her to the screened porch. Kittens have appointments in 3 weeks. (Capn I dunna think the screens can take any more!) She's climbing the walls (literally) but she's feral and doesn't listen to vets.

Taz still runs from me unless I have food on my finger., though I did get a solid pet in just now. Smokey... is ready to move inside. So while the mean "i like dogs, no more cats" lady is out this morning we let him imprint on one of her flip flops and a t-shirt from the laundry. Yeah we're playing dirty.
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Finger fed and pet all four yesterday. "Taz" had been avoiding me and finally ate a whole churu tube from my finger this morning. I was feeling kinda brave, tried to take him inside. Nope. Nada. What are you some kinda nut? Yeah, the gray one comes back every time but he's weird. He likes people and letting them do unnatural stuff like rub his belly. You ain't turning me into a belly rubbin pet!!!

I got a nice set of scratches on my forearm and took one on the chin. We've since made up, he continues to eat off my finger but not ready for pets. Yeah, he'll be a fine barn cat. He may one day rub your leg. But it'll be his decision and that's about as far as it goes.

Bandit is going to break my heart. She's so gorgeous, but ...I expect we'll see her only occasionally. She's still terrified. She gets released monday. I'm not sure if this will increase efforts to escape by the kittens. So far they're mostly just bent on descruction of the screened porch and not escape. But once the destruction reaches gaping holes they'll figure it out.
 
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Bandit's week is up, but .. we now have a new issue. How to let her go without letting the kittens out. She's so flighty I hate to keep her on the porch another day. We don't want to "trap" the kittens because they'd freak out and we're going to need to do that in a few weeks. At various times they will all sleep in the huge dog crate (where we kept her penned post surgery), but we have to separate them somehow.
 
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Bandit's reluctance to eat in front of people proved her release. I was able to finally separate her from the kittens, took her to the front porch. Offered a last bite of churu paste which she refused...so we took her out to the front porch, got out of her path and pssssszooooom. About 20 yards in 3 paw strikes.

Bandit, you're beautiful, but alas not destined to be a pet. Be free, be safe, and be kitten free.

Meanwhile all three kittens were eating churu off my finger at the same time, and all three (not just Smokey) are now playing with the feather toy
(Play is a very good sign.. it means they're operating in predator mode instead of prey mode.)VID_20230918_135348484_exported_5638~2.jpg
 

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Bandit's reluctance to eat in front of people proved her release. I was able to finally separate her from the kittens, took her to the front porch. Offered a last bite of churu paste which she refused...so we took her out to the front porch, got out of her path and pssssszooooom. About 20 yards in 3 paw strikes.

Bandit, you're beautiful, but alas not destined to be a pet. Be free, be safe, and be kitten free.

Meanwhile all three kittens were eating churu off my finger at the same time, and all three (not just Smokey) are now playing with the feather toy
(Play is a very good sign.. it means they're operating in predator mode instead of prey mode.)View attachment 14172
Righteous action shot.
 

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I thought there were just three frame but it seems its an artifact if the crude phone video app. This one doesn't quite capture the action, but its clearer. (Still a bit of blur on that paw). Her mask is more muted than this shot makes it look but its still a cool shot.

As wild as she is, (and as much of a sucker as I am for calicos), I'm honored to have fed and pet this beautiful creature.

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