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Forum: Furry friends —

Share pictures and stories of the four-legged friends who make your day-to-day lives better!

Posted on: Aug 17, 2015 06:11PM - edited Aug 18, 2015 12:34PM by Smaarty

Smaarty wrote:

a thread for crazy cat ladies! I thought maybe just pics of your own cats, and if there's not enough then just any old cat you can find!

I have 8. Technically only 5 are mine, the others think they live here. Mostly because I feed them with everybody else and they never seem to leave!


Dx 4/29/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/31/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 10/28/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/3/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/5/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/24/2017
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Nov 14, 2020 04:39PM - edited Nov 14, 2020 04:41PM by Fairchild

Hey, ladies! I haven't been here for a while, but I need some advice! Last spring a skinny little black cat showed up around my house. It turns out that she had 2 perfectly black kittens under my deck (I think). I started feeding them (because I LOVE black cats), and although they like the kitten food I put out for them all, they won't let me get anywhere close to them.

Well, now it's finally getting pretty cool in Tennessee, and I'm worrying about them being without shelter. The thing is that they could belong to some neighbors-- People tend to let their cats roam around here. I don't think anyone owns them, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, is there a type of shelter I should buy for them? Do you know what features I should look for?

It's apparently a family of 2 black offspring (now grown and indistinguishable), a black mama cat, and a larger black daddy-cat who comes around sometimes, too. The offspring and mama look exactly alike, so I can't tell them apart. Unfortunately, none of them will let me get within even 15 feet of them!

I know I should catch them and have them neutered, but how? I do have a trap somewhere in the attic, but what do I do if I can't get it fixed within a day??? I have GREAT respect for the damage an angry cat can do! Also, I worry a bit about inadvertently carrying any diseases they may have to my own inside cats, Piper (tuxedo) and Dobby (black). Dobby has pretty serious kidney disease, so his vet has held his vaccinations this year, and I don't know how vulnerable he is.

Thanks!!!

Leslie

Fairchild Dx 5/5/2018, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/25/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/6/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/8/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/9/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 14, 2020 04:43PM - edited Nov 14, 2020 04:44PM by Spookiesmom

Wrenn volenteers at a shelter, I'm sure she has ideas.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 14, 2020 04:51PM Togethertolearn wrote:

there's a lot of ideas on the Facebook page of 'cats haven' in Indianapolis. On that page, they have linked several articles about that very thing! https://m.facebook.com/CatsHavenIndy/

Diagnosed 2019, age 45. Dx 4/2019, Right, <1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2020 06:42PM Wren44 wrote:

If there's a shelter in your city, ask them if anyone is doing TNR (trap neuter release). I wouldn't try to catch them myself. They are feral and probably never vaccinated. If you have an Animal Control in your city, you could ask them (anonymously if you want) for advice. They might be willing to catch and neuter if you're OK with them coming back to your house for feeding. You especially want to get the females spayed or there will be litter after litter. There are some online videos about making a shelter for feral cats out of a cooler lined with a foam cooler and something for insulation between them. It details where to put an opening for the cat to be safe from predators.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 15, 2020 04:35AM Rah2464 wrote:

Yes fingers crossed Miss Felix will ace her exam.

Mommyof2 i have completely given up on having a decorated Xmas tree other than with lights. Waaayyy too much interest in my house if I dare to place an ornament or two

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 15, 2020 05:57AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

My girls left it alone last year. Going to be interesting this year especially with Nugget now in the picture

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Nov 15, 2020 11:17AM YesIamaDragon wrote:

Novel therapy for Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy just discovered!



Dx 6/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Surgery Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Nov 16, 2020 04:44AM Rah2464 wrote:

YesIamaDragon that is purrfect!

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 16, 2020 05:13PM petite1 wrote:

We made it. Miss Felix was a good kitty. The vet said she is getting so old that she doesn't need to take the vaccines anymore. She has lost another pound since Feb. The doctor changed her Gabapentin to twice a day, instead of prn. Just to make her comfortable. She is 22.Sad

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 16, 2020 05:29PM Fairchild wrote:

Ladies, thanks for all of your good advice about feral kitties and how to care for them!!! Unfortunately, the locals don't seem to TNR, but my daughter is in town for a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping she can help me figure out how to trap the female and get her neutered! I'll let you know how it goes--

Best wishes,

Leslie

Fairchild Dx 5/5/2018, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/25/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/6/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/8/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/9/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 16, 2020 05:52PM Wren44 wrote:

Petite, At 22, Ms Felix should have everything she wants on a golden platter (not to say she isn't getting that). She will be more comfortable with the extra gabapentin.

Fairchild, Good luck to you and your daughter. Our shelter loans out traps, so you might see if anyone does that.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 16, 2020 05:57PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Can you borrow a humane trap from SPCA or similar? My DD kept hearing a cat cry in her classroom. Borrowed a trap, caught a 6 week old kitten. I’ve posted pic of her, think she climbed in some kids backpack and came to school.

I’ve seen where ppl will take an old cooler, turn upside down, cut a cat size door, line with blanket, tempt the cats with food to go in. Guess they smell it. Could also cover for extra warmth.

Maybe YouTube has ideas.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 17, 2020 05:30AM Rah2464 wrote:

Petite I am glad that the Vet is allowing Ms Felix to enjoy her golden years without shots. I hope the Gabapentin works wonders for her.

Saw a stray black kitty that was sooo hungry two days ago. I stopped and all I had in the car was potato chips which he ate quickly. I couldn't take him with me in the car but I am keeping an eye out for him. If I see him again I have either food to feed him or will pick him up. He was so sweet. Had a wonderful meow like a Siamese.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 17, 2020 09:11AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, cat ladies. Speaking of stray cats, we went out for my husband's birthday and sat outside. We watched 2 young black cats and a larger tabby. The folks at the place had set up 2 self feeders and the kitties came and went. If people came by they would hide. 2 little girls were trying to pet them, but the kitties would have none of them. They looked healthy. They county has a program where they spay or neuter and release. They clip the ears of those kitties they have fixed. We were not close enough to see if their ear has a small snip.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 17, 2020 01:14PM Wren44 wrote:

One of the shelter volunteers sent back a photo of the public places to leave food for stray cats. They are valued and the population puts out food regularly.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 17, 2020 01:36PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Wrenn wouldn’t that attract rats and mice? Or do the cats catch them, keeping that population down?

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 17, 2020 03:10PM Wren44 wrote:

I don't know. It was a seaport, so the cats were probably pretty well fed from that population. Perhaps the people offerings were just dessert.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 17, 2020 06:38PM santabarbarian wrote:

Leslie,

Pages back, last winter or prior winter?, someone made an outdoor cat shelter for some ferals. It was made from something like a large rubbermaid container or maybe two of them, and was insulated, with hay bales I think? Was it Shetland who did that? I forget who. Maybe do a search of this thread. But the idea is to make an insulated warm dry spot they could all fit and to have insulation on every side including bottom.

Hopefully someone will remember

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 17, 2020 07:14PM edj3 wrote:

I think it was Missouri Cat Lady (or something like that). She hasn't posted in a long time, hope she's OK.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 17, 2020 08:03PM Wren44 wrote:

I just googled 'shelter for feral cats' and a number of choices came up and at least 2 utube videos.

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Nov 17, 2020 09:57PM - edited Nov 17, 2020 09:58PM by ShetlandPony

It wasn't me. Here is a post from January 7, 2020 about a shelter MissoriCatLady's DH built.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/156/topics/834322?page=181#post_5501288

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Nov 18, 2020 04:33AM feelingfeline wrote:

Thanks Shetland - well done!

Petite - very good news for Miss Felix.

YesIamadragon - LOVE IT!

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/7/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/2/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/5/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Nov 18, 2020 09:11AM petite1 wrote:

I remember that home for the strays. Midnight Louie thinks he is freezing and his little body is between me and the back of my chair. That is better than when he is helping me post. Miss Felix is doing pretty well with the increased pain meds. She was feeling so good last night she wanted to get in a fight with Louie. He usually backs off, but he stood up on his back legs with front claws out. He is now bigger. The last few months he has filled out and is no longer 3' long and 2" wide. Felix is shrinking. Since no one wants to go out on the lanai, I hope they just ignore each other.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 19, 2020 09:45AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, cat ladies. All is peaceful with my fur babies this morning.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 19, 2020 11:12AM edj3 wrote:

Quick update on our COVID kittens (or shittens as we call them). Annie's prolapse looks to be fully resolved (yay) and Stevie is doing great too. Here's a super cute photo of Annie completely entranced with all our leaves (glad someone likes them). We call her Cowgirl b/c of how her fur looks, isn't she beautiful?


Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 19, 2020 11:44AM Spookiesmom wrote:

If she got in those leaves you’d never find her. LOL.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 19, 2020 02:25PM Aussie-Cat wrote:

edj3, yes Cowgirl is beautiful!

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 19, 2020 02:40PM feelingfeline wrote:

Stunning girl! Beautiful image of her looking out at the leaves. So glad all is well with her little bottom and that both are settlled and happy. I am sure they are bringing you lots of joy. Hope the older cats are getting used to the idea of the youngsters. XX

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/7/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/2/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/5/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Nov 19, 2020 11:30PM kathindc wrote:

edj3, she's a beauty! Glad their problems resolved.

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Nov 20, 2020 12:51AM Cowgirl13 wrote:

Cowgirl has such beautiful markings. I've never seen anything like it. Glad to hear that Annie is doing ok now.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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