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Photos of today: Shinto the iguana & shaming the neighbours for not taking proper care of their cats [May. 13th, 2015|09:10 pm]
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Photo of the day: 13.5.2015 (day 133)

Photo of the day: 13.5.2015 (day 133)
People often think iguanas are stupid and lazy. Those people have clearly never met Shinto. She's very clever, and whilst she _is_ lazy most of the day, she's quite happy to rampage through the entire house (she's free roaming with a good hot spot). She'll even go downstairs and jump (yes, jump!) onto the chair in front of the front door window to look outside :)

Pluis in het vogelhuis (Pluis in the bird feeder)Pluis in het vogelhuis (Pluis in the bird feeder)

Pluis in het vogelhuis (Pluis in the bird feeder)

Pluisje is in reality the next door neighbour's cat. As is Sok.
But in reality, their owners don't seem to actually care much for/about their cats, because the cats often come into our garden or sit in front of the front door, begging for food or simply some kindness.
My husband and I have started buying some extra kibble, just so they don't have to go hungry, and when it's cold or the weather is bad and they can't get inside their own "home" they sit in the chicken coop (because this is a household that cares for our pets, and even our chickens have a nice and roomy coop, and thankfully they don't mind sharing with two unfortunate kitties).

Today Pluisje had decided that seeing he was so hungry, and the bird feeder was where hungry birds went, he was going to sit in the bird feeder and hope to get fed. Obviously, I fed him because I thought it was just too sad he resorted to stuff like that (he probably sat in front of the front door whilst we were out and resorted to different tactics).

I know I'm not exactly teaching him good manners, but we have other safe spaces where we feed birds, so it's not like any neighbouring birds are going to be going hungry.

Ironically, Pluisje is two months older than my Loa, and bigger. But weighs about half as much (and Loa isn't overweight at all, he's at normal cat weight). I think that says plenty. He is also covered in ticks, and Sok has quite a few too. Loa has _none_ (because I brush him with a lice comb after walks).

If you have pets people, take care of them properly, care for them like you should. If that's not something you can or want to commit to, then don't get pets. It's really as simple as that.

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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2015-05-17 08:42 am (UTC)
I hope I'm at least making their lives a little bit better.
Pluisje showed up earlier, all dirty and hungry, so I petted him a bit and gave him some food and fresh water. Not much more I can do, because if I point blank take them in, I'd get arrested for stealing their pets XD
Because you'll see: the local authorities refuse to do anything against neglected pets, but they WILL get off their arse if someone says "enough" and takes those pets in, because that would be considered theft XD
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[User Picture]From: serocreates
2015-11-23 06:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry for commenting on an old(er) post, but I had a similar situation at my old house. The people who lived behind us had 4 feral cats (I later found out that they "weren't cat people" so when their daughter brought home a pregnant cat, they got the kittens fixed and fed them and that was it). We had seen the cats around our place hanging out in the trees (there was a bit of forest surrounding our house) or on the woodpile, but they were afraid of humans and we couldn't get close. After a couple years, one of the cats (who we'd started calling 'Frank') seemed to go missing. About a month later he showed up in our front yard, super skinny and walking funny (he walked into our garage door and almost fell over). He started purring as soon as we petted him and my husband ran into the house to get some food and water. The poor thing had several BIG ticks on his body and purred while they were removed. After that he never left our property - sleeping on our porch and trying to get in the house (remember, he had been feral before this). We took him to the vet to get tested for FIV/FL and get all his shots (and de-wormer) and he started coming inside to sleep and hang out with us. When we moved to our new place (on the other side of the country) he came with us!
I know they aren't your cats, but if you are able to remove the ticks (take tweezers and firmly grip the ticks as close to the head as possible, then pull straight out. Then drown them in rubbing alcohol) the cats would possibly start putting on more weight. You may also ask your vet for extra de-wormer (IDK if your cat needs it since he seems to stay inside). It is pretty cheap and easy to use (the kind we use is just a cream that you put on their fur and they lick off). Sorry for the unasked-for advice - I'm just a fellow animal lover!

I promise not to write another novel-length comment ^_^
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2015-11-23 06:20 pm (UTC)
With all the food they've been getting around here they're both on healthy weight now :)
they come by whenever they are hungry, and when we see them (because we're not always home) we will feed them. They get fresh water too.
Good on you guys for taking in Frank!
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[User Picture]From: serocreates
2015-11-24 02:06 am (UTC)
Good to hear! Frank is currently meowing at my husband to let him outside :)
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