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Watch Your Cat’s Mouth
My 10-year-old Spagettio succumbed to the aggressive oral squamous cell carcinoma six weeks after blood on her mouth appeared (a common symptom). She could no longer eat or drink. The veterinarian thought she had a string wrapped around her tongue but found a lesion under her tongue, which we had biopsied. Knowing I would have to make the decision of when to euthanize her was agonizing. I want all cat owners to know to not take blood on a cat’s mouth lightly.

Eileen Schendel,
New London, Wis.

A Match Made in Heaven
Life is strange. Two years ago I asked Katerie, my 9-year-old lynx-point Siamese if it was OK to get another cat. She said she wanted a brother or little sister. I went to Geauga Rescue Village and came home with a 3-year-old male they had named Burrito. I renamed him Luke.

I was a recently diagnosed diabetic; Luke can sense low blood sugar. He has saved my life at least six times.

Last year he got pneumonia and nearly died from penicillin and tetracycline. He was rushed to the animal emergency room where he spent three days on oxygen. We discovered he is allergic to both penicillin and tetracycline. Funny enough, so am I. He now wears a medic alert tag.

Geauga Rescue says we are a match made in heaven. Katerie is pleased, as long as he stays on his side of the bed.

Normalee Kerr-Stuart,
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Thanks for Wildcats
Thank you for featuring the small wildcats in your October issue. All of the wildcats you featured are beautiful and worthy of saving. I was particularly moved by the plight of the Iberian lynx.

I visited the website and was saddened to learn that the Iberian lynx was once thought to be vermin and was hunted for its beautiful pelt to make coats through the mid-1970s. Now they are being threatened by disease and decreasing habitat. It will be so sad if this cat becomes extinct.

I am interested in becoming a “cat specialist,” studying small wildcats specifically and will continue to volunteer at my cat shelters and organizations.

Alice Watkins
Goodyear, Ariz.

Feral Love
It was a spring morning in 1996 when I entered my feed shed. I saw a very frightened feral cat huddled in the corner. He fled the shed at warp speed when I entered. I thought it would be the last time I would see this wild cat. To my amazement, the next morning, the cat returned to the shed and continued to do so every morning thereafter. As the weeks turned to months I slowly gained the trust and confidence of this wild, feral tomcat.
It’s been 10 years now, and the once feral tomcat is a wonderful, loving and affectionate house cat. 

Greasy is now sixteen and still going strong. This old kitty has taught me that when you give love and compassion to an animal you’ll get it back more than ten fold.

In the article “More on Ferals” it stated that taming adult feral cats is unkind because they may never adjust to living indoors. Based on my experience, I disagree. I think slow and gentle taming of an adult feral is the kindest thing anyone could ever do for a cat.

Allison A. Phillips
Boise, Idaho


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Maureen    charlottesville, VA

6/7/2008 4:03:04 PM

I agree, I have five ferals. They are so affectionate and great cats. They were all 1.5 yrs and up one was 5, he is a big sweety. I don't believe that window of after 3 or 4 months they can't be tamed. Trust, food and a good home brings them around.

Tina    Carrollton, GA

12/26/2006 1:05:02 PM

I have been in cat rescue for many years and helped re-home many cats for various excuses. I think it was highly inappropriate to put a story about giving away your cats as the (December) "Story of the Month" no matter how cute the ad was. It sends the wrong message - that if you have problems, you can just get rid of them as if they are disposable. She was lucky to find a little girl to love them in spite of their problems. The fact is that the little girl could have saved some of the many cats that die in shelters every day instead of taking these cats. The writer just wanted an out to ease her guilt of ripping them from their home and the people they loved all those years. Her carpet was obviously more important than her cats. The poor cats should have had veterinary help for their urinary problems and she should have worked with her husband on his allergies. You have had many great articles on how to cope with allergies. I love your magazine, but this article was not in good judgment. Please be more careful of what you print since your magazine can have a big impact on the lives of many cats out there.

C Jenkinson    New York, NY

11/17/2006 3:01:47 PM

I was told you had a great black and white image of a cat and a fish bone in your mag recently. Which issue and where can I get it?

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