Jan 02

Updated Jan 06

Vets

Who do you like/dislike in portage park? I use chicago pet clinic and ace animal hospital for back up. I do not like portage park animal hospital.

  • We have 3 dogs and a cat and they love going to the vet. Love all Drs at Forest Glen on Elston! My parents and sis also go with all their pets too. Never push for expensive treatments and always explain things and options.

  • Too long to post nuances of situation but basically it involved a peculiar chronic ear infection, a lump under his ear, and an ear polyp but blood work and X-rays showed a healthy cat. Ultimately, it was carcinoma presenting itself in an obscure way (took him to Buffalo Grove specialty clinic for ct scan, and Dr. India did not think this was a good candidate for surgery and we sadly lost our cat in Nov. 2nd). Dr. Baehr never shrugged her shoulders or gave up.

Dec 18

Updated Jan 01

Cat lady from.....

Hello neighbors! We have a crazy cat lady on our street. She has at least 10 cats that roam freely. They are a problem. They spray, they get in my garage, they poop in everyone's lawn. I can't open my front door without one trying to run in. I know there are leash laws for dogs but what about cats. I am not the only neighbor upset by all the cats. I've tried talking to the cat lady but she does not care. Will the city come out if I call with a complaint?

  • Alley Cat Allies is a reputable organization that has been around for quite some time. Perhaps they are referring to the TNR cats as having a lifespan of 7 years. Surely they know that a strictly indoor pet cat receiving proper nutrition, veterinary care, etc., can and often does live...

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    Alley Cat Allies is a reputable organization that has been around for quite some time. Perhaps they are referring to the TNR cats as having a lifespan of 7 years. Surely they know that a strictly indoor pet cat receiving proper nutrition, veterinary care, etc., can and often does live almost 3 times that long. One of my cats was 19 years and 9 months old with medical issues that were well maintained over a long period of time. A friend had a kitty that was 26 years old. So, yes, cats can live very nicely well into a ripe old age!

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    "Perhaps they are referring to the TNR cats as having a lifespan of 7 years. "

    Nope. Heres a quote from them

    "83% of the cats in managed TNR colonies had been residing in those colonies for more than six years—indicating a lifespan comparable to the 7.1-year lifespan of pet...

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    "Perhaps they are referring to the TNR cats as having a lifespan of 7 years. "

    Nope. Heres a quote from them

    "83% of the cats in managed TNR colonies had been residing in those colonies for more than six years—indicating a lifespan comparable to the 7.1-year lifespan of pet cats."

    From this link

    https://www.alleycat.org/resources/why-trap-neuter-return-feral-cats-the-case-for-tnr/

    "Surely they know that a strictly indoor pet cat receiving proper nutrition, veterinary care, etc., can and often does live almost 3 times that long. "

    Of course they know. And any reputable organization wouldnt state differently.

Dec 23

Updated Dec 28

Any recognize this cat?

There's a garfield-looking cat that has been coming by my house for about 8 years or so now (Cullom and Long area.) She likes hanging out in my yard during the day. I've always been reluctant to bring her inside because I believe she's someone's cat. (Well fed, well groomed, when it's cold or wet she doesn't show up etc.)

She stopped coming around right after the time that the trapper was catching cats so I figured her owners were...

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There's a garfield-looking cat that has been coming by my house for about 8 years or so now (Cullom and Long area.) She likes hanging out in my yard during the day. I've always been reluctant to bring her inside because I believe she's someone's cat. (Well fed, well groomed, when it's cold or wet she doesn't show up etc.)

She stopped coming around right after the time that the trapper was catching cats so I figured her owners were keeping her indoors (good.) She's now returned, but looking a bit skinny--she was always very plump. It's odd for cats to lose weight that quickly unless there is a health problem--I tried to feed her, but she's not really interested.

I'm thinking about bringing her inside and possibly to the vet. But before I do that, I wanted to see if anyone knows if she's got an owner in the neighborhood. I tried to put a break-away collar on her that asked for her owner to call me, but she's not having any of that. I have not yet had her checked for a microchip and she is not ear-tipped.

  • Sheri is awesome. She took photos for Famous Fido of the dog I eventually ended up adopting. Then I returned to her studio for new photos a year or two later.

  • Yes, Sheri is wonderful. She helped me with a pregnant cat that showed up at my back door one day. She filled me in on what I needed to know, took the kittens pictures when they were ready to be adopted and posted them on her site. She started her...

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    Yes, Sheri is wonderful. She helped me with a pregnant cat that showed up at my back door one day. She filled me in on what I needed to know, took the kittens pictures when they were ready to be adopted and posted them on her site. She started her own rescue about a year or so ago.

    I'll post flyers in the neighborhood (when it gets a bit warmer) and see if anyone recognizes her. I haven't seen her since my failed attempt at bringing her in but that's pretty typical during the winter.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 24

My sister is looking for a home for 2 cats

If anyone knows anyone who would be interested please let me know. Its truly a sad story. She will not enlist the help of a shelter. She won't separate them either. It is my opinion they would be able to be separated if the 2 of them become too much but she will not separate them herself. She will take them back if it doesn't work out or someone changes their mind. The cats are not a problem. My sisters...

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If anyone knows anyone who would be interested please let me know. Its truly a sad story. She will not enlist the help of a shelter. She won't separate them either. It is my opinion they would be able to be separated if the 2 of them become too much but she will not separate them herself. She will take them back if it doesn't work out or someone changes their mind. The cats are not a problem. My sisters and her dog are the problem. He is harassing the cats. The cats are ok with dogs. Her dog is not ok with the cats. They really need a better home. My sister favors the dog. When she doesn't have money she feeds them dog food! She doesn't keep up with cleaning the litter like she should. I can't have any cats because mine is FELV+ and I am a renter. My landlord lives in my building and only allows one cat. She was supposed to be taking care of the cats temporarily but the original guardian is now in a nursing home and wont be able to take them back. She is aware she is looking for a home for them. I'm willing to provide some free cat sitting visits to anyone who adopts them( within reason). I will drive you to meet the cats in Elgin if needed. Or I will bring them to you if you would like. A trial basis is good too. Or even if I could find someone to take care of them until a new home is found that could work too. I'm willing to help in any way I can.

Dec 22

Updated Dec 24

Do you know this cat?

We've seen this kitty around the backyard for a few days. Near Berenice and Laramie. Looks well cared for, but is very skittish. I've not been able to get very close. It's about to get VERY cold. Please let us know if this is your cat or you recognize it. Thank you!

  • This cat might also be part of a managed feral cat colony. Try to notice if it's left ear is tipped (the tip will be missing so it's flat across). It can be hard to tell from a distance, though.

  • You can also post this cat on Facebook--Chicago Northside Lost and Found Pets.

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    There really should be a better way to let neighbors know there is a cat colony nearby. Just one of the many problems with tnr. Before a colony os set up neighbors shpuld be notified and agree on it. I assume this isnt done because ive asked this numerous times with no answer.

Dec 14

Updated Dec 17

missing cat

our black cat, squidly, has been missing for a few days now. He is a partially outdoor cat and is extremely friendly/cuddly but also very playful and now that he's become partially outdoor is a rather avid hunter of mice and birds. He has been missing for almost a week and we are wondering if someone took him in right before the cold snap since he won't keep a collar on. We've seen him with families in front of our...

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our black cat, squidly, has been missing for a few days now. He is a partially outdoor cat and is extremely friendly/cuddly but also very playful and now that he's become partially outdoor is a rather avid hunter of mice and birds. He has been missing for almost a week and we are wondering if someone took him in right before the cold snap since he won't keep a collar on. We've seen him with families in front of our house (5200 block of cullom) on a number occasions winding between all the kids legs soaking up the attention.

If someone did take him in we appreciate it (although he will come back to our house if you let him out) but really we're most concerned with knowing whether or not he got hit by a car.

  • There is a guy trapping cats around Chicago and bringing them in to CACC over 40 in the beginning of this month. I understand the frustration of having a chipped pet and not being contacted if they are brought to a facility. I know they are very overwhelmed and it is possible that they may have overlooked some measures in their protocol. I really hope that your kitty is safe and sound!

  • Turns out it wasn't him. :(

Dec 01

Updated Dec 05

Fosters needed for CACC Cats

The trapper is continuing to bring in about 15 cats per evening and CACC is now over capacity. Fosters are desperately needed in order to avoid euthanizing cats for space. If you're able to help, check out CACC Cat Transfer Team Page on Facebook. If you message them, they'll help you find a rescue to work with (if you're not already signed up with one.) You can also send me a PM and I'll try to help. If you'd rather...

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The trapper is continuing to bring in about 15 cats per evening and CACC is now over capacity. Fosters are desperately needed in order to avoid euthanizing cats for space. If you're able to help, check out CACC Cat Transfer Team Page on Facebook. If you message them, they'll help you find a rescue to work with (if you're not already signed up with one.) You can also send me a PM and I'll try to help. If you'd rather work with directly with a rescue agency, PAWS and Felines and Canines pulled a large number of cats today and I'm sure they're looking for fosters.

If you have space in your home and are looking for a cat, CACC is waiving the adoption fees for cats for the month of December.

  • If the guy were worried about their welfare, he would work with rescue groups. Dumping the kitties at ACC is cruel because they euthanize to make more room. I don't know what he was trying to accomplish?

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    The fact that the EB moderators considered a comment "inappropriate" where the member stated only that he wished more strays could be turned in to Chicago Animal Care and Control indicates how emotional and politicized this issue is. We're talking about stray animals here. By law, CACC functions to deal...

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    The fact that the EB moderators considered a comment "inappropriate" where the member stated only that he wished more strays could be turned in to Chicago Animal Care and Control indicates how emotional and politicized this issue is. We're talking about stray animals here. By law, CACC functions to deal with just such a problem.

    No matter how you feel, we should see this as sad indeed that there is zero concern for fair and logical discourse on this message board. It's really quite shocking that one view only is permitted here on EveryBlock.

Nov 28

Updated Dec 02

Facebook Post from Chicago Animal Care and Control

If you have an indoor/outdoor cat and/or are a colony caretaker, be aware that a guy has started trapping cats and bringing them to CACC. The last two nights he's brought in 15 cats (15 each night.) They've tried talking to him, but it's not working. There is additional information on the CACC Facebook Page.

If the addresses they listed are correct, he was on the South side last night and in Sauganash tonight. (So it's not limited to one...

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If you have an indoor/outdoor cat and/or are a colony caretaker, be aware that a guy has started trapping cats and bringing them to CACC. The last two nights he's brought in 15 cats (15 each night.) They've tried talking to him, but it's not working. There is additional information on the CACC Facebook Page.

If the addresses they listed are correct, he was on the South side last night and in Sauganash tonight. (So it's not limited to one area of the city.)

If your cat goes missing, be sure to check petharbor.com as CACC lists all the animals that come in on that website. They are working with Tree House and PAWS to get the chipped feral cats back to their colonies.

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    Interesting article saying cats are way better at killing rabbits squirrels and birds vs rats.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-19353/Cats-kill-275-million-animals-year.html

    "Cats also hunted down larger mammals, including high numbers of rabbits, weasels, stoats and grey squirrels. But they were very poor at killing rats, having captured only 162 in the survey - probably because...

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    Interesting article saying cats are way better at killing rabbits squirrels and birds vs rats.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-19353/Cats-kill-275-million-animals-year.html

    "Cats also hunted down larger mammals, including high numbers of rabbits, weasels, stoats and grey squirrels. But they were very poor at killing rats, having captured only 162 in the survey - probably because the rodents fight back viciously."

    The reason people arent seeing rats where these cats are is not because they kill them. Rats are put off by the smell of cat urine (just like people) and move along. So these scare tactics of rats being a threat to humans is invalid if the rats are just moving to a neighbors were there are less cats. So stop using the excuse cats kill rats. Also if a cat is being fed their prey drive is not as strong. Its still there but they can become lazy hunters.

  • We don't invite rats to live in the neighborhood and have set a humane-kill trap (we've eliminated six city rats inside two weeks last month and have no signs of any more outside in the past 10 days). We do have a couple feral cats prowling the area, and still...

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    We don't invite rats to live in the neighborhood and have set a humane-kill trap (we've eliminated six city rats inside two weeks last month and have no signs of any more outside in the past 10 days). We do have a couple feral cats prowling the area, and still had those rats.
    However, I have had some wild (literally) life experiences offshore -- in one such case I had rats scampering around beside my bunk as soon as I snuffed the lights (couldn't keep lights on). Those rats showed NO interest in me; never touched me or took a nibble.
    I've never heard of a rat approaching/biting anyone and doubt they would unless trapped and threatened - or diseased. Some small solace: While rats and mice are able to carry the rabies virus in their bodies, they have not been shown to be infected with rabies in wild populations.

Nov 27

Found cat

Hello , We found a cat on the 4000 block of n Mason.
Please let me know what color collar it has ( To verify ownership )
Then come and get it
Thanks

Nov 25

Updated Nov 27

Found dog

My neighbor just told me that she found a male dog, looks like a labradoodle, black and white, collar but no tags. Message me if you've lost a dog and I'll get your information to her. We're in Portage Park, near Irving Park and Austin.

  • Thanks anyway - hope that all the lost dogs find their way home.

  • No, it's an unkept standard schnauzer. I told them to post on FB illinois lost dogs. Sandoval, I know exactly what dog they are talking about. Cute as a button. I hope it finds its way back home soon. Bless her for watching over it.

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