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Tue May 25, 2021, 07:56 PM

Well, this is embarrassing

I went trapping last night and in no time had a large fluffy cat thrashing in my trap. I glanced at it and, because it was gray and pale brown, decided it was a female dilute tortie. I covered her and placed the trap in the garage for the pre-dawn trip to have her spayed.

This afternoon at pickup, I learned that “she” had been, in fact, not a dilute tortie, but a gray tomcat covered in brown dirt. He was now a very angry neutered cat.

I had named him Mabel.

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Reply Well, this is embarrassing (Original post)
spinbaby May 25 OP
multigraincracker May 25 #1
CountAllVotes May 25 #2
GeoWilliam750 May 25 #7
RockRaven May 25 #3
tclambert May 25 #4
Generic Brad May 25 #5
a kennedy May 25 #6
world wide wally May 25 #8
LudwigPastorius May 25 #9
bearssoapbox May 25 #10
BobTheSubgenius May 25 #11
wnylib May 25 #12
PoindexterOglethorpe May 25 #14
wnylib May 26 #15
eppur_se_muova May 25 #13

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:04 PM

1. When I lived in Ohio, the guy across the street

was an idiot. Had a Confederate flag flying. Anyway he had a Tom cat that was the terror of our block. Then one day the cat settled down and just slept in his driveway. The lady next door had trapped his and had his nuggies cut off. She ask me not to tell him.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:08 PM

2. You could rename him Abel

Like in Cain and Abel ???

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #2)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:41 PM

7. Perhaps instead, "UnAbel"

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:23 PM

3. "Maple" could be a gender-neutral cat name...

or go with "May Bull" (when you trapped him plus ironic reference to what happened next)

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:07 PM

4. Is this what your cat trap looked like?

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:26 PM

5. Gender is fluid

Stick with Mable.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:37 PM

6. This just made me laugh......."He was now a very angry neutered cat." 🤣 🤣 🤣

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:43 PM

8. I named one of our chickens "Mable"

When she got older, she started crowing and I found out she was in fact a rooster.
I changed his name to Clark "Gable"

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:59 PM

9. Tom the Atom Bomb is now...

more like a cap gun.

Good on you for helping to keep more hungry, unwanted kittehs from being born.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 10:05 PM

10. My youngest son found 2 very young kittens

One didn't make it and he named the survivor "Herbie" because he had recently seen the movie.

Herbie was found and named back in 1983.

She was a gray tiger male that lived 21 years.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 11:00 PM

11. Are you the one that's embarrassed?

There's a tomcat going through life named Mabel.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 11:14 PM

12. A friend found a ginger kitten huddled under

her car in the winter. She took it in, but her husband said it appeared to be pregnant and he didn't want to deal with kittens. My cat had passed away several months before that, so they asked if I wanted the ginger stray. I agreed to take it.

The "pregnant female" kitten had small but visible testicles that were beginning to descend, indicating that he was around 5 to 6 months old. The "pregnant" belly was actually a distension caused by an infestation of worms, very visible in his litter. After he was cleaned up, the worms were cleared up, and he was on a nutritious cat food, he became a beautiful trim and fit ginger tom cat with a white bib and white socks. Very affectionate and appreciative of being healed and cared for. And definitely male. Named him Leo.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #12)

Tue May 25, 2021, 11:54 PM

14. What a wonderful story.

Thank you for sharing.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #14)

Wed May 26, 2021, 12:14 AM

15. When I realized that Leo was actually a young male

with worms, I was amazed that my friend and her husband had mistaken him for a pregnant female. They apparently had little experience with stray cats. Distended bellies in kittens is a common symptom of worms in strays. So are vomiting and diarrhea. So, despite the fact that the testicles were visible, although small, they compared the full belly and vomiting to human symptoms of pregnancy.

Their loss and my gain. He was the sweetest, most affectionate cat I ever had. I nicknamed him Mr. Love because he never met a living being, animal or human, that he didn't like.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 11:48 PM

13. I was unsure of the gender of my feral kittens when I trapped them.

Itty bitty kitty genitalia don't show well when buried in fuzz.

So I aimed for gender-neutral or confused names. "Caramel" is a male, with orange and white fur. "Ralph" is named after "Ralph Monroe", one of the Monroe "brothers" on Green Acres. Mary Grace Canfield, the actress who played the role, died the weekend I took Ralphie Girl to the vet for pre-adoption shots and spaying. She didn't actually like the role, but I liked the gender confusion.

Ralph, as it turns out, ralphs a lot, so it sorta-kinda works.

Sadly, I only rescued two of the original five. Still makes me sad. Two half-siblings were adopted by the nice "Cat Ladies" of Jackson, TN.

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