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ProfessorTomoe

Trail Camera and Other Nature Images

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While we're waiting for more current pictures, here's one that popped up on Facebook from three years ago. We called her Mom, and she was the feral mother of our current cat, Baker:

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Very graceful. If only her rambunctious son had carried over that trait. ;) 

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Again, sorry for the lack of photos lately. Mrs. Prof got a letter from the city code enforcement thugs, demanding that something be trimmed to clear access to our back alley (but not specifying what). She's spent the past two weekends trimming everything in sight and weeding her flower beds while the temperatures have been below the triple-digit mark.

I'm still trying to convince her to set up a YouTube channel for the videos she took, but she complains about not knowing what to do every time I bring up the topic. I may have to use my own channel, since I'm the only one with semi-serious video editing software (VideoStudio Pro x9, soon to be x10). I'll keep you updated.

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8 hours ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

I'm still trying to convince her to set up a YouTube channel for the videos she took, but she complains about not knowing what to do every time I bring up the topic. I may have to use my own channel, since I'm the only one with semi-serious video editing software (VideoStudio Pro x9, soon to be x10). I'll keep you updated.

Tell her if you put a low level if commercials on the channel, the proceeds could be used to support the kitties.  You know how popular cat videos are on the internet!

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Just now, CritterKeeper said:

Tell her if you put a low level if commercials on the channel, the proceeds could be used to support the kitties.  You know how popular cat videos are on the internet!

I will suggest this. She will probably redirect the funds to the Garland TNR program, if she can. Thanks for the idea!

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8 minutes ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

I will suggest this. She will probably redirect the funds to the Garland TNR program, if she can. Thanks for the idea!

Not sure if it would help, tax-wise, to create a channel in their name, or not.

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Mrs. Prof finally put the Trail Camera to its intended use last night. She was looking for cats at a property where a feeder who'd taken over from one who'd moved had said she'd never seen any cats, but the food was disappearing and the water was getting dirty—a sign of raccoons. She didn't find any raccoons, but she found a cat and some unidentified bird:

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Can anyone identify the bird just from the overhead shot?

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59 minutes ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Can anyone identify the bird just from the overhead shot?

A Brown Thrush would be my guess.

Would be odd if it is, since they should be further north right now.

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Mrs. Prof put the trail camera out earlier this week at a suspected cat/wildlife spot. It didn't fire off a single picture. We're not sure why. It's possible that nothing came within trigger range, but that would be rare. She's going to check out the batteries and do a diagnostic on it (to the degree that she can).

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Tomorrow I'm going to try and put sort of a hybrid video up on YouTube. It starts out inside our house, then moves outside to show some of the ferals. All of it is shot with a phone camera, horizontal. It's not trail cam stuff, but with the ferals, it is nature-oriented. Mrs. Prof shot it with her phone.

I'm going to have to make sure I've got VideoStudio Ultimate 10 installed and configured properly before I post it, because I'm going to have to cross-fade two video clips to make it make sense. Cross your fingers and wish me luck (and health)!

EDIT: don't get your hopes up too high. It won't be a long video.

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Those ferals seem fairly friendly too, unless that's just they are when they know they're about to get food.

The two orange tabbies seem to like each other.

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1 hour ago, Scotty said:

Those ferals seem fairly friendly too, unless that's just they are when they know they're about to get food.

They've grown to like Mrs. Prof, Great Deliverer of Food. Me, they could give a fart in the wind about. The long-haired orange tabby is a real mystery (the one who sneezed). He hisses at everyone at least once, usually, and then turns into Normal Cat.

1 hour ago, Scotty said:

The two orange tabbies seem to like each other.

They're just now getting friendly. All of them are friends. They're all in the TNR club. No hormones to get in the way of just being a cat.

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So, I have been having an issue with wild cats at my home lately, and thought that this would be the appropriate thread to ask for advice.

Basically, a semi-feral black cat in the neighborhood had kittens, and I managed to get homes for the kittens, keeping the runt of the litter (who is a female black longhair) to be my own pet. She is now four months old, and the issue is that Mama Cat is growing hostile towards her, hissing and batting at her, and stealing her food. What can I do to discourage Mama Cat beyond simply keeping the kitten indoors? Mama Cat is sufficiently wary of me that I am unable to get close enough to actually touch her, but is bold enough to come and harass her former baby whenever my back is turned for more than a minute.

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