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Welcome to The Cat Site; sorry it's under these conditions. Did you use the same type of meat? Was it ground? You said the vomit looked like poop and hairball: could you elaborate? I trust/hope it didn't *smell* like poop! Ritz throws up because of acid indigestion, but it is food she has just eaten. I fed prey model raw, so I see chunks of meat/liver/kidney. And yes it is not unusual for one cat to like raw and the other cat, not. It is also possible for a cat to...
I don't have any experience with Ritz eating plastic bags, though she did eat (and immediately vomit) the paper that collects the juices from raw meat in pre-packaged meat. She did perhaps swallow some thin string, but the doctor didn't see anything (and I believe she was eating fine). And it's not something that would show up on x-rays. Could be something mild like a flu. I'm glad you're taking her to the vets--sooner rather than later. Change in behavior is always a...
I agree with Ondine: doubtful he will go into a trap again and he should get tested for FIV/FeLV--take him back to the vets in the trap--test results come back in about 15 minutes. FIV isn't a big deal (in cat sanctuaries, they are often placed with other cats, assuming the FIV+ cat isn't outwardly aggressive). Can you borrow or buy (2nd hand, from a thrift store) a large dog crate and transfer him into that? Not sure why your friend thinks this cat will develop a UTI. ...
I'm sorry this happened to you. The only experience I had is this: a friend and I removed several cats from a community cat colony that I take care of to resocialize them (they had at one time been someone's pet) and adopt them out. Fast forward nine months and "Buckley" was ready to go to his furever home. The co-socializer tried putting him a cat carrier and he freaked; escaped into the rafters of her house; and two weeks later, two miles away, returned to where he...
Ritz only likes one type of toy, and that is an ornamental grass with a 'feather' on top. I drag it under (of all things) a t-shirt, tetting her see the 'feather'. I guess she thinks it is a mouse, because she crouches, rocks back and forth on her legs, and POUNCES on the feather, which she eats. Your cat might also like Da Mouse; it is also probably safer than the Lagurus. Some "da mouse" toys have other attachments; Da Bird is particularly popular with some cats. ...
Congratulations! Them saying it couldn't be done reminded me of something that happened to me: Animal Control came out to the condo complex where I was living several times to trap and remove (read: euthanize) cats. In addition to people stealing traps, AC didn't trap any cats. So I talked to the property manager and volunteered, with the stipulation that the cats would be returned to where I found them. The property manager relucantly agreed because I said "better the...
First, thank you for taking care of all the cats. Just as we shouldn't give medical advice about cats, so I can only give what I think, feel. I am not an attorney, though I have been a legal secretary for 30+ years, mainly boring type of law like mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate. But my legal radar is a bit more paranoid than most peoples, perhaps. Regarding the legal issue: you need to check the statutes/laws in your town, city, county, state. ...
I suspect a fight then, though I thought neutered males fought less. But of course keep a close eye on him--if he stops eating/peeing/pooping, or seems off-balance (mobility or thought wise), then I would take him back to the vets immediately.
I'm sorry this happened to your cat. Is he neutered? If NOT, he may have a greater propensity to fight another male cat. But the fever to me (uneducated.....) seems to indicate an infection of some sort, not a fight. Glad antibiotics were prescribed. And that he is eating. Were x-rays taken? Blood work?
Shelters routinely give Core vaccinations; they have no way of knowing the cat's history. Also, may prevent the spread of respiratory ailments which in young kittens can be fatal. PS: I use to live in Tampa 30 years ago, a block or two from Bayshore Drive. Pretty place.
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