I live in an area where there are a lot of abandoned/stray cats. Too many people just put their cat out when they decide they don't like it anymore or its too much trouble or they move and leave the cat behind. It is very disheartening. The poor things can't defend themselves and are totally lost. We have already taken in one beautiful orange cat 5 yrs old who was badly hurt - big infected cut on chest- got him to a vet, and my friend adopted him and he is lovely. But now we have 4 cats in the house. We leave food out for the other cats, and there was one very friendly little guy (unneutered of course, 8 months old) who came regularly, and seemed to have lost a lot of fights, scars all over his nose. By talking to some of the kids in the neighbourhood I found out who he belonged to and that he had been put out - they got a dog and didn't want him anymore. I tried to have the Humane Society take him in but they said since I know who he belongs to, I can't bring him in, the owners have to surrender him. The fact that they have put out on the street doesn't count. I brought him in to sleep in the sunroom for safety. I can't afford the cost of neutering, vaccinations, deworming etc. - in my town that would be about $600. But, got in contact with ARK (Animal Rescue Krew) and they have offered to have all that done if I agree to adopt him for $80.00. So I've got another cat. He's very sweet, but follows the other cats around and they are not too happy about it, they hiss and even slap him, but so far they haven't put out their claws. But Max, the 5 yr old has suddenly started peeing outside the litter box, something he never did before. Going to get some Feliway as I have heard its good for cat anxiety. Sorry, such a long message. Has anyone here used the Feliway plug ins for this kind of situation. Will it make a difference when the new guy (un-named so far) gets neutered. Any advice welcome.
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8/24/07 at 7:53pm