Wow guys, thanks for all the support!! I guess it never occurred to me that it was such a big deal, but none-the-less, It's nice to know I have a support system in case any questions regarding his/her behavior arise. If it's not too much trouble, please read what I've written below and correct me if i am doing anything wrong. I am new at this and don't want to hurt him/her anymore then (s)he already is.
Well all night yesterday she sat quietly in her cage, which FYI is large crate intended for a small dog, outfitted with food + water bowls, a makeshift litter box, and a towel. I hate to keep her in there but until she receives her shots and gets a flea bath I don't see any other options.
This morning shopped around for cheap shots and spay/neuter facilities. Because I don't plan on keeping her long-term and I want to find the cat a home personally without going through a shelter ((s)he is not particularly young or attractive, and i honestly don't think (s)he would stand a chance in a shelter) there are surprisingly few facilities that would cut me a break in the price. I decided to go through my regular (and expensive) vet for a 'stray checkup' plus testing for feline aids and leukemia tomorrow. And on Sunday go to PECTO for her shots. The spay or neuter surgery will have to wait, plus she is so skinny i don't think they would preform the surgery.
I took her into the bathroom to let her out and run around while i cleaned out her cage and the area of the living room where her cage is resting .with hot water soap and apple cider vinager then sprayed the heck out of it with pet safe flea spray. She is sooo friendly you guys! She's chatty and will rubs her body my legs, and if she wants to be pet she will gently tap me with her paw.
While i was letting the cage dry out, I accidentally left the door slightly ajar and she got out. I freaked out, as my other two cats have spent yesterday and night stalking the cage occasionally growling or hissing. "Freedom!!!" who trotted around the living room as she sniffing The Merkin who had a 'one step closer and I'll cut you' look in her eye, and trotted in the bedroom to find Garbo. I scooped her up and placed her back in her cage, where she is scratching, throwing litter everywhere and crying these pitiful little meows that would break your heart.
I am thinking about taking her out on the deck, as she seemed to enjoy sitting on the windowsill in the bathroom. What do you guys think?
My boyfriend took the camera to Taiwan where he has been working the past month, but he should be back around Monday and I'll share some pictures with y'all.
edited to add: (s)he is furiously scratching at her cage, throwing her body against the metal bars and breaking her nails. So (s)he doesn't hurt herself, I slightly raised my voice and firmly told her to stop and lie down. AND SHE DID. I know it's just a coincidence and she doesn't understand what i am saying, but I get the feeling she very intelligent and intrinsicly understands humans better then most cats (and I'm speaking as a cat owner.)Who ever adopts him/her will be very very happy.
I picked him/her up for the first time today. Because of her long fur, I didn't realize how skinny he/she is. All bones so much so that i thought I would break them by lifting her. If i had to guess, i would say 3 pounds at the most. And I would guess her age to be 8-12 months. Scary.