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I inadvertenly rescued a TNR kitty

post #1 of 18
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I may have rescued a TNR kittien. ( 99% sure)To make a long story short.... A kitten about 10 weeks old showed up on my back porch Thursday night. He was meowing to come in. Ironically we had decided our female that had lymphoma needed to be PTS on friday as she was down to about 5 pounds and was getting very weak( RIP Mia) So anyway I grabbed the kitty as he was still there Friday morning and took him to the vet. I figured it was destiny or kismet. LOL He is sweet and friendly and seems healthy, I didn't notice till at the vet his left ear is tipped and they said he appeared to be neutered already. I just thought this was interesting. I emailed a local group hoping they respond. I plan to keep him but have him isolated from my 2 remaining cats till his next vet visit in 3 weeks. If he was already neutered their site said he had a rabies and his 1st distemper too. I imagine this was recent. Any comments ?
post #2 of 18
He is better off with you than on the street, and if you have a place for him in your home and your heart, and he seems to be on his own, I think you should keep him. Kismet. Karma. All that Indian stuff.
post #3 of 18
What he said! Keep him.
post #4 of 18
Often caretakers can't find a shelter to take them, even if they seem adoptable, so just TNR them to help with the population. I would keep him separate until you are sure he is healthy, but if you can handle him, keep him!
post #5 of 18
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he is very handleable....a real love bug in fact. He seems very healthy but you never know, Is it true you can't get a real reading on a felv or aids test till at least 13-14 weeks old? I wonder why so many rescue groups will say tested negative on 8 week old kitties then? hmmmm. I'll post Manny's picture soon.
post #6 of 18
FIV cant be fully tested for till 16 weeks old as they can show a false positive before then due to mum's antibodies, although there is a new test in the UK for 8 weeks +. FeLV can be tested from birth.
post #7 of 18
Both of my kittens were tested at 6 weeks and negative. It is if they are positive that it can be an issue. You get false positives but not false negatives.
In this case the mother was also tested and was negative so I had double assurance.
Keep him. A kitten that lovable deserves a warm home, food and love. He is not feral yet so go ahead and love him up.
RIP Mia. I am sorry for your loss.
post #8 of 18
This litle one is a keeper for sure.
Sending test healty vibes.
post #9 of 18
CC - in house tests in the UK can show a false negative - it is 5% for false negatives, and 7% for false positives. These have been proved when checked at the place that do the accurate tests.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
He doesn't act feral at all. He is adjusting so well and is a real love bug. I wish I didn't have to isolate him for so long. The good thing here is,,,, someone is home 24/7. I am also on vacation this week and didn't have any major plans. yay. Thanks for all the responses and kind words.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by booktigger View Post
CC - in house tests in the UK can show a false negative - it is 5% for false negatives, and 7% for false positives. These have been proved when checked at the place that do the accurate tests.
Really? Didn't know that. Thanks for the numbers.

lily-I have to think Mia is up there watching and purring happily to know you are happy too.
post #12 of 18
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update. Manny is doing so well. He is such a smart sweet kitty. I heard back from the director of the only TNR group in this area( that I know of) and she said they wouldn't usually spay or neuter as young as I think he is. I guess he may be older than 10 weeks. I also read on a site that males testicles don't always descend till 4 months so I guess he could be a late bloomer. His ear is definately tipped though or he ironically got an injury that looks exactly like a tnr ear tip. I guess time will tell. If you go to my cats you can see him........
post #13 of 18
I looked at Manny's picture...
he is adorable.

He really did adopt you didn't he.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
yes we were blessed for sure. So far so good. Ironically we named him Manny after the crazy Red Sox player but when I looked up the name it means "with God". Now... I'm not that religious but heck I think there was definately some divine intervention going on last week lol
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by lilyluvscats View Post
Now... I'm not that religious but heck I think there was definately some divine intervention going on last week lol
Yes...Manny coming into your life is a wonderful blessing.
post #16 of 18
Manny is a sweet looking boy. I love the meaning of his name.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Update on Manny. On 7/18 he went back to the vet and tested neg. for aids/leukemia. I think because the other 2 knew he was in the spare room and smelled him for 3 weeks we had no issues at all letting him out of his room. Only a little hissing on day 1. It's like he fit in with the other 2 so well. He is really sweet but feisty but they love playing with him and never try to hurt him......even when he sometimes repeatedly tries to get them going. lol .
post #18 of 18
I'm happy to hear that Manny was neg. and that he's getting along well with the other furkids.
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