I recently renewed an old friendship, and went to visit them, a mom and daughter, this morning. There was this raggedy old female cat sitting outside their door. Apparently someone had moved away and left her to fend for herself. She is blind in 1 eye, and may be hard of hearing. She is spayed, and was obviously someone's pet. She is now so afraid of people, she can't be touched, even though you can tell she longs to be petted. She will sniff at an offered hand, and has recently started sitting right inside the door if it is left open. They have fed her since she showed up, and are trying to gain her trust. They have a cat of their own that is pregnant, but the 2 cats get along great. They are on a fixed income, and were saving to have their cat spayed when she got out. She had been a strictly indoor kitty, but since she is already pregnant, they allow her on their porch, mostly to keep the old girl company, and try to help her find a place in the family so they can better care for her. I have decided to try and help them with the cost of spaying after the kits are born, and gave them the food I keep in the car for feeding the ferals at the shop. I feel so bad for this poor old girl. Is there anything anyone can suggest that we can do for her to make her a pet again? They are willing, but clueless, and I have limited time to spend with her. I am going to try to get her to the vet if we can figure out a way to get her in the carrier. Several neighbors put down food, so the humane trap did not work. She will not get hungry enough to go after food in it. We would really like to see her inside on the couch to live out her life in comfort.
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5/29/03 at 1:49pm