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Found Roadside Kitten

post #1 of 18
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Saturday morning on the way from home (at 6am) My wife & I saw a kitten "running" in the middle of the highway, we swerved to miss it (barely)

We stopped to see how injured it was... It was moving by pulling it along with its front paws, the rear legs were just being dragged along (quite fast). Its tongue was sticking out, looked like the top fang had pierced the tongue, fought with the kitten to move it away from the fang.

We spent 10 minutes trying to capture the kitten from under the car (man the cat can fly with only two legs), wrapped the kitten in a towel we had in the back seat, it almost immediately quieted down.

As the kitten was in the towel it looked like the kitten was not going to make it. So we call the police if they could do anything, or knew the number to a vet.

That's when I found that I live in a small town without a vet in town so all the police could suggest was to have an officer come out and "put it out", in an hour -shift change- (not an option in my book).

We had to drive over to the next town and wait for a vet to come and open their office at 8am.

Vet told us that they "don't do strays" (really pissed me and my wife way off)
We had to pay them just to look at it.

As we waited for the lady with her DOG to be seen (SHE had an appointment for a nail clipping) the kitten heard some dogs in the back... the kitten freaked and got up on all four and tried to run away.

During the inspection the Vet found that the kitten's tongue was pierced thru the bottom by the lower fangs as well (tongue immediately went into its mouth) Why I didn't think of it, I don't know.

Kitten weighed itself, (crawled onto the scale itself) 2.25 pounds.

Has a 3inch wound on its right rear leg, its left eye is a little darker that the other.

No broken leg bones

Vet say's that the pelvis/hips might be fractured/broken, (couldn't afford an X-ray) but that theirs nothing that he could do for a kitten this young (even if we got an X-ray). The vet suspected that we keep the kitten in a cage for a few weeks and allow the "break" to heal.

Also looks to be a male kitten... All BLACK kitten, have named him Skids

My other 4 year old female cat is not happy, but she will have to adjust (will hopefully help prepare her for the baby my wife and I are trying to have)
post #2 of 18
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Have moved the kitten from the pet taxi we had him in into a large box. Is big enouph for him, food dish & litterbox. (Took to litter box immediatly)

Kitten loved the cat milk we bought for the other cat (she hates it... only real milk for her) He likes the soft cat food, don't put to much in at a time so he won't over eat.

He hisses when he sees us, but he's young enouph that he should learn to like us (after all he was found on the side of the road)

Have heard him meow, after his bath (OMG he stunk when we found him) got his first bath the day after, waited so the cream the vet gave had some time to work on his leg wound (he favors that leg when in the litter box)

My other cat (named Itty) is spooked when she walks past Skids box... Will work on getting them acclimated together when Skids is moving around better. He spends most of his time sitting on the dish towel I dried him off with after his last bath when we moved him out of the pet taxi. (Was to small for him to move away from his poo in it)
post #3 of 18
First of all, welcome to TCS....

Thank you for being an to this poor kitty. I'm sorry you had to go through all that crap with the police/vet. But I'm glad to hear that the kitty is doing well.

I take it that you are keeping him? Do you know approx. how old he is?

We would love to see pics....

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Originally Posted by MEATLOAFr View Post
Have moved the kitten from the pet taxi we had him in into a large box. Is big enouph for him, food dish & litterbox. (Took to litter box immediatly)

Kitten loved the cat milk we bought for the other cat (she hates it... only real milk for her) He likes the soft cat food, don't put to much in at a time so he won't over eat.
If he is a kitten, there is absolutely no reason to limit his food, especially wet food. It is very healthy for him. It is more the dry food that gets measured out. Feeding as the can recommends is great, though keep in mind that kittens require double the amount of calories that adults do.

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He hisses when he sees us, but he's young enouph that he should learn to like us (after all he was found on the side of the road)

Have heard him meow, after his bath (OMG he stunk when we found him) got his first bath the day after, waited so the cream the vet gave had some time to work on his leg wound (he favors that leg when in the litter box)

My other cat (named Itty) is spooked when she walks past Skids box... Will work on getting them acclimated together when Skids is moving around better. He spends most of his time sitting on the dish towel I dried him off with after his last bath when we moved him out of the pet taxi. (Was to small for him to move away from his poo in it)
Has Itty been vaccinated? I would definately hold off on the intro's till you can get Skids vaccines up to date, checked for worms, etc.
post #4 of 18
Bless you for helping this little baby!!!

But something in your posts caught my eye - you really shouldn't give cows milk to ANY cat - they cannot digest it.
post #5 of 18
Welcome to TCS!!!! Hooray for rescuing Skids Sending calming prayers & vibes to Itty - Joey & JC send their commiserations to her - I took in 3 young babies that some kids' dad was going to have them dump off if they couldn't give them away in front of KMart and Joey & JC are NOT happy
I was impressed with your story - your wife & you are not only very compassionate, but very clever & resourceful as well. Your future children will be very blessed to have such wonderful parents
For my kittens, I'm using a blend of Kitten Milk Replacer with 1/3 of half-n-half/water blended in. I'm as lactose intolerant as a cat, so what works for me works wonderfully for my kitties
And, yup, we do like pics here at TCS - can scarcely wait to yours
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Gave Skids a bath today after getting home from work.
(Wife say's he stinks to high heaven... and she's right)


Wife drying him off

Skid's Photo Album
Feel free to comment

Skids is doing fine, I let him out of his box for whilelast nite... heard him trying to get out for a while, thunder storms this morning scared him, tring to get out more.

Got home from work and my wife opened the flap on the box and Skids just jumped right on out.

Letting hime walk around the bed room more, shows no limp from his injurys, jumps off the bed if we have him up on it (low matress).

He loves to be scratched behind the ears and neck, can feel every rib and vertebra on him, (will work on getting some meat on his bones)

He's Starting to be more vocal, meow's alot... but so did Itty when we rescued her from the farm.
Itty's Photo Album
post #7 of 18
He sure is skinny (so sad, the neglect he has faced) but I am sure he will fatten up in no time! You seem like you are taking good care of him. Thank goodness you found him and took care of him. Healing vibes for Skids Your home and safe little one!

Itty is adorable too. I love orange kittehs!
post #8 of 18
He looks pretty good for a kitty that was recently dragging himself down the road by his front legs. I am sure with your TLC he will thrive and grow to be a happy, healthy kitty. Bless y'all for rescuing him. Please keep us updated. I think I can safely say we are all looking forward to watching him grow up.
post #9 of 18
Oh THANK YOU for rescuing this kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He is adorable!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure he'll fatten up right quick. If you want to get some extra weight on him now, you can make him a "glop" of KMR (stuff they use to bottle feed kitties) and his wet food. You can also get him Gerber's baby food, chicken. Cats tend to LOVE this - we use it as a treat for our kitties.

The slow supervised introductions are good. In the meantime, you can help Itty by rubbing Skids all over with a couple of rags, and put one under her food dish, one in a bed she loves, and after playing with her, put treats down on another one. This will help her associate his smell with things she loves, and may help her transition to sharing her territory a little easier.

for being so wonderful!

Laurie
post #10 of 18
I almost ran out of this thread reading about half way into your OP. Oh my goodness!
You and your wife are for taking this little one in, bless you.
So many sad stories here on TCS, but many happy ones as well, Skids will be just fine now with you and your wife raising him.
and have some as well!
post #11 of 18
I just looked at Itty's album. He is adorable! You have quite the pair of cutie pies.
post #12 of 18
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Skids is running around great... Can't keep him from getting out of just about anything.

Will have to start looking for a new home for him... Landlord only will allow 1 cat, will give him to a loving home... not giving him to a pound/vet.

Will not like that day, but unfornuanutaly it will have to come... sooner or later.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by MEATLOAFr View Post
Skids is running around great... Can't keep him from getting out of just about anything.

Will have to start looking for a new home for him... Landlord only will allow 1 cat, will give him to a loving home... not giving him to a pound/vet.

Will not like that day, but unfornuanutaly it will have to come... sooner or later.
have you talked to the landlord? 2 cats really won't cause any more damage than one, IMO - if you ask, the landlord might make an exception for you... can't hurt, now, can it?
post #14 of 18
tried to send this in a PM, but you evidently have them turned off? anyway, hope you like it!


post #15 of 18
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Thanks for the pic, but Skids has some medical things that we can't afford right now, found a great big wound on his rear today when we got home, and don't know what to do about it, would like to find someone that could take care of him, but the $$ is way to tight right now.

The wound we found today almost looks like it goes into is bowels, and he seems weeker than the other day.

Plan on takening him to a no-kill shelter... if i can find him one.

Makes us sad to do it, but we did alot of soul searching and both agree that he would do better with someone that can take better care of him.

post #16 of 18
Sometimes giving them to someone who can help them is the best thing you can do. Just because you rescued him doesn't mean you are bound to the little guy for life. You did your part and now you need someone to take over and do the next part. I hope you find the right place for him and he can be healed and find a forever home.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Dropped Skids off at the humane society today, asked them to please not to put him to sleep, people in office think he should be better with some good treatment, and should be adoptable in a few weeks.

Still breaks my heart to have to take him to a place like that, instead of a good home, but he'll get the care and treatment that he needs/deservers.

So, if anyone knows anyone in Lincoln Nebraska, let them know that there is a loving black kitten in need of a good home there.

Skids will always have a place in my wife and my heart, and he will be missed dearly. And may he find some loving family to take good care of him soon.
post #18 of 18
If he gets put up for adoption I'm sure he'll get a good home, kittens go quickly from Capital from what I've seen. If he shows up, I'll nudge a friend who's been considering a second cat.
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