PROLOG: It seems we just can't stop from feeding the stray and feral cats in my neighborhood. My husband and I have 6 cats in the house we have saved from death or worse (neglect & abuse). The last one we took in, is a long hair, adult male, tuxedo, that is deaf (after having him tested and shots updated) we slowly introduced him into the pack. There can always be problems bringing in another cat, we try very hard to make it as smooth as possible on both the new cat and existing ones in the home.
*BIG SIGH* one of our females (Shiela) got an abses on her eye. It turned out to be the herpies virus. Which the vet told us it is in all cats but the stress of a new cat in the house brought it out. To make a long story short the Shiela kept her eye (by the grace of god) but it cost us hundreds of dollars in medicine and vet bills.
This brings me to Cat without claws: We named her Smokey A purebred russian blue, fixed, with no front claws :( My husband and I believe this is the worse thing you can do to a cat that lives outside. It took me 6 months to be able to get near her. She is scheduled to see our vet on (sat 1/19/13) if i can get a hold of her. My husband asked me to keep an eye on Shila's eye to see if she was getting stressed by having a female cat outside. So far so good.
We called animal control to come check to see if she had a chip. Hoping that if someone spent so much money on this kitty a chip would be included. No such luck
The police man told us Smokey had it pretty made living in our back yard. (another story of how much we love animals and the lengths we will go to keep them safe and secure).
So do we try to introduce her to the pack and get her an inside bed? or leave well enough alone and leave her outside?
thanks for reading