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post #1 of 20
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Three days ago I found a stray kitten in a ditch near my home. She looks to only be around 8 weeks of age, and is emaciated. I've been feeding her and playing with her during the day, and keeping her in a pet taxi on the porch with food, water, and a small litterbox in it at night (there's a tom who makes rounds to a lot of houses in the neighborhood, as well as a few stray dogs and I want her to be safe).

She is very people-friendly, playful, and has never tried to scratch or bite me. She is a sweet little blue longhair with yellow-gold eyes and white mitts, a white belly, and a little white point on her nose. She is obviously someone's pet who was thrown into the ditch as soon as they found out that she was a "she". I cannot drive, or I would've taken her to a vet the day I found her, as I think she might have worms. ( i live in a rural area and depend on others to get around at the moment) She uses the litterbox, but is a little under vigilant when it comes to cleaning herself (which leads me to believe that she's closer to 7 weeks than 8.)

I cannot keep her, as we are already tipping the feline-ownership scales at 5 cats, and cannot bring her inside, as three of those cats are kittens about a week (or two) younger than her who've not had their shots or worming done yet and I do not want them catching anything. I would like to find a home for her, since I cannot offer her one. Pictures will be posted soon.
post #2 of 20
It would help if you were to also post your city and state.

Katie
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
Three days ago I found a stray kitten in a ditch near my home. She looks to only be around 8 weeks of age, and is emaciated. I've been feeding her and playing with her during the day, and keeping her in a pet taxi on the porch with food, water, and a small litterbox in it at night (there's a tom who makes rounds to a lot of houses in the neighborhood, as well as a few stray dogs and I want her to be safe).

She is very people-friendly, playful, and has never tried to scratch or bite me. She is a sweet little blue longhair with yellow-gold eyes and white mitts, a white belly, and a little white point on her nose. She is obviously someone's pet who was thrown into the ditch as soon as they found out that she was a "she". I cannot drive, or I would've taken her to a vet the day I found her, as I think she might have worms. ( i live in a rural area and depend on others to get around at the moment) She uses the litterbox, but is a little under vigilant when it comes to cleaning herself (which leads me to believe that she's closer to 7 weeks than 8.)

I cannot keep her, as we are already tipping the feline-ownership scales at 5 cats, and cannot bring her inside, as three of those cats are kittens about a week (or two) younger than her who've not had their shots or worming done yet and I do not want them catching anything. I would like to find a home for her, since I cannot offer her one. Pictures will be posted soon.

No mama cats in the neighborhood that you are aware of? To me, the lack of fastidiousness in cleaning herself, might mean that she did not get to spend the time with her mother and litter during which a kitten is taught such things by them. Please do put emphasis as you can on getting all the kittens to a local vet, because if there is anything I think this little foundling might benefit from it is some company of her feline kind. Especially if you have kittens that may be younger than this one, if they can get a clean bill of health, then raising them together would be the kindest thing I can think of. (I don't want to make you feel you must take in every stray around, but since you clearly have already taken SOME ownership of this one, I would say, um, you've got the best chances of providing her a brighter future!)

I am not well-acquainted with the issues facing cat rescue in rural areas, so I really can't do much more to help as far as the question of where this little one came from or where she might find a good permanent home, sorry!

Linda
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by linda_of_pgff
No mama cats in the neighborhood that you are aware of? To me, the lack of fastidiousness in cleaning herself, might mean that she did not get to spend the time with her mother and litter during which a kitten is taught such things by them. Please do put emphasis as you can on getting all the kittens to a local vet, because if there is anything I think this little foundling might benefit from it is some company of her feline kind. Especially if you have kittens that may be younger than this one, if they can get a clean bill of health, then raising them together would be the kindest thing I can think of. (I don't want to make you feel you must take in every stray around, but since you clearly have already taken SOME ownership of this one, I would say, um, you've got the best chances of providing her a brighter future!)

I am not well-acquainted with the issues facing cat rescue in rural areas, so I really can't do much more to help as far as the question of where this little one came from or where she might find a good permanent home, sorry!

Linda


The kittens are scheduled at the vet's already. As far as I know, they've got a clean bill of health (no worms, shiny coats, clear eyes, etc.) My concern is wanting to keep it that way. I simply cannot keep her long-term. I have enough cats. She needs more attention than I can give her, and I would like her to go to someone who CAN give her the attention he needs. There is no animal shelter nearby, and the closest one will not take her (i called them). The second-closest is virtually unreachable (i suspect that they dont exist).
The closest humane society is literally 100 miles away. I've been asking around to see if anyone wants her, but everyone's already got too many cats.
post #5 of 20
Its too bad the one shelter wont take her.
At least she has you to care for her.
Hope you can find someone, somewhere to help out!
Cudos to you for taking her in!!
post #6 of 20
Where are you located? Maybe another member here can take her. (I'd take her, but I'm sure you aren't near me. I have lots of options for unwanted cats near me!)
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
The kittens are scheduled at the vet's already. As far as I know, they've got a clean bill of health (no worms, shiny coats, clear eyes, etc.) My concern is wanting to keep it that way. I simply cannot keep her long-term. I have enough cats. She needs more attention than I can give her, and I would like her to go to someone who CAN give her the attention he needs. There is no animal shelter nearby, and the closest one will not take her (i called them). The second-closest is virtually unreachable (i suspect that they dont exist).
The closest humane society is literally 100 miles away. I've been asking around to see if anyone wants her, but everyone's already got too many cats.
Please post your state and city. It's very hard for people that might want to adopt a kitten because nobody knows where you are located.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Where are you located? Maybe another member here can take her. (I'd take her, but I'm sure you aren't near me. I have lots of options for unwanted cats near me!)

"she" turns out to be a "he" (gave him a bath yesterday). I am located in Kentucky.
post #9 of 20
Ah, Kentucky is pretty far away from Illinois! Maybe just build a safe shelter, and keep him as an outside cat until someone comes along who wants to adopt him. I have a lovely outside cat, Will, who adopted me last winter.

Just be sure to get him neutered to keep him from fighting. (I have already spent $160 on Will due to his fighting. He still needs to go for his neuter!)

Did you google to find someone closer to you to adopt him out. Or maybe Petfinders can help?

Good luck.
post #10 of 20
Kentucky is a really long state. Are you in eastern, western or central KY? I'm in far west Kentucky and might be able to hook you up with a rescue if you're in this part of the state.
post #11 of 20
I'm also interested in whereabouts in kentucky you are. I'm in Indiana---evansville. If I were close enough I'd come get him and find him a home.


I hope you/we find a home for him soon...it's making me sad thinking of him being crammed in a pet taxi!!!

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by LaceyDF
I'm also interested in whereabouts in kentucky you are. I'm in Indiana---evansville. If I were close enough I'd come get him and find him a home.


I hope you/we find a home for him soon...it's making me sad thinking of him being crammed in a pet taxi!!!




same here, but i cannot offer him any other means of safety at night, as he is so small, and my own tiny cats have not been vetted yet (but will be soon), so letting him in is not an option right now, as i do not know if he's got anything (fiv, fip,etc). I am in eastern ky.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by lotsocats
Kentucky is a really long state. Are you in eastern, western or central KY? I'm in far west Kentucky and might be able to hook you up with a rescue if you're in this part of the state.

i am in eastern ky. :/
post #14 of 20
bummer!
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by lotsocats
bummer!
indeed it is. he's a sweet little fellow. My camera is temporarily out of commission, but i've found a photo of a cat that looks extremely similar to him:



He looks almost exactly like this cat, coat pattern and color wise. The only difference is that his belly patch is straighter line and his eyes are simply yellow-gold. Also, he's only about 7-8 weeks old.
post #16 of 20
i didn't mean to come off snotty or anythign in my post. You are doing a fantastic job regardless, just by keepign this poor kitty off the streets and out of harm's way.

please keep us updated!
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Found out today that our middle-of-nowhere town has an animal control unit. They are unlisted, and very hard to find, but out of sheer luck, we saw them today. They picked up the tiny girl (yes, it IS a she after all), and will get her vet care and take her to a no-kill shelter. They also have a low-cost spay/neuter program, so when the time comes, we can get 2 of the kittens fixed for $5. I am very happy.
post #18 of 20
That is good news! Thanks for your efforts- anyway they will keep you updated about her progress?
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by hissy
That is good news! Thanks for your efforts- anyway they will keep you updated about her progress?

no, but they take them to a shelter that posts on petfinder and has a website, so i can see if she gets adopted.
post #20 of 20
Wow! What wonderful news!
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