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post #1 of 21
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ok yesterday while outside a very friendly unfixed male kitten about 6-8 im guessing came up to us. like i said very friendly let the kids pick it up everything when i picked it up it started urring and licking my face. i figured it was a pet to someone and just around but i fed it and gave some water since it seemed a little dehydrated. it ate like never befor. it stayed at our back door outside all night crying to be let in. it is 8:46 and still there. i gave it some more food and water and it ate it all lol (and since my cats get iams thats what hes eaing (hubby not happy lol) here is the dilema. our animal control will put it down in 7 days if no one claims it. i have 3 cats and a new puppy and with my one cat that has some aggresion issues lately i dont think bringing it in will be a good thing also my cats have had all shots but i dont want them to get anything that this cat might have although he looks healthy exept for might be dehidrated and his whiskers are burnt.. any ideas?
post #2 of 21
Maybe you can at least TNR or fix and offer to a friend....Sorry not good at ideas...
post #3 of 21
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we dont have a tnr where im at just stupid animal control but he puts them down if no one claims we have a humane society but they are full they are a no kill so some of the cats have been there for years he would be happier outside i think lol i could neuter him myself and let him go but its expensive.
post #4 of 21
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oh also hes very pretty i wish i could keep him ive never quite seen a cat that looks like him spots and stripes lol kind of strange he almost looks like the bengal pictures that sydney posted of her kittens in the first picture. right now its still scratching ur back door to get in i feel so bad for it it dont belong outside.
post #5 of 21
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also one other question i am gonna watch the newspapper to see if anyone is missing it but for the next month or so we are moving and cant afford to get him fixed so he will have to stay outside should i just feed it iams or what else should i leave for it?
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by april31
also one other question i am gonna watch the newspapper to see if anyone is missing it but for the next month or so we are moving and cant afford to get him fixed so he will have to stay outside should i just feed it iams or what else should i leave for it?
April...part of the responsibility of taking care of a cat is making sure that it gets fixed. If you cannot have him fixed, then I would really suggest you stop feeding him. Hopefully he will then find someone who can get him neutered. I know you are trying to do what you can...but you need to consider what would be best for this cat.

I would contact Alley Cat Allies, they may know a group or an individual who does perform TNR in your state:

http://www.alleycat.org/

Also, below is a list of low cost spay/neuter clinics by state, I urge you to consider getting this boy fixed:

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html

Katie
post #7 of 21
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well first off i fed him because he was under weight and slightly dehydrated also it is sunday and nothing is open my vet that i take my 3 cats to is in the hospital with his wife having a baby so either way i cant do anything till tuesday. the humane society is full i already called i would have to take him to a town about 2 hours away and well my van took a dive. so untill tuesday the best thing i can do for it is give it some food and water then go from there.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by april31
well first off i fed him because he was under weight and slightly dehydrated also it is sunday and nothing is open my vet that i take my 3 cats to is in the hospital with his wife having a baby so either way i cant do anything till tuesday. the humane society is full i already called i would have to take him to a town about 2 hours away and well my van took a dive. so untill tuesday the best thing i can do for it is give it some food and water then go from there.
April...I would still contact Alley Cat Allies to see if anyone does perform TNR. Just because Animal Control puts the cats down..doesn't mean that there isn't a kind soul who practices TNR on his/her own. It would also be good for Alley Cat Allies to know that TNR is needed there.

You were asking what you should do....and it sounded as if you couldn't afford to neuter the cat. Feeding a cat makes it dependant on you...I do hope you will get him neutered...and if he is friendly, you should be able to place him.

Katie
post #9 of 21
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yeah my husband and i were talking im gonna contact a vet tuesday that does low cost fixing see if they can set something up its not that we dont have the money we could do it but my vet charges 200 this one charges 50. just wasnt something we were expecting i cant help wonder if it isnt someones pet with how friendly it is but it dont seem to want to go anywhere its made himself at home. i think someone told me they do a tnr about 3 hours from me but thats it iowa dont have many options. my first thing is making sure it is healthy enough to bring in the house. we are sopposed to get bad weather tomorrow if it happens i will bring it inside into the basement. i just dont want my cats to get sick or fleas whatever it might bring in his singed wiskers bother me a bit he also has some old scabs maybe got into a fight. i will do the best i can with him as he is really nice.
post #10 of 21
I think you should write him up at all message boards in the neighborhood as "found". IF he has an owner who - hopefulle - seeks him. Look in newspapers not enough.
If you write him up - it is ok and good if you help him, give him food and so on.

(otherwisee it is very bad to give owned cats food - this produces many of the strays...)

And or: if you dont find a owner in say - one week - write him up as: very friendly young social cat seeks home...
With a little luck you should manage to find a good home for him.
Take some charge for him, say 25 dollars payed to a charity organisation or a TNR-group, so you will be sure the new owner is serious, not seeking free food for his boa-snake...
Many people thinks if something is free than it is worthless...
post #11 of 21
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ok would u still get him fixed? what if i fix him and then someone claims him i know hes not a purebred cat and im uessing since he isnt fixed that he prob hasnt had anyshots so i would do that at the same time.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by april31
ok would u still get him fixed? what if i fix him and then someone claims him i know hes not a purebred cat and im uessing since he isnt fixed that he prob hasnt had anyshots so i would do that at the same time.
Given the condition you found him in and the fact that he is sticking around...I would say there is a good chance he is either a stray or that he is lost. Either way...I'd go ahead and get him neutered. If someone does step forward, you can always charge them the neuter fee to get him back.

Katie
post #13 of 21
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thats what i was thinking and no collor my town has a leash law and any animal that they find not on a leash twice they can order them removed from town so i think even if i did find his owners they couldnt say much if he was fixed. if we cant find the owners i think my hubby has agreed he can stay here as long as he gets fixed and a clean bill of health. i do have 1 question my cats have had all the shots even fel lukemia if we put him in the basement what are the chances of my cats catching any thing?
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by april31
thats what i was thinking and no collor my town has a leash law and any animal that they find not on a leash twice they can order them removed from town so i think even if i did find his owners they couldnt say much if he was fixed. if we cant find the owners i think my hubby has agreed he can stay here as long as he gets fixed and a clean bill of health. i do have 1 question my cats have had all the shots even fel lukemia if we put him in the basement what are the chances of my cats catching any thing?
As long as your cats cannot go into the basement and you wash your hands between visiting this guy and your cats...you should be fine. Once he has received a clean bill of health and is neutered, he can be introduced to your existing cats...slowly.

Thanks again for caring for this cat.

Katie
post #15 of 21
Where are you from? Maybe there is a no kill shelter around. I work at one and we are in PA. We dont kill the cats and they are not kept in cages, and we also find foster homes for them. Try and see if there is one in your area.
post #16 of 21
Ask for donations from friends to get him fixed. Its only like 60 dollars
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by lukin28
Where are you from? Maybe there is a no kill shelter around. I work at one and we are in PA. We dont kill the cats and they are not kept in cages, and we also find foster homes for them. Try and see if there is one in your area.
Welcome to the site....however April is in Iowa and unfortunately the no kill humane society is full.

Katie
post #18 of 21
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yeah i called they have a hard timefinding homes for older kittens and cats here some of the cats there have been there a few years and they are in cages sometimes i wonder what is worse pts or living the rest of your life in a cage. they said i can try back in a few days. also i know i stated that money was a issue i remembered a place in town that will do them for 50 im gonna call tuesday since they are closed for the holiday he might do it cheaper knowing its a stray if not ill pay the full price. since if we cant find the owner it will prob have a new home here or ill find someone to give it a good home.
post #19 of 21
Good luck with this kitten I hope that everything turns out for the best
post #20 of 21
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ty everyone ive really never took in a stray before ive always got my kittens/cats cause i felt sorry for them stuck in a cage or given away and always felt like they needed rescued lol. my husband hates it but also feel in love with me because of the way i feel if anyway i can help a animal ill go at it 100% heck last week at work we had a mouse in the trap it wasnt dead caught by the tail i let it loose outside lol i cleaned up one of my bigger kennels so if it storms like they are saying it might ill put him in that and bring it in the house. not the best but for now it will have to do better then sitting outside in a storm
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by april31
ty everyone ive really never took in a stray before ive always got my kittens/cats cause i felt sorry for them stuck in a cage or given away and always felt like they needed rescued lol. my husband hates it but also feel in love with me because of the way i feel if anyway i can help a animal ill go at it 100% heck last week at work we had a mouse in the trap it wasnt dead caught by the tail i let it loose outside lol i cleaned up one of my bigger kennels so if it storms like they are saying it might ill put him in that and bring it in the house. not the best but for now it will have to do better then sitting outside in a storm
Good Luck...keep us posted.

Katie
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