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Unwanted Unloved and Abused Cat

post #1 of 22
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Hello everyone I heard the sight lost the members data list so I reapplied.

A little history of my cat life and what has been happening. All most all of my cat family is from animal rescue, pets in need, pound or strays.

1. 15 year old black angora female Liberty Belle (pets in need)
1. 4 year old mix russian blue female Gypsy (animal rescue)
1. 4 year old male not sure what breed he is. He was born white with what best describes wooly fur. He has racoon marks now. Little Foot
1. 2 year old simese female Miss Chief (WalMart Special I call her)
2. 2 year old IDENTICAL TWIN white males with odd eyes (blue & gold)
Cuddles & Bawana (Bawana was the kitten who sat in the corner for months and months) dog pound

My cats are mostly inside cats, I do let them out during the day.

Well Bawana got out two days ago and didn't come home till 4 am. Not sure what happend but we ended up with a little orange tiger kitty/cat sitting at our screen door crying for about 30 mins.

My husband has been a great sport about 6 cats (as much as he grumps he loves them all). We had seen this orange tiger around for a couple of weeks. But always shood him out of our yard.

I am an overly sensative person and this was breaking my heart to watch and listen to him. But my husband said don't feed him Mary, cause if you feed him you will own him and we have 6!!!!

Well I am sorry dear husband but look at him ;( he has been ripped up by other cats in the neighborhood, he is totally baren of any fat content and looks like no one loves him or cares that he got a raw deal in life. OH HE STILL HAS HIS BALLS, but not for long

So I fed him and gave him water. He left.

I went to the store and when I got back my husband says you have a friend waiting for you in the back yard. His food dish was empty so I refilled it.

I sat on my swing and talked to him very softly for a long time, holding my fingers out in case he wanted to smell me. Well, he finally came to me (very afraid) and let me scratch his head as he told me how gratefull he was. I washed and disenfected my hands upon coming back into the house.

I decided that we will help this little guy. So I got a towel, coaxed him to me then scooped him up. He is now in our extra bedroom.

What I am not sure of: He is so frail not sure how much longer he would have lived. I know he needs a vet but I don't want to tramatize him to much right now. Would it be ok to wait till next week to take him to vet?

He has no contact with my 6 babies and will not until I am sure he has no diseases. But I desperately want him to start to trust people and know we are not all bad. A trip to the vet might give him negative attitude so soon.

We have had no further physical contact as he is spending his time sleeping, poor little guy.

Menou
post #2 of 22
I wouls start to get him to trust where his meal comes from.... He is frail maybe try the vet over the phone to give you worm meds first then in a few weeks take him in... At least he will be worm free and you will know his belly has food.. Sorry am not much help but I think you are a great person...
post #3 of 22
He might need antibiotics if he has been attacked by other cats; he can't put on weight if he is suffering from an infection, and he could die from this. Maybe the vet can give you a quiet time of day to bring him in - despite the trauma, it would be worth it if it keeps him from dying. In the meantime, try giving him fresh cooked chicken - the additional protein may keep him from going under from parasites or infection.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by STA
He might need antibiotics if he has been attacked by other cats; he can't put on weight if he is suffering from an infection, and he could die from this. Maybe the vet can give you a quiet time of day to bring him in - despite the trauma, it would be worth it if it keeps him from dying. In the meantime, try giving him fresh cooked chicken - the additional protein may keep him from going under from parasites or infection.
I agree-get him to a vet. I know it seems stressful, but the ferals do ok with the vet visit. They may need to sedate him to give him the vaccinations and general check-up. But if he has worms, or an infection, the vet may save his life. Then as soon as he weighs enough, you can get him neutered and introduce him to the rest of your clan.
post #5 of 22
I have no advice for you, but I just wanted to let you know I Think its great that you are helping this little lost soul. You are such a compassionate person to do that.
post #6 of 22
I've got to agree with the others. Go ahead and get him to the vet so he can start really healing. He probably has worms and possibly fleas, neither of which you want in your home. The trust will come, but being healthy is more important right now.

Here's a great article about handling ferals, although he sounds more like a scared stray than a true feral to me: http://www.thecatsite.com/Care/27/Ha...eral-Cats.html

And a long, but comprehensive article: http://straypetadvocacy.org/html/soc...feral_cat.html

Even if he is just a scared stray who has had not-very-good-experiences with people, the socialization steps will be the same. Take it at his pace, let him tell you when he's ready for the next step. The fact that he let you pet him at all tells me that he has had positive human contact at some point in his life. Or maybe Bawana just convinced him that you are a really great person (I happen to agree ).
post #7 of 22
I think it will be ok to go ahead with the vet visit, he will get over it, and I doubt that it will set you back too far on his taming.

While at the vet, yes he probably will be scared, but the second he's back at your house munchig away on his food he will forget it.

As for taming him, try not to make any sudden movments, move slowly when around him, something as simple as moving your arm up too fast will scare a feral. Let him smell you as long as he wants. Talk to him in a calming voice, he will realize that you are not there to hurt him at all, and that you saved his life.

I am positive that you two will be the best of buddies in no time!
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
I took your advice STA and cooked up some fresh chicken, let it cool and shredded it into little tiny pieces.

When I entered the room he started chirping and what I can only assume is his attempt at growling from under the bed. So he must be feeling a little better his defensive tactics are working.

I sat on the floor with my book and just read outloud for a long time while he continued his chirping. I tossed little peaces of the chicken under the bed slowly getting them closer to me, the entire time reading outloud.

Took him a long time before he would come very close to me, but the chicken won over his fear.

Was good I got a closer look at him. His eyes look infected, he has a open gash on his foot and other various places on his body have big patches of fur missing. Looks like something really ripped him up

By this time he was laying next to me allowing me to hand feed him peices of the chicken. His chipping was now mixed with purrrrrrrrrrrrrs

You never know with feral/abandoned cats what might happen when trying to get close to them but he is very small and still weak. Trust is a bond between two entities that is earned.

I had brought a wash cloth in with me, so I gently and slowly picked him up and wipped his eyes and some blood from his nose, then set him down.

I talked to him the entire time I was in the room (my throat is soar) lol

When he decided to leave my side (chicken was gone) he returned to under the bed to nap.

I immediately called my vet! He is going in today (Saturday) at 4:00pm

My husband knows heart. Mary he says, you need to look at reality. If the little guy test's positive for feline leukemia you will need to put him to sleep.

OH MY GOD in my desire to help this little guy I had forgotten he was not tested. Tears on my face my husband tells me lets pray for the best shall we.

Menou Lover
post #9 of 22
Menou------ awwwwwwwwwwwww glad you got close to him to get a good look. GL with the vet appt today and please update!
post #10 of 22
good luck at the vets with this little presus
post #11 of 22
Hope all goes well at the vets.
Anne
post #12 of 22
i SURE HOPE ALL GOES WELL........SOUNDS LIKE IS HE DOESN'T HAVE FELINE LEUK, HE WILL HAVE A GOOD LIFE. I PRAY THAT IT GOES OK.

BEST WISHES ON THIS AND I WILL BE WAITING FOR A REPLY POST.

AND YOU ARE A SWEET PERSON. CATS ADD UP.......I STARTED WITH 3 AND NOW I HAVE SO MUCH KITTY LOVE, DON'T NOW WHAT TO DO.

JENN
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am way to sensative for this.

The kitty didn't make it, he is in heaven now with god.
post #14 of 22
I'm so very sorry to hear that. You did more for him in a few days than anyone had done for him before. He had a warm place to sleep, food to eat, a safe place to rest, and most importantly - he had someone who cares about him. Knowing love is the most any of us can really hope for, and you provided that for him. There's a furry angel watching out for you and waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace little guy.
post #15 of 22
OMG... that is so sad. I am so sorry for the loss of this little angel. Hopefully now he is at least at peace... no more fighting and struggling everyday for food...being picked on or attacked.
May his soul be at peace...
post #16 of 22
Mary, God sent him to you so he would know love and caring in his final hours and you gave so joyously to this little fellow. As much as it hurts just know that you did a wonderful thing.
post #17 of 22
Mary,

Bless you for giving this poor kitty love and care during his last days here. You are a good kind soul for doing this.
post #18 of 22
i am so sorry to hear that this little chap has lost the fight for life and he had his last few days of love in your care
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Menou Lover
I am way to sensative for this.

The kitty didn't make it, he is in heaven now with god.
I am so sorry. You made hislast days comfortable and full of love.
post #20 of 22
Ahhh I am so sorry, at least he isn't suffering anymore, Bless you for doing what you did and could do, feel good in your heart also..
post #21 of 22
I am so sorry to hear this! At least someone got to show him what love was before he passed. You are a angel to have taken him in.

Did the poor thing even make it to the vet?
post #22 of 22
Oh no, I didn't expect this at all. I am so sorry. The poor little guy, may he rest in peace.
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