(Closed) Stray kitty in our yard, Cat Mums please give me advice!!!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

It will encourage him to come back if you feed him, yes.  But he seems pretty desperate : (

If you 100% absolutely can’t take him, maybe you can look on Facebook or see if there are any local cat rescue places? He’d have better luck there than at a pound.

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Take him into a local vet to have him scanned for a chip. All chips can be read by universal readers, which vets usually have on hand. If he’s not chipped, the best you can do is either try to find a home for him, or take him to the shelter to be surrendered. If you don’t want to do either of those things, try sticking a collar (make sure it’s the break-away kind) with a note on the cat to see if the owner responds. I say break-away because cats are known to strangle themselves if they get caught on something. Also, absolutely no bell if you’re going to try this. Cats need to be able to catch prey in the wild and a bell basically ensures starvation or makes them easy targets for predators.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Here’s what I would do:

-Create a safe place for him to sleep (inside or outside)

-Put out food and water

-Take him to a vet to get chip scanned

-Contact local rescue organizations and ask for help finding a home. The best case scenario is that they’ll have somebody who can foster him until a home is found. His chances in a foster home are MUCH higher than at the shelter. If they can’t do that, could you foster him for a little bit, while the rescue helps find a good home?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - UK

Do you know other people that might be able to take him? If it was me I would consider calling some people I whould think are open to looking after it for a bit. Offer to pay for the initail vet bill to have it checked, de-wormed and given any shots it might need. Then report that you found the cat to other local vets and animal shelters incase anyone is looking for it, I would also put up a few poster in the neighborhood and local comunity boards. If no one comes looking for it in a week or two discuss with the people that have taken it in if they want to keep it or take it to an animal shelter.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

If you are in the US, I would take him to the nearest Humane Society.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Poor little thing. Do you have an RSPCA shelter near you? They can check his microchip and if there’s no owner they would generally take him in. If he’s not seriously ill and is social, his prospects are good for rehoming.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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sugarcloud :  I am begging you to please keep helping this little guy. I am not asking you to risk you and your family’s health, but I am pleading you do your very best for this one. Give him food and water and safety. Find someone (who has grown up with cats or owns some and isn’t at risk for toxoplasmosis.) to hold him and stroke him and comfort him. He is most likely been abandoned as you supsect. (some peope are just complete a**holes) and isn’t used to being alone. 

I can tell you have a big heart, because you are concerned and thank you for this. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
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sugarcloud :  Have you been tested for toxoplasmosis? (in the US and other countries it is standard early pregnancy testing.) If you were tested and were postive for antibodies, then you wouldn’t have that terrible fear. Where I live there is no longer a rabies warning (it has been rotted out to the degree that pets are no longer being vaccinated. But I am in middle Europe, might be different in Australia) You can find that out on the internet. I am not trying to convince you to keep him (you have very legitimate reasons not to) just trying to maybe take away some of the fear…

Here in Germany, animals aren’t destroyed when they are in shelters. I don’t know if they are where you live. If I knew he only had 30 days to be adopted I don’t know if I could bring him there. 

Maybe you can’t keep the kitty, and that’s okay. But please follow your heart and help him find safety and love. 

ETA: I also feel for you, because it’s heartbreaking to do what you have to do sometimes and it must be tugging at your heart to hear him crying for help and not be able to. Thanks for trying! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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sugarcloud :  Update us once you’ve fed him, he’ll probably be so grateful 🙂

I would contact the rescue just in case. If you want to private message me your location I can do a quick search to see if I can find others.

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