(Closed) Ugh sometimes I can't STAND people – neglected cat

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rachelmichelle:  There’s a glitch on WB at the moment – everyone can see the paragraph breaks except the poster. It looks fine to me.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@rachelmichelle:  WB has been weird lately. Everyone else sees the paragraphs except you.  

 

There needs to be a Child Protective Services but for animals, someone you could call to get the cat removed from the house. That poor, sweet thing! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Is there anyway you can try to rehome him yourself, and let the new owners know about the microchip? That way when they take the cat to the vet, they can say they adopted the cat from that person or something? Sorry I’m not much help, it does make me extremely sad when people neglect their animals. There is a large pitbull next door to me (we live in condos) and its either stuck in their tiny patio, inside the house, or inside the garage. I’ve literally never seen these guys take their dog for a walk and she barks/snaps/whines all day long.

Some people shouldn’t be able to own animals.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

On to your actual question. As far as I see it, you can either call the RSPCA (or whatever the pet rescue service is called in your area) if the pet is neglected, otherwise nothing. It sounds to me like this isn’t bad enough to be called neglect, so you’re kind of stuck.

Or just secretly feed the cat. I’ve been guilty of that before 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If the cat is in really bad shape (and from your description, it sounds like he is) and you brought him to the vet, those veterinarians actually have a legal obligation to report it if they agree he is being mistreated.  If you don’t want the owner finding out you were directly involved with reporting her to animal control, you could contact the vet you took him to and see if they would report for you.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mepayne:  Some places do! I know Australia does because we’ve got a reality TV show about it, “RSCPA Animal Rescue”. Some of the spots are rescuing animals from natural problems, but also sometimes they show the RSPCA coming and taking pets from neglectful owners. I get all angry at the owners but then all teary when the pets are rehoused with loving owners 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t know if this helps or not but…. Our dog is chipped and I’ve been to two different vets in the last year.  I was in the room the entire time, both times when the exam occured.  They merely asked if she was chipped or not, and I said “yes”. they made a note of it and that was the end of it.  They didn’t check to make sure I am the proper owner.  I think the chipping is if you ask them to check to see if it’s a lost dog, but most dogs that get taken aren’t going to the vet they are going to the dog fights.  My point is …. i don’t think vets normally scan to see if the owner name matches whats on the chip.  I’d rehome it and see how it goes, it may be a non-issue.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I know the situation sucks, but you can’t steal someone’s pet just because you feel it’s being neglected or mistreated. If the vet thinks it was being abused, they would not have called the owner to come get it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Aw, the poor little kitty Frown Nothing gets to me more than neglectful pet owners or parents. When you take in an animal, you are obligated to feed them, cuddle them, love them, take them to the vets, and to give them shelter and attention. The woman might be struggling to take care of her pet, but if she is she should adopt it out.

I’d suggest phoning the SPCA or whatever your pet rescue is called, and reporting it. They will probably take the cat in, do some testing to see if it has parasites which are causing the skin irritation, see if there are any underlying health problems causing the cat to lose weight (thyroid problems, worms, etc) and if they think that the cat is in a bad home environment they will most likely have the woman sign it over. If they can tell that she loves the cat, but is a bit ill-informed they might just give her a few tips and advice, and visit her occassionally to see how the cat is doing.

My ex next door neighbour used to hit his dog, and hold it up by its neck, and I phoned the SPCA. They paid him a visit, and realised that the man did love his dog, but was unaware of the consequences of treating his dog like that. They sent him to doggy school to learn how to discipline and train his dog without using physical punishment, and the beatings stopped, and the man and dog were happier Smile

You could put food out for the cat, and give it cuddles and attention, and monitor its progress.

I hope things work out for the little guy! Good luck Smile

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@HisIrishPrincess:  +1

One of our cats is chipped because the Animal Hospital we got him at did it for free before we took him home. He has been to the vet for checkups countless times and no one has ever mentioned or asked. Honestly, I’d try to rehome him. The owners will probably assume he ran away or was killed (as that unfortunately happens with outdoor cats). I took in a stray once and all our vet did during the intake info was ask if we wanted to chip him. They didn’t even check to see if he was already chipped!

I think it’s worth a shot for this poor guy. This breaks my heart. I’m kind of a weird cat lady (I got REALLY close to the stray because he was my first cat and he had panleukopenia which kills most kittens who have the virus – 2 blood transfusions and $600 later and I considered him my little baby).

I wish you luck and please update us if you can. 🙂

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rachelmichelle:  The cat has mange or is suffering from malnutrition which is causing the hair to fall out.

Feed the cat until you see improvement in the weight.  And then take it to another vet and say your sister’s cousin’s so and so cannot care for the cat anymore and you need to get it proper vaccination.  They will not scan the pet.

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