A bit sad :
Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:10 AM
Oh, it could walk... It ran away from me as fast as its seemingly paralysed back legs would allow. I went after it and it hissed at me from under a car. I followed it around calling softly but it was freaked and eventually ran down the street and behind someones property. I hope it wasn't hit by a car or something because it couldn't stand on its hind legs. I wish there was something I could do.
Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:20 AM
Be VERY careful though. Feral cats are dangerous, and do a lot of damage to people.
One Sun Conure: Lucy
Six Ferrets: Jasper, Snickers, Master Chief, Charlie, Locke, and Butters
Three Rats: Socrates, and two nameless girls
Three Cats: Gambit, Jack, and Lily
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] Three Guinea Pigs: Flonn, Frankie, and Donavin
Posted 07 December 2009 - 06:24 AM
Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:32 AM
Once my mum was driving when she saw a black cat in the gutter. She thought it was dead until it lifted up its head so she stopped to check it out. Someone had hit it with a car, breaking its legs, and not bothered to stop. Another couple stopped and took it to the vet.
Glad that caring people do exist.
Posted 10 December 2009 - 02:38 AM
Some tips for catching stray cats that are tame or tameable but may be nervous or shy:
Do NOT chase the cat. This sets up the instinct for the cat to flee. Instead, crouch low to the ground, and use a soothing tone of voice to call, "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty."
It can take HOURS to catch a stray cat. I have seen my sister literally go from about 2 or 3 in the afternoon until after dark getting a cat to travel one half of a city block in the small town we lived in at the time to her.
Use WARMED tuna to tempt the cat to you. Open a can, dump it in a bowl, and give it 30 seconds in the microwave. But send person #2 in to get it while person #1 stays outside calling to the cat. Even if it doesn't approach you, try to keep it from wandering off. No, tuna is not particularly great nutrition for a cat, but the trade off of getting proper medical care from a vet, etc, makes it very worthwhile. When offering the food, if you can't get the cat to come to you, put the food down and back away, slooowly, as short a distance as you can from the cat to get it to come to the food.
Every time the cat takes as much as a SINGLE STEP towards you, praise it! "Here, kitty, kitty -- good kitty! -- here, kitty, kitty, kitty."
DO NOT put yourself in physical danger to catch a cat.
DO NOT attempt to catch a cat that appears diseased. Just DO NOT DO IT. Use a TRAP. NEVER touch a sick stray animal EVER EVER EVER!
Once you've caught your cat, if you do..
Some quick once-overs to do for health check on your way to the vet.
If the cat has a lot of dark brown or black substance in its ears, with an odd smell, it is probably earmites. These are very contageous, but easy to treat. Wash your hands after handling the cat and before touching ANYTHING else, if possible.
If the cat has sores on the roof of its mouth, it could be evidence of a virus. Depending on the virus, your vet can tell you whether it can be readily treated or whether the cat needs to be put down. If your vet says to put it down, don't argue. Your vet loves cats, too.
If the cat has bald patches, ANYWHERE on its body, ANY size, it may have either mange or ringworm. Get it tested at your vet, and wash your hands before touching anything after handling the cat. Ringworm is contageous to humans!
If your cat (or kitten) has a very full, round stomach and is very thin, it probably has roundworms. Take it to your vet and get it de-wormed. (Expect unpleasant surprises in the litter box for several days!!! At least they SHOULD be dead, though!)
If your cat has fleas, this can be deadly. It can cause anemia and death. Immediately seek veterinary treatment for it. ESPECIALLY a kitten, due to its small size, is at severe risk.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:12 AM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:56 PM
my furry children
Kitties tigerlily mainecoon mix
Donnie Darko black oriental mix
and Zeff the wolf hybrid
and Rhoslyn the GSD
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