Last spring there was a kitten with half a tail roaming the neighborhood. I live in the city in row homes. We started feeding her and named her Sophie. A lot of other cats have started to come around now because I give them wet and dry food. We built a winter shelter for them and put out front of the house. A few other neighbors have done the same.
Sophie is the cutest little thing, she around probably 1yo now. We tried in a number of occasions to catch her to no avail. Every night she comes running and us waiting on one of our steps when we get home to eat. She used to lay on the top step and nap. We actually has her in the carrier one night and ran down to shut the door and she freaked in there. Threw herself against the door and push it open and ran. Then one night I propped open the screen door and pit food in the entry way and she came in a little and ate. Plan wasn't foolproof because we both were in the house and couldn't shut the door
One night in December she came by to eat and noticed she was limping. Didnt see anything in her leg And she didn't look so hot. Tried to help her but she left. Next night she came and I sat with her when she ate and when she turned to leave there was blood dripping down that same leg. There wasn't blood the night before. I called the neighbor and we sat outside for 4 hours and stakes out the car she was under, trying to coax her out. We were prepared with a cage, carrier, tuna, Parmesan cheese, and bkankets. She finally got out and we tried to get her and she flipped and took off.
We didn't see her for 3 weeks, we looked all over but don't know where the Cats go. We setup the cage, shelter, and carrier out front but she never came. About 10 other cats came, though. I called a ton of animal reduce groups for advice and help to get her, making it clear that I would keep her and pay for medical attention. I just needed help getting her since I have experience with cats. No one would help or call back.
A little over a week ago she came back. She looked thin but was walking normally again. Her leg looks like she bit all the fur off of it and scabbed over. We decided not to try to catch her cause she was so scared and leery of use now and to get her to trust us again and more importantly eat and drink safely. She seems to be fine and has come back every day and night.
Last night she came and I propped the door open for her to come in to eat thinking if she felt the warmth and saw the playland with have setup for pia she'd come in finally. But no, stupid cat left again.
Why won't she accept our help? Her little pink nose was blue because it is about 10-15 degrees here now.
I happened to wake up last night at 3am and went down to check pia and looked out the window, Sophie us licking the frozen food out there. The other cats must've eaten all the dry I had out. I ran through to the kitchen and got her warm water, and a can of food. I watched from the windows as she ate it all and more importantly, drank a bunch of water. Then she traipsed off into the night.
We feel so, so bad for these poor babies in this freezing cold. I really wish she would just relax and let us help her.
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