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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-20-2008, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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A cat was at my pattio window crying pretty loud last night the weather has also been real code (in the 30s). At first I thought it was one with a home that gets let out on occasion around here but after offering it some food and watching it eat it was obvious the cat was a stray. He went away and came back a few times throughout the night to eat. Same thing today. He is somewhat skinny, has a swollen leg which he bit me when I tried to get close to touching it, and a scratch on the side of his face. My cat seems to get along with him through the window and screen. I would like to bring him and give him a warm place to stay but I am worried about him possibly getting my current cat sick although he does have all his shots etc. I will be calling the vet tomorrow to try and find a place that does shots and such at a lowered price if so I will keep him but in the mean time when he is outside he breathes fine. When I let him walk into my living room he starts making a gagging type noise when he breaths such as he is about to throw up but doesnt. Is there a common sickness or something he might have? Also he looked fine as far as fleas go.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-20-2008, 08:51 PM
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Hi. If you can bring him inside and keep him quarantined in one room away from your cat, then that will be OK until you get him vaccinated. I did that with Willie when I found him outside in very cold weather back in 2001.

As for low cost vaccines, the best advice I can tell you is to call your local chapter of the Humane Society/Animal Protective League. They would be far more impartial for low cost vaccinations than your vet.
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I hope you're able to keep this kitty! Poor thing. Let us know how it goes.


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Aweee, poor cold kitty. Yes, best to keep him away from your cat until you know he is healthy, and vaccinated. Good luck!
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He sounds like he's been in a fight, or two, poor thing. It is so good that you are looking after him.


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Before you can bring him in, please provide an inexpensive shelter for him. A styrofoam box turned lid down, with an opening cut for a door or even a heavy cardboard box covered with plastic with a layer of straw would protect this poor kitty from the cold. Cats can't tolerate much cold, poor things.




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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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I have given him a cardboard box laid sidways with food/water and a few towels with hand wamers under the towel so far. He keeps comming back so I guess thats a good thing. When I have called the shelters I just get recordings and what not so tomorrow I will look into it more since I have off. On occasion I put my cat in the bedroom and let the stray come into the living room and play with him. He seems to be very playful and keeps wanting attention if I quite petting him. The only "problem" ive had is one time I reached in his box to feel if it was warm and I got close to the food and he lightly bit me. The coughing/gaging/odd noise I was talking about he only does when he seems to be scared or mad.
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It would be wise to have the stray tested before allowing him to play with your cat. I hope all is well.




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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 08:43 PM
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You might be seeing a cough/bark, an instinctive signal when danger is present. Look to see if he 'stamps' a front paw with that vocalization.
He gave you a little warning bite, saying, "Stay offa my food!".

You could get a large sheet of clear plastic and tape it over the box for better weatherproofing.

Let us know how it's going. Pictures, pictures!!
I agree, you should get a clean bill of health on him before you let him play with your cat

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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I was in a bit of a hurry in that last post and made a mistake. I meant I lock my cat up in the room and let the stray come into the living room and I play with him. As for his aggressivness it seem like it is a way for him to get me to stay away. I just tried to put some hand wamers in his box and he got a bit frustrated and made his noise and put a paw up at me in a swatting kind of way.
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