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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2004, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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What is best for a stray cat?

Hello,

There is a stray cat hanging around our house and of course, I am feeding the poor thing. He doesn't seem to be mature yet.

I am not positive that he is a stray, but seems to be dirty and unkempt and alway very hungry. He meows and whimpers at the same time and is quite pitiful. His ears are black inside which I assume is ear mites.

The situation is is I don't want to bring him into the house nor do I want to touch him because I fear passing on something to our cat. The poor thing is just begging for love and I walk away from him.

If I were to touch him how do I protect my own cat? Besides washing well after and not allowing them to use the same bowls.

I would like to capture him and take him to the vet for shots and ear stuff. Is it fair of me to fix him up and then send him back out doors?
I don't have a clue where there is a No kill shelter. Pet Smart always has cats they are turned in as strays so who do I contact?



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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-05-2004, 12:08 AM
 
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I don't know where you are, but try this website to find a no kill shelter.

http://www.sheltersearch.net/shelters/index2.html

I wouldn't take the cat to a vet and fork out money if you don't plan to keep it. But, are you willing it to keep or foster it through a local agency? Then I would probably take it to a vet, but not introduce it into my home before doing so. Let us know how it turn out. I bet alot of us are suckers for rescue stories ...
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*Update*

Took the cat to the Humane society today. I'm hoping he will get a nice new home soon.
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At least he has a chance for a good home now, eh? *wishes the kitty the best of luck*

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We have a list of no-kill shelters posted as a sticky. If you find one that is not on the list, please add it.

I tooka stray to the vet, had it neutered and its wounds tended, and kept it in isolation, because it had feline leukemia, and I had four cats of my own. It cost hundreds of dollars for the vet bill, much more than I thought it would, but I'm glad I did it. The young neighbors leash trained it and no cat has ever been babied like Bandit! (He was stealing our cat food in the middle of the night.) He was one of the most loving, sweet cats I've ever known, and worth every penny of the expense. He didn't have a long life, but a very happy one.




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I tooka stray to the vet, had it neutered and its wounds tended, and kept it in isolation, because it had feline leukemia, and I had four cats of my own. It cost hundreds of dollars for the vet bill, much more than I thought it would, but I'm glad I did it. The young neighbors leash trained it and no cat has ever been babied like Bandit! (He was stealing our cat food in the middle of the night.) He was one of the most loving, sweet cats I've ever known, and worth every penny of the expense. He didn't have a long life, but a very happy one.
What a heart warming story. You are a wonderful person!
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We have a list of no-kill shelters posted as a sticky. If you find one that is not on the list, please add it.

I tooka stray to the vet, had it neutered and its wounds tended, and kept it in isolation, because it had feline leukemia, and I had four cats of my own. It cost hundreds of dollars for the vet bill, much more than I thought it would, but I'm glad I did it. The young neighbors leash trained it and no cat has ever been babied like Bandit! (He was stealing our cat food in the middle of the night.) He was one of the most loving, sweet cats I've ever known, and worth every penny of the expense. He didn't have a long life, but a very happy one.
What a kind person you are! There should be alot more people like you!
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Thank you for the kind remarks, but there are people on this forum who trap, neuter, and get strays medicated on a regular basis! They have ferals and stray colonies near their property. Ideally, there would be a program in every town which would provide the service for a small fee, but sometimes you have to be a one man committee! Often, these people have small incomes, and have to watch their own budget carefully to be able to pay for what they do. Some vets (like the one I took Bandit to) won't even give a discount for strays or injured wildlife. (I raised a baby robin too)




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Jeannie,
What you did for Bandit is what we try to dodo too and not always the kitties stories have such a happy ending
You have a heart of gold, yes you do
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I meant try TO DO (1 do LOL)!

Today one of my ferals I took to the vet tested positive for FeLV..wich means that his ladies and progeny are too (maybe? hope against hope.. )as well as others cats nearby. But he's having surgery and coming back to be a man's indoor cat, because this person is friends with the cat, took it to the clinic in a carrier! (and I tried to trap him the other day w/o success)
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