I've been reading through and searching for a few days now, and I finally figured I'd put my story out there and hope someone could give a few pointers.
My wifey works at a farm, where people often drop off cats for reasons unknown thinking the farm will take care of them. Recently a pretty old cat (guess between 5-9?) was dropped off. The cat is very friendly, but also a little "skittish" and doesn't really go near the other farm cats (which is good because they are a bad influence)
She wants to rescue this cat, and I understand why. I have a few concerns questions I was hoping some people could give their input/suggestions:
1) You figure if someone just dropped the cat off, there could be something wrong with it, behavoiral problem, disease, not house trained, etc. Is there anything anyone can suggest looking for that can help elimiate some of those fears?
2) I'd assume we should take the cat to a vet and get it checked out? Would you do this before taking it into our home? Or can we have it for a few days, see if it's going to work out before spening the money at the vet?
3) We live in a pretty small condo, i am very worried about the smell and litter box. I've seen the citikitty solution where the cat uses the toilet, not sure yet if that's for me. Is it possible to really prevent the smell of having a cat in a small place? Can you give me some pointers?
4) It's pretty obvious that "Norm" was a housecat at one time, is there a reasonable possibility that we'll bring him home and he'll use the little box and a scratch pole and not destroy my little house?
Thank you all in advance!