Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Atlas is back after a home break-in.. I need advice
Some of you might remember me.. When Apollo was a kitten he had a lot of behavioral issues, that were finally solved after taking in a new kitten, Atlas.
Apollo will be 2 this Summer, Atlas is 9 months old now.
Jan 27th, my home was broken into. The sorry waste of human life that did it kicked down my front door, stole everything I own and went out my side door to the patio, leaving it wide open.
Apollo stayed home, he was familiar with the area. Atlas was still in-tact and had never been outside my apartment. He took off. Nowhere to be found. I put out ads, made calls, put up flyers.
Almost 4 weeks later I got a call saying she picked up my cat and brought him home to her apartment. That same night I went over to see if I could find him.... Much to my surprise, she's a hoarder. She only has 3 cats in her apartment, but she collects them and lets them roam her neighborhood, making babies and getting killed by a neighbor. (She lives in the ghetto.)
Two weeks, this woman played games with me. I told her there was a reward for his capture & return, and she told me to my face she didn't want my money. Twice she put him in her car, called me, and by the time I got there 20-30 mins later, she said she'd let him out AN HOUR PRIOR to calling me.
Then I heard NOTHING from her for 2 weeks. I called, emailed, texted and went to her apartment. Never saw Atlas (I knew he was there, he'd actually run to me at one point and squeaked, but the lady started yelling "DID YOU CATCH HIM YET?!" and he's take off,) and never heard from her.
I was in touch with a wonderful woman from AARF that walked me through the whole thing. I was ready to give up. I took her advice and sent an email in BIG BOLD CAPS : "$75 is yours if you get him in a carrier and leave him there until I pick him up." She emailed me back within the hour with a major attitude, asking what if it's not the right cat, what then? ow much money do I get then? - Next day (this past Friday) I dropped off the carrier, a box of food and 6 cans of wet food.
.... Sigh. Not even 2 hours later she sends me a text saying "Got him."
Longer story short, she's a psycho. She only wanted the money. She sent me pictures of him climbing on her leg, sitting on her lap, kneading on her shirt. She just didn't want to give him up, even though he was getting beat up by her other ferals and strays.. Trap never worked because she kept leaving tons of food everywhere.. Anyway.
$100 later after the vet bill, he has a detached inner eyelid; second case the Vet has ever seen, ear mites so bad they had to clean his ears out and they have me doing it daily here at home, but otherwise he seems okay. His combo test came back negative but I have to have him re-tested in 2-3 months. They gave him his rabies vaccine and an upper respiratory something or other shot.
MY MOST RECENT ISSUE : I couldn't get him neutered obviously on a Friday evening, so I have to make some calls tomorrow. He's biting me, not attacking me, but biting. It's making me question if he can see out of his right eye (with the detached lid) because he doesn't seem to be focusing on anything. I can put a bowl of food directly in front of him, but he'll head butt it 4-5 times before he realizes what it even is. Now - I don't know if this is just because he's disoriented by being back inside, maybe he's getting overstimulated and is "love biting" me, or maybe I'm just not petting him enough and he wants more. I don't know what it is.. He hasn't broken skin or drawn blood, but he did mistakenly get my finger instead of his food and that hurt pretty badly.
I'm trying to spend as much time with him as I can, but he works himself up so much that I limit my time with him to 10-15 increments several times a day.
Hopefully I can get him neutered this week. My question - Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to ease him in until I can get him neutered? He's separated from Apollo in the living room where he can look out the window and lounge on the couches. I want him to be comfortable and as calm as he can be until he has to go through more trauma..
He wants so bad to crawl on me and just purr, make biscuits and snuggle.. But it's like he doesn't understand how to anymore.. He definitely did not revert back to feral 100% - but he is getting very irritable now. I just don't know what to do to help calm him for the next couple days..