I just met a feral cat outside my house. Well--maybe not feral, s/he was not scared of me, and came up begging for food. Poor thing! I've never encountered an animal that bony, with a swollen belly, just begging for food. I was coming home from grocery shopping and opened a can of sardines, and gave it a whole sardine (packed in oil). So I hope that helped, and that s/he can handle the food at this point.
My question is this: is this starvation, or is this a disease? I live in mid town, Sacramento, you know, typical neighborhood in blocks with sidewalks and trash cans, etc. Do homeless cats starve in these conditions?
I am concerned in particular because I have four cats of my own. When I came in, I immediately washed my hands, but I want to be careful.
Poor creature. I intend to start putting out food, and maybe someday I'll be able to catch it... I intended to find a home for one of my four cats by contacting a local rescue. Maybe if I ever catch this poor cat I'll be able to do something for it, too.
Thanks for your input.