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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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TNR gone bad (escapee cat)

I finally managed to trap a cat that's been hanging in my backyard and get her to the clinic where she was fixed, got PCN/metacam and ear-tipped. We brought her back yesterday around 4pm, got her into the cage on the porch, covered her, and she did manage to eat, take water, move her bowels and sleep for a few good long stretches.

However, about 30 minutes ago she got past us while trying to change her food and took off like a shot. She was only recovering for less than 24 hours -- I'm scared to death she's going to tear open her stitches and since it's my first shot at this, I have no idea if she's going to come back for her food or if I've now traumatized her for life. I've washed and removed the cage and put out fresh food... anyone else have any ideas or recommendations?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 03:18 PM
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You must be very worried. To attract her again, I would use a canned cat food with a strong odor, such as fish. Or put some tuna juice over her canned food. Hopefully she'll get hungry and remember where she was fed. It would be better if she had been quiet and resting for a few days, but perhaps she will lie quietly on her own. Undoubtedly she's in some pain and likely to hide and rest. I'll be praying for her.




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Thanks so much. I'm really hoping she'll be back, and I know getting her to the vet is already better for her than she was -- but I was still hoping to keep her recovering for 3-4 days.

I'll keep fresh food out each day and hope for the best.

Thanks again!
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-29-2008, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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well, someone came last night and ate the wet food - i can only hope it was her. hopefully i'll catch sight of her in the next few days.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-30-2008, 11:55 AM
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Poor kitty. It would be good to recapture her if you can, but if not, just remember that feral cats are resilient. They are also experts at hunkering down in one place and not moving, which is what she needs to do in order to heal. Providing food is probably the best thing you can do for her, so she won't have to hunt.

You're a good person for helping this kitty!
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Did you ever get her back???
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I'm afraid I still don't know. I've put wet out every night and each morning it's gone, but we do have one other stray that wanders the neighborhood - however, I'm cautiously optimistic it's my girl simply because I never saw the tom that regularly and he wasn't this shy. Whomever is coming by is only doing it very late at night and after the back lights all go out. Hopefully I'll catch sight of my shy eater soon!
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Any news, Isabel?




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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-10-2008, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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No, and I'm actually a little disheartened. We've caught the eater and it's the shy tom, not my girl. I want to think she's staying away because she just doesn't trust me anymore because the alternative is too upsetting. I can only hope that they gave her enough antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds to get her thru after she fled.
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