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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Im new and concerned about a kitten I have

Hi everyone..Im happy to be here!

My name is Naomi. I love cats! I love all animals but I have a fondness for felines especially. I have worked at many cat rescues all my life. I have volunteered at ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program) that helps take in all kittens and cats and provides shelter and the Tenth Life Foundation, a shelter for sick and injured cats.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to volunteer for the past two years as I have gone back to school. But I have been rescuing some kitties around the neighbor hood and making sure they are spayed and neutered or I leave food for them. One lil guy that is in my neighborhood is a older kitten with a huge hard swollen belly. He is a stray and Im wondering if taking him to vet is useless because he will remain outdoors or if getting him treatment and leaving him as a stray is possible and can be done successfully?
Anyone have some suggestions?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 07:42 PM
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I have heard of people trapping strays and them releasing them after they have been treated, but I have not done it myself. Once you are able, go post in the Ferals part and see if anyone has any suggestions. Good luck!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 07:57 PM
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Really bad parasites perhaps? It seems like, even if he goes outdoors again, its better to check in case it's something he wouldn't get again but is hurting him?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 08:21 PM
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Sounds like worms maybe. If you can try treating him with a dewormer and also flea medicine. Fleas cause the worms from the cat ingesting them. Good luck.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 09:29 PM
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In my mom's neighborhood there are some stray cats that she has taken under her wing. It is a huge help to stray cats whatever you can manage to do for them. Her and I have been working on catching them all to be spayed/neutered and checked for FIV.

I'm assuming since you've commented that the kitty has a hard swollen stomach that you've been able to touch him? If you can afford it, I say take him to the vet and start him on revolution or something similar. I don't think it would take long for him to become your outside kitty instead of just a stray you help out now and then. Most of the cats my mom helps now live in and around her yard.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 09:32 PM
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Sorry, forgot to mention he most likely has parasites (from my experience). I don't know if you're every able to see him use the bathroom but keep an eye out for loose stools or a messy bottom. If he has parasites, when his poop is like that the number of intestinal worms are ridiculous in numbers and he needs to be seen by a vet asap (I don't know if that could be a sign for other issues but I've seen that in outside cats, that was the issue.)
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 09:54 PM
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ugh

Prepare for a nasty sight... it can be really bad 0_o

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