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My 10 year old ex-feral cat has a swollen left front paw. It's been painful for him for several weeks but swelled up about 5 days ago. I got some antibiotic from my vet in liquid form that I've been mixing with his food. I started that on Thursday and everything was fine until this morning. He's not eating. I'm not sure whether he's not eating any food at all. I'm working on making a room secure so I can shut him in with the food (I have 2 other cats and I'm concerned he may be eating their food instead. One of my cats is a crf cat and has continual access to dry Royal Canin prescription food that the other 2 cats eat.) I'm not sure what to do. I'm thinking at this juncture my cat (Jake) needs to be seen by a vet. I don't know how to get him there. He will let me pick him up but trying to get him in a carrier will be close to impossible.
 

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Thinking about it, I'm not sure that will help. I need to have the cat in a carrier or something so the vet can exam him.
 

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Oh boy, I can relate to this. My former feral Stripes needed to go to the vet and I didn't see how I'd ever get him in a carrier. He would tolerate a little petting but would freak out and become a dervish if I tried to pick him up.

I put the cat carrier with its open door on the floor and gave him a treat next to it. For some reason that morning he decided to lay down on his side and I just slid him in. I just got lucky. I also considered leaving the carrier around for him to go into on his own, maybe throw some treats in.
 

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It's difficult because you need to make an appointment with the vet yet you don't know whether you'll be able to keep that appointment.
 

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lol I can just imagine you sliding a cat gently into a carrier as he lays there looking at you !!

Good luck crating him, beside setting it out with his food or treats in it, I have no advice. Each cat I have had to catch did things their own way regardless of what i wanted.
 

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I agree that the best way to get him in the carrier is to set the carrier with a fluffy towel and some loose catnip leaves inside it where he likes to hang out and just wait for him to go inside. That's why I leave my carriers around the house, open and inviting. My cats like to sleep in the carriers. They still hate it when I put them into the carriers for a trip to the vet, but they don't panic like they would if they weren't already comfortable with the carrier environment.

That said, it took me five days to get my spooky ex-feral into the carrier when he had cystitis and was peeing blood spots all over the house. I finally had to resort to chasing him slowly around the house with a broom, sweeping him out from under furniture, until he ran into my small office with no inaccessible hiding places where he managed to corner himself on top of one of my file cabinets. Then I just grabbed him and stuffed him in a carrier.

If your boy will let you pick him up, just put on a winter coat to protect your chest, some heavy gloves to protect your hands (welding gloves work well), and stuff him in your carrier. Don't prolong the procedure, and don't be wishy washy about it once you get him in your hands. Just do it.

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Well, I made an appointment with the vet for tomorrow morning. He's always sleeping on my bed so I'm hoping I can scoop him up and just push him into the carrier. If this doesn't work, I'll borrow a feral cat trap and put him and the trap with food in it in a room and wait until he goes in.
 

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I got him!

I got him in the carrier! I just picked him up and pushed him in. I put him in an hour before his appointment which is hard because he's doing a lot of banging around and yowling but I had a good opportunity with him nearby the carrier and sitting on a windowsill so it was easy for me to just pick him up. Now I just hope they can help us at the vet.
 

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Aw bless the little guy, sounds like a possible break (?) Please let us know of the outcome.

I couldn't get my feral boy Percival into his carrier, not for love nor treats! I used to have to throw a towel over him, try to roll him up in it and after a struggle (and bite/scratch or two) deliver him into said carrier! But then at the other end (the vets) he would hiss and insist on staying in the box and not want to come out! He was a proper terror (my little handful)... (RIP Percival x)
 

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Horrible Vet Visit

It's the worst possible outcome: he has osteosarcoma. I'm just devastated. And I don't know what to do. For them to amputate his leg, they need to do a fairly complete work up and find out what shape he's in otherwise. I'm not working right now so this could become a horrible hardship. If I thought there was a good chance he'd have at least 5 more years of life, I'd go ahead with it. I'm not really sure what the end cost is right now. My vet told me to call SFVS, their vet specialists. This has been a really rough day. Jake is such a sweet cat, I don't want to lose him.
 

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This is really terrible news, I am so sorry. I'm sure you were hoping it was a bite wound. Even a break would have been better.

I can just imagine how you feel, after all this effort to get him to the vet.

However - cats can live really well on just three legs. Really well.

If this were my cat, I would have the lump removed, then treat aggressively with a natural anti-cancer substance like flax or another omega oil. It just might work. Worst case scenario, he goes back for an amputation.

Waterfaller - today was horrible, but from here on out it can be about finding a solution. I've been there too, and things turned out better than I could have hoped.
 

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Thanks Greenport Ferals. I have an appointment to meet with an oncologist this Friday. I just hope she can provide me with encouraging news.
 

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What do I do?

Today he had an appointment with an oncologist. When I picked him up and got him near the carrier, he became pretty much a wild animal. He bit my hand a couple of times and I couldn't hold him. Now I feel just sick about the fact that I don't think I can get him back into the vet. I don't know what to do.
Every day that goes by, the cancer is spreading.
 

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I can borrow a feral cat trap but I'm wondering how long he can be in there and how he can do his business in there. If I make another appointment with the oncologist, I'm not sure how long it's going to take me to get him in there and the amount of time he'll be in holding.
 

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First, call the oncologist and explain your situation. Ask if there's any way that your cat could be worked into the schedule whenever you can manage to get him into the carrier. If they can't accommodate you as a work-in, ask if you can bring your cat in as soon as you get him into the carrier and have them keep him in one of their cages until the oncologist can see him. That way he won't be confined to a humane trap without food, water, or litterbox for any length of time.

I doubt, however, that he'll go into a humane trap if he's already refusing to go anywhere near a carrier. I think the best way to handle this situation is to first get your boy into as small a room as possible with no inaccessible hiding places (a small bathroom should work). Make sure the carrier is already in that room, as well, but not in obvious sight (put it in the bathtub, for instance). Then put on some heavy jeans, tall boots, a heavy parka, and welding gloves. Go in the room with the cat and carrier, and just do what you gotta do to get him in it. It may be easiest to drop a towel over him so that he can't see what's going on, then tip the carrier on its end with the open doorway facing up. Pick him up by the scruff and drop him into the carrier as gently as possible. Scruffing makes most cats hold still for a moment - long enough to drop into a carrier if you're quick about it - though some cats may panic when scruffed. If you dress appropriately, he won't be able to hurt you if things go badly.

Good luck!

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Thanks for your advice Laurie. I'm hoping if he's hungry enough he'll go into the humane trap. Trying to force him into a carrier really took a lot out of me. I'm feeling really awful about fighting him like I did. I've been gone all morning and I looked on my bed where Jake always is and he's not there. I don't see him anywhere; that means he's outside which isn't good. I would've boarded up the cat door but whenever the other ex-feral can't get outside, he starts going berserk. I was told by Veterinary Specialists that the oncologist, as of this morning, has no appointments for Monday. I'm hoping to get Jake in a room Sunday morning (around 8 AM) and have no food until 6 PM, when I introduce the humane trap. I don't have confidence I can get Jake in the carrier by sheer force. You don't think the humane trap can work, if he's hungry?
 
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