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Hi

I found a cat lying under a car when I walked to the parking lot from my apartment.

First I approached to say hi, but the cat seems scared. Then I spole to him softly and then he came out. I saw the cat was not cared for. He is probably a stray.

After sitting with the cat for 5 minutes, I found out the cat is dirty, thin, and with some skin problems. He's left ear is chipped (missing a tiny piece) and he have a weird bump at his lower back (his tail can only swing to the right).

So obviously this cat has no owner. I suddenly feel very sorry for him that I "tricked" him into a cage and bring him back to my apartment. I locked him in my bathroom with food/water and clean litterbox.

I was originally thinking of calling SPCA tomorrow. They should be able to take care of him (treat him of any illness, clean him and find him a shelter). But then, after I think about it, SPCA are already full of unwatned healthy dogs and cats. What will they do to a sick, deformed cat?

Will they kill it? What does SPCA do to cats and dogs that don't get adopted? I started to worry coz I don't want him to get killed (I can tell he is a gentle cat) but I don't have any money to treat him too.

Whwat should I do? anyone ever encounter a similar situation?

I know I should just send him to SPCA but I wonder what will happen to him.
 

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Hopefully they should do what is best for him: give him treatment for illness, feed him up etc. I wouldn't have thought they would kill him unless he was in a really bad state and wouldn't recover - in which case that would be the kinder thing to do anyway. I don't know about the SPCA but many animal rescue organisations have a policy where they don't destroy an animal unless it is really necessary - so I don't think they would kill your cat just because it didn't find a home quickly. Well done for rescuing him, anyway! :)
 

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ok I took Bobo (the homeless cat) to SPCA today. They told me he's got ear-mites and stuff.. and that hump on his back is an old injury that was left to heal. Good thing is that his back doesn't really bother him anymore.

They told me they'll keep bobo for 4 days in case his owner came look for him (which is highly unlikely.. they said bobo's been through a lot, he was un-cared for). After 4 days, they'll put him up for adoption. After two more weeks if nobody wants him, they'll put him down!

They said it is becoz the shelter is extremely crowded, even if they take bobo in today, bobo will have to live in the bathroom.

I asked.. what are the chances of him getting adpoted, they say they can tell bobo will not be a favorite.. but, you'll never know!

As I was thinking, who will want a deformed cat when there are hundreds of healthy (and much prettier) ones to choose from? I don't want them to kill Bobo, coz I feel like I'm responsible.. bobo was happily living on the street, I'll be the one who got him killed.

I said I'll take him in, and the ppl at SPCA are thrilled. They de-wormed bobo and gave me some ear cleaning solution and send bobo back home with me.

Now I just need to find a way to explain to my parents so they'll help me out with the neutering and vaccination fee..!
 

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That is awesome that you took him in! What a lucky kitty! Good luck explaining it to your parents! I know, that's the hard part. When I have kids...if they ever bring home a homeless or injured animal I will tell them they can keep it....even if my house becomes a zoo!!!!!!
 

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I just want to say thank you for keeping Bobo. I'm sure that he is glad that you were the one to find him. As far as paying for the neutering--there are several organizations around here that help with things like that. For example, once I found a cat that had a hurt leg--Forgotten Four Paws offered to pay for his leg and getting him fixed if I would pay for the shots. (They have arrangements with different vets--they get discounts.) They were so full that they couldn't take him, but they said that if I kept him that they would help pay. Do you have any cat welfare type organizations in your area? Maybe you could try to look for one that can help you. I hope Bobo will be happy staying inside. Sometimes after they are outside for that long--they don't want to be inside. Are Timmy and Bobo getting along? Also, I wouldn't wait too long to get shots since he has been living outside--I guess Timmy would be ok as long as she has her shots, though. Anyways, Good luck and keep us informed! Thanks for being so kind hearted and giving Bobo a home and love!
 

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good thing is I'll be getting some money tomorrow.

I've already made an appointment for bobo to get shots on monday.

SPCA will help pay $25 for bobo's neutering surgery!

I just gave him a bath. he is SOOO dirty! mud literally melts and run down the drain right in front of my eyes (also chunks of loose hair)

I also cleaned his ear (soo dirty!) and clean off dirt on his face.

He's so nice a quiet, just sits there and take it all.. and occasionally tries to run away.

before I have timmy and bobo, I was always afraid of cats (friend's cat always tries to attack me I don't know why).

NOw I know cats can also be gentle and cuddly.
 

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You are Bobo's guardian angel. Maybe he was sent to you, because you would save his life and give him the first care and love he's had for a long time. Thank you for being so kind. I'm sure he's beautiful in your eyes. I hope to see his picture soon.
 

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Sounds like Bobo is a lucky cat! It's true, cats like him are often overlooked at rescue centres by people looking for a cute perfect cat - but you obviously saw past that. Good work in rescuing him. :D
 

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How does your current cat get along with Bobo?

Please keep us posted on your progress and looking forward to pictures. :)
 

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I'm glad to hear this sad story has a happy ending. It's my personal belief that rescued cats "know" what you've done for them and forever show their appreciation for it.

Congratulations, you've given one more cat a chance at a happy, healthy life. :D
 

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Actually, I'm starting to wonder wether I did the cat any favor?

Bobo seems sad. He sleeps almost all day and eats a little. This morning, he puked out all the food.

When he's awake, he cries, he wants to go outside. I bought some new toys today and I tried to play with him, he doesn't seems to be interested at all.

I also gave him catnip filled toys but he doesn't want them.

I can see bobo's had a hard life. I am thinking, maybe he was happier a homeless cat. Maybe I robbed him of his freedom.

Did I really do a good thing? I really can provide a good home for Bobo (I even bathed him, trimed his nails and everything.. he's gonna have a vet visit). But he looks so depressed!

What should I do? is his sad mood only temporary?
 

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I am sure that he is just under alot of stress and really confused. It probably has been a traumatic past few days for him--he has experienced things that he has never even imagined! I figured that he would want to go outside--but he is truly better off in the house--even if he doesn't understand that. I hope you can make it though this--it will probably be tough trying to keep him from running out every time you go out. I had to do that with Yoda--eventually she gave up, though. Hang in there!! I bet he'll perk up after he adjusts to his new living arrangements! :D
 

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Yes, it sounds as if he's just gone through a big change of lifestyle and has not adjusted yet. If he has had the great outdoors as his home it will take him a while to adjust to being inside. If you let him out he may wander and not come back so keep him safe inside. Give him all the love and attention he needs and I'm sure in the long run he will give the love back to you.

OK now how about some pictures.... :)
 

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You're doing the best thing for Bobo even if he doesn't think so just yet. It sounds like he had been out on his own for a very long time then one day his world gets turned around and that can be a very scary thing.

So by him not being used to a home, toys and a steady supply of food can make him a little scared and confused but give him some time and he's bound to come around.

It may take a while for him to get used to being inside now and he may fight that all the way but hopefully he'll learn to accept that. :wink:
 
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