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One of my ferals has gotten really sick. He's got a bad upper respitory infection I think, and I haven't been able to trap him yet. I have someone coming Sunday that specializes in TNR for feral cats, so hopefully she'll be able to help me catch him. Please keep Peaches in your thoughs and prayers! I'm praying that it's as I think, and can be cured with either antibiotics or time, but I fear that he might have feline luekimea, which is pretty common in unvaccinated cats in my area, as is distemper. I won't really know what I'm dealing with until we can trap him and get him to the vet-please pray that we are successful this Sunday and that we are able to do something for Peaches. Unfortuantly, if it's something like feline leukimea that's incurable, and will just cause him to suffer, and be transmitted to the other cats, I'll have no choice but to have him euthanized. If he was a domestic cat, I'd have alot more options, but my options are very limited. I can't put anything in his eyes, and I feel it would be cruel to him to keep him locked in a cage or small room in my house for any prolonged period of time. Please pray that this will be something curable by oral antibiotics! I'm hoping and praying that I am able to save this kitty!
 

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I hope you will be able to trap Peaches before he can spread the URI among the other kitties. I am keeping my fingers crossed he has got nothing like Feline Leukemia or HIV.
When I took Cheerio in to the vet , with URI, the first thing they did was test her for those two communicable diseases. You may be able to keep Peaches in a cage, in a remote area of your home (like bathroom where your other pets cannot reach him) and administer the medication while he is sick. It would be a good time for him to warm up to you also (which could lead in time in finding him a home one day eventually :))
Cheerio lacked energy so much that even though a wild cat she didn't put up a fight almost at all. She is 14 weeks old though. It maybe a huge difference in the levels of aggression between kitten and adult cat.
You and Peaches will be in my thoughts
 

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If the blood tests for feline leukimea and aids comes back negative, and we know for sure we're dealing with a respitory infection, I'm planning on confining him in a cage in our furnace room, where he'll stay plenty warm, and I'll be able to put the medicine in his food. I'm hoping and praying that's all it is!! He's getting weaker. He use to run as far and as fast as he could when we came outside, now he simply moves off the pourch about 20 feet and keeps his distance, but he isn't running, or making much of an effort. Most of the time he's just laying around somewhere. Poor guy!
 

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Yes, I can recognize those symptoms from what I experienced with Cheerio. I even saw a little bit of blood on two occasions coming out of her nose. That really scared me but the vet told me that it was a typical sign of URI - which can get really bad or get from bad to better. I hope from all my heart that the second is the case. We don't want Peaches to go through a lot of pain! Ask your doctor about giving Peaches the Doctor Hills Science Diet canned food. Lacking so much energy he may not be eating very well so he needs all the nourishment he can get and that specific food can provide him all of that.
We actually "took advantage" of the fact that Cheerio was so weak and caught her at night (after several attempt the previous nights that turned into failures). We used little bits of ham to make a trail to the cage. We tied a string to the door and we stayed still in the dark with a flashlight at a reasonable distance. It took a while but Andrew's patience and qualities of a good fisherman ;) payed off, thank God because I don't know how much longer she could have made it out there...All the best of luck with you and Peaches!
 

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I'll defianatly ask him about putting him on a special food for a while. He seems to be eating fine, he doesn't look skinny or malnurished. I've tried the string on the carrier door, but I haven't had any success. We leave a cat carrier on our front pourch that we tape plastic to the vents on and put the food in there so our ferals aren't as scared of going into something to get food(which makes it easier when we do have to trap them), and should it rain or something, it keeps the food from getting ruined. I've put the door on that carrier and tied a string to it before, but the cats are to smart, and they know when it's rigged-even if I get them use to eating in there with the door on and the string on the door! These cats are smart! When I'm trying to trap a cat, I usually bait the trap with tuna. Hopefully the lady that's coming Sunday will be able to help me succeed in catching this cat!
 

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The closest humane society is over an hour away. The local animal shelter does rent out traps, but they require you to turn in any animal that you catch in the trap :( The only place I could find to rent a trap from is from the lady that's coming Sunday to help me. All her traps are out right now except the one she uses herself. She says if we aren't successful tomorrow, she's going to leave that trap with me, and reclaim one of her other traps from someone that's had it for a while. I do have to pay a $65 deposit on the trap incase anything happens to it, or I don't return it, but as soon as she has the trap back, she gives me that money back.
 

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I will be praying for the dear Peaches, and hope everything goes well for you when you try to catch the cat. Do keep us updated. Good Luck :!:
 
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