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rescued kitten - help!

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Me and my roommate live in a college apartment complex where there are loads of wild cats in the surrounding area. Recently, at least two of the cats have had kittens, and we and others have been trying to make sure they get fed and all that.

Today my roommate was attempting to befriend one kitten in particular when it bit her. She was still able to grab the cat and keep it, which is good, because according to animal control we have to keep it for 10 days to be sure it doesn't have rabies (there's been an outbreak apparently in another part of town.).

We had been hoping to keep a kitten in any case, so it's not a big deal, but now that we have it we think it might be really sick. It was lively enough this afternoon, but this evening we gave it a bath, and ever since then it's been very sedate and almost non-responsive. We did use some flea shampoo, but we were careful to follow the instructions. Afterwards we completely dried the cat and have kept it in a warm basket.

I've bought kitten food and given it plenty of water. It has eaten and passed waste since we've had it.

I'll be honest; neither one of us know much about cats...her family's always kept one, but I don't know anymore than what I could read in a book...but I'm getting worried about how lifeless the kitten is now. It's either completely unmoving, or sometimes shivering, even though to the touch it's warm.

We also suspect that the kitten is deaf...we've noticed in the past few weeks that we've been trying to befriend it that we've been able to sneak up on it when all of the other cats hear us and run off. Earlier this month, the kitten seemed to have some sort of eye infection, but it seems to have cleared up now.

I think that's all the information I can give to approximate age, well, we've seen these kittens for about a month now, and at the first sighting they were walking around and eating the solid food that was out for the adult cats.

If anyone here could give us any suggestions we'd appreciate it. The animal control people are coming over tomorrow afternoon to inspect it. Also, it's an unfortunate reality that neither one of us has a lot of money at the moment; otherwise we would have taken it to the vet in the first place.

Thanks ahead of time,

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I am so sorry about Cream Puff, Valdyr -
you have got the right attitude in the end of your post though - because there are always kitties around that need a loving home. We all find it hard after a loss to look forward - but it is all about saving animals' lives and giving them the love that they deserve
About the Animal Control - I don't really understand what their role is but I am afraid that if I call them they will take in the kitties I take care off and put them to sleep. So I try to stay away from them.

Catnip and Feral Cat Friends are the only two organizations that returned my calls (to help me keep my feral kitties situation under control). Second Chance called but I was out feeding them- I wasn't able to get in touch with them ever since but I know they came and helped in this area before. Most of these organizations are non-profit and it is hard for them to work under a fix schedule + they are all booked up. Our appointment will be up in about three months!
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