April 21st 2013 8:42 am
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I read evfurrything. And there's new stuffs too. Now that Fiona is getting more alert, he isn't getting too happy. He doesn't allow much petting except the top of his head and chin so far, but this morning he was crying for more yum yums and it woke me and my mommy up. She gave him some kibbles and he made sure he hid realllly good the moment he saw mommy. Then just now, mommy was scooping his litter tray, and he got upset and hissed and scratched. She isn't hurt, just a little hole on the top of her hand where his paw hit, but he seems now happy.
What do you think? Should we put him back outside so soon? Or wait another couple days? I know we can't keep him in the kennel furevfur. I'm a little nervous too. I can hear him, but don't want to peek inside the kennel, so mommy moved my yum yums a little closer to the hall so I would eat them. Now I just sit and watch the kennel fur his shadow in the sunlight.
Just in case anyone missed it, the rescue vet said they thought he was btwn 1 and 3 years old. We think it's on the lower end because when he started coming, I think around October (but I have to check) he was very small. Now he is 7 pounds.
Mommy isn't sure what to do. We know he had been outside fur his life, like, since he was a kitten that we saw him as, so we don't know if we are better to let him go back to what he knows. Maybe we can halps another kitty in need that is an itty bitty kitty who can learn everything new from me?
Confused and worried,
oh no! well, I think you should call the vet and ask them what they think you should do before putting him outside.
Well, I was supposed to,put him out this morning if I want going to try to socialize him. Nuk's meowmy sent me a great link though to an article and it had a lot of good info on taking plenty of time
Outside outside? or in the house but outside the cage?
Outside outside back to his environment
We foster a lot and sometimes get feral kittens and semi-feral adults. It's very hard to socialize an adult but it's not impossible. If you keep him inside you have to be prepared that this cat may just live in your house and never ask for affection or really interact with you. You can work with him and hope that with a lot of time and patience he comes around but in all likelihood he's never going to be a lap cat. I don't mean to sound harsh but it's such a big decision and you need to be prepared. That said, I know I would have trouble just letting him out again. It's so dangerous for outdoor cats. I guess the question to ask yourself is what you expect from him if you keep him.
It's still very early days for him. His environment from outside to inside in a kennel must be very daunting for him. I was a similar age when mum trapped me from outside to take me to the vets to be neutered and checked over. I howled, spit and lashed out and mum knows now it was because I was so frightened. I calmed down when at the vets and when I came home mum let me free in the house. The other cats were frightened of me and gave me a wide birth but I never bothered them. I decided I liked mum's attention and let her pet me more and then decided I loved to cuddle on her knee too.
2 years on I'm one of the most loving, affectionate cats mum has ever had. I get on well with all the other cats, especially young Edward who I wash and make sure he's nice and clean and mum is so happy that her patience with me paid off and feels lucky to have me.
I know all cats are different but think your mum should keep him safe indoors for a little longer before deciding what to do.
Thanks friends. It is a lot to think about. I am going to keep him in regardless a few days. His urine still stinks like awful even if the antibiotics are in there and if it doesn't improv I will see if I am able (him willing) to take him to my vet. He has been mostly sleeping and has been using the litterbox to pee often. He did let me pet him a little, just that one moment he did a half hiss and bop, and I know that I was a little too over stimulating because I also was trying to adjust the blankie around his bottom so his booty wasn't resting on the wires. He moved into another hideyhole I have in there and just ate some wet food and a couple treats. He is starting at me and then doing a slow blink but I'm doing my best not to stare back so he doesn't think I'm a threat. If I do let him out, I'll make sure Kitty is put away in the bedroom. H hasn't even tried to go out though whenever I open the crate to clean up. Awww I'm just glad regardless, that he got vet care, especially with that nasty uti!!!
I think it's a good idea to keep him in a few days longer if his pee still smells. If you have to bring him back to the vet, you won't be able to catch him again. Will your vet come to your house instead if you can't get him into the carrier?
The pee smell will dissipate - some of that may be stress as well. I hope I didn't discourage you - I think he'd be incredibly rewarding. When you have a cat like that you can celebrate the smallest steps!
It sounds like he's scared of you, naturally. I don't have any experience with ferals. Will purr for all to be well and his UTI to go away.
BK you didn't discourage, don't worry! Is true, it can be tough and maybe impossible. He is scared, he has pretty much been sleeping mostly since yesterday. When Indiana was neutered, he was active the same evening, but he was younger too. This little guy has switched spots a couple of times in the kennel, but still is just chilling and staring. It's like I feel like he's sneering, mol! But he is just watching everything.
When Natasha came to us, I thought that she was a young kitten because she was so small. Now, I know that she must have been over a year old.
She was so friendly that she must have been a cat who got out. She just lost her kittens when we found her at the pound. She was a sweetie to me and a healthy cat most of her life. You never know about strays,
My neighbor has one and he is a good guy. Take one day at a time.
It sounds like he is probably scared. Best of luck to y'all!
thanks again fur your nice words-yah, if he is a stray, he must've gotten out very young, or had a bad experience with a human! Jezebel you're right! He is very scared-he is finally becoming more alert and pooping too! (yay my Mommy says!) he isn't trying to escapes, even when the kennel door is open. He just keeps watching Mommy and she is trying hard not ta make full eye contact like all the stuff she is reading says, but she can't help when she does, so she slow blinks and sometimes he does it back too, but he has been going back into his hideyhole when she goes to the kennel if he is out. He was playing with a mousie toy last night though! one of the ones where the mousie is in a circle and you bop it and it spins around and around-Mommy showed him how it worked and he likes it =) Mommy says no matter what happens-at least we got him out and fixed and medicines when he needed them-even if he goes back outside! And that she isn't a bad mommy if she doesn't keep him inside with us.
I think you're Mommy's a great Mommy for helping Fiona!
What Sleeper said. :) I'm a mancat of few words mostly, but I just wanted to say that life on the outside's not ALL bad. I like things just the way they are - I get to come inside if I want to - or not, and everyone else seems happy with that - even Samhain, the Queen of Snark - MOL!