Butt-kicker of- all other cats
|Purred: Sun Jun 30, '13 9:13am PST |
|Oh, she is PRECIOUS! I can see how you can't resist that face, I know I could not. I think the fact that she used the litter box and she came to you so readily, she was obviously someones cat before. She would not be that hard to make an indoor cat. I know you are not ready for another cat.....I have 3 stray cats, recently took in the 3rd and said NO WAY AM I HAVING A 3rd CAT!!! But Stephano, my kitten, he was desperate. He needed me, he had no where to go, and I could find no one to take him. Actually, he had been abandoned with another kitty, his brother we assume, and we found a home for his brother and then two days later we found him. We found two cans of cat food nearby...this was at a church preschool, it was clear they had been dumped. They were identical in markings so yeah, we thought brothers for sure. I very reluctantly agreed to keep him while looking for a home, since I had two cats. I put him in my garage, he ate, drank, climbed in my lap, crawled up and nestled into my shoulder, and purred non stop. Within two days of this non stop love and devotion from him, we were smitten. We did not know how it would work, having two cats that had to be separated at all times, because Beep is vicious. But it has worked out beautifully. Taffy, my other male, LOVES him, he is like his mommy.
Do you, or can you find a low cost clinic? I'm not sure where you are, but if you are anywhere near a big city in the US, many pet stores have clinics that come by every month or so and do shots super cheap, and have spay and neuter clinics. If you actually go down to a rescue, don't call them, you will have better results talking face to face with someone, and let them know you have a cat that is probably pregnant and if you keep her you need help adopting out the kittens, maybe they will help you?
I know you are not looking for another kitty, but all 3 of mine have their story of how they found me, and it was never a good time when they did, but I felt like they were just desperate and needed me. Once you get over that initial cost of shots and spay, it's not much harder to have a second cat. And there seem to be more and more places that offer low cost services to pets, places that really care about pets. The SPCA has a low cost vet you can visit where I live.
Even if you can only offer this girl a bathroom to live in for now, away from your cats....which is a good idea without having her checked for kitty diseases first, and the fact that she is undoubtedly pregnant, she shouldn't risk being around other cats that might fight with her.....if she had a bathroom, a garage, some sort of room that she could be confined to, with a litter box, food and water, a bed or blanket, a box, somewhere to have her kittens, those kittens will have a better chance at survival. A laundry room or a spare bedroom/office, would also be ideal. And since you said that others have now taken to feeding her also.....maybe you can convince someone there to think about taking her in. I would implore you to talk with your neighbors and see if someone else there that has fed her, if they would see fit to take her in. Offer to help get her fixed maybe or to buy her some food, or litter to help get her started?
I don' t trust your neighbors for a second. My feeling is, if you will be mean to a cat once, you are just that kind of person who will do it again, even if you are asked not to. People that are cruel to cats disgust me so much.
She may end up getting along beautifully with your cats and could be part of your family. I never wanted 3 cats, ever, but they all found me. I can't tell you how much I love them all.
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