Rescued a kitten on Tuesday . . .

. . . and now I want her! Our neighbors have a bit of a stray cat problem, and on Tuesday my husband and I rescued a kitten that was clinging to life. She was starving, freezing, and had a terrible upper respiratory infection. Her eyes were stuck shut and she kept struggling to get up, but couldn't.

We took her to the vet and at first he didn't think she had much of a chance and was considering putting her down, but one of the vet techs agreed to try rehabilitating her. I called today to check on her and she is doing much better. We were concerned that she might be feral since she was definitely old enough to be fearful of humans. But the vet said today that she was purring and rubbing up against the vet tech.

It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that she's doing okay and has a chance to be a pampered house cat instead of having to brave the elements day in and day out as an outdoor feral cat. I would love to take her home, but we already have two kitties, one of which would not be very welcoming to her.

I just hope she finds a good home eventually. It takes me about three seconds to get emotionally attached to homeless kittens.


"Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery, today is a gift . . . that's why it's called the present." - Unknown
Thank you for rescuing her and taking her to the vet... You saved her life, for sure. That's great that one of the techs is rehabbing her...yay.

You should tell your neighbor to contact a rescue, there are tons out there that will help with feral cat population control. Usually as long as they (neighbors) agree to provide a food source, they will help with trapping, spay/neuter, vaccinations and then releasing. Feral cats are put down almost immediately at the shelter because there is no hope of adoption, really. (they have a hard enough time adopting out friendly kittys.) So trap.spay/neuter/release is the best option.

Here is a resource:
http://www.alleycat.org/orgs.html

If you have any questions, I might be able to help. We do a lot of feral cat colonies in our area.

Good luck, and again...thanks for looking out for the little girl. That's so awesome that you saved her!
Thanks for the info, yagotta! We did have someone come over the summer to do some trapping, spaying/neutering, and releasing. But the neighbor's wife got mad and said she didn't want anyone on her property. It makes me so furious. Especially on days like today when I walk outside and it's 0 degrees. I can't imagine how those kitties are staying alive out there.


"Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery, today is a gift . . . that's why it's called the present." - Unknown
It's so discouraging that people would rather just turn their heads instead of doing something about the feral cat population.

You did a good deed!
It's so discouraging that people would rather just turn their heads instead of doing something about the feral cat population.

You did a good deed!
Originally Posted by SuZen
ITA

Our neighborhood also has tons of feral cats, as well as cats with collars but no tags. It's hard not to get attached to some of the friendly cats. SO and I rescued a kitten last year and took her to the human society. It was hard, but at least I knew she was off the streets with food and a warm place to sleep, hopefully going to a good home and would be spayed--one less cat out there having more homeless cats.

One my cats was born to a feral mother. He is the best cat I've ever had! (Of course he was socialized pretty young.)
We did have someone come over the summer to do some trapping, spaying/neutering, and releasing. But the neighbor's wife got mad and said she didn't want anyone on her property. It makes me so furious. Especially on days like today when I walk outside and it's 0 degrees. I can't imagine how those kitties are staying alive out there.
Originally Posted by bushyhead
ignorant woman! grrr. Next time you see her, give her this little interesting tidbit of info: One female cat averages three litters per year. The average number of kittens in a litter is 6-8 kittens. The number of cats one female cat and her offspring can produce in seven years? 420,000 cats!

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