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Kitten dropped off in front yard.
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Michelle    Posted 01-09-2004 at 10:52:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everyone! We just moved out to the country in May - and have recently received our 1st "drop-off". Someone dropped a kitten off in our front yard earlier this week. I don't want to bring it inside (very allergic) and I don't want to drop it to the humane society (probably will be euthanized) - so.... how do I care for it?

I'm a dog owner - have never had cats - but this one is really really cute. Their are mice in our barn so it would help with that. Any suggestions on how to care for this little one (Maycie)?

Thanks in advance!

Michelle


Michele in VA    Posted 01-19-2004 at 16:57:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make that dry cat food, not canned. The canned will spoil him. The dry will keep him alive. And other feral cats will eat his dry food before he does, so you'll have to feed him near the house. Feed him once a day on a high perch while the dog is around to keep away other cats.

And when he comes around all beaten up by other cats, don't take him to the vet right away. They don't say they have 9 lives for nothing. If he's hurt bad, spray betadine and water mix on his wound and feed him well until he's better. Vets will make you believe your cat will get AIDS tomorrow. Believe me, $193 later, I wised up.

Michele


Paula    Posted 01-09-2004 at 12:34:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't forget to get it spayed or neutered. That can be
done as early as 8weeks now. Otherwise you'll have a
randy tom or a bunch of kittens every 6months.
Otherwise as long as he has somewhere to shelter he'll
likely be happy outside.

GRRRR. I hate how people abandon animals. This is
why I don't like people.

Good luck.
Paula


Jose    Posted 01-09-2004 at 11:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's a tom he'll hang around until he gets grown up and good and fat and slick at your expense and then take up at your neighbor's.
get him fixed! If it's female in two years you'll be up to your kneecaps in cats! Get her spayed.


jf    Posted 01-09-2004 at 11:51:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
ah now they only have kittens every other friday.


toolman    Posted 01-09-2004 at 11:16:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
let him live in your barn , provide him with some fresh water, a warm bed either in the hay or an old blanket in a box in an old shed or somewhere out of the cold an wet and a bit of food untill he gets wise to mousin, teach your dog to get along with him,he will in return pay you back in many ways, one of which is keep your rodent problem somewhat undercontrol, and with that hanta-virus thats important, hey you never know you may become a cat person someday, they grow on you ,mine certainly did haha.


hay    Posted 01-09-2004 at 11:12:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
it really raises my hackles to see someone "dump" an animal. that is about the most cruel fate they could want for it. i'm like you in the respect that i cannot keep everyone else's unwanted pets. we don't even have an animal shelter in the county i live in. wish you the best of luck with your new found friend.


rhouston    Posted 01-09-2004 at 11:11:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
a little kitten chow and a place to sleep in the barn an you gots yer sef a cat.


cowlady    Posted 01-09-2004 at 12:34:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, get her comfy in the barn. We've had Arthur for 7 years. He disapeared for over a year, then came back! We've never had a mouse or rat in the house. But he has brought his catch of the day to the back porch a few times!


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