Found a stray kitty!?
Topic: Found a stray kitty!?
June 20, 2019 / By Deana Question:
My friend lives right down the road from me, and for the past few nights this cat has been coming up to her door. She appears to be a Maine Coon and is very pretty. We believe she is a kitten as well. She is most certainly not an adult cat, but she is a female. The tip of her tail is hurt and hairless, and she is very skinny. It is obvious though someone used to love her though, because she is very friendly. She allows you to pet her, pick her up, etc. My friend gave her tuna earlier and she gobbled it down in seconds. My mom has a spot in her heart for animals, so she decided to take her home, but NOT keep her. We have two dogs and three cats and so if we were to keep her I don't think it would work well imo. My mom put her in our warm mudroom and layed out a towel, put her on it. Then she got a bowl full of cat food and placed it out there as well. After that, she brought it a big bowl of water and turned the heater on. Now about what to do with it; at the stables I board our horses at, the barn owner has been looking for a new mouse cat. We thought we could take her out there tomorrow, but we don't know what she will do. Since she obviously used to be someone cat due to how friendly she is (she also tries to enter our houses) we don't know if she can survive mainly off mice. They feed their barn cats of course, but still. She wouldn't get as much attention as she is probably used to, but isnt a warm shelter and food better then starving? She isn't that big, but she isn't itsy bitsy either. Help me!!
Best Answers: Found a stray kitty!?
Bridget | 4 days ago
Oh, I don't know about your barn, but the experiences at the barns I have boarded at aren't very good in regards to treatment of their cats. Usually, they aren't fed well, aren't wormed and often aren't even neutered. That does not mean that all barn owners treat cats in the same manner, but many do. Please, do the following before hauling her off to someone else and, especially, to a horse barn:
1. Place found posters up around the area the cat was found: FOUND CAT/PHONE. Make very large letters - about 6 inches tall and use a small sponge brush. You can do this easily with black acrylic paint. You don't need to be neat - just get the point across. Put several up in obvious places and especially at main interstections. Use duct tape to put on telephone poles. One school posterboard makes four signs. Make at least 12 messy but bold signs. The more, the better. Try to cover an area about 3 miles from where the cat was found. You never know where she came from.
2. Put Found flyers/posters on the bulletin board, at your local shelters, where a broken-hearted owner may be looking for their cat. Again, make the letters pretty large so it will be noticed. Put them up at pet supply stores and notify vet offices, too.
3. Look on sites like: www.petfinder.com (in their classified section for lost and found) and www.craigslist.com for lost ads. On craigslist, you can type key words into the search box such as cat; maine coon, female, etc. Try different searches with only one word at a time. Look up other lost and found sites, too.
4. Place a FOUND ad on those same sites.
5. Place your FREE found ad in your local newspaper. Usually, found ads are free.
6. If you can't find an owner, try locating an animal rescue league. You can find them by doing one of the following: You can go to your local pet supply store such as Petco or Petsmart or other local stores and ask if they have a league that comes and shows animals at their store. Go to the store when the league is ther (usually on weekends) and bring kitty along. Tell them what happened and ask if they can take the cat. Animal rescue leagues do not euthanize, but always ask, anyway.
Remember: about 80% of cats and kittens are euthanized in shelters. Sorry, but unless you know the barn you go to takes incredibly good care of their cats, PLEASE THINK TWO, THREE AND FOUR TIMES about this. I almost took a wonderful cat to a barn I though was good to animals. Over the next few years, I saw cats come and go, as they did not take care of them. A cat for mousing should really be an outdoor cat who was raised outside, or even a semi-feral cat who is not interested in being indoors. Please, let this kitty live indoors if that is what she appears to be used to. And, no, a cat cannot survive off mice. You will find these cats are usually a bit bony and undernourished, as well as having worms and fleas. Not a terribly good life.
Be sure anyone claiming the cat is theirs can identify the cat, whether it be its meow, a special marking, or something unique about the cat. Vet records are another way, or photographs of the cat.
Also, have her checked for a microchip. Any vet can do this, for you.
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Originally Answered: Found Stray Puppies In the Caribbean?
Stray dogs are a HUGE problem in the DR. They come right up to you at resorts.
If you tried to bring them back here, you'd be denied entry into the US. So...what can you do? Try and find a rescue group.
In this situation, you can try calling "Friends of Animals" at the number listed in the link. Maybe they can help you. Good luck. The five times we were there, each time there were numerous stray dogs that were skin and bones and sick.
Since you think someone used to own her, maybe you should try looking for her owner before you decide on a new permanent home. Imagine losing your pet-- wouldn't you want someone to at least attempt to contact you before they gave it away? It's what's best for the cat, and for her family.
Contact the humane society, and inquire as to your state and city laws about keeping strays. Sometimes it's illegal unless you've made an attempt to advertise the animal's whereabouts. Try placing ads on sites like Craigslist, in newspapers, and put up signs in the neighborhood. I took a starving dog home once, and had to follow very specific procedures in order to keep her and not violate the law, so I know that this may be the case for you too.
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Agreed, try to find the owner. Post a lost and found ad on craigslist. I think petfinder as a lost pet section. Call your local humane society and ask if anyone has reported a lost cat. Take her picture and make fliers.
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Sounds like she may have been someone's cat. Best to turn her into the local shelter just in case the owners are looking THERE for her. Tell the shelter that IF no owner is found that you are interested in taking her back.
Me… kittyslave23… I know my place.
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I would say if you van have it checked out by the vet, and place posters of finding her. Also see how she acts at the barn.
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Originally Answered: Found stray puppy, excessive dander, missing fur and black spots on belly.?
Your puppy is most likely afflicted with puppy mange. However, make sure to read the link below for information on other possible skin disorders.
Puppies have a high propensity to be afflicted with demodectic mange due to their immature immune system. Demodectic mange is caused by demodex mites which are actually present in most dogs and under normal conditions cause no harm. Puppies get the mites when in close contact with the mother while nursing but if the mite population can't be controlled by their still immature immune system, they develop mange.
In most cases, the mange condition will disappear when the pup's immune system develops and can keep the mites in check. If you wish to banish this condition sooner, you must be extremely careful as to how you treat it and there are safe and affordable ways to cure it.
As you may already know and for the benefit of those who read this post and are not familiar with this problem, mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy).
The typical symptoms as the mange condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that may cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately (except in the case of demodectic mange on puppies with immature immune systems), mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.
The most common type of mange today is demodectic mange (not contagious type) which is triggered by a weak or compromised immune system due mainly to factors such as immaturity (as in the case of puppies), improper nutrition (commercial food being the main culprit), stress and advanced age.
Vets can do a deep skin scraping and check the sample under a microscope to detect the presence and type of mite. However, everyone should be aware that there are some very serious problems caused by the use of the most common prescribed treatments and there are safe and affordable alternative treatments to cure any type.
Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites. The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for the side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/
Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.
I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.
Hope this helps.
There are other skin issues you need to consider. For details see answer :