Found a cat expecting kittens!

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Paddlinglikehell Thu 12-Sep-13 22:28:07

Just posted this in Chat. OH came In with a young cat he found down our (isolated) track. She has had a lot of water and a tiny amount of food, but is now sleeping, absolutely exhausted, she was a little vocal initially and very friendly. I can see and feel the kittens moving around, so she is on a warm bed, next to the radiator and am going to see how she is in the morning.

Anything else I should be doing? Will phone Cats Protection in case she has been lost tomorrow and take her to the vet, but I fear she may have been dumped. I am also a bit worried, because she doesn't seem to have the energy now (she did before) and can hardly raise her head when I go in. She is very young, probably 7 months looking at her teeth..

Any advice appreciated.

She has almost certainly been dumped. If you can see and feel the kittens she must be just about to give birth. If you have a cardboard box or something similar give her that - preferably with the top shut and with a hole cut in the side for her to get in. They like to be able to hide themselves away somewhere to have them.

Yes take her to the vet. If she still has a couple of weeks to go then an abortion would be best all round, but it sounds as though she's due very soon indeed.

How do you feel about being a kitten fosterer?

Paddlinglikehell Thu 12-Sep-13 22:51:50

I did wonder if they may be due soon, when she was on my lap I could feel them and put my hand on her side, one was moving under it and I could feel its paws, or nose - something bumpy!

I have given her my old cats igloo, with a fleece in in, so it is sort of enclosed. She is just lying stretched out, back end in it, she is zonked, so probably very tired. I don't want to keep disturbing her to check. I have turned the light out now, but she can hear us moving around.

We are happy to have kittens, my dd is 8, and wants to be a vet, so a good experience for her and something we would never have done oursleves. I am sure Cats Protection, will,help find homes, although we will get her spayed and keep her, with possibly a kitten?!

Not sure our collie -10 months, will appreciate her!

Well that sounds like a very good plan. She's very, very lucky you found her. If she'd had the kittens out in the open they'd have likely been eaten by foxes and of course she'd have struggled to find enough food to enable her to produce enough milk.

Yes it's awful to take all a cat's kittens away. They do get desperately upset. If you can keep her and one kitten that would be lovely. I'm sure your collie will come round.

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 14:31:53

Took the cat to the vets today, she was still very lethargic this morning, and had been sick. did eat a tiny amount of chicken.

The vet confirmed she was around 7 months sad Very dehydrated and has diarrhoea too, so probably an infection. They have kept her in, on a drip and to give antibiotics, she is pitifully thin, the kittens are still moving.

The vet said the RSPCA will pay the first £60 of any stray treatment and then we have to decide if we want to take her on (along with bills), or she will be passed to RSPCA centre.

I rang a couple of the centres to ask if they go to her, could we maybe keep her here, have the kittens and then they help rehome and spay, but they pay half the vets fees, they both said it may not be them, as have no room, but the RSPCA inspector would ring around and they didn't usually do that sort of thing.

Looks like we have to decide either way and coule be up for some big bills, she will need blood testing too of course.

Do we let her go?

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 14:34:50

How is the money situation with you? (Being realistic here.)

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 13-Sep-13 14:38:29

Oh, this is a difficult situation, vets bills can really mount up. A few years ago ds found a feral kitten almost dead at the side of the road. He'd become entangled in long grass caught between the claws of a hind leg and got himself thoroughly trapped. We took him to the vet and explained the situation, and the vet offered to treat him at cost, it still added up to over £300 (though that included amputation in the end). Can your vet give any sort of rough idea what the final bill may be? I don't think I could pts a pregnant cat, but if the money's not there... sad

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 14:43:23

Well we aren't short of a bob or two, if it was £200/300 or so we wouldn't be too worried. If it clocked up more than that we would have to think about it and who knows when you start talking about hospitalisation!?

What happens with testing for FIV now, how long does it take etc.? The vet said the kittens may have suffered there is no guarantee they would be OK, or she would have them naturally! I think we may be taking on an open cheque, although OH at moment is erring towards keeping her. I would like to, but part of me says it may just be easier to let her go now.

We went through an emotional time with a puppy we rescued at Christmas, that had parvo. Not sure I can cope with the emotional roller coaster!

However, we lost our old cat just prior to Christmas and I do miss having a cat around and on my lap. She is definitely a lap cat!

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 14:47:14

The vet didn't think she was a PTS case from first look, especially as the kittens were so active. If that was going to be the outcome, I think we would definitely give her the chance.

I was under the impression if we didn't take her on, she would be collected by the RSPCA. Mind you, I have lost a bit of faith in them recently <won't go to to that!>

I would ask if they can abort the kittens in this situation. That would give her the best chance of recovery and doesn't cost much more than a spay. I don't know why they're testing for FIV. It really makes very little difference indeed to the health and lifespan of cats and FIV cats can live happy, healthy lives and die of old age.

I realise that she is still ill and her treatment may still cost a bit.

Where in the UK are you? Anywhere near London, Essex, Hastings or Liverpool?

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 14:54:13

I wouldn't like to abort at this stage, the vet didn't think so either.

We are not far from Liverpool. Our vets is in fact a well known referral hospital in the area.

In that case you could try contacting Freshfields. They're much better than the RSPCA.

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 15:05:47

If the vet thinks she's saveable, then, I'd go for it. Be thoroughly realistic at any decision point but you'll know you'll have given her (and any kits) a good chance.

Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

Oh my. How did I miss this yesterday? Poor little soul. sad Well done for rescuing her and getting her some help Paddling.

Yes that's not like you Sparkling. I thought you had some sort of special siren in your house that goes off every time a thread with 'kittens' in the title is postedsmile

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 15:12:56

Have spoken to them, they only help with spaying. Spaying her eventually isn't the issue really, it is the possibility of huge vet bills and maybe getting support with that.

I suppose most places have their own vets, with their own rates, as opposed to a 'commercial' rate.

I will have a chat with the vet later about options. Maybe they will do us cost, having had a thousand out of our insurance earlier in the year!

I am slipping thecat. Our local rescue says there has been a 'second wind' of kittens again this year. There are going to be some ready for rehoming in November.....

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 15:15:29

Not me Sparkling. OH Has this ability to bring everything home! I used to work in rescue for a well known charity (think cross), so I think he thinks I still need the practice!

Bloody animals!

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 15:16:30


Oh - and Paddling, collies get on fine with cats in my experience. Yours is young so close supervision will be required of course (and if you keep her and she has a litter some good privacy and protection for her because she'll likely be nervy as all get out with new kittens, being just a kit herself.)

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 15:23:58

cozie, I have always had dogs and cats together, my last dear cat thought she was a dog.

Collie hasn't come across a cat close to before and yesterday was absolutely terrified, shaking, growling, hackles! Very funny. We put a baby gate up to the utility room and she made a den in the igloo bed., but no doubt she would take them off somewhere if we do have her.

Just washing the bedding now, just in case she comes back ;). It has been in the garage since old cat died.

We need to make a decision tonight. I keep think inking hat if she can't feed them, as she is so undernourished, not sure I can do every couple of hours nowadays!

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 15:28:27

Your call - and a difficult one, I know. Does the vet have any idea how many kits are in there? (I'm guessing not many.)

I wouldn't know what to do either. sad

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 15:34:45

No idea, impossible to tell, but it felt busy! She is small herself, so maybe only two or three.

Seriously, where do you lot find all these cats and kittens?
I'm obviously not looking hard enough.

Me neither Squirted. They never come to my house. I have twice this year returned dead cats to their owners this year, I want some nice cat stuff to do.

Too many 'this years' there!

Mama1980 Fri 13-Sep-13 15:43:58

Hi How is she doing?
I found myself in a similar situation last year, young cat (male thankfully) had been dumped and hit by a car hmm I found him in my garden in a terrible way. Long story short the vet thought he was saveable and waived his initial fees but it cost me well over £1000 for all his treatment in the end, luckily i could afford it but if i couldn't then id have had to do something different. Can your vet give you a rough idea of ultimate costs? Have you tried any local cats protection? ( apologies if this has already been suggested/answered I can't check and type on my phone)
Incidentally my cat made a full recovery and is currently snuggled next to my rescue dog! It is amazing how resilient these animals can be.

GobblersKnob Fri 13-Sep-13 15:46:00

Shamelessly place marking to find out the outcome, fingers crossed for pregnant kitty smile

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 15:46:01

Everyone thinks where we live is quiet, yet this year we have had two dogs, two ferrets and two cats, one feral we spayed and lives on the farm next door now, but has become extremely tame, so probably has been a domesticated cat - we feed it each day and he hunts too, and this little cat with kittens in her belly.

Sparkling, you have done a great job, there is nothing worse than not knowing what has happened to your cat, it isn't easy to knock on someone's door and tell them their cat has died sad

Thanks Paddling, i think that my payback should be a stray cat turning up and needing me. Sparkling Cat and DH say no to another feline and I think it's my only chance. grin

I'm sure I could arrange for a box of stray cats to turn up on your doorstep Sparkling - your DH would never know it wasn't entirely random. Do you want to pm me your address?

grin Sparkling Cat would be furious thecat

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 17:48:29

Vet just called, she is OK. Needs to be on drip over weekend. She has terrible diarrhoea which is dehydrating her, but she has eaten.

The RSPCA have a place for her tomorrow at one of their hospitals, where they will keep her on medication etc., the vet is happy to pass on our details, with a view to us rehoming her in future.

The vet said if we take her on it is approx. £150 for weekend hospitalisation, then poss £300 for c section if she needs it (will include spay). Kittens may have to be hand fed, as she has no milk at all at the moment and not strong enough to make any. Either way it is a lot of work and she may need further tests etc.

My heart is saying we do it, my head saying it is too much work and money, with no guarantees. I have gone past the days of feeding every two hours!

I have left it that the RSPCA will pick her up tomorrow, unless we ring in the morning.

I am now wondering if the RSPCA get her well and we then we have her to have the kittens, if that is possible, but doubt they will do this. My fear is they will give up on her if she costs them so much in time and money (bad experiences with RSPCA in the past) sad

The vets will tell me where she is going when they know.

Need to discuss with DP when he is home. WWYD?

AutumnStar Fri 13-Sep-13 17:56:45

I'd have to give it a go but I am totally soft and love animals.

I know what you mean about the RSPCA. A lady locally rang them because she wanted to adopt a kitten, but they said they put all the pregnant cats down. shock

I'm fairly sure that if she went to the RSPCA now they would abort. It's what we would do. Charities have to make difficult decisions and in cases like this, where the mother is ill and is unlikely to be able to feed the kittens, then there just aren't the resources to hand rear kittens (which frequently die anyway in such situations). If they are able to find another mother cat feeding kittens they may be able to use her as a wet nurse, and that would probably be their best chance, but unless she is literally on the point of giving birth, I think they would go for the easier option.

But if they do then I suppose the decision has been taken out of your hands so you wouldn't feel bad about it.

I don't suppose that helps.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 13-Sep-13 18:00:52

I think I'd keep her, but it's not my money. She might not need a cs, she's got a couple of weeks to go and could be strong enough by then to birth and feed the kittens herself.

Sparkling I suspect there has been a misunderstanding along the way somewhere. The RSPCA are truely appalling, and they often put animals down as soon as look at them, but I'm sure they don't have a policy of putting all pregnant cats down. I imagine they said they abort them and it somehow got misunderstood.

claraschu Fri 13-Sep-13 18:05:31

Don't let the RSPCA have her, if you can possibly avoid it. I don't trust the RSPCA, and have heard a lot of horror stories about them. I would take care of her but we are far away and have 3 cats already.

Mama1980 Fri 13-Sep-13 18:10:24

I'd keep her given what the vet has said.

I thought that thecat, she was very upset. I did think it didn't sound quite right TBH.

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 18:18:07

I'd keep her. I think she deserves that chance.

Like you, though, I don't think I could face hand rearing newborns and I don't think their chances sound that good anyway if Mom has bad diarrhoea, dehydration and is as tired as you said last night.

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 20:25:29

Well we have just been thrashing this out, thank you for your comments, they have really helped.

OH felt we should give her the chance, I on the other hand played Devil's Advocate, partly because if we go down the keeping route, I don't want him to say he didn't know it would be so much trouble etc!

We went through the scenario of costs, c section, hand rearing, none of which unduly worried us, although I don't think he really understands almost 2 weeks of hand feeding!

Having then looked at some comments about the RSPCA hospital she would go to, along with your comments, we decided we couldn't do it and she deserves the chance. OH said that we should at least give her the weekend and is happy to throw £250 at her for a start off Nd then see what happens. He didn't mind hacking to pay for a c section if that was what was needed, but that I am going to be cheeky and ask the vet to charge at cost! They actually owe us a favour anyway!

So I left a mess. to say we will be taking her on and I will ring in the morning to confirm it.

So there we are, I am actually feeling a little bit queasy at what is ahead, there are no certainties that she,or the kittens will vet survive, but where there is life.....I spent last night nursing her and feeling those little kittens moving around, so while they are in her and she is getting the help she needs, there is hope.

I know that if we go over the initial £250 it won't matter, but it makes OH feel he is in control of costs ;)

Wish us luck are we mad? Hope I don't back out over night!

out2lunch Fri 13-Sep-13 20:38:35

yay right decision.good luck. smile.i would have done exactly the same. you'll have no end of support and advice on here.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 13-Sep-13 20:43:28

Oh, good luck, I hope it all goes well for you, dh, the cat and her kittens. You will keep us updated, won't you?

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 20:45:45

Good luck. smile

Come and vent here if you end up with hand rearing 8 kittens and have to scream!

GobblersKnob Fri 13-Sep-13 20:47:50

Aw how lovely, what a very lucky cat she is smile

GetStuffezd Fri 13-Sep-13 20:59:01

Oh Im SO pleased to read your update!
Best of luck, can't wait to keep reading.

Mama1980 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:29:51

Oh yay, And good luck!

timtam23 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:53:17

Good luck to you Paddling - I'm not sure I could have taken on the hand-rearing of kittens but as you say she has got this far and deserves the chance.

Sometimes these things are meant to happen smile

Yay and good luck.

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 22:15:29

Thanks, I am not sure I am still up to hand rearing either! OH made me laugh, he has people in his office working 24 hours, said he would take the kittens in there over night and they could feed them!

I will need advice, of that I am sure, I have been out of rescue for nearly 17 years now, having moved into behaviour and lots of thins have moved on.

One question, is it worth testing for FIV or FL or is it a waste of time. We are lucky that we live in an isolated house no other cats, apart from a farm cat that doesn't come around to us, as gets fed in the yard.

I am so hoping she responds this weekend and will hold onto those kittens.

I would say that it's always useful to know the FIV status, but I wouldn't go out of my way to test for it unless there were other indicators. But as I said above whatever the status it really makes sod all difference. In practice FIV seems to make very little difference to an adult cat and they all seem to go on to lead full and long lives with no ill effects. However kittens can be badly affected by it so it might be useful to know - but it's not really going to make any difference to anything so I personally wouldn't bother. And once a cat is neutered they're not going to be passing it on.

I'm not sure about leukaemia. That's certainly a lot more serious but I don't think it's routinely tested for. Did the vet suggest it? Maybe Lonecat can help with that ...

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 22:21:18

Oooh - a cat behaviourist! The board could do with one of those.

And I think the idea of taking them into the 24 hour office is quite a good one really. Do be prepared to lose the kittens though. Hand rearing is always touch and go and even with a team of dedicated people doing it they still often die. At least you're giving them a chance though.

Paddlinglikehell Fri 13-Sep-13 22:31:17

Thanks, you are a useful lot!

Cozie, sorry to disappoint, but I do dogs! I do know of a couple of cat behaviourists, one very good friend in the states has written a couple of books, but otherwise know nothing!

cozietoesie Fri 13-Sep-13 22:34:27

Ah well- it was worth the thought!

Distrustinggirlnow Fri 13-Sep-13 22:38:52

Shameless place marking here smile

OP I am delighted you are going to give her a chance, poor little thing, and if you need a home for a little one in the future.... wink

Good luck and keep us posted thanks

LegoAcupuncture Fri 13-Sep-13 22:45:43

So glad you've decided to give her a chance.

Please let us know what happens.

ZebraOwl Sat 14-Sep-13 01:35:43

You (& your OH) are awesome: I really hope things work out as well as possible for cat & kits smile

claraschu Sat 14-Sep-13 04:24:36

How wonderful. The best of luck to you. Please keep us updated, if you can.

ratbagcatbag Sat 14-Sep-13 04:36:27

Yey. You're wonderful people smile can't wait for updates. smile

GiGiGi Sat 14-Sep-13 04:53:58

Oh, you are lovely Paddling I can't wait to read the updates. Good luck!

Purpleknickers Sat 14-Sep-13 04:59:57

Another one here looking forward to updates , and of course eventually pictures of healthy happy happy hand fed kittens. Well done paddling for rising to the challenge

saffronwblue Sat 14-Sep-13 05:41:33

Place marking here too! What a lucky little cat that she landed on you.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 14-Sep-13 09:16:58


Rang the vets this morning, after leaving a message last night, to confirm we are going to take her on. Told by the vet nurse that the RSPCA HAVE to take her due to law and 7 days.

I have refused to believe it and with dogs, finder can keep it, so requested vet who I spoke to rings me back asap.

Waiting now - have started a thread re. legislation. Anyone know?

Really? confused You are saving the RSPCA the time/money.

GobblersKnob Sat 14-Sep-13 11:20:03

Nooooooo, they do not 'have' to take her, you do however have to give her up should her owner be found (unlikely).

Bloody RSPCA, think they are the law.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 14-Sep-13 11:57:41

It's OK!!!!

I updated other thread. She is ours, we are now paying and RSPCA kicked into touch (phew). Please see other thread. Thanks if anyone replied, it gave me the confidence to question the information so thank you dearly.

Cat is still with us, still has diaorrhea badly and although is eating, anything they put in, comes straight out, they are limited with what they can give, because of kittens, who are still active. They can't give steriods because this will bring on delivery. She has had a tiny bit of discharage, but the vet didn't think delivery imminent at the moment, or she would have to intervene with a cs, so lets hope she holds her own for a bit longer and she starts picking up.

If the kittens are born, we would have to care for them, but the likliehood of them surviving, would probably be very slim - I have been there before sad.

So tragic when she is fighting so hard and the kittens are still moving around and very much alive.

Tentatively thinking of names, as vet asked this morning. Willow and Berry (as in black) are our initial thoughts, but don't want to tempt fate!

Does the vet think she would stand a better chance if she were aborted/delivered now? I know it's something you really don't want to do, but as the kittens have little chance of surviving anyway, if it can help to save her life surely it should be considered?

JakeBullet Sat 14-Sep-13 12:06:50

Excellent paddling, I agree that it's possible the kittens won't survive if she is that young. My cat (a rescue) is tiny due to having kittens at six months....none of which survived apparently. Her growth was stunted as a result though according to the rescue place.

She has been with me just over a year now and is an absolutely lovely little soul. We adore having her here in her "forever" home.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 14-Sep-13 12:08:21

The vet seemed to think she was OK for the moment and didn't plan on any intervention. I didn't actually ask the question today, but yesterday she said that wouldn't be something she would consider just yet.

I think if they felt it in her best interests, they would and the vet I think knows I would accept that.

Fair enough. The vets know best. Fingers crossed for her.

cozietoesie Sat 14-Sep-13 12:30:53

I'd name her, Paddling. Everyone deserves a name no matter how dire their situation.

Paddlinglikehell Sat 14-Sep-13 20:15:49

Sad, sad news I am afraid. The vet rang this afternoon, to say that she had had a big seizure and although she had come out of it, she had been very weak and quiet this morning and she was concerned that there were other problems.

Also, the kittens had stopped moving and she thought they had died. Bascially, two options, do a c section, remove kittens, although the vet through she probably wouldn't cope with the anaesetic, or put her to sleep.

We agonised about it, but felt that it probably wasn't fair to put her through an operation, which she may not survive anyway and then have a long recovery. So she was PTS.

I am now feeling awful, that we didn't give her the chance with the op, and that yesterday she was wandering around, albeit very weak and sick, but with alive kittens, she goes to the vet, on a drip and antibiotics and doesn't make it sad.

Maybe we should have aborted the kittens earlier, although the vet didn't recommend this. Maybe we could have gone on with the op. and maybe she would have survived.

Poor poor little stray. We only knew her a day, but she was so sweet and gentle and purrey.

Oh Paddling that's very sad. But the Vet didn't think it was hopeful. If you hadn't rescued her she would have died alone and in lots of pain, but she had a peaceful end, it wasn't to be.

Don't dwell on the 'what ifs'. x

cozietoesie Sat 14-Sep-13 20:33:48

So sorry, Paddling. You had to go with the vet's best view - don't dwell as Sparkling said.

LegoAcupuncture Sat 14-Sep-13 21:16:02

Oh poor kitty sad

You did the best you could for her. She would have been so much more worse off in the wild had she had that seizure.


OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 14-Sep-13 21:17:59

You did the best you could; as has been said, she'd have died alone and in pain had your oh not found her. sad Thank you for trying.

mumofone25 Sat 14-Sep-13 21:25:54

Sorry to hear the sad news. You lovely people done your best for her. Thankfully she was found and had a peaceful end. Please don't dwell on it and wonder about the what ifs. If it wasn't for you and your dh she would have suffered badly. Best wishes.

issey6cats Sat 14-Sep-13 21:45:13

so sorry to read that she and kits didnt make it you did all that was humanly possible for her

timtam23 Sat 14-Sep-13 21:49:05

Paddling I am so sorry to read your update. But as others have said, she would have died a horrible slow painful death alone had you not found her. At least in her last few days she was loved & cared for and had a warm bed & some medical attention. Please don't feel you let her down - she was a very sick little cat & you gave her a chance which she would not otherwise have had. thanks to you and your DH

Ireallymustbemad Sat 14-Sep-13 22:29:07

So sorry to hear that. Rest assured that you did loads for her and gave her the best chance cake

Distrustinggirlnow Sat 14-Sep-13 23:37:37

So sorry to read your update paddling, I thought she was going to be'd did the absolute best for her, more than some others would've done.

I know it's maybe a silly thing to say, but try not and be too sad, instead be proud of what you did. thanks

tabithasmum23 Sat 14-Sep-13 23:42:11

So sad to hear she didn't make it but don't feel did a good thing in trying to help her.
Perhaps if you have the room and funds you can take on another kitty needing a home to ease the strain on the shelters and help feline kind in her honour?

Purpleknickers Sun 15-Sep-13 05:53:41

So sorry to read your uodate paddling, at least in her last few hours she was cared for and given pain relief RIP little kitty sad

Just read your whole thread and so sorry the outcome wasn't as positive as you'd hoped. You did brilliantly and she was lucky she found you. You gave her and the kittens the best chance you could and at least she knew that she was cared for in her last days xxx

JakeBullet Sun 15-Sep-13 07:19:44

So sorry to read the latest update paddling, be proud of yourself for helping her. From what the vet said to you I very much doubt that she would have survived a big op. You did the kindest thing for lesst she was being cared for.

I can't tell you how upset I was to read this. I felt invested in her already and I'd never even met her. You should feel proud of yourselves for helping her and you really did everything you possibly could. I'm so sorry.

GetStuffezd Sun 15-Sep-13 15:01:23

So sorry to read this. She was bloody lucky to have found you.

ClaraOswald Sun 15-Sep-13 15:06:29

You tried your best for her. She just wasn't strong enough for her body to cope with the illness she was going through.

sashh Sun 15-Sep-13 15:42:33

SO sad, but you did your best, no one can do more.

tobiasfunke Sun 15-Sep-13 19:42:24

I'm so sorry about your poor little cat. We were all hoping for a better outcome but at least she was made to feel loved and comfortable in her last few days. You are a very kind and lovely person.

Paddling, you did a lovely thing. Remember that. She had a warm bed and love and affection.
Sorry to read this update.

Paddlinglikehell Mon 16-Sep-13 00:26:20

Thank you for all your kind words, it still feels a bit raw today, don't know why it affected us so much, we only knew her a day.

I hope we didn't let her down, the thought she had a lovely warm night by the radiator and a lap to sit on for one night is a good thought.

OH said he thought he had seen a black cat up the track several weeks ago, but it disappeared and he just though it belonged to one of the cottages at the top and hadn't though anything of it, he is really feeling bad he didn't take more note, but why should he?

The weather outside tonight is horrid, cold and hail, so glad she isn't out there now.

Going in to pay the bill tomorrow, hoping I may see the vet to have a chat, I just need to know it was the right decision.

Thanks again and yes, we will probably take on another cat, back ones, like our stray, because no one wants them. Preferably two related who have to stay together.

ZebraOwl Mon 16-Sep-13 01:29:31

Oh Paddling, I'm so sorry. It truly does sound as though you made the best choices for her, though, sad as it is.


claraschu Mon 16-Sep-13 02:47:31

I am so sorry. You have been so kind and caring. I am going to make a donation to a cat rescue in honour of your little stray-

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 16-Sep-13 03:29:16

It was the right decision. You were very, very kind to make it, and to pay the vets bill (however you neogotiate it). You are Good People.

Selks Mon 16-Sep-13 12:22:31

You didn't let her down, far from it. You did what you could. The important thing is that she had your love and thoughts in her last days, along with comfort and care at the vets. That is so much better than if she had not been found. Don't be hard on yourself. She knew she was being taken care of and it sounds like she was happy in her last days and that is the important thing.

Horsemad Mon 16-Sep-13 19:23:59

I have just read this thread and am crying now for a little cat who was so so lucky to have been found by your OH.

Imagine how awful it would have been for her alone and ill.
You did a good thing Paddling, and althouhg it wasn't the outcome we wanted, you know you gave her the very best chance.
I love that there are people willing to do that for a stray.

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