Stray cat, RSPCA, bit worried of outcome

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thingymibob Mon 16-Sep-13 22:40:20

We found a stray limping cat in our garden. First saw it on Saturday, limping badly and then again this evening, not putting weight on it's back leg. Put a little food down, thinking if we can keep it in the garden until tomorrow and phone someone. Turns out it's a really sweet animal, skin and bones but really friendly and was sitting on my DD's lap within 20 mins, after wolfing down all the food. I didn't want to leave it in the garden overnight so called the local out of hours vets.

They said they would see him, gave him a painkiller, checked for chip (there isn't one) checked for temperature and apart from being skinny and with a sore leg, he seemed fine. They suggested we took him to RSPCA, (Harmsworth) which we did and they took him in.

Am now worried he will be PTS sad I left my details and said we would consider rehoming him but then wondered if they thought we had just dropped a family pet off for free treatment

Our dilema is we already have a female moggy who is now around 14 years old. We had another cat who was pts 3 years ago, we got them at the same time from RSPCA but the second one got cancer. Would our existing cat live happily with a young male cat? And how do you introduce them? Our cat was hissing through the window at the stray, which is how we noticed him, not sure she would be that accommodating. We already have two dogs and they exist in the same home but the cat keeps well away from them

That's if the RSPCA would consider us rehoming him. He was young and intact with no chip and riddled with fleas - so things would need doing/sorting

I have a number to call tomorrow to see how he is. IF we do want to rehome, would we be liable for the treatment he is given at RSPCA??? Or should we offer to pay so we can bring him home, if we could work out how to get our girl used to him??

Lots of questions, but not sure how it would work and I am always hearing such bad things about the RSPCA

issey6cats Mon 16-Sep-13 23:18:30

being as your cat was indoors and stray was outdoors she would hiss at him, my cats get on with each other but will scrap with neighbours cats, the rescue i work for reccomends a younger male cat if the resident cat is female, i dont know how the rspca will deal with this but i should imagine if the cat you have found has a chance of a home that they would co operate with you, right fleaing him wont cost them that much quick spray, neutering him they will have a discounted rate for that, his leg im not a vet so cant comment on that, when she was alive my ginger girl was deffo cock of the roost here and the other cats learnt not to go too near to her so they lived thier lives as satelites of whiskey and she was happy cos she got to be boss

The RSPCA do seem to be quite gung ho about euthanasing cats (other people say not, but that does seem to be the case in London at least) so I would get on to them first thing if you don't want that to happen.

I don't know what they would do about charges, but I imagine they would believe that he's not your cat. When you work in rescue you just get a nose for this sort of thing - rather like the Police - so I wouldn't worry about that. And I'm sure they'd be happy for you to have him.

It's very rare for a couple of cats not to reach some sort of accommodation with each other eventually, but there may be a few scraps and lots of hitting and spitting first.

I find the best way to introduce them is with a large wire dog kennel (you can buy them from Pets at Home for example). I put the new cat in there with a litter tray and some sort of bed to hide in (such as an igloo bed or just towels in a cardboard box with a hole cut in the front) for two or three weeks. Both cats then have a chance to meet each other and get used to each other without either feeling too threatened.

Or you could keep the new cat in a spare room for a couple of weeks and swap their bedding around so they get used to each other's smell. That's not as effective as the dog kennel though. Whatever you do I'm sure they'll eventually be fine together and they might even end up as friends.

thingymibob Tue 17-Sep-13 10:35:42

Getting a crate isn't a problem, both dogs are crate trained.

Do you just leave the new cat in the crate all the time or does he get to come out for cuddles if other cat is outside or shut in bedroom? I'm thinking he would need to rest a fair bit depending on how badly injured he is or if they decide to neuter him before rehoming or leave it for us to arrange

RSPCA have called to say he will be sedated and x-rayed today and have bloods taken etc. They seemed quite enthusiastic that we are willing to rehome, so hopefully won't be too quick to euthanise depending on his injury and health

Am getting way too attached already

cozietoesie Tue 17-Sep-13 11:40:35

You're getting appropriately attached, I think. smile Good news that the RSPCA phoned you - he's likely been noted in their books as going somewhere now so he should be fine.

I'll leave you in thecatneuterer's hands on crate training with multiple cats - she's the expert there.

smile

That's great news. They won't put him to sleep if you are willing to have him. If he's being sedated he will almost certainly be castrated at the same time as it only takes a few minutes and it's the sedation that's the difficult thing.

As for the crate - no of course let him out to walk around and for cuddles and stuff when the other cat isn't there. The crate is just for when they're both together.

Any update thingy?

thingymibob Wed 18-Sep-13 12:10:40

Yes, he has a broken leg. And will spend 4 weeks at Harmsworth in a cast and will then need 3 weeks cage rest. Other than that he is a healthy cat

The lady I spoke to basically said it's too soon to tell about rehoming and it's all up the rehoming side of RSCPA - I can't put my name on him or anything but she said to keep calling for updates and the director will see that as a good thing

So, will keep calling and try to get them to see he needs to live with us smile

thingymibob Wed 18-Sep-13 12:55:06

I phoned the main RSPCA helpline for rehoming and the man I spoke to said - once the cat has recovered, it's their policy to release the cat back to near where it was found - REALLY??? That's unbelieveable. He said to phone cat's protection - I guess to find another cat to rehome??

But, I don't want to rehome a cat, I want to take in this particular cat

Will keep contacting Harmsworth but I've got a feeling they aren't going to make it easy, hope I am proved wrong

Did wonder about offering to take him and look after him while he recovers - anyone know if that would be possible? Even if I pay for his treatment? Has that ever worked?

cozietoesie Wed 18-Sep-13 12:59:51

I'd ignore the main helpline - from what other posters have said, RSPCA branches are very individual in their approach to all matters feline so he probably had a 'one approach suits all' script to follow.

Keep on talking to Harmsworth.

That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! Anyway wasn't the cat found in your garden? The RSPCA really are a bunch of wankers.

Phone again. Speak to someone else. Make a fuss. If still no luck then pm me and I'll make a fuss via Celia Hammonds for you.

mignonette Wed 18-Sep-13 13:03:49

This is why I will not support the RSPCA- ridiculous. I help local cat charities.

And there is no reason you shouldn't take over his care completely. You could get a cage to keep him in (which you were going to do anyway). Just take him somewhere to have his cast taken off and that's that.

thingymibob Wed 18-Sep-13 13:59:59

So what would be my best plan of action? Shall I wait until Friday and phone them again - which is what they said I should do

Or do I phone back today and say can I take over his care now? Selfishly, I don't want to pay out a huge amount of money but could prob find £200 straight away and pay to get crate on top etc. Am not rolling in savings though

I am really scared they will give him away to another centre/person now or in 4 weeks, or let him go somewhere - hospital said they might send him somewhere else to be rehomed and they might be able to let me know where but couldn't promise anything

Surely, it's better for the animal to recuperate in a home setting instead of cattery/hospital. I thought they would be biting my hand off to take him tbh

Phone back now. I can't see why it would be that expensive. They aren't likely to make you pay for what they have already done and you would only have to pay to get the cast removed, which can't be a big job.

Definitely make a big fuss, tell them how silly they are being, that it is less of a strain on their resources if you take over his care and that, in effect, they would be releasing him back to where he came from as he came from your garden!

Make sure you speak to someone with some sort of authority or who at least isn't just speaking from a script. Don't be afraid to make a fuss!

thingymibob Mon 23-Sep-13 11:30:29

Still being given the runaround - when I phone and spoke to a man, he was helpful and agreed it would be better for the cat to recover in a home setting. But when I phoned back, it was a lady who is not being helpful and quite arsey - on Friday she actually said 'well, you would need a home check!' I told her I knew that, which is why I wanted to get the ball rolling. She then said that legally, they can't do anything for 7 days so call back when 7 days up - which is today

Phoned today and was told his cast will need changing on wednesday and the vets like them to have one cast change before going elsewhere and to phone back on weds. There is no other number to call to get through to someone senior

Still don't understand why they are making it so difficult - they have spent the money on finding and treating the fracture and have said they expect him to have a cast for 4 weeks and then will need cage rest for a further 3 weeks - so surely it would be better for all concerned that he comes here to recover and frees up a hospital bed????

Could Celia Hammonds help me?

issey6cats Mon 23-Sep-13 11:50:40

the lady who said seven days on the legal side is right, as he came in as a stray legally they have to hold him for seven days for a potential owner to come forward to claim him even though you know in this case that isnt going to happen they are so bloody red tape at rspca

thingymibob Mon 23-Sep-13 12:07:25

I understand the 7 day thing and agree that they should wait incase someone comes forward. What I don't understand is why not start the ball rolling with a homecheck or at least stop saying different things each time I phone. He is a young intact male - so obviously hasn't been rehomed previously, he has no chip and had been walking around on broken back leg for at least 3 days - if anyone comes forward, surely they wouldn't let him go home with them?

At the moment, I just keep getting told to call back - lady today said - you've been calling every day?? - there was a definite tone of sarcasm - really don't like the woman

If they said - here speak to soandso to arrange home visit/speak about getting everything sorted - I would understand that. It's the phone back tomorrow that's peeing me off and the lack of wanting to find a good place for him to recover - especially as the main RSPCA person said they let strays go once recovered

Well it's only two days till Wednesday. If they're still giving you the runaround then please pm me and I'll see if I can get Celia to speak to her contacts. However on Wednesday I'm going to be out from 8.30am till around 2am the next morning, so don't expect an answer till Thursday.

issey6cats Tue 24-Sep-13 13:43:05

until his seven days are up legally the rspca cannot do anyhting about rehoming him including home checks,

we sometimes have strays at the center i work at and no matter how georgous and how many people may fall in love with one of the strays they are not allowed into the pen to meet the cat all we can do is if they really want a particular one is register an interest in the cat and if the owners have not come forward by the end of seven days if not chipped is then get the person back to the center to let them meet the cat and then if they like him/her go through the process of adoption,

i know its frustating for you but if his owner turned up on day 7 and rspca had rehomed him the owner could in theory sue them, he may have been a stray for longer than 3 days and broken his leg after going missing from his original home

for instance my BSH went missing and it took me nine days of posters searching etc to find out he had been run over and killed on the day he went missing, if he had been found by someone and handed in to rspca i would have been gutted to find he had been rehomed, wouldnt have actually happened cos he was chipped but if not chipped could have happened

thingymibob Tue 24-Sep-13 22:27:56

We took him in last monday, so 7 days will probably be today. I will call again tomorrow (weds) and see if they are still fobbing me off or not.

I do understand about the 7 days thing, it was the woman's tone that keeps annoying me, the man I have spoken to twice was very reasonable - he was the one to say keep ringing for updates - the woman seemed annoyed that I was ringing. I feel like no one is passing our interest in rehoming on - especially to the people I need to speak to.

Am also really scared by what the main RSPCA said, that they dump the cat once healed - scared he will be pts when there is a home here where he could have a nice life. Would even be happy if they actually said they had another home for him, just don't want him dumped or pts

So fingers crossed for tomorrow that I will get further into the process

ZebraOwl Tue 24-Sep-13 23:25:26

Am really quite dismayed at how unhelpful-obstructive they're being. I do understand the logic of the 7-day rule but you'd think they'd be ecstatic at the prospect of someone being willing to take on a stray like this, especially as he'll need lots of care & attention because of his leg injury!

Really hope that you're able to sort things out so Poorly Stray Cat is able to take his place as part of the thingymibob family as soon as is possible.

I hope you get him after all this, OP smile

but you did make me smile

better for all concerned that he comes here to recover and frees up a hospital bed

(visions of a row of beds with cats in pyjamas propped up on pillows with cups of tea grin)

Any update thingymibob? I'm still happy to try to use our RSPCA contacts if necessary ...

thingymibob Fri 27-Sep-13 19:17:28

I finally got through today - no one was picking up the phone weds/thurs.

According to the woman I spoke to today, we are down for a homecheck to be organised. Though, other than saying quickly I bought him in, I didn't say who I was - so maybe someone else is down for the homecheck :/ Hoping that she just recognised me as the one who has phoned almost daily. She said if I haven't heard by weds next week, give them a ring back. But wouldn't give me a number to speak to homecheck people direct - they will call me

Cat is doing fine. He has had his first cast change and is well.

So, I guess I just continue the waiting game and hope they are homechecking us and not other people.

ZebraOwl Fri 27-Sep-13 22:41:23

Argh! How frustrating!

Am v glad to hear that the cat's doing well - will keep everything crossed he'll be convalescing chez thingymibob soon smile

TheWinterOne Mon 30-Sep-13 12:27:50

Argh frustrating! Couldn't the woman who spoke to you actually tell you if it was actually you they were home checking? They don't have to say who the other person is (if there is one) but could say if it's you or not.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get a call soon and that you'll be welcoming a new addition.

thingymibob Thu 03-Oct-13 10:58:52

Help!!

I called back today - as I was told to last week if I haven't heard anything

The woman I spoke to today was rude and dismissive. She said she can see I have been ringing but he is still having to have cast checks/changes so won't be going anywhere. She said no homecheck will be made and noone will phone me as he is down as a stray - and technically I am no one of importance! When I said that is different to what I have been told, she said well that's the way it is. I then said I feel I am being given the runaround, she she oh well, bye and hung up on me

I don't get it, we are offering a nice home but no one is bothered with getting anything sorted and all saying different things

Catneuterer - I will pm if that' still ok? I am getting so fed up, I have been polite every time I have phoned, have followed what they have advised but today the woman was out of order

Nyborg Thu 03-Oct-13 11:07:31

I wonder if it's worth tweeting them. Their Comms team might have more sense than the volunteers on the ground, who sound awful.

issey6cats Thu 03-Oct-13 14:08:58

this is awful they want cats rehomed you are offering to rehome him and this is the way you get treated appalling,

but sadly typical of the rspca sod thier glitzy adverts most people in rescue of cats have a very low opinion of them as an orginisation, im not talking the people on the ground floor who actually work with the animals in thier hmm care, but the jobsworths on the phone who are not probably even where the animals are located but at a call center,

this week we had three adult indoor all thier lives (4&2yrs old) cats who have been literally thrown out on the street because thier owner died social services contacted rspca they said bring them in and we will PTS no second chance for the cats just a bloody death sentence, we are closed at the moment due to feline parvo having been in the center but i offered them a home for a temp basis and someone else answered the foaster home call so this time these cats are safe and in a foster, but how many cats dont get this chance i hate that orgnisation now

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 03-Oct-13 16:06:38

Pm cat neuterer, she has offered to help with her contacts.

ZebraOwl Thu 03-Oct-13 21:11:31

Really hope that catneuterer is able to help you thingymibob: it seems mad they're not interested in someone being willing & able to take a sick cat off their hands & care for it!

I think Nyborg might have a point about using social media: they'll not want the bad PR that could arise from this. You could always suggest you might approach the local press about it...

timtam23 Thu 03-Oct-13 21:13:03

How frustrating - I am not a user of Twitter or Facebook but have heard of people getting good results from using both of those - big organisations hate to have negative comments about them on public display. I hope you manage to get some more positive news. Sounds like some of the phone-answerers are on a bit of a power trip angry

TheWinterOne Thu 10-Oct-13 10:27:48

Any more news thingymibob?

Celia Hammond has all the details and has promised to take this up. I will need to remind her today as she is bogged down with a court case (against a breeder) at the moment.

thingymibob Thu 10-Oct-13 14:32:52

No news - have tried a few times to call but it just keeps ringing out. My DD thinks they are ignoring my number - she said it as a joke but now I'm not too sure

Will try again tomorrow. It's so frustrating not having another number I can call. I only have the main hospital number and that is for everyone to call them on, including people who have pets that need seeing to or already in having treatment

Will try again tomorrow and see if I can get any further but I have feeling he will be gone soon as he should be due to have his cast off

thingymibob Thu 10-Oct-13 15:27:54

Just managed to get through, this time spoke to a more helpful person

She said she would chase up the homecheck people, he is down to be castrated tomorrow (though has been on the list a few times but they have been too busy to fit him in before) She took my name and number - which they said they had? - and if I call back tomorrow, she or they might have some news

So, a better phone call than the last one but still not convinced I will get anywhere tomorrow, if I can even get through

So fingers crossed again, this lady will actually do something

mumofone25 Thu 10-Oct-13 15:38:56

Gosh this is appalling! Your offering a stray cat a home and they're being so dismissive and rude. I really hope things work out well for you and the poor little stray!

HenriettaPye Thu 10-Oct-13 15:54:26

Just come across this thread- I'm shocked! You always see them needing homes for animals- the ads to try and get you to help, and here you are, bending over backwards to give this little man a home and they are being so uncooperative.

I do hope you get him, I'm sure he will have a lovely life with you!

TheWinterOne Thu 10-Oct-13 16:13:14

Fingers crossed you get some decent news soon. You have the patience of a saint.

So many cats need homes that you'd think they'd be biting your hands off to take him on.

ArabellaBeaumaris Sat 12-Oct-13 20:47:33

Just saw this thread - hope you are getting somewhere now.

CanucksoontobeinLondon Sat 12-Oct-13 21:35:04

I too just read this thread, what a nightmare! You'd think the RSPCA would be happy for you to be taking this cat off your hands, instead of treating you like this. I hope you get somewhere soon, crossing my fingers both for you and for the poor kitty. Hopefully in a few weeks this will all just be a bad memory.

I am emailing my in-laws, who I know regularly donate to the RSPCA, informing them of that garbage the guy at the main number gave you regarding re-releasing strays near where they were found. It doesn't make any SENSE! The only thing I can think of that makes sense is if the guy at the main number somehow thought your kitty was a feral rather than a stray. I believe catch-neuter-release is the policy of the no-kill shelters here in Canada when it comes to adult ferals, because adult ferals are usually untameable. But your kitty is obviously a stray. If that's really their policy with strays, I would urge my in-laws to save their pennies or donate to a different animal welfare charity with a better philosophy.

Good luck!

timtam23 Sat 12-Oct-13 22:39:37

Any news thingy?

ZebraOwl Sat 12-Oct-13 22:44:18

Am starting to think we need to organise a raid on where poor should-be-thingymicat is being held & get him home...

thingymibob any news?

We now have an RSPCA 'important person' on the case, so we're hoping for good news soon. I'll leave it to thingymibob to update further.

ZebraOwl Sun 13-Oct-13 14:08:05

<crosses everything she can & holds thumbs>

thingymibob Sun 13-Oct-13 18:07:59

Thanks to thecatneuterer and her fabulous contacts, we have had a homecheck/meeting about how things have happened.

Lady was very nice and very apologetic and she said she would give us the thumbs up to bring him home. One of her colleagues will be going to Harmsworth this week so hopefully we will hear more after that

cozietoesie Sun 13-Oct-13 18:46:45

Oh that's good. I'll save the real congrats to all until he actually lands at Thingy Towers though.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:37:46

What if TCN didn't have contacts in the RSPCA though? No wonder they have to put so many to sleep if its this hard to adopt one.

I'm so relieved its moving along though.

CanucksoontobeinLondon Sun 13-Oct-13 20:38:16

Yay, progress! No, it's not a done deal yet, but progress all the same. Crazy that you have to go to such lengths, though.

timtam23 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:41:53

Oh that's much more positive news thingy, hopefully you will get him home soon

Thank goodness for TCN's contacts!

ZebraOwl Mon 14-Oct-13 02:02:37

Really hope that thingymicat is home with you soon. Is marvellous TCN was in a position to help, but really rubbish that you needed her to sad

minnisota Mon 14-Oct-13 19:19:48

hppe thimgy cat gets to go 'home'soon. many years ago my mum rang the rspca about a family of stray cats she was feeding. their response was they're being fed so they're ok. even when she said there was 4 toms sitting around the mum. she told them she would have them all (to add to the two she already had) but needed help to catch them and was told"you can't have them, you'd have to be home checked". thanks to a very small local charity they were caught, neutered and returned to my mum. both kittens were female. how many more cats would be out there now.

thingymibob Wed 16-Oct-13 18:32:40

If it all goes to plan, we are collecting him tomorrow smile

cozietoesie Wed 16-Oct-13 18:37:38

Yay! Hope that camera is charged.

smile

CatOfTheDay Wed 16-Oct-13 19:43:30

grin That's great - I've been following this in shock at how the RSPCA have handled it!

They're in my bad books at the moment, as they keep phoning me to beg for money. They have my number as I rang their cruelty line about a neglected dog a few months ago - but they won't update me on the poor dog, they just want my money... angry

issey6cats Wed 16-Oct-13 21:30:15

thingymibob will have my fingers crossed for you and thank goodness catneuterer has friends in the right places, but what a palaver you have had to go through

timtam23 Wed 16-Oct-13 21:52:57

Great news thingy - at last! Looking forward to seeing photos smile

ZebraOwl Wed 16-Oct-13 23:37:21

YAY! Vive Thingymicat!

thingymibob Thu 17-Oct-13 14:04:37

Norman is home smile

Am still disappointed in the RSPCA though - no advice given other than a piece of paper saying he was neutered and had jabs. Nothing on cage rest, or how old he is or if they chipped him. So will be getting him registered at our vets and having him checked out.

You can hopefully see our little man on my profile pics

TheNunsOfGavarone Thu 17-Oct-13 14:26:07

Wonderful news - welcome home Norman grin

What a pity about the lack of support from the RSPCA - on top of all the obstructiveness you experienced earlier. They really do seem to have forgotten what they're supposed to be about.

thingymibob Thu 17-Oct-13 14:30:34

And our old lady cat is not reacting too bad.

We took N straight into DD room, settled him into cage and she pushed door open to come have a look. They had a sniff of each other and she retreated back into the lounge. So, no hissing or nastiness from either on first meeting

Hopefully, they will grow to like each other or bare minimum co exist

Can I say again, thank to TCN for all her help and to Celia Hammond Trust for helping too

moonbells Thu 17-Oct-13 14:49:53

Oh I'm so glad you finally got him home! We have been shock here at how something so simple has turned into a bit of a soap opera...

Look forward to the pics smile

Oh I'm so thrilled. I can't see the photos though - Thingy you need to make your profile public.

And that's great news about the meeting with your old girl. It's very promising.

So is his leg still in a cast?

Wrote too soon! I can see him now. What a sweetie. And he's only a youngster.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 17-Oct-13 15:29:33

What a handsome boy! I love his chin markings.

issey6cats Thu 17-Oct-13 16:36:09

hes georgous hes the bigger version of gunther one of the fosters i have at the moment even down to the chin splodge, and sounds promising that your girl reacted well to him may they have a good life together and yep not surprised the rspca didnt do much other than drop hime off with you, your vet will be able to give you more help with care and be able to check if hes chipped, but if on his paperwork there isnt a chip number which looks like a barcode it sounds like they havent chipped him

Lovethesea Thu 17-Oct-13 21:18:14

Brilliant he is home, you must be exhausted after it all.

Very good calm reaction from your old girl. My Tortiecat hissed wildly at Huntercat after one day at the vets. And they were happy together for months before that! So a complete new stranger .....

He is very handsome too, hope you and he enjoy the settling in time.

cozietoesie Thu 17-Oct-13 21:37:10

What a handsome boy! He looks as if he's relishing being home at last.

smile

timtam23 Thu 17-Oct-13 21:41:03

He is gorgeous! So pleased that you have got him home and that your other cat is coping well so far smile

CatOfTheDay Thu 17-Oct-13 22:45:08

Aah he's gorgeous - he looks very bright-eyed! So glad he's home smile

cozietoesie Fri 18-Oct-13 07:40:50

How did Norman's first night go?

thingymibob Fri 18-Oct-13 08:54:17

He is going to keep us on our toes!

He settled well. He is a total gannet so will need to watch him around food I think. He is still quite thin but don't think he will be for long

My dd let him out of cage into room last night. Very inquisitive and seems to have forgotten he has a bad leg lol but very affectionate and very happy to be fussed. Again he settled on her bed for a snooze. And then settled in cage over night

He really is a sweet little thing

Other cat was a little bit off last night - she came and sat on my lap, which she never does usually. So will make sure she doesn't feel left out over the weekend

Haven't introduced him to the dogs yet, will wait until he is off cage rest for that

cozietoesie Fri 18-Oct-13 08:59:54

Sounds pretty good so far - especially if OtherCat is only seeking extra TLC.

He will be a gannet if he's been scavenging and is still underweight but you're right - that's something to watch in case it becomes a habit.

Has he used his tray yet?

smile

PS - The dogs shouldn't be a problem although you'll need to supervise at first of course. (Assuming they don't have a thing about black and white cats. Some dogs are weird.)

thingymibob Fri 18-Oct-13 09:12:00

He has used his tray. We borrowed a cage from RSPCA but I think we need a bigger one. It's long but shallow and he hits his head when using the tray. Also means there is little room for everything. Will see how it goes over the weekend.

Dogs will be fine, but if he is lively they will want to play. So will delay that

Will get him some toys to keep him occupied in the cage. Any recommendations for good ones?

cozietoesie Fri 18-Oct-13 09:20:00

One of the vets on here mentioned that they had cages that they lent or rented out very cheaply to clients. Maybe worth giving them a buzz? (You can register him etc at the same time and also book him in for his check up.) Probably best to go for a large dog cage if the room will take it. Then you could give the RSPCA their cage back and be shot of them.

Toys? Maybe some small soft toys if he's to have them inside his cage. If you have a charity shop nearby, then have a look at their small kiddy teddies/dogs and so on. I usually buy Seniorboy little kids' toys to play with - a quick rinse in the washing machine on an acrylics/soft cycle and then they're dry in an hour or so. And usually less than 50p each.

(Or you - or relatives/friends with small kids may have some knocking around as well.)

thingymibob Fri 18-Oct-13 19:41:51

Getting a bit worried we aren't doing cage rest right. We have let him out for 5 min cuddles but he has a few walking around the room at this time. Should we stop doing that do you think??

DD let him on her bed last night and he rolled around and settled down for a sleep. When he got a bit restless, she put him back in the crate as she didn't want him to jump of the bed. (DD is 23 btw, so not a youngster) Do you think that is ok?

Had a little google search and they all say crate rest means they don't come out, so thinking we need to stop letting him out?

I am getting more cross with the RSPCA today, we don't know where his break was or how severe it was. We have been given no aftercare advice. Crate was mentioned only by the lady who came to do a homecheck, the nurse handing him over didn't say a word - it was only mentioned when I brought it up (in a very busy waiting room) I thought they might have had a vet chat to us. Also, looking online, the rehoming fee everywhere else includes the microchip. Not begrudging paying but from this experience, they really aren't very good at customer care - and considering the cat is technically the customer - he has really been let down.

Going to phone vets in the morning and try and get an appointment for Monday, will explain the story and see if they can get his notes sent over ASAP. I really think we need more information about his injury and what they expect and want us to do to make sure he heals fully.

On another note, old cat came in the room today and was a hissing, growling madam - so introductions are going to be a slow affair I think. But am confident she will come around eventually (fingers crossed) If not, they will just have to learn to occupy different rooms lol

Cage rest generally means no walking around. But really you need more information on what he needs from a vet. So yes, get him to your vet and see if he/she can tell you more, and of course check for a chip at the same time.

I'd be very surprised if they haven't already chipped him, but then they haven't exactly covered themselves in glory during this whole episode, so may be they haven't.

I thought you said you already had a dog crate?

thingymibob Fri 18-Oct-13 22:02:18

We have two but we feed the dogs in them, I loaned my spare and never got it back. I was going to buy a new one but RSPCA loaned us this one. It's the height of it that makes it look uncomfortable, he is ducking to use litter tray but I'm thinking it needs to be small to keep him from moving around too much. Will see how he gets on this weekend. If he struggles with using the tray, I will go Pets at Home and get a larger one

Will cut back on letting him have a few minutes walking, it really has been only a few minutes at a time - he tries to jump out if we go to clean poo out of tray/change litter as he is peeing lots or putting food down. It's a top opening one so he has been putting front paws up to start the jump. Will lift him onto a lap next time we need to do something instead of lifting him to the floor. No one told him he is supposed to have a poorly leg smile

Going to phone local vets tomorrow as we are thinking of changing vets anyway - long story involving 13 year old dog with minor geriatric aches/pains and a vet phobia and me wanting longterm painkillers to keep her comfortable in her last year/s- while they want sedation, xrays and scans costing over £400 and will not give her painkillers/doggie ibruprofen in the meantime. A vet visit upsets her too much and she has to be muzzled and vet hasn't examined her properly in years, we have already decided on no heroic measures if she gets sick.

New vet is open 24 hours and provides out of hours care and as we have only ever seem to have poorly animals at weekends and evenings and end up there - we may as well register there plus if you are registered you get cheaper out of hours care.

PartyFops Fri 18-Oct-13 22:42:18

Aww what a lovely ending! grin

I was In a similar situation, I found a stray, she was in a terrible mess , skin and bone and had recently had kittens. We fed her for a while and looked everywhere for her kittens but we never found them.

We then decided to take her to Celia Hammond for treatment and rehoming. I dropped her off on the way to work one day and by lunchtime I was on the phone to them in tears begging for them to let me collect her! I picked her up the next day and left a generous donation.

Splodge is, 8 years later such a sweetie and so grateful. gringringrin

Much better charity than RSPCA

cozietoesie Fri 18-Oct-13 22:49:03

Don't think you'd get much disagreement there on this this board.

smile

cozietoesie Fri 18-Oct-13 22:54:48

(Forgive the extra 'this'. A peremptory paw intervened in my typing smile)

Putitonthelist Sat 19-Oct-13 12:49:25

Just caught up on the update that he is now with you. So pleased, he looks and sounds adorable!

CanucksoontobeinLondon Sat 19-Oct-13 18:45:44

I also just caught up on the update. OP, you are due some major good karma for all the hard work you've done getting this kitty into his forever home. Really sorry the RSPCA vet's office was unhelpful with aftercare advice. Grrrrr.

Re: toys, have you thought about a catnip pillow? My two don't really play with toys much on their own (only if the kids drag the feather on a stick around, etc). However, they love slurping on their little catnip pillows and sucking all the nippy goodness out.

timtam23 Sat 19-Oct-13 21:01:31

Yeowww catnip toys are great

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