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Cat owners quick I need help!!!!

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Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 19:12:11

FIL went to his bosses house today with some documents. His boss is on holiday for 3 weeks and asked FIL to take the key from his next door neighbour (a mutual friend) and to leave the documents in the kitchen.

When FIL got their he found a cat. It was yowling and he said it looked very distressed. There was no water in the cats bowl and no food out. FIL called his boss to tell him about the cat because he assumed that whoever was supposed to be watching the cat hadn't turned up. (the neighbour is housebound so wouldn't of been looking after the cat)

His boss said that know one was looking after the cat. He got it two months ago for a girlfriend who then left him. She didn't want the cat and he didn't want one in the first place so he just left it there whilst he went on holiday. He left the cat flap open and assumed that when it got hungry it would leave and not bother coming back. However the cat is a house cat and his boss guess that is why the cat hadn't left yet.
FIL was horrified and told his boss he was taking the cat. His boss said do what you like with it.

The cat is black and white (like Jess the cat off postman pat) it's a female and it doesn't look full grown though it is thin. It has drank a lot of water and FIL fed him some chicken out of a packet that he bought from a local garage on his way home.

The cat is asleep on the sofa cushions. PILs called me around for some advice because they have never owned a pet. However I have only owned dogs so I have no idea either. I have called my vet and they are taking the cat in first thing in the morning.

Could you please give advice on what to do for this cat. FIL is going to go to the supermarket to grab some cat stuff so I am hoping you can give us some advice as to what to get

ratbagcatbag Mon 12-Aug-13 20:00:47

It's worth ringing RSPCA or cats protection for info. My cat was a stray, fell in love with her but as I was keeping her rather than adding to RSPCA workload they speyed (well didn't as turned out done, but knocked her out and attempted too) for £20. They sometimes have offers on for chipping too.

deliasmithy Mon 12-Aug-13 20:01:27

My rule is use a cheap vet for vaccines etc, better vets for medical issues and surgery. Price difference is big.

cozietoesie Mon 12-Aug-13 20:05:44

Gosh delia - that is a cheap vet. Is that £25 just for the first injection or does it cover the follow up a few weeks later ? (As opposed to annual boosters.)

girliefriend Mon 12-Aug-13 20:07:31

If you have a pets at home place near by (with a vets attached) they do a good deal on kitten introduction pack, we got our cat micochipped and his vaccinations etc for about £30.

For a female cat to be spayed is more expensive about £60, be warned that females cats can get pregnant very young so unless your pil want lots more cats getting her done should be a priority grin

So glad your fil found her when she did, its disgusting behaviour on the bosses part and I wonder what the vet will make of it.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 12-Aug-13 20:07:53

Well his boss is a cunt.

Neutering is about £50
Microchipping at the same time, can be as low as £10 if the vets are doing a promotion, they are keen on chipping.
Vaccinations, about £50 for the first course of jabs which is two sets iirc.

Butchers classic plus one extra can because its only sold in packs of 6 not 7 is about £3.50 max.

Cat box from wilkos/argos £15, get a plastic wipe clean not wicker or cardboard. Pop a cheapy fleece from asda in there for comfort.

Your pil sound lovely people.

That poor cat must have been so thirsty, I never see mine drink.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 12-Aug-13 20:10:39

She needs a tray too, and litter and a scoop and smart price nappy bags to put it in the bin.

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:10:43

Thanks they are just looking for a rough idea. The vet is pretty good [I take my dog there] and the prices are pretty good.
The cat had a little bit of chicken in the car but FIL didn't want to feed her too much in case she was sick in his car.
He gave her another strip and some more water when he brought her in the house. We will feed her again when FIL comes back with food.

cozietoesie Mon 12-Aug-13 20:12:47

Modest, frequent amounts is probably best. Poor girl - who has ended up being lucky girl from what it sounds like.

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-Aug-13 20:16:50

Awww. I bet the cat is relieved.

Any names been suggested?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 12-Aug-13 20:23:02

Good news for the little kitty!

The boss is a shit

MissStrawberry Mon 12-Aug-13 20:24:16

Litter tray
Poop scoop
Nappy sacks

Food - wet and dry
Water bowl

Toys grin
Bed grin

<looks at 2 newish rescue cats and wonders what else we bought>

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:24:38

The cat does have a name but it's a pretty awful one so the PILs will probably change it.
DO feel free to suggest names for her

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-Aug-13 20:27:39

Um, I think we may need to see a picture Mrsc. <shameless beg> So we can suggest names.

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:28:41

She has just got up and she is wandering around and sniffing everything.

The boss is such a dick because she is such a cute little girl how could anyone do that to anything.

cozietoesie Mon 12-Aug-13 20:29:21

Utterly shameless, Sparkling, if I may so.

But such a good thought!


Sparklingbrook Mon 12-Aug-13 20:30:21

If she hasn't ventured out of the boss's house I hope there is a steaming pile of cat poo somewhere in his house for him to come back to.

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:30:47

I can't get a picture tonight because I don't have a camera to take a picture.
But she is small and black and white (like Jess the cat off postman pat) She has lovely green eyes and she is just lovely.

Sparklingbrook Mon 12-Aug-13 20:31:28

May have to be 'Jess' then?

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:31:52

sparkling I bloody hope so

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:32:56

It may well be Jess though we shall have to see what FIL says on the grounds that he saved her.

BigW Mon 12-Aug-13 20:33:52

Bless your PiL. My auntie took in a cat after his owners threw him out the window of a 5th floor flat because they didn't want him anymore. sad

She said she was only going to keep him for a couple of days until he could be rehomed. Three years on and he is the most gorgeous little cat. So affectionate and lovely. Breaks my heart to think someone just threw him out a window.

LegoAcupuncture Mon 12-Aug-13 20:35:46

Aww poor little thing! Your FIL is an absolute darling rescuing her, his boss otoh is a twat.

Lots of great advice on here. Do buy her some toys, cats love laser pointers but I'd wait until she is very settled before you get one.

MissStrawberry Mon 12-Aug-13 20:36:02

Surely the boss has broken the law? angry.

My rescue cats were found after their "owners" left the house and just fucked off angryangry.

Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 20:36:10

Gosh BigW that's awful. So glad the cat found a home though.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 12-Aug-13 20:36:42

If there is no poo, could you take some back with FIL to lovingly place around the bosses house??

How long until the dick returns?

My vote is his pillow in the bed....

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