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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

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

Yeowww catnip toys are great

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.

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!

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

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

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

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


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

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.

thecatneuterer Fri 18-Oct-13 21:20:11

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 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

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 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 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?


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 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 07:40:50

How did Norman's first night go?

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

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

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

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


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.

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

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

What a handsome boy! I love his chin markings.

thecatneuterer Thu 17-Oct-13 15:24:53

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

thecatneuterer Thu 17-Oct-13 15:21:51

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?

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

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

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.

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