Thursday, October 31, 2013

Found Declawed Kitten in Woods Update

The last three days have been very busy as I have been networking our community for the Aegean cat owners.  Along with the neighborhood search I have also posted on the Humane Society website and added flyers to veternarian bulletin boards in our community.  Hopefully that will enable us to reunite kitten with its owners.

Today we are taking the kitty for a microchip scan which will identify the owners. Should the cat have no microchip then it will be evaluated by a veterinarian as it endured a flesh wound from a possible fight with another cat.  The kitten also shows signs of cold, sneezing, coughing eye drainage, and has diarrhea. 
Well defined face with white fur 
My cat says HI to found kitten

Note:
  1. The Aegean kitten is approximately five months old and appears to be well cared for.has a shiny coat is groomed with no mats.  There are two new bite wounds and evidence of old bite wounds. I suspect this kitten has been outdoors a long time.
  2. Finding a cat owner is never easy as most owners do not report their cats as missing. 
  3. A declawed cat should never be allowed to go outdoors as it has no way to protect itself from a predator, cannot forage, unable to climb a tree to escape a dog. A declawed housecat has no idea of how to seek shelter from weather or harm.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Found Declawed Aegean Mix Cat

For the last seven days I have watched a white and black Aegean cat go into my greenhouse to eat from the feral cat food bowl.  I assumed the cat was visiting my feeding station to get a snack and then going back to his home because the cat  wore a leather collar (not a breakaway) with no tag.

My neighbor informed me that the cat was crying and that it was coming from the woods.  This is an indication that cat is either in heat or is lost and scared.
Markings of lost cat - Front view

Today the cat came to the feeding station twice and then early evening in the woods a tomcat took after him/her and the lost cat tried to climb the tree but fell.  My husband and I were in the woods hiking and ran to the aid of the lost cat.  The cat with collar leaped into my arms and I took the cat back for evaluation.

The cat suffered a bite wound to the tail and on his leg.  The cat was shaking like leaf and meowing loudly
Ear tip torn - side face and collar

I examined the cat and found it was declawed all four paws.  No way to defend itself, no way to hunt and no way to be safe in a forest full of coyote and other wild animals.  I took the cat to our garage cat shelter.  Gave it a bed, litter box, food and water and turned on the light.  The cat is obviously lost and does not know how to go home.
Side view of lost cat


My veterinarian told me that 93% of the house cats that go outdoors get lost and do not know how to find their home.  I think this is true especially if they are not accustomed to going outdoors.  I am glad that I was at the right place at the right time and able to rescue this cat from harm.

Other cat adoption articles you may like: http://catadoptionguide.blogspot.com/2013/09/tips-for-finding-lost-cats-home.html