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Our new cat Ferox

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 11:50 AM
I have picked out the name for the cat I caught last night. Here are some pictures..... Will be bringing him to the vet soon....... James said hopefully he is tame enough by next week, so we can atleast get him into a smaller crate to bring him in.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 11:51 AM
another.....

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 11:52 AM
and another...

Lizzie
March 1st, 2005, 11:58 AM
Holy smokes--he looks like he's been through a few battles doesn't he? Hopefully the vet can fix his health and you can fix his heart :)

happycats
March 1st, 2005, 12:03 PM
What a mess, Poor Poor baby, without you I am sure he would die! you are an :angel: .
By the way I love the name ;)

Princesss04
March 1st, 2005, 12:07 PM
What an angel you are! You have a heart of gold! Where is the cat at now? Are you going to make him an inside cat or outside?

Lucky Rescue
March 1st, 2005, 12:18 PM
Oh my gawd....*tears*http://pages.prodigy.net/rogerlori1/emoticons/cry001.gif

Whatever the outcome of the vet visit, at least this POOR POOR baby's suffering is ended.

Everyone who sees no need to neuter their cats should see this.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 12:19 PM
We are going to have him in the crate for a couple of days. That way he won't go hide, and he can see us all the time. It is a very large crate. I could easily fit into it and still have some room left over. We are keeping him an indoor cat. Don't want him running loose in the busy area we live in.

Happycats- thanks for the suggestion of the name. Hubby doesn't know about it, but I will let him name the one kitty he saw when we catch it. That one is a tortiseshell and the third one looks kinda like Ferox, but smaller, and has a white ring on her tail. I think that one is female, and may be having a litter..... I hope I catch her before then, if that is the case. I don't want those kittins out in the cold.

happycats
March 1st, 2005, 12:26 PM
What a wonderful person you are, helping these cats, you epitomize the ture meaning of animal lover!!
YYYYYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH for Lilith. :love:

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 12:29 PM
I think Ferox was just very frightened last night when I caught him. I was just in there, and was able to stick my fingers into the cage and put a treat in there. My fingers was within an inch from his face, and all he did was watch. No hissing, no nothing.... Maybe he realizes that I am here to help him.... I sure hope so.....

chico2
March 1st, 2005, 12:32 PM
Awww Lilith,I could give you a great big sloppy hug for what you are doing,this poor guy had me in tears.....don't fret about keeping him in the cage,at least he's warm and has food.
Does he let you handle him??? He is obviously hurt :sad: I hope not too badly..
I bet he's beautiful once he gets cleaned up and healed...
Thank you,thank you,thank you....for being their guardian angel :love:

CarlaD
March 1st, 2005, 12:35 PM
Wow you are such a great person.

I feel so bad for this little guy, but now he has you to look after him.

coonlover
March 1st, 2005, 12:36 PM
Awwwww Lilith, you are truly an angel, look at the poor little soul :( He looks like hes been through so much, I'm glad to hear he is calming down a little, it will probably take time for him to trust you but sounds like he already is starting to. Its really heartbreaking to see him wounded, thanks for giving him a chance :thumbs up

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 12:37 PM
Chico, I haven't yet tried to pet him..... I want him to get used to us before we take it to that step. I will try petting him in a couple of days, if I think he is ready to. He's already letting me get right next to him, by the cage, and I can stick my fingers in there to put a treat by him. So I think he will be ready for the vet next week. I am sure he needs many shots.... good thing the vet here caters to military and gives us discounts on everything. I guess the most a shot costs is $15 compared to $30 at other ones we have been to.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 12:41 PM
I have always had a thing for animals. Growing up, we always had stray cats in our yard, and I would go out and feed them everyday... at one time, I wanted to be a vet, when I was 16 a marine biologist.... went to college for virtual reality.... too much computers, and I had to have so much math knowlege :yuck: So I decided it wasn't for me. Now I am a homemaker......I think I may look into being a vet again..... it is something I always thought about, even when I was really little.

coonlover
March 1st, 2005, 12:49 PM
Good for you Lilith, I'm sure you would make an excellent vet, it was always my dream to have a career working with animals but life seemed to get in the way and looking back I wish I would have done what I really wanted to do, now that I'm 38 I feel that its too late to start schooling, so dont make the same mistake I did and go for your dreams, believe me I kick myself everday for not doing what I know in my heart I was really meant to do :(

theplainsjane
March 1st, 2005, 01:07 PM
Oh, Lilith--you are wonderful. Kisses all over the face to Ferox.

CyberKitten
March 1st, 2005, 01:08 PM
Wow, that poor baby looks like he has been theu hell and back!! It's great that you have taken him in. He is probably terrified and it takes time a patience with ferals - he may have been a pet turned feral. (If only these guys could talk!) One of those injuries looks like it needs help asap - if only you could somehow help him. What if the two of you tried? Lock the door and cover your arms and face. It may spook him but I worry about infection. Alternately - if you are not willing to get battle scars, do you have any of those long swabs - the kind we use at the hospital? You could certainly use that to get some anti infection cream or something on that wound. Or you could make one and try that - it all might spook him I know and it is bound to hurt. It's too bad you cannot get to the vet till later. The vet could do it all when the cat is under and being neutered. No muss or fuss.

Thx for taking in this poor biy and good luck!

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 01:16 PM
I really wish we coud get him in sooner, but the vet we are going to has acutally vets there every other week, the rest are all nurses. Pus it is the only vet around where the prices won't kill our budget. So I am making an appointment first thing tomorrow morning. I have to get the number to the vet from a friend tonight, when he's back from work.

chico2
March 1st, 2005, 01:16 PM
Lilith,do you think the vet would make a house-call???If you tell him the cat is wounded.....whatever you do be very careful,give him lots of time....

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 01:17 PM
I will also get some triple anti-biotic cream and peroxide. Try to clean it up tonight.

CyberKitten
March 1st, 2005, 01:23 PM
Can you call the vet and the nurses and have them talk you through helping that wound. It is the kind of wound that would be seen as an emergency. Is it oozing anything? Is he scratching or licking it? (That's prob a stupid question, sigh) I wonder about trying to get at least gauze on it - maybe you and your husband? Or a friend? Put on large gloves and a heavy long sleeve blouse you do not mind having scratched.

The other side of that is that itis always better to have the vet do it if you want this cat to associate you with only positive things. But when you are trying to help him, that is not always possible. Karin might know - having worked with injured animals.

What about even the vet techs where you do? If you bring him there, could they help? It wouold save waiting for the vet? I've heard placing a blanket over the cage might make him less stressed. You could try that. Then, he'd think he had his own little enclosure.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 01:24 PM
Chico,

The vet here doesn't work that way. He, himself is a soldier, and has to supply service for many bases in Maryland. So he would have to travel far, just to get here. I am going to keep a close eye on his wound, and if it looks worse, we will go to the one we went with Cano, and spend the money. It isn't as bad as it looks. What you guys see is just blood smeared on his fur.... I can't actually see a cut or scrape.... and there is no fur missing.

chico2
March 1st, 2005, 01:25 PM
Lilith,I did not mean to be pushy,you have our little angel Judith and money does unfortunately not grow on trees :evil: Just do your best...you've done wonders just by taking him in :love:
Cat-bites can be very dangerous,I know from experience....if you could get some antibiotic creme on him without handling him would be great...

Gazoo
March 1st, 2005, 01:27 PM
Good on you LR...that's good Karma!!!!

CyberKitten
March 1st, 2005, 01:30 PM
I don't mean to sound pushy either and I really congratulate you for doing what you can for this kitty. That would - or what looks like a wound - has me concerned. And I dare say it is hard for anyone to know whether he has more severe wounds until you examine him and that has been difficult.

The feral colony my grandmother used to care for used to have the most ungodly injuries, especially the Toms because they'd fight. It took all of her nursing expertise to get them back to good health. This fellow reminds me of one of those Toms after a bad fight.

Sneaky2006
March 1st, 2005, 01:31 PM
Omg, those pictures were so hard to look at. I just keep thinking of what he'll look like when he's healed, clean and fed properly. That poor baby!!
Thanks for giving him a chance, it looks like he would not have lasted much longer.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 01:31 PM
Cyberkitten, great idea about the blanket. I will talk to James about it... and I don't think you were being pushy either...

Chico, I didn't think you were being pushy. I really wish we did have more money than we do... then I would not have to worry about where to go to have him checked out, and shots given. But to get all that done in one visit would cost a fortune else where.


James and I have to go shopping tonight, so I will get anti-biotics, gauze and heavy gloves, and as far as a shrit, I wi just layer up on my od sweaters, and put something over my legs. And we will get Ferox into the vet as soon as we can. James is really hoping next week.

Thanks everyone, you al have been so great.

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 01:34 PM
Cyberkitten, he hasn't licked it or anything, and it isn't oozing. Judt bloody... is it possible that it isn't his blood?

CyberKitten
March 1st, 2005, 01:34 PM
That kitty is very lucky you are there for him Lilith!

Shamrock
March 1st, 2005, 02:34 PM
Oh-my-gosh. This poor sweet baby. He's been through the wars :sad: It brings tears to my eyes.

Lillith, my hat is off to you - your an angel. I hope he will recover well, bless you for saving him and helping him regain his health and trust :grouphug: .


Lucky is so right. For those who think it doesnt matter if their cat is neutered/spayed... here is a "poster child" kitty for them.
A picture's worth a thousand words. In this case - the heartwrenching consequences. :sad:

My best wishes to this sweet boy Ferox. :love:

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 06:12 PM
James and I have just got done bandaging Ferox's leg up. James saaid that it is either a pellet gun wound or he got into a fight. We are both leaning more torward a fight, being that there is another wound that is scabbed over on that leg, and their are scabs on his ears too.

We had to wrap him up in an old sheet to keep him calm and immobilize him a bit. He was very cooperative. We cleaned the wound with an anitceptic cleansing pad, put some powder stuff that is supposed to help stop the bleeding, and some antibiotic oinment on the wound. Then covered it with gauze and wrapped up his leg. We didn't get the chance to check to see if it was for sure a male, but we are both pretty sure it is one, with it's fight wounds and the size. I am also thinking that he may be a Maine Coone. I haven't seen a cat that size before.

I will be making that vet appointment as soon as I can get in there.

CyberKitten
March 1st, 2005, 06:16 PM
Good for you!! Sounds like you did great at fixing him up. I wonder if he really feral - my guess is he was someone's pet and he either git lost or worse, they threw him away (sigh!!!). And yep, he'd make a perfect (if I can call his picture perfect) poster kitty for neutering. Sounds like a fight - the ears always get it in a fight. They were probably torn and just crusted over. I hope to Gawd he does not Feline AIDS or anything else. It is usually transmitted by fights.

Keep up the good work!

lilith_rizel
March 1st, 2005, 06:29 PM
I was also able to pet him a bit, before we took him out of the cage to fix him up. He was shaking a bit. My guess is that he did have a family, and he was beaten. So I am just going to take everything slow.

He now has the entire laundry room and closet to be in again, now that we were able to actually address the wound, and that he has become more friendly.

krdahmer
March 1st, 2005, 10:19 PM
Aw Lilith, what an angel you are! Bless you for taking this guy in, and hopefully he makes a full recovery and enjoys his new digs! :angel: :thumbs up

chico2
March 2nd, 2005, 07:34 AM
Awww,Lilith,you make me cry....I don't know what to say,I'm so happy for Ferox and people like you and your husband :love:
I was worried,if he was feral he would hurt you...but since he lets you treat his wounds,that is obviously not the case,even non-feral cats are difficult if they are in pain.Hopefully the wounds are only superficial.
If he is a Maine Coon(even if he's not)I am sure you'll have a big beautiful cat,once he's recovered.
Lucky once had this beautiful black cat posted,who looked worse than Ferox,but with lots of love and care,recovered and was adopted.
As he progresses,you know you have to post pictures,right?http://pages.prodigy.net/rogerlori1/emoticons/cat20.gif

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 11:28 AM
Yes, Chico, I will be posting more pictures.

Last night, when I was getting a first aid kit, for Ferox, I also bought him a pet taxi. I put it in his room, and that is his new place to hide now. Also James was able to pet him by his ears, Ferox growled a bit, but nothing else. So I will be calling the vet today and see when their soonest opening is. After the vet appointment I wil post more pictures. Hopefully the vet will be able to give him a bath.

Trinitie
March 2nd, 2005, 12:02 PM
He's so scared and beaten I can imagine he'll need a sedative for the vet visit. I sure hope it goes well!

You are truly an :angel: .

Princesss04
March 2nd, 2005, 12:18 PM
I am so happy to hear that you are taken care of this poor little guy. I knew you would you have a good heart. Okay here is a dumb question what is a Maine Coon? :D

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 12:20 PM
I too am sure he will need it. But James said that as long as it is no more that $400, he has no problem putting the bill on our credit card. And the vet we are going to is for military only, so naturally everyting is less expensive, so I figure that it may only $250 if that.

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 12:22 PM
Princess, have you ever seen those huge housecats before? That is a main Coon. But they aren't actually that big, it is the way that they are holding them. From what I understand, some of them weigh 30 pounds.

Princesss04
March 2nd, 2005, 12:29 PM
If you tell your vet that it is a cat that you found and are trying to help than he might even knock a little more off of it. You never know. I know when we found Meater and he had Parvo he really helped out because we were helping this puppy out and willing to take him to the vet no matter the cost. He helped with the price of what he charged us. Give it a try you never know. :D

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 12:37 PM
I do plan on informing the vet that he wild. Mainy because I want him to be prepared to deal with him accordingly.

chico2
March 2nd, 2005, 01:02 PM
I wish I was computer savvy to show you a Maine Coon cat,they are beautiful....large cats,big legs and paws,tufts on the tip of their ears and medium to long hair.Good disposition ...Iron Knight had a Maine Coon,a tabby and I think Meeko looks like one,but might not be.
I had one a long time ago,unfortunately only for 3 yrs...but a wonderful BIG cat,they come in all colours and 30lb's is not unusual..

glasslass
March 2nd, 2005, 02:02 PM
Lilith, with all you already have on your plate, I think it's wonderful what you are doing for this poor guy and planning to help the others as well. I think you're great! :thumbs up

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 02:11 PM
Well, we can afford to do something about these kitties now. We got our taxes back and were able to pay off all our credit cards, and put some money torward our car loan, and still had $300 for savings, so it is alot better for us now. Plus James got 2 pay raises in Jan, and he is getting promoted here within the next week, so there will be another pay raise. On a one person income, we are now making little over $700 every 2 weeks. I am thinking that once Judith gets a bit older, I will get a night and weekend job. And all that I make will go for Ferox, Cano, and any other pets we may end up having. My friend had a night and weekend job, and she pulled in $300 every other week, so I think they will be living in heaven with that much money for us to spend on them......... Of course some of it will be put into savings for vet bills too.....

chico2
March 2nd, 2005, 03:29 PM
Awww Lilith,you have it all planned :love: I don't know,but you are just a sweet-heart and I am happy you are doing good.I remember struggling when my kids were little,but it always works out somehow :thumbs up
Can you see if Ferox is neutered?? You cannot miss those big nuggies if he's not,if he was someones pet he might be fixed,I hope he is...

lilith_rizel
March 2nd, 2005, 04:21 PM
I will be checking to see if he is neutered when James gets home. He has more guts to move him around than I do. I have been bitten by cats before, and it hurts!

lilith_rizel
March 3rd, 2005, 09:36 AM
Well, I believe that Ferox did have a family at one point, and he was just thrown out :sad: This morning I noticed that he used the litter box.

And speaking of litter.... which brands are the best, at an economical price, especially for multiple cats. I know we are going to need to get additional litter boxes, when we get more kitties.

Trinitie
March 3rd, 2005, 09:42 AM
The Maine Coon Cat: (utterly gorgeous animals)

lilith_rizel
March 3rd, 2005, 09:55 AM
Ferox is about that size, but doen't have a bushy tail.... maybe he is just very big. He eats alot too. Maybe that is why his previous owners threw him out :mad: Well, he has a forever home with us.

James is gone for a 24 hour desk duty, and then he doen't have work again tomorrow, because of it. So I will have plenty of time, to finish getting his room in order. Being that I won't have to iron uniforms, and get them all ready for him.

Right now, Judith's dresser is in there, and he likes hiding in it. So it is a must to get out of there. Can't have his fur all over her clothes. Plus, the floors and part of the walls need some cleaning, there are some blood smears.

meowzart
March 3rd, 2005, 10:21 AM
Awwwww that poor poor thing! Good for you for helping. And don't worry if you need to keep him in the cage until he is feeling safe.
Let us know how you make out!

CyberKitten
March 3rd, 2005, 11:36 AM
Good for you Lilith, great to hear all is well. I am anxious to see the "after" pictures. Poor little guy - it seems more and more he is not feral after all, just a scared pussycat who used to have a home and now has an excellent one! Most ferals start out as cats that are "thrown away" or "lost", sighhh!!! Makes me so mad to think of it!

lilith_rizel
March 3rd, 2005, 12:20 PM
He has been out of the crate for a few days now. We are able to pet him some, but sometimes he hisses, and just wants to be left alone. I think when James gets off from work tomorrow morning, I will got to the Vitamin Shoppe and get some Rescue Remedy. I guess they sell it there.

chico2
March 3rd, 2005, 02:00 PM
Lilith,you just have to give him space,for him to learn to trust.It is also possible he is sore from his wounds or wounds you cannot see..you don't know what kind of life he's had.I am sure he'll fel more secure and able to enjoy his new life after his wounds have all healed up.
I am sure he'll eventually be a wonderful cat :love: and give you thank's ten times over.

Trinitie,thank's for the picture of thr Maine Coon,I agree,they are the most beautiful cats the Norwegian Forest cat a close second...
My own 3 cats,are just cat-cats,but still beautiful :love: http://pages.prodigy.net/rogerlori1/emoticons/cat11.gif

Dahlia
March 3rd, 2005, 02:48 PM
Oh, that poor little guy. I can tell he will be a beautiful cat once he's cleaned up. Good luck!! Give him some loves from me!!!

chico2
March 3rd, 2005, 03:34 PM
Lilith,as for the litter,there are many different kinds out there,I've tried Yesterdays News and something made of wheat....no go,cats did not like it.
There is also"Worlds best litter"at $39/bag,something I refuse to pay for litter.
I used Costcos clumping litter,but found it too dusty...and I now use Max-Cat for multiple cats,NO dust and instead of changing it every two weeks like the clumping stuff,I change it every week.But I of course take the fritters out every day,often twice a day.
Others will say,it's not good for the cats..but I believe the dust is the biggest culprit,gets into the cats lungs,as long as it's dustfree your cats are pretty safe.