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Just got home!...advice?

lUvMyLaB<3
September 21st, 2009, 12:32 PM
So here we are, just picked this girl up from the vet. I took a couple of pics on my phone, so later when I am posting from my phone I will post them.

WOW she is a SCARED cat! OK, I have been around this block many many times, but this cat has some serious fear... Poor poor girl. I don't know if I will see her again now that I let her loose... She took off out of that kennel like a flash. She was growling and hissing and going at the door the whole way home. Took a few people and a few pairs of gloves to get her into the carrier. I went to visit her friday, and I still have 2 huge scrathes on my arm to show for it.

So what should I do? I need to check her, and make sure she eats. The plan was for her to stay in my oldests room, as that is the room the other cats don't usually go. Gucci the little dog stays in there, but I am not too worried as long as he leaves her alone, you know how protective mothers get!

I am scared about these nerves making her stop her labour if she doesn't settle. should I leave her completely alone? Should I try to get her in that room and settled? Should I spend time in the room to try and get her used to me? Should I try and capture her to check on her? She shouldn't be feral, she was wearing a collar...

Oh and some tips for names would be appreciated too! Thanks!

I have an AWESOME cat tickles that is awesome at helping me with fosters, I just don't know how this cat will take to her.

Bailey_
September 21st, 2009, 12:35 PM
I'd be tempted to leave her alone for now. Do you know where she went? Is she at least in an area that you can keep your other animals out of?

Love4himies
September 21st, 2009, 12:50 PM
Awww, the excitement begins.

A cat doesn't have to be feral to act that way, my Snowball was like that, nobody but me could pick him up.

Is she in a room that you can close the door so she can have some privacy while she gets used to the new smells in the house? If so put a litter box close to her and some really smelly food. She is pregnant and will quickly get hungry. I would not stay in the room with her just yet, give her some time to settle down.

14+ will be able to give you some advice on handling a "not so friendly to humans" cat.

Do you think she is in labour now :eek:. Do you have a covered box that she may feel safe enough to have her kittens in?

Love4himies
September 21st, 2009, 12:52 PM
Cats are very, very good at reading each other's body language. I have never had a problem with a momma cat and my Jasper. I was hugely surprised, but they seem to be able to pick up the idea that Jasper is absolutely no threat to them :shrug:. However, first meetings are always though a one inch crack in the door to see how momma is going to react.

lUvMyLaB<3
September 21st, 2009, 03:56 PM
L4H, you are lucky! Some how I find mommas that are always sooooo sweeet, love the dogs, ok around cats, then the babies come and watch out! my poor lab LOVES cats, and doesn't think twice, many times she is just walking through the room minding her own business and THWACK rrrrrrreeeeeearrrrrrr hssssssssss, she gets a swat and looks so sad, like 'wha..? wha I do?'

She is in a room I can close the door too, it is however a room I cannot keep closed off for long, the people and animals go through there lots.. So I don't know if I should get her and put her in a quiet room or give her some time, she wants to eat me I think....

I don't think she is in labour yet, but it looks soon... we shall see, another small one L4H...

Bailey_
September 21st, 2009, 04:19 PM
I agree with L4H, it may be too much to move her now. But I also think it's important that she be in a quiet area, especially for birthing which won't work if it's a very busy area for your home. Sounds like she'll need to be moved, which might be tricky if she's really scared.

Poor thing!! Maybe you could coax her back into the kennel by putting some food at the back of it and just waiting? And then transferring her that way? :shrug:

Love4himies
September 21st, 2009, 07:29 PM
If you can move her to a quieter room then I would do it. Sounds like this one may take some to settle in and may need a very quiet birthing space. Poor girl :grouphug:


Wonder what kind of family she had before :rolleyes: :frustrated:.

lUvMyLaB<3
September 21st, 2009, 09:14 PM
Big news! I found her under the couch, that is how small she is! I left the kennel out the whole time with stinky food in it, but i dont think anything could convince her to go in there. . . Anyway i found her and picked her up, AND i did not get eaten, although by the way she was looking at me, i think she is still considering it. . I took her to my daughters room and put up the baby gate, i showed her the comfy box, although i know by now how it works, probably wont use it. . . . . She walked around the room a bit, more like slinked, i peeked from around the corner, so that is an awesome sign!

Anyway, when i checked her out i see that she is a polydactyl! With extra toes on front and in back and is a red tabby to boot!

L4h. . . .you know what kind of owners she had, all too well. . . She is another tiny one, and i dont have time to fatten her, that makes me worry about all the problems that can cause. . . .

Bailey_
September 21st, 2009, 09:15 PM
Big news! I found her under the couch, that is how small she is! I left the kennel out the whole time with stinky food in it, but i dont think anything could convince her to go in there. . . Anyway i found her and picked her up, AND i did not get eaten, although by the way she was looking at me, i think she is still considering it. . I took her to my daughters room and put up the baby gate, i showed her the comfy box, although i know by now how it works, probably wont use it. . . . . She walked around the room a bit, more like slinked, i peeked from around the corner, so that is an awesome sign!

Anyway, when i checked her out i see that she is a polydactyl! With extra toes on front and in back and is a red tabby to boot!

L4h. . . .you know what kind of owners she had, all too well. . . She is another tiny one, and i dont have time to fatten her, that makes me worry about all the problems that can cause. . . .

Yay Luvmylab, that is great news she's in a nice quiet area and your arms are still in one piece! :thumbs up Hopefully she'll settle in nicely before she has to give birth. She sounds beautiful. :lovestruck: Keep us posted!!

Love4himies
September 22nd, 2009, 10:12 AM
Oh, I am so glad she is coming around. That is so much better for her and her kittens.

You know the drill about feeding momma cats, even if you can't fatten her up now, good nutrition is key for momma to produce quality milk.

I hope her kittens will be OK, it is so devastating when one doesn't make it :sad:.

I can't wait for the pics. :D