Thanks, that's a good idea.  I guess our issue is that she clearly needs rehabbing- which we are willing to do- and we want to make sure she gets that rehabilitation.  Not just turn her over in the state she's in and not know whether or not she got the care she needed.  We can do the rehab that's necessary and list her as "found" at the same time.



From: "Rosenfeldt, Diane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <>
Subject: RE: Advice for Malnourished, Rescued cat
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:41:17 -0500

Caroline, others on this list are much better qualified than I to tell you how to get this baby healthy again, but one thing that is drummed into us over on the Feral Cats yahoogroup is, ALWAYS LIST AS FOUND.  The absence of posters or free ads doesn't necessarily mean careless owners, there are any number of scenarios in which a cat could end up on the street with a heartbroken mommy or daddy not knowing what to do.  And, even if your mom thinks the vet in question wasn't good, even a conscientious cat parent can make a mistake in their choice of vet, so she shouldn't hold that against the kitty's owner in and of itself.  It would be the ethical thing to do to call whatever passes for a humane society (unless they require that you surrender the cat in order for them to list it -- NEVER do that) and all the local vet offices as well -- anyplace where someone might call to see if a cat has been brought in.  Of course, you should always withhold one identifying characteristic to ask anyone who calls.  You or your mom can screen any calls and if you get bad vibes, at that point you can make the decision whether to turn the little girl over or keep her.  Of course the chances ARE slim that an owner will turn up, but if someone does and obviously cares about the kitty, they should also be willing to reimburse you at least partly for the cost of the food and vet. 
Just my 2 cents.
Diane R.

From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Caroline Kaufmann
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 10:09 AM
Subject: OT: Advice for Malnourished, Rescued cat

I did a cat rescue on Sat. of a spayed, long-haired female that was clearly a house-cat that had been hanging out in my mom's neighborhood for about 3 weeks.  My mom had told the neighbor across the street that I had a foster cat and so he thought I would know what to do once he'd finally determined the cat did not have a home (you know how it goes!).  I took one look at her and decided we needed to move fast- she'd already been outside too long.  She had a collar on with a rabies tag on it with the vet's number, but by the time we got her in a carrier and I had the collar off (it had rubbed the fur off her neck) the vet's was closed.  My mom left a message w/ the vet's, but come Mon. morn., still hadn't heard back.  On Mon., she drove past the vet clinic and it's closed- like out of business!!!  We were hoping to match up the rabies tag number with the owner, however, my mom is really skittish about actually finding the owner because there's no free newspaper ad looking for her, there's no signs up in the neighborhood, and she was in SUCH bad shape when we found her...?  Also, my mom says the vet the cat went to to at least get her rabies shot is "not a good one," so she is reluctant to just immediately turn this cat over, even if we do find the owners- which at this point, is not looking promising anyway. 
We haven't taken her to a vet yet because we thought we would maybe find the owners, and now I am trying to work my Shamrock contact to see if I can get her in with a Shamrock vet who will give us a discounted price.  When we found her she had horrible runny eyes- all down her face.  She has fleas (of course).  We are keeping her in a downstairs room of my mom's house in a crate- which we do let her out of when someone is there because she doesn't do anything- she is SO good; clearly a housecat who was desperate to get back inside, so she will do anything right now (I can handle her easily, she doesn't fight, I can treat her eyes easily, etc.  I don't think she even knows how to scratch?!)   
Her main problem is she is clearly severely malnourished-- she is skin and bones literally.  She has dander.  I think she would have died this week outside of heat exhaustion, shock, etc., complicated by malnutrition if we hadn't taken her in.  We are feeding her Wellness wet food, which I am adding a Colostrum and L-Lysine too, as well as Pet Calm.  Thank god I remembered that I had a tube of Nutrical (from Monkee), so I have been mixing that in the wet food too and she just gobbles it up.  We are also feeding her Wellness dry food, but it took a while for her to eat it because I don't think she knew "how" to eat dry cat food.  My Shamrock contact gave me a tube of Terramycin to treat her eyes and they are already a lot better.  The green discharge has lessened and the overall watering and sneezing is better.  She's had two BM's- we had to help the first one along with some Laxatone.  The first one was pretty normal, but yesterday's was runny (but that could have been from the laxatone).
I just wanted to see if anyone else had advice for how we can improve her nutrition until we can get her into a vet?  I've never rescued a cat that was this malnourished before and my mom is just really worried about that, so I really just need some advice- even if it's things I can tell my over-worrying mother to calm her down!

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