If you can find the money and please be very blunt with the vets and techs about finances leave him at the vets for a week or more. They have the ability to get meds into him and may even get him accustomed to people. Red and Pretty Boy spent a lot of time at the vets (Red for a nasty tick carried disease and PB for teeth). Both came back a lot more gentle. Mad as hell but gentle and the time they spent in the garage helped. People bring food. Cats like food. Person talks but has food. I would not try to pick either one up and hug him but they are a lot better than they were and they are hanging around the house more. Vets and vet techs have given me lots of ideas for dealing with wild cats---some fit me and the ones I care for and some don't. You have to pick and chose but ask. Also there are some long acting antibiotic shots. I found out about this when I had Copper and Thomas' teeth cleaned. It is more expensive but you know the cat is medicated. We used this when Soot got an infection from some bites. I did not see him from the time I put him in the garage until I opened the door for him to choose to leave....no way to medicate properly.

If the teeth are rotten/infected get rid of them.
On Jul 10, 2011, at 9:43 AM, Lorrie wrote:

Reply to: felineres...@frontier.com
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Thanks for taking care of Luke. It's very difficult taking
care of a cat who fights your every effort to help her/hin.
You are very kind.


On 07-09, katskat1 wrote:
Thanks to all I have decided if I can find the $ I am going to take
Luke to the vet and have some/all of her rotten teeth removed. She is obviously in discomfort and her breath has gotten progressively worse.
She is ratty looking and apparently has been sickly for a long time
before I started feeding her as a stray but she still wants to live.

I was very apprehensive about doing this to a cat that stays outside -
has to - won't come in, fights to get back out and my inside cats are
ALL negatives.  But she sticks around and I don't have many options.

Now, if only I could successfully medicate her.  She will not eat
anything, kitten milk replacement, dry/wet food, treats, NOTHING with
any med of any kind.  Trying to syringe her is like fighting a wind
storm with lots of claws and then we are both so stressed we are
breathing hard. Not good for her. Or me. So I am trying to give her
quality of whatever life she has........

Hopefully yanking rotten, loose teeth will help.


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