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Caring for Sick Stray Cats

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Stray cats are a common site in many neighborhoods. Trying to care for a sick feral cat can be tricky. This is a guide about caring for sick stray cats.


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December 21, 2015

I have been feeding a cat, that was wandering the neighborhood, for about five months. At first it was very skittish and wouldn't get near me. About three months ago he became injured in a fight. He had a bite mark on his neck and a torn ear. He became very friendly and started letting me pet him. He was doing fine, but about a week ago, I noticed his voice was getting weaker until he couldn't be vocal.

Yesterday I noticed he wouldn't sleep inside the shelter I made him even in 30 degree weather. This morning I put some food out and noticed he didn't eat it. He just wants to sleep. I don't have money to trap him and take him to a vet, would anyone have suggestions as to how I can help him? I'd hate to call animal control, but think it's my only option. Please offer suggestions.


December 22, 20151 found this helpful
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It sounds like your friend has reached the end. It is unfortunate that this happens quickly to strays.


You may be able to wait until he is too cold and tired to fight you any more and wrap him in a towel or blanket. Bring him indoors to have a warm place for his last day or two.

Assuming he actually revives, you will have to find a way to get him veterinary care then. However, this is unlikely.

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July 26, 2015

I live in the country and a cat had kittens in one of my out buildings. I have noticed that the mother seems to have a cold; she is sneezing. The six kittens, 4-6 weeks old, are sneezing also and all, but one, has one eye closed. The smallest one has a yellowy discharge and many flies are swarming around it. A vet is an expense I can't manage right now. What home remedy can I give to the mom and litter. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


July 26, 20150 found this helpful
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This is tricky.
The cat would actually have to let you get close to it and touch its kittens.


Wash the kittens' eyes with a washcloth and apply triple antibiotic ointment (NOT the cream) as many times a day as you can.
Get a supplement called L-Lysine wherever you get vitamins. Grind it up and put it in canned food to feed the mother.
Bring any surviving kittens to a no-kill shelter as soon as they are old enough to get vet care and be adopted out.
Good luck.

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July 27, 20150 found this helpful
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Good advice from Abigail. Remember if you cannot manage the cats, you can take them to a no kill shelter and they will care for them. If the kittens get used to humans at this young age, they can be adopted out after they are neutered. You can do a lot of good for this little family. Good luck.

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May 30, 2018

There is a stray cat in my neighborhood that I can't quite figure out. He has a healthy appetite and drinks water. He jumps up and down off of things. He's very affectionate, but there are concerning signs as well. He's fairly thin. Seems to have high anxiety, runs whenever anyone or anything comes around. But he'll come up to me. He does seem to have some pain though that I can't quite pin down.


It seems to be around his hind end or tail area. He also spends most of his time lying down, like walking bothers him. He limps sometimes too. I just don't know. Sometimes it seem something is wrong with him and other times it doesn't. I feel bad for it and I do the best I can to keep him fed and watered. Just wish there was more I could do. Is there someone I can call? The ASPCA maybe?


May 30, 20180 found this helpful
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Are you positive he isn't a pet that is just outside way too often? Ask around your neighborhood or talk to your local animal control officer. They usually know who owns who, and who is homeless in the cat world.

Once you verify no one owns him (or as in the case with cats) that he owns no one), see if your town has a group that specializes in feral cats.


They will work to humanely trap the poor thing and get it to a vet. They may ask for donations to help defray costs. They will also spay/neuter and then if truly a feral, they release them back after they are better.

If you have a website like Next Door or use Facebook you can ask locally who can help.

Your borough/township/city offices/animal control officer should be able to give you a list of approved or recommended feral cat services/groups.

Personally I am leery about taking a cat to a shelter as many are kill shelters and if someone is truly wrong, they don't work to make the cat better...especially if they are at capacity.

Unless you have lots and lots of experience with feral cats, I do not recommend you trying to trap it yourself, as you can easily get bit or scratched.


I do encourage...if you work with an feral cat offer some help with the costs...even if it is a small amount. Most of these groups work on shoestring budgets and any little bit of money helps them keep up their good work.

Good luck! Hope it all works for the cat! It is lucky you are looking out for it!!

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