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Offline Anjel

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poly dactyl stray? how do I catch it?
« on: October 26, 2012, 05:47:08 AM »
Hello! recently an old house that was full of critters was purchased and rennovated. A number of stray cats have gone missing from there since this happened. One had made my porch "home". I don't mind it being around but I have two indoor (they live in the garage) kittens for mousers and I'd like to catch the stray and have him/her fixed and tested for FiV before it gets down into the 20's or so outside so I can maybe let it in the garage. It seems like a healthy cat, about 6-8 months old? It has extra fingers and toes (and tried to grab things with them!) There is a rather large pack of coyotes that live in a canal on my property and I'd hope this little gal is willing to live the garage before she gets eaten!

The nights have been down into the low 40's high 30's so I set out a cardboard box with a hole and stuffed it with hay and she has been sleeping in that.

It will come close to me only when I feed it and even then it'll hiss at me when I'm putting the food down for it. How can I catch it without stressing it out too much? How do I even get a stray feral looked at and fixed? Do regular vets normally handle them or will I need to find a specialist or a group for feral cats? I know there is one in san diego but he/she would end up spending 1.5hrs in the car to get there, whereas my nearest vet is only 30 minutes away.

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Re: poly dactyl stray? how do I catch it?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 08:40:12 AM »
I had a situation like this when I was living in Des Moines. My vet loaned me a humane trap and I was able to trap the cat I had been feeding with it. It was humane in that the cat was not injured but the cat went absolutely crackers. Huge black eyes, puffed fur and tail, growling and flinging around in the cage. The vet was able to sedate it with a shot through the bars. He was relatively healthy and felv neg. I'd trapped him because I was worried not only about the cold but also he would often throw up when I fed him and I thought maybe he had a hairball or some other kind of blockage. The vet felt between the description of his behavior and his dogeared appearance, plus observation, that he did not have any chance of being tamed. That was some 30 years ago; today I'd probably try it. Anyway, we neutered, vaccinated and released. The only change was I saw him less although he still came to eat, but usually now only after I was no longer around. He vomited less and less, apparently feeling less desparate and fearful. He came for maybe a year and a half for meals and sleep in the garage, then didn't come again. I fear he was run over or worse.

If I were to do this again, I think I'd see if the vet would give me some way to knock the kitty out for the ride to the vet and the exam. I also think i'd try to find a friend in a less populated area and with tame or semitame outdoor kitties, such as a large farm. I still think of him from time to time, with sadness and guilt for the cold/hot lonely outdoor kitty living meal to meal. 
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Re: poly dactyl stray? how do I catch it?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 09:03:14 AM »
I live on 3 acres and one of those are totally fenced in (where my garage kitties hang out with the dog) but I have a highway in front of my house. I think there is a good chance this kitty could be tamed (she doesn't seem that feral, she just doesn't trust me yet?) so I'll talk to the nearest vet and see if they can loan me a cage and him him/her checked out.

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Re: poly dactyl stray? how do I catch it?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 06:24:36 PM »
Yes talk to a vet or TNR organization or maybe even a local shelter to see if you can get a humane trap. When you do get it, put some cardboard or newspapers in the bottom so that the cat won't notice the wires. Then put something very tasty/stinky in the cage, like salmon. Put some drips of the food/juice going up into the cage to lure the cat in. The best way to keep the cat calm is to totally cover the trap in a large towel or blanket as soon as the cat is trapped. I use those $3 fleece blankets from walmart, so if the cat goes to the bathroom I don't mind tossing the blanket. Keep the trap in a totally quiet/silent area of your home totally covered in the blanket and get it to the vet as soon as possible.

Good luck!

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Re: poly dactyl stray? how do I catch it?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 08:14:13 AM »
Oleander, I sure wish I had known you and this site when I was trying to help that poor stray. I'm sure the bottom and covering would have helped a great deal.
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