Apr 1 2012, 01:46 PM
I have a big question. I've been searching the internet for the past hour or so for an answer on this. I have a feral cat living in my unattached garage. I started out with 5 and one died (I don't know why), one is missing, and one moved next door. I have 2 left and they're females and one is pregnant. For the past week or so I've noticed about a pea size drop of greenish yellow discharge on the floor.
I've read that this could mean she's almost ready to have kittens or she has a bacterial infection. The problem is, I can't catch her even if I wanted to to bring her to a vet and I don't have the money to do it.
Is this discharge normal for her? I don't know where it's coming from, but I know it isn't from her eyes, nose, or mouth. I'm getting worried since she has kittens and we lost another cat to unknown causes (either a car hit her and she died in the garage, or she had some disease, or died of natural causes). The only thing I have to go on is that this female always seems to have what appears as a wet bottom, but I can never get close enough to tell what it really looks like.
sorry, I'm a new member. I didn't know where to post this. I just hope someone can help.
Apr 1 2012, 02:35 PM
Wow I am sorry for the pickle you are in !! I can't actually help, as I have not bred cats before. I hope someone on here who knows will give you some advice that will help. Good luck.
Apr 1 2012, 09:19 PM
Hi and welcome,
I do think this little girl needs to see a vet. Do you have any no-kill rescue organisations near where you live? Perhaps if you do and you could contact them they could give you some advice, or even take in this little girl and look after her and her kittens. They would advise you on how to catch her and transport her, or maybe would even do it themselves.
Because it sounds as if she is very wild, I personally wouldn't get the RSPCA involved as she might end up being classified as not being adoptable and pts (put to sleep).
Thank you so much for giving this puss and her coming babies love and shelter. I hope you can find a group which will help you with her care.
Best of luck. Keep in touch.
Apr 1 2012, 10:37 PM
It sounds like she has some sort of infection.. I would ring your local ves and explain it is a feral cat you can't even get hold of and ask their advise..Do you feed them?
If they can give you a clue what it might be you can then at least give her some homeopathihc treatment on her food... no harm if another animal eats it.
Apr 4 2012, 02:40 AM
yes, I feed her and another. They used to live at the farm I live next to, but there were a lot of raccoons attacking litters and cats and chickens so they moved into my garage where a raccoon can't get in.
Apr 4 2012, 02:44 AM
Thanks, I've read all about a yellowish discharge a cat can have for up to a week before delivering. I saw the spots for maybe a week and now they're gone. I haven't found anymore stains on the floor, so I'm thinking she could be close to delivery. I was also reading about how their stomachs can tighten and she definitely has that. I'm hoping kittens are on the way!
I actually rescue kittens from the farm I live next to. The cats used to live there and the farmer would bring me the kittens at 4-5 weeks old. Then there were a bunch of kittens, cats, and chickens getting attacked by raccoons. I lost a litter last year to a raccoon.
Now the females have moved into my garage where a raccoon can't get in. I feed this one and a black one that looks like last year's kitten.
Apr 5 2012, 11:01 AM
Your so sweet to take this cat in. I, as I'm sure everyone else, can tell that you truly care about her.
One thing to consider when looking for a shelter is a "no kill" shelter, i.e. they won't euthanize unadopted kittens. They'll also make sure that all of the kittens are spayed/neutered to help prevent future homeless cats.
Apr 5 2012, 11:34 AM
I'm now certain my feline friend has pyometra. She has the yellowish mucus draining from her behind. I am now taking on the task of treating her since my options are to let her die or help her. I have to find a vet that will operate on a feral cat and agree to a payment plan. I can't afford the treatment myself and am looking for donations to help with the expense. I'm also taking on the task of building an enclosed area in my garage for her while she recovers from surgery so the other cats can't get her and she can't get the exposed skin infected. I do really care for her and have made the difficult decision to help her myself since I know there aren't many shelters or rescues that wouldn't ask me for a fee or euthanize her when I bring her in. I have to spend my day tomorrow calling vets for more info on costs and details. I feel so very sorry for this poor girl and hope she doesn't have kitties in her since I know they probably have all been aborted from her infection.
I hope her tummy is just the abdominal swelling pyometra can show. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any interest in donating money for this girl to get the treatment she needs. Thank you to everyone on here for your support.
Apr 5 2012, 05:01 PM
Pyometra is very dangerous and needs immediate attention otherwise she can die. Sounds like she is lucky that it is an open pyometra as the closed one doesnt have any discharge. Queens become very ill with no apparent reason and can die very quickly as the infection has no way of escaping the body.
I had a young queen (I am a registered breeder) desexed last year with pyo...it cost $600 to have her uterus removed.
I hope you can catch her and get her treated in time.
Apr 6 2012, 08:58 AM
having just had a cat with open pyo, the only thing that can be done is AB, to give her these you are going to need to catch her, and sounds like that is not something you can do, so no idea how you are going to get her treated (my cat had antibiotics twice a day for 2 weeks). If she is not a breeding cat (which mine was), when this settles, she will need to be speyed. Even though she is a stray, you have taken responsibility for her, and that means for all of it - feeding, vet bills etc. If you can;t afford the vet bills, then you don't take on the cat, plain and simple. If you can;t afford to get her treated, do the right thing for her, and take her to a shelter - yes she may be PTS, but this is not always a bad thing - when her alternative is a slow and painful death, or popping out kitten after kitten, as without being speyed or confined, you have no way to prevent her either continually coming on call or getting pregnant, her end is all too certain, and a quick option now is preferable.
Apr 8 2012, 11:49 AM
Kitty has been treated for pyometra. She had surgery yesterday and is back home in her garage in a large kennel so I can keep an eye on her and so she can recover without aggravating the wounds. The only way to treat pyometra is to spay the cat and completely remove the uterus. Depending on the severity of the infection, they will give an antibiotic. Since she is feral and not likely to take an oral medication they gave her a long acting antibiotic shot that will last for 2 weeks. She is all set and resting today. As far as if I can afford it or not, I wouldn't do it if I didn't have a plan. I'm taking donations, and I'm working with a rescue group who works with the vet clinic she was taken to to do monthly payments for the costs. I couldn't live with myself knowing I didn't do anything to help even if I wasn't able to afford it. I'm 20 so I don't have much money to start, but I make jewelry so I decided to donate all of the money from my jewelry sales to her surgery costs. I wouldn't have done it any other way given the choice. I got her in just in time as she had a very high fever and would have died within days. I had to use a have a heart trap for the sake of saving her life since she is feral and never would have let me grab her and put her in a carrier! I saved a cat's life and that's what I was put here to do. I'm hoping to become a vet tech in the next few years and I already have a volunteer position offer from the rescue organization I worked with! :)
Apr 11 2012, 10:10 PM
That was very kind of you to take her in - perhaps she will become a lot tamer now she is confined and you will have a new permanent pet....I hope you make beautiful jewellry and sell it for wonderful prices.....you have a very generous and kind heart.
Apr 11 2012, 10:12 PM
Good on you for doing this for the little girl, you are to be much applauded for this and she will be much better off being desexed and won't be adding to the feral cat population. We all do the best that we can with the limited money that we have but at least you know that you have done your best. All the best with your volunteer role and I hope that it leads to the career of your hearts choice.
Apr 12 2012, 11:31 AM
Thank you for your kind words and support! I'm happy to report Dusty is doing great at home recovering and has become pretty friendly towards me and me only! I hope she's starting to realize I helped her. Here's a recent photo of her, you'll have to click the link to see it:http://www.flickr.com/photos/antiquetochic.../in/photostream
She's definitely brightened up a bit and loving all of the extra attention. Her bill came to $212 for everything. A feral cat rescue in the area that works with the vet actually stepped in and helped a bit. They offered to pay for everything so they'd get the rescue discount and then I'd pay them. I really don't know if I could have done it without them. They literally told me I saved her life. I was so surprised and thankful I caught it at the right time since they also said she had a horrible fever and would have died in a few days.
Dusty and I really appreciate all of the donations we've received so far. If anyone else out there is willing to help, my paypal email address is email@example.com. Donations of any amount will receive a thank you, a photo, and a small gift! :) Also, I have a handmade jewelry shop online at www.antiquetochic.etsy.com where all of the proceeds from my sales are going to the "Dusty Fund" for her treatment and care.
Thank you again!
Erin & Dusty ^..^
Apr 12 2012, 07:22 PM
It sounds like you have a new life companion. As this site is mainly based in Australia I don't think you will find many here will add to your "Dusty Fund" as we have so many worthy causes we all support here.
Perhaps you need to post on a forum site that is nearer to you - I gather that you are not in Australia given the reason that the stray cats have moved into your building - we don't have the same wild animals as you do.
Wishing you good fortune with the Dusty Fund - the main thing is the work has been done and you have time....good on you.
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