|Feral cats in Queensland, Australia
||[Nov. 15th, 2007|01:48 pm]
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I have never owned a cat. I've never really desired a cat. And yet, two nights ago, when my neighbour mentioned that she was considering trapping a feral cat thad had been hanging around, I found myself saying 'don't do that; the RSPCA euthanises feral cats'. I know this, because I stupidly caught and surrendered a feral flea-infested kitten when I was 10 years of age.|
So, I said 'I'll feed it, and see if it gets any tamer'.
I hadn't actually paid that much attention to the cat before, but having agreed to feed it, I asked Stuart (other half) if he had seen it. He said he had, that it was howling in the middle of the night, and that it was very skinny. We bought two little tins of cat food and last night I put one out. Half an hour later the feral cat was eating it.
Google tells me this cat is probably too old to be tamed. I don't think it's an adult cat - it is rather small and very, very skinny - but it's not a newly weaned kitten. I have bought a 'dual-bowl' from the cheap store (so I can give it water and food) and some pet food (friskies kibble and some of the little whiskas satchets. It had canned fancy feast last night. It seemed to like that.).
Now, cat people:
* How often would you feed this cat? Once or twice a day?
* Will canned food give it the trots, as it does with some dogs?
* If I bought a cat basket from a cheap store and put it outside, would that be a good idea?
* How do I find a vet who will alter and vaccinate it? Do I just ring around and ask if they will do it?
* How much does it cost to alter and vaccinate a cat? I will need to save:(
* Am I being stupid? Should I just let nature take it's course? (this will probably involve starvation:/)