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Cat [Mar. 7th, 2009|11:49 pm]
The gray feral cat has a serious injury. He wasn't around for a couple of days, and when I saw him in the back yard today he was missing a bunch of fur around his neck and left shoulder, and there was a nasty looking red sore at least two inches long and an inch wide inside the fur-less patch. A couple of nights ago (I think it was Wednesday) I heard a bunch of coyotes yelping and howling with excitement in a field a few hundred feet from my back yard, and I thought they were having a fight among themselves. I now think they might have caught the gray cat and bitten him before he could escape.

He ate just a little bit this evening and then vanished. He probably doesn't want to stay around a place where another, tougher feral cat shows up frequently. It's going to be cold tonight, so I hope he finds a warm place to sleep. His injury looks bad enough that I have doubts about his survival. It's the sort of thing that's apt to get infected. I'm really going to miss that kitty if he dies. I like the other (less skittish, if not exactly friendly) feral cat, but the gray one has always been my favorite, even though he won't get within ten feet of me.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2009-03-08 10:46 am (UTC)
oh, i'm so sorry to hear this. poor mr. cat. the thought of him suffering all alone makes me feel really sad.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2009-03-09 07:26 am (UTC)
It's a dangerous world for feral kitties.
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[User Picture]From: hyperina
2009-03-08 03:13 pm (UTC)
Can you trap him? I had a similar situation with a favorite semi-feral cat - his tail was injured. The middle of it was missing fur and looked as though it had been slammed by something. He was dripping blood. Anyway, I went to the vet who let me borrow a trap. I put food in it and surely enough, he went for it. Then I brought him to the vet and he had to have his tail amputated and feed him bubble-gum flavored liquid antibiotics. Four years later, he's thriving!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2009-03-09 07:28 am (UTC)
I don't know if this one would be trappable. He's awfully wary. Of course, the coyotes apparently managed to catch him, so maybe he's not perfectly wary.
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