This kitten showed up about 6 months ago and didn’t really start coming around every day until about 3 months ago. The first time I saw him, he was so tiny, I saw him through my kitchen window, and I tried to snap a picture it didn’t come out great, but you could see how small he was then. As with all the outside cats, dogs, or wild animals, I take the best pictures I can, as it is at random times, and most times are through windows. I keep a folder on my computer for each cat, and I name the ones that frequent the most, those are Lilo (saw him first, adorable Tortie), then Sammy (he was a teen cat then, he looks like a Ginger), and now Momo (a cute Ginger), they all seem to be boys.
As I was saying, Momo, started to come around frequently, the first time I saw him he was tiny it was through the kitchen window and looked horrible but you can tell it is a tiny kitten, then these two pictures are in Jan of 2019 I was shocked to see he had an injury under his eye. Some kind of slash, fast forward to today, his slash has seemed to heal but it has affected his eye, as it is almost completely shut, see pictures below.
Fast forward to today, I was able to get some equipment to help humanely trap him. I want to trap him first to get his eye checked and I pray that we can save his eye. I spoke to my husband, and he agreed that I could keep him, I would have to socialize with him, as I have two other cats (females). So it is important he is neutered, vaccinated, and have him checked for Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), as I don’t want my girls to contract it. In case you don’t know what it means, here is a definition.
FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus weakens the cat’s immune system which can lead to diseases which can be lethal. Because FeLV is cat-to-cat contagious, FeLV+ cats should only live with other FeLV+ cats.
and then there is this also –
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus. Most strains of feline coronavirus are found in the gastrointestinal tract and do not cause significant disease. These are referred to as feline enteric coronavirus (FeCV). Cats infected with FeCV usually do not show any symptoms during the initial viral infection, but may occasionally experience brief bouts of diarrhea and/or mild upper respiratory signs from which they recover spontaneously. FeCV-infected cats usually mount an immune response through which antibodies against the virus are produced within 7-10 days of infection. In approximately 10 percent of cats infected with FeCV, one or more mutations of the virus can alter its biological behavior, resulting in white blood cells becoming infected with virus and spreading it throughout the cat’s body. When this occurs, the virus is referred to as the FIPV. An intense inflammatory reaction to FIPV occurs around vessels in the tissues where these infected cells locate, often in the abdomen, kidney, or brain. It is this interaction between the body’s own immune system and the virus that is responsible for the development of FIP. Once a cat develops clinical FIP, the disease is usually progressive and almost always fatal without therapy that has recently become available, but that has yet to be approved to treat FIP in cats by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (see below). To our knowledge, coronaviruses cannot be passed from infected cats to humans.
So you see why I need to make sure he is checked out. I can’t imagine that poor baby living his life outside with a bad eye, as it is right now, he has issues seeing when I place a plate of food for him unless it is really close. His chances of living as a feral cat can be deadly.
Today is my 2nd day trying to trap him, yesterday he didn’t give in, he smelled what was in the trap, but he didn’t go for it. Then today I put tuna, and some to trail into the trap so he reaches the bowl of tuna and it closes on him, but some he triggered it but was able to get out, not sure how he did that but he did, and it is very hot and humid out right now, it is like a sauna. So I need to go out and move the trap to a shaded area, and add more tuna and hope he goes for it, but I saw him leave through some high grass (see picture), so we will see how things go.
So I will post from time to time, hopefully, I can trap him before the end of the weekend. I am hoping. If one of the other cats gets trapped I will just release it, as my target is the little one first.
Otherwise, life is going as normal as it can be, given the world’s circumstances. Still staying cautious. We don’t eat out, which is good because it saves us a lot of money, and we have learned how to make certain things here, such as bread, ice cream, pasta, and the low-carb way. I have posted a few things on my Instagram. I have not really kept up with Instagram or Facebook for that matter. Eventually, I will leave Facebook.
I am still keeping up with my fanlistings, see the link on the menu for that. Oh, I am an Amazon Vine reviewer now, it is fun, I know some people think that you are getting things for free, but you aren’t, you will pay taxes, on tax day, but you are getting a deep discount. Initially, when you request an item, you don’t pay, you will pay taxes when the time comes. But I have been fortunate enough to request things we needed and discovered.
Ok well, that is all for now. No luck with trapping him today, plus there is a warning of thunderstorms, so we gave him some food near the trap so that he can get used to eating near it, while it is set to trap him. He has gone off into the high grass to relax. I have a cam on the window so I can watch him, in case he takes the bait. This is from today, he is such a sweetheart, I want him home with us right now.
I hope you all have a great rest of the week and are having a safe summer. Until next time.