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The gray cat is REALLY a pain in the butt

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

He escaped from solitary a few hours before his neuter appointment. When I caught him, he bit my hand. I know cat bites get infected easily so I put on antibiotic cream and took an antibiotic pill from a prescription left from my last vacation. Called the vet they said OK to bring him in they would put him last on the surgery list in case he got any food. When I brought him to the vet they were not hopeful, said if he turned out to be FIV and Fe Luc positive, and a biter he would not be safe in the house with the other cats and not safe to release to infect the feral population. The vet was concerned about my cat bite, suggested I go to urgent care for a prescription and possible rabies shots. Went to my HMO, the NP gave me an antibiotic scrip and urged me to get the rabies shots because this was a bite from a stray. She was apologetic, but said you need to get the first shot the day of the bite for it to be effective, you can't wait the 10 days to see if the cat gets sick, and he has been hanging out in our garage with raccoons and skunks that are vulnerable to rabies. SO I had to go to the local emergency room, the only place around here you can get rabies shots. The ER dr discussed the options, For rabies vaccine to be effective you need 4 shots each a few days apart, plus immuniglobin on the day of the bite. Since I had already paid the $100 co-pay for the ER visit I voted for the shots. The IG shot is based on your weight , I got FOUR shots in my rump, plus rabies vaccine in one arm, and a tetanus shot in the other. I left to go back towork at 2:30, called the vet to check in. blood tests came in negative they loaded the cat up with antibiotic shots so I dont have to attempt shoving pills down his throat. He is now fixed, an had his first distemper shot. He is still unedr house arrest till 10 days from the day he bit me to see if he develops any rabies symptoms. It's been 7 day so far and no problems. When he eascapes from the bathroom he and the Calico stray immediately go into attack mode. You know, that hissing, growling,yowling ball of fur teeth and claws that is whirling so fast it's hard to separate. The calico is relatively friendly to people but does a low key growl, hiss, swat act with any of the resident cats she sees. She HATES the gray cat. Alton named he Kaleidoscope for her mixed-up coloring, I've taken to calling her Kali the Destroyer.
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    Years ago we set a humane trap to try to catch a racoon that was killing our chickens. We baited it with a jelly donut, Alton says racoons love them, Went out the next morning thrilled to see we'd caught something. It was our fat fluffy cat Flexible Flyer. We let him out and reset the trap the next night and caught Flex AGAIN. I guess he's a slow learner, or else he really liked the jelly donut. His years as a stray made him an omnivore. emoticon
    3366 days ago
    Rabies shots?! My goodness! Guess this is a case of no good deed goes unpunished! I hope all the kitties will work things out among them. I have 2 females. First one was an "only" for 8 years. Big mistake bringing in another female. It's been 4 years and the first one still bashes the "new" one about the head and glares at me if I show any affection to the second cat. Fortunately there has been no blood drawn, feline or human. Good luck with your integration project!
    3368 days ago
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    OMG..will the lovely gray cat,lil scarcasm there, return to the feral world after the time passes?? So sorry you had to go thru the shot routine , but yep ..better safe than sorry!! Have heard the rabies shot is rather in hurts like a big dog!!
    We have a program here where you get a discounted rate for bring in feral cats & getting them neutered, but trapping them safely can be an issue, frequently end up with skunks in the traps. Live animal for all, except the one that has to turn the skunk loose that is!!
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    Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 4:41:57 PM
    get a spray bottle of water
    3368 days ago
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