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apples and oranges Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:48 PM
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A stray kitten is crying outside my back door and it's
really creeping me out. Should I call animal services?
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:54 PM
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1. No, you should BE animal services.
Adopt the stray. :D
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apples and oranges Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:16 PM
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2. I don't like pets. So that's not an option for me
Thanks anyway
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:51 PM
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3. Too late. The cat has adopted you. Imagine if you were the cat.
You have been selected. How do you know that the cat is not the reincarnation of one of your relatives. One that was very dear to you.
dc
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 09:33 PM
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4. From a humane perspective, yes, call animal control.
If you are not a "pet person" then yes, get on the horn now with animal control. If they do not have 24 hour services, then can you at least consider putting that kitten in your garage or bathroom overnight with a pan of water and some canned tuna? I dunno if you can manage a litter pan or not, but even a gift box with some sand or garden soil in it will do in an emergency.

The big concern with leaving a kitten out overnight is either predators or exposure. Either one could kill it.

If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to allow that kitten in your house you can maybe put a box with a towel in it out for the kitten to get in to stay warm.

Thank for noticing the kitten. A lot of non-pet people would not.



Laura
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 09:35 PM
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5. What davsand said
You don't need to adopt it but if you can give it a safe, warm place to stay for the night please do so.
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apples and oranges Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:54 AM
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12. Do cats have rabies?
I'm a little concerned about biting etc
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:15 PM
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17. GOOD NEWS! Most cats don't have rabies, as Google (now available in Illinois!) indicates!
What'd you decide to do about the kitty? And what'd you decide to do about your creeped-outness?
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 09:38 PM
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6. if that creeps you out ...are you scared of the dark?
dang, dude. Man up and take care of the poor little thing. sheesh.
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:21 PM
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7. Who doesn't like pets?
:(
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:35 PM
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8. Some folks are allergic to animals to the point it could kill them.
I suspect they probably would be reluctant to bring a stray into the house.

Some people are afraid of cats. Phobias do happen, and take it from somebody who lives with a huge black cat, people really ARE afraid of itty bitty kitties sometimes (big fat ones, too, if you want the truth...) I have literally had kids book down my driveway when they spot Chaucer in a window.

I forgot to suggest calling any friends who are cat people when I posted up-thread. I'd be willing to bet that even if the OP is not able to be a temporary cat parent, he probably knows somebody that is. If animal control can't or won't come, maybe call a buddy to help that kitten out...


:shrug:



Laura
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ellenrr Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:07 PM
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14. I don't think animal control is a good idea;
at least where I live, they will just take it to the pound where it will likely be killed, or worse, sold to animal torturers (research labs)
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:24 PM
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18. People with allergies, people who are often not home,...
...people who don't want a box of shit in the house, people with pricey (not cat-proof) furniture, people who don't own lint rollers, people who don't want to go out in bad weather to walk the dog, people who don't want the expense, people who don't want to go through the emotional strain of losing a pet every few years...

That's off the top of my head. They are not for everyone.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:41 PM
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9. Please help it. It is a baby.
Edited on Sun Mar-20-11 10:50 PM by Arugula Latte
S/he is probably hungry, cold and scared, as you would be if you didn't have a home or a mom when you were very young. Why would a poor, helpless little baby animal some a-hole probably abandoned "creep" you out?

I don't get that at all.

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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 11:12 PM
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10. I wish I hand't read this.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:31 PM
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23. me too nt
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 11:13 PM
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11. At least feed it.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:56 AM
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13. so you posted this hours ago
what did you end up doing?
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:11 PM
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15. What action did you take (or, by omission, not take)?
DU is a community and you asked the community for support/guidance. A follow-up report would be common courtesy. :hi:
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:15 PM
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16. +1
poor kitten, I hope the OP found a safe place for it.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:27 PM
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19. That stray will melt your heart in a few minutes. Let him/her in. Put it in the bathroom like
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 09:28 PM by applegrove
the others say. A little milk. A little sand. Karma will be good to you. If you can't do that at least go door to door and ask your good neighbours to take the little guy.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:55 PM
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20. I hope if this isn't a joke post that you at least gave the kitty some food.
The little cat needs help.

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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:24 PM
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21. You can ignore it, but you'll have to live with that.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:30 PM
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22. Is it a kitten? If it is, how can you ignore it? It's just a little kitten in need of help.
Who knows how it got there, but if it is a kitten, it probably needs help. Don't know how you could sleep without helping it.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:32 PM
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24. Third reply to this thread, but dammit, go get that kitten, give it some milk, a place to sleep
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 11:33 PM by Skip Intro
And then find it a home if you don't want to keep it. Do that, will ya?
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 01:03 AM
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25. Congratulations - you now have a cat...nt
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:56 PM
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27. I noticed this one likes to play these --
little games of taking a purposely provocative position and then having some fun. :eyes:
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:16 PM
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28. I noticed that last night.
Sort of a post and run and see what happens.

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apples and oranges Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:15 PM
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29. I came back a lot later to see the responses and I didn't want to
say anything because I didn't take any action and I knew people here would be upset. I really really really don't like animals or pets so inviting it in was not an option for me. The sounds the cat made really freaked me out too but hopefully someone else helped because s/he moved on after a while.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:33 PM
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30. I can understand that, but please, from now on,
don't ask the Lounge abandoned kitteh advise if you don't expect us all to say you have to do something.

If you intent to just ignore the kitten, keep it to yourself.

Just some friendly advise.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 11:22 PM
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31. Thank you.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 11:23 PM
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32. You could have simply put a bowl
of food or milk out for it.
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Biker13 Donating Member (609 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 11:47 PM
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33. I highly dislike cats.
But I hope you are a troll.

There is no way I would allow any animal to be crying at my back door and ignore it. I'd bring her inside, confine her to a small space (a kitten that young might not know what a litter box is)and give her some food and a blanket, at the very least! Damn it, I'd probably stay up all night comforting the little fur ball!

In the morning? Off to my neighbor, a confirmed cat freak that would turn the kitten into a 16lb couch potato.

Did I mention my high dislike of cats?

Biker's Old Lady
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