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« on: October 15, 2014, 04:34:25 AM »

Oh dear...

This morning (quite early, maybe 5am?) I heard what seemed to me like a kitty mewing a distress call.  I wasn't sure so I went out to check around but as soon as I got outside, the mewing stopped.  There are a lot of neighborhood cats, and there is often mewing so I figured it must have been one of those guys.

I got into bed this evening rather early (9pm) and suddenly started hearing that distress mew again.  I looked out my window and thought I saw something moving around the corner.  I got up and went downstairs - it's raining tonight.  I stood outside in the rain quietly to see if the kitty might come out.  When it didn't, I stood up and turned around to see that the kitty was coming up behind me and he was as surprised to see me as I was him.  He ran off.

I went inside and got a can of tuna, spread it out on a paper plate, put it on the step of the yard of the house that he ran to and went back inside my own house since there is a window facing just that area.  About 15 minutes passed and finally he came out.

A teeny weeny possibly orange little guy so sweet and cute and he gobbled down every last bite of tuna.  When someone came down the road, he scurried away, but moments later, he came out to continue eating.

Obviously I need to do something about this.  Tomorrow night at the same time do I put out another plate of tuna so he gets used to the routine?  Do I go ahead and put a plate of tuna in an open carrier?

He's so tiny.   Embarrassed
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 05:21:06 AM »

Oh dear is right.  Undecided  If you think you can get a live trap, that would be best. Feed him in it unset, if you think he's really frightened, for a couple of days and then set it. A lot of people say to set it right away, but it does sound as if this wee one needs some help. If not, I don't know how you would close a carrier with him inside. He would probably benefit from kitten food, too, if he's so tiny.

They seem to know where to go for help, for sure. Keep us posted and thanks for caring so much for the cats and kittens.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 05:32:53 AM »

Oh August...I hope you will be able to help the little guy.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 05:43:10 AM »

I hope you can catch him !
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 06:50:20 AM »

Since he's tiny, I would feed in a carrier (regular traps are a problem for kittens).  For now, just establish a routine.  If you can get a hard plastic carrier, where the door comes off - that would give him a sheltered place to eat.  If he won't go in it to eat, place food outside it, and move it closer to carrier, then inside carrier (not way back at first), gradually.  Since you've also heard him early morning, and he's little, I would try to feed morning and evening.  I would put the food close to your house; I think he will find it.  Fishy kitten food!  Eventually you put the door back on the carrier - it is tricky to close it, as Catmom says.  But perhaps he'll get used to associating your presence with the food.  After he begins eating, I would try to stay outside with him, more - talk softly, sing, offer treats.  There are kitten-specific traps - don't know if you have those available to you there.  Rescues may have them.

Maybe you have a sturdy box, that you could put outside near your place, for a little shelter.  A plastic or cardboard box turned on it's side, propped against an outside wall?  Or an additional plastic carrier.  Don't know if you can get straw - that is best to put in it.

I wonder if he's alone.  A routine will probably establish that. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 08:44:55 AM »

Good luck, I hope you can catch this little one!
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 10:43:57 AM »

Aw, good luck, August!  I hope you can help the wee one.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 02:59:45 PM »

I heard him call out in the middle of the night, maybe around 3 or 4am, went out this morning around 6am, put out some food in the same spot, went back to my house to watch from the window for half an hour, but it seems he's not around.

I have work outside the house today so I'll pick up a bunch more smelly tuna and see if I can find some kitten food, and will start putting it out in front of my house (which is across a narrow, not very busy street where I was able to feed him last night).

I have a good cardboard box which I will set up tonight against my house, and will take out one of my (not hard) carriers to try to get him used to it.  Thankfully it's sunny skies and mild temperatures for the next week or so.

Fingers crossed...
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2014, 03:14:54 PM »

Fingers crossed here, too!  Bless you for trying to help him.  I know you have lots on your plate, with Yoyo, as well as your usual responsibilities.  I hope he will come and eat!
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2014, 03:58:53 PM »

Thank you.  I hope he's found a dry good spot and is taking a good nap.  I really hope to see him again tonight.
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2014, 07:40:18 PM »

How stressful, wanting to help him & worrying if he's OK and you will be able to help him.  It sounds like he's alone if he's mewing a lot.  If mom and siblings were around, he probably wouldn't be calling like that.  Or maybe he escaped from someone's house. 

I wonder if asking around or posting a notice might bring the owner.  If you decide to do that, don't give a description so you know if it's their kitten.  Best of luck getting him out of the wet and into somewhere safe!
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2014, 04:55:27 AM »

I got home from work and my brother went home (he came to be with Mom), and it was already a bit past 9pm.  I hadn't heard any mewing so I wondered if my opening a can of tuna would do anything.  I set up a cardboard box at the side of my house, and I put a bowl of tuna a few feet away, thinking to myself that little Subway (I'm calling him that for now because I ordered a Subway sandwich the day I saw him) was never going to get the courage to come all the way to my side of the street especially since my side is so bright (street lamp).

I put the bowl down and figured I may as well just go inside the house to the window and watch a few minutes and then go get ready for bed.

I went inside and went to the window and I literally mean seconds later, he popped out excitedly sniffing around the street in a bit of a desperate search, the poor little guy.  He actually started going all the way down the street farther and farther away but then he finally figured out the direction of the tuna smell and zoomed straight right back to my house!  I was shocked and thrilled!

He gobbled and gobbled and gobbled for a really long time (I put out a huge can of tuna so he could really get his fill).  He must have been eating a good 10 minutes and then suddenly a different neighborhood big cat came and scared him away (and finished off the tuna  Tongue  ).    Undecided

Little Subway is absolutely tiny.  He must be only one or two months old.  He has very short stumpy little legs but he's very quick.  But I do feel like we've established a bit of a routine, even though it's only been twice, so I'm feeling positive!  I have new faith for tomorrow night.  I will sit outside from 9pm and wait to see how he will react to my being there.  Maybe I'll also put out a carrier so he can get used to seeing it.  I want so badly just to grab him and get him inside where it's safe and warm (even if it means being quarantined in the entryway until I can get him to a vet). 

I'll put out some food tomorrow morning, too.  More fingers crossed.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2014, 05:31:24 AM »

So glad you saw little Subway and he was able to eat something. Bless your heart for doing what you're doing to help this little wee one. Keep us posted, and know that we'll be sending good thoughts and prayers for you and this baby.
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2014, 06:02:25 AM »

So glad to hear Subway came to eat!  S/he may not stay in the box, if there are larger neighborhood cats around (sorry, I didn't think about that).  Hopefully s/he has safe hidey places.  It's hard to feed and not attract other cats - well, it's impossible. Just pick up the food, if it isn't all eaten (doesn't sound like that is a problem). Sending positive thoughts that the routine continues! 

The feral kittens I've encountered here often have shorter, stubbier legs - perhaps a nutrition thing.  They are sometimes older than they appear, too (because they are smaller).  They look so vulnerable, I know.
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2014, 10:44:32 AM »

Oh, I'm glad you saw him and he ate. Smiley  I hope you can get him.  Will pray for a successful capture.
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