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If she's not satisfied with food/drink it may be that she is actually seeking nothing more than attention. Adult cats don't meow to each other (in cat-world it's only used to communicate between mothers and kittens) so she's definitely trying to say something to you. As to what, well that's a bit harder to be sure on (sadly there's no cat-translator yet) as ...


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Thank you for your concern for the little homeless kitty. While it's very likely the cat has fleas and intestinal parasites, the good news is cat fleas do not feed on humans. I used to rescue dirty, sad, abandoned cats and never once was bitten by a flea or any other skin parasite. Treating the fleas is best done with a medicine applied to the back of the ...


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The gist of the question is how to infer what a cat is asking for. Generally, I make myself available to the cat. Acknowledge their meow, make eye contact, stand in front of them, and wait for the cat to explain what it wants. That seems to generally work. From experience, cats understand your silent attention as not knowing what to do. Usually, I'll get ...


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First off, rule one for an animal bite (beyond the obvious first step of thoroughly cleaning it and properly bandaging it) is to contact your doctor ASAP, even if it seems innocuous. There are two reasons this is important: Bite wounds are almost always puncture wounds, and puncture wounds are notoriously difficult to clean properly. Because of this, even ...


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Before you get too far, it's just worth checking that the cat isn't microchipped. Any vet or animal shelter should be able to do this, and (in the UK) I wouldn't expect to be charged. You say it appears to have been a pet in the past; it could well be a long-lost pet, and the chip may help it to be reunited with its previous humans.


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Feral cats don't meow at people, as a rule. I have cared for some ferals that eventually meowed at me after years of consistent feeding (I have a managed, TNR-ed colony). Your visiting cat has had contact with people at some point. Its shyness indicates that some of that contact has been negative/abusive/scary, or else the cat has been on its own for so ...


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My comment extended itself as it was written. So, to help with at least part of the issues: Anti-flea-treatments are available in most pet-stores, and easy to apply. You CAN trim the claws without declawing the cat. There are special trimmers for just that, and it should help with the issue. For external parasites, you may be able to give the cat a bath, so ...


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I suggest cat-napping it long enough to take it to a local vet and seeing if it's microchipped. If so, you'll know right away whom to call. If not, take some photos (face, back, and both sides of they differ) and ask any other local vets or shelters if they recognize the cat, and post them on local groups on Facebook, Nextdoor or other social media sites. ...


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Encouraging stray cats like this is not a good thing. Feral cat populations can do masses of damage to the local wildlife. The food you leave out will also influence other animals, e.g. the racoon. I understand your neighbours' perspective and desire that you stop. On the other hand, what decent person wants to see any animal suffer and starve? Not you ...


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It depends on where you live. If you are living in a western country, chances are rabies is almost completely eliminated. Disinfect the wound as soon as it happens. You will be fine. To make certain that you are fine, you might want to follow these steps: Disinfect the wound. Watch out for the cat regularly for ten days. If it dies, gets into a bloody fight ...


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Some cats won't take no for an answer. My gran was adopted earlier this year by (definitely this way around!) a gorgeous black and white stray cat; we noticed him sitting at the end of the driveway for a few days, slowly working up the courage to get closer, until we invited him in. We haven't been able to get rid of him since! We discovered through a vet he ...


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I think there are a few things you can try: If Taby seems docile (sounds like it is), consider taking it to a local vet or shelter to scan the cat and see if Taby is microchipped. If Taby has a microchip, you could then contact the owners and have them keep Taby indoors, or generally help keep her on their property (enticing with food, etc.). As an altered ...


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The food you are offering these dogs is a sweet snack with little to no nutritional benefit to the humans it's intended for; it has zero nutritional benefit for dogs. My answer here on nutritional values for cat and dog foods gives the baselines set by the AAFCO, an organization in the United States. While these are specifically guidelines for manufactured ...


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If you are fortunate, there may be a charity near you that will help you take care of the cat and/or find it a permanent home. For example, I know that Chicago, Illinois has an organization called CRISP that does just that. It is probably worth looking around to see if there is anybody in your community who can help you take care of this cat.


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Once a cat is fully grown (around 8 months) you can't tell its age by its appearance. She could be one or ten and look the same. Presuming the cat doesn't have an owner who is missing her, it would be great if you could provide a loving home for her. Claws Claws are a natural part of a cat. They have no idea that they can hurt people with them. To a cat, ...


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If you are not prepared to be responsible for an animal for its entire lifetime, then you should not adopt that animal. For a cat, you should anticipate a minimum commitment of 15 years, and potentially over 20 years of responsibility. You will need to provide for food, litter, vaccinations, medical care in case of accident and injury, and end of life care ...


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You say these kittens are in an "empty room in your house." How long have they been there? (How long have you been ignoring this room?) Is there a clear area where the mother can come and go that you have not blocked recently? It's possible the mother has been prevented from returning; these are very young kittens who would not yet be left by the ...


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Install some screening or lattice below your deck to prevent them from going underneath. They will probably move on to other places if your food source is gone.


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It's hard to translate an unfamiliar cat's vocalizations. They tend to develop a "meow-language" with their human companions over time, but this can vary quite a bit between cats. My wife used to have a cat that made a certain sound to say "where is everybody?" after waking up from a long nap, and our current cat makes the exact same sound to say "enough ...


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The fact that he never comes inside makes me suspect that he has a home somewhere else. If the cat doesn't enter your house, then I don't think it considers itself to be living with you. Taking the cat with you might tear it away from its actual home. I would suggest you don't take the cat with you. If you're worried about who will take care of him, try ...


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Unless you are able to put the bird back into its nest, there is very little you can do. It is sad, but true; sometimes the strongest chick in a nest pushes its siblings out of the nest. This is nature's way to be sure the strongest chick survives. If the chick is almost ready to fly you can try to feed it back to health, but this is very hard to do. First ...


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Please don't put yourself in a position to lose your bed over a pup. Talk to whoever is in charge about the situation. Discuss whether your concerns are about getting the dog out of the cold for a night or two, or if you are planning on "keeping the dog" long term. How it will affect other people who also live there? There are a lot of things to take into ...


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This is a very common problem we see in this Stack Exchange. You had a great plan. Getting a carrier and seeing a vet for microchips is the best approach. In case it is not microchipped, prepare a paper collar. You basically write your details on a paper and wrap it around his neck. Make sure that the paper is not too thick, otherwise the animal might be ...


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It's a difficult situation and sadly there is no real one-size-fits-all approach, and there definitely isn't an overnight fix. There are some things that you can try though and you might want to experiment with them to see if you can find what works. Get a pheromone diffuser Various companies market these and with different messaging but they are all ...


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There could be a few things that caused the dewlap to form. From this source, some include: Hyperthyroidism Enlarged lymph glands Fluids leaking out of blood vessels The source also states that injuries could cause a kind of "knot" to form under the skin in this area which may end up being an abscess or seroma (a collection of fluid under the ...


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A note about the eye discharge, if its red/brown, and eventually crusts it very well might be feline herpes (FVR). This is NOT related to human herpes and cats can only transmit it to other cats. If she is sneezing a lot, or her eyes are red, a course of antibiotic eyedrops will get her over the worst, but it may come back someday. Look into CareCredit if ...


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If you need to buy yourself enough time to enter or leave your property you house use the patent humane cat trap. This consists of placing two cardboard boxes about 4 feet apart just outside you front door. The cat will approach your property, see one of the boxes and immediately go to sit in it. However, as it does so it will notice the second box and move ...


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