WHAT CAME FIRST, THE CAT OR THE CHRISTMAS TREE?
by Donna Greiner
Hello my fellow cat family, and Happy New Year!
My cat Smores, approx 1.5 years appears to have an eye problem. My strange title goes along with the onset. I had one of a new litter born in April spayed. Have been keeping her inside to heal well. I noticed immediately Smores was not social with Mocha (spayed female) So I am keeping them separated. I also got a Christmas tree and don't know if Smores poked herself in the corner of the eye while playing with her sister Smittee. The sore is at the corner of the right eye, seems to start to heal and then return. Due to her being feral when I rescued her, I had a unsuccessful time putting her in the carrier to take to vet. She was almost in the cage when my foot got in the way and she escaped. I am very upset, I know I'll eventually get her in the cage, but what could get worse till that happens is stressing me terribly. Poor Smores. Even her sister and she could have had a go round, trying to get their favorite position on their favorite chair.
I feel bad that the kitten I had neutered has little "cat company".
I told my vet that as soon as I can "get her" in the carrier (I use a 15-25 lb. Small dog cage) Forget a carrier!!! She goes nuts, and I got clawed in both hands this time. I'll take her soon ASAP, the feral is its own worst enemy, and I love her SOOOOOOO much.
Now have 10 cats!!! 3 inside, 7 outside. I'm overwhelmed.
Sounds like you have your hands full with all your little critters. They are lucky you are there to help them get through their feral beginnings.
A couple of things you might try...have a pair of long oven gloves that go up to the elbows handy when you try to handle a cat that is extending the claws...or try to get the cat onto a large bath towel which you can quickly wrap around them (making the cat like a burrito) then with just the head out of the towel, slide it into the carrier (or cage).
I empathize with your situation and do understand how difficult is to deal with cats that were feral. Although they become loving and trusting to a point, they revert back to feral tendencies when they become afraid.
As for the eye issue, I always keep Vetericyn gel on hand for eye wounds. You can get this ophthalmic gel at Petco or Walmart (to name just a few).
Hope that you and your feline friends had a good holiday season. The best to all of you.