I didn't want to post this. I felt so bad. I am still carefully choosing how to post this. The area I live in has a bad stray/feral problem. I rehomed three last year including Bonnie who I kept. With spring coming and more cats hanging around I set the trap again when I knew I had time Sat. morning to make a clinic run. I set out to catch a large b/w longish haired whose been hanging around for a while, eating from here, seen crossing the busy road often.

S/he resembled Jake from last year so much that I thought they were littermates. I trapped him, took him to the clinic in the am and left him for neutering, shots, dewormer, combo test. At 5pm it was time to go pick him up, where I found out he was indeed a HE but he was already neutered. Ok, dumped maybe? When they told me he was already neutered, I said, good! I don't have a houseguest for the night (no surgery, no sedation) . No comments made, I thought nothing of it.

When I got him home, I took the trap back around to the back deck where I trapped him and opened the trap to release him. He was reluctant to leave the trap so I covered it back up again and went inside to leave him alone to come out on his own. When he didn't after several minutes I got worried. He had been in a curled up position in this trap and he's a large cat and I thought maybe he was stuck. Keep in mind I haven't done this much, and I have never brought a cat straight home from the clinic with the intention to release him except in one case but that is another story I've already told.

Slowly he started coming out of the trap. When he was fully standing, I realized that he was indeed sedated for his exam at the clinic, but it was too late to get him back and he wasn't coming back to me. He stumbled down the deck steps and ran to the fence he usually jumped over to get in my back yard. It took him two or three tries but he made it over. He ran (thank God) in the opposite direction of the main road (I was in tears and hysterics at this point thinking what have I done).

He ran wobbly-wise across the road behind me (not a busy road) and fell a few times, got back up and ran more. He ran right into the yard of a house I could barely see through some woods but if he was a stray, he would have steered clear of humans right now. It was then that it became clear that he wasn't a stray, but lived there. Some of my neighbors know I trap strays to get them neutered but obviously not the ones who let their cats run free. I am relieved to say that I saw him tonight bouncing around playing in their yard at the edge of their property but I don't know if this was enough to scare him into staying away from me.

Me. The one cats can trust and I *** up with this one. I didn't know they sedated him. In hindsight, of course they sedated him, to handle him. One more reason to keep your cats in. To keep them safe from me.
If you let your cats out, please please put a collar on them. I'm going to have to go door to door to find out who here has cats because my neighbors tell me I have many coming up to the feeding station these days. Kitten season coming up. I only want to prevent the strays from having kittens, I don't want to trap and have your pets sedated.
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If you let your cats out, please please put a collar on them. I'm going to have to go door ... I only want to prevent the strays from having kittens, I don't want to trap and have your pets sedated.

Well, it must be hard to tell and of course, you NEVER know when they have been abandonned house pets. I do think its a good idea to go around and find out who has cats and what they look like. You shouldn't feel so bad as you didn't do it on purpose! You were trying to help. He's OK and you know better and have a new plan. Nothing wrong with that.

Karen
Karen Chuplis (Email Removed) dumped this in on 01 Mar 2004:
If you let your cats out, please please put a ... I don't want to trap and have your pets sedated.

Well, it must be hard to tell and of course, you NEVER know when they have been abandonned house pets. ... were trying to help. He's OK and you know better and have a new plan. Nothing wrong with that. Karen[/nq]I still can't get the sight of this gorgeous black and white cat stumbling home out of my head. There was even one point where he must have had to regroup and get his head together because he was laying in the road. I thought I'd killed him. From where I was watching him, I'd have to go back to the front yard and around to get to him, because I was inside the fence. Then he got up and went into the yard of where he must live. But Karen, he looked like a stray; battered ears from fights, he was dirty, matted-looking.

I do not know my neighbors who apparently own him but I want so much to go bring them the paperwork from the clinic with the rabies tag, and the results of the combo test showing he is negative, but that could change if he runs loose. I also paid for his deworming, frontline (even though it is pre-season, heck it is in the upper sixties this week) and FVRCP. The way he looked I don't think he was up to date but I could be wrong; you know cats.
But Karen, he looked like a stray; battered ears from fights, he was dirty, matted-looking. I do not know my ... tag, and the results of the combo test showing he is negative, but that could change if he runs loose.

I would have no sympathy for these "owners." I found a cat like that once, and when I identified him through his rabies tag (out of date) and was told by the authorities in no uncertain terms I was to toss him outside and not take care of him per the owner's demands, I was besides myself. He was tattered and had a massive fight wound and was an unneutered tom to boot. Grrr.

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Well, it must be hard to tell and of course, ... and have a new plan. Nothing wrong with that. Karen

I still can't get the sight of this gorgeous black and white cat stumbling home out of my head. There ... The way he looked I don't think he was up to date but I could be wrong; you know cats.

Well, he's GOT to be better off now than before!! At least he's doctored up for a while.
Karen
I didn't want to post this. I felt so bad. I am still carefully choosing how to post this. The area I live in has a bad stray/feral problem. I

You didn't do a THING wrong! The goddamn morons who let him run free without a collar did. I also did TNR and rescue I haven't had to trap yet here, I did frequently before I moved when I lived near the feral colony that "produced" my 4 permanent cats.
Here, there's just a group of cats who may or may not be feral. I just know the males are intact and spraying. There's no identification on them at all. If they are owned, their owners are negligent, so I may soon trap them and TNR so I can be assured a kitten problem doesn't dev elope here.
If a moron is going to let their cat free-roam into other people's yards without any identification, they better be prepared to get Fluffy back with a few modifications..
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Anybody who does trapping enough will eventually make a mistake, it happens to all of us in one way or another. You did the best you could and while I totally understand how you feel, I know I would have felt awful seeing him too, I also know that your hearts in the right place and remember all the others that still need your help. Take this and just learn from it, and keep going, they need you out there.
One more reason to keep your cats in. To keep them safe from me.

Cheryl, I just had to laugh at this line. I'm sorry. Quit beating yourself up. It's not your fault; the *#*@)@ owners should never be letting the cat roam in the first place. They're lucky some catlady trapped him for vetting instead of someone else trapping him to haul to the city shelter.
Good job, though!! (Well, besides that pesky little detail about it being an "owned" cat..) I'm very proud of you and your efforts.

Sherry
I didn't want to post this. I felt so bad. I am still carefully choosing how to post this. The ... I only want to prevent the strays from having kittens, I don't want to trap and have your pets sedated.

I don't think you did anything wrong. The vet should have mentioned that the cat was sedated. You indicated to them your intention to release him. At that point they could have/should have said to wait x amount of time before you do.
Are you sure he lives at the other house? Unless you saw him actually entering the house it might just be another place he hangs out.

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