Originally Posted by queenjane
If he seems ok, and you dont have other cats he could pass something to...i think it can wait until you have more money (thats my totally uneducated opinion)...years and years ago, i had an indoor only cat go missing for more than a month (turns out he was nearby the whole time)...he then turned up on my neighbor's porch, totally skin and bones. I almost cried when i saw him...i rushed him to the vet thinking he was near death....but he was fine. she looked him over and said to just feed him lots. I was surprised, i thought for sure he was a goner.
Happy your baby came home too. I am happy that I wasn't the one to see him skin and bones.....Makes me cry just thinking about it.
Originally Posted by phatchristy
I'm quoting the original post here:
It sounds like you let kitty go out at least twice before he escaped. The point I was getting at is that you don't let the cat get comfortable with entering/exiting the house. Use a noise, or some sort of verbal cue/deterrant to keep him away from the areas.
The good thing is, you're in a new house, a new territory, and you can start fresh and make sure that he doesn't get to that level of familiarity again.
As for a vet visit, I would think it would be a good idea unless you have a trained eye and know what to look for. Fleas are likely (unless he's on some sort of preventative), tapeworms could be an issue (usually are if there are fleas--those look like little grains of rice in the stool), and if he's not up to date on shots being that he's been outside I'd worry about that. But, if you had a flea preventative and there's no fleas/flea dirt, he's up to date on shots (the new schedules are every three years btw), nothing is obviously wrong and rent is due you probably could give it a week or two and work on him gaining weight. Then, take him in for peace of mind.
Maybe I should've clarified in my original post....
He wasn't familiar with being outside. I think the time he spent outside that time under the table was a total of 5 minutes......the other time he got out and I sent him right back in....maybe 30 seconds of out time and he didn't leave the door area. The table he layed under while I helped dd with her chalk was the ONLY time I said ok, go ahead and the table was right next to the door. He is 4 years old and that's his only time outside. Not familiar with it at all.
He was due for his shots at the time he went missing but I was going to put it off a bit due to money. He wasn't on any flea preventative bc he was an INDOOR ONLY cat.
Carol has said he's been inside their home since the 12th and they don't have any other cats. Would she know by now if fleas were an issue? I've never had an animal with them so I don't know...I know about them and what they look like and such though so I'll check him out.
Ohio State has a graduate student run clinic so I am going to call and check on pricing and such.
I hate that that's even an issue. Money is just so tight right now with everything else that's been happening in my life right now.....but it's such a
:ful blessing he's almost home.....
Thanks so much for all the kind thoughts and