This is a feral cat we have been feeding for 8 years. He stays near our house, but won't come in no matter what the weather and he won't let us touch him or even get too close. 5 nights ago he was in a cat fight and was limping badly, but now he gets around OK, except his tail is limp and his hind legs seem stiff when he walks and his hind end is elevated when he eats--not his normal posture. Appetite is good and he drinks his water. Should we just monitor him for now, or get him to a vet? Capture would be difficult or impossible. Is there a sedative we could mix with his food
to make him easier to capture?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: Hard to say. We heard a cat fight at night outside the house, but could not see anything with a flash light. We live in the foothills, so a fall might be possible.
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Hello, Pearl, are you still there?
JA: No. I'm the Veterinarian's Assistant.
Customer: He never introduced himself, so we don't know his name. We simply refer to him as "the cat" or "Mr. Cat."
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: He was adult when he arrived 8 years ago, so he must be at least 10 years old. He's been in other cat fights, but never before any damage. We feed him dry and canned food, and he eats mice, rats, rabbits, squirrels, and an occasional bird outside our house. He's always seemed healthy and robust.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.