This black and white cat has made it through phase 1 of his rehabilitation program and it’s time for a permanent name. His temporary name is “Scrappy” due to his condition and attitude when he first showed up, but it’s just not good enough for him anymore.
“Scrappy” is a young feral male who showed up at a local home in the country. He was a passing stray, staying for 2 or 3 days at a time then disappearing for a couple of weeks. He followed this schedule for a few months before settling in at his new home.
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Phase 1 of “Scrappy’s” rehabilitation program consists of building trust with his human caretakers and improving his overall health. When the cat first appeared he was very undernourished, timid and nervous. He had a big head with a thin, scrawny body. His fur was dull and rough with a few bald spots. He walked with a limp and was full of battle wounds, fleas and ticks.
Over the course of the past several months, “Scrappy” has really come out of his shell. He now not only lets people touch him, he follows his humans around like a puppy dog. He is a bit of a bully to some of the other cats, but getting along with others is part of his rehabilitation program and he is showing signs of progress.
Phase 2 of his rehabilitation will begin with a trip to the vet for a checkup and feline leukemia test. “Scrappy” is not quite ready for this step, but is getting very close. He needs to have enough trust in humans to be placed in a carrier, taken to the vet, and handled without biting or scratching. It is very important to reach this level of trust due to the consequences a feral cat faces when it bites someone. If a feral cat bites a human, there are two primary ways to determine if it has rabies. The first is for a cat to be put under quarantine/observation for 10 days to watch for signs of rabies. The second is to euthanize the cat and have its head sent to K-State for testing. Neither of these options is very good, so it’s a must that the cat trusts enough not to bite.
If “Scrappy” tests negative for feline leukemia, he will be given a rabies combo vaccine, wormed, and given any other medications he may need to get him fully healthy. After all that, he will be neutered to avoid him adding to the population of unwanted animals.
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