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Found a kitten in our dumpster (picture added)


Last Edited: August 30, 2008, 9:00 pm

Early this morning around 3:30, I heard a cat meowing. I thought it was one of our two cats, but I found them in the house so I just figured it was one of the neighbors cats. Well this afternoon, my youngest sister took the garbage out and runs back in the house and said there was a kitten in the garbage. My mom, sister and me run outside and sure enough, there is a little kitten in the garbage under a bag of potatoes. It was so sad. We got one of our cats crates and my sister hopped on a chair and jumped in the garbage tank. It took us about 5 minutes trying to catch it because it was terrifed and was kind of flipping out.

We had him in the cat crate, but then we got a huge box and put food, water and litter in it and well...He/she jumped right out it. lol. Then, he ran around the house while our other cats wanted to know what was going on and he hissed and ran into my room and is currently under my bed. We decided to just let him stay under there until he calms down a bit.

We tried to call a vet to make an appointment to have him checked out, but all the vets closed around 2:00 and they aren't opened on Sundays and Monday is a holiday. *sigh* We are keeping him away from our other cats in case he is sick or something. He looks a little raggedy and a bit thin, but seems ok. Still, we are going to keep him away from our other cats because we don't know if he is sick or has fleas, lice or whatever.

I am just so upset about the whole thing. How could someone just dump a poor animal like that and in the trash. There is no way that it just hoped in. The garbage can is one of those huge ones that are really high. I hate people sometimes. And I feel guilty. I heard a cat meowing and I just assumed it was a neighbors cat. It had been in the trash, under a bag of potatoes, in the heat. I don't think it would have survived very long if my sister hadn't found him. I also have a feeling that one of the neighbors may have known it was there, but chose to ignore it. He was working on his car and cleaning it out and the car was right near the garbage can. If I heard it from my bedroom window, he had to have heard the cat while outside next to the garbage itself. :/

Anyways, we will get it fixed and get its shots and keep it. He/she deserves to have a home where it doesn't have to worry about being dumped in the garbage again.

* I will post pictures of him later when he has calmed down.

He has calmed down a bit. We caught him and put him back in the crate and he seems to be doing well. He is so worn out and tired. I feel so bad for him. He seems like he may be sick. Plus, we think he might be a lot younger then we thought. We think he may only be a couple of weeks old, but we are not sure yet.

Here is a picture:


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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 30, 2008, 7:45 pm
The way that dumpster cat is acting sounds like a wild cat. Hissing , snarling , running from you.
I would be handling that cat with heavy gloves on.
When I lived on the farm we had barn cats as we called them. They act like a wild bunch too sometimes. Did not get handled very much. Found a litter of kittens in the hay mow one time and just about got clawed up real good.
How about a name contest for the kitty. I will start with "Dumpster"
The cat should be checked out real good like you intend too. If there is one their is probably more around. Could be a tame female had her kittens out doors somewhere and the kittys have not been around humans much.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - August 30, 2008, 7:56 pm
Yeah, I think he might be wild. We can't even get close to him at the moment. He is currently hiding under my dresser, but before that he was behind a bookshelf. I just can't get near him without him flipping out. It's only been a couple of hours, so I not worried yet. I think it may take a couple of days for him to adjust a bit.

"Dumpster". Haha. I actually kind of want to call him stinky. Cause he kind of smells like garbage, but I don't think anyone else will go for that.
time*treatComment by time*treat - August 30, 2008, 9:23 pm
If you don't already have them, get flea collars for your other pets and flea spray for your carpets, etc. Fleas don't spend all their time on the animal, and will be very happy in your blankets.

These animals are usually strays to begin with, and people feed them (a bad idea) which only increases the total number of strays. Some mope started out feeding a few stray cats and then found themselves with a bunch of hungry kittens, too. Good that you are going to get this one fixed.
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - August 30, 2008, 9:34 pm
Cute, glad to hear you're going to keep him. I hope he's allright. How about " SPUDS ".
Comment by pacattack05 - August 30, 2008, 9:54 pm
AWWWWW...I love cats, especially the hairless kind but too expensive.

His name is Boo Boo in my book....but I seem to call everything that's cute...Boo Boo...lol

My roomate and I had took in a few kittens back in N.Y. 11 years ago. The first one was found by my roommate in a deli which the cat frequented. After a few visits to the deli, he asked the owner if he could take him home. The owner agreed. When my roommate brought it home, the kitten followed my upstairs, and then down, and then to the kitchen, and so on...lol     

He then followed other people in the house at the time as well. I looked at my roommate and said, you know....this cat you brought is a very nosy cat, following everyone around. It was from that moment he called the cat 'NOSY"...lol

Then we had another one which was totally jet black in color, so we called him "Midnight". And a couple of others.
four4meComment by four4me - August 30, 2008, 10:36 pm
In Maryland county's they have been telling us to be carefully around stray cats as some have come down with rabies. They think the rabies may be from cats mingling with raccoons. So be careful, especially if you have little ones. I know your from a different state. But this is the season rabies start to appear.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - August 30, 2008, 11:18 pm
Thank you for all the comments. We haven't decided on a name yet. We kind of like August or Simon but it depends on if it is a girl or boy.

We called an emergency vet and we were told what we basically knew. We have to keep him away from the other cats and we need to allow him access to a litter box and food and water. We took him out of the small crate we had and made a make-shift crate that is bigger and we put a small litter box and food and water in it.

I will take him to the vet on Tuesday to get his shots and tested to see if he is sick with any diseases and to get checked up. We think he may only be a couple of weeks old, because he is very tiny, so the vet says we will have to wait to get him/her spayed or neutered.

Four4me, we are trying to be careful around him. We don't think he has rabies, but you never know, so we are just trying to handle him carefully. At the moment, he has totally calmed down. He is sitting in the back of his make-shift crate cuddling with a blanket. We are kind of worried because he hasn't drank any water. So we are talking to him calmly and trying to get him to at least take some sips.

konaneComment by konane - August 30, 2008, 11:31 pm
If that young you might want to look for KMR or other cat milk replacement specifically for kittens.

Would also suggest strained baby meat such as lamb because lamb is supposed to be easiest to digest with fewer allergic reactions. You might mix in a few drops of water or unflavored Pedialyte in the meat to make it easier to swallow. Both are grocery store items usually located in the baby food department.

Of course strained meat isn't adequate for full nutrition but may tide the little one over until you can get vet attention.
emilygComment by emilyg - August 30, 2008, 11:39 pm
You are a kind person.   Keep us updated.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - August 31, 2008, 12:00 am
Thank you Emily and thank you konane for the advice. We are going to let him rest tonight and in the morning try to hand feed him. We have food and water for him, but he is just to scared right now. I think when the lights are out and he doesn't see us hovering around, he may start to digest something if not, we may look into the option that you gave us.

I really appreciate all the comments.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - August 31, 2008, 12:56 am
Good for you. I'm sure he or she will be a blessing to your house. What pretty eyes!
JakeComment by Jake - August 31, 2008, 1:42 pm
TSC: Thank you and bless your heart for helping this little one (I'm going with her being a little Jakette). You clearly know all the right things to do.   The biggest problem probably at the moment will be fleas and parasites.   Often the mother cat transfers to the baby, so they don't have a chance to avoid hooks and whips especially from the get-go. Your pets are obviously well cared for which will greatly reduce their risk. Hugs to you and your crew! J

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