Some of you may recall my previous post on The Kitten in our Yard. I’ve also fielded a few PMs on him and in light of recent developments, I thought I should post an update.
In the time since that thread, Stripe the feral kitty has been a frequent and welcome visitor. He eats here just about every day, has fun playing and chasing bugs in our protected yard, and has even spent a few rainy days in the little house my wife made out of a cat carrier. He has on occasion poked his head in the door, as well as taken cat treats from my hand, though he is still wary and careful.
A few days ago, we noticed that Stripe was limping. Watching him close up when he came to eat confirmed that somehow, he had damaged his front right paw. We don’t know if he stepped on something like a nail, or whether a bone is broken; but either way, he’s not walking on it. He still comes and goes, but on three legs; and certainly not as easily, quickly, or lithely as he used to. Because of this injury, and the danger it poses to Stripe in a neighbourhood of big dogs, fast cars, and curious kids, we decided that it’s time to do something.
We’ve managed to borrow an animal trap, and have baited it with tuna. (Hey, tuna worked to trap Hobbes the cartoon tiger, after all.) We’ve also got a few calls into local vets who have been recommended as being good with feral cats. If we manage to trap him, we’ll get him to the vet for his leg, a checkup, necessary shots, and a neutering; and see what happens from there. I’ll try to keep updates coming as things develop.