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23 Nov 2004

Stray Kitten
Upon approaching my car yesterday, there was a notice stuck under the wiper on my back window as well as my front windscreen. It said "Please check as there seems to be a cat stuck in your engine." And indeed there was a little grey and white kitten with the most gorgeous little face under the bonnet. I didn't have the heart to just leave it there so I've taken it home but I'm not sure what to do. I called the number on the notice and the lady said that apparently this kitten was in the engine of a car parked 2 bays ahead of me and she had originally put the notice on her car. When the owner of the car came, she just flung the kitten into the bushes and it scrambled into the engine of my car so the notice was just transferred. Thank heavens that someone was good enough to put the notice there as I would never have forgiven myself had I driven with the kitten in engine of my car (at least a 45 min drive). Anyway, my question is - can you rear a stray to become a domestic cat? It used the litter I put out for it last night but won't come out from under the bed. It is eating and drinking. Also I live in a 1st floor flat and when I first put it down, it was running into our glass sliding door trying to get out. I have stroked it and played with it and it purrs but it obviously is sceptical about humans and not accustomed to affection. Please advise.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Trish
If you are able to handle the kitten then there is a good chance that it will be easy to rear as a pet, with lots of patience and gentleness. Have it checked by the vet, vaccinated, dewormed and get some proper cat pellets. If you decide not to keep it then taking it to the nearest animal welfare is the best option - they will do the rest.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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