Toronto area woman's distressing craigslist post about her cat: A call for help
Can anyone help?
Are any readers in the Toronto area or nearby US locations in touch with area rescues, especially those experienced with ferals? The cat who is the subject of a Pickering, ONT Craigslist post is in dire need of help from someone. The following post was placed on 11/88 and was brought to our attention by a reader who could not stop thinking about this poor cat. The listing is still up, and we have linked to it. We wrote to the poster yesterday asking if the situation had change and someone had helped, and the answer was no. Tex text of her note follows the original post below.
If someone can get there, get the cat and take it for a medical assessment it might save a life, or at least relieve the cat from its suffering. We have included the link to Craigslist for anyone who is able to help. Please do not contact the woman to chastise her; the focus should be on getting the cat help. Thank you.
The post reads as follows:
need advice for a sick cat! (pickering)
I’ve got a cat who has decided to become feral. for over 3 years she has had chronic diarrhea. ive tried to give her medication from the vet but she refuses it. she is now living in my backyard and i am considering euthanizing her to put an end to her suffering.
i feed her twice a day and she stays in the shed in the backyard but she is in a lot of pain.
she cannot control her bowel movements so she has diarrhea dripping all day – her hind legs are covered and i believe she has started to chew at her legs now as i noticed an exposed patch of skin that looked like a fresh wound.
any advice on how to ‘trap’ her so i can take her to the vet to get her euthanized. i doubt she’ll make it through the winter even though ive got a cat house built for her along with the shed.
if anyone is experienced with trapping feral cats please let me know asap! i would really appreciate your help
Craigslist link: need advice for a sick cat (pickering)
The poster responded to our email asking if the situation had changed or anyone had come to help. here is their response:
The poster writes:
no one has come to help the poor cat…i went to the animal shelter and explained the situation to them and they said to rent out a racoon trap and try to trap the cat and then take her to the shelter
she’s in really bad shape so they’ll probably put her down since that would be the most humane thing to do
i haven’t been able to go to rent the humane trap as yet – they close at 5pm and i get off work at 5pm so i’m trying to arrange something to see how i can go about picking up this trap
i would appreciate it if you could get someone from a rescue to assist me in this
im located in pickering
It appears that it may be just a matter of time until the cat is put down, assuming the person follows through on the plan to rent the raccoon trap. If they don’t get the trap, the cat will continue to suffer.
If you cannot help directly but have rescue connections in the US Upper Midwest, or the Toronto area who may be willing to help, please share with those connections, if you will. Thank you.
Addendum: We received the following note after publication.
I had adopted the in the spring of 2006 from a coworker who lives on a farm. She had cats of her own as well as barn cats living on her property. One of her cats got impregnated by one of the barn cats and gave birth to a litter of 6 or 8 (I cannot remember). I adopted one of the cats and maybe two years later she developed a severe case of diarrhea (maybe earlier, as she frequently relieved herself outdoors instead of in the litterbox). I took her to the vet, got her all the necessary shots and gave her medication to try to relieve her of her diarrhea but that did not work. I have tried to keep her indoors but she prefers being an outdoor cat. She has disappeared for a few weeks in the past but always found her way home since we do feed her everyday.
She no longer even attempts or seems interested in coming indoors so I let her stay outside since that is where she seemed most content. She always runs away and seems afraid of people. I cannot approach her and the only time she comes close is to be fed.
Her diarrhea has become so bad that she is always crying and has absolutely no control of her bowels. There have been numerous occasions where I have witnessed her walking painfully while dripping and leaving a trail of feces. My back porch is evidence of this fact as it is covered in liquid cat feces.
The poor thing’s hind legs are covered in her own feces and when I saw her trying to cleanse herself the other day I saw that most of her hind legs’ skin is exposed, she may have been chewing/gnawing at her legs in an attempt to clean herself. I feel really sorry for her and she needs help that I cannot provide for her. She seems like she is in such a bad state that the most humane thing to do would probably have to be to get her euthanized.
Please let me know if you can arrange anyone from a rescue to come help her out. I really appreciate your help and support.
We have MM’s phone number and will release it to serious parties trying to help this cat.