Injured Orange Tabby Cat

Driving along Willow Grove yesterday @ 5:30 pm when an orange tabby cat limped across the road on three legs. Poor thing was holding up his left front paw. He must have been in terrible pain as he had to stop a few times. He went into the Rustic Knolls area but I am concerned he's alone and suffering. Tried to get him but it was pitch dark. I hope he was able to limp home if he even has a home. If anyone knows someone in the area of Bilby Road/Commerce Rd /Rustic Knolls with a small orange tabby I'd love to know if he's OK.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
4 days ago

I work at the House of Good Shepherd. I saw the same cat last week limping around, behind our building along the waterfront. Ran off when I approached it, had no collar from what I could tell.

englishe30
4 days ago

Anyone want to help me catch this cat? I’m available Saturday and Sunday and I have a trap. Can you guys let me know where I can setup?


Hi Nj. I would definitely help trap him but I'm working. Since he seems to be living around the church maybe Good Shepherd will let you set up a trap behind the building.
Englishe30, can you find out if they will approve? It's getting really cold and the cat will not make it much longer if he can't hunt. If he's been injured without care it's apparent he's homeless and must be starving.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

Can you contact animal control to help?


I'm not available to help but I can lend an additional trap -

4catmom 4catmom
3 days ago

You can give them try if you want. I haven't had any luck with them.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

Church? I didn't see that mentioned anywhere, and all the way up the hill to the nearest church is a lot different than Willow Grove/Bilby.

I may be able to help tomorrow, I'm not that far away. I can provide some food if nothing else. PM me if you want to arrange something NJ.


Contextually, I think she assumed The House of Good Shepherd is a church...

ianimal ianimal
3 days ago

My bad. Didn't realize House of Good Shepherd is assisted living. Now I know. Thanks.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

can animal control help?


Animal control would be a big help if they called back in a timely manner. The few times I've called in the past they never called back. If anyone wants to try them maybe you'll have better luck.
This is rather urgent. There is no way this cat can hunt. He literally hobbles along on three legs, stops, hobbles a few steps more, stops. It's heartbreaking.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

He literally hobbles along on three legs, stops, hobbles a few steps more, stops.

and you or anybody who can run a few steps can't catch it?


I wish. If I could've grabbed him I would have. I was driving when I saw him hobbling across Willow Grove into Rustic Knolls woods. Catching a cat who wants to get away is near impossible.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

So is somebody trying to trap him tomorrow? I can get him into a vet at a discount but I can't afford the bill on my own. I am happy to take him to the vet I bring bring strays & ferals to. Whoever is trapping, please PM me. It's very common for cats, especially males, too get infected front paws from fighting usually an easy fix... Antibiotics, clean wound.

Worried Worried
3 days ago

I am willing to contribute if he is caught and taken to a vet

4catmom 4catmom
3 days ago

I’m gonna go there Sunday. Animal control is too busy I’m sure for this type of case and if they catch it I’m sure it’ll be put down


I too will help with the vet bill.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

Worried, what vet do you use?

Jesse132 Jesse132
3 days ago

NJ. So glad you're going to trap.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
3 days ago

Nj what a beautiful soul you are for offering your help to save that poor baby ❤
I wish I could help, but I do have 2 traps I can lend to you. I would try setting up the traps in the woods between Rustic Knolls and House of Good Shepherds during the day time( for at night you may wind up with raccoons and oppossums). I am 90 percent sure House of Good Shepherd wouldn't mind you setting a trap there as well.( If they refuse they need to change their name to Bad). Lol!
If you need any help please feel free to pm me.


I can help with that bills


I am formally trained in cat herding. I will try today to see if I can round her up.

Animal_Lover_Always
2 days ago

If there's anything I can help with, PM me Animal_Lover_Always.


I am happy to help with some food/supplies during rehab... PM me any time

Weebiekins Weebiekins
2 days ago

Jesse, pm me for details. Rather not publish on here. A friend and I TNR a lot and get a discount for ferals only. Not super cheap but discounted and we're grateful for that.
Animal Lover, what do you mean by herding? Ferals need to be trapped.

Worried Worried
2 days ago

I’m here at HOGS.... oh boy there’s a lot of land here.... let me see where I can set up


I took a quick look around yesterday, and I didn't see you a few minutes ago. Unfortunately I won't be able to help until afternoon now.

I saw no sign of the cat, but would suggest the upper parking lot at the far end opposite where you come in. That seems one of the areas not too steep to be able to get from over by the corporate park down to HOGS where maybe some one might feed it. That place seems like it has some partiers once in a while and some path between the brush.


Met a man in a truck in Rustic Knolls who said he saw the cat on Willow Grove the other day. I cruised all over the area looking. I put some food out but no trap. I’m at a list where to put the trap. Suggestions anyone?


Not a fan of traps. Back in the Southwest, herding is almost exclusive over the trapping. I have used traps but most times, their legs are injured in the trap when it snaps shut. Effective for catching them but I dont like the damage they do.

Herding is more effective anyway and no damage to the cat. Feral cats in New Mexico travel in huge packs. Trapping would never work. Herding works for any number of felines.

Animal_Lover_Always
1 day ago

I’ve trapped many cats and racoons by accident. Not one was ever injured, because it was done the right way. You put the food all the way in the back of the trap so they step on the pad that sets it off.

Herding sounds interesting, how is it done?

Positive Positive
1 day ago

NJ can you post on Next Door Neighbor to try to find out who is feeding him? Maybe you can coordinate a day to set the trap where he eats?

Positive Positive
1 day ago

NJ you're probably gone by now but I saw him go into the little patch of woods next to the sign for entry to Rustic Knolls.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
1 day ago

Herding cats? Here you go - I have used a havahart successfully several times also - never injured a cat - usually close the trap overnight to avoid catching wildlife

https://vimeo.com/26828021

4catmom 4catmom
1 day ago

Mary Ellen you saw him?!?!


Sometimes catching wildlife is not avoidable. When I caught the racoons, I was hiding, sitting and waiting. Trapping 101, never leave an activated trap unattended.

The best thing to do is to find out his food source or sources or else you will be running around unnecessarily.

I too, will help with the vet costs, just pm me.

Positive Positive
1 day ago

Spotted in the woods by the entrance to Stephan state park.

Englishe30 Englishe30
13 hours ago

Englishe30 - Between the sign & the HOGS upper lot or between the sign & the camp site?


The first entrance to Stephens state, also the delivery entrance for Hotgs. When going down the hill it was on the left before the split in the road.

Englishe30 Englishe30
13 hours ago

Thanks


Mary Ellen, IF you live in the area, please leave food out during the day only so he starts coming on a regular basis and then trapping is easier. Kind of a shot in the dark if he doesn't have a place to go daily for food.
Animal Lover, you sound like you're talking about a leg trap or something. We are only talking about humane traps. Not injured by them. Please do not try and herd this cat. You'll only make him run away farther.
Mary Ellen & NJ, please message me on here and I'll email you my #. That is if you want to use my vet or need help.


Cat was seen today???? If you saw that cat at the Stephens state Park and HOGS delivery entrance than he's going to the food I put out yesterday!! If this is the case then I will set the trap and wait!! Please let me know if he was in fact seen today Thanks everyone!!!! Fingers crossed!!!


Confirmed sighting by myself today. See comment above

Englishe30 Englishe30
8 hours ago

That is great NJ. Anxiously waiting for some good news.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
7 hours ago

Operating catch a cat in effect, fingers crossed!!


Gonna be so cold tomorrow night. It would be fantastic if you get him tonight.

Mary Ellen Meli Mary Ellen Meli
6 hours ago

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