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I feel horrible.<br><br>
For the past 18 months there has been a tom cat coming around. About a year ago he was in a bad state so my husband and I put an rspca tag on him and the next time I saw him he was looking better.<br><br>
Today I saw him looking scabby, and limping badly. I rang the rspca for advice, took him to the vets and hes just been collected by an inspector.<br><br>
I don't know if hes owned, I suspect was but not now, he's unneutered, and was tiny when I first saw him. I just feel so bad, have I sent him to his death?<br><br>
I'm not in a position to take him really, I have to look out for my 3 cats. If he's at risk of being put to sleep DH said we can have him, but I need to know he doesnt have FIV.<br><br>
I just don't know if i did the right thing, I really dont. Sorry for the rambling, I'm going to miss him.
 

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It definitely sounds like he needed vet attention. Have you contacted the RSPCA to find out what is being done with him? Let them know that if he's facing euthanasia you might be able to take him? I'd start there. An FIV/FeLV test is usually pretty inexpensive and, depending on the facility, they might be able to do it at their treatment center.<br><br>
The poor guy hasn't had a good go of life and it sounds like you're one of the few people he's been around who has noticed and cared about him. Don't ever fault yourself for that.
 

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As I read this, I to don't like people putting animals to sleep just cause there isn't any room for the cat to be adopted at all. I am probably sure that people who put animals to sleep (RSPCA) they feel emotional about it, which I could never do if I worked at a place like that.<br><br>
I wouldn't know if the cat has FIV but I hope you saw this post and went to the vet about it, I also don't know if your other 3 cat's would get along with the new cat either..
 

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I think that cat needed vetenairy help and you helped him get it which is a good thing.<br><br>
The RSPCA does put healthy animals down and I don't agree with that, but the other option - being able to take in a much much smaller amount of the animals they do due to overcrowding - isn't much better either. To be honest, I wouldn't want to be in the situation where I decided if a shelter should be kill or no-kill, because my heart would say no-kill but in reality I'm not sure the net-result would be any better. Anyway my point is - the RSPCA is a good organisation that will do its best to help this cat.<br><br>
Having an unneutered cat roaming around will also only end in more unwanted cats being created, the rspca will fix him which is a good thing too for the future.<br><br>
If you can find out where this cat ended up and if you'd be able to take him in or help him out - good for you, but if not you did the best thing for him and what happens from now on isn't in your hands, I suppose you just have to hope for the best for the chap. I expect (I'm fairly sure anyway) he will be checked for FIV routinely anyway, and wherever he is at will let you know.<br><br>
Don't take on more than you can handle, it's a sad situation but if for whatever reason you cannot give a home to this cat, it isn't your fault the situation has ended up as it has and you've done everything you can to help him. Please don't feel guilty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I truly hate to play devils advocate, but, this cat being in a bad way himself, and making dozens more strays to get and give disease, and produce dozens, wait- hundreds more...<br>
Yes, it's horrible to think you may of sent a good cat to an untimely death- but you probably saved hundreds from the same fate by doing something for this one.
 

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Having recently cared for and lost an FIV kitty, I can tell you that it's touch and go health wise for these guys. As far as FIV goes, it is not contagious unless there is biting that draws blood. As for Feline Leukemia,well, that's another story. You took him away from a life of misery on the streets. He's in a place where he can have food and vet care, so no matter what happens, you did a good thing. Of course, it would be wonderful if things worked out for him and he was able to be in a loving home, but don't blame yourself if it doesn't happen. It's a sad fact-life on the streets is hell, and it's heartbreaking to know that humans failed the poor thing. You at least showed him what humans can really be like.
 

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Don't feel bad. As said, that cat was already bad off, he can't get worse off. I have a feeling they wouldn't put him down unless it was serious. Unfortunately they might, but you have done the best you can for him and he is better off now than he was before, whatever happens.
 

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Was getting him fix and no/low-cost place, and then finding him a home on your own not an option or something?
 

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I would check up on him personally if you are worried. I took a neighbourhood cat to be neutered and he was checked for FIV also as he kept coming into my house and I was worried about my cats. (He was clear of FIV and he didn't roam around the neighbourhood getting into fights with other male cats after his op.)
 

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I saw him on their website, so he's doing ok. He's been assessed as not suitable with other cats so even if I could, I'm not able to adopt him. I've also not seen any lost posters around for him, so confirms that he was a stray or at least abandoned.<br><br>
I've no idea where low cost neutering is around here, my 3 were neutered with a vet through the rspca as part of the adoption. This is the first time I've come across a stray. As much as I wanted to I was not in the position to rehome him myself, DH was against it and I have to respect his wishes. But he's in the best hands now, and I trust the rspca to find him the best possible home.
 

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I saw him on their website, so he's doing ok. He's been assessed as not suitable with other cats so even if I could, I'm not able to adopt him. I've also not seen any lost posters around for him, so confirms that he was a stray or at least abandoned.<br><br>
I've no idea where low cost neutering is around here, my 3 were neutered with a vet through the rspca as part of the adoption. This is the first time I've come across a stray. As much as I wanted to I was not in the position to rehome him myself, DH was against it and I have to respect his wishes. But he's in the best hands now, and I trust the rspca to find him the best possible home.</div>
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You did what you could. We'll keep our fingers crossed for someone nice to fall in love with him and take him home. Thank you for being such an angel.
 

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Cats Protection does trap and neuter programmes.<br><br>
It sounds like it has worked out quite well, though my experiences with the RSPCA regarding stray cats have never been good.
 
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