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HI Guys,<br><br><br><br>
I don't know where else to go with this...Today as I was driving my boyfriend to see his friend I saw a kitten on the corner-and I freaked out! It was a very small kitten no more than 9 weeks old, and was completely cute and had gorgeous colored fur. It didn't look it like it was a stray at all...Fortunately it wasn't a busy street. I stopped right away and got out and tried looking for it. My bf spotted it and everytime he "meowed" the kitten meowed back! So I went over to the kitten and tried to grab it, but it ran away....It ran all the way to this tunnel sort of thing which goes under the road, and there is an opening on the other side...So my bf went to the other side and I went to the front. I actually crawled inside the tunnel (yes there were spiders) and finally the kitten ran over to me and I tried to grab it but it scratched me and bit me as hard as it could, so I let it go and it ran under into some shrubs, and it was impossible to get it. I stayed another 5 minutes hoping the ktten would come out..but eventually I left. I felt very sad, because I know that the chances of it living a full life are slim...Was I wrong to try and take the kitten? I felt stupid after for not using my sweater to hold it with (which didn't even cross my mind at the time), then I would have been able to take it home with me and try to find it a good home. So the whole night I've felt horrible thinking that that kitten is out somwhere, maybe even dead from being run over by a car. But I know that in reality there are millions of young kittens, roaming the streets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Was I wrong to do this, or should I have left it and not bothered?<br><br><br><br>
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Try not to carry the entire world on your shoulders, Atlas. I think it's enough that you care and tried to do something about it.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure that cat wanted to be rescued, but it's cool that you cared enough to think it did.
 

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just the fact that you stopped to help the cat has made the world a better place. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've had this same experience several times with cats and kittens alike (I'm the person everyone calls when something needs to be rescued or taken home- I always go and do what I can, but I often think- why don't YOU take it home/rescue it. You care, you aren't any less capable than me of temporarily caring for a critter in need....OK- sorry I ranted off topic...)<br><br><br><br>
I always feel rejected when they won't let me rescue them....hmmm.<br><br><br><br>
I have successfully rescued: a turtle, a bat (ick...I am terrified of bats), a magpie baby, a baby ferret, dozens of birds (many of those fly into the window fellas), puppies, dogs, a bullfrog my dog mangled, rabbits and baby rabbits (tame and wild), a few snakes, racoon, opossum with its babies, sea gulls (only the parents were very ungrateful- those birds are vicious!), fish, etc.<br><br><br><br>
So, I try not to take the whole snobby cat thing too personally.<br><br><br><br>
Don't feel bad. I think you did the right thing. Thanks for caring!!!
 

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I had something similar happen to me too. A few months back, I went out to eat with a friend of mine. I pulled into a parking space and I thought I saw something run across in front of my car. It was dark, so I got out and looked, but didn't see anything. When we left the restuarant, I looked again and saw it - it was a kitten! I tried to get it to come up to me, but it wouldn't and every time I tried to approach it, it would back away. It was so scared! I was worried too, since it was just a few feet from a highway. I kept telling my friend who had some of her chicken leftovers in her hand to give some to the kitten, but she wouldn't. (that really made me mad of course!) I thought about the kitten for weeks wishing I'd done something more, but I don't think there was much I could have done since it wouldn't let me near it.
 

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maybe you should talk to your doctor about being bitten and scratched by an animal whos history you do not know<br><br><br><br>
just because it was only around 9 weeks old... doesnt mean it cant be sick<br><br><br><br>
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Thanks for the replies. I am feeling better today about it actually...<br><br><br><br>
ScareyVegan,<br><br>
I was worried about the scratches the cat gave me, I was reading up about it online, and I don't have any symptoms so far which would indicate that bacteria got inside me...But if I start feeling very ill soon I'll take care of it...Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You did the right thing by trying to catch him/her. I'm sorry it didn't turn out so well, but you did the best you could, and certainly more than most people would have done. If you're like me you probably didn't expect him to bite/scratch so hard at that age. They have really sharp teeth when they're young. Years ago I tried grabbing a stray kitten in my yard and he attacked my hand (which I wasn't prepared for) and I dropped him....I felt so bad, but he was okay and ran away. I did eventually catch him by blocking off my alleyway on each side of a carrier and chased him into the carrier. His name is Benjamin and he's 8 years old now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. That experience taught me to be prepared with gloves or a towel to try to catch one (I really should keep some in my car). The last girl I adopted was sitting in the pouring rain in the dark on a highway overpass in my town (she was about 8 months old at the time). Me and my father saw her and went back home to get a flashlight, carrier, towel, and gloves to try to get her. We were really nervous about her running into the traffic. We approached her slowly with all this stuff, and don't you know she just walked into the carrier herself? We were very lucky.
 

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thanks for the reply vegankitty, you made me feel better! I should make sure to put some gloves/towels/etc in my car just in case this happens again. You're right, I never expected the kitten to bite me so hard at such an age! I've learned my lesson for sure now. That's great that you still have a kitten you've rescued for 8 years! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ocean writes:<br><br>
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.. I know that the chances of it living a full life are slim<br><br>
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Depends upon what you mean by a "full life." If by full life you mean a life of proud independence, then it is much more likely to live a full life than if you had captured it and turned it into an obsequious captive companion.
 

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"I was worried about the scratches the cat gave me, I was reading up about it online, and I don't have any symptoms so far which would indicate that bacteria got inside me...But if I start feeling very ill soon I'll take care of it"<br><br><br><br>
It can take several weeks for pathogens received via a scratch to cause illness. Systemic illness is less likely than local infection. When I got a tiny scratch from a feral cat that I needed to remove from my garden area, the affected finger swelled up about a month later. Almost long enough for me to forget the cat scratch. I couldn't bend the finger -- the joint was affected. It took a month before the finger healed. Meanwhile, annoying pain and inflexibility made that hand harder to use. My doctor offered me antibiotics, but I waited to see if the infection would run its course without them, and it did. Maybe it might have run its course in 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks if I took the antibiotics, but that didn't seem like an adequate reason to use antibiotics.<br><br><br><br>
Next time I'll be sure to use heavy gloves when handling feral animals -- especially carnivorous animals which would be digging their claws into decaying flesh before digging them into me.<br><br><br><br>
The rabbit that I had to remove did not hurt me, just the vicious carnivore.
 
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