You may remember this messed-up stray cat that reader Rik Gern decided to take under his wing. He was feeding it and petting it a bit, but I had urged him to get it vet care as it was clearly infested with pathogens and needed shots.
He was hesitant because he didn’t know how to go about conveying a semi-wild cat to the vet, but, thanks to the enormous outburst of good advice from the readers (63 comments!), Rik’s getting it to the vet this week. As he wrote me:
Well, I’ll be taking the kitty to a free clinic a week from Thursday! She’s got a new hair brush, which she loves, and Advantage, which she doesn’t love! She’s also been getting raw fish (catfish nuggets) and she’s crazy about that!!! I’m going to try to transition her to an indoor cat, but we’re both a little hesitant about having her in the house, so I’m letting that develop at whatever pace feels mutually comfortable.
Your readers have been very helpful–I’m touched!
Another reader—an artist—asked Rick for a high-res picture so he could paint the cat’s portrait!
Rik didn’t ask this, but maybe readers could suggest a name. At any rate, thanks to all the many people who, concerned with the fate of a single felid, wrote in with advice.