Is it normal to be able to see / feel a cats spine?

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HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:14:48

I've seen a lovely chatty cat twice now, but he seems very thin. Lovely fur, doesn't appear to be a stray.

But I don't know what's normal thin and what's too thin and whether I should cat nap it and take it to the vet.

No, nothing is one hundred per cent sure, but to me it has the look of an ill cat. As I said I see a lot of ill/starving cats and you just get to recognise the look. I'm not saying I can't be wrong but it's certainly worth checking out.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 20-Sep-13 21:40:41

The cat is in mid-walk in the photo though...so it's not really a clear indication of it's state of health.

HoneyDragon Fri 20-Sep-13 14:39:56

Wannabe. That's exactly why I checked here first, as I don't want to "steal" someone's poorly pet if that's the case. I've asked around and no one knows who it belongs to.

I'm going to pop the pic on my local Fb page, as another thought is it may have got itself lost.

I'd take him (if you can grab him) to the vet for a checkup. If you tell them you've found him they'll check for a microchip and they may have a database of lost cats in the area that they can check too.

He just does. Partly his stance. I see a lot of ill cats and they all have that look about them. It's just something that experience teaches you (of course it could just be the photo and if I saw him in real life I wouldn't think that, but to me that is a photo of an ill cat).

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 20-Sep-13 14:12:59

How does he look ill? (curious)

He looks ill to me. Slim is fine but he looks ill.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 20-Sep-13 14:09:43

I don't think it looks ill from the pics. My cat is also thin...he's fine...that's just the way he is.

However...you really should put some food down just in case...don't worry about other cats getting it....the stray will know there was food there and will return.

I think it's fine to make assumptions. Yes it may be being treated but the chances are it isn't. If it goes to a rescue or a vet then they will scan it for a chip. If it's not chipped then we would always recommend putting posters up in the area where it was found with contact details.

Ill cats really shouldn't be ignored on the off chance that they do in fact have an owner who is treating it. All cats should be chipped. If your cat is a wanderer and looks ill and you haven't chipped it then you only have yourself to blame if someone picks it up.

wannaBe Fri 20-Sep-13 13:55:20

don't make assumptions.

My cat has an overactive thyroid, is painfully thin and always looking for food even though she is treated for it - she is fifteen and is certainly not neglected!

Thyroid conditions are very common in cats, and the loss of weight plus hunger plus crying for food are common signs. This might well be a perfectly well loved cat who happens to have a medical condition.

If someone kidnapped my cat I would be fuming. Try to find out who the cat belongs to and go and speak to the owner first.

oh dear. I really would put food somewhere though and hope that the other cats won't eat all of it.

HoneyDragon Fri 20-Sep-13 13:45:32

No joy so far. sad no where to put the food that the other greedy guts pampered pusses will find it either.

Well if they're hungry and they find a food source they don't normally wander too far from there. So as I said, even you if don't see him, put food down, and do it for a few days, and I'm sure he'll start hanging around that spot all the time then.

HoneyDragon Fri 20-Sep-13 00:02:56

I'll do my best. Just hope he's decided to stick around do cats cover a lot of territory?

Yes do. And if you don't see him put some food down anyway and hopefully he'll find it and then keep coming back to see if more appears. Then of course you'll need to get a cat carrier from somewhere. And when you do go to catch him (provided he's friendly of course) then try to get someone to go with you to help, stroke him and then grasp very firmly by the scruff of the neck and don't let go from there. Use your other hand to support him and introduce him to the carrier bum first not head first. The other person will probably need to hold the carrier so it doesn't move and you can push him in backwards.

If he's not friendly enough to do that then keep putting food down and contact your local Cat Protection or other local charity. Try to avoid the RSPCA.

timtam23 Fri 20-Sep-13 00:00:32

Honey the cat does look very thin, I hope you can get hold of him/her. It's lovely of you to be so concerned thanks

HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:56:02

Right. I shall have a wander in the morning armed with cat food and see if I can get a cuddle.

HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:55:00

No, I'm in a naice market town.

I was concerned perhaps it was an ill cat, but then if my pet were that I'll it wouldn't be out.

Oh and a feral cat doesn't chat to you and isn't friendly. They behave in the same way that foxes do when they see people. So he has definitely been owned at some point.

Well of course it's ok to take him to the vet. He is almost certainly lost or stray. He might of course have a microchip in which case they'll be able to trace his owner.

I don't suppose you're in London are you?

HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:52:55

Sorry seen it when in company and it sits in the hedge,
Today it was just me and dd and it came for a fuss.

HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:51:57

The other times I saw it people were around today he came up a saw us, then a lad of children and footballs appeared and he scarpered. sad

So, if I can find him its okay to get it to the vets? It's really upset me, especially if he's not feral and someone is neglecting him.

Even from that quite bad pic I can see that that's a very ill and/or starved cat. Please try to get him some help. Is he friendly? Can you touch him?

HoneyDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 23:44:08

He's at the bottom of my street on some wasteland. He's mewed a couple of times, but as he came for a fuss today a realised how thin he was. I did by some food and look this afternoon but it was chucking it down.

Pics on profile

OK. Do that. But what about if he seems hungry. Have you given him food? How does he react? Also where is he? In your garden? In the street?

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