Okay so we're trapping under this house thats for sale thats been empty for awhile now. We knew there was a momma cat and not sure about how many kittens, but knew she had some. Trapped the momma cat and a female kitten yesterday, well the female kitten is a normal looking tabby w/yellow but the mom and her son (who we trapped today) have these funny shaped faces. It was about 4 oclock when we trapped her but we took her straight to the vet bc we thought she mayve gotten into something, been hit by a car, etc and that her face was swollen. Well, they sedated her (too feral to look at otherwise) and didnt find any swelling or anything and checked all the bones in her face and nothing appeared to be broken. They gave her some anti-inflammatory drugs just to be sure it wasnt just 'puffy' from something. They also said if it was going to go down it wouldve overnight. They ruled out head trauma and anything she couldve gotten into. Well, now that we have her & her kitten here w/the same shaped faces we're wondering if its some sorta syndrome or something that causes these shaped faces? Here are some pics.. please excuse the mess. After she was sedated she peed in the carrier but we didnt wanna put her back in the small dog crate until she was awake bc we didnt want her injuring herself. Also that trap is on its last legs and is gonna be trashed soon! lol http://s110.photobucket.com/albums/n111/felines143/
***Edited By: k9luver on 7/15/2006 12:19:51 PM*** Reason: add
Maybe the result of too much inbreeding? That's what usually causes deformaties.
What's going to happen to them? I had a feral cat once, he NEVER got used to having people touch him. It was very sad. He passed away at the age of 9 from liver failure but I can tell you that in that span of time I may have actually patted him 5 or 6 times. The rest of the time he was always hiding in the house......
We trap from several feral colonies and have them spayed/neutered/shots and rerelease them (we also keep them fed thru a funding w/another rescue 24/7/365)if theyre too feral, however since these kitties came from a house thats for sale, they might end up going to Oak Grove Cat Sanctuary here in Mebane that a friend of ours runs. All of her cats there are unadoptable in some form.. whether it be medical issues or too feral, etc. I dont think the momma cat will come around but maybe all or some of the kittens will - hard to tell just yet since theyre all still so scared by everything. I thought of inbreeding as being a main cause for some of the facial deformities but was wondering if maybe it had a name or something. Either way tho, glad we found these kitties before the house is sold bc the new owners mightve just had AC come out and do away w/them.
he doesnt look deformed to me. it looks more like he has some severe eye problems. his nose is bloody looking and his eyes are swelled. maybe from fighting. he needs veterinary care. when we lived in puyallup, a house down the street from us was overrun with feril cats. they were living under the house and in the heat ducts. king 5 news captured the humane society removing them. most were in pretty sad shape. many feril cats were someones pet at one time. sad that they get to the point where they have to learn to fend for themselves.
Dusty - both have been to the vet (the mom yesterday and the kitten this morning) and the vet said the same about both - their faces arent swollen and the cuts are starting to heal already so they arent new from the traps. There have been ferals known to bust their noses in traps before tho, not the case w/these tho (vet confirmed).
Well they are quite unusaual. I dont think they look deformed just differnt. Maybe contact a cat fancier and it may have a better chance of being adopted because of its unusaual features. Good luck finding homes for them.
they almost have a roman nose of the bull terrier, but is it similar to the balinese and a few others like mentioned, maybe one bred with a feral cat and the mom was the result. It does look less pronounced in the kitten but that could be becasue it is a kitten.
I think you are doing wonderful work with these feral cts to keep them alive and healthy, well healthier.