(Edremit, Balıkesir, Turkey.)
Hi Everyone…A few months ago, just a week before the new year’s eve one of the cats in our neighborhood had an accident.
I don’t know how it happened but her right paw got broken and almost severed. We took her to a vet and she said she needed to remove the paw above the elbow.
We treated the cat, now I call her FINDIK, with antibiotics until she was ready for the operation.
She had the operation, lost the paw and managed to recover completely. She was living happily. But now we moved house last week and now I think about Fındik too much.
She is pregnant. She managed to get pregnant before we could neuter her. The vet, originally told us to wait for the paw to get healed completely before she neuters Fındık.
However, we discovered that she was pregnant even before the paws furs returned.
Now, I want to take her where we live now. Is it a good thing to do? I am worried that she may want to get back where she used to live and get run over by a car or something like that!!!!
Fındık is going to give birth soon. I don’t really know what should I do. Please advise me.
Sanem from Edremit
Hi Sanem… thanks for visiting and asking. There is no question in my mind that you should take her wherever you go but it is important that you keep her inside (indoors) until she is familiar with the place and when she goes out you might take her out on a leash like a dog or supervise her in some way to ensure that she is safe and does not wander.
You need to supervise her outside so that she does not get into trouble.
She is part of your extended family as you have cared for her so well.
Findix will get used to the new place and I would expect that she is missing you.
Go back to her, find her and bring her back into the family as soon as possible but keep her safe for the first weeks.
Cats take about 6-9 months to get completely used to being in a new place. But they will settle down in time, no problem. The important thing is that you are together again for both of you.
I realise that I am writing this from the perspective of a person living in England and the culture and our relationships with our domestic cats are a bit different but my advice is what anyone living in the UK or USA would probably give.