One of my employees found a beautiful kitten on her lunch break yesterday. She's about 6 month's old and SOOOOO sweet! She is beautiful and so affectionate. I have had alot of cats in my time, but she wins the prize for being a love. She follows me around, purrs constantly and is ALWAYS wanting to me in my lap. We are calling her Rose, because she was found on property that boarders a rose farm.
I have called local vet offices and the local pound. So far, she has not been reported missing. She does have a flea collar on (and no, it's not working!) so this means she isn't wild. Judging from how much she loves human companionship, she has been a well loved kitty. But I do wonder why no one seems to be looking for her yet? I have made a few signs and placed them up in the area. No family yet. The women who found her wants to keep her if no one claims her. Now while I would love to keep her, I have 3 adults of my own and 2 other kittens I am looking for homes for. So it's really out of the question. The strange thing is, while she says she really wants to take her home and she was meant to find her (the cat was trying to cross a busy main road, I'm sure she did save her life), she just doesn't want to take the cat home now. So, she's staying with me.
K, now stick with me here. She found the cat. She wants to keep the cat. But when she saw a flea on the kitten, she told a coworker that I had better do something about it. ME? Arn't I being nice enough to care for the kitten she brought back to work? I am making the posters, calling the vet offices and the pound, placing lost kitty ads in the paper. I didn't bring the cat home, she did. So how are the fleas my problem?
To top it all off, I think this cat might be sick. She smells like poop dispite being very clean and her butt hole looks raw and irritated. While I think this might be having poop problems because she didn't eat while she was free (she ate, and ate, and ate when I put food down for her) I am not sure. I can't afford to take a cat I am not keeping to the vet and I am sure she won't take it if it is sick. I don't want to drop her in the pound but I can't take the responsiblity for this cat if she is sick. I just don't have the money. My feeling is, she found the cat, it's her responsibility to care for her. To top it off, she won't let it into her house until the vet checks it out. She has an appointment for her next friday.
So, what to do? Tell her to take the cat home or take her to the pound? As I said, I couldn't stand to see this poor kitty stuck inside a tiny cage. She loves to love! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!