My girlfriend and I were driving home tonight, and we saw a kitten in the road. Literally, just sitting in the middle of the road. Four or five cars drove by, and the thing didn't even flinch. Without really thinking about it, I pulled over, walked up to the kitten, and picked it up. It barely even seemed to notice. I didn't have a pet carrier, so my girlfriend was holding it. It was definitely scared, starting doing the cat-thing, scratching, trying to get loose.
I'm just worried now that the thing has rabies, and it's scratched us both up. I'm going to take it to animal control in the morning to have them quarantine it, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any idea why a kitten would be so...uninterested in the world around it, only to suddenly "snap out of it".
Answer by Kate
Hi well fear plays a big part in all this. he may simply have been so terrified in the road that it rendered him motionless. and when he was out of that situation ie in the car he snapped out of it.
the other option is that he may have a disability such as blindness or deafness or even both and sitting in the road he was unaware of the world around him, but in the car he could feel someone holding etc and so began to react.
i cannot comment regarding rabies as i have little experience with this and living in the Uk as I do we do not have much experience of this. i would have thought though it was unlikely but of course mention it to the vet who will be able to advise you further.
By the way god bless you for stopping and rescuing the poor little guy.
best wishes kate
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