im worried about my cat

by Victoria
(lenoir,nc, us)

my cat has been missing for over 4 months. weve had her for 8 years and she has never been gone for more than 24 hours. after she was missing for this large amount of time we thought she was dead. she just showed up today on our porch today and is acting very strange. what should i do?? i cannot afford to take her to the vet and their are signs like, she is skinny, off balance, moans and growls at our other animals and she will not let me touch her. her face looks swollen some around her cheeks and i am very concerned. please message me back when you can. thank you.

Victoria, what can i say, your cats need professional medical care. As simple as that, you have no idea what she has been through while she has been away and she really needs to be checked over by a vet. Are there no animal charities in your area that offer cheap services?

She could be malnourished which in itself can cause other health problems such as organ failure. she may have parasites, worms, fleas etc. She may have been injured internally or may have fractured something. All these things needs professional care.

4 months is a long time for a cat to go missing, i wonder if she either got stuck somewhere or was taken away from your area and has been trying to get back all that time. Poor kitty, she deserves lots of TLC and care right now.

I do hope you can find a way to get her to see a vet soon.

In the mean time all you can do is keep her comfortable and warm, feed her good quality food and make sure she gets plenty to drink as dehydration in itself can be a killer.

best wishes kate

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