Young black and white cat wearing a collar on Herkimer St. in Bed-Stuy. Very sweet, but obviously scared/shy. Any ideas?
Can you get the cat inside?
She (I'm just guessing "she") let me pick her up, so I brought her inside and put her in the bathroom (to keep her away from my two other cats). I don't know if it's the fact that there are other cats in the house, but she suddenly stopped being friendly and now she's hiding under things and growling/hissing at me. I'm going to take her to the vet tomorrow to see if she has a microchip, then I guess I'll put up flyers.
If it's those flea collars try to get it off as they are dangerous and burn off the cats fur but are so cheap and available a lot of ppl use them. Does the collar look new or is it rather tatty like she's been lost a while?
Kitty may be freaked out by the other cats who she doesn't know. It's normal for her to hide out under things, just give her a quiet place to hide like a cat carrier with the door ajar and a litterbox of her own as well as her own food and water and leave her be for a few hours. Check on her a couple of times a night but let her be at her own pace. I've known friendly kitties to freak out when they come indoors and all have quieted down after a little while - some may take a day others a few weeks.
Ask the vet if she is spayed already and if not ask if they know about nearby low-cost spaying that can get done for her as she may be in heat or go into heat which would be hell to deal with. If she is already pregnant consider getting the kittens aborted as it sounds awful but there are so many kittens who a put to sleep daily in nyc as there are already not enough homes for them and bringing more into this world just means another will die in it's place which is crueler in my book.
The Humane Society on NY in Manhattan does low cost spaying as does Toby Project who had a clinic in Bed-Stuy today but have more in Brooklyn this month:
If she is spayed, great, then its more likely she has an owner who cares for her and may even look for her. If not then she may be one of many disposable kitties you see this time of year in Bed-Stuy.
Flyers help but make sure you do not include a pic of the kitty on the flyer just a general description and then if someone responds ask them to send you a pic as this will help ward off the crazies. Also put them up at nearby pet stores and vet offices.
You can also advertise her as found on Catster, Petfinder and Tabby Tracker. Petfinder can be a bit dodgy but the others are safe enough to put up pics. You can try craigslist but you will prob just get bunchers.