I went to work and was told a small cat had made itself home in the aircraft hangar. No one had been able to catch it.
Fearing the possibilities that kitty could be harmed by inadvertently going into the aircraft, I went to find him/her.
Found kitty sleeping on a seat cusion near an aircraft under maintenance. I tried seeing if it responded to gentle talk. When I got close, kitty bolted to a shelf area with stacks of pelican case toolboxes and slid between a row.
Kitty looked malnourished and sick.
I slowly inched toward it and caught it. Kitty was very scared and scratched & bit me hard. I did not wear gloves and it was my fault. I do not blame kitty.
I lost some blood on my way out of the hangar into my office to put him/her in a box. I felt bad someone had to clean a long trail of blood drips.
Again, I was not mad at kitty in the least - it was my fault for not wearing gloves.
So I got permission to be released from work to bring kitty to the local Humane Society. Since they were not open at 7AM, I brought kitty home, isolated it in a room, and provided wet food, hard food, & water along with a fresh litterbox.
I went to the shelter once they opened and made an appointment to come back with kitty. When I got home from making the appointment, kitty had eaten the entire can of wet food! Still hissed at me and ran to hide. Not a problem, kitty was probably feeling terrible and was possibly hurt. I left kitty alone all day until the time came for the drop off appointment.
This time with gloves (mechanic gloves were all I had), I herded kitty gently into a carrier. Got bit hard enough through the glove I got another puncture wound. Again, I understand kitty was super scared and probably very sick. All forgiven!
Brought kitty to Humane Society. Filled out paperwork giving details of where I found it etc.
We noted all obvious wounds/issues like the anomaly on its forhead etc. I had to explain that the large amount of blood on kitty's fur was mine from capturing it earlier. There was no way I could have calmed kitty enough at that point to clean it.
They said I could check up on kitty's status online. Kitty is set up to be fixed and to be given all medical it needs. After 5 days, making sure no one comes to claim kitty, it will go through the socialization process. If determined to be a good candidate for adoption, it will be available after it is healed and socialized. If determined to be feral or unsocialisable, they will adopt it out to a good barn cat setting.
I donated $100 dollars to help with the care and look forward to see kitty improve!Attachment 287860Attachment 287861Attachment 287862