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Tinami Amori
10-28-2010, 08:00 AM
Do consider adopting the cat, following the cautions others have stated.

Also, please do take foto of this cat and put Posters/Flyers in your area, and call local Animal Shelters/Animal Care and control to check if anyone has lost a cat by such description.
Once I took in a cat, thinking it is stray. Same story, came to ask for food and water.... Turned out to be a cat from 5 blocks away and the owner was looking for him.

GarrAarghHrumph
10-28-2010, 02:46 PM
I second what Tinami said - you don't actually know that this is a stray cat. It could simply be a neighborhood cat, who knows to go where the gettin' is good re: food. So if you do decide to take the kitty in, make sure you try to find potential owners first.

Rob
10-28-2010, 05:12 PM
We have had 4 strays and 2 adopted through foster homes. 4 were very loving pets. 2 were unadoptable by anyone other than a true cat lover who doesn't need the cat to be a lap cat. With the ones who just wandered up, I posted a Found flyer with photos all over the neighborhood, and in the internet years, posted it on our neighborhood list serv. I also posted a copy at the vet in the neighborhood and emailed the photo to local SPCA and rescue places in case someone asked there about a lost cat.

ks777
10-28-2010, 06:33 PM
I know this is a stray cat because my neighbor told me that a family left this cat behind when they moved away. He is the one told me that he wished someone would take her in.. then the cat started to come to my door begging for food and attention.. when I got a puppy.. I will ask my vet to see if I can borrow a cage or basket so I can take her in for a check up.

GarrAarghHrumph
10-28-2010, 06:57 PM
I know this is a stray cat because my neighbor told me that a family left this cat behind when they moved away. He is the one told me that he wished someone would take her in.. then the cat started to come to my door begging for food and attention.. when I got a puppy.. I will ask my vet to see if I can borrow a cage or basket so I can take her in for a check up.

Then excellent!

A neighbor might have a cat carrier as well, so you could ask around if that helps you.

Kruss
10-28-2010, 07:07 PM
Wonderful for you to take the little refugee in. :)

And boo hiss on the jerks that left it behind!

Jenny
10-28-2010, 08:14 PM
re asking around - there's also a risk in that. A friend of mine had a cat coming by all the time looking for love and attention, and she was worried about it. She attached a friendly note to his collar, and got a livid call from the owner who thought they were being accused of neglecting the cat, mind your own business etc. I've heard similar stories from people making kind inquiries about dogs left out in the yard in bad weather etc.

Similarly, when I took the cat who's been hanging around my place to the vet because he had a nasty infection that no one seemed to be looking after, she actually advised me to tread very carefully. Her opinion was that even if this cat has an owner, they are not taking responsibility (ie apparently did not notice a weaping 1 1/2 inch sore, bad case of fleas, teeth not in good shape), and getting their back up (even in the most innocent, diplomatic way) could end up being bad for the cat.

This is what has me most nervous - the cat I'm talking about is healthy (now), I don't think abused, but I also don't think loved or getting a healthy diet or veterinary care. He's in our yard almost all the time, and appears to be spending nights in a shelter we made for him.

And it's starting to get cold now, so we are looking ahead to the possibility of bringing him in during bad weather. We can deal with all the shots, but since he's independent and will likely want to continue to go outside, there's always the danger he'll bring something in that our indoor cats aren't prepared for.

And of course I don't want to steal someone's cat, but even if he has an owner who doesn't care (which it would seem), will pride and anger prevent them from saying "glad he's happy with you instead of me"? I'd hate for someone to take him to a shelter or otherwise abandon him unbeknownst to me because they didn't want to admit they were being irresponsible.

Again, any further thoughts welcome.

Japanfan
10-28-2010, 09:31 PM
re asking around - there's also a risk in that. A friend of mine had a cat coming by all the time looking for love and attention, and she was worried about it. She attached a friendly note to his collar, and got a livid call from the owner who thought they were being accused of neglecting the cat, mind your own business etc. I've heard similar stories from people making kind inquiries about dogs left out in the yard in bad weather etc.

And of course I don't want to steal someone's cat, but even if he has an owner who doesn't care (which it would seem), will pride and anger prevent them from saying "glad he's happy with you instead of me"? I'd hate for someone to take him to a shelter or otherwise abandon him unbeknownst to me because they didn't want to admit they were being irresponsible.


I got in myself in a lot of trouble once by making inquiries about a backyard dog. . .it was a case of serious abuse and I put the word out to a person involved in a dog rescue and that person got the dog out of the bad situation. The owner suspected me and burned down Mr. Japanfan's car. Horrible as that was I was relieved that he did not retaliate by harming or killing our dog - he did not understand that one could actually love and care for a dog.

So I do understand your concerns. As the cat is coming to you in your yard, you have a valid reason for inquiring. However, I'm not sure you need to inquire. If the cat has a an owner but is always at your place, it suggests that the owner doesn't really care.

Jenny
10-28-2010, 09:38 PM
I got in myself in a lot of trouble once by making inquiries about a backyard dog. . .it was a case of serious abuse and I put the word out to a person involved in a dog rescue and that person got the dog out of the bad situation. The owner suspected me and burned down Mr. Japanfan's car. Horrible as that was I was relieved that he did not retaliate by harming or killing our dog - he did not understand that one could actually love and care for a dog.

So I do understand your concerns. As the cat is coming to you in your yard, you have a valid reason for inquiring. However, I'm not sure you need to inquire. If the cat has a an owner but is always at your place, it suggests that the owner doesn't really care.

Thank you for sharing - I just can't imagine that any owner, in any capacity, would willingly say, "sure, take my cat." I would think that embarrassment/pride/anger would make them do anything but. Your thinking matches what our vet advised.

What I will try to do before it gets too cold is have a casual word with the neighbours we know to see if they have any ideas. I don't think I'd be able to take him in fully - as I said he's used to roaming independently - so it's not like I'd actually be stealing him anyway. It would be helpful to know if he's had any shots so as not to over do it, but I'm doubting he's up to date. (It's clear somebody cared at some point as he is fixed, but he's not chipped, no collar etc - vet says he's about 12-13, so it's possible he has been surviving on the kindness of strangers for some time.)

Aussie Willy
10-28-2010, 10:42 PM
Years ago I took kittens from a house next door to a shelter because they used to let their cats breed with no responsibility. When I confronted them about it they claimed the cat wasn't theirs (even though they fed it and contributed to the cat problem in the area). Stupid people.

Garden Kitty
10-28-2010, 10:43 PM
Very interested to hear what people have to say, particularly about bringing a stray into a house that already has indoor cats - please keep sharing everyone!

the garden kitty was young and very active when he arrived, and my older, female cat was much more sedentary. Luckily the garden kitty knew the older cat was queen of the house and the few times he acted up he ran away quickly knowing he was about to get a swat. When my older cat died, the garden kitty eased into #1 kitty position easily, taking over the other cats favorite sleeping spots. But while the other cat was alive, he knew his place.

Anita18
10-29-2010, 02:56 AM
Years ago I took kittens from a house next door to a shelter because they used to let their cats breed with no responsibility. When I confronted them about it they claimed the cat wasn't theirs (even though they fed it and contributed to the cat problem in the area). Stupid people.
To be fair, feeding stray cats is okay. Once they turn up someplace and like it, they won't leave even if nobody is feeding them. Cats are territorial. The mistake is that they really should have spayed/neutered their cats if they were gonna be outdoors all the time! Earlier this year one of the neighborhood strays showed up with five kittens, and we weren't feeding her at the time!

I'm in the middle of a TNR (tray/neuter/return) process on as many neighborhood strays as I can. Aforementioned mommy cat was my first success. :) Hopefully I'll get some more tonight, crossing fingers!

A few of the cats that hang around are SO friendly, that I'm afraid it's really somebody's pet and if I trap it, they'd probably be pissed. :lol: But the landlady has sent a bunch of emails (LONG story, I was REALLY offended over the latest one after I tried to explain TNR to her) about how we shouldn't feed the strays or keep leave our cats outdoors (..or trap the cats...that one was for me :mad: ). So if I see a cat outside and it doesn't have a collar, I'll be aiming to trap it, get it spayed/neutered with an eartip, and any owners are SOL. :lol:

As long as you get a stray checked out by a vet and vaccinated, I think it should be good to go. :) So sweet of you to take the kitty in!

mpal2
10-29-2010, 05:55 PM
I will ask my vet to see if I can borrow a cage or basket so I can take her in for a check up.

Mine has cardboard carriers that you can use until you can get a sturdier plastic one. I've seen them at vet offices more and more so it shouldn't be a problem.

CynicElle
10-29-2010, 06:10 PM
I know this is a stray cat because my neighbor told me that a family left this cat behind when they moved away.

I HATE people that do that. :angryfire Good for you for helping the poor little guy. I hope it works out.

nerdycool
10-29-2010, 06:35 PM
Me too. Here in ND, we get a few stories every winter about animals that have been abandoned in the middle of nowhere... and if the animal is lucky enough to be found alive, it usually has severe enough frostbite to warrant amputation, usually of the ears and tail. Sorry for the sad mental pictures, but in cases like that, it makes me wonder why they just don't take the thing in and get it put to sleep if they're going to give it a death sentence like abandoning it in -20F weather. And the maddening thing is, our community has a no-kill shelter for animals. So there is no excuse for just leaving animals.