What to do about this cat?
About 3 years ago, a tiny little kitten came to our porch. It was the friendliest little thing we'd ever known. It hung around, took a drink from our fountain (totally animal-safe), cuddled up to people, and left. It's been back a few times since then, but over the past 2 months, it's been showing up more and more often... every couple of days. Every time it shows up, it tries to come inside. We feed it, because it looks so skinny. It's SO SO friendly, just loves us all, shows us his tummy and everything... He seems friendly aside from looking underfed. He's a good size, really has a very Siamese body and VOICE, GOD THE VOICE, he yells and yells until someone comes to say hello... he's hanging out in my kitchen with me right now. It seems we've been adopted.
Here's the thing... this cat has a collar. No tags, just a purple collar with a bell on (not a flea collar). The shape this little boy (I think it's a boy) is in, it does seem as if whoever put the collar on him is no longer caring for him, but I can't tell whether that might just be a Siamese genetic input. The other thing is, he looks EXACTLY like a cat we lost a few years ago. EXACTLY. We've comparted it to the kitten photos. BUT -- this cat came to us as a kitten too long after we lost George for this to be the same cat, WE THINK. Also, George-cat had a COMPLETELY OPPOSITE personality. Same markings, same voice, but George was antisocial, basically feral... he wouldn't let anyone touch him or pet him or pick him up... he ran from us all except my brother until he managed to get out between someone's legs and we never saw him again.
Also... we have another cat, and he does NOT like this kitty. He's a big fluffy coon-mix from the SPCA who we got with the George-cat. They told us these two were brothers but I honestly think that's BS, they were too different both in appearance and personality.
But we like this cat. We've never had TWO cats at once aside from the month or so we had George-kitten. I suspect this cat may be an offspring of our escaped kitten, who was too young to have been fixed when he escaped. So... I'd really like some advice.
Should I catch this kitty and bring him to a vet? Should I put up posters to see if I can track down an owner? Is there a way I should introduce him to our current boy-cat in order to socialize them if we plan to adopt this little boy? Or should I just keep giving him food and water whenever he comes around and let him hang around in the (closed off) kitchen or office with me?