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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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thinking boutg adopting a stray

So there are a coupel strays and atleast one feral cat roaming around outside my apartment complex. When we first moved here I thougt I saw a black cat a few times, I've definetly seen a goodsized orange tabby(feral I I think) I light tan tabby(stray) and now me and my gf have seen a much smaller black kitten. I came home two nights ago around midnight and saw the orange tabby run around the parking lot,, after parking I heard a tiny high pitched meow. I looked in direction of the tabby but cudnt see it, I heard meow again and looked up into the eyes of a tiny little black cat perched on the garahe overhang. It kept meowing its tiny lite sounds as I walked closer to it. But at that moment a car came in and scared it.so I went to my apartment aqnd after contemplating for 15 min bringing them food. Finally I grabbed a water bottle, a can of tuna and two small tuperwqare. I filled one with food the other wit water and placed by my car, I also thre a cpl pieces up on the perch where the cat was. I go back inside and about and hr later I hear some cat hissing by parking lot. So next morning I went to see if food was eaten, it was all gone. So I filled iot up again this time wit sum of my gf's cats dry food. Again next day it wqas gone,as I'm walking doown to fill it up again I see the tiny black cat(from here on out called Midnight) so I make a clicking sound and pull out sum food and put ti down by her. I noticed she had a collar but no name tage or ownr info. She ate some food then climbed into a tree to chase a squirrel(brave little thing she was barely bigger than the squirrel). After 5 minutes I jnotice she's stuck and can't come down. She starts meowin so I help her out tree. As I'm holding her she's trying to escape while I try to reassure her, finally she slips out and kinda walks away. I grab more food put it down she comes back. More food, she eats it. Finally she's decided she's had enough food and enoguh of me so she walks away.

First question, should I be leaving food out or is that bad?

Should I "rescue" her? She looks rly young and I'm worried she mite not make it with the bigger cats around.

If I do rescue her will she ever adapt to being indoors or will she feel like a prisoner?

Also, I live wit my gf who alrdy has a 2/3 yr old female cat Connie. We are planning on leash training her so she can go outside so its feasable that if I took ion Midnight she cud ho oujtside daily.

Also how exp wud a vet visit be? I am currently unemployed but my gf works, but money is tite. We cud afford tp feed midnight but until I get a job medical services mite be unavailable.

Sorry for the long post but I am new to cats and really want to adopt one of my own. Ajny thought advice is appreciated
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 08:21 PM
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she sounds like she's about 4-5 months old? If she has a collar she should belong to someone or do you think she's been dumped? Cats should be introduced carefully, often they're kept in separate rooms in the beginning until their curiosity overcomes their initial, possible fear of each other. Sometimes they make friends quickly, sometimes it can take weeks. My cheapest vet visit was about 70USD, swollen eye treated with a cortison injection, most expensive was about 2000USD for life saving surgery. That taught me in a hurry to always insure cats, because choosing between your wallet and not being able to save a cat you've become attached to is a horrible experience.
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yeah i figured she was anywhere form 3-6 months. her head was no more than 2-3inches(5-8cm) wide. body length from head to end of tail no more than 18 inches(45cm), and a really high pitched meow.

And as for the collar it looks like a pink collar with rhinestones no tag attached, although i will look closer. She seems healthy, maybe a little skinny, shes very convident(except when she got stuck in tree, although even then she tried to walk down tree). Im just worried cu when i picked her up off the tree she kept trying to get away, altho my gf said she was able to pick her up the night b4 cuz the kitty was following her around. If she has no owner info/tag, what should I do? I know i cant go out everyday and find her to give her food, i dont feel to comfortable leaving food out in the tray by my car cuz multiple cats run around back there, i guess for now im just gonna keep doing what im doing and if she decides one day to follow me, i can decide then if i wanna take her in. she is really cute, she even has a little white patch on her belly!

Also as for vet vist, if i did take her in i would need to take her to vet to get her shots, and possibly get spayed, etc so im more trying to figure out costs of initial visit to vet. thanks again for help

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Question, but is she fixed? If she's not.. you should right away..
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Question, but is she fixed? If she's not.. you should right away..
i have no idea. I met this cat 2 nights ago, today was first time ive touched/fed it. And i dont know what to do because she has a collar but no info, so she obivously is or was someones cat, but who knows if its lost or kicked out. but judging from er size i dont think shes been outside for too long....
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I suggest not leaving food out. The other cats will eat it, and if you have other wildlife around they will tend to eat also.

The cat may not want to be inside. My first outside fed cat, a large older ginger tom, did not want to be inside. The next one was a black and white 'gay' (what he got up to with next doors male cat is pure cat porno) who I'm not sure liked me, but always accepted food. It would enter the basement if I wasn't around and the door was open.

I enticed the gray I feed now to come inside one time, to eat. I closed the outside door and went upstairs. When I came down again, the gray was not to be seen and the food remained uneaten. Later it came out from where it was hiding. I let it out and gave it the food, which it ate.

Enjoy your new little friend, but don't be surprised if she doesn't want to be an inside cat.

She will need to be spayed. Is there a TNR group nearby?

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I suggest not leaving food out. The other cats will eat it, and if you have other wildlife around they will tend to eat also.

The cat may not want to be inside. My first outside fed cat, a large older ginger tom, did not want to be inside. The next one was a black and white 'gay' (what he got up to with next doors male cat is pure cat porno) who I'm not sure liked me, but always accepted food. It would enter the basement if I wasn't around and the door was open.

I enticed the gray I feed now to come inside one time, to eat. I closed the outside door and went upstairs. When I came down again, the gray was not to be seen and the food remained uneaten. Later it came out from where it was hiding. I let it out and gave it the food, which it ate.

Enjoy your new little friend, but don't be surprised if she doesn't want to be an inside cat.

She will need to be spayed. Is there a TNR group nearby?
cool thanks thats why im trying to get people opinions. I figured she was young enough that if she decided to stay with me she might get used to indoors, but i wasnt gonna b et my savings on it. I dont know what a TNR group is but there are TONS of vets where i live, and as bunch of shelters, but as for what i can afford im not sure. this is all new to me. I have NEVER lived with a cat before 6 months ago....i just feel bad and want to give this kitty a happy home.
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I agree.

Maybe Straymommy will help you with this this because she took a stray inside or another member. :/
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i hope so, everytime i go outside i keep my eyes peeled for her, shes so small!!! I will try and take a picutre if i see her again.
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A TNR is a trap-neuter-return scenerio. Basically, you snatch feral/stray cats, get them fixed, and return them to where they were. We have TNR group who only charges $35 to have a male neutered and $45 for a female spayed. Check around. Our Humane Society runs ours so see if they have a clinic set up somewhere.
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