There are a number of cats in my grandma's neighborhood who sometimes pass through her yard, or sit for a while in the grass... for the past couple of months she's been telling us about this black cat who spends time in her yard pretty often. She likes him because he was completely black and has these bright, yellow eyes. She's never interacted with it, though. She told us her neighbor feeds it sometimes but he doesn't know if it actually belongs to anyone.
Then last week I was at her house and we were outside and saw the black cat come into her yard, so I started walking towards him and he came right up to me and started rubbing all over me, I sat down in the grass, and he just climbed into my lap and was rubbing all over me, so I gave him lots of petting. He's such a snuggle bug! He's a male who hasn't been neutered and is kind of skinny. So I'm pretty sure he doesn't belong to anyone.
I was at her house again yesterday and the cat came into her yard, so I went up to him, and he came trotting over, meowing hi at me.
But then I noticed something wrong with his backside near his tail. It looked all infected- pus was coming out of what looked like a hole in his backside.
He seemed ok, not in too much pain because he rubbed all over us and even laid down on that side. But it looked pretty icky. I wanted to take him to the vet, but I'm still not sure if he belongs to anyone. Then I found out from my grandma today that her neighbor who has been feeding him cleaned him all up and put some antibiotic stuff on him. He said someone shot him with a BB gun.
HOW AWFUL!!! He's not planning on bringing the cat to the vet because he said he can't afford it. At least he tried to clean him up and he leaves food out for him. I'm going to have my grandma keep an eye on the cat, though to make sure the infection doesn't get worse. I don't know what to do because I do want to bring this cat to the vet both to get the bb out, and to get him neutered... but now her neighbor is trying to take care of him, and if I did take the cat to the vet, then I'd want to keep him. I wouldn't be able to release him back into my grandma's neighborhood when there's some jerk with a bb gun shooting at stray cats! But I have my own cat who's not keen on being with other cats. So I keep trying to come up with plans in my mind like, he could be our outside cat. But then I worry he'll just run away because he doesn't know my neighborhood. and ugh. I don't know what to do.