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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Two possible ferals?

At the end of my road there's been a black and white cat wondering around. I saw him two days ago and he came up to me so i gave him a stroke. I noticed straightaway his fur was very rough to the touch, and it seemed like he has thinning patches. Right next to him on this occasion was another cat, very very thin and petite, a gorgeous looking tabby. They seemed happy in each other's company.

My question is, considering the condition of the black and white cat, and also the skinniness of the other one, do you think they might be strays/ferals?

I considered asking the neighbours if they belonged to any of them but at the time was busy looking for my own cat who I couldn't find! lol, (dw I found him in the end).

So should I ask around? And if they don't belong to anyone i'm considering seeing if I can feed them up myself and maybe even take them to the vet for a check up and vaccinations etc.

I live in england, in the countryside so I'm not sure how common ferals are around here.

Thanks guys. I'd love any advice.
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Strays, abandoned. Try feeding them first.

Cats are more likely to be running loose in the UK. It's years and years ago now, but our cats were never kept inside during the day as one of the reasons for having them was pest control.

It has just occured to me that they might belong to a senior who is having problems and they're locked out. OK. That's my vivid imagination, but do ask around.

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Strays, abandoned. Try feeding them first.

Cats are more likely to be running loose in the UK. It's years and years ago now, but our cats were never kept inside during the day as one of the reasons for having them was pest control.

It has just occured to me that they might belong to a senior who is having problems and they're locked out. OK. That's my vivid imagination, but do ask around.
Thanks, I will. And I'll see what I can do next time I spot them.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 09:52 AM
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Thank you for doing this, amelia!

One of the biggest pleasures in my life is to go down to the little public garden where my strays hang all day and look at their shiny fur - only I know how much money and hard work there's behind that luster, but when neighbors comment on it, I swell like a balloon with pride. Seeing these kitties thrive and become beautiful I'm sure will give you lots of satisfaction.

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They sound abandoned or not being properly looked after. Atleast put food out for them while you decide what to do. Rough coats equal beginning of poor health. They sound very sweet.
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Forgot to mention. Feral cats are totally wild. They would of run if they spotted you. Semi Feral would of kept their distance and not let you near them. Stray is an abandoned cat.
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Also, if i feed them it'll be not too close to my house either because I have two cats already and I would't want them to start fighting or anything.

Is that a good idea?
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They sound friendly. You can only try and see if they get along.
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