Seeing all your stray stories makes me want to share my own!
I don't live in the best of neighborhoods, and there are a lot of strays. There are people on the street next to us that always call in animal control on the stray cats and dogs (which I guess is okay, otherwise we'd have a feral colony here). It is a strange mixed neighborhood in the process of renovation, so there are lots of yuppie couples that feel it their duty to clean up the neighborhood. I guess you could include myself in that category.
For the past couple months, I haven't seen any stray cats. There were a few strays that liked our backyard. We would sometimes feed them. There was a older kitten in the bunch, a sleek little black cat.
I think that cat has come back. There is a much taller version of the black cat hanging out in our backyard, and she has a slightly rounded belly. She is a very pretty cat, tall and slender... I hope the belly is just worms! I am sure she belongs to a neighbor, I just don't know who. I really want to take her in myself. I left out some food this morning and she came out from under the detached garage to greet me. It seems like she has made this her home. I guess that is my fault. I would just let her be, but I don't want her to go to a shelter! In fact, I'd love to take her in... I've fallen in love.
My first cat was black and this little girl looks a lot like my childhood kitty.
So, I guess I should make some flyers and get her checked for a microchip, right? I am 99% sure no one will claim her. Then I can take her in, right? I already have six... but there is always room for one more. Part of me says to not take her in because of space. The rest of me says she might need a safe place to have her kittens. We have a two bedroom bungalow with a nice finished basement, but it is only about 1300 sq ft total.
Oh decisions decisions.... I know I am being tempted to take her in just because I think she might be pregnant. If she isn't, well I'd still love her and keep her. What is one more cat when you already have six?
<----I want to see some of this in my house again... is that being selfish? I don't exactly have the money to get her checked out until I have a job again... but my fiance's mom loves cats and would pay to have this girl tested and spayed, especially if she thinks she'll get a kitten. And she is visiting this weekend. I don't know what to do. She really isn't in immenent danger, but if I am going to take her in, it should be before his mom visits.
Now that I type all this out, I see how foolish I am. My biological kitten clock is ticking I guess. What would you guys do?