While getting out of the car this evening after picking up a pizza, I heard the most terrible crying coming from the parking lot of our apartment complex. I knew it was a cat, so I started calling "Here, kitty kitty..." and the meowing just intensified. Turns out there was a young female cat crying and rolling around on the ground right near the street. It took me an hour to catch her, but I finally did. She was quite calm about it and seems affectionate, but I also think she is probably in heat (excessive meowing and rolling around, extra-cuddly).
I'm keeping her isolated from my other cat (my dear Shady
), and taking her in for a vet exam tomorrow. She was wearing a rubber pink collar when I found her, but it was all cracked and weathered as though she had been loose for a long time. Also, she's very thin and her eyes are constantly watering.
You wouldn't believe how fast she gobbled up the can of Wellness I fed her, though!
I guess my main question is... how do I go about posting Found signs in my apartment complex? I want to make sure that I find her true owners (if they are even looking for her - she is so thin that I would think she was a stray, but the collar says otherwise...). Should I withhold some of the information (i.e., collar color, claws/declawed status, spayed status, etc.) on the sign so that I can "weed out" the real owners? I've heard horror stories before of people responding to Found signs when it isn't even their pet!
Also, how long do I have to search for the owners before I can legally (and ethically) keep the cat? If her real owners don't turn up, I will most likely keep the poor girl... can't imagine sending her to a shelter.
BTW, for now, I've been calling her "Gray Ghost of Riverside" because she was so incredibly elusive when I was trying to catch her earlier.
Riverside Dr. is the road I live on.