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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Taking in a stray

There is an 8 month old kitten outside; and I've basically known him since he was 3-4 months old.
Back in May 2013, we found 2 kittens.
The mother was in the process of moving them, so he was most likely moved already.
We never found him until he was too old.
We didn't think to trap him at the time, because we had just started feeding.
He's a bit older now, and he is shy, but not aggressive.
He's always outside when I go there, waiting for me to come feed him.
He doesn't let me pet him, but I can get close to him while he's eating.
Not only that, today I saw him rolling around on the floor, purring, and rubbing up against the other cat that also comes around a lot.
He has already been caught once before, when we got him neutered.

I would like to trap him again, and socialize him.
Do you think it's worth doing this?
Can he BE socialized?
I have experience with socializing cats, but not 8 month old strays.
If you allow me to, I will post a video from my facebook page of him playing.
He also likes laser pointers.

So, what do you guys think?

Should I keep him outside, and just continue to feed him?
Or should I take him in, and try and get him adopted?

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You always seem to have more on your plate than you can handle and every new project leads to more problems. I think you should just keep feeding him unless you can find someone else or a group to take him in.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I don't have anymore strays with me right now.
Plus, it's the winter.

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All my house cats were adopted as adult strays, 3 y/o and older, so I don't understand the problem... This cat you mention is obviously quite socialized already. Socialized means he's used to humans.

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I would take him off the street. He doesn't seem like a feral and I've also taken in a stray before. In fact my current cat is a stray and she's the biggest love bucket. I would have taken him in when I first saw him, even if to take him to a local shelter for rehabilitation and adoption. Not sure what your shelters where you are are like but that's what people have an option to do here. I've seen a stray come around our cottage since fall and thought maybe it was someone's cat. Until I started seeing him into the winter when it got really cold. Fortunately I was able to trap him and take him to the local vet clinic who also does rescue. He had some frost burns and would have been in bad shape if I waited longer. Now if I see any cats that look to be strays and don't have collars around the cottage, I know that I'll be trapping. The winters here are very unkind.
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You always seem to have more on your plate than you can handle and every new project leads to more problems. I think you should just keep feeding him unless you can find someone else or a group to take him in.
You're still helping by feeding him.

If you take him in, are you 110% certain that you can care for him and cover any vet bills that might come up for the rest of his life? It is a big decision to add another pet!
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It depends where you are. I save money if I take them in, because then they get sick less than in the streets, and anyway if a street cat here is sick, I'm the one who pays the vet bills.

The issue, at least where I am, is that if you're emotionally attached to the stray, you have to decide fast, because they can die a painful death while you're trying to make up your mind.

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Is there somewhere than you can place him that will adopt him out? Once you bring him inside are you going to actually rehome him or are you just justifying having another cat?

What do you folks say about it? Since you live with them, I'd think they should have a say.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't keep him!
I would get him adopted!
That's what I do
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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The only problem with taking him in, is that I would miss him dearly when he is adopted
But it's the winter, and I've had so many successful adoptions before, I think I could do it.
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