Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Stray Cat Visitor
Believe it or not, before the other night I have never seen a stray cat in my neighborhood. I have seen cats in my yard, but they always looked healthy and well fed so I have assumed they were someone's cat that lived nearby.
The other night when I was driving home and was close to my house I caught a glimpse of a cream-colored cat in my headlights. I stopped the car and got out in case the cat was hurt, but it darted right into the woods and I didn't see it once I got out.
Today was a pretty nice day and my cats were hanging out on my cat-safe deck. I was downstairs, and all of a sudden Penny ran downstairs doing her 'danger danger Will Robinson' imitation that she does when the doorbell rings, etc. I went upstairs and glanced out on the deck and Sunny and this cream colored cat were having a visit. They were both just sitting calmly on either side of the netting. I got a fairly good look at the cat, but once he saw me he took off like a shot. I say 'he' because the cat looked quite large and big-boned but he was so thin and his coat was all rough, with what looked like puffs coming out here and there.
Now I am so worried about this poor cat. I put out food in back of my house near the deck, but last I looked he hadn't eaten it. My husband is afraid the food is going to draw other animals. Should I pick the food up before I go to bed? Just leave it out during the day? Not sure, as I haven't had this situation before.
I am going to work on getting a shelter set up as well. I am hoping to trap him and then the rescue where I got Sunny will help me get him adopted, or if he's feral they have a feral sanctuary area at the shelter or possibly we can just do TNR with him. I called them today and they are on board, it's a great place. They will lend me a trap too.