Found a Lost Cat
I know I haven't posted for a long time however, I am always on the site reading through the treads to absorb all the knowledge from the all the members. Tesla and Indie are doing great and growing up so quickly now. Now about the present situation that I need all of your advice on.
On Wednesday evening we were cleaning the backyard, while the boys were running around playing in the backyard (normal weekly event). I heard Tesla hiss and saw another small tuxedo cat jumping into our backyard. I called Tesla and he came running by my side, then took a seat next to the backyard door. Indie saw the other cat, but just ignored him and kept running around like he was having the time of his life. I have seen Tesla act negatively towards other feral cats in our backyard, so didn't worry about it and continued to clean the backyard.
My wife walked over to the other cat and he didn't run away, instead started rubbing himself against her. The cat even let her scratch him. The The cat just kept following my wife, while I finished up cleaning. The cat is a tuxedo cat, I am not sure of its age. The cat looked dirty as if it was outside for a while, but it's friendliness made us certain it was someone's pet. At this point we took the boys inside leaving the other cat just to wonder around. It tried to follow us inside, but we figured it would just go home after we closed the door. The cat didn't go home inside it meowed for half an hour after we closed the door. We just ignored it and eventually it stop meowing we figured it went home. However, in the middle of the night we wake up with loud cat noises, as our boys were looking out the window. I took a flashlight out to look at the backyard and saw the cat half way up the trunk of our tree, while Sylvester and Mama (2 stray feral that come around our backyard) under the tree. I immediately came out to the backyard and both Sylvester and Mama ran away. The cat seeing me under the tree came down and following me back towards the patio. At this point, my wife brought some food for him and we put him in the box in the backyard. We also stayed outside for 15 minutes making sure Sylvester and Mama didn't return. In the morning we saw the cat again and noticed that both Sylvester and Mama were staying away from him. I guess they figured he was our cat so they were ignoring him just like how they ignore Tesla and Indie, when they come out in the backyard with us.
We were hoping the cat would have left by today in the afternoon, but instead it was just sleeping by the door to the backyard. We gave it some more food and spent the afternoon knocking at our neighbors doors to ask if anyone lost a cat. Tesla and Indie don't like him at all, every time he comes by the window they both hiss at him. We find that very shocking from Indie, since he never even hissed at Sylvester or Mama when he saw them at the backyard. We are still feeding the cat and made up a temporary shelter for him in the backyard.
I know the general things to do when a pet is found from reading this site. Therefore, I have called up shelters and gave his description if someone is looking a for their lost pet. Also, put up his information on craigslist. However, the problem is we are leaving on Friday night to Florida for a two week vacation. My sister is going to come and feed our fur-boys and spend about two hours with them each day. She is willing to feed the other cat in the backyard, but told me she won't have time to spend with him too, if she has to play with Tesla and Indie. I am not sure what to do. I have the following three options:
1. Leave the other cat in the backyard with the temporary shelter, while my sister keeps feeding him. Hopefully, by the time I come back the owners will have contacted my sister or I can try to find him a forever home. Our house is too small to take in another cat plus the reaction of Tesla and Indie makes me feel uncomfortable trying to go through a slow re-introduction.
2. Drop him off to a no kill shelter. I explained my situation to them about leaving for vacation for two weeks, so they are willing to take the cat if I want to drop him off. Feel a little uncomfortable about having him locked up in a cage in the shelter. They are small shelter and don't have a lot of space for the cats to run around.
3. Bring him inside the house and lock him in a room. I am worried how the boys are going to react with the other cat inside the house. Plus it will be the first time the boys will spend so much time being home alone. I feel it may be too much stress for them having another cat inside the house, while we are not home to calm them down.
What would you guys do in this situation? I wish I had a little bit more time. I didn't even get a chance to put up flyers around the neighborhood.