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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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How do you tell if stray or not?

We've had a cat visiting us for the last few months, Very friendly little thing. But seems to be in or back or every other day.

OH and I have been considering taking it in, but I am afraid it could possibly be somebody's cat. How can I tell?

My neighbour has told me She sees it all the time. Everytime I see it, it looks like it is hunting for food.

What should I do?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 10:04 AM
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First take it to the vet to scan for a microchip, if she has one and it's registered... question answered. While she's there she can be screened for feline diseases and spayed to prepare her for integrating with your resident cats. WHile she's recovering you can put up TONS of fliers around the neighborhood to give the family who lost her an opportunity to find her again.

After a few weeks of fliers with no response then there you have it. A new cat.
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When Felix first arrived at my place of work, we also thought he was just passing trough. But he came more and more frequently and then he never left on his own but had to be put outside at closing time.
I also started to wonder if he has an owner somewhere, cause he wasn't acting feral. We never noticed any missing flyers posted and none of the websites that list missing pets had a cat that looked like Felix.

I took him to the vet to get him scanned - no chip, but otherwise very healthy and already sterilized!
So I'm thinking is there a way I can find out if he has a home and make contact with the owner? I took an old leather collar from home and wrote "Owner? Please call....my number" on the collar in permanent marker.

Felix wore that collar for about a month and a half and the only people who phoned me were the neighbours on the opposite side of our office building. Two different neighbours called, always on a weekend when there was no one at the office and Felix was obviously looking for company.

That's when I knew he didn't have a home or didn't want to go back there, so I took him home and the rest is history.

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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 10:27 AM
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You say friendly, do you pet her, will she let you pick her up?
How is her weight? Does it look like she gets fed on a regular basis?
I wish every cat had somebody like you looking out for them. I hope it turns out you get to keep her. You would be a better caretaker for her!

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Check Craigslist and look for lost cat postings. Even after you take him in, look for these. If it is a pet someone will consider it lost and post SOMETHING either online or posters looking for it. Be sure and ask for proof (picture or vaccination records).

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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I've checked all the local listings for a missing cat, even the facebook ones.

We brought it in today because it started to rain and felt sorry for him/her. Gave it some food and checked it for fleas (no fleas that I could see, so maybe it is somebody's?). He was not interested what so ever in my boys just hissed, My two stayed away but were very keen to see who the new guest was.

I know that was probably a really irresponsible thing to do. Haven't stopped thinking about it since we brought it in. It will be lifted no problem, it is VERY dirty though its coat feels kind of greasy? but seemed quite nervous to be inside and wanted back out immediately. so we let him/her back out.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I got in contact with a rescue who has a wildcat project to see if they could help or know what to do. Hopefully hear something back tomorrow morning. Says they help with neutering and even placing a warm outdoor shelter for semi-feral/feral cats! So even if it cannot be outdoor it would still have a warm place to sleep away from the cold.
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Any news on the little guy?
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 11:33 PM
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The cat doesn't sound feral and should be brought inside if you suspect it is homeless... missing posters would go up shortly if it's owned by anyone that cares. A friendly outdoor cat doesn't normally stay too friendly if it's left on its own for a long period of time, it has to learn to fend for itself and starts acting more like a feral cat.


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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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We unfortunately have not see the cat since we brought him in that day.

I was speaking to OH's grandparents and found out that there are several strays being fed down the road from us. I am guessing he is one of them. She was saying a while back two of the females got pregnant at the same time and had litters. She got the two females spayed but couldn't afford to get the rest done and contacted a shelter about it but they were not willing to help.

So it seems there is quite a large population of cats around my area, I hate to think it is owners moving and leaving their pets behind. How could you be so cruel?!
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