Stray Wants to Be My Friend
I am in an area where there are eighteen people neighbors.
We have about eight stray cats (there were more earlier on) that have all been spayed/neutered as of this month. I saw that half got their surgeries and another neighbor did the rest. They live together as a colony and one person feeds them with some of us providing food to him, now and then.
Well, there is one cat who is not part of their colony. He goes near them some, but doesn't really hang out with them. He is alone. He was from a small group of strays that died out eons ago. He was neutered.
This particular cat is on up in age. I would say over seven years. One elderly couple took him on to feed him and see to him. However, I am not sure if they are seeing to shots, fleas, and worming. I do know that he is totally outside and they never take him in in extreme weather. Our temperatures are the lowest for about two months. Although the cold in the southeast isn't bad for long, there is still the once in a while teens or twenties night. In addition to this couple, I have heard another neighbor or two may give him some food here and there, but I am not sure.
Over the years, this cat always ignored me and never wanted to come to me. Months ago, I got my own kitten who is almost a year old and they are aware of each other through windows now. My cat is all indoors. One day, I was taking the last spay stray out after her recover from surgery and he was waiting and wanting to get near me and check us out. Also, a very tiny piece of tuna fell out of the cage.
Since then, he waits at my home for me to come home. I give him a can of cat food hear and there. This has been going on for about three weeks. Now, he waits for me and eats and wants me to pet him. He rolls over on his back and wants me to pet him and purrs. It breaks my heart to see him in the cold waiting for me to come home. He has even sat out at my door in a light drizzle or beginning drizzle. It makes me wonder if it is because he never gets canned food and loves it or if he is not being cared for enough by the elderly couple.
We had a really cold and rainly night this week and I called for him. I wanted him to come in and eat and stay in a bathroom until it was morning. He didn't come. I talked to a local rescue and they said by this time he has a good spot for cold. That might have been where he was. As old as he is and as many cold days he has experienced (they said), he has a plan and place. I guess so because he is still here.
How would you handle this cat? I want to ask the old couple if they get his shots and all. If so, maybe I could give him a place in my house on cold nights they don't. How cold is too cold outside? I feel so sorry for this guy. It's like he is half owned and half stray. A home, but not fully loved.
What would you do? I don't know how much I should look into his welfare. As experienced cat people, what do you make of this?