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I had been seeing a cat occasionally cross my backyard, it looks very healthy and well fed so I assume he/she has a home and is an outdoor cat. I called to it a couple of times but it would run away, so not comfortable with people, or strangers at least. At one point it would sit on edge of my yard and meow, I left food out and gradually the cat became comfortable with me - and now sits by my back door meowing for me, is extremely affectionate when I go outside. I posted it on my town's FB page in case someone was missing it but no one responded that it was theirs. I'm torn now as this cat looks very well taken care of, though has a voracious appetite, whether I should take it to see if it has a chip, or leave it alone. It's possible that the owner is not on FB. My cat has caught sight of me with this cat and is going nuts, she literally attacked me last night after I fed the cat. I don't want to upset my cat, and of course by feeding this other cat I've created the issue. How would you / did you deal with this?
 

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I had been seeing a cat occasionally cross my backyard, it looks very healthy and well fed so I assume he/she has a home and is an outdoor cat. I called to it a couple of times but it would run away, so not comfortable with people, or strangers at least. At one point it would sit on edge of my yard and meow, I left food out and gradually the cat became comfortable with me - and now sits by my back door meowing for me, is extremely affectionate when I go outside. I posted it on my town's FB page in case someone was missing it but no one responded that it was theirs. I'm torn now as this cat looks very well taken care of, though has a voracious appetite, whether I should take it to see if it has a chip, or leave it alone. It's possible that the owner is not on FB. My cat has caught sight of me with this cat and is going nuts, she literally attacked me last night after I fed the cat. I don't want to upset my cat, and of course by feeding this other cat I've created the issue. How would you / did you deal with this?
It sounds like you have a difficult decision to make regarding the outdoor cat that has been visiting your backyard. On one hand, it is possible that the cat has a loving home and is simply an outdoor cat, but on the other hand, it is also possible that the cat is lost or abandoned and in need of a home.

One option you could consider is to take the cat to a nearby animal shelter or veterinarian to have it scanned for a microchip. If the cat does have a chip, it will be able to be reunited with its owner. However, if the cat does not have a chip, it may be in need of a new home.

It is also important to consider the dynamics of your own household and your current cat's behavior. If your cat is becoming aggressive toward the other cat, it may be best to limit the interaction and keep them separated.

Another option is to work with a local rescue group or humane society to find a new home for the cat. They can help you evaluate the cat's condition and decide whether it is suitable for adoption.

It's also important to keep in mind that feeding a stray cat may attract other strays to your property, and also you may get in trouble with local animal control laws and regulations.

In any case, it's important to consider all options and to work with a veterinarian or animal welfare organization to make the best decision for the cat and for your own household.
 
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