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So there are a coupel strays and atleast one feral cat roaming around outside my apartment complex. When we first moved here I thougt I saw a black cat a few times, I've definetly seen a goodsized orange tabby(feral I I think) I light tan tabby(stray) and now me and my gf have seen a much smaller black kitten. I came home two nights ago around midnight and saw the orange tabby run around the parking lot,, after parking I heard a tiny high pitched meow. I looked in direction of the tabby but cudnt see it, I heard meow again and looked up into the eyes of a tiny little black cat perched on the garahe overhang. It kept meowing its tiny lite sounds as I walked closer to it. But at that moment a car came in and scared it.so I went to my apartment aqnd after contemplating for 15 min bringing them food. Finally I grabbed a water bottle, a can of tuna and two small tuperwqare. I filled one with food the other wit water and placed by my car, I also thre a cpl pieces up on the perch where the cat was. I go back inside and about and hr later I hear some cat hissing by parking lot. So next morning I went to see if food was eaten, it was all gone. So I filled iot up again this time wit sum of my gf's cats dry food. Again next day it wqas gone,as I'm walking doown to fill it up again I see the tiny black cat(from here on out called Midnight) so I make a clicking sound and pull out sum food and put ti down by her. I noticed she had a collar but no name tage or ownr info. She ate some food then climbed into a tree to chase a squirrel(brave little thing she was barely bigger than the squirrel). After 5 minutes I jnotice she's stuck and can't come down. She starts meowin so I help her out tree. As I'm holding her she's trying to escape while I try to reassure her, finally she slips out and kinda walks away. I grab more food put it down she comes back. More food, she eats it. Finally she's decided she's had enough food and enoguh of me so she walks away.

First question, should I be leaving food out or is that bad?

Should I "rescue" her? She looks rly young and I'm worried she mite not make it with the bigger cats around.

If I do rescue her will she ever adapt to being indoors or will she feel like a prisoner?

Also, I live wit my gf who alrdy has a 2/3 yr old female cat Connie. We are planning on leash training her so she can go outside so its feasable that if I took ion Midnight she cud ho oujtside daily.

Also how exp wud a vet visit be? I am currently unemployed but my gf works, but money is tite. We cud afford tp feed midnight but until I get a job medical services mite be unavailable.

Sorry for the long post but I am new to cats and really want to adopt one of my own. Ajny thought advice is appreciated
 

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she sounds like she's about 4-5 months old? If she has a collar she should belong to someone or do you think she's been dumped? Cats should be introduced carefully, often they're kept in separate rooms in the beginning until their curiosity overcomes their initial, possible fear of each other. Sometimes they make friends quickly, sometimes it can take weeks. My cheapest vet visit was about 70USD, swollen eye treated with a cortison injection, most expensive was about 2000USD for life saving surgery. That taught me in a hurry to always insure cats, because choosing between your wallet and not being able to save a cat you've become attached to is a horrible experience.
 

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yeah i figured she was anywhere form 3-6 months. her head was no more than 2-3inches(5-8cm) wide. body length from head to end of tail no more than 18 inches(45cm), and a really high pitched meow.

And as for the collar it looks like a pink collar with rhinestones no tag attached, although i will look closer. She seems healthy, maybe a little skinny, shes very convident(except when she got stuck in tree, although even then she tried to walk down tree). Im just worried cu when i picked her up off the tree she kept trying to get away, altho my gf said she was able to pick her up the night b4 cuz the kitty was following her around. If she has no owner info/tag, what should I do? I know i cant go out everyday and find her to give her food, i dont feel to comfortable leaving food out in the tray by my car cuz multiple cats run around back there, i guess for now im just gonna keep doing what im doing and if she decides one day to follow me, i can decide then if i wanna take her in. she is really cute, she even has a little white patch on her belly!

Also as for vet vist, if i did take her in i would need to take her to vet to get her shots, and possibly get spayed, etc so im more trying to figure out costs of initial visit to vet. thanks again for help
 

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Question, but is she fixed? If she's not.. you should right away..
i have no idea. I met this cat 2 nights ago, today was first time ive touched/fed it. And i dont know what to do because she has a collar but no info, so she obivously is or was someones cat, but who knows if its lost or kicked out. but judging from er size i dont think shes been outside for too long....
 

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I suggest not leaving food out. The other cats will eat it, and if you have other wildlife around they will tend to eat also.

The cat may not want to be inside. My first outside fed cat, a large older ginger tom, did not want to be inside. The next one was a black and white 'gay' (what he got up to with next doors male cat is pure cat porno) who I'm not sure liked me, but always accepted food. It would enter the basement if I wasn't around and the door was open.

I enticed the gray I feed now to come inside one time, to eat. I closed the outside door and went upstairs. When I came down again, the gray was not to be seen and the food remained uneaten. Later it came out from where it was hiding. I let it out and gave it the food, which it ate.

Enjoy your new little friend, but don't be surprised if she doesn't want to be an inside cat.

She will need to be spayed. Is there a TNR group nearby?
 

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I suggest not leaving food out. The other cats will eat it, and if you have other wildlife around they will tend to eat also.

The cat may not want to be inside. My first outside fed cat, a large older ginger tom, did not want to be inside. The next one was a black and white 'gay' (what he got up to with next doors male cat is pure cat porno) who I'm not sure liked me, but always accepted food. It would enter the basement if I wasn't around and the door was open.

I enticed the gray I feed now to come inside one time, to eat. I closed the outside door and went upstairs. When I came down again, the gray was not to be seen and the food remained uneaten. Later it came out from where it was hiding. I let it out and gave it the food, which it ate.

Enjoy your new little friend, but don't be surprised if she doesn't want to be an inside cat.

She will need to be spayed. Is there a TNR group nearby?
cool thanks thats why im trying to get people opinions. I figured she was young enough that if she decided to stay with me she might get used to indoors, but i wasnt gonna b et my savings on it. I dont know what a TNR group is but there are TONS of vets where i live, and as bunch of shelters, but as for what i can afford im not sure. this is all new to me. I have NEVER lived with a cat before 6 months ago....i just feel bad and want to give this kitty a happy home.
 

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i hope so, everytime i go outside i keep my eyes peeled for her, shes so small!!! I will try and take a picutre if i see her again.
 

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A TNR is a trap-neuter-return scenerio. Basically, you snatch feral/stray cats, get them fixed, and return them to where they were. We have TNR group who only charges $35 to have a male neutered and $45 for a female spayed. Check around. Our Humane Society runs ours so see if they have a clinic set up somewhere.
 

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A TNR is a trap-neuter-return scenerio. Basically, you snatch feral/stray cats, get them fixed, and return them to where they were. We have TNR group who only charges $35 to have a male neutered and $45 for a female spayed. Check around. Our Humane Society runs ours so see if they have a clinic set up somewhere.
Hmm interesting. i have not heard of this before so ill do some research. I would be suprised if i couldnt find one close to where i live. ill have to think about this....
 

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it would be great if you could spay her as quick as possible. if shes not fixed, at her age she's gonna get pregnant any day now...
 

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Honestly, she's young enough that she will adapt to being indoors just fine, IMO. Especially because she was owned before.

Catch her, take her to vet to see if she is microchipped and get her checked out and spayed ASAP. Then keep her in a safe room, away from your GF's cat, with her own litter box, toys, scratcher, food/water, while you post a sign or ask your neighbors if she's their cat. Post a sign at the humane society/ASPCA in case her owners look there. If no one responds, keep her. The members of this forum can give help with introducing her to your GF's cat. Everything should be much easier since she's still young.

Of course she squirmed a bit and tried to get away when you took her down from the tree--normal for a kitten IMO. She sounds like a sweetie!
 

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Honestly, she's young enough that she will adapt to being indoors just fine, IMO. Especially because she was owned before.

Catch her, take her to vet to see if she is microchipped and get her checked out and spayed ASAP. Then keep her in a safe room, away from your GF's cat, with her own litter box, toys, scratcher, food/water, while you post a sign or ask your neighbors if she's their cat. Post a sign at the humane society/ASPCA in case her owners look there. If no one responds, keep her. The members of this forum can give help with introducing her to your GF's cat. Everything should be much easier since she's still young.

Of course she squirmed a bit and tried to get away when you took her down from the tree--normal for a kitten IMO. She sounds like a sweetie!
Yeah shes really beautiful, i went looking for her this morning but couldnt find her so i put sum food where i fed her by hand yesterday, maybe shell come back...its funny how kitty ive spent no more than 5 minutes with has completely invaded my mind, its like all i think about when im at home. every30 min or hr ill peek out a few windows to see if i see her walkiing around. Ill keep this updated as new events arise. Thanks again for all the responses they've really helped.
 

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Thats cats for you...you wait till she's crept up into your lap and fallen asleep purring and smiling...it beats most things in this world
 

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As someone who's taken in a stray (or rescued any cat really), they choose you. Whether its that they know you can help them by giving them a home or simply to just make life easier-spaying and releasing or finding someone else to give them a home. They seem to be the most grateful long term as well.

It's been a little over two years ago that I took in Ginger-she was pregnant at the time and I knew that. I had no intention of ever taking in another cat, let alone a pregnant one. She was my world, my heart kitty and I think of her every day. Go with your gut. Take her to the vet, see if she's been spayed and/or is microchipped. If she is spayed and/or microchipped, you have a choice to make. Keep her or put her back outside. If she is spayed (and because you said she's wearing a collar), please don't assume that she has bad owners because they are letting her outside.

Good luck

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Honestly, she's young enough that she will adapt to being indoors just fine, IMO. Especially because she was owned before.

Catch her, take her to vet to see if she is microchipped and get her checked out and spayed ASAP. Then keep her in a safe room, away from your GF's cat, with her own litter box, toys, scratcher, food/water, while you post a sign or ask your neighbors if she's their cat. Post a sign at the humane society/ASPCA in case her owners look there. If no one responds, keep her. The members of this forum can give help with introducing her to your GF's cat. Everything should be much easier since she's still young.

Of course she squirmed a bit and tried to get away when you took her down from the tree--normal for a kitten IMO. She sounds like a sweetie!
I second ...all of this.
 

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As someone who's taken in a stray (or rescued any cat really), they choose you. Whether its that they know you can help them by giving them a home or simply to just make life easier-spaying and releasing or finding someone else to give them a home. They seem to be the most grateful long term as well.

It's been a little over two years ago that I took in Ginger-she was pregnant at the time and I knew that. I had no intention of ever taking in another cat, let alone a pregnant one. She was my world, my heart kitty and I think of her every day. Go with your gut. Take her to the vet, see if she's been spayed and/or is microchipped. If she is spayed and/or microchipped, you have a choice to make. Keep her or put her back outside. If she is spayed (and because you said she's wearing a collar), please don't assume that she has bad owners because they are letting her outside.

Good luck

Leslie
yeah i want to take another look at her collar to see if maybe theres info. I dont want to take somebodies cat away from them, although i sure wouldnt let a kitty that small outside in this area....lots of traffics, lots of pople, lots animals...o well, i didnt see her today. If i see her tomorrow i might take her to the vet thats just up the street, if nothing else maybe they know the owners....ill check back later
 

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o well, i didnt see her today.
Don't give up looking for her. Before we brought my baby girl, Li'l Smokie, inside, it had been a week since she had been seen. My two younger sons found her on April 24, Easter Sunday. Needless to say, I was beyond happy. And taking your little one to the vet is an excellent idea. When we brought Li'l Smokie in, she was already 7 weeks pregnant. We had her spayed and the kittens aborted as she herself is a kitten and is a tiny little thing. I didn't think she'd have survived giving birth. And I was right. The vet said that in addition to being 7 weeks pregnant, she had 6 kittens in her.

Good luck on finding your baby. Keep us updated.
 

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You could call around at the rescues and inquire if there is a low cost spay/neuter clinic in your area. Our Humane Society in our area gets grants to do low cost s/n vaccinations. The HS and low cost s/n clinics sometimes gets grants and they do free s/n. Sometimes $10 s/n! Go to the feral section on Cat Forum and read the stickies on feral and outdoor cats~ TNR. Just because a cat or kitten has a collar doesnt mean it belongs to some one. They normally would have a tag or be microchipped if its a responsibile owner. FYI a female cat can get pregnant by5-6 months old.
 
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