giandujakiss: (Default)
[personal profile] giandujakiss
Who's shown up in my neighborhood. I've seen him several times now, but all in the last couple of weeks. No collar.

At first when I got near him he ducked away, but yesterday I put out some food and he immediately popped out, nibbled, and then started cuddling me - more interested in pettings than in eating.

That makes me worry he's not feral - he's abandoned. I mean, feral cats aren't usually that affectionate, are they?

But he's missing the top of one ear; am I right that usually means he's part of a TNR program? So I should just leave him be? (By the way, I'm saying "he" but I really have no idea of the gender)

I am so torn about what to do about this cat; definitely an adult, probably new to the area, hangs out too much in the street (where the cars go) for my comfort, and clearly once you show him you're a friend he's affectionate as hell.

Date: 2017-04-18 09:32 am (UTC)
lastscorpion: (FREE KITTENS)
From: [personal profile] lastscorpion
We have one cat who actually belongs to us, and 3 others who were born feral in this neighborhood but we have spayed/neutered, gotten their shots, put flea stuff on once every month or two, and feed. ALL OF THEM, without exception, lose their freaking collars all the doggone time. (And they bring us collars belonging to other cats, which is hilarious.)

In the past 20 years or so, there have been 4 or 5 other local feral cats that we've fed and gotten fixed, although none of them were really tame enough to bring them in every year for shots (most of these current ferals were kittens when we started messing with them.)

You could ask your neighbors, "Hey, is this your cat?" and if nobody owns up, you could borrow a cat trap from the Humane Society & bring him in to be fixed. If they find he has a microchip, that'll tell you that he belongs to somebody else really. If he doesn't belong to anybody really, then you'd be doing him & the neighborhood a favor to get him fixed & get him his shots every year or two.

When I was a kid, my mom called neighborhood cats like this "volunteer cats." (Most of them are actually pretty good at not getting run over. And they're generally good mousers, if you have a garden and/or don't like mice.)

Date: 2017-04-18 04:15 pm (UTC)
brownbetty: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brownbetty
TNR ear-notched cats in most places have a V taken out, so if it's just a chunk of ear, it could be misadventure. Maybe find out if there's a local TNR program and ask them how you would identify?

But also, if a feral is friendly and seems amenable to being a house-cat, it doesn't hurt them to be homed; they usually aren't because they resist it so strongly.

Date: 2017-04-18 04:44 pm (UTC)
boxofdelights: (Default)
From: [personal profile] boxofdelights
If it's cuddling you, it's definitely not feral. You're right, the ear-tip removal is what TNR programs do to signal that they've neutered the cat. There is no reason not to rehome a cat who has been TNRed, if you can find a home and the cat can live with people. TNR is just better than trapping and euthanizing, and seeing those niches get refilled by new ferals the next day.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:37 pm (UTC)
gwyn: (box o kittens rahirah)
From: [personal profile] gwyn
I don't know about the TNR ear thing, but my much-missed Olive wasn't a trapped and released cat but had the ear notch. She came out of a hoarding situation east of the mountains here, and that was how they indicated all the animals had been spayed/neutered. (Barbaric, I thought, and I didn't understand why they didn't tattoo her like my other kitty was.) So some places do that for animals that aren't feral, and he definitely sounds like he's a love bug.

Date: 2017-04-19 02:12 am (UTC)
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (Default)
From: [personal profile] chaila
Just a point of info, my cat has a clipped ear, because she was born in a feral litter and got spayed as part of a TNR program, but got picked up by a rescue organization and then adopted by me, and is now a cuddle bunny and is currently draped over my shoulder, purring. So the clipped ear isn't necessarily incompatible with being someone's cat, or being adoptable, etc. Which doesn't necessarily help you figure out what to do!

Date: 2017-04-26 06:09 pm (UTC)
grackle: denis leary looks pretty (Default)
From: [personal profile] grackle
I would guess he's somebody's cat, he's friendly and they all act like they've never been fed before. That said, his life span is being very shortened by being outside, so I'd take him in and see if you can have him or if he just ran out the door and somebody is frantically searching for him. After all that, if he's somebody's outdoor cat I'd just take him in anyway. Even if he's careful, they tend to die sooner rather than later when they're outdoors.

Date: 2017-04-29 05:31 am (UTC)
pkoceres: (Highway)
From: [personal profile] pkoceres
Huh, I had no idea that a clipped ear is a sign of having been part of a spay/neuter program. Learn something new everyday, I guess.
Do you think you'll try to keep him? Best of luck with him, in any case.

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