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.)

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