hey um i got 2 cats coming to my window for food and i dont know if they are wild or if they have owners but its snowing
there are two cats one is a little black cat and another is a mixed tabby cat and they are both scared but the tabby one came yesterday to my rooftop and they both don't have collars. its also snowing so i need help asap and am i allowed to keep them inside for a while. they have no tag but that doesnt mean that they are not owned but i have seen these cats outside before
on Feb 4th 2012
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If they are outside in the snow they are either semi-friendly ferals, owned cats that were lost or abandoned, or pet outdoor cats that don't have adequate shelter and food to keep them from going searching elsewhere. In any of those cases without visible identification it's certainly within your rights to let them in out of the cold if they want to come in, but if they are feral they may be more comfortable outdoors with a cozy shelter. See www.alleycat.org for lots of shelter plans.
If you already have an indoor cat you should take them to the vet before letting them in to have them tested for transmittable diseases and scanned for microchips. If they are too feral to bring in you should still look in to getting them fixed- many localities have special programs for low-cost spay/neuter of feral cats, often called trap-neuter-return, and this will let them live longer, healthier lives with no kitten infestations and less nuisance to your neighbors.
Hannah answered on 2/4/12. Helpful? / 0
You could let them in, take photos of them and then walk round the neighbour hood asking if anyone knows/owns the cats. Go about a block in each direction. If no one owns them then its a pretty safe bet that they are strays/abandoned and you can adopt them and get them checked by a vet to make sure they are healthy and confirm if they are fixed. You should still put up "found cat" posters around the neighbourhood and at local vets and pet stores in case they are lost. After a couple of weeks if no one contacts you you'll know there isn't anyone looking for them.
If someone does come to claim them make sure they are legit by making them show you photos of the cats. There are loads of scum out there selling pets to labs or using them as dogfighting bait. The only way to really know if they are the real owner is if they have a family photo where you can recognose the markings of the tabby. If they don't tell them tough luck.
Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 2/4/12. Helpful? / 0
It doesn't sound like these cats are ferals. They are probably strays who are allowed to roam freely, or, they may have been abandoned by their previous owner. I don't see why you couldn't let them in, or at least try to provide them some type of shelter and food during these cold winter days. It's great that there are people like you out there who are concerned and care enough about these kitties.
Snow doesnt indicate ownership. If you have hungry kitties begging for food and love do you think they have some loving owner somewhere worried about them? That maybe these starving animals only do this on weekends to mess with you? Really? If there is some heart less person these cats have may at one time looked upon them with trust, that person isnt, doesnt, feel, or deserve unconditional love these guys give. Take them appreciate them. You will be a better person for it
Max answered on 2/5/12. Helpful? / 0