|Purred: Mon Mar 12, '12 3:22am PST |
|Abby's mom here--first post in some time. About a month ago Abby's dad and I noticed a stray cat in our neighborhood. One of our neighbors feeds a few strays which is fine with us, but other neighbors have been threatening to call animal control.
We dubbed the kitty "Dapple" and notice that s/he seems a bit less fearful of us than the other neighborhood stray we used to see. In fact, Dapple seems pretty well fed and we thought she might be someone's'indoor/outdoor' cat. However, very early this morning at 4:30 am when I was playing with Abby,"Dapple" came right up to our mostly glass back door, meowed, and sort of 'knocked' with a raised paw on door while she watched us play. It was very, very sad...Abby did not seem to notice, but because of Abby, I dared not open (partly health concerns re Abby and partly Abby's history of reacting very, very badly when we tried to adopt a second cat).
Instead, I took Abby upstairs, planning to come back down, open up and give Dapple a snack and, if she was willing, some attention--but Dapple disappeared before I came back downstairs. Since then I put a little bit of tuna out on back patio but Dapple has not come back.
I have written the person in neighborhood who feeds stray cats to see if this is one of the cats she knows. (This woman tried spay-neuter-return for some time last year, but with no luck that I know of...) Otherwise I am a little at a loss. Adopting Dapple is probably out of the question for us. We tried w. another cat and not only did Abby react very badly, but human allergy problems dormant when we have only one cat acted up very seriously. The second cat--whom we adored--did find another home.
One other detail: Dapple's underbelly is sort of pinkish in a way that does not seem quite right to me. I assume it means that her skin is showing through her fur and that can't be a sign of good health...perhaps more evidence that she has no human caretakers.
Any thoughts or experience with this kind of episode? Does Dapple sound like a lost or abandoned domestic cat? Might she be feral but lonely for another cat? Honestly, I don't know that I can DO anything, but felt a need to write...
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