|Purred: Wed Dec 18, '13 7:05am PST |
|This is kind of a long post… but I don’t know what to do…
I’ve seen a beautiful cat in my neighborhood since I moved there, this summer. I had tried to approach it a few times, but of course it ran away. Well, right before we had a nasty cold spell and winter storm, it showed up on our patio. My husband and I have two cats, and plenty of food on hand, so I put food, water, and makeshift shelter outside for it. I tried to bring it in to put in the garage or bathroom during the storm, but I couldn’t get near it. Well, three weeks have passed. I’ve been providing food and water, and it likes to play with my indoor kitties through the glass patio door. Surprisingly my kitties don’t hiss or seem upset by its presence, so maybe it’s been hanging out on the patio for a while.
Last night I gave it some wet food, and low and behold it came to me, and let me pet it. When I sat down it jumped in my lap. It purred and purred and would insist on more pets every time I stopped. Now, instead of running when I try to open the door, it cries and cries for me to let it in or come outside. I’m not sure what to do though…
Every night, I debate if this is someone’s pet. I know it’s not my neighbor’s , but I have no idea if it belongs to someone else in the neighborhood. I posted a picture on our local humane society’s lost and found page, and I’ve not heard anything yet. I want to help this cat, but I’m really not sure how, or if I even need to. I would have no problem taking it to the vet to get checked out, vaccinated, and even fixed if need be (we have a really good place here that will do things like that for pretty cheap).
This might sound mean, but I only fed it because it was nasty cold and I’m a sucker for helping animals. My husband is in the military and there will probably be a time in our near future that we’re faced with a two pet limit… and we have 2 cats already. We’re about to go out of town for about 10 days. I don’t want the cat to starve, but I also don’t want to try to capture someone’s pet.
How do you distinguish between an outdoor pet and a stray/ abandoned cat?
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