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Old 09-13-12, 09:45 PM
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Homeless young cat. Advice?

I've fed a stray cat for about a year. Another one started hanging around, so I fed that one too. Then a hungry kitten tailed them to my place a few months ago. So now I have three regular customers.

The kitten would make a good pet (affectionate, playful and young) so I asked around, but no one's shown interest in adopting it yet. It's probably 3/4 of adult size now. I worry less about the other two, who are adults, and are paranoid and cautious (respectively). So I'll probably take the kitten to the local animal shelter for a chance at adoption. But I feel bad that it may not get adopted and have to be euthanized

The other two would be even less likely to get adopted, having apparently never belonged to anyone. White Cat would eventually warm up to an owner, but no one visiting the animal shelter would see that. Black-And-White Cat is unaffectionate and paranoid (plus I think she's raising kittens somewhere). We're not allowed pets at my apartment, and I'm not sure I'd be ready for a pet commitment if we were, or I'd consider keeping Small Black Cat.

So what's the best thing to do? Any other ideas? I'm paying the price for a soft heart towards cats, I guess. Maybe a friend could post on FaceBook or something...

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Face it, you have 3 cats, now. Adopt the kitten yourself......it'll be rewarding beyond measure.
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If you have a Petsmart around, they have a no kill adoption program, by the way.
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I'd buy a bottle of flea killing spray, cat shampoo and a anti flea collar.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Face it, you have 3 cats, now. Adopt the kitten yourself......it'll be rewarding beyond measure.
Tom is right here. It's comforting knowing my furry friend is home, waiting for me, plotting my demise as I slave all day long at work. Inge, the dog that owns me, has enriched my life beyond measure. Simply, she is my best and most loyal pal I have. Life just wouldn't be the same without her, even though she really enjoys chomping my leg once in awhile.

Please, adopt the kitten.

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That kitten looks a LOT like my cat! He was also a found stray. He's one I'll never regret. I hope you find a great home for it!
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Our neighborhood was full of feral cats so a couple of us chipped in, took a litter of kittens to the humane society and trapped and spayed the adults. Two of the fleabags started hanging out on my front porch and begging for food. it's been 8 years and the stupid cats won't leave.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Adopt the kitten yourself......it'll be rewarding beyond measure.
I know you're right, but I foresee getting so attached to my pet that I'd be devastated to the point of irrational actions if something tragic happened to it. Aspergers... my world is a rather empty one, you understand how that can go. I don't think it would be wise to put myself in a vulnerable position... just thinking about cramming Sir Purrs-A-Lot into a box and hauling him away is bad enough already
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Cats choose who shall serve them... you should feel honored that you've been selected to sift through the litter box.
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Our neighborhood was full of feral cats so a couple of us chipped in, took a litter of kittens to the humane society and trapped and spayed the adults. Two of the fleabags started hanging out on my front porch and begging for food. it's been 8 years and the stupid cats won't leave.
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Check around and you can probably find an animal shelter with a 'no kill' policy.

Also get the cats spayed/neutered ASAP. There are frequently low-cost or free programs for this. We had a litter of kittens born under our deck by a feral cat. Wanted to prevent a repeat so we went to a vet who participated in a feral cat program where they provided a trap and free spay/neuter for cats that would remain feral. Ended up catching 5 other feral cats in the neighborhood before finally getting the mother cat. And two of the original litter are now indoor-only cats with us.
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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
I know you're right, but I foresee getting so attached to my pet that I'd be devastated to the point of irrational actions if something tragic happened to it. Aspergers... my world is a rather empty one, you understand how that can go. I don't think it would be wise to put myself in a vulnerable position... just thinking about cramming Sir Purrs-A-Lot into a box and hauling him away is bad enough already
I understand far better than you might imagine.
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Start leaving the food on your neighbors porches. Guilt them into pet ownership instead.
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Splendid advice! Something to file in the back of my mind for future use.
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Check around and you can probably find an animal shelter with a 'no kill' policy.
Or a cat rescue agency. Most PetSmart and Petco stores work with rescue agencies for their pet adoptions; you might check with them, too.
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Have you considered eating the cats?
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I know you're right, but I foresee getting so attached to my pet that I'd be devastated to the point of irrational actions if something tragic happened to it. Aspergers... my world is a rather empty one, you understand how that can go. I don't think it would be wise to put myself in a vulnerable position... just thinking about cramming Sir Purrs-A-Lot into a box and hauling him away is bad enough already
That last visit to the vet is always the hardest, but the days before that make up for the grief. My feral looks a lot like yours, and it took me a long time before she'd walk up and let me pet her like that. He's already bonded to you, taking him in to get him snipped before you make him an indoor cat is the best thing you can do for him now. You'll both be glad you did later.
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You can also try Craigslist. I got rid of two litters of kittens (mine and my roommates) - mine went in two days, my roommate - in 3 hours (total of eight kittens). There are a lot of kitten/cat ads on there but they are blah.

"Kitten free to good home. "

Nothing else. I described each one of them - as they all had personalities with temporary names - posted pics - and put links to videos of each of them.

All but two of the kittens I am sure went to very good homes (I interviewed them too) - had three of the people email me back pics of the kittens several months later - including one person who took a pair of lovely long hair kittens - called and wanted to know date of birth for her vet (yay - she did the right thing and got them neutered/spayed!).

One kitten went to a family where the young girl was a little rough, but the older brother - picked up the kitten and I could tell he bonded - so I am hopeful for him (he was a homely little kitten (he looked like his mother - who was kinda homely too) who loved me - I wish I could have kept him) But I already adopted a feral tabby --- and of course kept my little siamese Ming (vet is still amazed how she looks 100% siamese - and came from a washed out tabby female and an escaped long haired siamese (I saw him).

The other kitten - I've always had a nasty fear that the guy wasn't on the "up and up" and I hope "Butter" didn't end up as pit bull or snake fun. Still nags me the last couple of years.

Oh and do put a price on the kitten - cheap $10 - (I didn't and had a couple of Humane Society do-gooders email some snotty things about that) - it will deter the pit bull/snake people.
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I would pass the word around- Craigslist, trusted friends, etc.

FWIW: My wife and I were looking for tuxedo cats (our previous tabbies passed away at the end of last year), when a friend of a friend of a co-worker forwarded me this photo:



They were the offspring of feral barn cats. We got in touch, went to see them, and ended up bringing them home. The story of Mango and Pumpkin has been documented here in Foo.
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If you can't keep the cat, then I'd advise you take it to the shelter. It needs to be spayed/neutered, tested for leukemia/aids, vaccinated, treated for fleas, and dewormed. Then it can go up for adoption.

You can always request if nobody adopts the kitten, that they contact you to come pick it back up. I doubt that will be necessary. Kittens usually get adopted fast--I used to work for the SPCA. The tough cats to adopt are the older adults.

Also, I don't recommend taking the cat to a no-kill shelter. It sound like a good idea on paper, but it isn't. Because these shelters do nothing to address their overcrowding issues (they keep animals forever, literally), they have animals in cages for years, are horribly overcrowded, and generally riddled with contagious disease. It's not an environment I would want to place an animal in and I don't recommend them for an easily adoptable animal.
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Thanks everyone for the help. I'm noticing that the kitten (who now qualifies more as a young cat) is generally not around in the mornings, while his friend White Cat is usually out on the porch waiting for a handout. So now I'm having doubts... maybe he's now been adopted by someone who just keeps different hours than I do, and leaves him out in the evening & night? There's a night-shift guy who lives above me, so the next time I see him I'll ask if he happens to own the young cat, or know who does. I'd hate to be the well-intentioned do-gooder who inadvertantly swipes someone's pet.

Tangentially: do your guys's cats wear collars with ID tags, or not?


They were the offspring of feral barn cats. We got in touch, went to see them, and ended up bringing them home. The story of Mango and Pumpkin has been documented here in Foo.
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Have you considered eating the cats?
I did get it onto the plate, but by the time I could find a clean spoon, it had already moved.

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