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Outside cats

June 9th, 2007, 10:38 AM
I am moving in 5 more days from Florida to Tennessee and there are 2 outside cats that I have been feeding for the past year.
I can't take them with me since I am already taking my cat and my mother's poodle (praying they get along or at least respect each other).
My next door neighbor said she would keep fresh water and TRY to feed them with their left overs. They are used to dry cat food.
Do you think they will get used to the change? and also how are they going to know that the food is now next door and not on my back porch?
I can't sleep at night because of this. It is so hot here in Florida in the summer, I don't even want to think about those cats having no water or food, at least not in my back porch.
They are not inside cats, as a matter of fact they hated it when I tried to bring them inside the house for a couple of times.
My neighbor is good to animals and I know she will try the best she can but I know it will not be the same for them.
I'm very sad......

June 9th, 2007, 10:55 AM
I'm sorry I don't have alot of experience with ferals. Could you try to move your dishes closer to your neighbours yard a little bit at a time each night before you finally move, ending up of course with the dishes on your neighbours porch ?

It's wonderful that you both are willnig to help these poor little lost souls :lovestruck:

June 9th, 2007, 01:55 PM
What a painful situation.
I would leave your neighbour with a huge sack of dry food - I doubt if leftovers will cover their needs. And strays will generally hang around for the smallest quantity of food, provided regularly, rather than set out to look for a better situation.
So, no food, or enough food (and of course water).
You've left it rather late :) but moving their dishes closer to the neighbour's over the next few days is a good idea.
If your neighbour has email, I would send her the occasional note - how are 'my' cats? - to keep her interested.
If you can get close enough to bring them inside, might there be a rescue group in your area who would come and get them? Or a no-kill shelter that would agree to trap and relocate them to an existing 'colony' of ferals?
So sad, there really is no safety net. You are lucky in your neighbour, I can't think of one who would take over from me in any serious way, they all think I am :crazy:

June 9th, 2007, 04:19 PM
I agree with Badger,I would buy a couple of huge bags of catfood and leave them for her.
Also to ease my mind I would keep in contact with her and check on the cats.

June 11th, 2007, 08:30 AM
You said you've had them in the house before, so I'm assuming you can get close to them. Why don't you just take them with you. Get a couple more cat carriers and move them with you. You'll still have your 2 outdoor cats in your new home.


June 11th, 2007, 02:18 PM
Oh i am gonna be in the same situation and it breaks my heart,i also feed 2 ferals and will be moving i think my boyfriend will still feed them,god i hope so,if not i am just gonna drive out of my way to keep feeding them,i love them as much as if they were mine.