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Found cat, what should I do??

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:19 AM
My mom woke me up today yelling at me there was meowing outside our front door, to go see what cat its coming from.

Put something on my pyjamas and ran out didnt see anything but had whiskas treats in hand, went down the court and out runs this cat from the neighbours bushes. This cat was going door to door according to my mom (looking out from her window).

The cat (she) followed me into the backyard purring all the way. I gave her some canned food which she ate half of and lotsa treats. The HS wont take her I have to go drive her to kitchener but I cant do that today. She may be pregnant or just a bit of a fatty im not sure...not heavily pregnant if she is.

I called my vet they said I could bring her in for a scan then they would call the HS and they would pick her up.

The thing is the HS made it a point to tell me they were packed and overflowing..im torn.

The cat isnt skinny/hurt anything nor did it finish the whole can of food...maybe she's not lost and belongs to someone in the 'hood (never seen her before, no collar). Ive never really known indoor outdoor cats to be friendly to strangers tho..no idea. I mean what if I get her to the HS then they put her down...ahhh..

Im thinking the only real option is to take her to my vet and go from there, maybe she'll have a chip..just thinking outloud. Worried bout getting her into the carrier tho.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:25 AM
Update: my mom says she saw this cat less than a week ago on a morning she was taking lil bro to uni. She said she was in the street walking alongside a couple, maybe their owners?? or maybe just following them.

If shes been lost for a week tho wouldnt she be starving??? and eat the whole can I mean..she was hungry but not like famished. ...Now im even more confused. I dont know if shes lost/indoor/outoor :(

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:32 AM
why i think she might be pregnant...or fat..im not sure.
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Love4himies
August 7th, 2009, 09:33 AM
Ask Bunduk and Onnie if they want a little sister :D

I would do the same as if you lost a kitty. Contact the shelter to report a found kitty and take it to your vet to have it scanned for a chip. Maybe put up a poster at some of your local mail boxes.

If you leave her out, I would be afraid of a car hitting her :sad:

Love4himies
August 7th, 2009, 09:33 AM
Check her nipples to see if they are swollen and red, that is the first sign of pregnancy.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:34 AM
so everytime i go into the house (kitchen where i can look out) she goes into the tree line and i think she went away. I go out and she comes out meowing....im still torn as to what to do, especially since my mom saw her before...:confused:

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Love4himies
August 7th, 2009, 09:34 AM
Awww, what a little sweetie. She is owned by somebody and hasn't been gone too long. Any new neighbours move in lately?

Chris21711
August 7th, 2009, 09:35 AM
Maybe you could make up some posters Onster...she could be an indoor/outdoor cat and left out for the day when her peeps go to work :frustrated:....all shelters right now have cats coming out of the ying yang, it's that time of year :sad:

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:37 AM
but im afriad to bring her in L4H....i saw her sneezing twice, what if she transfers soemthing to my cats?? Ill def have her checked for a chip but the question from there is whether to let them call the HS and have them take her ( where there is the possibility she may be euth for room) or to leave her in my yard for a while..which sounds horrible but i just cant help but to think shes not lost? I'll check her nipples now.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 09:40 AM
no new neighbours I know of....i know someone who had a cat who recently went away for holidays, dunno what it looked like but know it was female...that's about it. See thats why im torn she doesnt look lost and starving o anything so im afraid to take action and really just take her away from her home :sad: oh and her nipples seem fine :shrug: guess its prob fat. i always look at lost and found posters chris and i havent seen a lost one of her.

Chris21711
August 7th, 2009, 10:08 AM
Maybe she isn't lost Onster and like I said, let out daily....if she didn't eat as if she was starving, I would think that she is getting fed, she looks in good body shape...sigh.

You could try just seeing what she does, but like L4H said if something were to happen to her then you would feel responsible :sad:...it's a hard call Onster, I feel for you.

BenMax
August 7th, 2009, 10:23 AM
I'll tell you what I did once. There was a cat that kept coming to my door for cuddles and food. He seemed nice and clean but after weeks of not knowing I really thought he may be a stray. I put a collar on him with one of those bullet notes. On the note, I said 'if this cat is yours, let me know'. I got a 'note' back in the bullet saying 'he is mine, mind your business'.:laughing:

Ok - so I got the message loud and clear.:laughing:

onster
August 7th, 2009, 10:28 AM
so I took her to the vet and they checked her for 2 different chips but nothing. Right now im on the laptop on my bed and shes cuddled at my feet :rolleyes: vet tech also thinks that if she's lost she hasnt been lost very long. They suggested I make posters and go from there, then at least when/if I take her to the HS I wont feel so bad about it. My allergies are acting up already tho *sneezes*. Oh boy.

*sigh*

Oh and i thought she had litter stuck to her bum but the vet tech pulled lots out, they were teeny tiny burs.

im 90% sure now that she's someone's cat in the neighborhood and is pretty unloyal lol (like already sleeping on my bed yeesh haha) but i want to find out who so i can tell them to at least get her a chip!!! bahh

onster
August 7th, 2009, 10:34 AM
lol benmax thats tooo funny!! hahaha

actually i was thinking of putting a collar on her with a note and letting her out in the mostly secure yard...cuz i really think she has a home so hopefully she'd go back and then they'd see the note.

Then again what if she does get hurt or something .....

stupid people microchip ure cats at the very least :yell::yell: except i know that when i didnt know any better my Ty didnt have a microchip/collar and was indoor outdoor :sad:

onster
August 7th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Now i just have to wait for bro to come home in a few hours to make a poster. Using new pc with no microsoft office yet so cant make one myself...

thanks everyone for your advice and help! Question: how would I accurately describe this cat's colouring/pattern to the HS?

Oookay then kitty doesnt like Onnie, hissed through the door then started growling!

Love4himies
August 7th, 2009, 11:16 AM
I would say she is white with brown tabby markings.

If she is not lost and there are no new neighbours I would have thought you would have seen this kitty before :shrug:.

ownedbycats
August 7th, 2009, 11:17 AM
gray brown tabby tuxedo? Is there anyway you could e-mail them a picture of her so they can see what she looks like?

mollywog
August 7th, 2009, 11:19 AM
so you have her in the house now! ? haha. that's great. I think the collar is a good idea, but then you would be risking her getting hit by a car. Its a tough situation. What do your parents think??

onster
August 7th, 2009, 11:28 AM
shes alseep on my bed, onnie is trying to ram down the door :rolleyes: poor onnie he's so friendly but other kitty doesnt like him. Typical female shes just ignoring his pitiful meowing and crying, barely opening an eyelid..lol.

i gotta go out soon, to the gym (have session w trainer) then i think when i get back im gonna take her to the HS. talked to another woman there and she told me the will keep her 48 hours then if not claimed if shes not agressive or sick she goes up for adoption. Shes def not agressive and didnt look sick to the vet tech or to me...so i think ill have to go that way.

At the same time ill put up lotsa posters and if anyone contacts me ill direct them to the HS.

My mom is torn. We cant have here, we have so much going on and I cant babysit her (kitty). We 100% cant keep her. She wants me to take her to the HS but she said if the HS will euth her then she thinks i should put her back in the yard.....or she says we could try calling friends to see if anyone will keep her.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 11:33 AM
I would say she is white with brown tabby markings.

If she is not lost and there are no new neighbours I would have thought you would have seen this kitty before :shrug:.

ok i told them that, thanks. I have no idea about her i honestly never saw her before and im always spotting cats. Just saw a siamese the other day walking around. Theres a lot of homes around tho i dunno. Like i said my mom says she saw her less than a week ago walking in the street, at least she thinks it was her. I have to say if she's not lost then shes very very very easygoing. Within a minute of being on my room she decided it was old news and jumped onto my bed for a nap. Purring like mad, kneeding. Sometimes she goes and lays her head on my lap. A real sweetie pie.

gray brown tabby tuxedo? Is there anyway you could e-mail them a picture of her so they can see what she looks like?

I asked she told me she has a binder of lost cats. She told me Id have to come in and give a poster.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 11:35 AM
I'm wondering, would anyone be able to help me make a quick poster? I called my bro and he wont be home till the evening so I cant make a poster till then (to use his pc). I would really appreciate it so I can put out posters b4 dark....thanks so much!

I gotta go to the gym now but ill be back in an hour....

nervmidn bout the poster, i suckered my friend into doing it!! thanks again all. Kitty is eating again yeesh what a fatty.

allfurlove
August 7th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Hey Onster, thank you for helping her :angel2:
I work at KWHS, Im off til Monday but if you do bring her in I promise to give her some extra lovin for you :lovestruck:
I also live in the neighbourhood she was found. Have you put up or checked for a flier at Zehrs Erb/Fischer Hallman, and Food Basics at Fischer Hallman/University?

onster
August 7th, 2009, 01:20 PM
Hey allfurlove! thank you sooo much for replying, youve really put me at ease. Awesome that were neighbours - i live in beechwood west.

I havent made a poster yet since i dont have office on this pc, my friend said she would but she hasnt yet. Im gonna have to wait till lil bro comes home I guess and hten ill print out a bunch. First place I thought was zehrs, does the food basics have a bulletin board? Ill also give a poster to my vet (beechwood west animal hospital) and put some up on nearby mailboxes. Maybe also the pet food stores like the pet valu on erb.

I just got back from the gym and she was alseep on my bed. She got up ate from bowl of food (she has eaten like 4 times already!!!) then hopped back onto my bed. Onnie is wanting in my room :sad: He doesnt understand why mommy and kitteh dont wanna play

onster
August 7th, 2009, 01:23 PM
allfurlove, do u think i should try the petpatrol rescue http://www.petpatrol.ca/ ? They are no kill and have their cats at the pet valus. when I called the HS they said theyre not affiliated and couldnt give me any info...do u know if theyre a good organisation? im worried this kitty has a bit of an upper respiratory. Shes sneezed a few times. She wont get put down for that at HS will she?

onster
August 7th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Some more pics...

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All this girl wants to do is sleep! Only thing she's done since i brought her in is sleep/ get up and eat then sleep again :shrug: is that possibly a sign that she really is lost??
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BenMax
August 7th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Try VKR Kittens in Manitock. This guy is amazing..grumpy but amazing. If no one claims this cat, and you can get him there - then this kitty would be very lucky. I cannot however do more than this from Montreal. But I think it's worth a try.

onster
August 7th, 2009, 01:40 PM
thanks so much benmax..manitock? is that a city? ill google it. I know petparol is in elmira and i always see their cats in the pet valu near my home...i just wondered if anyone could personally vouch for them? I also like that they spay/neuter b4 adoption and put in foster homes (HS does not & not affiliated wit any rescues).

onster
August 7th, 2009, 01:42 PM
gtg for now my mom is gonna get really mad if i just stay holed up in my room all day with kitty. Im tryign to convince mom for us to keep her at least the day to give time for the owners to look for her & see my posters/be concerned (so they dont miss the 48hr thing at the HS when i bring her in).

Im gonna go make myself useful. back later.

allfurlove
August 7th, 2009, 02:55 PM
allfurlove, do u think i should try the petpatrol rescue http://www.petpatrol.ca/ ? They are no kill and have their cats at the pet valus. when I called the HS they said theyre not affiliated and couldnt give me any info...do u know if theyre a good organisation? im worried this kitty has a bit of an upper respiratory. Shes sneezed a few times. She wont get put down for that at HS will she?

Yes definetely try the rescue! I have never dealt with them but have seen their cats and they sem very loving just by their detailed cat descriptions :lovestruck:
If she has an URI, they will put her in isolation and she will be started on medication, but if it doesnt clear up after the first round of meds, there is a chance she could be pts :sad:
One of my cats had upper resp and it cleared right up after a few doses, but you just never know. And being stressed doesnt help :sad:

onster
August 7th, 2009, 03:24 PM
ok so i may have found her owners. I was in the yard with my cats (to get their mind off the no access to my room and strange kitty) and someone called the house talked to my mom.

Their cat is 16 yrd old missing for 2 days, the girl is walking over now. Heres the cincher, we can have the cat if we want, they love her but they have a new dog.

Ummmm...

yeah..lets see how this plays out.

Winston
August 7th, 2009, 03:46 PM
awe Onster! thats probably why she is sleeping! shes an elderly gal!

stupid owners! :wall:

onster
August 7th, 2009, 03:54 PM
ok the mom came and picked him up. The cat growled at and wouldnt come to her at first!!! then a few mins later he warmed up to her. . She asked me if i wanted him or knew of someone who did, she said they like him but her daughter got a dog (??). Apparently its a male???? she was sure it was her cat, his name is Nikko.

She thinks he's begining to get alzheimers, she says he seems confused. Indoor outdoor. I suggested keeping him indoors she said he really wants to go out. I strongly suggested microchip or at least collar..she said this is the 2nd time he got lost ...they'll consider 'something' if he gets lost again. I dont know why not this time.

I gave her the name of pet patrol and told her to try them if she really needs to rehome.

:sad:

I dont even know what to say....*sigh*

Love4himies
August 7th, 2009, 04:10 PM
:wall::wall::loser: They don't want a cat they had for 16 years????

do you think you could have 3

onster
August 7th, 2009, 04:16 PM
I know L4H, I know.

I wish I could, but with me going off to Uni in the fall in a teeny appartment 2 is all i can do. My mom will likely travel and lil bro wont care for cats.

If i was living on my own and had a job already (not dependent on parents financially) i would so take him in on the spot. I mean I dont think they abuse him or anything but they obviously don't think about cat ownership the way I/ we on this site do.

When it was clear she wasnt get a microchip anytime soon i even suggested a collar at the very least, she said well ya we will have to consider something if he gets lost again....:yell: seriously how much is a collar!!!!

onster
August 7th, 2009, 04:41 PM
oh and probably the worst thing, which i forgot about till now..when she first came in she said he had been misssing, she 'thought he had gone away to die'. :wall:

Tundra_Queen
August 7th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Crap! What is wrong with people? GGGrrrrrrr that makes me so angry!

Now if the cat gets lost again is she hoping he gets killed as he still won't be wearing a collar?

He leaves home cause he is getting no attention there. He was probably sleeping so much on your bed cause he was too scared to sleep outside...poor kitty. And obvisouly he didn't reocgnize the lady's voice that picked him up and he lives with her?? thatt's just weird.

Willie remembers the contractor that worked on our house 5 years ago and hasn't seen Tony is 5 years. But when Tony was here in June Willie crawled all over him meowing and giving kisses.

Why wouldn't a person that lived with Nikko be remembered by him? Just strange.

Debbie

onster
August 7th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Tundra_queen, she shrugged it off as him being confused as he gets older, she said "cats are supposed to know how to get home but I think he forgets now". He was basically going door to door meowing. She also said that he probably didnt want to go because we fed him, she started to say something about the dog but then the topic changed. I hope she wasnt gonna say the dog was eating his food!!! He really ate a lot but not all at once. He ate half a can of food, then another 1/4, then about 1.5 cups of dry food over the span of a few hours.

I asked her how did you get him back the last time he was lost? she said oh people didnt find him we just found him under a tree that time, all confused.

Poor poor thing. I have no doubt she's his owner i just dont think he wanted to go back home :o She was at the bottom of the stairs and he was laying down at the top. I tried to carry him to bring him to her he growled and Id been carrygn him around before (to put him in carrier, to put him on bed, in litter box) he didnt growl. Then even tho he was halfway down the stairs he went back upstairs. Layed down again then the lady called for him and he wasnt responding at all, then my mom called him and he walked towards my mom!!! at this point the lady just grabbed him really. While we were talking tho she was stroking him and he started to purr tho and was relaxed again.

I dunno when I put my cats in my boarding and i pick them up they act like they dont know me at first :shrug:

I really thought he was a girl too..guess he had really tiny man bits (so def neutered):o The thing is tho when i said he was a female she said no hes a male..or were pretty sure hes a male. Im pretty sure he's a male. Ud think she'd know for sure if he'd been to vets though :shrug: and there i was thinking he was preg at first lol

Tundra_Queen
August 7th, 2009, 07:43 PM
Gee I hope she has the right cat!

I don't know why people seem to think cats know how to get home if they aren't outdoor cats? *sigh* I just hope he will be ok.

Debbie

onster
August 7th, 2009, 07:45 PM
oh i asked her like 10 times if she was sure he was her cat, she said yeah, definately her cat.

Id be really really surprised if someone didnt knwo their cat that was lost 2 days ago!!!

I wish the best for him :pray: since he's indoor/outdoor, ill keep any eye open for him.

hazelrunpack
August 7th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Sigh...

NO words... :sad:

:goodvibes: for the old dear!

catlover2
August 7th, 2009, 10:58 PM
Poor Nikko :sad: Growling? running back up the stairs? Ignoring his owner? Nikko showed he really didn't want to go home with "her". Maybe the new dog is harassing him? If he shows up at your doorstep again, please take him in , do find a good rescue place and take him there with no comment to owner. His present owner has no interest or compassion for this old sweet guy. He deserves to live out his senior years peacefully and happily. That's what I'd do.

Magicwildwolf69
August 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM
wow i've had a bad couple days and this one just made me cry again. 16 years with a cat and they just let it wonder off by itself!!! :wall: what kind of people are they? that cat should be kept inside on a nice comfy couch. poor thing! tossed aside because they got a "new puppy" even if i found a brand new baby kitten and my cats were 20 they would never be pushed aside for the "newest thing" people like this make me want to strangle them. do they have any idea what they have?

allfurlove
August 8th, 2009, 08:41 AM
I hope they dont let him back out :pray:
He looks very healthy for 16, I doubt he'd be going off to die anytime soon....probably just wants away from annoying puppy and :loser: family

rainbow
August 8th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Poor Nikko :sad: Growling? running back up the stairs? Ignoring his owner? Nikko showed he really didn't want to go home with "her". Maybe the new dog is harassing him? If he shows up at your doorstep again, please take him in , do find a good rescue place and take him there with no comment to owner. His present owner has no interest or compassion for this old sweet guy. He deserves to live out his senior years peacefully and happily. That's what I'd do.

I agree ...if he shows up again I would take him to that pet patrol rescue you mentioned. :thumbs up

His current :loser: family does not deserve him at all. :sad:

onster
August 8th, 2009, 07:22 PM
yeah, i hear u all. Definately if he comes by again ill call the rescue

MWW :grouphug:

onster
August 12th, 2009, 11:24 PM
And he wants in...and its midnight even tho i have his owners number i cant really call them.

.....i know i said id call the resuce if he came again but i think, unlike what his owner was telling me, he does not have alzheimers..he's just an indoor outdoor kitty who was lacking some attention at home and found it elsewhere. Morally Im having issues taking him away from a home..no matter how crappy it may be.

I think at this point in time since I cant bring him in and cant call his owners, im just gonna see what happens come 8am this morning..i'll call the owners then. If hes still here they can pick him up again..if he's back home I'll know he was just visiting.

My mom gave him food, he scarfed it down. I'm thinking that might not have been the best idea because it will just encourage him to keep coming back....my dad will *not* like us being this boy's nightly meal.

This is him when I first went out after hearing the incessant meowing outside and going outside to investigate. Purr machine.
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*sigh* I think weve been adopted. It'll probably be like the situation u described benmax, with him coming by for cuddles and food. Unfortunately, like i said dad wont be pleased with us encouraging him by feeding him so dont think that'll happen. Omg he's meowing again now...

onster
August 13th, 2009, 08:39 AM
I called the owners just now...no answer.

Well, he's gone in any case..i'm thinking i'll def be seeing him again.

Love4himies
August 13th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Tough situation, onster :grouphug:. I know you will do what is best for the kitty.

onster
August 13th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks L4H :grouphug:

Im really torn...i dont even know what's right :sad:

He slept on our driveway for a good hour before continuing on his way.

Chris21711
August 13th, 2009, 10:30 AM
Don't beat yourself up Onster, maybe you can keep an eye on him and in the meantime get in touch with the rescue you mentioned, then if he continues coming around see if they will take him....It appears that the family is not that perturbed about him that's for sure :frustrated:

He doesn't look 16 years old to me.

onster
August 13th, 2009, 10:58 AM
thanks chris..ill see if he keeps coming by. my mom said the mom said they had him for 10 yrs and they got him when he was 6..so at least say 12..

He doesnt look old to me either but I did notice he goes down stairs gently/ funny. He kind of hops.

Chris21711
August 13th, 2009, 11:07 AM
thanks chris..ill see if he keeps coming by. my mom said the mom said they had him for 10 yrs and they got him when he was 6..so at least say 12..

He doesnt look old to me either but I did notice he goes down stairs gently/ funny. He kind of hops.

Maybe he was a Bunny in a previous life :o

onster
August 13th, 2009, 12:11 PM
lol maybe

i found out from lil bro he was still hanging out in front of our house at 3am :eek: I heard him meowing around 11:30pm funny i didnt go to bed till i saw him leave at 1:30 or so..he mustve come back.

lil bro came back home then :rolleyes:

seriously i think kitty has adopted us.`

onster
August 13th, 2009, 12:12 PM
do u all think we should still feed him? :shrug:

rainbow
August 13th, 2009, 01:25 PM
Is he back there again right now? He doesn't look thin so I wouldn't feed him every time he comes.

It doesn't appear that the owner really gives a hoot where her cat is at all so I would call and tell her that if he continues to come you will be getting in touch with the rescue.

krdahmer
August 13th, 2009, 02:13 PM
It's kind of up to you, I have a neighbourhood cat that does the same, he comes around for treats and pets and snuggles because his owners are too busy with new twins for him.... plus he's outside more than inside most of the time, so I go out when he comes and feed him some treats and sit and pet him a while.... I like to know for myself that he is at least getting some attention and affection from somewhere. It makes it a little easier to shut the door on him at night. :sad::shrug: