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marko December 16th, 2017 10:50 AM

Letting neighbor's cat in - Problem?
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Hi peeps!

Just curious as to your opinion.

2 cats from 2 different neighbours come to visit us daily. They don't do much, they just sniff aorund and hang out for a bit. Oh yeah...carmy and I feed them lol. They both seem to ignore Twiggy our cat, who is not bothered by them in the least. They both purr for us now and feel pretty comfortable.... usually we kick them out after 10-30 minutes.

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Is there a problem with this?

Winston December 16th, 2017 01:32 PM

Hey Marko! what a pretty kitty. Its nice to hear Twiggy isnt bothered by it :thumbs up

Here is what I see as an issue. They are outdoor cats that come into your home and you dont know what they are bringing with them. Fleas, parasites or even things like Upper Respiratory infections and possibly FLV.

Maybe you could talk to the owners to ensure they are may want to let the owners know what your feeding too in case they have an issue with it.

Otherwise this kitty looks quite content...:laughing:


Longblades December 16th, 2017 07:34 PM

Ditto the health issues. However I wonder if they are fairly moot if the cats visit in summer when you have windows open and they can meet your own through the screen?

As someone who has only had inside/outside cats till recently (and still have one such) I bring my cats in when I leave the house, and at night. So if I was to want to leave and could not find my cat I'd be worried. It is nice to have neighbours who like your cats.

Barkingdog December 16th, 2017 07:43 PM

I agree with what Winston said, as I was thinking same about the cats bringing in unwanted guests. I am also concerned if the cats are on a restricted diets for any health reasons. I had a cat that would come back home smelling like he been sitting next to fireplace and sure enough that just want he been doing ! A neighbor was letting him in her house and feeding him too , I had to tell her not to feed him b/c I had no idea how much food she was giving him or what kind of food it was . I didn't want my cat getting too fat or sick from eating the wrong kind of food. I know marko know better than to feed the cats the wrong kind of food ,my neighbor had no pets and was feeding my cat people food.

It's a beautiful cat and I would be tempting to want to keep it ! :lovestruck:

hazelrunpack December 16th, 2017 09:41 PM

I think it's sweet that Twiggy has friends who come to call :lovestruck:

marko December 17th, 2017 08:22 AM

thanks for all the opinions!

One cat (big boy - in this pic) doesn't even have a collar and is unneutered..... he smells of fleecy all the time.

The other cat does have a collar - is neutered and smells of cigarettes all the time....

I too was/am a bit concerned over diseases....but they never even touch Twiggy.

I do not know who the owners are....

Could she still get something airborne? how common is this?

Thank again!

Winston December 17th, 2017 03:00 PM

Marko do you vaccinate Twiggy. I wasnt sure as alot of folks tend to cut back as much as possible on vaccines especially as our kitties age.

Have a quick conversation with your vet to ensure Twiggy is covered. Upper Rhesp is very common and airborn. Realistically Twiggy could catch this just from sitting in an open window with a cat near with URI. Feline Leukemia is also contagious to cats that have immune system issues.

Do these cats stay outside a lot. If they do I would definatley be careful.

Its amazing Twiggy has no response to them. Do you have an area where they could come in and somewhere where Twiggy doesnt go to. Like a seperate room. Not sure if your in a house or apt.


marko December 17th, 2017 04:05 PM

Thx Cindy - Twiggy is so weird and makes weird noises...usually they approach and then step back lol.

we do not vaccinate she is 100% indoors. I guess that increases the risk...doh.

cats come in from backdoor...twiggy hangs out at the front window on her perch...

gotta chat w/the vet. thx!

Winston December 17th, 2017 05:39 PM

I would say if they are completely in different rooms and you could keep it that way it could work I think.
We were the same way with Tabitha and Bomber where they were completely indoors so after the initial vaccines we were good with not subjecting them to them, also having an understanding vet helped too.
Its a bit of a risk. Maybe finding the owners and having a chat about health but that may be unrealistic.
You could make an outside shelter for them and visit outdoors...easy to do when its cold if they are outdoors.
Gets you out of the house to visit too...:thumbs up
Tough call wouldnt want to be in your shoes....especially since kitty looks so content.

Longblades December 17th, 2017 06:08 PM

Could you put notes on their collars? Put a collar on the one who doesn't have one? You've heard the story about the dog who visits someone once a day, enters the house and has a sleep? Maybe you would get a note back too.. :)


I know, I know, how to tell if that story is true. But you could try a note. Maybe there's a better story. :)

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