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Gen. Chat “So, this cat has been acting like he lives here...” by Phaedra

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Phaedra 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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He's been showing up outside the door and meowing to be let in for at least two days now. Today, I went out to see what's up. He's well-behaved, incredibly friendly, and just acts like he's going to dart in the door whenever I've opened it up today.

In fact, I was going out to check the mail about ten minutes ago and got waylaid when the outside cat took the opportunity to dart inside. The cats we already have seemingly had no problems with him being in their apartment, the outside cat was all like, 'cool, you're cats.'

I realize that if we took him in that I would need to take him to the vet and see if he's microchipped (as he has no collar), and get him caught up on vaccines and everything, but I'm not sure what to do.

Obviously, no decisions will be made until I've spoken to Dan, but I am so torn right now. I am so tempted just to let this cat into our home and be all iike, 'so you want to live here? Cool.'

What do the educated minds of OB say?
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Moonage Daydream 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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Are you sure he's not already one of your cats and you just forgot about him? I forget lots of things
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nomad 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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Well, Id say he's probably someone's cat already, but if he doesn't have a collar might be a stray, who knows. If you have cats that don't go out, I wouldn't let him come inside though as he might spread diseases if your cats haven been vaccinated. Also, he;s used to being an outdoor cat, so if you take him in and dont let him out anymore he might start some behaviors you wont like, like peeing in your bed or around the house.
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Madam GMILF 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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We are having the same issues with Garage Cat (I told you about her); I know you don't have the garage option but I would take him in to see if chipped and then make the decision from there as to get him caught up on shots and whatnot.
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lilmissGRIND 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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This happened to my co-worker who hates cats (it lasted two days), and I told him that we'll take the cat if he saw it again, but unfortunately the next time he went back to his house, the kitty was gone. :(

We would have taken him to the vet and see if he was microchipped. The cat was SO SWEET and well mannered and played with another cat in the neighborhood, so if it WAS a stray, it would have been surprising. If the kitty had no home, we would have taken it in until we found a place for him (unless we decided to keep him ourselves). I hope he's safe wherever he is right now. I have pictures on my work computer.

My vote: Keep the kitty if you find out he doesn't already have a home and your husband doesn't mind! <3
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LeeChan 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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Hey, cool. Free cat!
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Pete 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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Take the cat to the vet FIRST! My parents nearly took in a friendly stray and he had feline leukemia. The kept the stray as it would have just been put down and my brother fully adopted their cat since it mostly loved him.

Better safe than sorry.
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jennyfur 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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We have a ton of strays in my neighborhood, and one of the more friendly and not as shabby/mangy looking ones was doing this to us for weeks over the summer. We nicknamed him "flower cat" because there's a planter in front of our door that he would sit in whenever he wasn't doing the "hey you guys gonna let me in?" thing.

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cleversmartass 2 years ago on 01/12/12
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oh my goodness that is an adorable flower cat
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Krissytokyo 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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Flowercat!!!

I say just let him in for a bit and see how his indoor behavior is. Like Rick said you don't know if he'll just piss everywhere and want to be back outside again. To me it sounds like he has an owner (irresponsible for letting him out without a collar but anyways) maybe also post flyers saying you found him just in case he doesn't have a microchip in his cute little body.
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Put A Bird On It! 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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In college my brother had Lazlo.

At his place they would leave the door open in spring and fall when it was nice outside. There were a lot of strays around, but there was one big grey tomcat in particular that would come by almost every day. He'd wander in the open door, make a circuit of the living room letting everyone pet him for a minute or 2 and then wander back out the door again. Eventually they named him Lazlo Hollyfeld after the character in Real Genius who wanders through every now and then but you never really see where he comes from or goes to.
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Frito 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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There's a chance the former owner of your apartment owned that kitty. That's happened to me a couple times. Definitely take it to the vet, they can get the owner info, and if there isn't any get its state of health.
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theclockwork 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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We have a street kiddy. I think someone dumpped him but we kinda took him in. We feed him and take him to the vet behe lives outside. I did make him a box with a heater in it however. He lives in there a lot, I would say 15 hours a day, loves it and comes and goes as he pleases.( Its warmer than my house for gods sakes.) If you need a design let me know I will share mine with you.
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Realityczech 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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So, Phaedra took the kitty to our vet, and she was chipped. We called the owner's listed number, and got no response. Afterwards, we decided to ask the complex if the person lived anywhere in the complex- they did, ad when contacted were very happy to get "Sofie" back. Happy endings all around!
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Phaedra 2 years ago on 01/13/12
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Now that that's resolved, let's hear more stories of strays/loose animals and their hijinks!

We have a big black-and-white medium haired kitty who has wandered in and out of our apartment complex parking lot for the three years we've lived here. (We've lived in this specific apartment for 2 years, so that's how I know this cat didn't belong to this apartment.) The cat has never let me sex it (as yesterday's cat eventually did), but is hugely friendly and usually flops down in front of us when we're going to check the mail and shows its belly in a plea for rubs. I know it belongs to someone locally, as a medium-haired kitty whose fur never seems snarled has got to live somewhere. All in all, this cat is adorable and once wandered in to our own apartment, curled up on the nearest cushy thing, and seemed to say 'here is mine!' I had seen that cat too often and in far too good shape to be tempted to keep the kitty when this happened, but it was nice, as it happened on a day that I was sick and really in the need of some comfort. I like to think that this cat just roams around looking for people in need of comfort, gives some high-quality snuggle time, and then goes its merry way.
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Krissytokyo 2 years ago on 01/14/12
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My kitty still lives with my ex, but she was a stray. I was going out to my car and she had taken refuge from the heat under it. I almost could cry thinking of me accidently running this poor panting kitten over. BUT as fate would have it, as soon as I sat down in my car I heard this weird bird like noise, then I heard it again and again. I got out and looked around and under my car to find her. She looked rough, was panting and it looked like it took her everything she had to meow, "Hey lady, I'm under here and too hot to move and the curb is bigger that I am. Halp!". I'm so glad I found her, and I hate I can't hardly see her. I ultimately decided to leave her with my ex because she has grown up side by side with his kitten (now cat). They are inseparable and do everything together. Plus he takes excellent care of them both.

Oh and her name is Sugars!
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Madam GMILF 2 years ago on 01/14/12
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We got Loki when he was a kitten wandering the neighborhood and playing with all the local kids; he decided to wander into the garage one day, walked up to Floyd, and just started purring. Game over, kitty won.

Garage Cat is this huge grey tabby that followed Alex home from somewhere; looked like someone tried to take her ear off - massive wounds around it, hair falling out, pus oozing - but she was friendly, and she let me clean and dress the wound. It being sub-freezing we let her stay in the garage (carpeted & heated), and bought her a litter box and started providing food and water. Now she is all healed up, can come & go as she pleases but spends most of her time hanging out here.
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John Booty 2 years ago on 01/14/12
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Have you tried giving him to somebody for "a few months" and then moving to the other side of the country and disavowing his existence entirely?

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Krissytokyo 2 years ago on 01/15/12
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Oh John. No you didn't.

To make my post relevant, my first ever kitten was a stray. I lived out in bum fuck no where, so being eight years old and seeing this cute thing hidden under my porch was the best thing to happen all year. I don't remember what I called the kitty, but she was the coolest, she loved playing with me and it broke my heart when my parents ultimately decided to give her to a friend. But from what I heard she lived a good life!
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Devi 2 years ago on 01/15/12
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We've had a couple cats dumped off at my dad's in recent years. I say dumped because my dad has 40 acres in the middle of nowhere and there aren't any neighbors within safe distance for them to wander from.

First is Lil' Bits. I assumed she was born here because we have so many black cats. I took her in to get spayed and when I got home the vets gave me a call and asked "have you had her since she was a kitten? She already has a scar on her tummy." She's an absolute doll and used to play hunting cat for my brother when he worked here. He'd shoot pigeons for her and she'd run after and fetch them. She must have been a house cat at some time because she's pretty comfortable indoors and on a bed.

The other dumped cat is Mordecai. I assumed he was a Tom cat because he picks on all the other cats but he looks fixed. He's pretty nice to me, he meows and lets me pet him, but he's on my shitlist for bullying Lil' Bits.

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