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Thread: A Cat Seems to Have Come with Our New House!!

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    Default A Cat Seems to Have Come with Our New House!!

    So we moved in on Tuesday.

    Last night, a cat rocks up to the door and starts meowing to be let in. I open the door and there is a gorgeous looking long haired moggy outside. I think it's a female though looks kinda boyish if ya know what I mean.

    Fur is in beautiful condition. Feels a little thin but even though I have owned cats before, I havent had one in some time so I am not sure how you tell.

    Anyway, I kinda go back inside and it continues to meow. So I open the door. It is super friendly and after some pats and leg rubbing it proceeds to waltz into the house. I am thinking what a cheeky bugger.

    I notice it has a bit of an injury/something to one of it's front legs. Nothing major but soemthing an owner would probably keep them inside for just to keep an eye on healing.

    I stick a small bit of dog food out and it gobbles it all down very quickly like it hasnt eaten for a few days. Anyway, eventually I kinda decide I dont want to encourage it in case it is someone elses cat and I am in effect "stealing it" so I shut the front door and proceed to go out the back for my next ciggy. Well blow me down, the cat appears at the back door. The dogs were in bed in the washhouse and barked and it went back round the front.

    I went to bed not long after (it sat by the window next to the front door watching me all night) and suddenly it appears at the french doors off our bedroom meowing and scratching at the door to be let in. Note, it didnt appear at the full length windows but specifically at the door.

    Anyway, I went to sleep. Didnt see it all day today but them we were in and out quite a bit then this afternoon towards about 6pm up it rocks again. Meowing and scratching at the front door to be let in.

    I am not sure what to do. I stuck a bit of food out again but I dont really want to be encouraging it if it's someones pet. If it's not however, then I want to claim it because it is just such a beautiful cat. Friendly and super good looking. Even my OH who hates cats is quite taken by it, though he did say we couldnt keep it but he didnt mind leaving it food. I pointed out, we are here for 2 years and if it doesnt have a home and we feed it for that long, then when and if we move then we would have to take it because otherwise wed be abandoning it.

    I am thinking that hopefully it is round during the day tomorrow so I can take it to the vet an dhave it checked for a chip, and also a once over for the leg injury and it's weight. I am also going to ask a few neighbours if they know where it comes from.

    It looks healthy with a beautiful coat but I have seen strays who look healthy so I dont know if that is enough of a sign to say it has a home. But then, it is super friendly so it must be used to people. Also, where does it go all day? I don't know.

    Anyways, just thought I would share. Maybe it's one of those cheeky cats that goes round gettign fed by all th eneighbours LOL (though I think its a little thin for that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    he did say we couldnt keep it but he didnt mind leaving it food.
    You OH obviously doesn't know cats. Cats think they belong where their food is! Their owners are not much more than food dispensers to them. And slaves.

    It does definitely sound like the previous occupants left her? Poor thing. You could always try your local vet to run the scanner over her to see if she's microchipped?

    Have your dogs met the cat?

    (I'm not very cat-friendly right this moment because my foster cats woke me up at 6.30am on a Sat morn by running over me repeatedly and I can now hear them destroying the kitchen in search of food because I refuse to feed them before 7.30! Better go check!)

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    Do a door knock of your neighbours either side & ask if it's their cat.

    They may have some info on it. I'd take a picture, even one just on a camera with me to do it too. Could be it has a few homes. Could have been abandoned from there, could belong to 4 or 5 houses along the street... Cat's a cheeky that way!

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    When we first moved in to our place now a ginger cat appeared in our backyard, my kids and i thought he was beautiful so we gave him a cuddle, didnt feed him at all.

    he STAYED in the backyard for the next three days, rubbing himself on the back door and meowing for attention, DID NOT leave.I thought he must have been a stray so i fed him, ( only because i knew he had not left our place for those three days and knew he had not been fed for that time)

    he then stayed for a further three days. On the last day I was hanging out the washing and was ignorant to his meow for attention so he LUNGED at me, grabbing my leg with both his front legs, sunk his claws AND teeth into my leg. It was so out of the blue and SO aggressive, i proceded to throw a bucket of water at him and chased him out of my yard ( after all i didnt want him to do this to my then 2 year old and 6 month old.)

    Any ways he never returned. BUT everytime i walk to the bustop now i see him at his true home in his bed on the doorstep..

    SO MY POINT, the cat could be owned, but maybe trying you on for size lol.

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    Yea I thought he/she may have been owned but the injury on his/her leg just strikes me as weird that someone would let him roam with it.

    And he/she is definitely very skinny so either has a crud owner who hasnt bothered with worming, or is not eating regularly.

    Anyway, when he/she rocks up next I am going to take a photo and go round a few houses on each side and see how we go.

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    A cat came with the holiday house we bought in the mountains. The owner said it belonged to her boarder and she would be back to get her in the next couple of days.
    She didn't. We relocated her back here with us to the farm. This was over 10 years ago. She is still going strong. She was named wendy. I changed it to smokie and had her desexed.

    Had a cat we thought was ours growing up as kids. 2 or 3 other homes thought so too. lol.

    Maybe contact the owners of the house and/or real estate and ask them.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    yea I have emailed the landlord....though you have just reminded me to check and see if he has replied.

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    I think my last house came with a cat. There was certainly a grey fluffy that did all the things that Lala's "new cat" does. The previous tenants where I had moved into - had obviously not paid many bills and had not left a forwarding address. My new neighbour said that it was their cat, but she had kind of adopted it.

    My landlord asked me if I wanted it. And presently it disappeared. I don't like to ask what happened to it. If I knew then what I know now I might have been more pro-active about catching it and taking it to RSPCA or similar. But at the time I thought my neighbour had adopted it.

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    Take it to the local Vet and have it checked for a chip. Leave it with them. They can treat the leg and try to find the owner or treat it and then take it to the pound.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Ive enquired abotu that Anne and been told that they can only clean the wound unless an owner shows up.

    I am keeping an eye on the leg and it looks much better today. When he come sback later this evening I am going to give it a rinse in saline. And tomorrow shall buy some savlon/antibacterial cream and wrap the leg.

    I havent had him scanned yet as he disappears when th evet is open and I can't capture him and hold him because the dogs go crazy. However, I am pretty sure he doesn't have a home.

    The plan at this point is to get him scanned as soon as I can, ask the neighbours (didn tget time this weekend), and failing finding a home I will have his leg treated (though like I said, it seems to be healing quite well on it's own thus far), deworm him and de flea him and then rehome home.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to desex him if he hasn't already been as we have dropped to one income with the move and due to some major car issues, are fast running out of money until I get paid (though if he is still around then, I will get him desexed).

    I would love to keep him, he is a really handsome boy and very very friendly but even though I love cats, we dont really want a cat. We dont want to do the intro thing etc.

    Though I usually think everything happens for a reason and I wonder why he has chosen us to come to sometimes. Are we supposed to keep him or what LOL

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