Some of you may remember my story about the momma kitty and 5 kittens that took up residence on my property over the summer. Well i have resigned myself to accept that we are now a 4 cat household, with momma primarily living outdoors. on very cold or wet days we bring her inside and keep her in the bathroom. we actually bring her in everynight and lock her in the bathroom but on nice/nicer days we let her back out in the morning for the day.
so ... 3 mornings ago i was letting her out the bathroom window ...thats how she prefers to leave the house (i think the dogs scare her) and she was reluctant to leave. i heard her start grumbling and i looked out and low and behold there is a cat right below our window. as soon as he saw me he scooted right under the house ! looks like he dug around and found a niche to crawl through and im thinking that is his new home. i think there is more than one ... or maybe another type of animal altogether... living under there because at different times i heard cat fighting but i assumed it was our kitten tormenting the older cats. but tonite i heard it again and all my cats were staring at one spot on my floor.
so what the heck do i do now? why are these animals picking MY house to come and live at? i am going to go around the neighborhood tomorrow and ask if any one is missing a cat but if no one is then what do i do? i absolutely CANNOT afford another mouth to feed and to be perfectly honest i am not even willing to. i have enough to care for and i cannot acrue a hoard of outdoor cats and if i start feeding this one thats exactly what will happen. i will attract every lost creature out there never mind a few mighty big bears come spring.
so what in sam hill do i do? do i ignore the fact that he/she is out there and hope it goes away? do i feed him...he's awfully skinny.. i am at a loss
Have you tried using a live animal trap with some bait? If it works, take him down to a local shelter, or try to find his owner. He is hanging around your house because he knows there is food. He has already made his home under your house, now he is just waiting for something to eat. If you feed him, he will never go away.
Good luck, those pesky feral cats can be a pain, not to mention a lot of diseases!
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
once upon a time my grandmother took care of some cats who took residence under her house during the day and attacked her chickens at night by borrowing a neighbor's dog for few days, shoving him under the house, and blocking off the entrance. A couple of days later, the problem was solved... for a while anyway. had to repeat the process every few months.
The essence of hypocrisy is the tendency to make an exception of oneself.
um ... yeah ok, well if i wanted the cat dead i'd trap it and have it put to sleep humanely .. i wouldn't put it through sheer horror and great pain by having one of my dogs attack it and kill it ... not that any of them would but you get the point. good grief...
i am going to call animal control monday and ask if they have a have a heart trap i can borrow and then i'll trap him, test and neuter him, and figure out what to do from there i guess. i really wish he belonged to someone around here and i just hope to god i don't accidentally trap a skunk as i know there is one around here !!! the shelters/pounds around here either wont take in adult cats cause they are chock full right now or will euthanize him. i cant bring myself to drop him off somewhere where i know he will be put down. i dont think that it is the right thing to do but maybe i am wrong.
as far as disease go, except for momma cat, my cats are indoor only so they couldn't catch anything from him. i hope momma doesn't catch anything but it looks like so far she steers clear of him.
Scout, hopefully you can end up catching him. I think it is great that you want to test and neuter him. Try putting an ad in the paper for a small adoption fee, or free if you don't mind not getting reimbursed for his neutering, to get him a good home. Good luck with him.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
well i figure at least if i neuter him he cannot go around and make more kittens. there are enough of those in this world already and it disheartens me to see how many cute fuzzy kittens grow up into the cats dominating the shelters and pounds.
the only thing that someone needs to pound into my head is the testing thing. not that i won't, but i am almost afraid too, because even though i have no attachment to this cat ... it would break my heart to have to euthanize him if he tested positive for something. i know many caregivers of feral colonies do not euthanize if a cat comes up positive because they say it can be a false result. i don't consider myself an extremist when it comes to making life and death decisions but...
It's more like Cat Sucker lol. If it is true that feral cats shy away from houses with dogs then why do these animals keep showing up? i have 3 very large dogs, two of which make no bones about not liking cats wandering around their yard, the other one could care less and wants to befriend them all. The little dog we have could also care less either way. I have been saying it for years but I really think this year I am going to have to suck it up and put up a fence. Then the dogs can be loose in the yard and keep these critters away.
If it were up to me I wouldn't turn a single one of them away. However I am, right now, in no position to care for them properly as they deserve. I do not want to make a commitment I cannot uphold, I just wish it didn't break my heart so much.
Hi, this has happened to my friend, there was a cat called Gecko, and she had some kittens, another cat, burrowed a hole into her house, she fed the cat hoping it would go away. But it didn't, it came back daily meowing at her doorstep. Number 1 rule never feed the homeless cat. So one day, she took it to the humane society, turns out someone lost it and got re-adopted. Just take the cat to the humane society. :) hope this helps!