What's up with this stray cat?
May 4, 2007 5:36pm CST
There's this odd-looking stray cat lurking around my neighborhood. It's a rather timid creature, and likes to sneak into our garage to steal some food. He generally stays away from us and the other cats, though. One time I saw him peering curiously through our sliding glass door, but when I approached it, it ran away (of course). It's always nice to see it, though I'm reasonably worried. That cat has been through hailstorms, blizzards, rain, and floods, but its thick fur looks a bit dirty and messy as if it hasn't been inside of a house and groomed and taken care of. It doesn't appear as though it's starving, however. It's kind of an odd-looking cat. It has mostly white fur, with large black spots. The black spots are larger than a dalmation's, and they seem randomly placed. The back end and tail is black, and much of its ear and head are black. I can't really recall too accurately without seeing it. I'm kind of interested in helping it if it is a stray, but honestly I'm not sure if it even is abandoned or something. It might have fleas, or worse, and my family already has six cats and two dogs, so they hardly seem too overly sympathetic towards it. For some reason it doesn't seem like an outright feral cat, since it seems to hang around residential homes, but honestly I wouldn't know. Anyone have any advice? Or perhaps anyone have their own stories of stray cats? Or does this perhaps sound like your cat?
• United States
4 May 07
A friend of mine had a cat like this hanging around her house, and it broke my heart to see it. Everytime she would feed her cats it would try to steal bits and pieces, but the other cats would beat up on it. It took me a couple hours to catch her, but I finall did and brought her home. I kept her in the house for a couple days in hopes that she would calm down, but she really never did, she let me pet her sometimes, but she ended up escaping and I was scared that she would run off. But, she stayed. She comes when I feed the other cats and I always make sure she gets to eat. Sometimes she lets me pet her, sometimes she doesn't. But, at least I know she's eating and I am able to catch her to put advatange on her so fleas don't get to her. But other than that she pretty much keeps to herself.
• United States
4 May 07
If you want to help, you can leave little bits of food for it on your porch, and maybe a dish of water. The cat may have been abused or may have been born in the wild. If you can get close enough to talk to it so it can get used to your voice, it may eventually let you come near it. Good luck!