Stray Cats In Our Yard.

@irishmist (3843)
United States
July 15, 2007 6:02pm CST
The last week or so we have noticed 2 stray cats in our yard. They appear to live in the bushes next door to our house. Which there is a small irons work building. They appear to be momma & baby girl. Well she is more like 7 months old. Well 2 days ago we decided to feed them, and yesterday baby trusted us enough to let us pet her. We have decided to adopt her. She is in the house now, and our other 2 cats are checking her out. We don't know what to do about momma cat though, and she appears to possibly be sick. Could be an upper respitory infection. We can't even catch her, and take her to the animal shelter. I think the people in the house next door abanoned them. Baby is real lovable, and seems to know the litter pan. Has anyone ever adopted a stray before, and what was your experience? We worry about illnes and all that. Also at the moment we are not in a postion to afford a vet bill at the moment. So thoughts please..
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9 responses
• United States
16 Jul 07
i have 5 cats most of them have been strays its good news that u caught the baby the only thing u can do about momma is set some traps they dont hurt them put some food in there if shes hungry she will go inside to eat then u have caught her u can get traps from your local animal shelter when u catch her u need to decide if u want to keep her or take her to the shelter where she can get treatment if she needs it the choice is yours but u have to make it if she is sick its no good to get the rest of your cats sick quarantine her or take her to the shelter vets can be expensive but in the long run its alot cheaper to take her and then wait until she gets sick that means all the more money i have caught several stays in traps food works every time some are wild and some are not it all depends finally i adopted alot of strays and they have done very well i had to bottle feed 2 of them cause they were so little they are like children. strays are in need of your help to thanks for the post hope it helps
@irishmist (3843)
• United States
16 Jul 07
Thank you so much for your help! We just want to be sure the baby cat will be ok. I was also thinking of calling the animal shelter & asking if there was a way they help people for free, so folks that find these animals and would like to keep them with a little help. Otherwise People would have to give them up, and who knows what would happen to them..
@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
1 Aug 07
I have adopted strays before. You could check out your local animal shelter. Sometimes they will help with the vet fees.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I think thats really nice of you. I took in a stray cat 4 years ago. And just about a month ago she got out and never came back. We have moved since then so theres no way I will ever see her again. She wasnt a kitten she was full grown. And she was never sick. I do miss her but I also have 2 other cats I adopted from a shelter when they were kittens. I think you have a better chance of your cat staying in because she is young. She wont have a taste of the outside. Good luck with new cat.
@xkristalx (231)
• United States
16 Jul 07
All my cats have been strays. sometimes they do carry diseases, but they have all lived fulfilling normal lives, with non-diseased cats also in the household. My cat Bootsie always get allergies (sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, etc.) when the weather changes even slightly, so the momma might not be that sick, it could be something like that. Maybe someone from the shelter can bring a non-kill trap to catch her, but if she goes to the shelter she faces a big probability of getting put to sleep.
• United States
16 Jul 07
Last year where I was living there were numerous cats who were either dumped there or wild. In the year I lived there I had tamed and turned over to the Humane Society over 20 cats and numerous litters of kittens. I have always sat a plate of food and fresh water out daily for the outside cats so they would stay out of the garbage around the neighborhood. As i fed them I would stay outside with them, as the days progressed I was able to get close to each one and bring them into my home. When they had tamed down and had gotten used to being in the home with kids and people I would inform the Humane Society of their progress and they would come get them for me. I have such a love for animals, and have taken so many in. The Humane Society will help you with the vet check and get them spayed. Also, any meds they need. Make sure you get a good flea collar and the wormer pills you can put in a piece of hot dog and they will take it rather well. But, also the kitten should have been isollated from you house cats, because stray cats and kittens can have feline leukemia that can be given to your house cats by sharing the same water, food, and litter box with the kitten if it has the disease. Please contact your local ASPCA or Humane Society and have a vet ASAP. To unsure the health of your house cats and the new kitten.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
16 Jul 07
This can be a touchy subject in a way....I just really hope that, that kitten is healthy as I wouldn't want to see anything happen to your other two cats...Years and years ago, when my mom and I would take in strays one didn't have to worry too much about feline diseases...unfortunately now that's changed, as many more cats might be carriers of leukemia, and even aids--I hope you're keeping the stray isolated from the other two...You mentioned the momma cat had respiratory problems? Just hope her baby doesn't have it too. sorry don't mean to sound like a gloomy guss here--but one does have to be careful.
• United States
16 Jul 07
We tried adopting a stray kitten. I got him to where he'd trust us enough to hang around in the yard. Finally, it let us pet him. The poor thing was covered in fleas that it was horrible. I gave him a flea bath and tried to bring him in the house. Well that was a failure. He hated the house and ran out the door anytime it was open. He also only went to the bathroom outside. I guess he liked that better than the litter box. I went to the regular store and got kitten dewormer since fleas can give them worms. I also got a little flea collar and a regular collar. It took forever to get these on him. The next day, he was gone. I've never seen him since then. I don't know if someone else adopted him or if he was picked up by animal control or what. It was sad because I'd gotten attached to him.
• United States
16 Jul 07
their is a feral cat operation u may have 1 near u check them out on the net they may be of some help look under the aspca website they can give u the info they would be alot of help to u as well they set up feral colonies spay and neuter the animals and then return them to a colony and take care of them all its a good idea to discuss with your friends and see what u can do about the problem. maybe u can start your own colony if u found 2 strays i bet there are more that need your help check with them on their input hope it helps
@Zelmarq (11508)
• Cebu City, Philippines
15 Jul 07
Oh what a pity, you could report them to proper authorities so that these stray cats be given proper care and attention. I know these happens in western world. Here in the Philippines there are lots and lots of stray cats and dgos around. There re times that the dogs are being killed and eaten by people.