A cat wants to live in my shed!

@maximax8 (28570)
United Kingdom
February 26, 2008 3:27pm CST
One of the families in my road moved to a bigger house in the same locality. But their cat just hates it there and comes over to live in my shed. He likes the open fields at the back of my house. His owner has come and collected him a few times. Then she has kept him in for a month. Then he is back to my shed. Have you ever moved? How did your cat like your new home? Have you ever had a cat try to move into your home or shed? What do you think I should do about the cat? Thanks.
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11 responses
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
26 Feb 08
Cats are funny creatures. I think they decide what they want to do and no one can change there minds. I think as long as the owners know where he is and he is content in the shed then that is the way it will probably be. Maybe they can come over to the shed to visit and bring food. Maybe the cat is trying to bring the two families together for a greater purpose.
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 08
Thanks for this wonderful response. Cats are funny animals that have a mind of their own. Yes, I will invite the family to visit their cat and bring food.
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
maybe the cat likes your home not only because of the open fields and the backyard but maybe also because of the loving atmosphere in your home.Just like me.I always want to leave the house because it has so many negativities in there.I always look for a peaceful place with love scattered around.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
29 Feb 08
When I have moved I have always had my cats come with me. The trick is to keep them inside for at least one week. Provide them with food & water inside. Give them lots of attention. Then they dont want to leave. I suggest you mention to the owners about keeping it inside for a while. It sounds to me like they are not a very loving family, otherwise the cat wouldn't want to keep leaving. You may become a cat owner soon!
@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
In all honesty, I don't like cats. but that's interesting. i think the cat likes you much more than your shed.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Oh poor cat. For humans too, especially children, it's very hard emotionally and mentally (and some physically too) that you moved and left your belvoed home sweet home. He/she must really wish they hadn't moved. And used to the old play things, adn may like the old place much more. I've been in the same house for more than 2 decades, and so my kitties haven't had to deal with moving. My golden retriever who I had since birth (no passed away, bleses her), I was too young to notice if she minded at all. My sister and I threw tantrums and were soooo upset about moving for some time. ;o)
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
27 Feb 08
I think my cat makes the rules about what goes on in my garden,re other cats :) They can be territorial... There was a great cat story in the papers and on TV a few months back..A London cat went missing from it's home..it was somehow traced to another neighbourhood,the Woman drove round there,and the cat saw her pull up,sat on the kerb,and got into the car..this has now become a regular thing...the cat goes missing,the Woman goes around to the same place,and the Cat's sitting there waiting on his lift home!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
27 Feb 08
I don't have any pets at present, but my last cat I had for twelve years, and moved three times in that time. After a couple of days, the cat settled in well. As for your second question my answer is no. If I were you, and providing it didn't worry you having the cat in your shed, I'd have a chat to the owner.
@ellie333 (21029)
26 Feb 08
I had four cats two years ago, Wilfred, Sybil, Button and Greebo. Unfortunately Button was runover and killed the day of the move so she obviously wasn't to supposed to move with. Greebo decided there was no way she was coming either the little old lady down the road fed her tinned tuna too often for this to be viable so we just had to leave her behind as heartbreaking as it was, but Wilfred and Sybil settled in really well and neither of them now have to contend with a road nearby, just lots of fields and woods to play in, Button would have loved it, and Greebo, I have been back many times and I see her and she will come over but scoots away if we get too close so I presume she is happier being where she is. Sounds like your shed cat feels the same way with all the fields to play in behind. Looks like you have yourself a new pet. LOL Ellie:D
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 08
Cats are very territorial and they have their own little kingdoms which they don't like to give up, they are the kings and have their own special kingdom to prowl and look after and they don't like being moved, and will often come back to where they feel happiest and obviously this is the case with this little man! Cats are independent and never go hungry, they know where they are well off and it's looks like he's made his own decision! Whether his owner likes it or not. We've always moved with cats and it has been a great distance we keep them in the house for a couple of weeks then slowly let them out once they get used to their surroundings and have marked their territory inside and then finally outside so they slowly become accustomed to their new territory/kingdom.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I have moved many times but all of my cats were always indoor cats. We have alot of stray cats in the neighborhood but none of them are trying to live in our garage or anywhere in our yard. They come and go. Good luck decideing what to do about the cat.
@Darkwing (21588)
26 Feb 08
Cats, especially Toms, tend to do this. I think, as long as the owner agrees, you should let him make his home where he's happy... in your shed. They could perhaps come and take him back from time to time, and he might eventually stay with them.. who knows? My daughter-in-law took a cat in which kept visiting them. His previous owners had bought a dog and he had been pushed out, so he came and made his home with her. lol. She did ask the owners if they minded her taking him in, and they agreed to it. He's now a well-fed, contented cat, from being skinny, and stray. On the other hand, I had a cat who disappeared for six weeks. We thought he must have met his end somewhere, but no... one day, he just sauntered back and pushed his paw through our low letterbox, to knock and make us aware of his presence. He didn't go off again, so goodness knows where he had been. Brightest Blessings.