Feral Cat under my porch

United States
February 7, 2016 3:11pm CST
All winter we've noticed a black cat that likes to hide under our porch and the porch/ ramp out side. We don't know where this fella came from or how long it's been in the area. However, we've seen tracks on our drive in the snow and up and down the ramp. I've also seen my inside cats wanting to stay close to the back door at times. Wondering if they know it's there? The cat seems to be getting a bit content with us somewhat. As this morning around lunch it casually walked under my ramp whereas normally it ran so fast you weren't sure what you saw. And it peeked his head out of the gap where our dryer vent is and then disappeared under the ramp. I'm not sure if it will stay when warm weather comes or it will move along? If it doesn't move along perhaps contact the animal shelter or do I let it be? As there is another we spotted in the vacant lot next to my neighbors just laying in the over grown grass. As this neighbor puts out seed and peanuts for the birds and squirrels... I imagine it patrons her feeding station as well?
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@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
7 Feb 16
I am not sure what to tell you on this. I am sure that the squirrel and bird feeders make prey available for the cats as they do not eat grain. They would help remove any weak or ill birds and squirrels. In some ways I do not mind having an outdoor cat hang around to catch mice and such before they get in. It would be a good move but expensive to trap him and have him neurtered and marked as feral.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
You have brought up many good points. I agree if they can keep vermin from entering my house or destroying my garden I would like. However, with the warm winds and the melting snow I found it's little treasurers / logs on our back patio. Ick... hopefully Mother Nature will clean that up before it's arm enough the kids really want to spend time outside consistantly.
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 16
Why call the animal shelter if it seems happy and is doing no harm? I would just leave it be.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Feb 16
I wish I could give you some advice but I don't know the answer. It depends I guess on how you feel about it hanging around your house.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I don't mind right now with it being winter that we are not out as much. I'm just wondering if we would see it once it got warmer weatherwise and if it would continue to elude us? It was willing to sit on my porch and let me walk past it with out batting an eye the other week. I just don't want to get scratched or bit or the kids attempting to pet it.
@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
20 Feb 16
@3SnuggleBunnies I would be worried about that too. You just never know with a feral cat.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
20 Feb 16
Well,, to me i will just let it be.
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@Marcyaz (35594)
• United States
7 Feb 16
As long as the kitty has food and water I would just let it be as it is feral and would not welcome being in a cage and the shelter.
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@KristenH (25148)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8 Feb 16
Poor cat. Your best bet is to contact Animal Control, since it could be an aggressive cat. It might've been abused by its former owners. Or see if you can adopt the cat, if you can.
@celticeagle (120447)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Feb 16
This reminds me of a book I red about a strange young man who lived in a older couples crawlspace. They sort of adopted him. It tells the story of what happened. Very weird.