We have a cat now?

My children and the cat
@kaka135 (13418)
Malaysia
February 26, 2016 7:04am CST
It's actually a stray cat, and it's been around for quite some time. Sometimes it came to my house and rest in my front yard. Whenever we went out to the yard, it just ran away. Yesterday, the cat was resting in our front yard again. When my children went out and played, it didn't run away. My children slowly went near to it and touched it, it didn't run away too. We still have some cat food that we bought last time, so the children fed it with the food, and started to play with the cat for almost the whole day. Last evening, when my son met his neighbor friends, he told them we have a cat now. It's our cat now. I don't even know when it has become our cat. My children always like to play with cats, but usually the stray cats in the neighbor will just run away when we get near to them. They are just very happy to have a cat now.
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@Asylum (45438)
• Manchester, England
26 Feb 16
Obviously it became your cat as soon as the children decided it was.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
Since when the young children make the decision, but not the parents? Though I do not mind they take care and play with the cat, I'd prefer the cat to stay in the yard only but not come into the house, as it's still a stray cat and it goes everywhere it wants.
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@Asylum (45438)
• Manchester, England
27 Feb 16
@kaka135 You could always place some type of wooden shelter in the yard for the cat if it chooses to stay around.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
@Asylum Thanks for the idea. Do cats like to stay in the wooden places? I have some woods in the yard that I actually wanted to cut them into pieces but not yet, a stray kitten just came and always likes to hide inside. I was afraid it'd be trapped inside, but it seems to enjoy staying there.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
26 Feb 16
I love the lovely picture of your children and the cat. They look very happy together. I am wondering now is it really your cat? hahah
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
My kids can just play with any cats for quite some time when they see one, if the cats do not run away. It's actually not really our cat, because it's a stray cat, and it still comes and goes. But, my kids claim that it's theirs. There are a few more stray kittens coming to my yard few days ago, and my kids said we have more cats now.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
3 Mar 16
@kaka135 It is so precious and sweet what you children say.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 16
@TiarasOceanView Kids' words are always so sweet, innocent and true sometimes.
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@paigea (19515)
• Canada
3 Mar 16
That is the same way we acquired a pet cat. Luckily he is fixed so there won't be more stray cats.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 16
Do you keep your cat indoor now? So, when he's there, no other stray cats will go to your house?
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@paigea (19515)
• Canada
6 Mar 16
@kaka135 He does try to keep other cats away. We are way out in the country so only one neighbour and not many cats. He comes in the house but he really lives outside and in the heated garage.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
7 Mar 16
@paigea I don't know cats would keep other cats away. I always thought they might attract more cats to the house. I am not familiar with cats, but I always see the stray cats like inviting more friends to my yard now.
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• United States
27 Feb 16
Is the cat sticking by now? Very nice of you to feed the cat and your kids enjoy the cats too.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
The cat still comes and goes. I think it stays around the neighborhood. Sometimes when we go out to the yard, then the cat will come to our yard. I like cats when I was young. I think they are very sweet, and they always like to stick to people, unlike the stray cats I always see in my neighborhood actually. It's actually my kids really like the cats, and like to play with them, so we just feed them. It's them who take care of the cats, and poos if any too. I told them I really have no time and energy to take care of another animal right now.
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• United States
3 Mar 16
@kaka135 aw that is cute of your kids to feed and even clean up after the cat!!
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 16
@infatuatedbby That's the condition I set for them if they want to keep the cat and play with it, as I really have no time to take care of the cat now. I am glad my son is fine with it. Moreover, they really enjoy feeding the cat.
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@nanette64 (11274)
• Fairfield, Texas
26 Feb 16
That is terrific @kaka135 . He looks just like one of mine that I named Big Red. He was also a stray when he came to me.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Big Red must be very lucky to stay with you. How many cats do you have? Do they get along well? These few days, there are a few more stray kittens came to my yard as well.
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@nanette64 (11274)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Mar 16
@kaka135 I have 12 indoor cats; 6 I have to keep in my master bedroom and the other 6 have the run of the house. Of course I just brought a Siamese home who is pregnant, so she's in a spare bedroom. Big Red is one of 2 that are my outside cats.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 16
@nanette64 12 indoor cats + 2 outdoor cats? You are really a cat lover! I can't imagine myself taking care of so many animals.
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@LadyDuck (103316)
• Switzerland
26 Feb 16
He is a cute cat, I do not believe he is a stray, because they are not friendly. Do you keep the cat in your yard now?
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
This cat was not friendly before. Every time when my children went near it, it just ran away. We didn't feed it too, but it liked to rest in my yard. As my children would like it to stay there, so they didn't go near it and just kept a distance. I am not sure why out of a sudden, the cat just didn't run away but even let my children touch it. I am not sure if it's because it's a stray cat, it's quite violent sometimes. My children's hands were hurt by it, it either scratched or bit my children's hands, and they told me they didn't do anything wrong. Perhaps the cat is still not ready to have intimate relationship with the children yet. I told them, it's an adult cat and a stray cat, so it'd be different from the stray kitten we used to take care last year. I am really not familiar with cats. The cat actually comes and goes, but not stays in my yard all the time. Since it still walks around, so I prefer to let it stay in the yard only, but not come into my house. My neighbor who is staying opposite has been feeding the cat for quite some time, so the cat always has always been going there as well.
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@LadyDuck (103316)
• Switzerland
27 Feb 16
@kaka135 The adult cats can even bite or scratch their owners, this is a cat habit, not only of the stray cats. May be that the cat has seen that you are not dangerous and has decided you can trust you and your children.
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@shshiju (8564)
• Cochin, India
27 Feb 16
If you offer food some stray cats behave more friendly. But surely be vigilant of violent cats.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Yes, I think it's because the stray cat sense my kids' friendliness, and it just came to us. There is actually another cat, which is more violent, and my kids said it bullied this yellow cat, so they always chase it away whenever it came to our yard.
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@JudyEv (88085)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Feb 16
I think there are a few of us who acquire a cat in a similar fashion. A stray cat susses us out, decides we're okay and decides to move in. Your children will love having a cat :)
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
Yes, we did bring in a kitten last year, and my children really enjoyed playing with the kitten, and also took care of it. But, the kitten just left after some time. My children have always been asking to have another cat. So now, they are really happy with that cat. I am not familiar with cats at all.
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@aju007 (1485)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Feb 16
Its nice to have pet at home. I see you all are happy with this new cat
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Yes, actually I always like to have a pet for the children. I think it's good for them to spend time with the pet and take care of it, since we had a dog before, I saw how my son interacted with the dog. But I really do not have much time and energy to take care of another animal now. So having the stray cats in the yard might be a alternative now.
@jaboUK (48867)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 16
Let's hope that the cat stays, as your children obviously love it.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
Yes, my children really love it. They have always been asking to keep a cat or dog at home. I guess the cat will come and go, but will still stay around the neighborhood as it's been around for quite some time. My neighbor staying in the opposite house also always feeds the cat.
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@boiboing (12533)
• Northampton, England
26 Feb 16
A cat makes a family whole.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Though I prefer to have a dog in the family now, I think cats is easier to take care of.
@avi256 (3870)
• Pune, India
26 Feb 16
As an ardent cat lover, really happy to see the cat becoming friend of the kids. Trust me its great fun to be around cat. I have still not understood cats very well but one thing is sure and that is they are very cute and they entertain you a lot just by being themselves.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
I see many kids like cats and dogs too, or they basically like any kind of animals. Yes, I also think cats are very sweet and lovely, but I really don't understand them well. The kids always have fun with the cats. I think stray cats are safer than stray dogs, at least the size is smaller, and I don't worry they might hurt my children accidentally, though just a few scratches.
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@PainsOnSlate (18313)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Your children and the cat look like old friends. I hope he stays and lives with you, my children loved their cats when small.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
Yes, I think my children really love cats. We used to keep a kitten (a stray kitten as well) last year, and my children didn't mind taking care of the kitten, feeding it and sometimes even bathing it, and also taking care of its poos. That's why I think it's okay to let them take care of the cat, so they can learn to take care of others and also have a "yard friend" to play with. I think many children love animals, and I think it's good for them as well.
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• Philippines
26 Feb 16
i hope no one owns him, some cats are just friendly. but you never know when an owner would be looking for him. for now, be happy with this cats company
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
I don't think the cat is owned by anyone, as it's been straying around in the neighbor for a very long time. There are actually many stray cats in my neighborhood. Moreover, we will not keep it at home, it just comes and goes. Yes, the kids are always happy to see the cat comes to our yard.
@scheng1 (24984)
• Singapore
26 Feb 16
Soon you have a family of papa cat, mama cat, and many kittens. That will make you very busy, and your children very happy. It is good that they learn to love cats, and I hope that you will teach them about bacteria, and the need to wash hands after playing with cats.
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 16
I am really not familiar with cats, as my mom doesn't like cats at all, though I think they are adorable. I'd need to find out more information about taking care of cats. I don't think I can afford to take care of the cat or the family in future, I just do not have the time and energy to do that now. I hope the cats or my children will take care of them. Yes, I do ask them to wash the hands. My son already knew this well, as we had a dog at home before and he's old enough to understand this, but my little girl still needs some time to get this habit.
@Lucky15 (31678)
• Philippines
26 Feb 16
You and your kids are.so kind :)
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@kaka135 (13418)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Thanks. It's because my kids like cats, so we just feed them.
• Japan
27 Feb 16
Smart kitty!
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@Corbin5 (65158)
• United States
5 Mar 16
Your children sound very proud of the fact that they can say they have a cat now. I think your children have welcomed the cat in the right way and the cat trusts them now. Such a good thing for kids to care for an animal in need.