Stray Cat

(108 Posts)
EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 17:05:53

For some weeks a stray has been hanging around. Neighbours have been feeding him. However the last few nights he has been sleeping in my garden.
Finally gave in and gave him some dinner. He is now asleep on a chair in the house.
Luckily my cat seems to be tolerating him
Stray Cat is a tom cat, unneutered very friendly but I don't know what to do. i've left messages with the pet shop local catteries and vets pet found websites facebook etc.
I guess I should as a starter get him checked for a chip shouldn't I? he has no collar.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 17:07:50

I reckon so. Most vets will do that for free for you.

I'd bet my house that he doesn't have a chip. An owner who hasn't bothered to have their pet neutered generally won't be the chipping type either.

Unneutered toms can travel many miles following the scent of a female in heat, and they then end up getting lost (or run over). That is why the majority of stray cats are unneutered toms. Your chances of finding an owner are miniscule. He is likely to be many, many miles from home.

If you can afford it I would book him in to be castrated (and of course ask them to check for a chip at the same time). If you can't afford it enquire with the CPL or the RSPCA to see if you can get vouchers from them. Or, if you're in London, go to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.

Then enjoy your new petsmile

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 18:01:49

I am trying not to like him. I have a cat already as I said and really didn't want another one. But he is a lovely chap. He's drank a lot of water but I don't think he has had much access to it as its been dry here recently so no puddles to drink from. He's quite dirty but when he has yawned (!) his mouth looks pink and clean with white teeth. Seems a little nervous and wants to just eat and sleep and have a bit of fuss. His eyes are clear no discharge and cannot see evidence of fleas although will get some product as soon as possible. I'll get him a nurse's appt at the vet - hope he lets me box him up! - and we can scan him and get an age approximation going forward.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 18:10:00

......I am trying not to like him. I have a cat already as I said and really didn't want another one. But he is a lovely chap......

Sound as if you've been chosen. Has he been given a name yet? (Even if only inside your head.)

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 18:12:41

Be careful if anyone rings about him because you wouldn't want anyone with evil intent getting him.

My local vets is doing a 30% off neutering promotion, there might be one near you doing one.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/522606_546895588678402_1436028597_n.jpg

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 18:26:13

I love that.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 18:58:23

No one is claiming him unless they have photos to prove he is theirs. Or even better we find a chip with owners details on.
If he stays is a Samson - Samson the Church Cat. He is the spit of him

www.amazon.co.uk/The-Church-Mouse-Graham-Oakley/dp/1840115661

however at the moment he is It.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 19:00:15

Ah - so you've mentally named him.

grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 19:55:07

Chippings usually done at neutering, so I would think TCN is right about the no chip.

He will need a course of vaccinations too, the vets I've visited recently are doing schemes that give discounts for neutering, jabs & flea control. It's worth it for a new cat.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 20:10:24

Yes I'd forgotten about vaccs. Mine is vaccinated and on a yearly booster so its just maintenance with him - I'd forgotten what its like when you start again with one - chipping, neutering, vaccinating...insurance....

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:12:16

envy I never get a stray cat. <surveys garden for one>

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 20:12:46

But then you get a special buddy to live with you. It's worth it.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 20:14:01

Aw I think 2014 might be your year, Sparkling. Just relax into it.

smile

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:15:57

It's that big grey furry lump's fault cozie. grin

Sparkling- where do you live, I could provide you with a stray cat or three wink

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:30:05

grin pink. DH and Sparkling Cat-they say no. sad

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 20:30:36

The trouble is that it has to not only be genuinely stray (a real Dudley) but also approved by SparklingCat, pink. Therein lies the problem.

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:34:00

It's tricky cozie. SC hates all other cats basically. Except for the male tabby over the road. The flirting is quite nauseating.
But weirdly the foxes that come for supper every night-they are ok. confused

Do keep us updated enlightened! But I think you may have a found yourself with a new lodger smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 20:40:13

The dh you can get round but cats are implacable.

I'd like a second cat. A black one called Georgie.

One of ours hated all cats apart from the ginger Tom. She loved him but hated her mum.

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:43:07

YY enlightened we will need a picture obvs.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 20:50:59

here he is.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 20:51:57

Ooh he's all cobby & gorgeous.

Oh he looks so contented! What a handsome chappy.

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