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.

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

however at the moment he is It.

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

Ah - so you've mentally named him.


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,

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.


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.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 20:53:29

if he does belong to someone would hope I can get him back to them. This afternoon I've put him on the missing pets register, and the local petshop have retweeted my tweet about him. He is also on mumsnet local.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 20:53:43

He's great!

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 20:55:00

Aww he is lovely. He looks very at home too. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 20:56:58

I'm placing a bet on 18months old.

He looks just happy as can be on that chair.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 20:59:12

My cat checking him out

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 21:00:17

We initially thought he was an old cat but on closer inspection think he is much younger than we thought.

MissPricklePants Sat 15-Mar-14 21:03:15

Aw he is gorgeous!! I think I would have to keep him if there was no owner!

Will you keep him if no one comes forward? Your cat is being very polite so far.

cate16 Sat 15-Mar-14 21:08:06

Actually - looking at him sitting so beautifully..... I think he's mine smile smile smile

I shall be around to collect him straight away!

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 21:09:08

Your cat really is polite enlightnened. SC would be alll arched back, massive tail and walking sideways while hissing if she saw another cat on her sofa.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Mar-14 21:09:12

I think that the OP's cat is being respectful more than polite. Samson is doing a well-honed 'Lord of All I Survey' thing there. He looks like a real alpha cat.

RandomMess Sat 15-Mar-14 21:10:55

He is a stunner!

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 21:22:10

mine is being very chilled about it which is surprising. That said I think they have been hanging around together.
Will I keep him? I don't know - shall sit on the fence for now!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 21:26:01

He looks in very good condition for a stray. I wonder if he's been evicted in favour of a younger cat.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 21:32:57

he has been hanging around a while and neighbours have been feeding him which is why he is a bit portly but he does seem in good nick for a stray. However his feet and stockings are filthy and his coat quite harsh and dirty. He is washing himself a lot. He has let me wash one sock for him and its come up nice and white.

Sparklingbrook Sat 15-Mar-14 21:36:00

OMG Enlightened he has been at yours 5 minutes and you are already washing his socks. shock

polkadotdelight Sat 15-Mar-14 21:37:06

Cor those are some cheeks! Definitely an entire tom!

AphraBane Sat 15-Mar-14 21:37:41

Oh, he is so gorgeous!

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 21:38:22

If he stays he won't be much longer! yes sparkling typical bloke isn't he!!!!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Mar-14 21:44:41

Did you fetch him a beer too wink

EnlightenedOwl Sat 15-Mar-14 21:53:10

Both of them have gone out. Probably for a swift half!

timtam23 Sat 15-Mar-14 22:01:07

Isn't he just gorgeous! How kind of you to take him in. I am secretly really hoping that you can keep him grin

Me too and I am not being a hypocrite as I took on a stray following a MN thread. He so wants to come and live with you. ( no pressure really).

EnlightenedOwl Sun 16-Mar-14 09:11:54

He did not want to stay in last night so slept outside returning for breakfast this morning. Sadly whilst mine has not launched an attack he is clearly a bit worried about him being in the house and I have to put him first so I don't think I can offer Samson a long term solution. However! I will get him checked for a chip this week / neuter if no claim and then he can stay here until I find a forever home for him. he will be a nice pet when he is neutered as you can do anything with him he let me put some spot on flea stuff on him this morning. He has not been drinking excessively so just think he was really thirsty yesterday.

cozietoesie Sun 16-Mar-14 09:19:03

It's a big change from being a singleton to one of two and he'll undoubtedly be edgy. Much of that might also be down to Samson being an unneutered male and likely giving out 'Go Ahead And Make My Day' vibes - so I wouldn't be too pessimistic yet. Obviously, your current boy must come first but I don't think you've necessarily reached the end-point here.

(On a bright note - having him neutered will make it so much easier for him to get a home if you do finally decide it's a no go.)

EnlightenedOwl Sun 16-Mar-14 09:26:49

Well they're sat outside next to each other and there's no mutilations yet so you might be right - my boy had a very chequered start came from a cats home in not a great state so very keen to make sure he isn't compromised at all - he's spoiled rotten! Whatever happens Samson's roaming days are done he will either stay with me or I will sort a home out for him.
He is so easy to see to - he let me pick him up this morning and he has purred at me and done that winding round your legs thing they like doing. I am quite sold on him really.

RandomMess Sun 16-Mar-14 09:29:39

I'd get him neutered and then see if they get on, they may be quite tolerant of each other. My sibling pair bickering but then will sometimes sleep snuggled up still and they're 6 years old!

EnlightenedOwl Sun 16-Mar-14 13:54:42

He is asleep on chair again - spent morning in garden as we had to go out.
my lad asleep upstairs. They have eaten breakfast and lunch together.
We have cleaned a bit more of him.
Vets Wednesday to check for chip is the plan.

cozietoesie Sun 16-Mar-14 14:15:02

I have to say that it sounds as if they have already pretty well reached an accommodation?

I really wouldn't bother taking him especially to scan for a chip. He won't have one - it's normally done on neutering and anyone who hasn't bothered to have him neutered will not have chipped him. It will be a waste of time for you and extra stress for him.

Book him in for neutering and ask them to scan him at the same time just in case.

Wincingalongslowly Sun 16-Mar-14 14:23:20

He's yours.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 16-Mar-14 14:46:03

I'll take him to the vet just to get a general overview of age/health etc. Agree we probably won't find a chip but you never know and if he is someone's I want him to get back to them. One theory is he was left behind when someone moved as this cat has had a home. Or maybe he belonged to a person who was elderly and died? Probably will never know.
My cat asleep on my knee and he is opposite on his chair. All good.

Yes but you can get the overview etc, as well as the scan, when he's in for neutering. What's the point of two visits?

It's sounds as though he's settling in nicely smile

timtam23 Sun 16-Mar-14 18:18:06

Aw he sounds just lovely. I still hope you keep him! I've had 3 cats (2 now remaining) and all of them have been unrelated, and I had to introduce 2 of them to the original matriarch cat (who wasn't best pleased but tolerated it after a while). Your cat's reaction so far sounds really good.

cozietoesie Sun 16-Mar-14 18:24:06

Might I say timtam that its time for a new photo of Dudley?

(Sorry for the hijack, Enlightened.)

timtam23 Sun 16-Mar-14 21:11:15

cosie - there are 2 new Dudley pics on this thread - it's the last post on page 1

(Sorry for hijack OP)

cozietoesie Sun 16-Mar-14 21:22:48

What a gorgeous grown-up chap!

EnlightenedOwl Mon 17-Mar-14 21:47:29

Just a little update
Unbeknown to me one of the neighbours has also been taking care of Samson and has sorted out for CPL to neuter him that is being done tomorrow. If all is well he will come home and then I will take him over e.g get him microchipped vaccinated and insured. He and my cat seem fine with each other so all is well.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Mar-14 21:56:08

Are you going to have to divide with the neighbour? wink

(I'm recalling that The Lodger also spread his favours around a bit until he finally decided where he wanted to be his 'main place' - but he still went back every few days to keep the neighbours sweet even when he moved in properly. grin)

Glad he's getting on well with your cat.

Sparklingbrook Mon 17-Mar-14 22:04:45

Oh no. A catshare? grin

Corygal Mon 17-Mar-14 22:12:54

He is completely gorgeous! A little furry angel dropped from the skies come to live with you!! You are terribly lucky.

You must name him at once and get him his own bowl and bed.

EnlightenedOwl Tue 18-Mar-14 13:14:34

So its good news. He tested negative for feline leukaemia/HIV
Neighbour will collect him from vets tomorrow then I will pick him up from neighbours at 2pm at which point he is mine
Booked in with vets next week to start microchipping and vaccines.
We will keep him in a few days to accomodate to being a house cat again.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 13:17:13

Is he to get The Snip as well? His acclimatization will really take off with that being done.

(Good news about the negative tests by the way.)

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:17:30

From "didn't really want another cat" to "he's mine from 2pm tomorrow" in 4 days.


Did they vaccinate him?.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 13:17:49

Sorry - forgot. He's having that done tomorrow?

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 13:18:55

.....From "didn't really want another cat" to "he's mine from 2pm tomorrow" in 4 days......

Quite so. (I wasn't going to say anything.grin)

EnlightenedOwl Tue 18-Mar-14 13:50:18

Yes all neutered. So will keep him in for a few days to get him used to being a house cat. Booked in for vaccs next week.
He really is lovely. did not object at all to being put in box to take to vets today.
Had both cats in the house yesterday with no problem other than we couldn't persuade them off the sofa to go outside!

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 14:00:58

If he's been on the road for a few years, he may be relishing indoor luxuries - and your other cat is following his lead.

Well done Samson.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 14:01:57

PS - did the vet give you a closer estimate of his age?

EnlightenedOwl Tue 18-Mar-14 19:09:56

We will find age out tomorrow as person who phoned today did not have that info in front of her. I am open minded even if he is say six or seven that does not put me off. But we think he is younger than that.

Sparklingbrook Tue 18-Mar-14 19:13:11

So lets get this straight-

Cat turns up as a stray
Cat is lovely
Cat is friendly and likes being picked up
Cat is immediately friends with existing cat
Cat gets neutered and moves in forever

<cries with envy>

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 18-Mar-14 19:24:16

Someone else had your dream come true sparks.


cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 19:24:33

Realistically, Sparkling - you're likely going to get:

Cat turns up as a stray
Cat is beaten up by SparklingCat
Cat leaves

It would have to be an exceptionally endearing puss that could change that scenario- but I still have hopes for you in 2014.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 19:34:16

Looking at his picture is a little difficult, Enlightened - because he's such a tom but I think I'd put him at about 3.

EnlightenedOwl Tue 18-Mar-14 19:58:30

someone else has said three to me as well.
I feel a bit awful really as the neighbours have done so much with this cat and sorted all the neutering out but their cat will not tolerate him. However when he is settled in here and knows this is home they still have the pleasure of seeing him. They are not going to feed him now as I am taking him over so he doesn't get confused.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Mar-14 20:02:53

No need to feel awful. If they like him, they'll be delighted to know he's off the road and in a nice home - and, as you said, they'll still be able to see him. (He'll likely be popping in to theirs for a regular visit.) You'll also have a ready made set of cat sitters if you have to go away!

Nobody is losing on this one.

Sparklingbrook Tue 18-Mar-14 20:06:24

Cat turns up as a stray
Cat is beaten up by SparklingCat
Cat leaves

Yep cozie-that's exactly the scenario.

EnlightenedOwl Wed 19-Mar-14 20:39:14

ok he is here. Very agitated and stressed at first but much calmer now and sleeping peacefully. Was anxious to get out but we trying to keep him in as much as possible. Beautiful cat, kisses you and rubs his head against you.
Now, litter trays. I have one for my cat. Do I need another one please? I've had cat and dog before but never cat and cat so not sure what the best way is. Also not sure how good his toilet training is yet although have shown him the litter tray!

cozietoesie Wed 19-Mar-14 20:49:25

At least two trays for the duration, maybe three. The rule of thumb is one per cat plus one - and if he's perhaps not used one before/not used one for a long time, I think I'd err on the side of over-provision so that he doesn't have to go too far.

(And it's no hardship really. Having a spare tray or two in the cupboard is always useful if only for ease of cleaning.)

He'll probably sleep through the night now. Glad he's OK.

timtam23 Wed 19-Mar-14 21:40:58

How lovely that he is home with you at last. Hopefully the litter tray dilemma will be resolved easily! I would say at least 2 trays as well (I have 2 cats & 2 trays)

Applecrumbly Thu 20-Mar-14 00:40:57

Congrats on the new addition OPsmile.
<< stares at 'stray' asleep on recliner chair angry .Stray that I took in last November and remembers all the times I came on here asking for advice as my 7 month old kitten simply would not accept her and they were continually fighting>>.
They get on fairly ok now and seem ok and tolerant of each other..have the odd swipe at each other but for the most part are good .
Good luck OPsmile.

EnlightenedOwl Thu 20-Mar-14 21:03:49

All good again. He really shouldn't be out as not vaccinated yet but he gets upset at being hemmed in. So he has been allowed to come and go. And tonight he jumped on my brother's knee which has really surprised us!
He adores being brushed - weirdo, my other cat hates it! And he also adores Dreamies. What cat doesn't!

cozietoesie Thu 20-Mar-14 21:07:06

Has he used the tray yet?

EnlightenedOwl Thu 20-Mar-14 21:44:54

He's been out quite a bit so not needed tray; however he has his own now in the utility room if he needs it tonight. Its well away from the other cat's and is a quiet space.

cozietoesie Thu 20-Mar-14 21:48:55

That's good. He's young though (?) so should have a strong bladder and may try to last it out. Fingers crossed for you.

Migsy1 Fri 21-Mar-14 11:43:44

He's not shy then? He looks well fed too. He's obviously pretty streetwise and knows how to manage humans.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 22-Mar-14 09:53:43

He looks well fed as two or three neighbours have been feeding him! However now they know he has a "residence" they will stop to avoid him getting confused.
This was this morning. Both cats had a good breakfast bit of a stroll in the sun and now snooze time
Sam has come home every night since I took him over. Still in his bed at 7am this morning!
Apologies for mess my furniture is quite new so buried under lots of throws!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Mar-14 10:09:12

They look very companionable don't they?

cozietoesie Sat 22-Mar-14 10:26:37

Those are two contented cats. There's nothing to say they can't still fall out but it's really not looking likely now. Well done all.

cozietoesie Sat 22-Mar-14 10:29:56

Oh - and by the way. The Lodger was a ginger with that thick fur and I swear I sometimes thought that I ought to just cut out the middleman and hoover him directly. (He used to shed hair like no other cat I've ever seen, despite regular brushing.) Maybe you should institutionalize the throws!

RandomMess Sat 22-Mar-14 11:10:56

I love reading this updates, so glad it is going well smile

EnlightenedOwl Sat 22-Mar-14 12:02:23

Jasper (original cat, black and white) is a sofa destroyer he wrecked my last one. So when I got the new furniture I just went to Asda and got loads of throws. They wash well and you can just take them off if you have visitors. The sofa is still in as new condition. Sam, new cat, is a kneader, but this way he's just pulling holes in that blanket he sleeps on, the spotty one. That one is a Dunelm fleece throw and its popular with both cats so I'll have to go and get another one.

cozietoesie Sat 22-Mar-14 12:11:58

You may ('may') find that the kneading tails off a bit as he becomes more accustomed to love and (comparative) luxury. It will be interesting to see how he progresses.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 22-Mar-14 13:32:42

Ah I was wondering why he was kneading so much! Thanks! I lay on the floor with him earlier while he rolled about doing rolypolys and purred at me.

RandomMess Sat 22-Mar-14 14:42:07

Our cats are persistant kneaders -drives me a little crazy because one in particular luffs me soooo much it has to me that gets a pummelling!

EnlightenedOwl Sat 22-Mar-14 19:54:04

This is what my cupboard looks like. Do you think we've enough to be going on with!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Mar-14 19:58:56

No I think it's woefully under stocked.

What were you thinking? Unless the smoked salmon is in the fridge.

If so, carry on.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 23-Mar-14 15:54:47

In the garden today. Slight concern however as he has been on list for rehoming with cat rescue place and neighbour has told them he is still being fostered and is available if a place comes up there for him. She says it gives us options if things do not work out for him here. I would prefer it if he came off the list for rehoming really. ASAP will get him microchipped to me.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 23-Mar-14 16:00:08

Can you ring them to explain he's happy with you & you intend to keep him?.

They look quite companionable together, I don't see how they rescue could provide him with a better home.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 23-Mar-14 16:02:39

I can see the sense of having an alternative available but they are doing so well! They had a tiny tiff in the back garden - over a sun spot! - but it was more handbags at dawn than anything really malicious.

cozietoesie Sun 23-Mar-14 16:20:51

They look fine together. I'd ring the rescue and say he's got a home already - and get him chipped to you ASAP.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 23-Mar-14 16:45:53

We've got a pet carrier of theirs which he arrived in and need to take it back guess we can tell them then. I really need to get this chip done - vaccination appt on Weds and will discuss chipping then.

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