No, nothing is one hundred per cent sure, but to me it has the look of an ill cat. As I said I see a lot of ill/starving cats and you just get to recognise the look. I'm not saying I can't be wrong but it's certainly worth checking out.
I'd take him (if you can grab him) to the vet for a checkup. If you tell them you've found him they'll check for a microchip and they may have a database of lost cats in the area that they can check too.
He just does. Partly his stance. I see a lot of ill cats and they all have that look about them. It's just something that experience teaches you (of course it could just be the photo and if I saw him in real life I wouldn't think that, but to me that is a photo of an ill cat).
I think it's fine to make assumptions. Yes it may be being treated but the chances are it isn't. If it goes to a rescue or a vet then they will scan it for a chip. If it's not chipped then we would always recommend putting posters up in the area where it was found with contact details.
Ill cats really shouldn't be ignored on the off chance that they do in fact have an owner who is treating it. All cats should be chipped. If your cat is a wanderer and looks ill and you haven't chipped it then you only have yourself to blame if someone picks it up.
My cat has an overactive thyroid, is painfully thin and always looking for food even though she is treated for it - she is fifteen and is certainly not neglected!
Thyroid conditions are very common in cats, and the loss of weight plus hunger plus crying for food are common signs. This might well be a perfectly well loved cat who happens to have a medical condition.
If someone kidnapped my cat I would be fuming. Try to find out who the cat belongs to and go and speak to the owner first.
Well if they're hungry and they find a food source they don't normally wander too far from there. So as I said, even you if don't see him, put food down, and do it for a few days, and I'm sure he'll start hanging around that spot all the time then.
Yes do. And if you don't see him put some food down anyway and hopefully he'll find it and then keep coming back to see if more appears. Then of course you'll need to get a cat carrier from somewhere. And when you do go to catch him (provided he's friendly of course) then try to get someone to go with you to help, stroke him and then grasp very firmly by the scruff of the neck and don't let go from there. Use your other hand to support him and introduce him to the carrier bum first not head first. The other person will probably need to hold the carrier so it doesn't move and you can push him in backwards.
If he's not friendly enough to do that then keep putting food down and contact your local Cat Protection or other local charity. Try to avoid the RSPCA.
He's at the bottom of my street on some wasteland. He's mewed a couple of times, but as he came for a fuss today a realised how thin he was. I did by some food and look this afternoon but it was chucking it down.