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Neighbours moving today -asked us to feed their cat for a week

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coffeeisnectar Sat 30-Jan-16 11:51:40

House few doors down. The cat is lovely, very friendly, most definitely a six dinner Sid and has been in every house in the street. If there is an open window he comes in grin

The neighbours New house doesn't allow pets so she plans to get her and the kids moved in and come back in a week for the cat.

We have been given food. We have three cats already and are now sorting a bed for this cat in our porch.

It's going to end up with him living here isn't if?

marmaladegranny Sat 30-Jan-16 11:54:32

In a week she will much too busy…. and gradually assume that you couldn't bear to part with him.

cozietoesie Sat 30-Jan-16 11:55:13

After a fashion. smile (If he's a six dinner Sid.)

Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Jan-16 11:55:57

That's not really on. When she comes back in a week for the cat (yeah right they all say that) what will she do with the cat then?

As the cat owner she needs to arrange a new home or contact a rescue asap. You can't just leave a cat behind.

Have you agreed to it?

cozietoesie Sat 30-Jan-16 13:29:44

I would actually also have been concerned that she planned (after a fashion) to move a cat into a place that didn't allow pets. What would happen to the poor lad if he was discovered living there and had to go? It sounds like a recipe for disaster.

GoldPlatedBacon Sat 30-Jan-16 13:35:08

She isn't coming back so you need to decide whether or not you want a new cat

Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Jan-16 13:37:26

I think my post might read a bit arsey. Wasn't meant to. People leaving cats behind when they move makes me angry. There's been a few recently at the local rescue.

Bit curious as to why she has said a week. I am sure the children would be sad to part with their pet.

If you are willing to take the cat on coffee make it all official asap. Are the vaccinations up to date, fleas and worms etc. get the microchip transferred into your name etc. You don't want her reappearing in a few months to get the cat back.

cozietoesie Sat 30-Jan-16 14:10:55

It read to me as annoyed, sparkling, but not as anything else. Quite understandable.


Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Jan-16 14:15:42

Ah thanks cozie. smile

InsufficientlyCaffeinated Sat 30-Jan-16 14:18:17

No pets is a fairly standard contract clause but landlords are often willing to let you have small pets if you ask. My landlord had the standard no cats clause but I asked him & turned out he's a massive softy for cats and has 2 spoilt rescues himself. Your neighbour should really ask rather than smuggle him in after a week.

Glad you're well prepared to give him a nice comfy bed in the meantime though. smile

cozietoesie Sat 30-Jan-16 14:24:12

Indeed. I once had to rent out a flat in London. (Circumstances.) There was a standard 'no pets' clause but I'd have been entirely happy to allow a cat or two - although I might have sought a modest extra deposit.

Not every landlord is fine with animals though. You really do have to check.

Floggingmolly Sat 30-Jan-16 14:25:02

She's moving into a place that doesn't allow pets; but she'll leave it a week then come and get him? confused
Of course she's not going to; that's completely nuts.

magicstar1 Sat 30-Jan-16 14:32:51

That's how we got our cat Puddy...when we bought our house she was left behind. I'd say you should get used to having him around.

coffeeisnectar Sat 30-Jan-16 15:13:56

Dp (who objected to us getting a third cat and now talks to cat number three like she's a baby) has said it's too cold in the porch and he will have to come in here.

Dp dropped dd off at work this morning and neighbour collared him in the street and handed him a box of cat food. Good job we have spare bowls.

Originally they had two kittens but gave one to our friends across the road. She says she's definitely coming to get him. He's a lovely boy if slightly too good with his teeth but they have three boys who probably haven't been too gentle with him. We will work our magic on him grin. Cat 3 has calmed loads since we took her on and there's lots of cat beds and boxes here so they have space.

No idea where he is right now. Will go looking for him later. He generally comes over at some point anyway and sits on the doorstep.

Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Jan-16 15:16:33

Do you think she will come back, honestly coffee? And then try and sneak him in where he's not really allowed?

Sounds as if he's better off with you TBH.

Wolfiefan Sat 30-Jan-16 15:19:17

What happens when she has an inspection by the landlord or letting agent and they find the cat? Eviction or getting rid of cat?

coffeeisnectar Sat 30-Jan-16 15:25:45

I don't know. I don't know her at all, just another neighbour asked dp to help move a table and she was out there and asked him.

We will take him on if needed but I do feel sorry for him if they just abandon him.

Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Jan-16 15:27:18

Is she the sort that would have all the vaccinations up to date. Is the cat healthy? You could be taking on a cat and it's health issues so be v careful.

Hope it works out though. Poor cat.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 30-Jan-16 15:38:11

Yep, you'll end up keeping him. At least she didn't just do a flit and leave him.


cozietoesie Sat 30-Jan-16 15:52:24

I think I'd be asking her if you can have him (If it suits you and your incumbents.) You really need to regularise the situation - for his sake as much as anything - and that includes ownership/vet checks/chip/shots/all those good things.

Who knows but that she may fall upon your suggestion with glee?

coffeeisnectar Sun 31-Jan-16 15:38:47

Good news! He's gone with them. They felt too guilty leaving him and took him last night so me trotting up the street in my dressing gown last night calling him was pointless

He's fine, already been out and come back in and she says when they have an inspection she will put him in his carrier and pop him in the car.

Sparklingbrook Sun 31-Jan-16 15:48:33

Ooh that's good news. Well sort of. Lying to the LL not great, but great that she felt the guilt. grin

Are you a bit bereft though? A trip to the local rescue maybe? wink

coffeeisnectar Sun 31-Jan-16 16:24:20

No, no more. Three is enough. Unless I find one looking lonely and has no owner. In which case I may change my mind. Boy cat tolerates the girls. I'm not sure he would be too kind to another boy. He's very territorial grin

Sparklingbrook Sun 31-Jan-16 16:27:12

Sparklingcat has to be an 'only', that was the reason she was rehomed to us. Probably a good thing. But if a stray was to turn up in the garden it would be interesting to see.

Generally she hates all cats in her garden though so unlikely. grin

coffeeisnectar Sun 31-Jan-16 19:14:48

Boy cat was an only for years and hated every cat in the neighbourhood, fought everything. But then we found a stray girl, only a year old and after getting her checked for a chip, kept her. And they got on Really well. Sadly she got run over so got a brother/sister pair from cpl. Brother kept buggering off to his old owners and eventually we signed him over and kept the sister. Then girl cat 2 was put up for a new home by someone we knew and we took her on as well. She's settled in well and I can actually pick her up now although she hasn't gone on a lap yet, she will sit next to you.

You might be surprised by sparkling cat. As ling as they have space to escape they rub along ok. We have three cat beds, a cat house and lots of boxes which are All used.

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