Post # 1
what do you do?
I was just driving home from a frickin 12 hour day and I see a cute orange cat on the side of the road. No collar, but doesn’t look feral. So I pull over and he comes right up, and I pick him up and put him in my car. Take him home (which is not far away at all). But then, while he’s still in the car, I worry that maybe he is just a friendly outdoor cat who lives outside all the time, and by driving him around I am disorienting him. He was way friendly and seemed well fed, and he turned down my offer of a french fry from McDonald’s.
We live in a suburban area with a lot of outdoor cats especially in our cul de sac, but this one was on the main road.
Anyway, I took him back and opened the door and he jumped out and then I waited and he came back and was all snuggly. I love him. Now I am sad.
Also, the other day I was out in the country, and I saw like three dogs individually running around, no tags. WTF! Put a collar and tag on your outside pet!!!
Would you have kept the cat? Taken it to the vet for a chip? Left it chillin outside?
Post # 3
I would’ve taken it to a vet. Although, I usually won’t deal with strays without collars hands on, and I definitely don’t go near stray animals that aren’t coming to my door. Too many close calls with rabies in my area.
But yeh, take him to a vet and get him checked up for health reasons and to see if he has a microchip.
For everyone else, DEFINITELY put collars on you animals. We had a farm cat that went hunting, and he came back and his shoulder was shot out. People in the country love to shoot at cats and dogs, and I’m hoping that they’d at least restrain themselves if the animals had collars and therefore, obvious owners. Our cat lived, but it was really sad to see him like that while it healed. We should’ve had a collar on him for sure.
Also, he is a lover, and even though we would’ve missed him, I would’ve been ok if someone like you had taken him in and given him an indoor home! 🙂
Post # 4
I would love it and hug it and squeeze it and never let it go.
Post # 5
I know, I should have kept him. Might go back up there. It’s just hard to decide. Three other times I have taken cats to the vet and the owners got pissy, like, “He’s an outdoor cat, I can’t BELIEVE you went to all that trouble.”
Post # 6
Take him to the vet to check if he has a chip and probably put some “Found” signs around the area where he was found to see if he is anyones.
Post # 7
@helenberrycrunch: Me too,
@ktbrady: can I have the french fry the kitty didn’t want? I mean who turns down a french fry?
I would have done the same thing. Just take him to the vet tomorow to get checked out and put up flyers.
ETA: oh wait, did he go away. I would go look for him. I luffff furry kittys
Post # 8
take him home with you!! 🙂 then put up found signs, contact vets in area, and put up a found post on craiglist and call it a day! love on him in the meantime!
Post # 9
We had a stray show up at our home one year. Hung around for many days, waiting for us to open the garage in the mornings. Took him to the vet to be checked out and shots before letting him in to mingle with our cat, and asked around our small town repeatdly for a missing cat. Three months later we found a ‘lost’ poster. Turns out the family said they were so busy with camping and t-ball that summer they hadn’t had time to look for him! Still see him roaming town now and then…kinda think if they were so busy to not care enough to look for him I should have just kept him! Oh well. Just my story 😉 So yeah I’d say if you come across him again do the vet/poster route!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
LOL. This sounds like something I would do. We have a lot of collarless cats in my neighborhood, but I usually know generally which house they belong to. I wish people would at least collar their cat (wish they’d keep them indoors, but I realize not all cats will be if they are tamed ferals).
I actually have taken a stray to the Humane Society before, but it was very obviously starving. I felt awful that I had waited so long to pick it up (it was hanging around our neighborhood), but it had a collar, and I didn’t realize it was starving until I finally pet it one day. Skin and bones, poor thing. 🙁
Post # 11
ha i would soooooo take it home! and shame on people who dont have collars and tags on their pets… im just sayin… ya never know…. my dogs have wandered to the neighbors before… although all i have to do is call and they come home…. but some animals are just wanderers. 🙂
Post # 12
OK I went back and looked for him all around, but he is gone. I really think he is someone’s pet bc he was very well fed and friendly. Just makes me nervous. I didn’t want to bring him inside at first bc one of my two cats has a heart condition and is really susceptible to catching things, but now I kinda wish I had just smuggled him into the laundry room or something. Oh well. I’m sure he is home, I hope!
Post # 13
I feel like a bad cat owner. I have 2 out four collarless cats. They keep taking them off. My super friendly one is microchip. He’s a little con artist he convinced a neighbor he was a stray (he a 18 pound massive fur ball ) and they were feeding him tuna. I thought it was odd he was disappering between 6-8 every day until i found tuna on his fur. i bought him another collar and his free lunch was gone.
Post # 14
@bluek: hahaha. That’s the thing, sometimes these cats just pop their collars right off! It’s hard to know who is supposed to be outside and who is just on an escapade (like my indoor cat likes to do)!
Post # 15
My cat has taken off every collar we have ever put on him. So yeah he wanders around the neighborhood without a collar (he’s in indoor cat that likes to go on walks). Everyone in the neighborhood knows him though so we’ve never had an issue with someone picking him up.
Post # 16
If he was near a main road I would have taken him with me, too! I’d worry too much about him possibly getting hit by a car. It sounds like he was sweet and affectionate but that doesn’t always mean he belongs to someone – there’s this cat in my complex who acts like a dog – he’s always running after people, meowing, totally happy to see them. He follows me around every time I see him and would probably let me pet him for hours if I had the time. FI eventually asked one of the apartment managers and she said he was abandoned by a renter like 7 years ago and he’s lived there ever since, sleeping in different apartments. And I guess people leave food out for him, too. I never would have guessed it because he has beautiful fur and he’s just so sweet. Although that’s probably not the case with the cat you found, he probably has a good home and his owners just don’t make him wear a collar. If you see him again you should snatch him and put up some posters!