We found a cat…what now?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@starlitgirl:  I think you’re probably okay to take him in.  Many shelters have a policy that they won’t release an animal to a new owner until it has been there for a fixed period of time. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would take him to a shelter but there is a good chance that this cat is micro-chipped.  Make sure that the microchip is checked before they try adopting out the cat.  Also – be sure that the shelter is for real.  It should be no-kill.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The shelter will be able to scan him for a microchip, if he doesn’t have one sounds like you’ve done everything you can.  The shelter will probably neuter him and have him recover before going on the adoption floor, so usually about a week.  He sounds like a street cat though and not someone’s pet.

Last year we had a “stray” come in through the ER, it had a microchip and we called the owner.  The owner was mad someone brought the cat in because it is an indoor/outdoor cat.  But it wasn’t wearing a collar and was several blocks away from home, so not sure why she would expect people to not assume it was a stray.  It’s the risk you take with an outdoor pet that doesn’t have tags.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Take him to a vet to see if there’s a chip. The vet will likely have some insight on whether he is homeless or just an outdoor cat.

I’d give it some more time if you possibly can, but I think the cat is likely a stray.

You’re a good person for doing this <3

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d take him to the no-kill shelter. Even if he did belong to someone, they shouldn’t let their intact cat roam around outside IMO.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

First, you are super sweet for caring and doing so much already. Do not feel guilty about not being able to keep the cat! Knowing your limits when considering being a pet-owner is one of the kindest things we can do for the animals. 

I think you are fine to take him to a (reputable, no-kill) shelter this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed he is microchipped and can go back to his owner then. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you take him to the shelter as a stray, they will have him checked out by a vet, neutered, and the vet will check for a microchip. Shelters have to hold strays for period of time before putting them up for adoption, in case it turns out to be someone’s pet (and to watch for illness).

If you take him to a vet and then turn him in, some shelters will consider you as an “owner” since you provided care. At that point, you will have to surrender him, instead, which can be more complicated. For the same reason, you may not want to mention to the shelter that you have provided shelter, litter, food, etc. to the cat – it depends on their policies.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@starlitgirl:  The cat is likely a stray! You’re super sweet for taking it in! You could run up to your vets office and see if they will check for a microchip really quick! 

Also, (not sure how you feel about this) if you really feel uncomfortable taking it to the shelter then you could post in your local news paper or other ad sites that you found a cat, no one has come forward and it needs a fur-ever home! Then I would check the credibility of the new owner and get vet references. There’s also aspca as well! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LadyBear:  +1

Agreed! Be very care about “surrendering”. If you ever want to adopt another animal they might not consider you if you have to put on your application that you surrendered an animal at a shelter!

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Is the cat using the litter?  That would be a good indicator as to whether or not it has a home.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@starlitgirl:  Just bringing inside shouldn’t make you an owner. Just when you turn it in, be sure to call it a stray and you’ll be fine.

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