(Closed) Can you keep a cat you find?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you keep her?
    Yes! If no one comes forward : (53 votes)
    67 %
    Yes, if she was left in the cold multiple times she needs stable home : (17 votes)
    22 %
    No, even if she was let out on purpose : (5 votes)
    6 %
    Other, Explain in comments : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    2701 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

    I think if she’s not chipped, you’re fine to keep her. Thank you for taking her in out of the cold!

    Post # 3
    3169 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would get in touch with all the vets in the area and see if anyone had reported a missing cat and give them my details. If no one came forward from that avenue, as well as the FB groups etc, then I would keep her

    Post # 4
    1727 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Did she seem skinny? I would try to find her owner first but if no one turns up then by all means keep her. 

    Post # 5
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    When taking in a stray, you are supposed to isolate them from your own cats until you have them tested for feline leukemia, etc.  I think?

    Post # 6
    3169 posts
    Sugar bee

    wineplease:  This is true. OP do be careful until you can get her blood tests done. You get immediate results so you will know at the same time as m’chipping if she is clear

    Post # 7
    2460 posts
    Buzzing bee

    In Illinois you legally have to wait a week and try to be looking for the owners. No one will really care though tbh. I would call around to local shelters to see if anyone has lost a cat. That’s where most people will look to first. I would keep this one separate from your current cats until you can get he/she checked out at the vet. 

    Animals usually are very good at knowing where they will be safe and loved. It looks like this kitty thinks your a good fit! 🙂 lol 

    I can honestly tell you that I would not be able to part with a kitty we found outdoors unless someone claimed the kitty, otherwise he/she would be mine. 

    Post # 8
    2443 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d call vets and the humane society, as well as put up flyers to be sure. One of my parents’ cats ran off about 10 years ago. She was gone a month. Ended up a family took her in and they saw our flyers. 

    Post # 9
    437 posts
    Helper bee

    Check your local ordinances. Our city does not allow that. Do people do it anyway? Yes.

    Post # 10
    534 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    We had a very similar situation last year, except it was September and the cat we found in the yard had an injury behind his ear.

    We kept him isolated until we could take him to the vet to check for a microchip. We got him treated and checked, then after talking to neighbors and calling the apartment complex next door and putting up a sign on our door that said found cat no one came forward so we neutered and kept him.

    Now his name is Van Gogh/Floof and he enjoys the indoor life. If the cat isn’t microchipped and no one comes forward when you call around and look, I would keep it.

    Post # 11
    835 posts
    Busy bee

    If she’s not chipped, I’d keep her. No animal deserves to be cold and starving. You’re a very kind person for taking her in, I’m hoping she isn’t chipped and has ‘chosen’ a wonderful new home!! Let us know what happens!

    Post # 12
    2181 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I do not know the legality. Do your due diligence in finding out if she is chipped, calling shelters, asking neighbors but I would agree with your gut. If she ran inside and was that hungry, she probably needs a home. Even if she is from a shelter, you are making room for them to take care of another cat in need so no harm no foul. 

    Sidenote, I worked with a girl who had a similar situation happen. She came home to cat just hanging out at her place. We are in FL so the cat was not out in the cold. My friend started feeding her and eventually took her to a vet to find out she was chipped. The vet had to call the owner and my friend was upset. She said the lady obviously wasnt taking good care of the cat if the cat went wondering away. I said, it really doesn’t matter why the cat was wondering away, the cat belongs to someone else. The cat showed no signs of abuse so the lady just let the cat out to wonder from time to time. While I would not do this, its the owner’s perogative. Some time passes and the cat shows back up at my friends. Instead of just giving the cat some water and a snack, getting the cat back to the owner, my friend kept her. Brought her inside, never lets her out even thought she cries for it, and the cat is now my friends. I had to drop the topic with my friend due to our differing views. I see my friends point for wanting to keep the cat safe but the cat had an owner. Plus, how can this cat ever go to a vet again? They have to look for a chip and scan it right? The owner has to be contacted. I dunno, this was several years ago so who knows what has happened since. Anyway, just a side story this reminded me of. 

    Way to keep a cat safe from the cold, bee!

    Post # 13
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    If I found a neglected animal I wouldn’t hesitate to keep it personally. Legality aside, I wouldn’t lose any sleep at night. 

    Post # 14
    47188 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think you have an oligation to do a little more than post online and see if she is chipped. How would you feel if one of your cats escaped through an open door and the finder made only minimal efforts to find the owner?

    I think you have done a good thing by taking in the cat, but I think your search for the owner needs to be a bit more exhaustive.

    Post # 15
    17 posts

    Keep doing as you are doing and try to find her owners if she has any. A lot of people here are failing to mention that while, yes it is terrible to keep your pet outside during the cold, she may be lost. If she has owners they may not be purposefully keeping her outside in the cold. I would feel so terrible if one of my cats escaped and got lost and then someone decided to keep him because they thought he was being mistreated. You’re doing the right thing by trying to find her owners.

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