Post # 1
My Fiance and I already have 2 cats. We were not looking to expand. However we came home tonight and were unloading grocceries when the SWEETEST cat ran up onto our pourch and came inside. She scarfed some cat food and began to rub all over us. We posted online that we found her, and will see if she is chipped in the morning. A FB Friend of mine works nearby and said that same cat (sent photo) was wandering outside their store and wanting in over Christmas. It is 20 degrees F out and only getting colder. There is no way I am putting her back out in the cold and just hoping she goes “home.” I don’t really believe in “outdoor” cats. I just couldn’t relax not knowing if my babies were safe. There is 0 chance I would let them outside for long periods of time in cold that is dangerous. So what do you think? If no one claims her via the Facebook groups I posted her in (lost and found pets in our area and our personal pages and swap pages) and she isn’t chipped is it wrong of me to keep her? Anyone know the legality of this in Kansas?
Post # 2
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check your local ordinances. Our city does not allow that. Do people do it anyway? Yes.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
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.