Post # 1
There is an outside cat that loves to be on our property. My husband has seen her numerous times on the roof of his car when he leaves for work in the morning. Not good for the paint! Not a day goes by I don’t see her, and I don’t even know who her owners are. I’ve asked neighbors, and they don’t know either. We have three pets of our own, and this cat loves to come on our patio and taunt our cat. I love animals, but she’s a nuisance. Is there anything I can do about this or will we just have to live with the annoyance?
Post # 5
You could call animal control, they can check for a microchip if its not wearing a collar, but they will take it to the pound regardless
Post # 6
I’ve seen cats leave dusty pawprints on a car, but I’ve never heard of them actually damaging the paint. Is she scratching it with her claws?
If nobody knows where she lives, you basically have the choice of ignoring it or taking her to a shelter. Or adopting her yourself, but it sounds like you’re not interested in taking in another cat. Nothing wrong with that…pets are a big commitment, and adding another means more expense for food, vet bills, etc.
You don’t list your location, but do keep in mind that many shelters are overcrowded, so if you DO take the cat there, it may not end well for her. Cats especially have a hard time getting out of shelters alive. Of course, there are fates worse than death. To me, suffering a long, slow death from starvation, exposure to the elements, parasites, disease, or injury is worse than being euthanized at a shelter.
If you choose to ignore it, remember that, especially as the whether gets colder, cats often hide near the engine of cars for warmth, so be sure to check the car thoroughly before starting it.
Post # 7
I vote try to take her to a no-kill shelter. If there’s a wait list, maybe you could temporarily “foster” her? Or find a foster home. Does she look well cared for? Healthy, non matted fur, not too thin?
Post # 8
Thank you all for your advice. She looks cared for from what I can tell. She doesn’t look too thin and her fur seems healthy. Unfortunately, we have 3 pets and I am pregnant and feeling miserable these days, so taking care of another pet is not realistic right now. I will deal with the annoyance if it means she doesn’t go to a kill shelter. I feel bad because I love animals, but she is grating on my nerves!