(Closed) Stray Cat – Please help

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could try getting a live trap, the humane society here lends them out. Or just put out a can of wet food and see if he is friendly enough to come eat it and let you approach.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I found a stray cat last winter. I put food out and he came back two days in a row. I tried to get near him. At first, he was very shy, but eventually, he let me pet him. He came into our house voluntarily. Once I had him inside, I called the humane society and they picked him up and placed him in a foster home.

Keep an eye out for your stray, maybe he’ll come by at different times. And definitely call the humane society or a nearby shelter. They are experienced with cat rescues. Just make sure it’s a no kill shelter.

The trap won’t hurt him, but he won’t like it very much. Make sure you don’t set the trap at night or you might catch a skunk or possum.

As for the walking slowly, one of the ferals that I take care of is double-pawed and walks kind of slow. Let’s hope your cat is a polydactyl, too!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

πŸ™ Hopefuly you will see it again, or like others said, leave some food and he might come back. If you catch him please don’t give it to the shelter, they will likely put him down. Instead put up posters, etc. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Poor kitty. If you do see him again, try approaching slowly and talking in a low, reassuring tone, with food if you can. It may take a couple of tries but eventually you’ll get close enough to hold him. If he responds badly just give him food and very slowly start to walk away with some food left and hopefully he’ll follow you and you can just lead him right inside. I had a stray in my apartment complex a while ago that I managed to get this way.

Be careful with cats you don’t know, if they growl back off and try again later.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This may sound harsh, but hear me out: 

Cats in general do not need us. They literally are one of the few (only?) domsticated animals that can still hunt for food and they’re also pretty resistant to common disease and sickness. I once took in a stray in the dead of winter, who later disappeared, and then showed up two weeks later. And that was after a snowstorm and very cold weather. 

So, yes, leave some food out, but don’t be too broken up if he doesn’t come back. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s still out there as a stray–it’s highly possible that someone else took him in or took him to a shelter, or maybe the owner found him. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

awww i hope you find him

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BothCoasts:  it it’s all matted and having difficulty moving, i’d venture to say it isn’t doing so well on his own

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yeah, I kinda got a “surprise” kitty this way ( shes sitting on my lap right now πŸ˜› ). I saw her on a sidewalk walking home and she was looking terribly sick. I honestly didnt really think and just grabbed her firmly and rushed her to my place. Then I called shelters and animal control people to report a found cat, put up posters around the neighbourhood. The local shelter would not take her because there was no room πŸ™ so they kinda told me that I was pretty much stuck with her. lol. We nursed her back to health and now shes the greatest little furry friend, she wont leave my side.

Haha, maybe this will be your housewarming cat? πŸ˜‰

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Aw! Im so glad there are people who care about animals. Who would ever hurt an animal like that?? So sad. Glad he has a good home now πŸ™‚

I totaly know what you mean too . Theres such a huge stray cat overpopulation problem where I live. … if I could afford it and my SO didn’t object I would have been a cat lady by now. :p

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