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#### n3tjm

##### Papa Elf
Yesterday I was working on some more house cleaning when I got a visitor . This Dark Gray Tabby used to belong to a neighbor that left him behind when they moved. I see him in my yard once in a while.

He likes it when I pet him and scritch him. He likes rolling around in the dirt. Oh, when he sees me outside he meows and walks up to me. and he likes to rub himself on my legs, and on my steps, and door, and side of my building.
I think he wants to move in with me . Unfortunately there is a no pets rule in my apartment building, so if it wasn't for that I would of adopted him

I wondered if he still had his claws. He does. He was showing off himself he was stretching and I saw his claws. Its good that he has them if he is living on the street. There are mean kitties out there.

#### shrox

##### Well-Known Member
Let him in, just say you keep leaving that darn door open...

#### sunward

TRF Supporter
Those eyes. How could you refuse?

He is hypnotizing you to take him in. Be careful.

#### n5wd

##### Well-Known Member
...used to belong to a neighbor that left him behind when they moved.
I hope there's a special penalty box for people that abandon domesticated animals instad of arranging care for them! Is anyone feeding him? If not, you might check with the local no-kill animal shelter to see whether they can help you trap him. He's got definite adoption potential, and letting him roam free is hazardous to his health.

#### gerbs4me

##### Well-Known Member
The cat looks beautiful, needs a good home, too bad there is the no pet rule at your apartment.

#### shrox

##### Well-Known Member
Kitty has already picked his new home.

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#### Mikus

##### Well-Known Member
I hope there's a special penalty box for people that abandon domesticated animals instad of arranging care for them!
Seconded.

#### MaxQ

##### Tripoli 2747
I have three strays living in my back yard....same deal, left by renters in the neighborhood. Since we have two cats indoors we can't have them inside.
We feed and water them twice a day and have an insulated kitty condo set up outside in the winter.

One is a real tough guy...orange tabby we named Bob.

We noticed one summer that we hadn't seen Bob in days...then I saw an object
jumping up and down in the garage window...it was Bob.
He had been in there several days....no food or water....but nine lives.
He got in my garage out back while I was mowing the lawn...

lot of respect for this guy Bob...

#### troj

##### Wielder Of the Skillet Of Harsh Discipline, Potent
I hope there's a special penalty box for people that abandon domesticated animals instad of arranging care for them!
Agreed!

But then, my cats don't ever go outside, unless it's in a carrier, or being carried, on their way to the vet.

-Kevin (who has far too many very spoiled animals in his house)

#### dave carver

##### ....what hump?
I have outdoors kitties. Started with a scrawny, half starved, half kitten Calico yowler we called Screech.

I fed her a can of tuna to the sounds of nom nom hisss nom nom hisss then a few days later it was nom hiss nom meow nom hiss nom meow until finally it was nom meow nom meow nom nom. She had a series of kittens that unfortunatly have dissapeared over the years, one a Tuxedo we called Groucho because of his moustach, he was getting to be a BIG kitty then one day he just wasn't there anymore

We still have Screech's kitten Ditto(called that because she looks just like mama), two yellows that were Screech's last kittens and Ditto's FOUR little one's. I'm on a farm and I can tell you they earn their keep in cat food by keeping down the mice, big time. Used to get invaded every winter but with the cats nary a one for the last 4 years.

I assembled a cat house from carpet and carpet padding that they go into for shelter, it's very insulated and when it's going to get real cold I turn a 75 watts bulb on under the house to keep it warmer.

They, like I said, are outdoors kitties, allergies keep me from having any indoors so as I tell people Kitties come and go around here. I wish it were different but with the allergies I have no choice except drugs and that's not a option because of other drugs I have to take.

But I really like kitties

#### tquigg

##### Well-Known Member
We have a big, old, fat calico cat named "Mama Kitty" that was left behind by her "druggie" owner who lived next door to us. She's a real love, but prefers to stay outdoors.

We have a another cat named Rhubarb, or "rudy" for short. My son found him as a small kitten abandoned under the leaves of a rhubarb plant in the neighbor's garden, and he's been with us every since.

Recently, a cat abandoned her six kittens in a basement window well at our house. One died, but we nurtured the other five. We kept the runt of the litter, named him "Squirt". He looks like he has a lot of Oriental in him. He's a real love, and the vet gave him a clean bill of health, all shots, etc. We raised his brothers and sisters, and have found loving homes for all of them.

A few months ago, as I was backing my car out to go to work, I found two small kittens huddled under the front of the car, Nearly ran over both of them! Swooped and scooped them, and have raised them up to be real loves as well. We've found homes for them, too.

You have to love youself before you can love animals.

#### n3tjm

##### Papa Elf
Heard another story about this cat. They said that the owner did take him but he keeps jumping out the window and coming back here? I personally dont buy that story

##### Roger Smith
I hope there's a special penalty box for people that abandon domesticated animals instad of arranging care for them!
A neighbor's cat got pregnant and the neighbor locked it out of the house until after it had the babies. So, we ended up with several strays living in our backyard. We tried to catch them to get them vaccinated, "fixed," and, hopefully, adopted.

But, it's not easy catching stray cats and a second generation was born before we finally got them all spayed and neutered. Eventually we found homes for four of them and took one in ourselves.

The remaining four are still strays, but we feed them in our back yard and they are fixed.

-- Roger

##### Roger Smith
A few months ago, as I was backing my car out to go to work, I found two small kittens huddled under the front of the car, Nearly ran over both of them!
One of the strays living in our back yard must have crawled under the hood of a car and had its tail cut off. It took a while for us to catch her. She really looked bad when we took her to the vet. But, they cleaned her up, fixed up what was left of her tail, spayed her and gave her vaccinations. Now, she's not the prettiest cat in the world, but she's healthy.

One of the strays we tried to help, however, had to be put down. It was just too sick. We must have spent at least $500 out of our pockets to help these cats and prevent them from having more kittens. (Not to mention the suffering some of the cats have endured.) All because one irresponsible neighbor didn't have his cat fixed and let it roam outside. -- Roger #### shrox ##### Well-Known Member Looking at kitty's face make me think it's not a house cat, it's a house panther. #### ben_ullman ##### Well-Known Member I have three strays living in my back yard....same deal, left by renters in the neighborhood. Since we have two cats indoors we can't have them inside. We feed and water them twice a day and have an insulated kitty condo set up outside in the winter. One is a real tough guy...orange tabby we named Bob. We noticed one summer that we hadn't seen Bob in days...then I saw an object jumping up and down in the garage window...it was Bob. He had been in there several days....no food or water....but nine lives. He got in my garage out back while I was mowing the lawn... lot of respect for this guy Bob... does his last name happen to be Utley? :roll: Ben #### luke strawwalker ##### Well-Known Member Seconded. Yeah... I heard that... You guys should try living in the country... everybody seems to think that we're just here to adopt their critters once the kids outgrow them, they move, or just don't want them anymore. We end up with more strays running around than you can shake a stick at! We had some renters move out of the old farmhouse at Shiner, and they had a PACK of dogs (like 4-5) and were getting the last load of junk out of the house (after not having paid the rent for a couple months) and judging by how full the truck was, had NO intention of taking the dogs. I told them they WOULD be taking their dogs, because stray dogs on a cattle ranch start killing calves when they get hungry enough, and I already had some suspicions that a calf or two that we lost was because of their dogs. They grudgingly loaded them up and left with the last of their junk. After we finished working on the farm that day, I locked up the gates and decided to go the back way to Hallettsville and stop by the sheriff's office to request a frequent patrol by the farm, since this jerk didn't exactly leave under 'the best of circumstances' and he wasn't what I'd call a 'model citizen'. Halfway to Hallettsville I find his pack of dogs, roaming the countryside by the road out between farms. When I requested the frequent patrol, I informed the deputy that the guy had dumped his dogs on the road halfway back to the farm, and he might want to dispatch animal control out there to pick them up (I worked with animal control in Wharton when I was in the police academy back in 96 and this wasn't too long after that) and he looked at me funny and said, "well, we don't have animal control in Lavaca County, but yeah I'm gonna go have a talk with him about those dogs". I, being a cattleman, asked, "well, what do you do when farmers call with complaints about dogs chasing or molesting their livestock??" He looked a bit sheepish and said, "well, folks just have to handle it themselves, as best they see fit." We've had renters with dogs that chased cows in the pond, one cow drowned from a dog chasing her in and not letting her come out, and I think that's the only time Grandpa had to shoot a dog, and he hated to do it, but the law allows for livestock farmers to protect their animals, and he told the renter several times to chain the dog or give it away. It's a mess... OL JR #### luke strawwalker ##### Well-Known Member We have a big, old, fat calico cat named "Mama Kitty" that was left behind by her "druggie" owner who lived next door to us. She's a real love, but prefers to stay outdoors. We have a another cat named Rhubarb, or "rudy" for short. My son found him as a small kitten abandoned under the leaves of a rhubarb plant in the neighbor's garden, and he's been with us every since. Recently, a cat abandoned her six kittens in a basement window well at our house. One died, but we nurtured the other five. We kept the runt of the litter, named him "Squirt". He looks like he has a lot of Oriental in him. He's a real love, and the vet gave him a clean bill of health, all shots, etc. We raised his brothers and sisters, and have found loving homes for all of them. A few months ago, as I was backing my car out to go to work, I found two small kittens huddled under the front of the car, Nearly ran over both of them! Swooped and scooped them, and have raised them up to be real loves as well. We've found homes for them, too. You have to love youself before you can love animals. I had something similar happen... darn cats can be SO goofy at times! I drive a schoolbus and so I leave WELL before dawn, and I get in the truck and take off, dropping my daughter at my parent's house to watch her while I drive the bus. I get back to the school after the route, park and check the bus, and go out to the parking lot to head home, and from ten feet away I hear my truck "meowing"... I go around the truck trying to figure out where it's coming from, and lo and behold it's from behind the grill/front bumper area. I pop the hood and look down between the radiator support and grill, and turns out one of the goofy yard cats had moved her kittens into the truck, right in front of the radiator on the rubber flap connecting the bumper and radiator support, to funnel the air from the grill through the radiator. SO, I had to reach through the tow hook holes in the bumper on either side while trying to catch the little hissing nippers and pull them out, while looking through the slot between the radiator support and grill. Finally caught them all and they rode home in the truck. I get back to the house and the momma cat comes charging out meowing loudly and hissing at me, as I fetch her babies and put them on the porch, and I looked at her and told her, "Don't hiss at me; YOU were the moron that put them under the pickup!" She prowled around a bit and finally took them elsewhere under the house someplace. Dad left for work one evening and called me to check on something that was in the bottom of the dry mudhole under his car when he left. I went down and found a runt but otherwise healthy baby raccoon abandoned there, so I took him home and built a cage for him, and raised him. Goofiest little thing-- he ate cat food, which I'd set in an old coffee cup twice a day into his cage for him, along with a big water bowl, and the silly thing would sit there and sift through the entire cup of cat food looking for the biggest piece, take it out, wash it in the water with his hands, and then eat it, and then sift for the next largest piece, wash it, eat it, and then look for the third largest piece, until he'd eaten the whole cup of cat food that way. Then he'd drink some water, which by this time was more like gravy, so I'd grab a bucket and refill his water bowl right quick. He was pretty good until he got grown and got breeding age, then they get mean. I turned him out but he hung around for several weeks, fiddling in the shop when I was welding, picking up bits of metal despite me fussing at him that he was gonna pick up a red-hot one if he wasn't careful-- he'd just look at me sideways and growl a bit. One day I was working and kept hearing noises, and he was in the shop sitting on shelf sifting through a jar of old cotter pins for some reason, and I fussed at him and told him to leave them alone and quit making messes, and he'd turn his head and growl a bit, and amble off. He finally started being gone all day, except coming in morning and evening when I fed the cats, to get his 'share' of the cat food. Finally he left and didn't come back. Somewhere out there is a VERY FAT RACCOON!!! OL JR #### o1d_dude ##### 'I battle gravity' TRF Supporter Based on the pictures and the behavior described, YOU are his new pet human. The difference between dogs and cats is dogs think you are a god and they worship you. Cats on the other hand think they are gods and allow you to worship them. #### Rocketcrab ##### Well-Known Member Take him in - how often does the landlord check on these things? I know, easy for me to say. True story - I had never had anything against cats, I was just allergic to them. In 1996, the summer I turned 40, our then-4 year old daughter started dragging home stray kittens - we live in a housing development, right across the road from the farm that once encompassed what is now houses, and people regularly abandon litters of unwanted kittens there. Well, anyone who has a daughter knows the drill - "PUHLEEEESE Daddy!!! I'll take care of him/her/it!!!" So, I relented and told her that the kitten she dragged home this one particular day could stay, BUT it had to remain outside, because "cats make Daddy swell up like a bullfrog honey." Funny thing - turning 40 cured my allergy. Beats me how or why it happened, but I didn't swell up like a bullfrog. So the kitten moved in to the house. It's still here, 13 years later, along with five [yes, 5] others, making six. All speyed or nutered. The total was up to 7 at one point, but Coleman [he was 100% black] kinda became road pizza this past summer. My favorite is a 9 -year old Maine Coon cat that weighs about 17 pounds, thinks he's a dog, and snores louder than I do. He's never really had a name - although I've always called him "Elvis" because he moved in on the anniversary of The King's death. Our vet bills now approach or human medical bills. But the darn things do grow on you, I have to admit. Akll this to say N3TJM, I know where you're coming from - you want to help the poor thing. Last edited: #### Pantherjon ##### Well-Known Member Based on the pictures and the behavior described, YOU are his new pet human. The difference between dogs and cats is dogs think you are a god and they worship you. Cats on the other hand think they are gods and allow you to worship them. Yep, looks like the cat has adopted you! I bit different spin on cat-dog differences; The difference between dogs and cats are that dogs are part of the family, your papa or mama to them, for cats they think they are royalty and you are their servants!:roll: #### JRThro ##### Lifetime Supporter TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter 5 or 6 years ago, my wife got two kittens, a black shorthair our kids named Blackie and her sister, a gray tabby they named Bounce. They were indoor kittens, but once they got older, they became indoor/outdoor cats. Because we were lousy cat owners, they each had several litters, a few of which we were able to find homes for, but most of which we took to the Humane Society. We also finally took Bounce there. :blush: When things finally settled out a couple of years ago, we still had Blackie and two of her kittens, a black female named Trouble and a gray and white male named Pipsqueak. All three of them have been spayed/neutered and have their shots. They are all indoor/outdoor cats. A couple of years ago, one of our neighbors moved and left behind their black and white male cat named Cowboy (because they "couldn't catch him"), who is a big, muscular cat who is more than willing to get into a fight with just about anything that crosses him. He started showing up at our back door, dirty, scrawny, and sometimes all scratched up. We fed and watered him pretty regularly, but he would never come inside or let anyone get near him. As time went on, he gradually would let my wife get closer and finally pet him and even pick him up and bring him inside. He is one of the biggest house cats I have ever seen. Several months ago, he disappeared for a while, and when he showed up again, he had a huge infected wound and an abscess almost the size of a golf ball on the side of his head, plus various other scrapes and cuts. After several days and several attempts, my wife was able to catch him in a bath towel (to keep from getting scratched and bitten) and put him in our cat carrier to take him to the vet. After surgery, antibiotics, a cage to keep him in outside, neutering, and$400+ later, my wife spent a couple of weeks flushing his wound with saline, giving him oral antibiotics, and taking care of the drain tube on the side of his head until he was all healed up. We're sure he would have died from the infection if she hadn't done anything.

To make a long story short (too late! much too late!), we now have 4 indoor/outdoor cats. Cowboy doesn't get along with the other 3, but they usually just try to avoid each other except for the occasional growl here and there and the fairly rare screaming catfight in our kitchen, usually in the middle of the night.

Also, roughly around the time that Cowboy started hanging around our back door, another cat, a big dark smoky-gray male that our kids have named Tobacco, also started hanging around outside. We now feed him pretty regularly, and he comes inside to eat sometimes. If we let him come inside, he will plant himself in front of the cat feeder and eat until we shoo him back outside, though there have been days when we forget that he's there and my wife will come home to find him sunning himself on a window sill like he owns the place. :shock:

So we have 4-1/2 housecats these days. I never thought I liked cats, dogs, or any other mammalian pets, but it is nice to have Cowboy come up to me and push his head into my hand so I'll rub/scratch/pet him. He also will sit in the chair next to me when I'm on the computer. So yeah, I like him and our other cats. More than I'll admit.

Now if I can just get somebody else to change the litter boxes!

#### MaxQ

##### Tripoli 2747
does his last name happen to be Utley? :roll:

Ben
He isn't anywhere as nice as that Bob....

#### ben_ullman

##### Well-Known Member
He isn't anywhere as nice as that Bob....

Ben

#### RandyM

##### Well-Known Member
I have a simular story. Had a grey tiger start coming by the desk sliding door a few weeks ago. He looks looked like a house cat. My son saw him and tole me we had a stray cats hanging around, I asked him is his name was Brian (as in Brian Setzer, lead guitar in the Stray Cats Band).

After hanging around for a few weeks with us feeding him, we took him in this weekend. He seems to be really happy with a new home. Can't say the same for one of our older cats! He seems to be a little PO'ed about it!

Took him to the vet and it was confirmed that he is in good health. He's now got all of his shots and he is already fixed.

I'll post a pic tomorrow.

#### RandyM

##### Well-Known Member
Here's a pic with my daughter. As you can see, he will find no shortage of attention here!

#### luke strawwalker

##### Well-Known Member
(snip) After several days and several attempts, my wife was able to catch him in a bath towel (to keep from getting scratched and bitten) and put him in our cat carrier to take him to the vet. (snip) :
Ya might want to think through that one again next time...

When I was in the police academy, I worked with animal control as part of my 'inservice' ride-along type stuff, which we had to do a lot of. Part of my job was assisting when we had to put some animals down. The vet administered the shots, but the animal control officer had to 'secure the animals' for the vet to euthanize. I mostly moved cages around and did disposal duty.

Later! OL JR

#### troj

##### Wielder Of the Skillet Of Harsh Discipline, Potent
I never thought I liked cats, dogs, or any other mammalian pets, but it is nice to have Cowboy come up to me and push his head into my hand so I'll rub/scratch/pet him. He also will sit in the chair next to me when I'm on the computer.
Ah, the blessing and the curse of cats!

Having them want attention is great....except when they want attention. NOW. And you're trying to do something else.

It's really, Really, REALLY hard to type when a cat is in your lap and head-butting your hand up off of the keyboard, because that hand is supposed to be giving said cat head scratches. NOW! Yes, NOW.

A dog will come up, give you a forlorn look, look at you with pitiful eyes, and hope it gets attention. A cat comes up and demands attention. NOW, you stupid human who has no other purpose than to serve me.

-Kevin (two cats, two dogs)

#### Donaldsrockets

##### Well-Known Member
Ah, the blessing and the curse of cats!

Having them want attention is great....except when they want attention. NOW.
This describes the two cats I have to a T.

They're both nearly 12 years old and showing absolutely NO signs of slowing down yet.

I do love them though, I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Update on kitty?