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post #1 of 14
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First, I'm not excatly sure what I want to gain from posting this, but the bottom line is my heart is kinda broken. While I believe no cat's should be outside, at the same time I believe that some cats are more... adapet to living outside. We had started feeding a small tabby cat, who the day we found him, we realized belonged to my neighbor. He mosey's between houses, and he's fine. Other cat showed up who after speaking with some people, we believed he was left when a family in the area moved. We take care of him. He's been neutered, and get's along with the cats inside, so now that it's gotten cold outside, he comes indoors, or when it rains, or just, thing's of that nature.

Now, here's my predictament. A new cat has shown up, and I ... she just breaks my heart. I honestly believe she might actually be a purebred cat. After today, I think I have found who she belongs too. Gato, that's the name of the small tabby cat who originally showed up at the house, stopped by for a bite of food, and she was out there. After a brief acknowledgement, that was it. There was no hissing, growling, swatting, or running them off the porch, which happens with all the others. I really think she belongs to the same neighbor. Before I post her pictures, I want to say that these people are very much not approachable. I'm scared to even walk up their driveway. This little girl deserves to be a pampered princess. Any advice? I don't know. Like I said, I don't know what to gain here, but she has seriously inched her way into my heart. Did I mention how sweet she is? She has the brightest blue eyes I think I have ever seen.



post #2 of 14
How pretty!

If you don't feel comfortable talking to your neighbors, is there anoher neighbor you are friends with who might be comfortable doing it? I'd hate to think she's lost or doesn't have a home, and the only way to find out is to ask the neighbors if she's theres.
post #3 of 14
You could make a FOUND CAT poster & put it up all over the neighborhood; see if anyone responds. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary even has a flyer generator that would make this fairly easy: http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehom...flyermaker.cfm
post #4 of 14
Wow... if that isn't a Himalayan, I don't know what is.

You're very right: This cat is not suited to life outdoors. Himalayans need daily grooming or they'll get matted; and their calm temperaments just aren't suited to the rough-and-tumble life of an outdoor cat. Worst of all, all that fur can easily hide malnutrition.

Forget who she belongs to for the moment, and take her in just like any other lost cat. This girl does not belong outdoors. Put up flyers that state she is evidently an escaped indoor cat. Your neighbors will have to come to you; and if they don't... well, you just get to spoiling her properly, because a cat like that is definitely not meant to be an outdoor cat.

Average life of outdoor cat: 5 years.
Average life of outdoor Himalayan cat: Much, much less.
post #5 of 14
Hey Alikatt, how's the little cutie doing?
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by alikatt View Post
First, I'm not excatly sure what I want to gain from posting this, but the bottom line is my heart is kinda broken. While I believe no cat's should be outside, at the same time I believe that some cats are more... adapet to living outside. We had started feeding a small tabby cat, who the day we found him, we realized belonged to my neighbor. He mosey's between houses, and he's fine. Other cat showed up who after speaking with some people, we believed he was left when a family in the area moved. We take care of him. He's been neutered, and get's along with the cats inside, so now that it's gotten cold outside, he comes indoors, or when it rains, or just, thing's of that nature.

Now, here's my predictament. A new cat has shown up, and I ... she just breaks my heart. I honestly believe she might actually be a purebred cat. After today, I think I have found who she belongs too. Gato, that's the name of the small tabby cat who originally showed up at the house, stopped by for a bite of food, and she was out there. After a brief acknowledgement, that was it. There was no hissing, growling, swatting, or running them off the porch, which happens with all the others. I really think she belongs to the same neighbor. Before I post her pictures, I want to say that these people are very much not approachable. I'm scared to even walk up their driveway. This little girl deserves to be a pampered princess. Any advice? I don't know. Like I said, I don't know what to gain here, but she has seriously inched her way into my heart. Did I mention how sweet she is? She has the brightest blue eyes I think I have ever seen.



You say you may have a purebred here; I do not know what the relevance is but these pictures are of a Seal-point Himalyan Persian cat that could be from the same litter as Persi. Here are some more photos of Persi along with information on this breed of cat in case you are interested.
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You say you may have a purebred here; I do not know what the relevance is but these pictures are of a Seal-point Himalyan Persian cat that could be from the same litter as Persi. Here are some more photos of Persi along with information on this breed of cat in case you are interested.
The only relevance was just I was seeing this gorgeous long-haired, what I believed to be a purebred cat outside, in the elements, and it just concerned me, that was all.

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Hey Alikatt, how's the little cutie doing?
She's doing ok. I'm not seeing her as much now that the weather has gotten colder so I think they are keeping her inside which is wonderful. I'm just going to continue to keep an eye-out for her, and if something needs to be done, I'll do what I need to do.
post #8 of 14
Cats have had a dark history in our house that has gotten much better. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/ima...s/rolleyes.gif

We, my family had a cat like that when I was young 6 or 7. We called him Blue. He was one smart cat he could open doors with his paws and he was very gental and knew me well. He died from kideny stones caused by a poor diethttp://www.thecatsite.com/forums/images/smilies/bawling.gif at 16. He was allow outdoors to run wild, one time we didnt see him for three days. That was back in the days before I knew about cats as well as I do and my parents didn't care as much as I did to them they were 'just cats' We had another cat my dad brought for my my mother a mane coon named charile. He was very wild almost feral, because I was a rough child back when I didnt know any better.http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/ima.../angryfire.gif My mother died when I was 12 and this cat trusted no one else but her. He had cancer a tumor in his spinal cord and had mats because he was too wild to groom. He died when I was fourteen from a bath,tohttp://www.thecatsite.com/forums/images/smilies/angryfire.gif Torei, my dads old girlfriend tried bathing him and Tom - he choked on another tumor in his throat and died. We also had a cat named Salvester when I was a little baby that got his tail ran over by a car and slowly pined away from that until my parents put him to sleep.http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/ima...lies/frown.gif

With Bindi and Tom things are going to be better. I've learned alot here and have gained knowadge about food/playtime/health that I didnt know otherwize.
post #9 of 14
Wow... that sounds a little like my own household... my mom didn't know a thing about cats and two of them died because she didn't even care to keep them inside and away from feline leukemia and fights, respectively. I really loved my cats

But I guess there's one small positive thing out of it. You know the tragedy of a cat not taken care of; so you will do what you can to prevent it. Your Bindi and Tom are quite lucky.
post #10 of 14
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The only relevance was just I was
seeing this gorgeous long-haired, what I believed to be a purebred cat outside, in the elements, and it just concerned me, that was all.



She's doing ok. I'm not seeing her as much now that the weather has gotten colder so I think they are keeping her inside which is wonderful. I'm just going to continue to keep an eye-out for her, and if something needs to be done, I'll do what I need to do.
AND that this looks like it could be Persi's littermate as I was trying to point out.
post #11 of 14
I'm glad Bindi will never know that kind of life, he gets good food, fresh water and playtime. He's harness and lesh trained,he sleeps in bed with me and plays 'tag' Running up and giving me a touch before zooming wildy away hoping I can catch him, Wouldn't it be fun if we could morh into cats for short periods and play like they do http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/ima...lies/agree.gif
post #12 of 14
I dream that I'm a cat quite a lot. It's the next best thing, especially when the dreams are lucid. Actually, I'm going to try morphing into a cat next time I find myself in a dream. My dreams were starting to be a bit boring, since I was running out of ideas. :P

The most surprising thing about the whole affair is just how wonderfully high cats can jump, and how well they can balance... human bodies are just so klunky compared to them! It's like having ridden a tricycle all your life and then getting on a racing bike!
post #13 of 14
Your telling me, Bindi can jump over two feet when he wants and he's less then 10lbs probably.
post #14 of 14
Keep the cat! If the neighbors let it outside and they dont get it back... that is their own problem. I can see if you happen upon a cat one day that you never saw, then put up flyers. But you pretty much know they let the cat out, they didnt accidently lose it. Keep it!!
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