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post #31 of 45
Whenever a cat approaches me in a neighbourhood, I just can't help but stop to say hello and give him a few pets. I wouldn't pet him/her if I knew my hands were filthy (unlikely). I also wash my hands when I get home just to make sure I don't pass on anything to my kittys.

My cats don't go outside. The downtown neighbourhood I live in is too congested with people, cars and other animals like stray cats, racoons and possums.
However, growing up our cat always went outside as it was a safer family neighbourhood. The yards were big, giving domestic cats alot of space for territory. Rama, my cat then, would always sit at the end of the walk around 3:30pm waiting for all the school kids to walk home and give him some attention. We really couldn't complain as it was his choice to do so. It was mainly kids, parents and the occasional postman.
post #32 of 45
I don't mind if people pet my cats. I always pet cats that I come across if thier friendly. I've never had anyone say anything negative about it. I don't think most people mind.
post #33 of 45
My parents always let our cats outside too, smaller town, big yard, and not so many neighbors, so it wasn't so bad. However, even possibly well meaning people can be bad. Around the time I was 11 I happened to be taking the trash out one early evening and caught a woman with her van stopped at the edge of our yard with the driver side door open and trying to call our fluffy black and white kitty (who had a visible collar on) over. She had two young boys in the car too! Luckily the cat wasn't that friendly and didn't go to her, I yelled at the woman and she drove off looking embarrassed.

I do pet kitties I see outdoors if they come to me and ask to be petted. I found Tomas outside in my yard one night, at only 10 weeks old I didn't even consider that he might have a nearby home, kittens certainly do not belong outside alone. Now Tomas is a house cat along with Sho, no strangers petting them. Max the outdoor kitty isn't stranger friendly, though I hope no stranger tries to pet him, he has a bad habit of giving "friendly" scratches.
post #34 of 45
People who let their pets out for many hours unleashed have already relinquished control, so most cat owners shouldn't have a problem with a stranger coming in contact with their cat. If the cat moves towards the stranger, then it is up to the stranger how to respond.

Cats are very intuitive animals. I have found they can tell if a stranger is a prospective new friend (a cat person or not). While on walks we both have had numerous experiences with this. Cats that normally would never approach people on their own run up to us to say hello. Owners who are nearby are usually amused or puzzled. I have no hesitation to scratch their head, let them bunt up against me and tell them they're a pretty cat, etc. Just returning the greeting, same as with people. In fact, I take it as a compliment and an honor if they run up to me!

I would never pick them up, and don't stay very long. Once we had a cat begin to follow us down the block which felt very uncomfortable. We finally had to steer the kitty back to the house and tell the owner (who was working in their back yard) that the cat was trying to follow us, and they took her inside and thanked us (and also commented that the cat hated people and couldn't figure out why it would run off).

We don't let our cats outside unsupervised, so they would not be in a position to stray out front to greet strangers (including other neighborhood cats). But I did have a 50% outside tom while growing up, and had no qualms with him greeting strangers and visa-versa. We did our best to monitor his behaivior, but like with kids, you have to put some trust in them that they'll be OK.
post #35 of 45
My cats aren't very social to people they don't know. If someone is in the house they do not know then they go to another room so if they were outside and some came near them to pet them they would just run
post #36 of 45
Mine are indoor cats anyway so they don't count, but i have been known to stroke a friendly cat if i saw one when passing.
post #37 of 45
Both of our cats are indoor cats and Epona would never let them out under any circumstance. We have a few outdoor cats around our way and one we often give stokes and cuddles to (Ginger) but I have never seen the owner to speak to them. Most importantly we both wash our hands afterwards
post #38 of 45
Before Wuzzy and Zeebo passed, they were indoor/outdoor cats and they were both very friendly. They always got pets from people in the neighborhood and we didn't worry about it. But, we do live in a very close-knit neighborhood, and most everyone has cats or dogs. Everyone knows which cats/dogs belong to who
post #39 of 45
Jacob and Löki are indoor kitties, so this wouldn't happen. I do pet kitties that I see outside, but that's it.
post #40 of 45
I live in a safe part of town so I have no problem letting my cats out. Everyone around here knows me and my cats so I don't have to worry too much about them. But when they are out I keep a watchful eye on them. If they stray out of my sight I'll bring them back here but for the most part they stay either in my front yard or my neighbors driveway. When it comes to strangers petting them I'm pretty tolerant but if I see someone trying to grab them or something then I'll bring them inside and ask the person to leave.
post #41 of 45
Both Elora & Mia are indoors kitties too so this doesn't apply to them. Where we live now, we don't really have too many neighbors to speak of so I don't get to see kitties outside that I can pet. Our one neighbor lady does have indoor/outdoor cats but they aren't very friendly so I just 'watch' them as they come & go.

Before we moved here though, we lived in a subdivison for 10 years and oh boy were there cats! I loved petting them! Also, since I'm a GarageSaleJunkie, I've petted many a kitty I've encountered while out GarageSailing! Their owners were almost always present and didn't seem to mind...we'd usually strike up a conversation about our cats and they would quickly learn how much I love cats so they'd be very comfortable with my oooing and aaahhing over their kits!

Hilda>^..^<
post #42 of 45
no Id thank it was great
post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by Fred&Nermal View Post
However, growing up our cat always went outside as it was a safer family neighbourhood. The yards were big, giving domestic cats alot of space for territory. Rama, my cat then, would always sit at the end of the walk around 3:30pm waiting for all the school kids to walk home and give him some attention. We really couldn't complain as it was his choice to do so. It was mainly kids, parents and the occasional postman.
That's such a nice story. There's something so cute about him figuring out how to get the maximum amount of attention during the day. Because I'm sure the little devil wasn't getting enough at home so he had to beg for it from other people.
post #44 of 45
mikey stays in..but even when people come over I watch him carefully around people..I just dont want them starteling him.
post #45 of 45
No. Just as long as all they were doing was petting iher and giving her some love and not trying to run off with her. Chynna is a social butterfly. I think she would be mad if anyone passed by her without stopping to spend 20 minutes giving her "love bugs", LOL
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