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post #1 of 11
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Well I think my house has a sign that says if you are young just come on in. Last night another stray showed up. She is black with white belly and paws (looks a lot alike one of camaros kittens) I was sitting in the garage reading and all of a sudden this cat just comes in and jumps in my lap laid down and fell asleep. I am pretty sure I know where she came from but I will NOT return her to them. I say that because this family is the neighborhood trash. When we moved in they had 3 dogs they never fed or did anything but abuse (we don't have animal control out here) well 1 I think got hit by a car another we rehomed and the last one just this week was taken away by the police because he attacked a child on a bike, he went after me and I called the police and they said only thing to do is shoot it if he is in our yard (I couldn't do that) well a few weeks ago they got a new puppy about 6 weeks and left it running around and some friends of another neighbor took it home. We are sure Camaro came from there because last August we saw cats around their house but then they were gone. Now they have cats again and I am sure this one is from there. (I am trying to petition that these people can't have pets unless they can take care of them).
Well new girl looks to be about 4 months and is small but with a long tail. We checked her over for fleas and couldn't find any. She spent the night in our garage with food and litter box and she ate and used both. We have 3 dogs and they were ok when smelling her. Camaro met her and didn't like her and hissed but that is to be expected since she has her 2 kittens to take care of. So they will be seperated for sometime. Hubby said we are nuts for going to have 3 dogs (2 great danes and 1 mixed breed) and now 3 cats. But I think he likes her since she crawled up on him while he was sitting and put her paws around his neck and started licking his neck and purring. All he said was lets call her smoke. Yes smoke is a "guy" name and she is named after Tony Stewart nascar driver who's nickname is smoke. Camaro is named after his car and my kitten is Harvick after Kevin Harvick the nascar driver.
So my poll question is should I::
return her to her owners,
keep her,
take her to the overcrowed shelter
or other and please explain..

Thank you..
post #2 of 11
Keep her. She saound absolutely adorable. I don't know if I could give up a cat that just walked in a jumped in my lap.
Or, if you cannot keep her permanently, maybe you could try to find her a home with someone you know so you could keep track of her.
post #3 of 11
It is all up to you to figure out whether or not you want to keep her. If you decide you would rather not keep her then you can narrow down your choices of either returning her to her owner or taking her to a shelter.

I can understand why you wouldn't want to give her back to the owner. Saedie's original owner was terrible with taking care of cats. Her cat is constantly pregnant and the cats live in a mess. When I looked in their food bowl there were pop-tarts and flies in there. None of her cats were neutered/spayed and none had their shots. She had two kittens left when I took Saedie. I wanted to get the other kitten too, but I couldn't manage to convince her. I always wonder about how those cats live but there is nothing I can do about it. Although I don't understand the cirumstance with your neighbor, if you don't feel comfortable giving the kitten back to them, don't.

Is there a nearby city with a no-kill shelter you can take her to? Driving a little more than normal to make sure the kitten is happy and healthy would be worth it in the long run.

Let us know what you decide. Only you can make the final choice.
post #4 of 11
Personally, I wouldn't give the kitten back to them if they won't care for her properly. We did that once. The people that used to live across the street (up the road just a bit) were like that. They had a dog chained up out behind their house that never got any attention, and they had cats that they just let roam the neighborhood. We suspected these people being involved in a drug ring due to their looks, actions, and the way cars were in and out of that place at all hours of the days and nights. Well, their cat had 3 kittens that showed up at our house. All 3 were in poor shape with runny eyes and noses. We got them taken care of and found homes for them. Our suspicions of these people were proven to be true when they were arrested on drug charges. I was thankful at that time for going with my instincts by not allowing the kittens back over there.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Oh I understand. It is like one animal missing and they go get another. Just a repeat of things. We are out of city limits so there is no law about keeping animals on leashes or anything and these people just let their animals roam. We got into a yelling match with the old woman when I told her that her dog came after me and she went on saying he never leaves their yard and my dogs are in hers because I have 2 great danes who are about 130 pounds each and in our fenced in backyard or in our house. I just want to go say something mean to her now about her dog attacking a child but won't because I won't go to that level. The whole neighborhood would just love for them to move and stop burning their trash in the backyard (I didn't know people did that till I moved here). I just joked with another neighbor about maybe it is a drug house because there are always cars with not so good looking of people going to the door all day and half the night. So for now I am sure Smoke will be staying and if we can't keep her we will find a home that wants her. I'll take pictures this afternoon after I take my 6yr old to the dentist. So far she is loving the kids and just wants attention.



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Personally, I wouldn't give the kitten back to them if they won't care for her properly. We did that once. The people that used to live across the street (up the road just a bit) were like that. They had a dog chained up out behind their house that never got any attention, and they had cats that they just let roam the neighborhood. We suspected these people being involved in a drug ring due to their looks, actions, and the way cars were in and out of that place at all hours of the days and nights. Well, their cat had 3 kittens that showed up at our house. All 3 were in poor shape with runny eyes and noses. We got them taken care of and found homes for them. Our suspicions of these people were proven to be true when they were arrested on drug charges. I was thankful at that time for going with my instincts by not allowing the kittens back over there.
post #6 of 11
please make sure that the kitten is deffently nobody else before making any choices, you could be taking away someones loving family pet away that may have escaped.
also if it is this womens and your right that she will just go and get another one it will be never ending. i really dont know what to suggest to you , but i do want to say that i hope something is done soon about this women.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
I understand and I am pretty positive it is from the "trash" house. My neighboor and good friend was home at lunch and I had her come and look at her. The back of her house faces the side and back of this other house. She walked in and said this is the same cat that was on her porch a few days ago and the "trash" lady went out back and called the cat it went running to her and was rubbing against her and the lady kicked it away. My friend said they have only seen 3 cats over there the black one with long tail. white one without a tail and a gray one. As soon as she saw this ones tail she said it was theirs no doubt. Here are a few pictures not the best but all I could get while she would sit still



Just look at that tail.



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Originally Posted by XxtashaxX View Post
please make sure that the kitten is deffently nobody else before making any choices, you could be taking away someones loving family pet away that may have escaped.
also if it is this womens and your right that she will just go and get another one it will be never ending. i really dont know what to suggest to you , but i do want to say that i hope something is done soon about this women.
post #8 of 11
shes lovely, but by the pictures she looks to be more 6 months? but that is just from the picture.
i wish you well in what ever you decide to do and hope everything works out for the best for her.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have no clue on ages I was just guessing 4ish months because she is only 3.9 pounds and skinny. Hair covers it up but when you pet her it is all bones. I think a few weeks eating the wellness kitten food with help. Will try to get her to the vet sometime next week.


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Originally Posted by XxtashaxX View Post
shes lovely, but by the pictures she looks to be more 6 months? but that is just from the picture.
i wish you well in what ever you decide to do and hope everything works out for the best for her.
post #10 of 11
Aww! She is so adorable!

She looks about 5 months to me. It is hard to determine her age by her weight, especially when you say she is very skinny. Saedie weighs 4.4-4.6 pounds (she wouldn't sit still long enough to get a 100% accurate answer) and she is 4 months.
post #11 of 11
Awww, I love the white collar around her neck.. She's beautiful! I would either keep her or rehome her. Based on how her owners treat all of their pets, and the condition she is in, I would not give her back to them.
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