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post #31 of 37
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Originally Posted by zoeysmom View Post

I did email his owners back to see if he's still coming around there. I noticed when I walked by the other day that there was a carrier on the porch. Maybe it was for him.
Oh, so he HAS a known owner? In that case, the best is if you do speak directly with them. Help them perhaps to manage him better...

If you see from the talk they had really abandoned him, there are two different solutions:
1. You try, together with them, to find him a new permanent home.
It is really their responsibility, and thus, best if they do it - but perhaps with encouragement and some help from you.

2. If that fails too, your reserve plane is OK. Ie having him as your outside cat. Quite many rescuers do have it so.
He is very much outdoors, probably not very cared for(??) by his owners (this you will know more exactly if and when you talk with them). And yet he has good flesh. A hypothesis is he does manage quite well.
And thus, he would do quite nicely as your outdoor cat.
post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post
Oh, so he HAS a known owner? In that case, the best is if you do speak directly with them. Help them perhaps to manage him better...

If you see from the talk they had really abandoned him, there are two different solutions:
1. You try, together with them, to find him a new permanent home.
It is really their responsibility, and thus, best if they do it - but perhaps with encouragement and some help from you.

2. If that fails too, your reserve plane is OK. Ie having him as your outside cat. Quite many rescuers do have it so.
He is very much outdoors, probably not very cared for(??) by his owners (this you will know more exactly if and when you talk with them). And yet he has good flesh. A hypothesis is he does manage quite well.
And thus, he would do quite nicely as your outdoor cat.
Sorry Stefan, I posted about his owners in my picture thread, but I guess not here. I posted an ad about him and his owners did respond. The basically said that he had "decided" he wanted to be an outdoor cat. They claimed he returned for meals, but bolted out doors whenever they opened. However, he ate like he had never seen food before we started feeding him regularly (then he ate and left whatever he didn't need in the bowl) and had the collar with note on him for 2 days before anyone noticed (and then it was a neighbour, not the owners). Here, he bolts in doors.

We're not done with Gus yet (my boyfriend calls him "Mister"...so I think "Mister Gus" will be fine. Our current solution of keeping him outside and feeding him is temporary. I'm working on other solutions (re-trying intros, finding new home).
post #33 of 37
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OK....so after exchanging a few more emails with his female owner (whose husband is the one I spoke with when I went to the door), they really do seem like decent people. His name is Francis, he is 3 years old, neutered/vaccinated. They say they've tried to keep him in, but he keeps escaping. I guess they also have his brother cat and they get along well. Their two dogs are afraid of them. He likes their older children (teenagers) but is not a fan of the younger ones. Perhaps that's what's driving him away. I guess his former owner had the same problem with him wandering off...not sure if there were kids, etc there). So, I just sent this email to them. I hope I'm not overstepping any boundaries, but I have to do something. Please let me know what you think.

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Hi there,

I really appreciate you providing so much information.

I'm not sure if Francis has still been coming around your place, but I have to admit that I've made the mistake of feeding him, in addition to giving him attention (started before I knew he had a home). As a result, I think he's starting to think of here (just a couple doors away) as home. He's here every time I leave the house/come home and seems to be hanging out here even when we are not outside. I'm not sure why he seems to prefer being here, while he runs away from your place. It seems like he is well cared for.

I don't mind him hanging around here, even providing him with food. However, since there is no way I can take him in (my cats are currently hissing/growling at each other after getting a whiff of his scent on me), I think I need to re-train him where home is. I'd like to bring him back to your place whenever he comes here. Would you mind leaving food out on your porch to entice him? I don't mind providing food, dishes...anything you need.... I know you are fine with him roaming....I'm just thinking of winter when he will need a warm place to sleep...I don't want him to forget where that place is. If you are still noticing him around your place quite often and he is still eating at your place, perhaps this is not much of a concern and we can stop feeding him without being concerned about him not getting enough to eat (maybe he's just playing me).

The other option is to find him a new home where there are no other pets/young kids that might be driving him away, which is certainly your call since he is your cat.

This is my fault for feeding him in the first place, and I would like to rectify it if I can. I'm just a sucker for friendly cats...especially orange ones that resemble my two here at home.

Please let me know if any of this sounds OK with you.

Thanks,

Stacey
Knowing that he was vaccinated, I let my girls sniff my hands after I spent some time with him outside to see if maybe they'd be a bit more accepting. So began the hissing, growling, etc. Pet-ease spray (like Feliway...all I could find here in town) and Rescue Remedy don't seem to be helping (possible because Delilah, who seems to be the aggressor, isn't letting me be too successful with application). I know they'll get over it.
post #34 of 37
How nice of you - and his owners too...


It strikes me. If you want to try with Feliway, so it should be good for his current owners too. By the same reason. Ie, he is not thriwing there because of they younger kids.

But the Feliway MAY be the last straw to get him to accept the situation at home.
Suggest them this. Perhaps even give them Feliway diffuser as a gift.


(myself I shall look into that Pet ease you talk about)
post #35 of 37
I think your letter is good, and very diplomatic. As one who had only indoor/outdoor cats growing up, I would have been crushed to pieces if someone had taken one because it was outside. So I am happy that you're trying to work it out with the owners.

And good on you for trying to save what you thought was a stray.
post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by threecatowner View Post
I think your letter is good, and very diplomatic. As one who had only indoor/outdoor cats growing up, I would have been crushed to pieces if someone had taken one because it was outside. So I am happy that you're trying to work it out with the owners.

And good on you for trying to save what you thought was a stray.
You know, while I don't necessarily agree with letting cats outdoors in the city (we're not in a really busy place, but also not a quite dead end), I try not to judge those who do let their cats outside. I do, however, think that it is the owner's responsibility to keep tabs on their cats.

If I knew he had a home, I probably never would have started giving him food. However, he had the collar/note on for 2 days before I tried the first time to take him in. Once he was in, the person emailed me after seeing my ad on Kijiji. They said he came home with a collar, but no note (maybe after the neighbour took it off)....so perhaps that's why the owner checked Kijiji.

However, now I must do something. My stomach has been in knots for the last 3 days. I get the flu, I still eat. I get a cold, I still eat. I get a stray cat, my appetite goes way. Go figure.

Stefan, I was thinking that about the Feliway as well. I will consider it for sure, although I don't think the owners think he's escaping because he's stressed out. They said he was just independent and likes to do his own thing.
post #37 of 37
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Well, I've taken Francis home a couple of times now. The first time there was food in his dish and he ate and I left. The second time, I had to put food in the dish. Today when I went, there was a little boy on the porch. He was like "Hey, you found Francis!" So, I put him on the porch, put food in his bowl (I now travel with a ziplock baggie of food for this purpose). We then decided to try to get him to go in the house. We opened the door and put the food dish in the house. It was going fine, the little boy was very nice and when he tried to pet Francis and he jumped away, he left him alone. Then, another boy, a couple years older came and pretty much grabbed Francis from me. Francis clearly didn't like being held like this, but the boy just took him inside. I told him he didn't like being held like that, and the boy just spat "I know, he's our cat!." Gah! Brat!

With Francis in the house, I left. I told the little boy who was originally on the porch to try his best to keep him in the house. He said, "I know...I'm going to stand right here!" Haha...he was cute!

But, I'm beginning to see why Francis doesn't like being there.
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