Originally Posted by zoeysmom
Well, since you can't really get close to him, it will be a little more difficult.
Does he look healthy/well-fed? That's not a for sure sign, but might give you an idea of the urgency of his situation. If he's not in good shape, it might be a good idea just to get him into a no-kill shelter - if he's someone's pet, they can go looking for him when he stops coming home.
If you can get a picture of him, you could post an ad on Craigslist, etc. seeing if anyone knows him. This actually worked for me, which really surprised me. Also, ask around the neighbourhood.
If you are able to gain his trust and get close, you could put a breakaway collar with a note on him. This also worked for me. Probably not a great idea to feed him until you know if he has a home, but if you can spend more time around where his is, it might help. A couple treats are probably OK too...although beware this might make you a regular buddy/visiting place for this little guy.
I spend two days going around my neighbourhood asking if anyone is missing a cat. No one on my street says they're missing a pet, but I am beginning to suspect that he lives behind my house (across a walkway) with a family who moved in just last month. He does look a little bit scraggly and dirty, so my husband and I have decided to make a little shelter for him (or any other stray/lost animals) to use. We live in Canada and it's already starting to snow outside so we're very concerned that he might get frostbite. We are trying to get him to trust us so we can get a better look at him, though he is very flighty. I'm more concerned about looking for tattoos, etc. before bringing him into the shelter.
Originally Posted by otto
Hello and welcome to the forum!It's good of you to care about this cat.
Someone may be looking for him. Check ads in the paper, call local vets and shelters, to see. If you are able to capture him, have him scanned for a microchip.
I don't advise advertising on craig's list, sick people cull that place and take animals advertised "free" to abuse and torture or use in laboratories.
If you do advertise a "found" ad, be sure to leave out some distinguishing feature that only his owner would know, to avoid giving him to someone with evil designs.
Thank you for the welcome!
I have been keeping an eye on the paper, though nothing matching description has shown up (yet...). I am going to keep asking around and trying to get him to come near me before taking things too far (I don't want to unintentionally "steal" someone's pet!).
Thank you both for the useful suggestions!