Originally Posted by lotsocats
I'll bet Buddy's people wouldn't notice if he was neutered. Afterall, even after neutering there are still very small puffs back there in many males.
Your Buddy sounds just like my feral Buddy. My Buddy is the sweetest cat...he absolutely loves other cats and just wants to be everyone's friend. Unfortunately, because he is so sweet he does get picked on whenever a new male comes into the neighborhood.
Your momma cat looks just like my Buddy. I love the classic short haired brown tabbies!
Update!! My feral cat hasn't wandered off lately, but Buddy disappeared the day after Easter. At first I wasn't concerned. In the past he disappeared for a day or two, but by the end of the week I thought he was probably gone for good. He technically belonged to the neighbors, but I'd been feeding him for months and he stayed in the shed with MaMa most of the day. I think he was with us 95% of the time. I wanted to get him fixed, but my husband didn't like the idea...he said he wasn't really ours and we could end up getting sued.
I was afraid the neighbors had probably gotten complaints and decided to get rid of him. There were other male cats coming around and I know just about every square inch of my garage got sprayed, but we like cats and ended up covering everything with plastic. Other neighbors probably weren't as tolerant. There were also cat fights at night.
I decided to keep checking the city website. They post pictures of animals they pick up. On April 20th there was a picture of a cat that kind of looked like Buddy, but my son and I didn't think it was him. I decided to send an E-mail and ask if it was a male with crossed eyes. If I didn't ask, I'd always wonder. They wrote back and said it was a male and his eyes were crossed. He had been caught in a trap right near here. So, my husband and I went over. We weren't sure if it was Buddy (he had lost weight), but I had taken a picture of him in the backyard, so we came home and got the picture and took it over. Sure enough...all the stripes were in the right place...it was Buddy! They told us that after three days the animals belong to the city and we could adopt him, but it would probably be a good idea if we went over and talked to the neighbor. The neighbors didn't want him and said we could have him. Animal Control agreed to keep him until I could make arrangements to take him right from there to the Veterinarian to be tested for feline leukemia and fixed. We picked him up the next day, he tested negative and was fixed, and we brought him home last Saturday.
I feel sorry for poor MaMa. She and Buddy were pals. I was really making progress with her...thanks to Buddy. Buddy's so laid back and friendly. She was learning from him. Recently I was able to pet her. She would come over next to Buddy and I would pet the two of them. It was a major breakthrough. Since Buddy's been gone from the shed she's regressed. She doesn't even come close enough for me to try and pet her. We've taken a giant step backwards with her, but Buddy is an indoor cat now. I'm afraid he'd end up in a trap again if I let him out and I just feel cats are safer inside. I wish MaMa could be inside with Buddy.
Anyway, I'm going to have to start introducing Buddy to my other cats soon (all five of them). Wish me luck! Right now he's very content by himself in another room. We weren't really looking for another cat, but you know how it goes...