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Abandoned or lost?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Every time I visit SOS, I'm struck by the number of threads about abandoned cats, but of course notice that there are quite a few about cats that have gotten out or not returned home. What do you, personally, do when a cat turns up at your door, or you find a half-starved one somewhere? Do you simply assume he/she has been abandoned, and take him/her in, or do you take the cat in, feed him/her, and report the "find" to the police and local shelter/rescue group? Do you put an ad in the paper, show a picture around the neighborhood, and/or have the cat checked for a microchip?
Does your city/town have a law requiring finders to report that they've taken in a stray cat to the police/local shelter (mine does)?
More and more, I find the idea of obligatory microchipping (with "universal" transponders and nationwide/international registers) appealing.
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by jcat
More and more, I find the idea of obligatory microchipping (with "universal" transponders and nationwide/international registers) appealing.

there was actually an episode on animal planet where a lady's lost cat was found hundreds of miles from home 9 years after it disappeared due to her microchip being scanned at a shelter. i'm sure that whoever took her didnt bother getting her checked for one...
post #3 of 21
i always worry when i see posts about foundlings that these cats arent actually lost at all, just indoor/outdoor cats who have learnt to beg on doorsteps for food and attention.

i read somewhere 90% of cat dissapearences have human involvement whether thats abduction, 'rescuing', or other sinister reasons.
post #4 of 21
That is amazing!!! Did she get the cat returned to her that far away then? (I want The End of the story!)
Linda
post #5 of 21
I would have to call the shelters,vet's,posters etc.

I would just be think that this has to someone's cat and I bet they miss the heck of them. So I would work all angles to find the owner of that cat.

Both my cat's have "the chip".
post #6 of 21
I try to find the owner - contact rescue groups, the radio station, local vets, the Net. Fortunately, I have had only one stray show up at my house, and when nobody responded, placed her with my father. She looked like a 10 week-old kitten, but the vet placed her age at over 6 month! She'd been on her own for along time, & was wild at first. My last rescue was an obviously very well-bred Himmy from San Diego and I never found her owners poor thing - I think that she always wanted to go home, but the only responses I got from my ads were from other desperate owners, and that was heartbreaking, too.
post #7 of 21
I found Festie's Mom at work. If it had just been me, I would have left her there a few more days to see if she went home. But a coworker who already had a bunch of cats was going to take her home (and keep her), so I offered to take her instead.

I listed her in the newpaper for a few weeks, and called the shelter to list her in case anyone called looking for her. She was wearing a pink flea collar and a blue kitty collar. I still sometimes wonder if someone was missing her. Maybe she had been lost long enough that they didn't check the paper anymore?

But now she is spayed and owned by a 70 y/o woman as her first pet. I sure hope no one is wondering what happened to her! But she seemed too wonderful to be abandoned. DH thinks she was dumped because she was pregnant.
post #8 of 21
I feed ALL strays........possums,cats,raccoons
If it were in good shape, I would feed it and see how often it comes around.If daily, than I would assume it's someones pet.
if it were in bad shape, I would put it into the garage until I could get a Vet appt. Take it to the Vet and check for tatoos,chips.Get it back on it's feet while posting found ads and posters.If it's original home couldn't be found, it would stay here with us or I would find a perfect home for it.
forgot to add........... after Vet appt. it would be brought into our home and when stable, would be spayed/neutered
post #9 of 21
I post flyers in all the vet's offices, Petsmart, Wal-Mart, the local rescue groups, and the county shelter. Unfortunately many pets, cats particularly, are abandoned when military families leave the area. I have never reunted a cat with their owner, but have found homes for several. I will keep a rescue forever if I cannot find a good home, or the local no kill rescue group can't take it.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
It's sometimes impossible to tell whether a cat is a stray (lost or abandoned), or not. We've had a beautiful tabby hanging around for the past several days. She seems well fed, and the vet says she's healthy (I took her in to see if she was chipped Thursday), but she's making no effort to leave. She's been hanging out with ZsaZsa, eating here and napping in our laundry room, but sleeping at the neighbor's at night. The police and shelter have no reports of a missing cat of her description, and nobody has responded to my flyers, or today's newspaper ad. She's such a friendly, lovable cat that somebody must be missing her dreadfully. She won't be turned out if we can't find her owner (my neighbor will take her permanently, as she looks a lot like Putzi, her geriatric cat), but I can't help wondering why she's not chipped or tattooed, or at least wearing a collar with tags.
post #11 of 21
a shelter by me reccomends that you put a collar on any 'stray' you find with a note and your number.

some people have issues with putting collars on cats so its down to you.
post #12 of 21
My Nana has a seal point siamese cat named Mork. He is indoor/outdoor and he started visiting a house and being fed, a couple of nights ago he didn't return home (It was his first night out alone) My Nana was extremely worried so I printed off some "Lost Mork" posters, Nana rang all the Shelters etc and the CPL said they had a Chocolate Point Female Siamese there. We thought it was a long shot but how many Siamese would go missing in our area??

So to cut a long story short it WAS Mork! and her idiot neighbour had handed him in saying he was a stray! Um hello a well fed Siamese? Like there would be many of them stray!
post #13 of 21
Every cat that has showed up on our property were somewhat wild. Meaning they wont let you near them. My Quki is the exeption. When she showed up she was young and in need of some serious attention so I think she was dumped.
post #14 of 21
Forgot to add we don't have stray cats in our area. There is this black kitty with a collar that has been sitting on our fence for the last few weeks every day, and I've tried to go and say hello to him but he runs off - I think he belongs to some new people that moved in recently. He sits on our fence and watches my females through the cat room window.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
a shelter by me recommends that you put a collar on any 'stray' you find with a note and your number.

some people have issues with putting collars on cats so its down to you.
That's a great idea. I have an extra breakaway collar (or two) that I can ink a note on. Nobody has responded to my "found ad" yet.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by jcat
That's a great idea. I have an extra breakaway collar (or two) that I can ink a note on. Nobody has responded to my "found ad" yet.
Sometimes people just assume that their lost cat is gone and don't try to locate it.
post #17 of 21
I talked to someone at the catshow today who found her now 19 y/o cat as a little kitten. She called the police to let them know, and they laughed at her to think someone wanted the kitten. They did write the info down, but all these years later she remains amazed that she found such a sweetie.
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I talked to someone at the catshow today who found her now 19 y/o cat as a little kitten. She called the police to let them know, and they laughed at her to think someone wanted the kitten. They did write the info down, but all these years later she remains amazed that she found such a sweetie.
Our town (population < 10,000) requires that you notify the police. Somebody did call today, and gave a very good description of the cat. Her name is "Miezi", she's 2 1/2, and she does respond (meow) to the name. They saw my flyer at the supermarket yesterday, and figure it's their cat. To make a long story short, they said she's always taking off, and they would come and get her, unless I'd like to have her. She doesn't like their other cat. I said no, but I knew somebody who would, so my neighbor now has 3 (or 2 1/2) cats. Who knows - maybe Miezi will convince ZsaZsa that she should move into Mrs. R.'s on a full-time basis. The first things that have to be done are to get her a tag for her new collar, and a microchip. I suppose a tattoo wouldn't be a bad idea whenever she has to get her teeth cleaned.
post #19 of 21
Sometimes it is really really hard. I found my Lexi
(Manx Look alike or even pure, tho not show quality)
last Xmas. She was out behind my house caging
food from Major grey's bowl (more news on him later

I did everything to find an owner - I called all the local
county shelters for 3 or 4 counties around - even over
to W Va. I put up flyers. I went on the net. I called
local vet's offices... Nada.

And this was a cute 1/2 grown female Manx look alike
(or as I think sometimes non show quality Manx...)

She was fixed - when found and was
about 6 mo to 1 year, so she was someone's
cat that they cared enough to fix.

She wasn't a cuddle bunny (then tho, much
much better now, LOL!), but she was adorable
with her 2 inch stubbie tail, and little
white locket.... and those cute mischevious round
eyes with those cute wide spaced ears! (can you
tell I love her??)

I tried my damndest to re-home her - I even found
a quality home for her - but found I missed her
so much I had to have her back!!

Now she lives as a Princess with me and my other 2
geriatrics.

And there isn't a day I don't wonder
who her owners were and why they weren't out
looking for this sweet princess cat...If it were mine,
I'd have moved heaven and earth to find her...

Lucky for her tho that she did find me! I think
she's better off with a Meow Mommy that
looks out for her....
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
That is amazing!!! Did she get the cat returned to her that far away then? (I want The End of the story!)
Linda
Yes. They called her and she flew down and got her cat.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
Yes. They called her and she flew down and got her cat.


That would have been a cliffhanger if this thread had been any longer.
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