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09 January 2006 @ 10:03 pm
Eep!  
When i left for the conference this morning there was a greyish cat on the stairs up to my apartment. When she saw me coming down she ran down the stairs. I stopped to watch it for a minute or two and it went and sat in the walkway up to one of the other apartments and started mrowing, then hid under the other set of stairs. I was both curious and worried about the kitty but i had to run off to the conference which i was already late for.

I just got home and the same cat was sitting on the balcony outside my door and started mrowing as soon as it saw me. I put a little food out for it outside, which was probably a bad idea but i felt very sorry for it :( I tried knocking on the door downstairs and asking my neighbors if they knew anything about it but they said they didn't know anything about anyone who owned cats. (Apparently they thought i looked rather threatening or something since they decided to talk to me through the door rather than opening it.)

The cat didn't have a collar but didn't seem starved. It was hungry and pounced on the food immediatly but when i tried petting it i couldn't feel bones sticking out or anything. Don't know what to do =/ Don't want to just kidnap it if it belongs to someone else and just got locked outside the apartment for a day or something, and cassie seemed rather upset to have a strange cat sitting outside. However if it just disapears and i never see it again i'm going to feel guilty and worried :(
 
 
Current Mood: worriedworried
 
 
 
cwendy41cwendy41 on January 10th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
The can didn't have a collar.

Things are much more funny in the middle of the night.
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 10th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you're talking about *whistles innocently* ;)
Catbirdcatbird on January 10th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I would probably wait a day or so and if it was still there take it to the vet to get checked out (just so you don't get Cassie sick if it has some nasty) or take it to a shelter. Two cats are just as easy to take care of as one :P Kitties are smart and inovative but it's still a hard life on the street.
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 10th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Well i've just been hearing about all the issues my parents have been having with adopting their latest cat, mainly with the old cats not being very happy with the situation. Cassie was standing around by the door with her back arched and when i opened the door to put the food outside she hissed at the other cat. It might be just an initial reaction but it's not a particularly good sign for how they'd get along in the future =/

And besides, i find it hard to imagine that i could find another cat as friendly and as easy to take care of as cassie :)
Brie2gouda4u on January 10th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's uncommon for strange cats to dislike each other at first. Raz definitely did not like Jane or Norton when she first met them, but things have calmed down a lot since then. Here's what I recommend (if you feel like doing something about the cat): take him/her in for a while (after suitable vet checkups), and see how things go. If you notice posters around the complex, the owner cares and you can give him/her back. If not, there's no reason to feel guilty. If things don't work out with Cassie after a few weeks, you can take him/her to a shelter (I can give you the name of where we found Jane and Norton).

Alternatively, in the vein of waiting a few days, you might try leaving food and water out (if you don't have an ant problem), and if he/she's not getting fed elsewhere, he/she'll presumably stick around your place. Then, if you don't want the hassle of trying to adjust two full-grown cats, you can take him/her straight to a shelter. At the very least, you should check the gender, and make sure she's spayed if she's female. No need for more stray cats. If she is female and unspayed, automatic disqualification of owner rights - take her straight to a shelter.
Coraacoraa on January 10th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of cats in the complex -- I mean, a lot -- who are allowed to roam freely. Most of them seem to belong to one apartment or another, so I wouldn't worry too much right now.

If the cat fails to go away after a week or so, seems ill-fed or otherwise in poor shape, then it'd be a good idea to look into doing something, but I would rule out the cat having an owner and just being opportunistic and/or intrigued by Cassie at this point.
Desireemadduckdes on January 10th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
if the kitty doesn't seem in bad shape, then i vote for a little patience. i'm not a huge fan of the outdoor lifestyle for kitties, but many owners go that way. there might be no collar because the cat is skilled at taking it off (our cats would never keep their collars on long no matter how hard we tried), and the kitty might be saying hi to you because it's friendly. our furry next door neighbor is such my bud, even though she is well fed and loved.

of course, if you start seeing signs of neglect, hunger, what have you, then by all means don't let fate take its course. and brie's comment about spaying is true.
Dieppe: ChooChoo Bear - S-Pdieppe on January 10th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Definitely get her to a vet because there's a chance that the kitty COULD be implanted with a RFID chip to help identify her. Ours is, and most vets have the reader to read it and to see who might own her. I'm sure if you told them they probably wouldn't charge you just to check to see if she has a chip.

Good luck with the kitty though!
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
Poke poke poke poke