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post #11 of 21 Old 11-22-2010, 01:50 PM
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The difference, Indy, is that you have the knowledge that outdoor cats wander and you keep the cat you cherish indoors.

These neighbors might not even know the cat belongs to the OP, if they are even taking care of it.
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-22-2010, 01:52 PM
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Cats are well known for getting collars off. Which is a good thing for their safety.

Yes! I cringed when I read about the collar. I sure hope it's a break away or has elastic so if the cat gets caught on a tree branch, it doesn't end up strangled.
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Yes! I cringed when I read about the collar. I sure hope it's a break away or has elastic so if the cat gets caught on a tree branch, it doesn't end up strangled.
I wouldn't put a collar on a cat that's not a breakaway. So it's entirely feasible that he got it off himself (he's talented like that). But the point is, I've been to every neighbors house but this cabin, where the people are living free of rent on a freineds land til they get baack on their feet, and it's because it's a steep climb (I'm serious...They have..no driveway, just a sheer cliff.) Alas, it's time to go up there. But the impression I get is they wouldnt give him back unless he popped up at the front door to greet me.
I hate to do it, but a chip and a tracking collar may be the best option.
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I wouldn't put a collar on a cat that's not a breakaway. So it's entirely feasible that he got it off himself (he's talented like that). But the point is, I've been to every neighbors house but this cabin, where the people are living free of rent on a freineds land til they get baack on their feet, and it's because it's a steep climb (I'm serious...They have..no driveway, just a sheer cliff.) Alas, it's time to go up there. But the impression I get is they wouldnt give him back unless he popped up at the front door to greet me.
I hate to do it, but a chip and a tracking collar may be the best option.
I disagree that that is your best option, to me that would be an ultimate last resort. I would not put a tracking collar on him - especially as they are not designed for cats at all and would be doubly unsafe. If you are determined to prevent him from wandering to neighbors, or neighbors to see him as a stray and treat him accordingly, then keep him inside.

You are not looking at the big picture here. I seriously doubt these people are coming on to your land and snatching him. He is likely wandering on to their property on his own. As he is not kept within the confines of your property, then in the eyes of the law he is a stray - if he goes on their property, they are within their legal rights to choose to feed and keep him - or shoot him.


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I totally agree with Indy!
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If you are determined to prevent him from wandering to neighbors, or neighbors to see him as a stray and treat him accordingly, then keep him inside.
I agree.
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I also agree that you should keep him indoors if you don't want him wandering, but if you leave him outside, expect him to go wherever he pleases, and obviously if he's finding food elsewhere, either in a great hunting spot, or someone else putting food out for strays, then expect him to gravitate to that spot, and take turns at each place. I would go talk to the neighbors, and tell them your story, that you found the cat as a kitten ect., and let them know he is yours. I would definitely have him microchipped too though as an extra precaution. If you feel like the neighbors are trying to keep him, or have no respect for the fact that he is "yours", then I would keep him inside until they move if you are that attached to him. I hate to say it, but letting him live outdoors, you have to accept that he is a free cat. He will go where he wants to, and do what he wants to, and it is a very real possibility that he'll get killed by another animal, or seen as a stray, and someone may take him in.
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I agree.
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And even if he seems unhappy to begin with, if he has the run of the house, he will adapt better than you think. I had a barn cat that we got as a tiny kitten and he disappeared for two months when he was about a year old. He left the day before we were scheduled to go on vacation, and my girls were crushed. When he showed back up, they brought him in the house and he hasn't been out since. After he got used to it, he is perfectly content. Soft places to sleep, all the food he wants, plenty of attention. Now even when he could go outside, he doesn't show the least interest in it.

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Make him fat and he'll never go away...

No I am kidding, but the best thing in my opinion would be to chip him and keep him indoors if you don't want him wandering. I had a feral cat a while back, we rescued her when she was eight weeks old from a BJ's parking lot when she was trying to eat the rat poison. We fed her and loved her, but in the end she is what she is, a feral cat. Not to mention she was kind of crazy...But she left for months on end, probably went to the neighbors, I don't see why it matters if they aren't hurting her.

Keep it inside until they move away if you are worried about them taking him. I don't really have an issue because I live on a couple acres with two cats, mother and daughter. The daughter isn't much for a wanderer, she eats all of the food and then comes back inside, she is more or less a dog trapped in a cat's body. As for the mother well she wanders, but she always comes back.

There is a stray who I have seen around, it runs when I go to refill the bowl, but I am not terribly worried since both of my cats are fixed. But I would hate to find out this 'stray' has an owner and have them come and accuse me of stealing their cat when I haven't even touched the thing.
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