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Helping a Neighbor's Neglected Cat

There's been this stray cat roaming my block for 2-3 weeks now. I posted on Facebook seeing if anyone would like him. He's an indoor cat and extremely friendly and hungry. He tries to get into my house every time I go in and come out to smoke. He is quite skinny and he was out when it was storming.

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My neighbor said he was hers over Facebook so I informed her and she made no action on it. She says he is hers and he always wants to be out during the summer. She supposedly has food for him in her garage, but if she does then why does he come to my house every night and devour the food I give him? He wants attention and seems confused. He will sit outside on the sidewalk and stare at her door. She told me he was hers and she takes care of him and she told me to let her know if he comes back. I did. So she came over. Her other cat that has a white spot on the chest was outside and won't go near me, unlike her other one which is completely black.

This one she doesn't care for and she admitted to me she threw her cat out of her house because he sprayed in her house. She told me she doesn't want him. What should I do? She says she cares and that they are outside cats, but they are hungry and the full black one is always trying to get in my house. She won't put a collar on them or anything. She said, "If something happens to them I will risk it". She was nonchalant about it and doesn't seem to care whatsoever about the safety or health of her cats. What can I do?

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

If I were you I would call the Department of Animal Control in your area. She is mistreating this animal.

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June 26, 20190 found this helpful

The department of animal control will not take action against this matter they would only remove the cat , please don't do that, i have been a owner of cats over 20 years and many shelters that say no kill even lie to this day, I know places like petsmart and
petco who take in animals, i use to work with them but please do your research not just take advice, and your neighbor let her reap the wrath , you do whats in your heart.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

My community has ordinances about outside pets so you may want to check with yours and see what the laws are.

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Perhaps someone from the community (government entity) can talk with her. They may be able to ask her if she wishes to surrender the cats and then they (and you can) work with a cat shelter or organization to help place them.

We have a lot of entities who do this work where I live so I hope you have the same.

It always makes me nervous having confrontations with neighbors, especially over pets. That is why it is usually best left to to legal entities.

Are you able to take one or both of them if the legal entities says you can? Do you know people who could take them?

Depending on what the legal entity says, if you did some leg work (kind of on the QT behind the scenes)--maybe you could find them good homes, the entity could get her to surrender and then placed in new INDOOR ONLY homes.

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Just be sure to verify that they are not going to be picked up and taken to kill shelters. That is just heartbreaking to me and that is why I always recommend (locally to where I am) the groups that work to take care of the cats (and dogs) outside of the kill shelter system.

Prayers for the cats and for you that it all works out.

Post back with an update. SO SAD for those poor babies. How awful.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

I second everything Pghgirl has stated but just wanted to add;
As a general rule your local Humane Society and your Animal Control Center are entirely separate units and do not usually work together.

Even if you live in a 'no kill' community, your animal control center may not follow this and will put animals to sleep when necessary.

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Any animal they pick up will be put to sleep if it is not considered 'adoptable'.

Both units may have their own adoption services as well as vet services so be sure you understand this before making a call.
There are usually several cat/dog 'homes' that help with finding homes for stray/unwanted/mistreated animals.

One of the best places to get the best information is your local PetSmart as they are the leading business that helps with this type of service.
Try to pay them a visit in person but if that is not possible, then try calling their store to see what you can do.

When people say they have an 'indoor/outdoor' pet it is many times the owner who desires this behavior and a cat can usually be well satisfied staying indoors (may take a little training).

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I can see how frustrating this is for you and I hope it works out well and the cats find a home where they are truly wanted and loved.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

Somerimes, though sad, people move & leave their "babies" behind.
I had became a foster parent to every cat that befriended me. If you can, bring her inside, away from any other animals, take her to the vet & get her scanned. Find out if she has been spayed/neutered. If not, out of pure love & kindness, have this done yourself & keep her inside til well. There are all kinds of clinics that will spay, neuter, vet ck, give worm meds & rabies shots for a lot less. Never leave an unattended 'fur baby' on their own, especially if they aren't used to it. They are too precious to leave abandoned.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with "Judy". But it seems this one cat is attached to you. If you possibly can, bring him in, & take care of him. Call Animal Control. But I would first take him to be vetted. If this lady isn't taking care of "her" animals, she needs to pay the price. Half the time, in my area, animal control won't come out & if they do, they would just end up giving her back the cat, if it has a chip. Be one of God's Angels an help these babies on your own. Sometimes if you have your own vet, they will work with you on pmts. You can also find a home for them separately, on your own. If you can't keep them. I've done this countless times, even when one came to my door with her 3 tiny kits travelling behind her. I have older cats, so I had to keep them separated. But eventually, after lots of love & care & play times, I found them ALL homes, including the Mama. I will not let a cat, dog or any of God's creatures go abandoned, sick or hungry.

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June 27, 20190 found this helpful

Your neighbor has told you she doesn't want this cat and doesn't care what happens to him. Our local animal control wont even come out for a cat issue, so I just use my best judgement. I really cant sit by and watch an animal suffer. You have a number of options. You can check with local humane societies and rescue groups (make sure they are "no kill" shelters) and see if they will rehome the cat for you. You can "adopt" the cat yourself. It doesn't sound like the current owner has any interest in the cat. You can find it a home on your own. Often cat owners have room for one more. I know it is sticky when the cat "belongs" to a neighbor. I woke up one early frigid morning to find a neighbors cat sitting on my front porch. It was 14 degrees outside and he was nearly frozen. I know his owners and they do care for him and he is fed and goes to the Vet when needed. But he is outside at night, every night. I fed him that night. The next day I bought a raccoon proof insulated cat house with a pet heating pad in it. I put it on my front porch out of the wind and rain. I put a nice bowl of cat food and some water next to it. If anybody asks I tell them it is for my cats in case they don't get in by the time I go to bed. Of course that has never happened and this cat is in there every night. He is an elderly cat now and sure loves the pet heating pad. Every night he sleeps in a warm place with a full belly. He still loves his family but we have become buddies too. Be creative and thanks for caring about this little guy.

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