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Help and advice needed from hukd cat lovers. I have been feeding a stray cat for a couple of months now. The cat is very friendly and is now looking healthier than before. Unfortunately, I can … Read More
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Help and advice needed from hukd cat lovers.

I have been feeding a stray cat for a couple of months now. The cat is very friendly and is now looking healthier than before.

Unfortunately, I can not have the cat indoors as my wife's asthma is triggered.

what can I do to care for the cat during the winter months.

I have made a makeshift cat shelter, but it sits on it rather than in it.

any advice would be appreciated.
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Thats very good of you to feed a stray cat and take care of it :) Best person to answer this is moneysavingkitten :3
banned#2
Get rid of the wife.
banned#3
summerof76
Thats very good of you to feed a stray cat and take care of it :) Best person to answer this is moneysavingkitten :3

He's just a guy feeding some pussy. Nothing new (_;)
#4
cats are very indipendant, you don't need to feed it will survive on its own and it will find its own shelter. it won't use a kennel or anything you put in your garden.
#5
MrScotchBonnet
summerof76
Thats very good of you to feed a stray cat and take care of it :) Best person to answer this is moneysavingkitten :3
He's just a guy feeding some pussy. Nothing new (_;)
Do you not feed pussy??? Thought not :{
#6
when I say you don't need to feed it. I mean if you stop it will move on to someone else. keep feeding it and it will stick around
#7
A shed would be good for a cat, put a cat flap on to stop the draughts and cold, make him a bed in a box or something, it's good you are looking after him.
banned#8
summerof76
MrScotchBonnet
summerof76
Thats very good of you to feed a stray cat and take care of it :) Best person to answer this is moneysavingkitten :3
He's just a guy feeding some pussy. Nothing new (_;)
Do you not feed pussy??? Thought not :{

No. The pussy feeds me.
#9
Kitty will be here soon, don't worry OP.
#10
Don't worry about the cat, bro, just realise that you're the pet in this relationship - not the cat.
Cat's probably got quite a few 'pets' in your area.
Just appreciate the fact the cat thinks you're ok. :)
#11
MrScotchBonnet
summerof76
MrScotchBonnet
summerof76
Thats very good of you to feed a stray cat and take care of it :) Best person to answer this is moneysavingkitten :3
He's just a guy feeding some pussy. Nothing new (_;)
Do you not feed pussy??? Thought not :{
No. The pussy feeds me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9sRYdzXdiI
banned#12
Have you considered taking the cat to the vet to see if it's chipped. It might actually be someone's pet.
banned#13
Yeah. Cats don't really care about anyone but themselves. Pretty anti social things.

I wouldn't bother worrying too much. He will find someone else to scrounge off anyway, he won't even think about you. They're pretty heartless man.
#14
Yeah ignore the incoming anti comments, remember it's your choice to take care of an animal and you will be rewarded by having a companion, asking on here isn't the best idea.....apart from msk
#15
I fed a cat for a couple of weeks that I thought was a stray. To be sure it didn't have an owner I put a collar on it with a message and my phone number. Result-phone call saying it did have a home(4 doors down) and was just greedy!! Wonder how many others are looking after the cat!
#16
13norfolk
I fed a cat for a couple of weeks that I thought was a stray. To be sure it didn't have an owner I put a collar on it with a message and my phone number. Result-phone call saying it did have a home(4 doors down) and was just greedy!! Wonder how many others are looking after the cat!
Top cat X)
#17
13norfolk
I fed a cat for a couple of weeks that I thought was a stray. To be sure it didn't have an owner I put a collar on it with a message and my phone number. Result-phone call saying it did have a home(4 doors down) and was just greedy!! Wonder how many others are looking after the cat!
Wasn't this guy was it? ;)
http://www.lmnop.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Six-Dinner-Sid.jpg
#18
Not sure op is asking whether the cat is a stray or not but rather asking for help to look after him.
#19
carnt beat a bit of stray pussy
#20
Can't believe that people are being so dirty... you seem like a genuine guy asking a genuine question... please continue to care for the cat and I'm sure if the cat needs to use your shelter for rest and heat then it will... nice to see there are some genuine animal lovers out there...
#21
Cats are animals and survivors - so long as there's food and water the cat will find a way to survive. Yes it would be great to allow it home comforts but for your Mrs that's not practical.

I had a cat when I lived on my own and then when I moved in with my Mrs she had a cat also. Later I was diagnosed with mild asthma but cats didn't have any affect but it's been a good 7 years with no cat but now my dad has one and every time I visit now I get itchy, wheezy and sore eyes but hey ho I love pets.

I also built a kennel for our cat for a little shelter during rainy or very sunny days - she (the cat) used it a few times but would prefer the protection of the 8ft tall and thick conifer hedge

13norfolk has a great idea to confirm it's a stray ;) but don't worry too much about the weather / cold / wet so long as it's in good health and the fur is in top condition.
#22
i often take stray pussy in usually the weekend give it a bed for the night
#23
I had to feed my neighbour's cat for 2 weeks. Slowly Holly (the cat) started coming round to my house & even once the neighbour had returned lived with me mostly. Eventually my neighbour brought all the cat food round & other bits & pieces & said I may as well keep her as she only returned to be fed. Had her for years until she died. She was very much a house cat. Lived in luxury.
#25
wisle77
i often take stray pussy in usually the weekend give it a bed for the night
Tom cat X)
#26
I think the suggestion by mr scotchbonet to get rid of your wife is a toral disgrace and the mods should give him a 330ml can of coke for that,

What you should do is put your wife in the kennel you have built, make it warm, and have a safe place to put chocolates and wine she will be fine honest, she may wounder around the first few days looking for something better, but she will come back, just make sure no on on your street is letting her use the lou or giving her Tea
#27
I agree with Norfolk, I think you need to find out for sure if that cat is stray, feral, or whether it has an owner and it's after more dinners. If it does have another owner they might be dearly missing it. Or if it's not missing it's possible over feeding may not be good for it.

Does it have a collar? Are it's ears intact?

If it does have a collar, then you could leave a note as she says. If it doesn't then a vet or a cat shelter would be able to scan it for a chip for you. If it doesn't have an owner then you can work out what's best to do for it.

When you say it looks healthier than before, did it look ill or just skinny?

Cars are probably the biggest danger to a cat living outside. Cats Protection are really great. If you want to reach out to them, they are likely to know your area well and how best to look after it.

That's so lovely you made that cat a shelter <3 It may not appreciate it now, but it sure will in the winter when it gets colder. You can even insulate plastic boxes like this:

http://www.catster.com/cat-chic/build-a-cozy-low-cost-cat-shelter-for-outdoor-cats

There's loads of great guides online about looking after outdoor cats. This one by the Humane Society is pretty in depth:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/caring_feral_cats_winter.html

It's aimed at Americans, but a lot of the same info probably applies.

Thanks for feeding and looking out for it, I'm sure your efforts are appreciated :)
#28
Type in outdoor cat home on Amazon... there's a few on there.
#29
My mum and dad took on a stray cat like this for many years. It was fed by them and my dad being a little bit handy built it a sort of cat kennel ,three sides but an open front and positioned it under the bushes that the cat preferred to sleep under. It just gave extra protection from the elements but without the cat feeling hemmed in. The cats protection will take cats if they have space, but I know in our area there is often a waiting list to take non emergency cases. If the cat is deemed feral they will look to re home it with someone who is doing what you are now, although there preference would be someone with an outbuilding to provide shelter. The big difference as MSK has pointed out is to work out if it belongs to someone and is trying is luck to obtain extra food, is a stray that would benefit from an indoor home, or a feral cat in which case there is no reason why you can't continue to look after it. The slightly tricky part is that even if it's feral you really want to get it to the vets and make sure it's not going to produce kittens.

Edited By: tinkerbellian on Oct 09, 2016 09:16
#30
Have you not considered taking the cat to your nearest vet to see if it has a microchip?
#31
My in-laws are in the same situation. They are visited by a cat, comes and jumps on the window sill to let them know he wants letting in. Has some food a bit of a kip then goes on his merry way. They had it scanned which showed it registered at a house around the corner. It goes to in-laws, their next door neighbour, one across the road. Apparently you own a dog but a cat owns you.
#32
Thank you for all the advice.

After my wife read the comments, I am now in the dog house.

I share the food with the cat and am now looking for my own shelter for the winter.

The cat was skinny before we started to feed it, now it looks very healthy. At the moment its ears are in tact,so probably hasnt lost any fights yet.

I will put a pic up of it on bolton bury cats facebook page, see if anyone has lost it. I dont have a carrier to take it to a vet. I think it could do with de worming and de fleeing.

The cat is the boss, it treats my place like a hotel, but leaves no tips. Once fed it doesnt even look back as it jumps on my neighbours wall and goes off to get its next meal. It only hangs around when its still hungry.

But my kids have a smile on their face when they see it and its a our pet as long as the cat wants us to be its pet.

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days" Bill Dana

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