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Help! What to do?

There's an unknown cat in the neighbour's garden. He's been there since yesterday, calling and looking lost. He doesn't belong to them and I've never seen him in the neighbourhood before. He's definitely an outdoor cat, has a scratched nose and slightly ragged ears, but seems friendly.

Should I bring him in? I was hoping he'd have gone home last night, but obviously hasn't. Call the police? Put a notice on the animal found database?

Bearing in mind it's Sunday and I don't have cat food quick answers would be appreciated. Might be able to get to the local store or a Denner if I'm quick.
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Re: Help! What to do?

Try to lure him out of the tree with some goodies, if you have a spare room or dog crate, try to lure him there, go to the vet and see if he is chipped? And the database is definitely a good idea.

I am a bit surprised at his behaviour, unless there is some reason he canŽt get out of the tree, as normally cats are quite self-sufficient and will go on wander for some time if the mood catches them.

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Re: Help! What to do?

He's not in a tree, he's just wandering around in their garden. He actually went to the top of their stairway by their front door yesterday. He seems well looked after, not skinny or anything and I'm sure if I go out there he'll come running over to say hello.
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Re: Help! What to do?

Sorry, I misunderstood/misread. Still, try to lure him in with some food and see if you can get him in a crate?

On the other hand, cats go at will and wander around. Do you have any neighbours who recently moved in in the area?
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Re: Help! What to do?

I'd at least go out and say hello to him, check for tags and see if he might be injured.

But I'm a softie for cats, so I would probably also bring him in, clean him up and give him some food. The gas stations around here are open on Sundays, so food would not be an issue. Then contact the vet to see if he's chipped?
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Re: Help! What to do?

Well, yes as an old farmhouse was converted into 3 apartments and also a new apartment block has recently been occupied too. But I would have thought he'd know his way back to there as they're only a few metres away. The farmhouse is only 3 houses over and the apartment block is next to that.
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He's not in a tree, he's just wandering around in their garden. He actually went to the top of their stairway by their front door yesterday. He seems well looked after, not skinny or anything and I'm sure if I go out there he'll come running over to say hello.
Medea,

You can get catfood at any gas station with a migrolino or such. I wouldn't start with feeding him, particularly if he seems very young.

Sadly, the owners may have gone on vacation, and abandoned him, or possibly left him inside to be visited and fed and he has escaped.

Talk with him, take a photo. If he is inclined to come to your place, let him. Post some photos around the neighborhood (and look for people wandering around shouting "Snuggles!, Snuggles!" and putting up similar posters to your own, and check any local missing pet sites.

If he comes to your place and seems happy, don't feed him until late in the evening (If he looks well fed he won't perish). If he wants out, let him out.
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Re: Help! What to do?

No, he's quite a grown up guy. Not a youngster, but not looking old either. Well fed, but he just doesn't seem to know where he's supposed to be.

No one's been around looking for a cat so far and if they're like me they'd be shouting down the street if their cat is missing.

I had a look on the animal database last night, but only one missing in this area and it wasn't him.
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Re: Help! What to do?

As said above, the owners could have chucked him out.....

I just hope some people were out for the weekend and hadnŽt realised the cat was still outside or sneaked outside and will come looking for him when they are back tonight.

Personally, IŽd take him in
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No, he's quite a grown up guy. Not a youngster, but not looking old either. Well fed, but he just doesn't seem to know where he's supposed to be.

No one's been around looking for a cat so far and if they're like me they'd be shouting down the street if their cat is missing.

I had a look on the animal database last night, but only one missing in this area and it wasn't him.
Do you live anywhere near lorena1? He might just be protesting the use of a cat door.
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Ha, no I don't think she's near me.
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Re: Help! What to do?

Don't worry too much about food - a healthy adult cat can happily go two or three days without eating. Well maybe not 'happily', but with no ill effects.

I'd keep an eye on it, yes including going out and saying hello. But really, you don't need to worry about it today, so leave it a couple of days and see what happens.
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Re: Help! What to do?

It can be very difficult to ignore a cat calling for a couple of days, and it is strange behaviour as the cat doesn't belong to the house of your neighbours garden.

I'd also be tempted to 'befriend' it, if your neighbours haven't done so already. There could be so many reasons for its distress.

As Ace1 said, don't worry about food too much if it looks well fed. I'd see how it reacts to you making the first move, and take it from there. Is it male or female - could it have recently given birth (I do know you've said 'he', but just confirming?)
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Re: Help! What to do?

Well, we said hello and he loved it. Very happy to have a stroke or two or three or ...

I'm assuming he's male given the scratched nose and slightly ragged ears. He's had a fight or two along the way though they're old marks.

He's happy enough, but seems to me he's lost otherwise why would he be going up to doors and calling? Only other thing I can think of it he's lost his mate - died for some reason - and he's calling for her. But then why go up the stairs?

I only see a couple of "regulars" around here. One lives across from us and thinks I'm a mad woman when I talk to him/her. Stares at me for a minute and then scarpers. The other is a recent arrival so I suspect lives at one of the new properties. That one couldn't care less if I talk to them or not, they're very laid back and just carry on with what they were doing. Only other ones are the farm cats across the road, but they have acres and acres of fields to play/hunt in and I've never seen any of them come over here. And none of these look like the one wandering around at the moment. He's black and white, neighbour's is a tabby and the new arrival is a tabby and white. Farm's cats are tabby, pure white and a tabby and white.
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Re: Help! What to do?

I wondered if it had lost a kitten - but if you're sure it's a he .
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Re: Help! What to do?

If you wouldnŽt live where you live, IŽd ask if it were my neighbours cat.

She always comes to us, wants to be let in, asking for caresses and generally miaows pathetically as if she is treated badly. Which she is definitely not

She actually thinks our house is hers and if I leave a window open on the top floor, she walks over the roof and hops in
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Old 17.07.2016, 14:18
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Re: Help! What to do?

My thought with the calling was a female in heat who perhaps smells a male at the house with the steps. One of my girls went into heat before I had a chance to get her in to be spayed, and she yowled the house down!
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If you wouldnŽt live where you live, IŽd ask if it were my neighbours cat.

She always comes to us, wants to be let in, asking for caresses and generally miaows pathetically as if she is treated badly. Which she is definitely not

She actually thinks our house is hers and if I leave a window open on the top floor, she walks over the roof and hops in
Same here - I'm not a cat owner, but we have our fair share of similar situations.

I've tracked down owners when their cat is just giving birth outside their apartment door while they're away for the weekend, or have acted as 'stand-in mummy' when a young cat is running around confused when their cat door lock has been broken when a family was away a few days a couple of times etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

I neither feed nor pet them, as the risk of me becoming a crazy cat-lady is far too high. Usually the crisis is over within a couple of days, and now I only greet these cats when passing on the streets (daily).

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Same here - I'm not a cat owner, but we have our fair share of similar situations.

I neither feed nor pet them, as the risk of me becoming a crazy cat-lady is far too high. Usually the crisis is over within a couple of days, and now I only greet these cats when passing on the streets (daily).

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Re: Help! What to do?

None of ours are that friendly around here. In fact in all the years we've been here I remember only one that was friendly and that was a very young cat, just a few months past kittenhood. He didn't mind coming to say hello, but he disappeared after about a year. Don't know if the owner moved, the cat got run over or what.

The immediate neighbours have been in and out a few times since the cat turned up so if it belonged to them I'd hope they'd have let him back in by now. Then again, maybe he crossed their yellow lines once too often and they've thrown him out. Just kidding. If he is theirs I'm sure I would have seen it before now.
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