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Sunday, July 12, 2009

weekly winners: cat dilemma

July 5-11, 2009

Ever since we've owned our house, we've been caring for a stray cat that calls our yard her home. Her name is Meadow. Shortly after we moved in, we discovered she had three kittens.

I got the help of a trap, neuter and release program in our area. The kittens were young enough to tame, but Meadow was already an adult and pretty set in her ways. They lent me traps and a cage that we set up in the garage to tame the kittens, and we got momma spayed and returned her to our yard.

Eight years later, she's still doing great.

For a couple months now, she's had some company. A little gray kitty has been showing up regularly. He was a tiny bit shy the first time we saw him, but he eagerly ate the food we put out for him.

He warmed up very quickly -- rubbing up against us and jumping up for head pets. After he first appeared, we saw him daily. And then he vanished for a week or two. I worried a little, but hoped he found his way home. He did seem a bit too friendly to be a stray ...

And then one day he was back. We see him pretty regularly. Not as often as Meadow, but he's around a lot. And he's looking a little scruffier -- there are some cuts (bug bites, maybe?) on his nose, and he seems a little dirty (fleas?). So now I'm beginning to wonder.

Does he just have irresponsible owners? Is he lost? Or is he an unusually friendly stray?

I feel like I have to do something. I really like this little guy!

But what? I want to take care of him ... but I don't want to steal somebody's cat if he's actually lost. We see a similar cat (don't think it's him?) hanging out at one of the houses further down the street. But if he's that local, he wouldn't be lost ... and he definitely needs some TLC (and a vet!).

We have had a feral cat problem in our neighborhood, due to irresponsible pet owners in a house around the corner. Which is why I'm more likely to take action ...

Anyway, this week's photos are all of my new friend.

Our newest visitor
Food time?

Our newest visitor
Rolling around

Our newest visitor
Are we done now?

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At 2:23 AM, July 13, 2009, Blogger Tranquility said...

What a cutie!

At 10:10 AM, July 13, 2009, Blogger ShoreTurtle said...

He's cute. We have a gray/white cat. Food time, rolling around and are we done now are three of his favorite poses.


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