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« on: July 23, 2010, 12:56:43 AM »

So me and the hubby moved into a new neighborhood moved into a new neighborhood a few months back, and in the mornings, I have been going running.

I'm used to seeing the occasional kitty here and there. But here, there are no less than 7 kitty's outside every morning. A couple of them are really friendly, and come up to me and want petted and stuff, and a few others keep their distance, but are still curious. I've been taking food with me now, so I can give them all something, but the other morning I almost came back in tears as I saw 2 new ones I had never seen, and 1 was a very pregnant female.

Most of them seem to hang around a certain house, so I'm not sure if they're "pets" the owners let out at night to prowl or what, I just feel like I should do something for them, and I don't know what. I can't bring 6+ kitties home, and even if I had the room, I just can't afford it right now either. There's a group of 4 that are always together, another group of 2, and then the new pregnant one, and one who looks like a small female version of Castiel.

I feel so bad for all of them.  Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 03:57:36 AM »

That's heart breaking, wicked.  Cry

Perhaps they hang out at that house because the people put food out?  Maybe you can establish a feeding station?

I work nights at a small store in a shopping center that backs up against two apartment complexes and a bowling alley.  Every so often, I see 2 or 3 cats, blacks & tuxes, hanging out at the bowling alley's dumpsters, but I never remember to take food with me to feed them.  I don't know if they are true strays or kitties from the apartments looking for another feeding station.  They don't run, but I don't approach them.
 
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 04:20:20 AM »

If you see anyone at that house ,you could ask if they are feeding & sheltering them. If so I'm sure they might need help with food. Or maybe be interested in the help for strays/ferals threads here. It seems to be happening more everywhere. My Bil has a few new ones too , we have more here & Peg just had a new put on her porch.
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 08:02:38 AM »

Sadly no one is up and about at 4:30am when I'm out, but I'll have to try and see if I can go by there in the evening.

Most of them seem friendly enough, if just a bit cautious, so I have to wonder if they're really feral, or just outside kitties.

Why can't people just spay/neuter and keep their kitties inside? How hard is it.

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 09:38:40 AM »

WF, you can do what you can do. Maybe you could leave a note and explain that you're out running early and are concerned? More and more strays showing up around me, too.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 12:58:57 PM »

That's a very sad situation. Everyone has listed lots of good ideas. I wonder if some of them are owned cats who are allowed outside? (Not a good idea, I know) Do they look well fed, or thin? Sometimes it's hard to tell, though.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010, 07:39:44 PM »

WF, what I often do is talk to the people where the cats are to see what the situation is. I have offered to take cats and kittens to the humane society, I've gotten these people information on low cost spay and neuter programs, I've offered to pay for the procedures for those that can't afford it. You might be able to do the same for someone. Sometimes, they don't care so putting the cats in a shelter is a better option that having them eat out of garbage cans. Sometimes it's just people with a different philosophy -- hippie-like people who don't believe in spay and neuter. You meet all kinds, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2010, 03:10:49 PM »

So I took a walk by the house where most of the kitties are tonite. I was giving them a treat when the parent came home. Apparently the mama cat got outside when she was 6 months old and then had kittens. The parent has since had her fixed, but her and the kittens remain outside kitties. The guy does keep food/water/furniture and stuff on the porch for them. He also said they have their shots, etc. He still needs to get the boys neutered however.

So while I'm not happy they are outside kitties, they do have a parent looking after them somewhat.

Now if only I could find out where the pregnant female has gotten off too...I wonder if she's had the kittens...
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2010, 03:14:29 PM »

At least they are being cared for. I hope he will get the boys neutered though. Maybe you could give him the info from the feral/need help threads by state ?
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2010, 03:55:46 PM »

WF so nice that you did find out they are being looked after and any info you can give may be appreciated by this 'parent' too.
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