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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: Cat question
By Jackie on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:56 am:

For those who know me, I am a dog person. Ive never owned a cat.
We have a cat living on our front porch. She was young when she was hanging out on our the street last August. Apparently my neighbor was feeding her. Well the neighbors went on vacation for 2 weeks, so we started feeding her. Well she has never left :)...
We have a dog house on the front porch for her. Inside the dog house is a couple of heavy blanets and a pillow. My husband even hooked up a small heater for her in the winter. Bringing her inside is not an option as my husband is allergic to cats. Plus, with so many dogs, just not a good idea in general. I do not want to bring her to the SPCA, they are over run with cats.
I have really tamed her since last summer. She sits on my lap, I hug, and rub and pet her. The kids pet her She is a sweetie. I have asked everybody we know if they want her, everybody says no :(...
In April we will get her fixed and her shots. So far we have not. We were waiting for our tax return before doing this. My friend from S.Carolina "May" take her, if she gets this way for spring break.
Ok... my question....we are going to Disney in June. We will be gone for 10 days. If she is still with us I will have my neighbor come by and feed her and fill her water bowl. BUT... will she run off she does not see us for so long? Will she feel desserted by us. Normally I sit outside with once a day and let her lay on my lap. She lets me kiss and cuddle her, she never would let me do this 6 months ago.
I would love for somebody to take her inside their home. She would make a wonderful family pet. I have gotten her use to kids, and all the little hands on her. She has never shown any aggression.
I am just worried if she is still with us in June, that she may wander off and feel desserted?
Again, I am not a cat person. Please no bashing because I have not got her shots or fixed.I never planned on owning a cat, but I dont want the SPCA to kill her because they have so many.

By Colette on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 09:26 am:

sounds like you are becoming a cat person!

Cat's are funny. She may or may not leave if she doesn't see you around. If you really don't want her to leave, then you could board her or find someone to keep her while you are gone.

By Tripletmom on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 09:29 am:

Yup,your a cat person lol :)

I think as long as there's food she'll come back.If you really are attached to her then I'd board her too.

By Yjja123 on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 09:49 am:

I have 3 strays that I feed. I made sure a friend kept up with the food & water while I was gone. They were here when I got back. We were gone for two weeks.
I think the cat will stay as long as its needs are being met.

By Bobbie~moderatr on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:36 am:

Agreed.. She will stay as long as her needs are met..

However, Our house was empty for three months and our outside kitty, was here when we came and she stayed even before DH started feeding her.. This is her house, or so she thinks and she lets everyone that comes around know it.. As I said in my other post, she will come in the house but she won't stay in.. She prefers to be outside. Even in the winter, we would bring her in and she would go to the front door and sit after a while wanting out.. We think she loves her freedom and we figure... She is outside, has been outside and who are we to force her into a situation she wouldn't be happy in. She loves the attention we give her, she will sit at the door crying to come in when she wants to visit. She has a good life..

By Ginny~moderator on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:48 am:

I agree, she will almost certainly stay. If you want to be doubly safe, put an old sweater or sweatshirt that you've worn and NOT washed in the dog house where the cat sleeps sometimes.

By Hol on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:15 pm:

Just make sure that the person or persons that you get to feed her and give her water are dependable. Also, do you live in a friendly neighbourhood where no one will mess with her, knowing that you are gone?

If you are really worried, though, I'd board her.

Also, DO get her spayed as soon as possible (not bashing). Female cats can go into heat as early as six months old, tho it's usually a year old.

She knew where to go for a good home!! LOL!

By Jackie on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 07:41 am:

It is funny. I never disliked cats. I just never owned one. The only time I was exposed to cats is if I went to somebody's house who had one.
Growing up, we always had dogs, never cats.

My front porch kitty is very sociable. When my husband is outside working on his car. The kitty will just sit close by and watch him. When we first started feeding her. We would only see her in the morning and in the evening. We did not know where she went during the day. Now, she never leaves. She will wander to around the side of the house(My guess to go to the bathroom)but when she hears us come outside, she comes running to the front.I never knew cats were that smart. When she sees the van coming down the street, she comes running from where ever she is to see us.
Ive learned a lot from this kitty.
We call her "Kitty-girl", so original, I know. If I go outside and she is not right there I say "Kitty-girl" and she comes running :)

By Ginny~moderator on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 06:28 pm:

Ditto on Hol - get her spayed as soon as your local SPCA or vet will do it.

By Hol on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 03:15 am:

As an avowed "cat person", I am never surprised at what my kitties do. I think that cats are EXTREMELY intelligent and intuitive. I had one that I had to put down due to kidney failure two years ago. I STILL mourn him. He was more than a cat. He was an angel in a cat suit, and was my comfort during the worst time time in my life. I will be forever grateful for his love and his friendship. He CHOSE me. He showed up where I used to work and would follow me to my car at night, and roll over on his back. I finally couldn't stand it anymore and took him home. He was meant to be mine. I miss him.

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