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Old 07-29-2013, 03:42 PM   #31
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One of the local cats has adopted me. It's been hangin around my yard for almost 3 weeks. He was keeping the birds away from my plants so I didn't really mind. Until today he had always been really timid even for a cat. Today after mowing the lawn I sat down in my chair on the porch and he just jumped up in my lap.

I've never had a cat before or even really like cats but this one seems pretty cool. Any advise if I decide to let him stick around?
Last yr i had 2 stray cats have 8 kittens behind my house and i rescued them and tamed, was going to find homes but i got too attached. They are super fun. I recommend what everyone else says pretty much. Def have to get its shots and checkup at vet. Noone mentioned a spay and neuter clinic though. I had 5 of mine fixed at clinic for $70 a piece verses $250 at vet for a reg office visit then spay which is ridiculous imo. Especially when u have so many. Good luck!
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Most of ours live to be about 14-15. We had one live to be 18, almost 19.
It's funny, cause I read somewhere that indoor cats live to be 7, and outdoor cats live to be 4.
All of ours are outdoor, so we pretty much destroyed that "statistic."
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2nd Cat "Scooter" spayed male, yellow, indoor/outdoor - 13+ years so far and is healthy. Yellow cats are great cats.
3rd Cat "skeeter" spayed female, long hair tortoise, indoor - 11+ years so far and healthy (loves only me)

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Congratulations! Feed it, encourage it to sleep on your back porch or in the garage, and take it to the vet for some maintenance as needed. Flea treatments and rabies shots make them more feeder-friendly.


There are four ferals out front of the office right now. We put out food in the morning and speak to them when we pass. The clients seem to like them. I do have a trap here today to catch one of the kittens out back for my sister's garage (chipmunk problem).

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Stage 1. I'll just pick up a bag of dry food for it

Stage 2. I'll buy it some wet cat food for .35c a can

Stage 3. I'll make it a house in the barn

And then before long it's downstairs sleeping on your couch

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And then they start leaving "presents" at your door

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when a cat leaves you a mouse it is a sign of either affection or wanting to show its usefulness.

Dont throw the mouse away right away in front of it

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most my cats lived to be over 15. had one live 25.
We have one cat here that is turning 18 here soon. The wife has had it since it was a kitten. The amazing part is the animal has probable been in the house combines maybe a day. Most outside cats only live an average of 3 years.
I have two inside cats that come and go as they please. Both are about 10. "Free" cats that I couldn't see going to a shelter so I took them. One of those "free cats" just cost me 300 bucks to get a broke leg wired and pinned. There is no such thing as a free cat But He's my buddy so I had to get him fixed up. He will fetch paper wads I toss and both he and his brother use the toilet.

Living in the country we end up with a bunch of cats around the house. But I can say I have not seen a living rat, mouse, mole or other vermin within 100 yards of the house in any direction in years. Rabbits are starting to get close again for the first timer in years. But I thik that has more to do with my aid in the cotote population as it does the cats. But they do like to hunt them too.
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Stage 1. I'll just pick up a bag of dry food for it

Stage 2. I'll buy it some wet cat food for .35c a can

Stage 3. I'll make it a house in the barn

And then before long it's downstairs sleeping on your couch

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And then they start leaving "presents" at your door
That cat looks like our old outside cat. Man I like the way they look.
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We have one cat here that is turning 18 here soon. The wife has had it since it was a kitten. The amazing part is the animal has probable been in the house combines maybe a day. Most outside cats only live an average of 3 years.
I have two inside cats that come and go as they please. Both are about 10. "Free" cats that I couldn't see going to a shelter so I took them. One of those "free cats" just cost me 300 bucks to get a broke leg wired and pinned. There is no such thing as a free cat But He's my buddy so I had to get him fixed up. He will fetch paper wads I toss and both he and his brother use the toilet.

Living in the country we end up with a bunch of cats around the house. But I can say I have not seen a living rat, mouse, mole or other vermin within 100 yards of the house in any direction in years. Rabbits are starting to get close again for the first timer in years. But I thik that has more to do with my aid in the cotote population as it does the cats. But they do like to hunt them too.
LMAO!! "Puppy cat", thats what i call him because he thinks hes a dog, comes and goes as he please as well...but stays in his yard. When he was a kitten we got a shoulder harness (for a tiny dog) and he was let out on the dog run (wire) since the dog wasnt using it (he has learned his boundries and no longer requires tied up). He goes to the door and mews to go when he needs to do his business etc. JUST like a dog.

Hes a killer! I think he would have killed the dog if he could figure out what to do with that 100 lb body...i also think that goes for the wife and kids as well. GLAD he LOVES me!
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