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Old 09-18-2004, 05:47 PM   #1
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Gotta share with ya'll!

well, for a couple days now there has been this cat hangin around(he's so cute!) and he's grey tiger colored and awww!!!!!! I love him! But I can't feed him or anything cause my dad wants him to go away But I went to put my dog on the chain tonight and the cat was up on th garage roof meowin at me and I told him to hang ona nd I would get him down and then I put my dog on his chain and the cat dissapeared I wanted to pet him, he's so sweet! AAWW
I wish I could have him
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Once again, yourf family SUCKS! I knew as soon as you got that dog they'd find a way to ditch the cat That cat came to you and he wants to stay. I know when you are living on your own you will be nice to all animals!
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I hope he doesnt go awaym I should secretly feed him He's so cute though!! BIG! but cute I wanna name him somethin but I don't know what.... He needs a name.
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That's cool you found a cat. However, if your dad can't afford to feed him and take him to the vet for shots and neutering, you shouldn't feed him behind your dad's back. In a lot of places, once you feed a stray animal, they become legally yours. I'm not sure about where you live, but we have pretty strict leash and vaccination laws here in Grand Rapids (a "leash law" means no animal can be on a lead shorter than 8 ft. outside of the owner's property). If something were to happen to the cat or if the cat were to do something to someone else's pet or make someone sick, you could get into a lot of trouble even though your intentions were good. If the cat is friendly, he may just be a stray that is lost. I found a tabby like that once and my friend still has her, but it took a lot of convincing until her parents were sure we'd be able to pay for the vet bills. Take him to a shelter and maybe his owner will find him or they can find a new owner. If you do decide to care for him, remember you can't just go halfway. He'll need to see a vet and have shots especially if he's outdoors.

I don't think it's fair to say her family sucks b/c she can't have the cat. It sounds like Lindsay has lots of pets (a dog, hamsters, another cat?). My parents never let me have a cat when I was little b/c the rule was "you can keep it as long as YOU can pay for the food, care, vet bills, a pet-sitter for vacations, etc. Now that I'm on my own and can afford the time and money, I'm allowed to have cats. I know my parents would've liked me to have cats and dogs, but they could hardly afford kids, let alone being able to properly care for more "needy" animals. Getting another pet and getting it used to all the other pets would be a lot of time and energy, not to mention a lot of money since the stray cat probably needs all his shots and to be neutered.
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NEVER take them to a shelter unless it's no kill. Cats who enter shelters have only a 30% chance of being adopted. A cat who has been on his own and is skittish around people is most often labeled as 'unadoptable' and put down immediately. Don't believe the fairy tale that they're going to find him a good home, it's not usually the case for full grown animals who are not purebread. If everyone turned away an animal because they thought they might not have all the money, most of the pets in this country would be dead. I say they all deserve a chance. Let him move on and hopefully a nice person will feed him and let him hang around. No I don't think it's a terrible thing not to put out oodles of money on the pet. A lot of humans in the world are living worse than most pets in America. Also no offense to Who4life herself, but from a lot of her posts it seems like her family is one of those who just ditches an animal when they get sick of it, or trades in one for the other anyway, and that's sad.
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These are the facts put out by a city shelter in my area. It goes for most pounds in general and not just theirs.

About 60% of dogs and about 70% of cats who enter shelters end up being put down.

If they are full grown or not purebread, they can have as little as a 4% chance of finding a home.

While more dogs are adopted than cats, more dogs are more likely to be returned to the shelter because they 'didn't work out.'

While owners who don't spay and neuter continue to be a problem, the shelters are still full of pets who were given up just because the owners got tired of them, wanted to get a different kind of animal, or were moving. Many of these ARE spayed or neutered and have all their shots, but are put down anyway because no home is found in time.

Well, those are the facts. We need to get beyond the fairy tale of ' a nice home in the country' because a stray animal turned over to the pound has about as much chance of finding that good home as you do of winning the lottery.

You don't have to turn the animal over to the pound for an owner to come looking for it (if it had an owner) You can just leave a report and description with your phone number at the pound office, and if anyone comes asking about that animal, they will always check that list. You can also advertise in the 'lost and found' in the newspaper. Also many cities have animal rescue organizations who do not kill and can help if they can, but as you can image most of them are swamped and have more than they can handle already, but it's worth a try.
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Well, about the leash thing, that gos for dogs here, really. Lots of people just leave there cats out or have them be inside outside cats, that's what we've always done. The only animal we get in trouble for lettin run around was our dog Suzy ( we don't do it with Lucas cause we're affraid of him gettin hit by a car ) But we still didn't put Suzy on a chain because all the complaining started when she 10 yrs old, and before that, we never made her know the chain. We tried to put her on it, but then people complained about her wining and barking so we just said "Screw it" and did what we wanted . I mean, we were fined too but we loved her so much we kept her (YAY!)
But I want the cat I mean, I don't see what the problem is, if he just stays outside. It's not like he's gonna take up any room.
OH GOD! The other night I thought somebody was killing him, I swear! I was laying in bed and I heard a cat screaming like he was dieing man! So I got up and told my dad, and he said that the cat was peobably mating... so the question now is... Am I sure is a guy? Oh well, he/she is cute and a little sweety!
Alright, I could go on forever with this so I'll just stop for a bit lol.
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There's no leash law on cats in my city either. Good luck Who4life you and the kitty.

(look under the tail and see if you see 'balls' to tell if it's a he or a she, also most male cats have much bigger heads and feet than females.)
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Oh! Yea, my dad won't take animals to shelters either cause he knows they'll be killed, he just doesn't think it's right. He would rather go drop the cat off in some neighborhood or take to the woods where he is sure people live(so it doesn't get hit by a car or somethin) rather then take it to a shelter, and I might agree with him on that... but I would much rather keep an animal.
Oh, he only says that about cats, he wouldn't do it to a dog, cause he knows they couldn't stay out there on there own, and a cat has a much better chance of serviving.
But, he's never done it, he's found homes for the ones of ours he's got rid of.
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There's no leash law on cats in my city either. Good luck Who4life you and the kitty.

(look under the tail and see if you see 'balls' to tell if it's a he or a she, also most male cats have much bigger heads and feet than females.)
Oh cool I didn't know that about the heads and feet thing, learn somethin new everyday!
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i wuv keeties

my cat is so darn cute she's turned cat haters into cat lovers.
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Well, about the leash thing, that gos for dogs here, really. Lots of people just leave there cats out or have them be inside outside cats, that's what we've always done.
It may be what you and most people do, but often times it's not legal. Many people don't realize that there are leash laws pertaining to cats as well as dogs in certain areas (usually large cities). Also, outdoor cats, especially ones not fixed and vaccinated have a much greater chance of getting injured in a fight, injuring someone else's animal in a fight, or getting a deadly disease. If you feed the cat and become legally responsible for it and it bites someone or someone else's cat or dog and you can't prove it's had a rabies shot within the right amount of time, they'll be forced to put the cat down. At the very least, the cat should have a rabies shot. Indoor cats need them too even though there's hardly any risk of being exposed to rabies. For example, if my kitty bit me hard and I had to get stitches, even if I didn't really care, they would require me to prove the cat did not have rabies and if I couldn't prove it, they'd require the cat to be "tested" for rabies, which actually involves removing a section of the brain and cannot be done without euthanizing the cat.

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OH GOD! The other night I thought somebody was killing him, I swear! I was laying in bed and I heard a cat screaming like he was dieing man! So I got up and told my dad, and he said that the cat was peobably mating...
Probably mating or fighting. The male cats in my parents' neighborhood, even though they're neutered and vaccinated, fight EVERY single night. It's the worst sound you can imagine waking you up at 4am every night. Then in the morning, there've sprayed on everyone's porches and there's huge gobs of cat fur all over the lawns. I just don't understand why some people think it's better for the cat to subject them to that

And not only do they fight, but they kill so many birds and baby squirrels, it's just sick. Also, they used to go after my pets that I kept properly penned in my yard. Every morning I'd be carrying cats across the street back to their houses by the scruff of their necks until they started to get the point. It's just not fair for the cat who is an instinctual hunter and people who are careful with their pets and keep them properly secured. The same lady whos cats attacked my pets used to have this beautiful dog but she wasn't very careful with him either and he got hit by a car. I just think if you're going to go through all the trouble of raising a purebred dog and keep it healthy, why stop when it comes to keeping the dog safe on your own property?
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I also don't like to see animals 'dumped' far from home, alone, hungry and wondering what happened
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Me either, I just said I agree I would RATHER do that then give them to a pound and have them be dead
But like I said, my dad finds homes so that's a plus, oh my mom finds homes too, like when we had the kittens, tehy found homes for them
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I do believe as long as there is life there is hope, and a lot of times a sad pitiful homeless animal wandering into someone's yard has a better chance of being taken in than one at the pound. I mean, if a kid asks their dad to take them to the pound to pick out a pet, he's most likely to say NO NO NO! But if one comes up to the door where they can see it, it's awwww let's keep him. I have seen this happen with a lot of people I have known. There aren't always happy endings for strays, but most pounds are death traps. Most of them can't even keep them more than a few days, there are so many being turned in by people who just don't care, or believe they will get a home they most likely won't. Sorry to rant, I get so emotional about animals.

Here are some great organizations:

http://www.petsalive.com

http://www.bestfriends.org
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