Should I Keep This Cat, Or Is It Stealing?
I left my backdoor open on Wednesday and a cute little tabby kitten came surrounded by. I gave it some milk and then let it out. I come out a few hours later and it was sitting outside my door and run inside. I let it stay the night in my house and I made a bed for it. The subsequent day, I felt bad because it be probably being looked for so I put it outside. About 8 hours later I come home and it was still outside!! I've bought food for it and I've be looking after it until now! The cat didn't have a collar but it is extremely tame so I'm certain it had an owner. I know it's stealing but I've come attached to this cat and it won't leave the house or garden! Should I keep it or assist it find it's owners .. I find it strange that it doesn't want to go back to them, maybe they weren't treating it resourcefully?
PUT IN IN THE NEWS PAPER FOR LOST IN FOUND THEN IF NOOE CLAIMS IT IN A WEEK KEEPIT
SO to protect yourself first - file a FOUND report with your local Pound or animal shelter - whomever deals beside strays..
also MILK is BAD for cats - very hard on their digestive system.
if you are going to keep hold of it - keep it indoors only at least until you can draw from it spayed or netuered..
Phone the animal shelter and animal control and leave a message about what it looks like, the address you live at and the date it showed up. If the owner is looking those are the two places they contact.
They may be frantic to achieve their pet back, or it could be a kitten that was dumped out as unwanted. But if you don't hear anything, the kitten is yours.
Congratulations on your new cat.
Keep the kitten. Don't even bother with looking for the owners.
Kudo's to you.
He may be lost and is staying wiht you as you give it food/water. But, try posting signs to find the rightful owner, then hang on to him if no one claims him. Sounds like you enjoy found a new little friend!
It sure sounds like someone may enjoy moved away and abandoned their cat <:-(
BTW-- milk (other than "CatSip") is bad for cats of adjectives ages -- it gives them diarrhea, and in the case of a kitten, the diarrhea could seriously dehydrate the kitten.
Did you give the name the local shelter to see if any lost cats were reported?
It's quite possible someone freshly abandoned her. Please keep that little kitty -- take her to the vet for a checkup and her shots -- own them also scan her for any possible microchip, take her home-- and when she is old enough, please own her spayed, so there are fewer unwanted kittens roaming the neighborhood.
(PS-- cats can very brightly live indoors -- the mean streets can end up being a markedly bad experience for any little critter.)
Cats have a habit of adopting ancestors, especially if they find home circumstances hold changed or they feel neglected, you've been adopted, the imperative in the UK is quite clear relating to animals, if you claim an animal that someone else have fed and paid for its medical treatment, you are guilty of neglect and cause suffering, so anyone claiming it would not find favour in the eyes of the law.
The discarding of animals act 1960 if an owner abandons it minus reasonable cause or excuse, whether permanent or not they are guilty of cruelty. abbreviated
Congrats on the kitty.
It IS stealing and you shouldn't feed the kitten milk anyway, it will find a tummy upset. Put up notices saying you have found a kitten. Someone is probably doing their nut looking for it. If it's one of a litter, you could submit it a home legally.
You want my inference? If they are letting the cat outside where dangers abound, he'd be better sour with you.
(If you plan on keeping him inside and getting him neutered)
I took in a cat that I KNEW was a neighbors. They didn't assistance for him, just let him sleep in their garage. The vet said be so malnourished he was short haired. As we fed him he turned into a persian. They'd never authorize him now if they saw him, but it doesn't matter b'cos he's slightly grateful and cozy inside and is truly a love.
By the way, they are mean people. I hear them once really yelling at their dog. You could hear them 4 houses away!
Animals deserve better. (So do people)
PS You will not be charged. In most places, if you do not maintain your pet indoors, letting it wander the neighborhood freely, it is considered feral by law and you have no rights to it.
And whether they DO try to charge you.show them your vet bills for it's care and shots/neutering.
That shows you were more of a caregiver to that cat then they be. If they have to reimburse you to get their cat back., they will lofty tail it out of there. I almost wished my neighbors would own DARED to show their faces at my door for this cat. If they didn't even take time to feed him so much he be malnourished, I'd have hit them with just about $300 in vet bills including rabies which they would have been fined for not getting and would hold had to reimburse me if they chose to claim it was their cat. I'm positive they
would own suddenly expressed doubts that it
was theirs given the vet bills and charges I would have filed.and the newspapers/ animal organization I'd have written to and had them investigated.
I'm sorry. If there is an animal surrounded by need, unless I know the owners (and know they are good people) OR if they get to the extent to put up signs that it is missing (showing that they care),
it's mine. In my book it's ujp to THEM to do the footwork to find if someone has their cat whether they care enough. If they don't do it, the animal is
better off beside you.
I did put up signs at the post office and on our street that I found a black, severly malnourished
cat that required immediate veterinary assistance which I provided for out of my own pocket. I said that if the owners have lost a cat of this description and are ready to reimburse the costs
for the bills, they could leave a note at a post office box that I took out for a month. You KNOW not a soul who is careless enough to let the cat out is gonna settle to get him back. AND if they are, you'll see signs posted offering rewards and reimbursement for the safekeeping of the animal.
We should not reward people for neglecting animals.or anyone else for that matter.
We owe it to our society to sort it a better place
by holding people responsible for the commitments they make, esp. to animals, children and the elderly...all who are dependent on them. We inevitability to help whenever possible, but when the neglect is in regard to an animal, the law is not on their side.
One last thing.I commend you on your morality surrounded by questioning if it is stealing.
Think of your God or at least someone you eulogize greatly. What would they do?
I love Jesus. I know he would not see an animal suffering and walk away. He would tend to it and keep it near him. If others approached him that it was theirs, he'd ask them for proof given the poor condition the animal was found in.
He would ask for direct answers as to how they will better consideration for it in the future and call them out on their lies. He be kind and gentle, but He spoke the TRUTH, and when the truth is that your animal was within need and you not only were not nearby, but it was in need because of your unflattering care in providing and protecting it,
then probably you need to do the right thing and
give it up.