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A stray cat showed up this morning -- a fluffy black girl with white paws and a ruined ear.  She came trotting right up to me while I had the dogs out for potty, and showed utterly NO fear at either of them.  Not a hiss, not a claw.  She just flopped.  Charmingly.  (Also suspect she might be preggers.  Maybe.  Not sure, because she's just that FLUFFY.)

I had to take G to work, and by the time I came home, she was gone.  She's back again, and I've put a little food and (perhaps more importantly) water out on the front porch.  She's meowing like a broken-hearted little... well, cat, but I don't dare bring her into the house -- Kisa isn't terribly tolerant of other cats, and I think I felt a tick on the stray, and I'm sure she's got fleas, oh god, and who knows what else.

I have to do something, though.  And the no-kill shelter doesn't open until noon.

Every time I go outside she starts rubbing against my leg and meowing and oh my GOD she is breaking my HEART here.

ADVICE, PLZ?  NOT SURE WHAT TO DO HERE.

EDIT:  Okay, every freaking no-kill shelter I could call says they are FULL UP WITH CATS.  So Mystery Kitty has been dropped off at the county shelter, and we're going to be notified if she is, first and foremost, adoptable (i.e. she isn't claimed by owners, or if she's not too sick to BE adopted out).  From there, we'll either adopt her, or give her a chance to be adopted out by someone else (Kisa reacted BADLY to the sight of this cat through the window -- I think I'd like to give her a chance with someone else first).  If she doesn't get adopted out in... I don't even know what a good window is, then we're going to adopt her ourselves and Kisa can just learn to live with it.

Date: 2010-08-16 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] la-reine-rien.livejournal.com
Keep her hydrated, and maybe set up a few towels for her to lay down on, if you have a garage or laundry room you could keep her in until you can take her to the shelter perhaps do that if the heat is too bad. I'd bring her to the shelter though, they'll be able to take care of her there (Bathe, check for diseases, see if she's pregnant), or you could see about dropping her off at your local vet?

That breaks my heart. A fluffy black kitty sounds precious.

Date: 2010-08-16 02:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soc_puppet
I've got no advice myself, but I hang out at a blog with a lot of cat lovers and an open thread. I could direct you there or summarize/copy-paste this over there for advice, if either of those options sound appealing to you.

Date: 2010-08-16 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
Well, I have her in a carrier RIGHT NOW. in the bathroom. she does not sound pleased. I have to do something with her. i think i'm going to take her to the shelter, and see if they'll call us if she doesn't get adopted out. (if they won't do that, then I'm not going to leave her there.)

Date: 2010-08-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mscongeniality.livejournal.com
That sounds like your best plan of action.

Date: 2010-08-16 07:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] megido
Kittyyyyyyyyyyy. I hope she finds a good home.

Date: 2010-08-16 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
Well, it might just be our home! WILL KEEP EVERYONE POSTED. (She went into the carrier all on her own, and when I closed the top I got HUGE TRAGIC KITTY EYES OF WOE, but she was a good girl all the way to the shelter, and promptly charmed the volunteers with her sweet nature... and busted ear. ;)

Date: 2010-08-16 08:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vitani
That's kind of what happens with no-kill shelters. They fill up quickly and then stop being able to take in any more animals. I hope things turn out well for your kitty! If she's friendly, which is sounds like she is, then she has a very good chance (so long as she doesn't have some fatal illness or something).

Date: 2010-08-16 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
She was completely, ridiculously sweet. George and I are talking over whether we'll simply adopt her if/when the shelter deems her adoptable. The only sticking point is our cat, Kisa, since we're pretty sure she won't take kindly to a second cat, no matter how sweet. So, yeah, a little bit of discussion over in these parts.




we may already have a short list of names for her. ahem.

Date: 2010-08-17 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartycat.livejournal.com
A similar thing happened to me. Fuzzy little black thing young enough that I'm having a hard time telling if it's a boy or a girl. That makes cat number 7 in this household. Oi.

I don't know how familiar you are with your local shelter operations, but the way they work here is that any non-owner-surrenders are kept in strayhold for 3 or 5 business days, depending on the shelter, and then evaluated to be put up for adoption. (Owner surrenders can be and are euthanized same day if there is no room in the inn. The owners are not generally informed of this.) How long animals stay in the adoption area depends on the individual animal and how fast other animals continue to come in. It is kitten season. Chances are your shelter is overrun with cats and will not be able to have her up for adoption for long. Black cats are also the last cats to be adopted. Full stop. Trust me on this from my days volunteering.

In my experience, cats are never so quick to adjust to new cats as dogs are to dogs. It's a gradual process that could take months, but it generally happens. You just have to live through the temper tantrums first.

Date: 2010-08-17 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
Thank you so much -- this was really very helpful (and went a long way to helping us decide whether we'll adopt her should she be deemed adoptable).

I checked our shelter website last night, and she's already been listed under the lost/stray cat page (but not on the adoptable cat page). Turns out I was right: she's a female. But she's also spayed, which makes me wonder if she was just lost. (Of course, lost without any sort of tag or collar on her, and a busted-up ear, and loaded with fleas and probably ticks...) So we'll have to wait and see if she's claimed, and then if she's adoptable. (On top of her being a black cat, she's also got that completely trashed ear, which I suspect makes her look more badass than I suspect she is. So my worry is people will look at her and think she's a Troublemaker, when I kind of suspect she probably got her ass kicked in a fight.)

George wants to name her "Scrambles."

I am working very hard to make sure that doesn't happen. ;)

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