Monday, 17 August 2015

A little friend

Over the last week or so we seem to have been adopted by this little white and tabby cat. She has no collar, seems thin but her coat is in good condition, so it is hard to know if she is a stray. She lets us stroke her but is too wary to allow us to put on the paper contact collar suggested on the RSPCA website. She is a sweet little thing but really we want a dog (in the fullness of time) and we don't think we can offer her a suitable home. I think I am going to try contacting the Cats Protection League as she has pretty  much taken up permanent residence in our garden.


  1. She looks very sweet and if she is a stray there may be a 'lost cats' list at your vet or local Cat's Protection branch. Most areas have them and they will soon let you know if your little visitor is on the list. They can also add her details under their 'found' list.
    A pity you are set on a dog but we all have our preferences.
    I take it you have tried your neighbours to discover whether she is known?

  2. We have asked around the neighbours and she has been seen but nobody know whose she is. Our next door neighbour says she has been hanging around for almost a year. I think she was deterred from coming in our garden previously due to our dog.
    She is a sweet little cat and seems very hungry. We have now started to give her occasional food - confirming her interest in joining the household! Mr M really doesn't like cats and I think a dog is better for him as it gets him out and about. We could consider both a dog and a cat but, although very sweet natured and comes for strokes/ rubs her head against our hands but she is very wary, will hiss and scratch if we try to put a paper collar on or pick her up. I don't think she would live happily alongside another pet.

  3. It looks as though Cats' Protection is going to be the answer here Sue. I don't think it would be a good idea for you to try to take her on unless you were really prepared to do all the weary-making business of 'taming' a part-feral cat.
    It can be done but is really a job for a dedicated cat lover.
    It's good that you are giving her some food but she clearly needs a home.
    If Cats' Protection get involved they will scan her for a chip in case an owner can be found.
    Whatever you decide to do Good luck.

  4. We will get in touch with them as the sooner she is integrated into a family the better. She has certainly at least had a home in the past (she came into the house today, but very wary and bolted for the door when she heard a noise.) A year of outdoor living would be enough to make her part-feral I guess, but she seems to be only a young cat and could certainly adjust if, as you say, the family were good cat people.

  5. There are supposed to be almost twice the number of cat owners in the UK as there are cats! Although I've just had a search on the internet and can't find any concrete research to back up this intelligence.
    I'm not a cat lover - they decimate wild life populations (birds, voles/shrews and amphibians) and I regard them as vermin - a mammal that has learned to play on the weak sentiments of humans to get a home and food. That said I befriended (in a moment of weak sentiment!) - or in truth, he (?) befriended me - a similar white and tabby cat that only came in the house for affection - he never wanted food. I still have photos of 'Blue' (as was his name). His owners moved away and took him with them five years ago - and I still miss him.
    I have an interview next week for the role of hospital inspector with the CQC - one of the advantages of this job is that you are expected (unless on site doing an inspection) to work from home. So we are now thinking about getting a dog - I LOVE dogs and we always had one when I was growing up - it is just work has meant it would be unfair to own a dog until now. At present, my partner and I both work in London and so commute in every day, leaving the house at 7.30am and often not returning until 8pm - which would just be unfair on a dog, to leave it alone for so long. If I was at home for much of the day, then we could have a dog - we'll probably go for a rescue dog, as I am very good with animals per se and a troubled dog would make suit me very well.
    Getting a dog might deter cats – and as our neighbour’s cat has made a mess of our flower borders (using it as its latrine – thus nearly three foot of border is now barren earth) a dog might be a means of getting our garden looking more rosy again.

    The cat in the picture looks lovely – but I would be surprised if it didn’t have an owner.

    Hope all’s OK with you? I’m almost free of my PhD – having passed my viva, I’m just working on the corrections. The only downer for me as been the fact I broke my leg in May (tripped over a curb stone opposite Brixton tube station) and I have still not recovered full use... As hill walking is a passion, I am worried I’ll never don my walking boots again!


  6. The cat does have an owner! Cats protection had a look at her and thought she was a stray because she is 25% underweight and she isn't microchipped- but they did say her coat is in good condition. We managed to get a collar on her as they didn't want to take her in without trying that and within hours the owner had phoned. Owner says she is a naturally thin cat so people often think she is stray and owner doesn't believe in micro chipping animals. None of my business so while the cat still comes in the garden and we do fuss it sometimes, it now gets no food and isn't let in the house unless it creeps in past us (which the little bugger does sometimes!)

  7. Sorry to hear you broke your leg and hope it will mend well enough to allow hill walking. Congrats on finishing / nearly finishing the PhD.Yes, I am fine, not too enthusiastic about back to work but mustn't grumble as there are many worse off!