Not Just For The Dogs Anymore
I get letters -
We moved into a new home about eight months ago. The people who used to live in our house "collected" cats and dogs and were apparently unable to find a few of the cats when they left. Recently, one of those cats, "Princess" has reappeared. She shows up almost every morning and evening and we leave her food and water. I am guessing she was a feral cat that the old owners adopted. I can get pretty close to her, but she is rather jumpy. We have been trying to get her into our house so that her old owners can come and get her (they would never be able to catch her otherwise). I think we may eventually be able to get her in our door by progressively moving the food we leave her outside to just inside our door. Do you think this is advisable? I am worried that (1) she may bite or scratch once we trap her inside and try to corral her into a bathroom, and (2) it will be too traumatic for my own cat, a male who is indoor/outdoor and who, as of now, has not really reacted territorily to this cat like he does to others.
Cat Lady in Long Beach
Dear Cat Lady:
First off, who the heck named her "Princess?" Princess is not the name for a feral cat. Princess is for sissies. You should name her something tough like Mitzi. Second, people moving without "finding" all their animals? What is with these people? I say, let her in the house but not so the old owners can catch her. They don't deserve her. She is your Mitzi now.