Cat in my garbage cans

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
Cat in my garbage cans
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Mon, 06-03-2013 - 11:26am

I have a problem with a stray cat in my garbage cans. It is really thin and looks like it is starving so I was thinking about calling animal control but I don't want to do that if they are just going to take it and kill it. I put some chicken out for it but I I don't really want to keep it as I am never home so I am not sure what to do. Can someone tell me what happens if I call animal control? What else can I do with it?  

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 2:17am

You could Google the name of your town and "cat rescue" "no kill shelter", things like that to see what comes up. If no results, then call animal control and ask what they do when they pick up a stray.

In my county the animal control puts down only those animals that cannot be adopted due to issues like serious health or behavior problems (biting dog, terminal disease, etc). They try to find homes for all potentially adoptable animals by working with rescue groups, pet foster homes, etc. So your stray may not be doomed if animal control picks him up, he may have a better life than the one he is living right now. Meanwhile can you secure your trash cans so he or other cats don't get hurt or sick from something in the trash?

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 10:03am

I think that each county is different they way they handle stray animals. Our county is good about making sure the cat is healthy and adoptable, then it will spay or neuter the cat, vaccinate it and find it a home.  You may have to call your local animal control and see what their policy is.  You could start putting dry food out for it and maybe it wil keep out of your trash cans.  You can secure the trash can lids with a bungie cord so the cat can't get into it.  You can also trap the cat and have it spayed or neutered and released back where it came from and just plan on putting dry food out for it every day.

Good luck and let us know what you find out.

 

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 3:31pm

I was going to suggest looking for a rescue or "no-kill" shelter too.

But if you are thinking of continuing to feed the cat, you are only encouraging it to keep coming back, and bringing friends. That could get expensive when you become the "cat lady" of the street! LOL

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 1:57pm

You got some great answers (sorry I haven't been on until now - technical difficulties - LOL).  Anyhow, bear in mind that some rescues may tell you that they are full due to it being kitten season. And if the cat isn't friendly, it is feral and animal control will deem it unadoptable. I would call and ask their policy on stray cats. And then check your area for a local trap-neuter-release (TNR) program....

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 8:33am

Wow, thank you all for the great ideas. I did by a small bag of dry cat food and I have been placing it out away from my garbage cans every morning before I go to work. When I got home last night, the cat was waiting for me and I was able to pet it and to my total surprise, I discovered she does not have front claws. So, this leads me to believe that she may be someone's lost pet or she has been dumped off or left behind. I am assuming she's been fixed since she has been declawed. I talked to the local shelter and animal control and no one has called to ask about a cat fitting her description so I'm still left trying to decide what to do.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-12-2013
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 9:16am

I wasn't interested in having a cat as a pet either at one time and now I have 3. They are low maintenance and great companions. Since your stray is already spayed and declawed, you may want to consider adopting her. A trip to the vet for a check up and shots, a litter box, and some food are all you really need.

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 11:53am

That's awful that she is outdoors without claws.  I would think too that she is probably spayed.  Maybe call some of the vets in your area and see if they know the cat?  Sometimes vets know of people who foster cats too or even take them in themselves and find them homes.  She was someone's pet.  It's so sad that she's just out on the streets now.  Bless your heart for taking care of her.  I hope that you can find someone to take her and give her a loving home.

Keep us posted on what you find out.

 

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 06-08-2013 - 12:08am

Here, lots of people post lost and found ads for pets on craigslist. Another idea is the local newspaper. You can see if anybody listed her missing and/or you can put her photo in a found ad. Its possible that she escaped from her home then got lost, and somebody is missing her. You might even get a response from somebody who wants to adopt her.

Are you thinking of keeping her? Cats are usually pretty low maintenence. A cat showed up on our doorstep about 5 months ago. I wasn't looking to get a cat (although I've had them in the past and like them a lot) but there she was, needing me....she was starving, bedraggled, unspayed...its been a pleasure to watch her become healthy and see her personality blossom now that she's in a secure loving environment. And I feel like I got the better part of the deal!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Sun, 06-09-2013 - 9:44am

I hope that you find a good home for her. I rescued my first cat several months ago and I couldn't be happier with her. They really are low maintenance and since I live alone, it is very nice to have someone to come home to.

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 3:33pm
If she is declawed, she "should" be spayed as well (I would still have someone check). If she was very thin, it is very likely she was dumped or left behind. Since she has no claws, she absolutely has no way to fend for herself or even feed herself. I would still call around and see if there is a group or organization that can take her.... if you don't keep her :) . Keep us posted!
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