I live in a residential neighborhood where we all have six foot high fences separating each yard. I never talk to my neighbors, rarely see them actually, and as far as I can tell, they never talk to each other either.
We have a neighborhood cat who roams where he pleases, but has never been a real pest, other than the fact that he's 100% deaf and doesn't scare when you yell at him if he's in your garage and you don't see him until you're closing the door. He sticks pretty close to home though and only comes around in the summer when everyone is working outside.
If we do get a cat in our backyard, we scare it off. I don't want some fickle feline marking up my backyard, taunting my indoor cats.
But about 9 days ago, I noticed that the most recent cat I've been scaring off was actually napping in a pile of leaves right off my deck. Who does that??
You can just see a patch of white in this first picture (look to the right of the tree), where he's all curled up, trying to stay warm while he naps.
And then I repeatedly saw him over the course of the week and I couldn't convince him to go home.
Being the detective that I am - I added up the signs and I believe this kitty is actually homeless.
We have a few homeless humans out here in the suburbs, and I've talked to most of them when doing my recycling (which is where they hang). There's the guy who is disabled and can't get work who lives in his car with his wife. I usually buy them something to eat when I go grocery shopping and see them. Or if I'm doing my aluminum recycling, I split the proceeds with him, which is fair because he actually keeps me company and helps break down my boxes.
So it stands to reason that I would think to feed the little homeless guy in my backyard!
I feel like he must be an indoor cat - he cried when I took the food container outside and shook it. Feral cats don't know that noise do they?? It's really hungry. It ate two servings yesterday and most of a heaping plate today. Hopefully someone sees my ad for him soon. I think I'll post some flyers up near the elementary school down the street and at the major intersections.
I really think it's someone's pet who was scared from home during the big storm last week. If someone doesn't claim it soon, I'm going to trap it and take it in and see if it has a microchip, but if I do that and he does not, do I just bring him home?? That seems sad-it would have to stay outside. But if I take it to the humane society, it will be up for adoption in three days, and then someone loses the chance to get their pet back. Oy, choices....for now, I need to pick a name for him and start feeding it regularly.