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The Cat that Chooses You

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The Cat that Chooses You

It is sometimes the case that people do not choose to be cat owners but are themselves chosen by the feline in question. A cat can be quite good at turning up on the doorstep, often late at night and in miserable weather, and yowl to be allowed in. If the members of the household give in, as they often do, usually managing at the very least to find a bowl of milk, something to eat and a warm place for the cat to spend the night, this can be the start of the adoption process. The cat may appear to be well nourished and evidently used to being a pet, but advertisements may still fail to find its true owners. The business of advertising and trying to find the former owners is likely to take some days, stretching into weeks and, by then, the people and the cat have often become mutually fond of each other. The cat has found a new home! There are probably a number of different reasons why cats stray away from good and caring homes, but the 'lost and found' columns of newspapers provide evidence that some of them do so.

Sometimes the cat that turns up in the garden or neighborhood appears much more like a stray, looking thin, ragged and uncared for. Kindly people may start out by just putting out food and drink for the cat and perhaps leaving a shed or garage door open so that it can find some shelter. Depending upon the temperament of the cat, this state of affairs may continue or the animal may adopt winning ways and eventually end up as a house pet.

In both these circumstances, the people involved must decide what they wish to do. If you start feeding and looking after a stray cat, both it and your neighbors are soon likely to regard it as being yours. If you are sure that you do not want a cat, it is best to telephone one of the animal welfare organizations, such as the RSPCA or SSPCA (in Scotland), or a local rescue shelter, and arrange for the animal to be picked up. It is probably best to do this at an early stage, especially if there are children in the home who are likely to want to keep the cat. It is certain that the cat will be well looked after and every effort will be made to find it a good home. No one should take on a cat that has presented itself in this way unless it is a unanimous decision taken by all the members of the household.