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Missing this super fluffy cat?

From Melissa:

Have another stray hanging around the 3300 block of E. Broad/E. Marshall. We’ve been seeing him/her for more than a year now. Medium size, long blackish hair with yellow eyes. Looks black from a distance, but up close his fur is a deep chocolate-reddish brown. No collar and both his ears are intact. Has been keeping company with the stray pastel tortie posted on CHPN a few days ago. Anyone with information about this cat and/or having contact information for persons who do trap-neuter-release and manage feral colonies in C.H. please email me at cpandmg@verizon.net. Thanks for the help.

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10 comments

Eric Claytor 01/04/2015 at 6:00 AM

I call him whisky, but I’m not sure what his real name is. I know he lives on my block, I’m pretty sure I know which house, but I’m not sure how well taken care of he is. I give him food and pets when I see him. He meows a lot.

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Katherine J 01/04/2015 at 2:09 PM

I also know these cats. They live in the alley between 33rd and Chimbo. Someone feeds them but they live outside year round.

They’re not aggressive and if they’re healthy could probably be rehabilitated with a no-kill group that fosters and adopts out. So yes, the poor things could have a shot at a real home and a longer life. But the sticking point is *if they’re healthy*- whether or not they test positive for FIV. If they do that would render them unadoptable and also unsuitable for re-release as they could infect other cats who come in contact with them. The practical solution in that case becomes euthanasia.

I know Melissa is prepared for that, but if anyone else is considering taking them in or trapping them, it would prob be in your best interest to think it through.

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Melissa 01/04/2015 at 2:44 PM

@Katherine – I don’t think there’s a strong chance that either of the cats has FIV or FELV. As you said, neither is aggressive, they get along with each other and I’ve never seen any indication that either of them has been in a fight. If someone were to trap them, they should be tested in order to determine their health. However, in my experience, FIV+ and FELV+ cats, in fact, are adoptable. They can live many healthy years indoors if they are the *only* cat in the household or if they are adopted into homes with other “positive” cats. Most of the rescue organizations do help place cats that have tested positive for these diseases. I may take longer to rehome them, but people do adopt these kitties.

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Melissa 01/04/2015 at 2:48 PM

@Eric – thanks for sharing that information. I’ve been unable to approach the cat. Would you be able to give me the address of the house where you think he lives? My email is above. If he is someone’s pet, I would like to counsel them about safety collars and microchipping. I don’t mind feeding the occasional stray, but don’t want to take it upon myself to fully care for an owned pet. Thanks.

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Michael Jones 01/04/2015 at 8:40 PM

Hi. There are two black cats that live under my kitchen porch and in a neighbors shed. They get food and water twice daily but are clearly feral. The guy in the picture, if that’s one of the cats (and there are a lot of feral black cats up here), is very quiet-never heard him make a sound in the year I’ve been feeding them. Both of them have been neutered (clipped ear). The second guy is also black, but short hair and with a hazy right eye. They’re good guys- total pin heads- and they’ve got warm shelter, food and water when they want it. Which is pretty much all the time.

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