I just read your answer to a question similar to the one I have regarding a neighbor's cat who is always around because the person feeds him. I do understand that it is about where the food is for the cat. However, in our situation we have a cat of our own who is an indoor/outdoor kitty. a neighborhood cat (we assume since he has a collar, but we don't know who his owner is) would occasionally come by and eat our cat's food but he would always go home and we wouldn't see him for a while. Recently he came by again. This time he looked thinner than before and not only did he eat our cat's food, he drank all the water in his water bowl. When I saw him trying to drink from our outdoor waterfall (in which the water is re-circulated) it seemed like something was wrong - I thought cats wouldn't go so close to a waterfall(?). So, I started to feed/water him - worried that his owners may've abandoned him .... and now he's here all day for the last 2 days and our cat does not like him (he is afraid of him). Is it normal for a cat to be that thirsty? Would there be signs if the cat is being neglected or has been abandoned? Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to make my cat more comfortable with the other cat while I try to find out who his owner is? (I try to feed mine first whenever I feed the other and try to pay more attention to ours. And also don't let the other cat into the house.) I apologize for what must seem like silly questions but I feel so sorry for both my cat and the other one. I'd appreciate any advice you may have! Thank you!
Thank you for your response! I thought I just sent you my followup question - but seems my response to you may not have gone through?? So, I am sending it to you again.
Just had a followup question - as mentioned in my original question to JustAnswer, wondered if there might be any signs that a cat has been abandoned that we would look for (for example, the neighbor cat has barely moved from the perimeters of our property for 3 days now. He basically is staying in our garage and backyard patio all day and has even taken to using one of our cat's litterboxes (we have one inside and another outside of our house)......he is also drinking alot - from both a bowl and the waterfall (again)).
Thank you for checking!
I found out who the owners of the visiting cat is! Apparently he does have owners (they did not abandon him). He's still visiting us but I'm trying to not feed him - but it's very hard when he gives you the sad-eyes and sits so politely at the door.......
and he does drink a LOT.....I guess if he keeps that up I may need to consider letting the owners know since it could be a medical issue?
Anyway, thank you for your help!