Dear Lola,

There is a cat in our neighborhood who frequently wanders into our backyard for sunbathing and a cuddle from whoever happens to be near. He wears a collar and looks to be in great health, so he’s not really a stray cat. My daughter and I have developed a fondness for this kitty and there are many evenings when he wants to come inside our home for a visit. I admit that I’ve begun letting him in while we watch television. He leaves within an hour or two, usually by sitting at the glass door and meowing. My daughter wonders why we cannot adopt this cat and give him an indoor life – and I’m starting to think maybe we should just adopt this kitty by setting him up permanently inside our home. He would be safe from the elements and lead a longer life if not exposed to the outdoors. What do you think?

Cat Catcher

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Dear Cat Catcher,

I just want to be clear – this feline comes by for a cuddle every few days or so, has a collar on to declare his humans like him, and looks very healthy and well cared for – and you think you can give him a better life so you’ll keep him?!

That’s not adoption, that’s catnapping!

I hope you don’t feed your Miniature Human sugary cereal for breakfast, because anyone who thinks oat bran is better will come take your precious love away from you. Then you can sit in your home and cuddle that stolen feline – knowing that at any moment someone can come take him also!

Your way of thinking will come in handy during a post apocalyptic society when governments are a thing of the past.

Until then, I recommend you teach your Miniature Human to respect that just because you think the feline would be better cared for by your family, doesn’t mean you can just take it. Enjoy the furball when he drops by, cuddle him in the summer sunshine that is on the way. You can even let him inside while you watch television – provided you leave a door open.

Think how often his human has called him, with none of you hearing it over the blaring sounds of the tv.

Felines are the wanderers of this earth. While he may enjoy a temporary couch cushion, there is a reason he meows to be let back out. I shudder to think what he would do if not allowed his freedom. I bet at least one set of curtains has met an early end at the paws of this mighty traveler.


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22 replies on “Dear Lola – Cat catcher…

  1. I agree with you Lola. While I do have two indoor cats because I don’t want my cats outside where foxes (yes, there are foxes in my area) will kill them, I also respect other cat parents decisions. I may disagree with it but I will respect it. Especially since he has a collar and is well fed. That right there should tell anyone he is loved and cared for by someone else. My son and niece recently went through this at their Nana’s house. A neighbor lets their cat out on their balcony. The cat roamed over to the Nana’s balcony and my niece wanted the cat so bad that her nana brought the cat in the house. This is after debating with my son and his dad about doing that. My son and his dad didn’t like the idea of taking someone else’s cat. I was proud of my son though. He stood his ground and stated his disapproval of taking someone else’s cat. #AnythingGoes

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    1. I am so proud of your son for standing his ground, that’s now always easy! As your daughter grows up and gets a little older, she will definitely appreciate that she was guided to the right decision. It is a hard concept when children are young, but that is the critical time to teach them to do what is right.

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      1. That is absolutely correct. It’s funny because once my niece’s mother found out about it, she scolded her mother for encouraging the behavior. She then reminded her daughter that they also have an outdoor cat and how would she feel if someone just took him and he never returned. That seemed to set her straight about taking someone else’s cat. The younger we start teaching these things to our kids the better adults they will be. This also teaches them to respect others on multiple levels. Something I really wish our government leaders should go back and learn from their mothers, lol. Coming back again from #anythinggoes

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  2. While it is tempting to try and keep someone who doesn’t belong to you, you are right Lola – you have to do the right thing and let the little cat return to his owner. At the end of the day it is always about doing the right thing, hard as it may be!! #anythinggoes

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  3. I love cats, but would never dream of trying to befriend someone elses cat. I wouldn’t ever let someone elses cat into my home nor would I feed them. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

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  4. I think it is easy to imagine that cats should come to live with you because they pop by for food but you have to remember that cats are mercenary little creatures and probably do the same to several people! Our cat went missing for a few days last year and in our searches we discovered several people in our street were also feeding him and they even had their own names for him. I would’ve been devastated if someone had tried to keep him #thatfridaylinky

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    1. Exactly, cats love to wander and keeping one that you know belongs to another family on the street is just wrong.This family needs to consider going to their local shelter and adopting a rescue cat of their own.


  5. Oh Lola, what a clever dog you are. I would be heartbroken if my wandering kitty decided to go and live somewhere else. I get stressed if he’s gone for more than an hour. Yes, he’s welcome to get cuddles and strokes of others, but no feeding and especially no milk, it doesn’t agree with him. Cats do this, but you’re right, it’s catnapping if you keep them. Thanks for making this clear.
    Crazy Cat lady from the UK

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  6. Agreed! My friend had a cat who kept visiting her and she basically catnapped it. He got an infection so she reluctantly took him to the vets where they found out he was chipped. Luckily he was returned to its proper owner. I’d hate for my pet to go missing only to find out someone had taken them 😦

    Tea in the Tub

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    1. That’s not right, I’m glad the cat made it back to the original owner. I can’t imagine how devastated they must’ve been when he didn’t return home. And when you think about it, someone who knowingly takes a cat typically stops getting the cat vaccinated and regular veterinary care because they know they could get caught. So in actuality, these new ‘owners’ are doing the worst thing possible by these animals.


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