Two weeks ago I was out trying to get pictures of a storm in the middle of the night. Before it was actually raining, but there was lightning and wind, a little black cat that was I’m guessing about 6 months old ran up to me. He was really friendly - wanted to be pet, curled up in my lap, even went to sleep. He was clearly domesticated, but had no collar.
I figured that if he was an indoor/outdoor cat and knew how to get home, he’d have run home well before the storm arrived I would imagine. Once the rain started, he seemed clueless about where to go - making a futile effort to hide under me, some guard rails, and some trees. I let him sit in my car.
I’m not at home - I’ve been staying with friends who wouldn’t take him in. I called some people who might take him in or adopt him, but no one was interested. It would be 2+ weeks before I was going home, and though I was tempted to take him with me, I had no place to keep him in the meantime.
I went out there again a few times since, but hadn’t seen him. But then today I saw him again when I was driving by - he was running between two houses and I had somewhere I had to be, so I couldn’t really stop to check on him, but I’m fairly sure it was him I spotted, not far from where I found him originally.
Anyway, I took some pictures and posted them to craigslist, and checked the local newspapers - nothing.
He looked healthy - no problems with his fur, skinny but not sickly so - he seemed young so being smallish seemed normal. He wasn’t obviously starving - no ribs sticking out or anything. I did get him two cans of food and he gobbled those quite enthusiastically but that’s pretty normal for even a non-starving cat.
So anyway - I’m going home in a few days. I was thinking of taking him with me. I’d hate to stick a cat in a car for a 30+ hour trip, but he seemed mellow when I took him with me to see if I could get someone to take him in. Better than letting him starve anyway.
Obviously I don’t want to steal anyone’s cat. But the owner of an indoor/outdoor cat wouldn’t fail to put a collar on him, would they? And he didn’t lose it for one day - I spotted him twice 2 weeks apart and no collar either time. If I can catch him again in the daytime, I can take him to a vet to see if he’s microchipped. But other than that - if my craigslist ad has no answer, and there are no matching ads in the newspaper, is it safe to assume he’s lost? A lost cat would have a hard time surviving the winter here (Cleveland), so I’d hate to leave him if he really is lst, since he seemed like a great cat.
What would you do? I only have a few days left here, and a busy few days at that, so I can’t go around posting “found” ads at every vet or anything like that. If I end up finding him, I’d take him to the vet to check for chips before I took him, but what if there’s no chip and no collar?