(Original post by BeanofJelly)
Jesus! I recognise that cat! That's wilkie (or Eli is his actual name, he has many)!
He's not mine but I know the owner (who is my neighbour).
No you can not take him to leicester!
The owner lives at 9 leahurst crescent in Harborne. I don't think he wanders that
far so if you don't live in Harborne it probably isn't the same one.
He (the cat) gets about (total food whore) but he has a home and he goes to it through his catflap every night and is well fed (even if he isn't well brushed).
Also, seriously - no don't wash a cat in a bath! Can't believe you tried this, poor baby!
Pls reply because if you have actually kidnapped wilkie then at least I can let his owner know that he's safe before you get round to bringing him back home
Here is my own picture of him, he comes in our house the whole time:
Same cat yeah? It may not be the same cat (merely a very similar looking one), but in either case I do not think you should take it away from where it lives. If it is well fed then doing so is totally uneccessary and you should just be honest with yourself - you want it because it's cute. And you don't care that much that you might be stealing it from its owner...
Not having a collar doesn't mean it doesn't have an owner, even not having a microchip doesn't necessarily mean this - not that you have even bothered to check that it's microchipped!
EDIT: Looking again and again at the pictures, I think it is not the same cat as the colouring on its hind legs seems different. Phew! Wilkie is safe! However, just thinking that it might have been a cat I full well know belongs to someone reaffirms my view, which is: if you want to adopt a cute cat go to a sanctuary rather than picking up one from the street that probably belongs to someone else and is already well fed.
If you're really concerned only for its welfare, then take it to the vet if you want. Seeing if it is chipped would be responsible and kind.
But I think even if it isn't microchipped - it could belong to anyone, it probably does as it was wearing a collar at one stage. Only if it is microchipped and you find that the owner is dead, has left the country or doesn't want it can you really take it for your own. If it's well fed by multiple households then it can stay in Birmingham. You will be distressing it totally uneccessarily by moving it to an entirely new place, not to mention potentially stealing it from a very upset owner!
Imagine - its owner could be a little old lady who doesn't go out often enough to see your signs. Or it could have run away from home and its owners will be really happy to be reunited with it.