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Since I moved in, there was this little Calico cat that would wait at the back door or follow you around while I was hanging washing out. It seemed like a friendly cat used to being around humans so I assumed it was one of the neighbours' cats. However, it sleeps on the roof of our shed or our neighbour's shed all day and night and doesn't appear to go home. It was raining heavily once and I had to run outside to retrieve washing I'd left out on the line. The cat appeared yowling and soaked through and tried to come in the house. I've let it come in a few times but only into the kitchen because it might have fleas. I've also been feeding it bits of chicken or ham if I have any around.

I've lived there for about a month now and the cat doesn't appear to have a home I tried asking next door but they're students and say it's not theirs. Our area is very student-y but it also has a few families around so maybe it's an outdoor cat? Although I have NEVER seen it go home, even if it goes for a wander it returns to the shed roof to sleep at night.

I mention this because I'm not sure what to do. It seems very scrawny and like it's not taking care of itself and with winter coming, I want it to be safe and have a home. If I could take it in, I would, but I don't think my landlord, housemates or parents would be too pleased haha. I've thought about ringing animal protection or the RSPCA or a cat charity but then they might have to come to the house and I'm having issues with my housemates right now so I'd rather fly under the radar than bring random officials to the house. I don't know what else I could do, though, besides mention it to the landlord? I'm wondering whether it was a cat a student got on a whim and then left behind because they couldn't look after it....
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You've been chosen, human. Don't ignore the call. Enjoy your new life as a cat guardian.

If it was truly an outdoor feral cat, it wouldn't come anywhere close to you - even for food. You almost always have to feed feral cats from a distance either by throwing scraps at them or leaving a bowl of cat food and walking away. Someone probably thought it was wise to leave the cat behind when they moved away and that was the end of it, which is why it's not particularly afraid of you. Why people think it's okay to leave cats behind when they move is beyond me. It's how I've met at least four of the cats I've had since moving to the UK.

The only responsible thing to do if you truly can't take it in is turn it over to the RSPCA. The couple of times I've dealt with an inspector was nothing more than a knock on the door, him coming in and saying hey, then leaving after whatever needing doing was done. Five minute meets at best. They're hardly threatening "official" types beyond a white shirt and rank badge. However, be aware that if the cat is old or failing in the slightest, you're likely turning it over to a sure death within the next few days. If it's underweight, then there's a number of health reasons that could be behind it that rescues and hospitals aren't likely to investigate when the answer could be as simple as not having an adequate food supply living on the streets. You'll definitely want to think twice about turning it over.
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(Original post by southerngothic)
Since I moved in, there was this little Calico cat that would wait at the back door or follow you around while I was hanging washing out. It seemed like a friendly cat used to being around humans so I assumed it was one of the neighbours' cats. However, it sleeps on the roof of our shed or our neighbour's shed all day and night and doesn't appear to go home. It was raining heavily once and I had to run outside to retrieve washing I'd left out on the line. The cat appeared yowling and soaked through and tried to come in the house. I've let it come in a few times but only into the kitchen because it might have fleas. I've also been feeding it bits of chicken or ham if I have any around.

I've lived there for about a month now and the cat doesn't appear to have a home I tried asking next door but they're students and say it's not theirs. Our area is very student-y but it also has a few families around so maybe it's an outdoor cat? Although I have NEVER seen it go home, even if it goes for a wander it returns to the shed roof to sleep at night.

I mention this because I'm not sure what to do. It seems very scrawny and like it's not taking care of itself and with winter coming, I want it to be safe and have a home. If I could take it in, I would, but I don't think my landlord, housemates or parents would be too pleased haha. I've thought about ringing animal protection or the RSPCA or a cat charity but then they might have to come to the house and I'm having issues with my housemates right now so I'd rather fly under the radar than bring random officials to the house. I don't know what else I could do, though, besides mention it to the landlord? I'm wondering whether it was a cat a student got on a whim and then left behind because they couldn't look after it....
How to find out if it has an owner:
Put posters up in the area asking
Put a collar on it with a note saying something like"Is this your cat? Please email _"
Take it to a vet and ask them to scan for a microchip

What to do if it does have an owner:
Consider reporting them due to the poor state of their animal

What to do if it doesn't have an owner:
Talk to landlord and others and take it in
Call or visit the RSPCA or a local cat rescue
Post on a site like gumtree/ imgur/ twitter etc asking if anybody wants to take it in

For now, get an old plastic box with a lid and cut a hole in the side, put some blankets in and put it on some bricks, wood etc to keep it off the ground. Any other waterproof box with insulation will do just fine too. That will give kitty somewhere warm to hang out until it gets a home.
You can also youtube "DIY stray cat house".
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