UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. The paper collar worked, and his owner texted me. I got the impression the owner may now be on the path to getting him neutered. Shame in a way as I may not be visited by him again, but on the other hand it's much better for him.
Hello. This tom cat has been calling to see me for a feed for the last three annual cat mating seasons, then he disappears again. (I don't have an non-neutered female to engage his interest.) The first time he was about a year old, bigger in the second year, and this year he is fully grown. He's reasonably socialised, and will walk into the kitchen like a boss when I open the door. Last weekend I saw him on the front lawn of a house in Smith Street down near Linwood Park, but he may have been stalking a bird rather than relaxing at home.
Does anyone recognize him? I'm weighing up whether to properly adopt him, have him vet checked and neutered, etc, but don't want to steal him away from someone else if he does have an owner. Please reply to this message to contact me.
New Zealand is a nation of cat lovers, and increasingly – at least anecdotally – we’re keeping them inside.
Owners say welfare and conservation concerns are the main drivers; experts are cautious not to say too much, and cats are silent on the issue thus far.
What's worse — keeping a cat indoors 24/7, or letting it roam free where it will hunt birds, and possibly be injured?
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Morning, I have tried a couple of timber yards and unfortunately they are out of stock. Thought I would try on here and see if anyone had built a deck lately and has Garapa timber offcuts I can buy. Looking for anything from 200mm - 1 meter in length. Cheers Kylee
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