A sign that a stranger cat likes you and needs you

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Some of us don’t need to go in search of a cat companion at a rescue centre or some other place because they come up to you and may tell you through their actions that they like you and need your support.

The difficult part is recognising the signals and of course you have to be in a position to adopt that cat there and then or very soon afterwards.

This has happened to me. I adopted my late Binnie this way in London. She came up to me and I fed her and took her in. A day later I got cold feet and asked my neighbour if she wanted a cat. At that time I had fed Binnie so copiously that she looked pregnant so my neighbour was put off. The rest is history.

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I feel that if a person loves cats they know instinctively when a cat, who they have never met before, shows signs that he is ready and in a position to be adopted.

One such case occurred to a cyclist in the UK. He stopped at the entrance to a tunnel in Bath called the Combe Down Tunnel.

A cat came running up to him from the woods. The cat requested some tummy rubs and then climbed up his arm and settled down on his backpack which he was wearing at the time. She had settled in and at that point you could be forgiven for deciding that she had adopted the cyclist.

Unfortunately the cyclist was not in a position to adopt this stranger cat.

It must surely be a convergence of coincidences whether or not a person adopts a cat under these circumstances.  If the person is by coincidence looking for a new cat to adopt then it probably would cross her mind to adopt a cat who came up to her just like this one.

The only other problem, of course, is the obvious one that the cat may well be “owned” by somebody else and I wonder whether that actually matters.  Legally it does matter but in a moral and practical sense it might not because it seems to me that if a cat behaves in this manner he’s telling you that he would like to adopt you and live in a new home.  Are cats able to have this thought (yes) and communicate this idea and message?

I have a feeling that they do these things through their actions. It just takes a little bit of sensitivity on the part of the person to get the message and the courage to say yes.

42 thoughts on “A sign that a stranger cat likes you and needs you”

  1. This one stray that came to us for food he was in such a state (red marks all around his neck and so very thin. Was our intention to capture him and get him some treatment, make him more comfortable but could never gain his trust poor soul. Took a couple of photos at the time but not great couldn’t get very near. One was him walking away and one was him washing after food bless him, how did he ever survive?

  2. Its odd isn’t it? Kinda happened with Sebastian a cat we had years ago he wouldn’t leave the back garden every time we opened the blind in the kitchen there he would be sat on the window sill this adolescent Black cat. We had to take him in because we were the chosen ones.

    What we tend to find by us is when something happens to a stray we feed another comes along to take its place….. We has a very sorry looking White and Tabby who just disappeared then it was this sweet Tuxedo cat with a croaky voice (he got run over and killed) Then Mr Grey who was the saddest creature I had ever laid eyes on. He was pure Grey, huge covered in scabs and scars, he had big Amber eyes and a croaky voice, huge un-neutered Tom, massive head. Saddest thing about him was his eyes, they were dead; broke my heart he must have suffered so much 🙁 he began to trust us and would come morning and evening for his food, would accept a bit of fuss. He too got run over so we buried him in the garden then came Mr Jinks who is still here guess he did ask for our help because he hopped to me down the garden with his leg broken. After we took Mr Jinks in another cat appeared this time another un-neutered Tom Ginger and White who my husband regularly chases away after he see’s him hurting his baby (thats our Honey cat) he literally terrorises her and she screams which sends my hubby dashing out to rescue her.
    Yes we do just get one cat after another in the garden all looking for our help… its sad I just wish people would get their cats seen to and not keep bringing kittens into the world 🙁

  3. Sorry Michael the above messege I put in wrong I forgot to put my email address correctly. Here is the corrected one.

    Thanks Michael, I just Love Cats very Much. They are so Precious and should always be loved and Protected and Cared for.

  4. Yes I have the same thing that Happens here too. There is often a Cat or two that comes visiting here. Haven’t seen the Tuxedo Cat in awhile but Often when I’m walking down the street, and I see a Cat I’ll go to pat him/her and have a rapport immediately with them.


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