Meeting with Strays


Frankie and I went for a walk Saturday. We made it to the other side of our next-door neighbor’s house when Frankie spotted a stray.

I have seen this stray many times in the past but not recently. I wasn’t even sure if he or she was still around until my catnip plant was destroyed.

Frankie ran toward the cat but ran out of leash and stopped. That scared the stray who ran to the left toward our house. Soon Frankie lost interest and became interested in a nearby bush. That is when the stray walked by unnoticed.

A little while later we came upon another stray cat that had no fear of Frankie or me being so close.

They howled at each other for a while. I was a little worried a fight might start so I took a step forward and caused the stray to run away. He or she ran under a nearby vehicle and the whole thing started over.

I assume the cat is a female or there would have been fighting sooner, but I don’t know. What do you think?

Update: I was wrong. Frankie did meet strays before. Here are two examples.

33 thoughts on “Meeting with Strays

      1. iamthesunking

        Wow, really? You must have been on a zillion walks and you’ve never met other cats? Maybe they’re all scared of your gang and they scarper when they see you?

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  1. kittiesblue

    Oh boy, look at Frankie’s puffed up tail. We have a neighborhood cat that comes up the stairs to the screen door to the catio, and that’s how Cooper sounds and looks when he discovers it is there. We know you’re happy no fight broke out. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Kizmet, Audrey & Raleigh

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  2. onespoiledcat

    Teddy always comes to tell me when a stray cat is on our front porch wanting a snack……but when we’re outside we NEVER see another cat. I think they wait to approach our house when THE BIG GINGER CAT is behind the door! Smart kitties.

    Hugs, Pam

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  3. zoolatrygmailcom

    Love your blog, have visited for a long time. This is first time to comment tho, as “google blogspot” wouldn’t permit it before (???) so we signed up with WP to allow commenting on WP blogs. First, you are a great storyteller, and second you have fun and interesting photos … always a treat to visit! Ann and JUNE from Zoolatry

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  4. Doug Thomas

    I imagine most encounters are accidental and that the potential bad encounter with a fight is limited by the intruder running away to avoid the fight. When I walked Louie the ginger cat, too, he onetime encountered Taco the tuxedo kitty boy, his nemesis on the corner of the block. The corner was recognized by both as the edge of both their territorial claims (based on my observation of the two over months). Instead of the usual chase and fight if one or the other caught up with the intruder cat of the moment, they just looked at each other and actually touched noses. It was a tense moment just the same, but detente between cats seems possible.

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            1. Charles Huss Post author

              My parents came to visit one year and I was walking their greyhound, We walked past a yard where a small dog was barking through the fence and this big greyhound switched sides with me so I was between the two dogs.

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  5. databbiesotrouttowne

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