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Adopted by a kitty . . .

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Last Sunday, in the middle of the extreme cold that has been affecting the whole country Ms. Kitty showed up. Actually, she was under one of our storage buildings near our house. It's elevated about 6" and she was under it trying to find shelter.

When my DH want outside that morning, she began "yelling" at him. He was afraid she had been injured so he called to her and surprisingly she came to him. Her feet seemed to be tender from the cold but she rolled over as if she wanted to get a belly rub.

No collar or any indication of prior ownership, and continued this "verbal" assault. You could tell she had been trying to survive on her own because the claws on front and back feet were nothing but "stumps". Poor thing . . . it was clear she wasn't going anywhere and was desperately trying to communicate.

How can anyone ignore a suffering animal? We didn't have a cat so he fed her some of our dog food which she ate ravenously. He didn't see any visible signs of injury, only that the bitter cold definitely wasn't doing her any good.

I went out to get my take on the situation. She seemed very friendly and purring profusely as she continued to "talk" to me. "Yelling" really would describe it better. I was very skeptical of Ms. Kitty at that point. So many questions . . . was she healthy or pregnant? Did she belong to someone and how would we ever find her owner? The only thing that was clear at that point is that she needed shelter and food.

We decided to make a make-shift enclosure out of a plastic container to put on the porch with some bedding for her to get in out of the cold. On the south side of the house, there was even some heat gain during the afternoon and she eagerly went into the enclosure to stay warm.

Well, you guessed it, we decided to go out to get supplies for "kitty". What else could we do? Such a nice kitty after all. We made a spot in the workshop for her complete with an igloo that she took to right away. No visible health problems and used the cat box regularly.

Because of her size, I was afraid she was going to have kittens. I'm going out of town next week and didn't think I was going to have the time to take her to the Vet till I got back. She had become much calmer knowing she had a warm place to stay at night and regular food.

Yesterday, I just couldn't take not knowing if she was going to have a litter of kittens while I was gone and decided I had to take her to the Vet. She traveled well in the car with little "complaining" and was very calm while waiting our turn to be seen.

The first thing they did was scan her for a micro-chip after they heard my story and found none. When our turn to see the doc finally came, I relayed the story once again and let her out of the carrier for the vet to examine her.

Well, "Ms. Kitty is Mr. Kitty" and he is already neutered! OMG I am so happy. He pranced and purred the whole time he was with the Doc. He weighs in at 12.7 pounds. Doc guesses he's around a year old. After being wormed and receiving shots, I took him home very relieved we weren't going to have kittens.

He is mostly black with medium length fur, with white markings on his feet with glorious long white whiskers. Quite a handsome fellow although a little un-kept at the moment. Nothing that a little proper diet and shelter won't take care of. Not to mention regular love and care.

I have always wanted a "Sylvester" cat and honestly, he adopted us, so that shall be his name. How "purrfect" is that (sorry for the corn . . . I couldn't help myself)? I don't have any pictures yet, but I'll post some soon. I'm a happy girl . . . emoticon

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    People who save animals are special. Your caring for a cat that needed shelter and food will bring positive karma your way. I recently took in three from a colony. I missed hearing their purring when they are held and petted. Thank you for taking him in. -- Lou
    933 days ago
    AWHHHHHH best spark story EVA! Being a big soft hearted cat lover myself I just smiled through your entire story. Sylvester's middle name should be 'Lucky' because lucky he is that he found you instead of some cold hearted meanie who wouldn't have cared a whit about his fate. I really don't GET cat haters? emoticon An animal is an animal after all...and most all of them I consider to be our angels just hanging out with us wearing their little fur suits. What else would love us so unconditionally flaws and all. Cats may be a little more reserved than dogs in showing it but love us...they do! We lost our sweet Keanu last summer...broke my heart in a million pieces..he lived to the ripe old age of 18 and now he's with his momma cat and our beautiful son Josh.

    God bless you and your sweet soft beautiful heart! emoticon

    You can see my beautiful Keanu and his momma cat Chin Chin on my pic page. Two absolutely AWESOME (Alaskan Snow Cats) I miss them to this very day and always will! emoticon emoticon
    1594 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2014 9:00:51 AM
  • LYNDA522
    What a great story! So enjoyed it. We've been adopted by a cat too, years ago. The (then) girls named him Waffles, of all things. We just kept a straight face and rolled w it. Best cat we ever had. Congratulations on your new family member! So happy for all of you. emoticon
    1608 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2014 8:14:18 PM
    I really love people who have to help a needy animal. It sounds like he found a good home. I can't wait for pictures! Bless you!!
    1609 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2014 10:48:38 PM
    What a great story! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon on the new addition to your family!!! Enjoy your "Sylvester".
    Continued blessings and hugs,
    1609 days ago
    That's so awesome that you rescued a Kitty in this crazy weather!

    Good for you! & the Kitty!

    Best of luck to you with him - Huggies!
    1610 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Pictures! I have 2 Tuxedo cats, 1 a short-hair male, the other a long hair female rad-a-muffin. I love Tuxedo cats!
    1610 days ago
    emoticon good to know cats are cared for.. emoticon
    1610 days ago
    emoticon emoticon on the new addition! glad he has found a wonderful home! and Great Blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1610 days ago
    Great story. Brings back fond memories of how we got one of our cats years ago. We opened the front door one day. This ball of fur came racing in, jumped up on the couch, laid down, and started purring. Of course he never left.
    1610 days ago
  • NWESCH24
    You have totally made my day!!! Being a "cat" person, I just don't get why people put them out. We have a person down the block who, with her own money, fixes any feral she can catch, feeds and waters them, and leaves the garage open enough so they can get in, but no other animal can. Unfortunately, there is another person who loves kittens, takes them in, has them fixed, but then says, oh, they didn't get along with the other cat; it got out and never came back, etc. I personally have one outdoor stray cat. For reasons too long to go into here, I could not bring it in at the time. What we did was buy it a house, get it a bed, feed, water, fix, and love it. Cody is 8 years old. She comes "home" every night, gets into bed and we cover her with old towels. I'll get up in the morning and she's still snug in bed, warm and ready to eat, drink, then go on with her day. We had Cognac adopt us a few years ago. This was one of the kittens that the kitten lover tossed out. We took care of him the same way and unfortunately, I don't believe he was vaccinated and we lost him. Now we have this other sweet thing that is fixed, but we have no idea what its sex is. We feed and water it, and it takes off. Friendly, but skittish.

    You and your DH are wonderful loving people and you made my day. Look forward to seeing picture of Sylvester!!!
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