Ziggy/Lioce = A Cat Story with a Sad+Happy Ending
Saturday, February 25, 2017
The weather in northern California has been wet, very wet, stormy wet and windy. A few weeks ago, a new cat started showing up in our driveway. BF fed her and talked to her for a few days, Gradually, she started to trust him. When he could finally touch her, he could see that she was skin and bones. A few days later, we finally got her in the house. Hours later, the heavens unloaded. That atmospheric river? It was real! She hunkered down on my side of the bed and stayed there for days.
We named her Lioce ("lee-oh-see") which was a play on words. BF had called her OOC for Other Outside Cat and Mrs. Lioce was one of my music teachers back in the day.
Our 3 cats had mixed reactions to this newcomer. One wanted to play with her and she wanted nothing to do with him. Another was just curious. He's a big boy but he was scared of her growling. Juneau, my aging Maine Coon, kept her distance. Did not interact and was clearly not happy. But things were starting to thaw just a bit.
Lioce bonded with me instantly, purred, sought me out and curled up next to me at night.
We finally decided we'd better get her to the vet to see if she needed to be spayed and, oh, by the way, see if she was chipped. We were sure that she had been dumped, possibly lost a litter of kittens (explanation for the very loose skin) and that we were her forever home.
She's chipped! I nearly burst into tears. The animal place called the chip company and got the owner's name and number. They called and left a message saying that "Ziggy" had been found and, with our permission, gave her BF's cell # and name. We took her home and hoped that we would find out that the owner had moved or whatever and we could still keep her.
BF went to the store and came back in tears and with comfort food. Ziggy's mom called and was overjoyed that she was safe. Moments later, she appeared at our door. Turns out they live about 7 miles away in the next town and that this cat had disappeared 12/23/2016.
Mom had been driving around all this time with her cat carrier hoping to find her. It was 2 months to the day when she held her again.
We still miss her, but, as time goes by, we rejoice more and more at being able to be part of a happy ending. She told us that she'd had Ziggy for a long time before she got her chipped. With this, she is now going to preach the gospel about chipping!
On a side note, we are now emailing each other now and then and have a standing invite to visit "our" cat.
In truth, we do not need to move 4 cats to Charlotte, but, if it had gone that way, we would have been delighted to keep her!
Note to self: I need to chip my youngest cat!