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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:50 AM

Anyone in Portland, OR. want an adorable kitten?

A couple of months ago, a little tuxedo male (neutered) showed up in my neighborhood. None of my neighbors knew who he belonged to. A few days after he showed up, he came through my back yard crying loudly. I went out, he came running up to me and practically jumped into my arms, a little purr and snuggle monster. I gave him some kibble (I know, I know!) which he devoured and after a while he took off. He seemed to have found a home right after Thanksgiving, he still came by for snuggles (and birdwatching) but wasn't ravenously hungry anymore; he even had a collar (till he lost it).

About two weeks ago he showed up at my back door at 9:30 PM, crying and hungry. I fed him, cuddled him and waited for him to go home. He didn't. He curled up in my lap and prepared to go to sleep. Not wanting to sit on my back steps all night freezing, I let him sleep on my back porch (enclosed) on a pillow my cat sometimes uses when she's out there and left the back door open enough to let him out. He slept there that night (a good thing since it actually did get down to freezing) and was gone when I checked the next morning. It was Saturday night so I put it down to his humans having a late night out and not getting home to let him in.

I didn't see him for a few days, then he was back, his old self, but hungrier. He's a growing kitten, I put him at close to a year old, twice as big as when he showed up in November so I put it down to him being a teenager. Now I'm not to sure.

He just showed up at my back door about 20 minutes ago (9:40 PM) crying and hungry. I fed him and left the door cracked open enough for him to come onto the porch. I'm worried that whoever was giving him a home has turned him out, moved, or got tired of looking after him.

The problem is, I already have a cat and this little guy is really, really active and quite a climber (he climbs legs and backs and arms...) and my 85 year old mother has nixed taking him in (he tried to climb her leg and at her age she can't risk falling or kitty claw lacerations). The no kill shelters and foster homes in my area require that he be examined, vaccinated, etc. (I understand, one can't risk infection and disease spreading) but I don't have a car or know how to drive, and pretty much have 1 day off a week. The thought of taking him somewhere where he'd put in a little cage and put to sleep brings me to tears.

I'd take him in if I could, I've fallen in love with the little guy. He is very well socialized, likes other cats (wants to play with everyone) and loves to snuggle. He is also very wriggly and curious, this is the clearest picture I've been able to take of him:

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If anyone has any suggestions or can provide a home, please post here or PM me. This little guy deserves a loving, caring forever home.

Thanks!

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Reply Anyone in Portland, OR. want an adorable kitten? (Original post)
AmyDeLune Jan 2013 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2013 #1
AmyDeLune Jan 2013 #2
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #3
AmyDeLune Jan 2013 #5
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #4
Agschmid Jan 2013 #6
AmyDeLune Jan 2013 #7
ellisonz Jan 2013 #8
Cherchez la Femme Jan 2013 #9
AmyDeLune Jan 2013 #10

Response to AmyDeLune (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:01 AM

1. Why don't you talk to Lady Freedom Returns?

They found a home for Chloey but they had many more people who wanted kittens/cats. Perhaps there's someone in her list who would love your little guy!

It's worth a shot.

Good luck!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:54 AM

2. Thank You!

A wonderful suggestion!

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Response to AmyDeLune (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:27 AM

3. Someone called?

One good start is what you are doing right now. The internet is very useful at getting the word out. Check google for no kill shelters and go to Facebook. You would be surprised how many animal rescue groups are on there that has ways to help.
Good Luck! Pretty little guy!

Oh and use your FB pales too! Ask them to share so friend they have can pass the word too.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:21 PM

5. Thank You! n/t

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Response to AmyDeLune (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:30 AM

4. Oh, and post in the pet and OR groups here. n/t

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Response to AmyDeLune (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:24 PM

6. He's beautiful!

I hope you can get him a great home... sending good kitty vibes!

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Response to AmyDeLune (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:25 PM

7. *Update*

It seems as though the kitten's human(s) are getting him in at night again and keeping him in during the really cold weather we've started having during the day.

Hopefully, this means I won't have to find him a new home. *whew*

Thanks all!

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Response to AmyDeLune (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:48 AM

8. That's good!

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Response to AmyDeLune (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:15 AM

9. Personally, as a long-time rescuer,

I'd try to track him to his "home" an attempt to give a pointed but compassionate talk to his humans about letting him outside AT ALL

(Is there *anything worse on DU3 than having to manually type out html coding? That is why I'd rather YELL!)

I'd also inform them about diet, about outdoor parasites or ones caught from other stray cats,
and about the dangers and injuries from other outside cats, not to mention dogs, raccoons, etc.

But mostly his health and the what? Ten years, latest stat I believe, off his life.

And if they don't like it there's a good chance I'd abscond with him and find him a REAL, CARING HOME.
At least try to. I have friends now in PA who home more than 40 strays in their home (and no the neighbors don't know a thing). There are huge and growing rescue societies combining resources including trapping, bringing to a $20- dollar clinic for neutering (these are the 'ear-tipped' cats you'll sometimes see).
I brought 14 rescued cats, abandoned or kittens tamed from feral by myself once to a clinic but after the surgeries and the motel stay I unfortunately declined to have the extra $20- purr to NOT have the ear tipped.
A few of the homes I found them didn't care or liked the tipping (good conversation maker? Bragging rights? --doesn't matter, they got homes) but more often than not it was a deal breaker. So I suggest if you don't plan on re releasing them pay to NOT have the ears tipped.

Hope this wasn't TL : DR. It's all for the lost, lonely, sick, injured and unloved after all.

P.S. Just moved to Webster, NY and although in chronic pain right now I'll still try to help in whatever way I can
--although someone will have to teach me Facebook since I never got I to that.
Just email me if you need a hand.

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Response to Cherchez la Femme (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:11 AM

10. Thanks for the info

I share your concern about him being an outdoor kitty (which is why my kitteh is an indoor kitteh. ). I do have confidence that his human(s) are looking after him. He had an upper respitory infection that was getting pretty bad when he first showed up, I got as far as purchasing a collapsible kitty carrier in preparation to get him to the local vet and wa s hoping they still did cat adoptions when he managed to get himself taken in by someone. I didn't see him for over a week, was really starting to worry when he showed up again,bouncy as ever with no more congestion or runny eyes. He also has no fleas, and is apparently healthy. He's got quite a loud yowl and it could be that he demands to be let out, or he might El Destructo, destroyer of unattended homes .

I have tried to track him a couple of times but he moves fast, I have been unable to figure out which house he lives in. I am keeping an eye on him, and I make sure to give him some kibble and make sure he has fresh water when he comes by. If it starts looking like he is being neglected again I'll have no compunction in making sure he gets a new home.

Thank you so much for caring!

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