HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » The DU Lounge (Forum) » Do y'all remember my post...

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:37 AM

Do y'all remember my post about the dying kitten I found on my doorstep a few weeks ago? New pics!

The poor little thing was about 4 weeks old, emaciated, flea encrusted and covered with flies (and their eggs). I brought him in, bathed him, offered him food and water and prepared a warm place for him to die. To my surprise, he survived!

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
This was taken a few days after I found him in late June. Not much to look at.

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
This was taken in late July. Still a little ratty looking, but getting better.

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
This was taken a few days ago while we were enjoying a little time on the front porch.

Gone are the icky eyes, the picket fence backbone and washboard ribs. Did you notice that shiny coat, those bright eyes and how muscular he's getting? He is developing a real personality, too, full of piss and vinegar, but still a lovey when it suits him. I've had to introduce him to the squirt bottle when he gets a little too rough, but he's learning. My legs look like I've been running through a briar patch bare-legged, but I'm healing. He sleeps with me every night and has learned that sleeping on my face is not allowed, but other than that, I make a pretty good cat bed.

I had initially named him Critter, but I found myself calling him Boogie (as in the Full Tilt variety) so often that he has had a name change. And just like a kid, when you buy him a new toy. . . .

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
And all he wants to do is play with the box.

94 replies, 11396 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 94 replies Author Time Post
Reply Do y'all remember my post about the dying kitten I found on my doorstep a few weeks ago? New pics! (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 OP
CurtEastPoint Aug 2014 #1
Patiod Aug 2014 #2
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #3
Hoyt Aug 2014 #4
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #5
intaglio Aug 2014 #6
marzipanni Aug 2014 #7
CherokeeDem Aug 2014 #8
catrose Aug 2014 #9
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #22
nolabear Aug 2014 #10
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #21
nolabear Aug 2014 #24
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #42
NJCher Aug 2014 #11
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #17
Triana Aug 2014 #12
magical thyme Aug 2014 #13
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #15
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #58
magical thyme Aug 2014 #62
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #67
Iwillnevergiveup Aug 2014 #14
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #20
JayhawkSD Aug 2014 #16
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #18
2naSalit Aug 2014 #19
mountain grammy Aug 2014 #23
glinda Aug 2014 #25
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #30
glinda Aug 2014 #64
ReRe Aug 2014 #26
mikeysnot Aug 2014 #27
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #31
mikeysnot Aug 2014 #33
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #43
daleanime Aug 2014 #28
stage left Aug 2014 #29
heaven05 Aug 2014 #32
catbyte Aug 2014 #34
shenmue Aug 2014 #35
Scarsdale Aug 2014 #36
3catwoman3 Aug 2014 #46
Brigid Aug 2014 #37
roguevalley Aug 2014 #38
Inkfreak Aug 2014 #39
onecent Aug 2014 #40
Arugula Latte Aug 2014 #41
3catwoman3 Aug 2014 #44
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #45
joeybee12 Aug 2014 #47
lunatica Aug 2014 #48
Skittles Aug 2014 #49
Lisa0825 Aug 2014 #50
femmocrat Aug 2014 #51
BrotherIvan Aug 2014 #52
LisaL Aug 2014 #53
Kingofalldems Aug 2014 #54
obxhead Aug 2014 #55
GoCubsGo Aug 2014 #56
Enthusiast Aug 2014 #57
Kahuna Aug 2014 #59
tblue37 Aug 2014 #60
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #63
tblue37 Aug 2014 #66
Le Taz Hot Aug 2014 #61
Boomer Aug 2014 #65
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #69
Curmudgeoness Aug 2014 #68
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #70
Leith Aug 2014 #71
Half-Century Man Aug 2014 #72
chervilant Aug 2014 #73
MNBrewer Aug 2014 #74
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #75
Abbraxus Aug 2014 #76
drmeow Aug 2014 #77
BlancheSplanchnik Aug 2014 #78
Duval Aug 2014 #79
calimary Aug 2014 #80
sakabatou Aug 2014 #81
lisby Aug 2014 #82
pansypoo53219 Aug 2014 #83
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #84
pansypoo53219 Aug 2014 #90
66 dmhlt Aug 2014 #85
Number9Dream Aug 2014 #86
cntrygrl Aug 2014 #87
LisaLynne Aug 2014 #88
hifiguy Aug 2014 #89
niyad Aug 2014 #91
myrna minx Aug 2014 #92
ailsagirl Aug 2014 #93
Arkansas Granny Aug 2014 #94

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:49 AM

1. A very loving thing you did. Thank you. He's very sleek!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:51 AM

2. what a delightful story - love the pictures

I'm afraid people will ignore it though, because they may be afraid to click for fear of reading that he didn't make it. Why not change the title to let folks know it's a happy end with happy pictures.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Patiod (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:54 AM

3. Good idea!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:12 AM

4. Boogie is looking good. My cat, Atticus, says thanks kind lady.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:26 AM

5. He got off to a slow start. For weeks about all he did was eat and sleep.

He had a major turn around a few weeks ago and has almost doubled his size in the last month. He hasn't grown into those ears yet and with that little pointy face it makes him look like he's part bat.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:33 AM

6. There might be some oriental there

Congratulations on being adopted Arkansas Granny

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:33 AM

7. You saved him and now you have a true friend for life!

I wonder what happened to his mom and any other babies she might have had. {:(

We took in a young mom cat years ago; she was still lactating though I tracked down her previous home in the next block and the neighbor told me her two ready-to-be-weaned kittens were moved with the sofa that was on the veranda waiting to be loaded on a truck! I asked our vet how to dry up her milk and he said to feed her cheap kibble.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:38 AM

8. How sweet....

You gave him back his life and he's giving you joy (and a few scratches). Not a bad thing.

You are wonderful for taking this little guy in... hope you have a wonderful life together!


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:03 AM

9. Granny, I was wondering about Critter

so glad the news is good. Boogie on!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to catrose (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:38 AM

22. I have a feeling that he's going to be one of those special cats.

I've loved all my Kitties over the years, buy there were a few that I bonded with more closely. I think Boogie will be one of those.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:05 AM

10. Oh, he's beautiful! Look at that sleek coat and bright eyes! You did good.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to nolabear (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:33 AM

21. He doesn't even look like the same kitty. He's a keeper.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #21)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:49 AM

24. I had a cat years back rescued at 3 weeks from the roadside.

They'd clearly been dumped. All the others had been killed by cars. She was brought to me for bottle feeding. Named her Purrrrrl after Janis Joplin (if she'd been a cat, I guess-LOL!) I had that sweet girl for 19 years and she was my youngest son's best buddy.

All they need is somebody to believe in them.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to nolabear (Reply #24)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:09 PM

42. Purrrrrl! I luv it (loved Janis, too.)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:13 AM

11. appreciate the update

Need to read stories like this to balance out the stories of morons throwing kittens out at stop signs.

Arkansas Granny, how you can call him your "Baby Boo."

He is gorgeous. The personality comes jumping out of the photograph!

It must have been quite rewarding to see him pull out of this. I know it has been for those of us at DU who lub' the kittehs.

Hugs to you for what you've done.


Cher

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NJCher (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:29 AM

17. My first thought was to give him a little comfort before he died.

I wasn't expecting this.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:13 AM

12. Awwww. So happy you saved the little baby!

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:17 AM

13. What a change!!!!! Boogie on, litte guy, lol!

 

I remember how sad he looked and his 1st name, Critter. As I recall, the warm place was mostly snuggled on your chest.

Boogie it is Thank you, Arkansas Granny, and bless you. Tis a wonderful thing you've done there

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to magical thyme (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:27 AM

15. My chest is still his favorite place to cuddle, but it's not quite a good fit, now.

He drapes himself across me and expects my arm to hold him in place. So far, that works, but if he gets much bigger I don't know how we'll manage.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to magical thyme (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:43 PM

58. Just took this a few minutes ago. He's just had a bath and needs a little cuddle.

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

Still his favorite spot, but I don't know how much longer he'll fit.




Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #58)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:20 PM

62. My how he has grown...or you have shrunk!

 

He'll manage....somehow! They always do

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to magical thyme (Reply #62)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:30 PM

67. Well, I have not shrink, unfortunately, so he must be growing.

Judging by the size of the feral Kitties I feed on the back deck, I don't expect he's going to be a big kitty. I'm pretty sure he must be one of their offspring. Maybe something happened to his mother. There are a couple of momma cats that I haven't seen in a while.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:21 AM

14. I knew this story would have a happy ending

Boogie turned out very well indeed, thanks to your care and kindness. He must have had your address in his pocket, huh?

Some years ago I rescued a litter of 6 kittens born in some rocks along the coast in Long Beach, CA. Found good homes for 5 of them and kept one black male. This was during the O.J. trial. We couldn't come up with a name for him until Kato Kaelin made his famous appearance. Yup, we decided unamimously, KATO! He was a wonderful cat, and actually brought in 2 more lovely strays over the years he was with us.

(((Boogie and Arkansas Granny forever.)))

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:32 AM

20. Boogie is definitely a survivor. I've never seen a kitten so far gone recover.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:28 AM

16. I have to tell you, FWIW

 

My father's mother, who we called "Granny" was from Texarkana, and not the Texas side. She had the lovliest accent and pale blue eyes that twinkled when she was pulling your leg. She was the sweetest person I can ever remember knowing in my life. One of my favorite pictures of her is of her sitting with our huge tabbie, Freddie, in ger lap.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #16)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:30 AM

18. I'm glad you have such find memories of her.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:31 AM

19. Awwwwwwww!

What handsome little guy!

Glad you have your heart of gold and share the fruits of your labor with us.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:43 AM

23. In the words of Carol King: "You've got a friend"

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:50 AM

25. Wow! Now if he is strictly "a house kitty" he will love a long healthy life!

Would be a shame if he went outdoors to "chance" after all the work and love you have given him. He is a looker to be sure! Good job!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glinda (Reply #25)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:57 AM

30. He only goes outside with me. He'll be neutered in the next few weeks.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #30)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:28 PM

64. Kitty leashes and harnesses for walking work really good.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:51 AM

26. Thanks for the update, Arkansas Granny

So glad to see Boogie's progress. What a darling! He'll grow into those ears, so don't worry about that. And his coat is beautiful now.
Thank you so much for being you and giving him all your love and care.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:51 AM

27. This cat will be your bud for life.

I found mine the same way, stuffed in a drain pipe in Alto Pass, Il in 1992. He was thin, starving and covered by three gigantic thumb size tics and covered in fleas.

My roommate was driving and I was flicking the bastards out the window as we drove to our house.

James, goes you know your going to keep him mikey...

I had him for 18 years.

I miss him.

?oh=3a213bcab628a3bfcadef5b982b5e858&oe=545E7E9C&__gda__=1416748072_be7db77609f7e04796e3bc0bd386185a

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mikeysnot (Reply #27)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:59 AM

31. Most of the animals I've had in my lifetime have been rescues.

Somehow, they seem to find me.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #31)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:02 PM

33. Then it was meant.

My cat was hit two weeks earlier by a car. I had him for 5 years, he was an adoption also.

Days earlier, still grieving, I declared "never again will I get attached to a kitty"....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mikeysnot (Reply #33)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:13 PM

43. I suppose it was. I had lost my old kitty just a few weeks before and

wasn't really planning on having another cat.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:52 AM

28. Kindness is always it's own reward.....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:54 AM

29. aww... he's adorable.

You did good!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:01 PM

32. all it took was love

 

he's saying and I'm saying all my furry friends are rescues. 5 of em and a dog

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:10 PM

34. You made my day, Arkansas Granny! Boogie is absolutely gorgeous. You can tell

he's one happy little guy. Please keep us updated on his adventures. My 3 feline rescues say, "Great job!" It's amazing what a little love can do. Give Boogie a scritch under the chin for me.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:11 PM

35. {{{AG}}} {{{Boogie}}}

Thank you so much for taking him in and making him your bebeh!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to shenmue (Reply #35)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:28 PM

36. Cutie patooty!!

I have a large black cat named Cleopatra (she was a black queen, wasn't she my son asked when he named her) Boogie looks like a miniature version of Cleo, he is sleek and handsome.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Scarsdale (Reply #36)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 02:05 PM

46. Wile I was in nursing school in the...

...early 1970s, I had a black cat I perversely named Honky Cat, after the very popular Elton John song of the time. He was a character.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:30 PM

37. Wow! What a handsome boy!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:39 PM

38. a great ending


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:51 PM

39. You're a wonderful person!

My wife & I found a calico in much the same condition. Now our lil Orphan Annie is doing fantastic. I posted pics awhile back. Scrawny to plump! Congrats on your kitty success and I love the name boogie.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 12:54 PM

40. Awww looks like he found a loving human!!!!! What a baby doll!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:04 PM

41. I've got that Boogie Fever!

 



So glad he made it! Thank you!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:52 PM

44. That shine on his coat...

...is gorgeous! What a delightful update. I love happy rescue stories.

Here is my favorite one, and apologies if you have heard it before. We are about to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of a kitten rescue. Last August, our sons found an abandoned kitten on a cement footbridge in the middle of downtown San Antonio. They were there with their college soccer team for a pre-season team bonding trip, and were walking back to their hotel after dinner. No mom cat or litter mates to be found. They took him back to their hotel, got him some food and water, and gave him a bath. He was so little, the top of a Gatorade bottle served as a water bowl. The plan was to find a no kill shelter that would take him in and get him adopted.

All the shelters were full, and they were told that if he were brought in, he would be put down. The team said, "No way," and several players chipped in to buy the little guy a plane ticket, and they took him back to Carthage college in Kenosha WI. He lived off campus with our older son and 4 other players for that year, and now lives with us, making us the servants of 5 cats. He only weighed 20 ounces when the guys brought him back(which made him about 4 weeks old), and is now a big, muscular 14 pounds. He follows me around the house when he is awake, and is a big sweetie.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #44)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:56 PM

45. That's a great story and another happy ending.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 02:23 PM

47. And he's now a very handsome little boy!

 

KNR

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 03:02 PM

48. Arkansas Granny I could just hug you to death!

My cat who adopted us, King Tut, makes me work for his dinner!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:11 PM

49. AWWWWWWWWWWWW

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:17 PM

50. That gorgeous, shiny coat says it all!!!

What a beauty! And to you for saving him!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:18 PM

51. He is one handsome dude!

He was very lucky to find you!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:26 PM

52. Gorgeous!

He's going to be a real looker. Glad you are getting him fixed because he will definitely charm the ladies! Yeah for Critter/Boogie!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 06:19 PM

53. He looks like a little panther.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:05 PM

54. Good job Granny.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:26 PM

55. You have a friend for life.

 

We adopted a stray 2 years ago. Now he's my best friend whether I like it or not. I've cried with every cat that has left me, but I think he's gonna be the worst yet. He can't help but make you love him.

Hopefully it will be more than a decade before Smokey and I must part ways.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:29 PM

56. A little panther!

So handsome! "Boogie" is a great name! He sure found himself a good mom!

Black cats rule!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:30 PM

57. You're the best, Arkansas Granny!

My kitty loves boxes!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:57 PM

59. Great job! nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:11 PM

60. Thanks for letting us know. I have been wanting to ask you about him,

because at the beginning of July, I also adopted a young, feral short-haired black boy kitty, though mine is a young adult. (By the way, solid black short-hairs are usually at least part Siamese--perhaps even always, though no one is quite sure about that.)

Here is my new kitty's story:

Over the past several months I have noticed a handsome black short-haired cat in the neighborhood. He was shy, but seemed to want to be friendly. He always meowed at me as I passed by, and sometimes as I walked around the neighborhood, I got the feeling that he was following me at a distance but afraid to get too close. Sometimes I would see him lying in the sun across the street on a neighbor's porch, but that neighbor is elderly and doesn't come out much, so I now believe the cat probably hung out there because it was a nice place in the sun where no one would disturb him.

Well, at 8:00 p.m. on July 2, he was standing by my porch when I returned from my evening walk. As I approached the porch, he dodged around the corner of the building, but then peeked back around to meow at me. I sat down on the porch steps and sweet-talked him into letting me pet him. Once I got that close to him, I could tell he was a neutered male. He had a small bald spot below his jaw on one side that was bare of fur, from a healed battle wound that had not yet gotten to the point to where fur would grow back. He also had a notch in his right ear--also from a fight, I assumed at the time.

When I opened the door to go into the apartment, he stood there on my porch and talked rather vociferously at me. He clearly did not want me to leave him alone out there, so I offered to let him in, an offer he eagerly accepted, much to the chagrin of my 3 indoor kitty girls.

Since he was neutered, healthy, and obviously not starving, I assumed he had an owner, so I was going to check around to see if I could find his people. Meanwhile, though, I decided he could stay inside for the night, since in the evenings before the 4th of July some people were shooting off the occasional firecracker, and I have known of too many pets that get lost because the noise scares them into running away.

Despite several days of searching, I was unable to find an owner, even though everyone in the neighborhood had seen him around--on both sides of the street, and for a block or more in either direction.

I checked with the local Humane Society, too. The woman I spoke with there told me that the notch in his right ear was actually sign that he was probably feral. Many groups that try to control the feral cat population by catching, neutering, and then releasing feral cats will put that notch into the right ear to show that the cat has already been neutered.

In other words, the handsome young fellow didn't have a home or a person to call his own.

So, since he was a sweetie and had no home, I adopted him. He is an adult but young; I guessed he was about 1 to 2 years old. When I took him to the vet for an exam, tests, and shots, the vet confirmed my age guess, so I gave him my birthday (Aug. 18) and am calling him 2 years old as of that date. I named him Tico (a shortened form of gatico, which is Spanish for "kitten". i didn't even have to pay to have him neutered, since that had already been taken care of despite his feral status.

Tico is a large kitty--tall and long. And although he is a solid black cat, with a head shape that marks him as obviously part Siamese, he does have a small white patch, about the size of a quarter, on his tummy right in front of his genitals.

At first he seemed not to know how to play, but I assume now that was because he was nervous in a new home with someone he didn't know well and with 3 annoyed girl cats who were always glaring at him. Now he plays like a champ.

He also eats like a hog-piggie. I have always left bowls of several different flavors of dry cat food out for my cats, because I hate that their indoor lives limit them, so I try to do various things to counter boredom. But Tico, who was already a healthy weight to begin with, gained a whole pound, going from 11.4 to 12.4 pounds in just the three weeks between the vet visit for his first shots and the visit for his booster shots!

I am trying to figure out a way to allow my girl cats (ages 4, 9, and 9 ) to have the always open dry food buffet they are accustomed to without allowing Tico to turn into a fat cat.

Since he was an adult feral cat, I couldn't immediately turn him into a full-time indoor cat. I have had him microchipped, and I do let him out each day, but only if he actually goes to the door and asks to go out. I keep a bowl of fresh water on the porch for him, and he stays close to home most of the time. I check on him regularly, and if I don't see him around for more than an hour, I call for him. Since the whole neighborhood has been his territory his whole life, I know he is going to patrol his space, but I want to train him to stay close to home and not to go very far from my apartment or for very long.

About 2 weeks after I adopted him, he came in with a small wound on the side opposite the wound he had when I first found him. This wound was still damp, so I assume he had been in a fight just a short time before coming home to be let back into the apartment. He probably got into a fight with another cat. (In fact, about 2 weeks ago I broke up a fight between him and another neighborhood cat who had come into our yard.)

After showing up with that wound, he hardly even wanted to go out for almost a week. Some days he wouldn't go out at all. A few days he went out for a short time, stayed close to the porch or right on it, and then came back in within the hour. I think he was a bit shaken by that fight.

Over the past few days our temperature has soared. After surprisingly moderate June and July temperatures, our August temps have been in the high 90s, with heat indexes from 102 to 111. Tico will go to the door, but when I open it he usually sticks his nose out and then says, "I don't think so," and stays inside. When he does go out, he doesn't stay out long. (I check on him outside even more frequently when it is this hot, because animals can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too.)

Lucy, my 4-year-old Siamese kitty, is very playful and kittenish. She and Tico are not yet playmates, but they are obviously working on it. From time to time, one will stalk the other, clearly looking for an opening to play, but neither fully trusts the other enough to allow a real game to develop yet. When Lucy is the one doing the stalking, she will actually playfully slap at his haunches as she follows him around.

A couple of times they have actually chased each other playfully through the apartment for a couple of minutes, though it hasn't lasted long enough to be a true game yet. I am hoping that as he spends more time inside, they will get to know and trust each other better, and his lack of outdoor stimulation will prompt him to look to Lucy for playtime.

So that is the story of my formerly feral short-haired black boy kitty. You and I are lucky. Those little boys will bring us years of joy and companionship.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to tblue37 (Reply #60)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:24 PM

63. It sounds like you have a new buddy.

It can be hard to tame an adult feral cat. Good job.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #63)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:28 PM

66. He was already "self-tamed." Because he was so well-fed, despite

being feral, I suspect that one or more people in the neighborhood has been leaving food out for him. People sometimes do that, even if they don't want to actually adopt a cat.

I would also imagine that he has never been chased or treated unkindly by anyone, since he was shy but clearly not afraid. If he had been afraid he would not have semi-followed me and meowed at me as I walked around the area. The shyness was just the natural caution of a feral animal.

I am glad I found him while he was still young enough to not have an accumulation of bad experiences with people that would have made him harder to domesticate.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:18 PM

61. Thank you for taking that little precious boy in.

May he give you many years of love and laughter.

LTH<-- Currently owned by 7 rescues and yes, I am the crazy cat lady, and damned proud of it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:28 PM

65. I'm so glad I saw this post

I remember the first time you posted, but I didn't remember your name and couldn't locate your original thread so I could check for a follow-up. As an owner of rescues (one is sitting on my left arm as I try to type), these stories always grip me and I was hoping your kitten had continued to rally and thrive.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Boomer (Reply #65)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:37 PM

69. You trying to post with a cat on your arm made me think of this:

http://m.

Kitten On The Keys

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:37 PM

68. You rescued him, now you are responsible for him.

And it sounds like you don't mind. He looks so good! You did a very kind thing.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #68)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:39 PM

70. Yeah, he doesn't seem to mind, either.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:53 PM

71. He's Beautiful!

You're a good mom.

I had a cat named Critter. He was an orange tabby and the coolest cat ever. He was my baby.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 08:56 PM

72. Green eyed black cats are the best.

You have found a good friend (that applies equally to Granny or Boogie).

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:20 PM

73. So glad you found him!

So glad he made it! Thanks for the great pics! Hope you'll keep us in the loop.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:04 PM

74. OH! A black cat. :) Lucky!

They're the best. Love black cats!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MNBrewer (Reply #74)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:15 PM

75. I've had several black cats over the years. Boogie has a few white hairs

scattered around on his yummy, but they aren't close enough together to even make a spot.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:19 PM

76. A better place

The world would be a better place if more people were like you. People who come to the aid and defense of animals and humans who cannot defend themselves.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:52 PM

77. What a handsome boy!

I'm so glad he made a full recovery.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:11 PM

78. so sleek and shiney, he looks like a mini-panther .

Wonderful, you are the best, Shrimpy and I agree! 😊

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 11:28 PM

79. Wonderful, Arkansas Granny!

 

Thanks for sharing this. I did wonder what happened. He's found a nice home and a very loving owner.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:40 AM

80. Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it!!!!!

Dayum - we've found a couple of little teeny kitties in our day. Pretty messed up they were, too. Each of them looked like he'd/she'd been abandoned before it was time to leave mama. And they each lived to a ripe old age in our house, fat and sassy to the end.

We have one of those sleek, satiny black cats now, too. Her name is Onnie (for onyx). She reminds me of the old My Sin commercials - the perfume by Lanvin. Gorgeous sleek black cat with a glossy coat, jewel-green eyes, and a rhinestone (or maybe since it was Lanvin, diamonds?) collar. Something so alluring about a black cat. I've known and loved and been owned by several of them.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 02:35 AM

81. Dawww

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 04:41 AM

82. Thank you...

For this incredible act of mercy and love.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 04:46 AM

83. my cosmo almost looked that sad. month later + poof. i had a Norwegian forest cat

or black maine coon mix. he was gorgeous.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #83)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 05:25 AM

84. I think Boogie is a standard,short-haired alley cat.

Right now he looks lean and rangy, but most kittens look that way at this age, which I estimate to be about 3 months.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #84)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 02:26 PM

90. yeah. he looked like cosmo when sick. now he looks glossy + short haired. almost blue black.

but when he hits 8 moths, that is when you can tell. pretty boy. i prefer black cats. 1st time i haven't had one. : ( one is sort of black lynx hair.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 06:50 AM

85. Boogie & I Agree: You Do Good Work!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:05 AM

86. Glad for the update - You have a good heart

Sending good vibrations in your direction for this act of kindness.
I remember reading the previous post and hoped you'd update us... thanks.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:08 AM

87. With all the stories about

cruelty towards animals this is so refreshing. Thank you for helping your new lifelong friend.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:28 AM

88. Kittehs are tough like that!

GOOD JOB!!! You are awesome!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:10 PM

89. What a wonderful story

 

to see on a Monday morning. He looks like he will be a real character.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 09:32 PM

91. I do remember, and thank you so much for the update--what a handsome fellow he is!!

and thank you again for rescuing him. what a lovely soul you are!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 10:35 PM

92. Love!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 10:50 PM

93. He looks fantastic!! You're amazing!!

He's such a little bright-eyed cutie-- makes me smile to read your thread.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to ailsagirl (Reply #93)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 06:00 AM

94. He makes me smile, too.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread