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Crazy cat lady of Warwood

So this happened.

A couple days ago, another stray showed up at my backdoor. A scrawny, beat-up, pathetic looking Tortie. I was all, "Oh, no you don't! I am *not* taking care of another stray cat. Neme is transitioning into an indoor cat (much to the dismay & disgust of TJ), and I do not need another cat living outside my back door!"

So I brought Neme in, turned all the sleeping things away to try and block entry, and didn't put down food or water. I felt like shit, but, really, what is going on? Is there a stray cat telegraph out there? I thought if there isn't any offerings available the cat would move on.

That lasted about a half day. She (I'm assuming a she because of her color) came out of the kitty tube this morning, so she is skinny enough to fit in the opening even though it was up against the wall. I... I couldn't stand it. She's so skinny and pathetic. So, yeah, food and water for her. And a call to the vet, because no strays stay around my house without a visit to the vet for appraisal and shots.

I think she's an abandoned cat, because she ran away at first, but this morning she did not. She allowed me a little pet while she was eating, so she was someone's pet, and that motherfucker threw her away. She probably had kittens, and instead of getting her fixed, tossed her. I hope they burn in hell if this is what happened. Fuckers.

And this makes it four cats. My neighbors are going to sign a petition to send me to cat therapy.

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Nov. 8th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, I think she's lucky to have found you. Poor thing.
Nov. 8th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
It's just the saddest thing, J. She acts like she wants to come into the house, so it's fairly obvious she was someone's pet. I've got an appointment with the vet, but unfortunately since it has to be on a Saturday, it's not until the 23rd. :-(
Nov. 8th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
That's how I ended up with Miss Pretzel, she also turned up on my doorstep in need of help.

You're a good person.
Nov. 8th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. My parents raised a soft touch. :-)
Nov. 8th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Poor thing... both of you!

I know a lot of cats are poorly treated by owners, but some do get 'lost' too, especially females if they end up being chased out of familiar territory by Toms while in heat. I have a female tortie - males are very rare so worth a lot of money in the cat world! She came to us from a cat charity and they had her fixed before she was rehomed. When we took her in, she was so thin and her fur was like straw from living for a long time on the streets. She was a little aggressive at times too - hissed and growled - but all she needed was love and affection... and a warm home and plenty of food! :) She often sleeps on my bed at night now :)
Nov. 8th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
It's possible she got lost, but she sure found her way to me! LOL

Maybe if I feed her up, get her strong again, she can find her way home if that's what happened. Not that I expect that to happen. ;-)
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Unless she's microchipped I doubt she'll find her way home :(
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. But we're a smallish community so it's not really impossible.
Nov. 8th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
By the way, if she stays around long enough that I have to give her a name, I'm kinda thinking 'Teyla". LOL
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh... yeah! I like that :)
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
The hair color certainly matches! LOL
Nov. 8th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
Obviously your other cats put the word out that if help is needed, you're the one to go to.

Poor kitty. I'm glad she found you.
Nov. 8th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Well, T & J certainly didn't because they're not happy with Neme, the buttinsky. LOL

I'm not sure how she found me, but I'll do the best I can for her. Unfortunately, until I get her to the vet's office, she has to stay outside, even though she looks like she'd love to come inside. But she must have a clean bill of health first.
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
as someone with a mom and three kittens on her porch, I understand this entirely
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I knew you would. You battle this kind of tragedy all the time. I'm hoping this is the last though, because any others will have to go to the local no-kill shelter. I can't take care of any more.
Nov. 8th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
me either and all the damn kittens are female. I don't know what to do. I'm NOT feeding them in hopes they'll go which is sad and mean but I can't do this any more either
Nov. 8th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Man, yeah that's rough. I tried to not feed this one, but when she ran out of the kitty tube this morning looking so hopeful and starved, I caved. :-(
Nov. 8th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
I probably will too
Nov. 8th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hugs, I know what that's like I had four cats for a while. In Toronto you're allowed six as far as I know, not that I'd want to go there or suggest that you should. ;)
It's heartbreaking isn't it? My Angel was a Calico. http://alinda.livejournal.com/tag/cats#item115866
Someone dropped her off at the pound during the Christmas season in a carrier claiming she was a stray. She was about eight years old, obese and had been spayed and de-clawed. Clearly someone wanted a new pet or had a new baby or some such thing. New babies and new boyfriends were frequent reasons for giving up a kitty, when I was helping out a rescue group. I'm pretty sure the people that had her had abused her. She was always frightened I was going to hit her when she misbehaved. Once her health problems were resolved (tumors), which come to think of it could have been another reason they dumped her, she was a great little pet. I still think of her a lot and miss her.
Nov. 9th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Well, I may have jumped the gun about the new little kitty. I went to the shopping center after work (30% off coupon & $50 gift card. Must spend! LOL), so I was about two hours late getting home, and she isn't here. Neither is Neme for that matter, but he often doesn't show up until around 8:30 or so, so we'll see if she shows up again. Frankly, although I fell bad about her, I'll actually be relieved if she's moved on.
Nov. 9th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Great bargains! I'd have stopped off at the shopping center too.
I understand about the relief you'd feel if she moved on, completely. Being kindhearted is both a blessing and a curse.
Nov. 9th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, she's back. She and Neme were out there at 9pm last night, so I fed her. This poor little thing is quite literally a skeleton with fur covering. I've never seen such an emaciated cat. I've fed her two half cans of food already this morning (one at about 6:30am and one at 11am), and she's eaten every scrap. And she wants to come in so bad. I wish I could get her into the vet's sooner because while she only looks starved, not sick, I still worry about my boys.
Nov. 9th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it sucks being a good hearted person, doesn't it. There is always the chance that she got out of her loving home and became lost. I know there are way too many awful people in the world so your scenario is more likely but I cling to hope in humanity.

You're a wonderful person who should really hook up with a foster group if these strays are going to keep finding you. :)
Nov. 9th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if any more show up, I'll have to hook up with the local rescue group that does wonderful work around here. I hope that she's the last, and if I get her inside, I'm taking all the tempting houses and food/water dishes up so no more see a welcome mat. :-)
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