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Surprise visitor

January 26, 2011

So, Monday night (the tail end of the coldest day we’ve had for a long time), there was a knock at my front door.  It was a neighbor, with a cat in her arms.  “He came up on my front porch crying,” she said (“She”, I corrected, observing the tricolored fur…).  “I can’t bring her inside, so I thought maybe you could help her.”

My neighbor has two big dogs and an allergic son, so I knew she wasn’t just being a weasel.  What could I do??  So I took the cat.

I still don’t have good pictures of her, because when I’m in the room with her, she absolutely MUST be crawling onto my lap or walking around my feet, and she squints and turns away from the light of the Blackberry camera.

She has been sequestered in the same office that was used for foster kittens last summer, except that I’ve also blocked the large gap at the bottom of the door because I don’t know her health status (or heaven forbid, her spay/pregnancy status!) and need to prevent even a chance hiss or batt between her and my permanent residents.

She is a dilute tortie – grey, with orange in the fur of her back, white chest and paws, and a gold patch around her left eye.  She is a bit on the skinny side – it was three meals before she was willing to leave behind a little of her kibble the bowl.  She has a bunch of mats in the fur of her back that I think are hurting her.

It’s clear that she is not feral and used to be someone’s pet – she does not mind being held or picked up, and all she wants, once she’s not starving anymore, is a lap to crawl onto.  I don’t know her health status, but she will occasionally randomly back away and hiss if I touch her in a way that she doesn’t like.  There is also something funny about her eyes, they are not fully round and wide, although I don’t see any pinkness in the rims of them.  We will visit my vet today to get the mats done and a bit of an assessment.  Then – I’m not sure, as I really can’t keep her!  I’ve spread the word throughout our neighborhood via email and I guess if no owner turns up, I will make the 1 1/2 hour trek to Waldorf to get her into the Last Chance pipeline to find a home for her via PetSmart centers.  Poor baby.  Meantime, although she’s terribly lonely all alone in the office, at least she’s not trying to keep herself together out in the snow.

UPDATE post-vet visit.  She’s maybe 2-3 years old, FeLV/FIV negative, and spayed, and apparently no fleas!   Anyone in the mid-Atlantic looking for a sweet sweet cat?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2011 10:32 pm

    So good of you to take her in! Poor cold kitty. I hope you’re able to find her a home – she sounds like a sweetie.

  2. Chanter permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:44 pm

    Oh gosh, what a great kitty! Seriously good for you for taking her in. 🙂 *cuddles her, offers a lap for the lapkitty to curl up on* What’s your name, awesome tortie girl?

  3. Doodle Bean permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:05 pm

    It looks like she might have a slight case of eyelid agenesis… like the TruBloods.

    You might want to have the vet check that out, also. Hope she continues to thrive and good for you to take her in!

    • fotyc permalink
      January 28, 2011 3:17 pm

      Hm. Interesting! I was wondering what might be up with those eyes! She is judged to be between 2 and 5 based upon her teeth, so whatever her lids are like, that’s what they are like and don’t seem to be harming her. My daughter pointed out that she was quite wide-eyed while we were carrying her in the box to and from the vet, so her natural look is a little squinty but she can open them wide when she feels like it!

      • Doodle Bean permalink
        January 30, 2011 3:29 pm

        I think the problem is that in more severe cases, the eye dries out or is irritated by fur scraping on it. That causes clouding of the cornea… if she doesn’t have those problems, she will be o.k.!

        But your vet can tell you if her eyes are likely to be o.k. with time…

        You might also want to tell Robyn over at Love & Hisses that you found another eye agenesis kitteh!

  4. February 12, 2011 1:39 am

    Oh, my, Caroline! I just scrolled back to catch this from the beginning! Yep, you had no choice! Poor, sweet Patch! Hugs to you, sweetie… ’tis a good thing you’ve done!

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