So, we never know when a new rescue comes to our lives. Sometimes it’s a surprise that we can’t really prepare or plan for. Like when a starving stray shows up at our door asking for help, food, and comfort. What do we do? Hopefully we help the one in need. Here’s a story of our latest rescue:
Mr. Foxy Angel Boy
As many of you know, we have a screened in cat patio that gives our indoor cats a chance to go outside and exercise and enjoy the fresh air. What the cat patio also does though, is that it attracts other cats and strays that are around. We have a neighbor cat, which is hungry and loves to be with us. We give her a plate of food and a bowl of water daily.
One day we saw a new cat that seemed like he had been surviving in the nature for a while and was looking for food, water and company. He would eat whatever was left on the plate and we started seeing him regularly. At first, he was very afraid of people and wouldn’t come close to us. I started talking to him and eventually made friends and won him over. He seemed relieved to have a friend and was very vocal. I also gave him Bach Rescue Remedy so he would feel more comfortable and better. And it worked.
We built him an insulated, water-proofed cat house outside, where he could stay safe and comfortable and started to check for poster in local supermarkets and ads in the lost & found to see, if anyone is looking for their lost cat. He was VERY thin and full of ticks, so we removed the ticks, put a defleaing spot on and began gently grooming him and removing the burrs in his long hair.
Since we didn’t hear from anyone or see anyone looking for him, we brought him into the house, once the Upstate NY weather started freezing. He was very appreciative and purred a lot. We had a separate room that became his so he would feel safe. We have other cats, so we made sure to keep him separate from them at first. We do this for about 6 weeks. When you bring a new rescue to the house, you never know what kind of problems they have, so it is better to be safe and keep them away from the other cats. It also gives the cats a chance to smell each other and get used to each other in a safe environment.
Seeing and sharing his joy, comfort and bliss to be warm, safe and have a full belly was awesome! We named him Mr. Foxy Angel Boy as he looks like a fox and he is like a little angel. He likes evaporated milk, and chicken and turkey so we made sure to give him plenty of that! Now that he has settled in, he is very kind and appreciative and loves company. You can never pet him too much. Next we will find a low-cost non-profit that offers a pet spay/neuter subsidy program and get him neutered.
Once the cat is feeling better and healthy we will introduce him to the other cats by holding him in my arms and letting him see the entire house. Then I sit down and let the other cats sniff him while holding him in my arms. Then we put him back in to the room. We will do this over and over, and let him get comfortable with the house and let the cats all get comfortable with each other step-by-step instead of letting him loose right-away. Even when he will be allowed loose in the house, it is important to keep an eye on him.
It has been such a rewarding experience to see him getting happier, healthier and regaining weight and his coat is growing back! I wanted to share this story with you. For us, helping the yard strays, rescuing them is our hobby and our charity, and it is a great reward! We enjoy all the cat personalities, companionship and love we get to see and live with.
Have you given a home to any strays? I would love to hear your stories, tips and experiences!