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I'm new and while I was poking around for cubits to join, I came across your post on the thread about the baby bunnies. I thought maybe we could talk about cohabitating different species.
I had a very special cat for 17 years. She changed my life. She passed a couple of years ago. I knew I would have cats again. But I decided that before I got more cats I would have all the pets it wouldn't be safe to have when I did have cats. I started with house rabbits and was about to move on to an aquarium, a rat and small birds, maybe a snake or iguana.
Meanwhile, the Universe had other plans.
I was working in my front yard one day in October. There was a young boy (Sethan) walking down my street with a cat on a "leash" made from a shoestring.
I asked whose cat it was: "Nobody's".
I asked where they were going: "I'm taking her on a walk to the park".
After about an hour of talking to the kid, I convinced him it was SOMEbody's cat because it was so gentle.
The kids in the neighborhood had been passing the cat around for several days trying to find a kid whose parents would let them keep it. But all the parents had said â€œnoâ€, and none of the parents had done the right thing and tried to find the catâ€™s own human. It was obviously a grownup who had tied the string on as a halter.
After a little more time I got the kid to let me keep the cat overnight and look for its human. Halloween season is NO time for a black cat to be wandering the streets! Ultimately, Sethan was more concerned about the catâ€™s well being than about having it to play with. And that makes Sethan a pretty good kid in my book!
It was a very young cat and obviously very well socialized. It was not a her though, as the boy thought. Itâ€™s a him. And an unfixed him at that.
So I went down to the Humane Society and had him scanned (no chip), aged (older than I thought â€“ â€œNo, heâ€™s grown, heâ€™s just a little guyâ€), and photographed for the found kitty report. I also posted him at telephonepole.org, on Craigâ€™s List, and put up posters.
While at the Humane Society, I got the paperwork to apply for low cost vetting. I got a full health check, neuter, chip and vaccinations for
~~~ UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL, PART OF THEIR SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED ~~~