Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Curious Cat

Louie Watching TV

Early this past summer I noticed a stray cat hanging around my place. It's not unusual to see visiting kitties out here in the country, some belong to neighbors, some are strays looking for a handout. This cat kept his distance, but seemed to want to come closer and be friends. Friends with me and also friends with my outside cat who spends his days safely outside in the large enclosed "patio" that we built for him years ago.

Unfortunately, since this new cat was obviously an intact male, and I mean obviously, he stressed my outside kitty who is also a male, although neutered and quite friendly. My boy was so upset by this stray cat intruder that he didn't want to eat his food, which is a huge sign that something is really wrong for this particular cat. He always wants to eat his food!

So I checked with my neighbors to see if anyone was missing a cat, and no surprise, that nobody claimed him. One neighbor who has many outside cats told me that this kitty had been "beaten up" by some of her male cats and he looked it too. He had some scars and cuts around his ears and a hurt paw.

I informed our local no-kill shelter about the cat and asked that they take him and get him neutered and adopted out to a good home. They cared, but had too many cats to deal with at that time. So I was on my own if I wanted to take care of this cat and also get him far away from my kitty so that he would relax and eat again.

I made friends with the stray cat by feeding him and day by day he got closer and closer and let me pet him a little bit. I took him to my vet and had him neutered and tested for all the normal cat diseases. He got his basic vaccinations since I doubted he'd ever had any. The vet told me that he was between 12 and 18 months old at the time, which would put his approximate birthday around March 1, 2008, a pisces kitty.

I named him Louie. And then I did my best to convince Hardware Bob that he needed a young cat companion to liven up his house with youthful cat antics. Somehow my convincing worked and now Louie and Bob are best of friends.

Bob sent me the photo above of Louie watching a movie about sled dogs. I just had to share it with you all. It cracked me up with its great amount of cuteness!

So, everyone, please meet our new, and youngest, kitty Louie Blue. (he has light blue eyes)

Louie Blue

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Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Welcome home to Louie! He reminds me so much of our tuxedo cat that disappeared (probably coyote snack) last month. What a sweet caring person you are for taking this cat in and giving him much needed vet care and finding him a wonderful new home. What a lucky kitty he is!


CaliforniaGrammy said...

Oh Louie Blue, you are adorable. Way to go Hardware Bob, I'm sure you'll have many years with your new buddy! Good job, Jen, saving an precious stray kitty.

chook said...

what a luckeh kitteh! oops, someone already said that.

thank you from a kitteh lovah.

Hardware Bob said...

Louie is a very affectionate kitty, and no alarm clock is needed at my place. 5AM sharp and it's time for breakfast. But, first some face licking.

After breakfast I am entertained daily with Louie's Indy 500 antics as he speeds up and down the hallway.

And yes, I was somewhat coerced into taking in my new feline companion, a "no" response likely was not going to be an option with Farmer Jen. I cave pretty easily.

And, after a little furniture scratching and kitchen counter training, Louie and me are now best of chums and fall asleep together in the recliner watching the food channel.

He is as cute and fun as the photos.If I could only get him to sleep into 6am.

Barbee' said...

Oh, how cute!
Can't say it too much: Lucky kitty!

Jen's Farmily said...

Aww... Louie is adorable! I love the one of him watching TV! Too cute!

We had two kittens get dumped around our house. One got hit by a car but the other one stuck around our house. S/he's not friendly at all, but s/he's getting better! We've been feeding him since he showed up and he's repaid us by killing mice and moles! Not a bad trade!