December 20th 2012 10:00 am
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Today Mommy put up Calvin McCatster's profile here on Catster.
To tell you a bit about our foster brother-firstly, I need to let you know that Mommy loves him very much. Mommy and Daddy would love to keep him, but Mommy feels it would be irisponsible as our now 'normal' cat household is back up to 6.
This isn't impossible, but we have a few of us with some 'health issues' and Mommy feels that making sure we're all healthy, wealthy and wise is important.
Mommy feels however, that she wants a very 'special' home for Calvin.
Mommy has dedicated Calvin to Catster, and the legendary Calvin-Knead on. She feels that having Calvin thus named will bring him much luck.
A bit about our foster brother, and how he came to us:
A few weeks ago Mommy and Daddy got a call from the head of the Rescue they work with. One of the rescue said she had a 'problem'. You see, a nice lady had rescued a kitten some months ago. She had 'trapped' him, and his sister, but they weren't feral, this brave little kitten had led his sister into a trap to be rescued. They were living by a factory, and the lady suspected they had been 'dumped' there as another kitten was found nearby, passed to the bridge.
The lady took the two kittens in the trap to the vet, where the vet found they had ringworm. The lady was told to keep them apart from her other cats, so she put them in a cage in the basement-and since their ringworm was serious, kept them there for 3 months.
When they were finally cured, they were taken upstairs and there was an immediate home for one-Calvin's sister, who looked liie a little snowshoe kitten. But the lady adopting the sister said Calvin looked like an 'alley cat' and didn't want him. He was not a 'purebred'. (if this had been mommy and daddy, that lady wouldn't have gotten either kitten, but mommy and daddy were not involved at this point.)
Calvin was introdcued to his rescuers cats, where he attempted to play with them. But they were older, and not interested, and didn't like his playful antics. One cat began to pull out it's fur, and the lady then bought him to Petco, where the Rescue showed its cats for adoption.
But Calvin reacted badly. In a cage, he hid under the cat bed, and would lunge at the door, or anyone who put their hands near the cage, howling and screaming.
Calvin's 'rescuer' was frightened. She had never seen a cat do this. She said when he got home he hid, and then would growl when she came near him. Before this, he had been very sweet, even letting her mother wrap him up in her sweater and carry him around like a baby.
Sadly, Calvin's original rescuer called the head of the rescue. She stated that she thought maybe Calvin should be sent to a 'Sanctuary' as he was 'wild' and she didn't tihnk he was 'adoptable'. The Rescue lady was thoughtful She had seen Calvin at Petco. She thought he was behaving in a scary way. But the other Rescue Founder knew Mommy and Daddy and us. She told the other lady that she wanted to ask us to 'evaluate' Calvin.
The rescue lady asked if we would take him-if Mommy and Daddy would take Calvin in for a bit.
They said 'yes'.
They told Mommy and Daddy to seperate Calvin and put him in the little pop up cage.
When he first came, that is where he went.
And he began to hiss, and growl and scream.
Mommy and Daddy looked at each other. After a day Mommy said 'No-it's the cage. We aren't going to do this." She closed the bedroom door and let Calvin out.
He hid behind the desk and under the bed, but then Mommy began to let us in. And of course...we met him. At first he hissed and growled, but then....
After 3 days....Calvin forgot being scared, forgot that other cats had been cross with him. He forgot it all.
And he became one of us.
Calvin is one of us now. He climbs the Cat Tree and fishes in the water fountain. He plays leapfrog with CK and Midnight. He plays with me sometimes, even.
There was never anything wrong with Calvin. He just needed to be part of a Clowder, to be allowed to be a Cat. A small sturdy little cat with a rumbling purr and soft paws, he gazes out at the world with wonder from the front window.
And so, for now, Calvin Mc.Catster has joined the Ridgewood Clowder, and we know, named after Calvin, Catster Legend, that he will go far.
Welcome in from the cold little Calvin. May you grow into those pawprints and feel that light upon you....as your Guardian Angel watches over you from the Bridge.
love and light,
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Dang, that is one pawsome story, and I'm so honored to have this handsome cat named after me. I'll be sure to watch over him and help him find a new forever home! Welcome to your foster home, Calvin!
What a great story! And you tell it so well, Ruffy!
Sounds like Calvin's been adopted. Are you so sure you are gonna let him leave your furmily.
Oh WOW! Ruffy what a wonderful story dood!!~ Dat's so kewl namin' susha hansome boy after our CALVIN ~KNEAD ON~! We know him will be so happy wif ya'll 'n purrin' too him findza pawsome furefur home!! PURRS ON, RUFFY!!
Luff ya dood,
What a pawsome story!
Sounds like Calvin is a good boy like me- sometimes people just don't get it. He was skeered. I am getting less skeered slow but sure -
Ruff you really have a grrreat family. Your pawrents are good peoples fur sure as they gave this little fellow a break. We know how it is with 6 kitties. That is our clowders size too. Pop really worries about quality of life and health.
This story is a bit like Lady Fitz who is out newest. She was not aggressive but just did the meatloaf pose and would not move every time she was taken to an adoption event. Pops even posted You Tube movies of her but hoomans are funny. She is a pretty Tabby but not "pure bred" Either. Pops said to give that person who said that a big hiss if you get the chance.
Wish we lived close so we could visit.
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas my friend!
Purrs For NatCat too!
Timmy T and family