Photo Comments Age: 7 Years Sex: Male Weight: 9 lbs.
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June 14th 2008
Chasing Tigger, pouncing on Tigger
Being held on his back
leather thongs on a stick
Favorite Nap Spot:
Top shelf, cat tree daytimes; our bed, between our pillows at night
My husband and a friend were outside working on a project, and all of a sudden, this little orange cat came up the drive, holding a bird in his mouth. He stopped at their feet, set down the bird, looked up and said, "Moww!" Hubby is an "animal person" through and through, and looked down, saying, "Where did you come from?" He noticed that kitty had a nasty wound in his side, and thought that some horrid person had shot him with a BB gun. While he was examining the wound, the bird recovered, stood up, shook, and flew off. Oh, my, but kitty was upset! "Meoow! Mow! Mroowl!" As if to say, "Hey--you let my dinner get away--now you have to feed me!"
Since we already had 4 other cats, and no idea of this one's history, we sadly left him outside overnight, but gave him food and water. The next day, we asked around the neighborhood, if anyone had seen him around, or knew whose cat it was. No one recognized him. Maybe he ran off from further away? Maybe someone dumped him? We'll never know.
That night, we fixed up a litter box, food and water, and a crate with an old towel for a bed, and shut him up in the garage, so he would not come to any further harm.
In the morning, we took him to our vet, to have the wound checked, and to have him tested for diseases. The wound, it turned out, was apparently the result of coming out on the losing end of a cat fight, and it was a ruptured abcess. The vet cleaned it up, gave him some anitbiotics, and a clean bill of health--the tests came back negative.
We left him in the garage one more night before introducing him to the rest of the clan. It was not super-smooth. We don't really have a separate room available, so it was pretty much just bring him in and keep an eye on everyone.
At the time, we still had Soot. This was February, and we lost Soot that October. (Unrelated--Soot had been suffering her on-again-off-again maladies for almost a year at that point.)
Soot would take no nonsense from Jigsaw. Patches either. She may be "stoned" most of the time, but she has a temper, and if you get "in her face," she's going to growl, hiss or spit--sometimes all 3.
Munchkin brooks no nonsense from him, either. That leaves Tigger. Being the 'new kid on the block' with no one to "top," Jiggy decided to pick on my Tigger.
He bops him, chases him, harasses him mercilessly. Tigger doesn't "get" that he has seniority, and is a MUCH LARGER cat. He runs and hides and allows himself to be cowed and chased from his favorite places. It is sad, as I do so love all the kitties.
We tried that "Feliway" stuff for 2 months, and it did absolutely nothing. And it was too expensive to put everywhere in the house, and keep refilling.
Anyway, it is almost as if Jigsaw somehow sensed the right house to go to for help, and as if he somehow knew that there was going to be a 'hole' in our kitty family soon. It was uncanny, the timing. He arrived just long enough to get settled in before we lost Soot.
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