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Home:Portland, Oregon, OR  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male

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Gus, Gussy

Arrival Story:
A longhaired thin-faced wolfish looking cat appeared on my porch and wandered around in my yard. He was clearly new to the neighborhood and , I thought, lost. I put some kibble out on the front porch and he gobbled it down. I put some out each day and each day he came, warily keeping an eye on me, and and first not approaching while I was on the porch. Eventually, he came while I was there. I tentatively tried to pet him and got a quick box with claws extended for my intrusion on his personal space. Eventually, I thought, he would see that I was not hostile (I sincerely hoped this as I bandaged yet another scratch. I put an ad in the paper but no one claimed him. One day, he grabbed my leg with both clawed front legs and bit me. It finally dawned on me that he was feral. I got a cage from the Oregon Cat Coalition, put it on the porch and put the daily kibble inside at the normal time and Gus was trapped inside. I took him to the OFCC and, in exchange for a $30 donation, they neutered Gus,gave him all his protective vaccinations, deflea-ed him, made sure he was free of parasites or problems, and docked his ear so that if he returned to feral life, he would be identified as already neutered. I took Gus back to my porch and put a little dog house on the porch along with water and kibble and let him loose. He obviously felt better, and loved his new home, becoming more and more interested in my company, following me around my garden, rubbing against my legs and eventually, I was able to pet him and he came to his new name. After spotting a coyote in front of my house one afternoon in broad daylight, I felt I could not leave Gus out at night so put him in the garage but in a day, he was in the house and there he now lives, coming in when called at 9pm or so, and quite domesticated now. He is still seemingly regarded as "the barbarian" and interloper by the three resident cats but they are increasingly tolerant of his being here. He no longer looks wolfish. His fur shines and he is clean and neat. He has put on weight and is very affectionate and playful. He is trying hard to fit in and to be accepted and we love him.

Lives Remaining:
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September 20th 2011 More than 5 years!

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