Zorro ~ at the Rainbow Bridge

Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Zorro ~ at the Rainbow Bridge, a male Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Squaw Valley, Fresno Co, CA  
Sex: Male

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-cat rescue

October 14th 2004

Black and White


being picked up

Favorite Nap Spot:
under a chair or in a closet


Arrival Story:
My husband and I were leaving on a cruise to Ensenada on October 17, 2004. We spent the night before we embarked at my mother-in-law's house. I could hear a kitten crying in her backyard, and when I went to investigate, I found a tiny black-and-white kitten. It appeared to be only a couple of days old, and my husband urged me not to touch it as its mother would surely come back for it. It rained during the night, and the next morning I found the kitten cold, soaking wet, and motionless. Miraculously, it was still alive, so I brought it inside and toweled it off. I hurried to K-Mart which was the only store nearby that might have Kitten Milk Replacer. I bought some KMR and a dropper, and hurried back to feed the kitten. I was worried because my husband and I were leaving on the cruise in a few hours with some other family members, but my mother-in-law assured me that she would bottlefeed the kitten. When we returned five days later, the kitten was doing well, and my mother-in-law had decided to keep him. She named him "Zorro" because of his black mask. Zorro has always been a "crazy" cat. Perhaps because of the early trauma of being abandoned, or because he was weaned too soon, or maybe because he had no contact with other cats, he has always been very strange. He goes ballistic if anyone tries to pick him up, and although he has become more affectionate in recent years, he will tolerate only so much petting before he starts growling and wants to be left alone. Zorro was my mother-in-law's close companion until she went into the hospital two weeks before she passed away on June 5, 2013. Zorro was lost without his mama, and began to lose weight and appeared to be very depressed. My husband's wonderful 82-year-old aunt was driving over to her sister's empty house to feed Zorro, but he needed a real home. We already have five indoor cats as well as several ferals that we feed outdoors, so I was amazed when my husband suggested that we bring Zorro home to live with us! In spite of his strange ways and being nearly 9 years old, Zorro is adjusting to his new indoor environment. I hope he will have many happy years with us. I think my mother-in-law would be pleased that we are looking out for her beloved kitty.

ZORRO WENT TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE on October 9, 2013, just five days shy of his 9th birthday, and only eight weeks after he came to live with us. It was only during his last week that we noticed that he seemed to be losing weight very rapidly although he was still eating. Zorro hated going in a carrier, so I called a veterinarian who makes house calls. The vet examined Zorro and told us that he had a tumor in his stomach "the size of a grapefruit" and that it was pushing his kidneys out of place...The doctor said he had never felt such a massive tumor in a cat. He also said that Zorro had major lesions in his eyes. The veterinarian said that if it was his cat, he would set him free as there was nothing that could be done for him and he was suffering. It all happened so fast. Zorro had seemed unhappy and spent his last few days looking out the window, as if he was watching for someone. We think he wanted to be with his beloved Mama Licha. Right before he was helped to the Bridge, Zorro walked over to my husband and snuggled him, something he had never, ever done before! Zorro is now safe in his Mama's arms and free from pain and sadness. We love you, Zorro, and we will miss you. Thank you for being such a good companion to your Mama.

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August 16th 2013 More than 3 years!

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