Photo Comments Age: 16 Years Sex: Female Weight: 5 lbs.
Leave a treat for Trouble (HAVE YOU SEEN ME?)
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April 1st 1999
Not being able to choose when she comes in and goes out
A butterfly with catnip inside
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the chair in my lap
She follows us around like a dog
indoors and outdoors
I AM SEARCHING FOR THIS CAT! HAVE YOU SEEN HER? PLEASE READ THIS!
In 2001 I moved to Grand Junction, CO, where I was going to spend a year working in AmeriCorps. I was living in an apartment with a roommate and her small son, and her 3-legged cat. Incidently, I had left my own cat, Sammy-Joe, at home with my parents for the year, because I didn't want to uproot him twice. I missed him horribly!
My roommate's cat was a 15-year-old cat who'd always been an outdoor-indoor cat, and in addition there were many stray cats who roamed the neighborhood where we lived. One day I was outside and a skinny little Siamese-looking cat appeared. She was meowing plaintively and seemed to be looking for something! I called, "Here kitty" and she turned and saw me. To my surprise, she came running frantically up to me, and rubbed against my legs, purring. She even let me pick her up! I petted her and played with her for a while, but since she was so friendly I assumed she was an outdoor-indoor cat who belonged to someone, like my roommate's kitty.
That night though the cat came and peered through the picture window of our apartment. It was a cold, windy night, and I was worried that she was lost. My roommate suggested I let her in just for the night. Worried about how she'd act around my roommate's cat, I kept the Siamese cat in my room for the night. In the morning when I went to work, I left the cat outside again. I felt sure she’d go home or something!
When I came home, she was waiting for me again! I walked around the building with her, asking people whose cat she was. People who’d lived in the complex longer told me she’d been hanging around for a while.
After a few more nights of the kitty showing up at our window and demanding to come in… she got her name because whenever I heard her meow or saw her coming I’d say, “Oh oh, here comes trouble!”… my roommate and I agreed that the kitty could stay with us until we found her real owners.
So Trouble moved in and made herself comfortable. Although my own cat at home was an indoor-only cat and it made me nervous to let a cat roam free so close to a busy street, Trouble was used to living outside and hated being inside. I eventually started letting her outside along with my roommate’s cat. Meanwhile, I took her to the vet and found out she had Giardia (A bacterial infection in the stomach) and nursed her through it by spiking her cat food with medication. I actually caught Giardia from her myself, which was very unpleasant! I gave her a bath, which freaked her out but made her look and smell better! I made fliers about her and put them up at all the neighborhood stores, put an ad in the paper about her, and called the county humane society about her. No luck!
When we found out Trouble was pregnant, we also nursed her through her pregnancy! My roommate and her little boy helped me and Trouble take care of the two kittens, who my roommate’s son named Jesse and Bullseye after Toy Story characters. We kept them for ten weeks to make sure they were the epitome of good health and were socialized, and then we found homes for them with people we knew. When we gave away the kittens it broke everyone’s heart to say goodbye, and it hurt even more to see Trouble looking around for her kittens! Shortly thereafter, I had her neutered.
Trouble was an amazing kitty. I thought of her as my angel cat, because she helped me get over my homesickness for Sammy-Joe. She was always outside roaming the neighborhood, but when one of us went outside and called to her, she’d come running just like a dog! She’d often trot alongside me as I went to the mailbox and back. She liked to walk on top of cars, and one time she actually jumped up on top of the roof of the building and walked around looking into people’s second-story apartment windows! My roommate’s son and I drove ourselves crazy trying to figure out a way to get Trouble down, including my trying to get up onto the roof myself, but eventually she got down on her own!
When my year of Americorps ended, I prepared to move back to Illinois where I was from. I had not really given any thought to where Trouble would go. I had actually planned on getting an apartment in Illinois and bringing Trouble with me, but when the time came I didn’t have enough money to put down on an apartment in Illinois, where rent was WAY more expensive than in Colorado! I was going to have to live with my parents again. My mother adamantly refused to let me bring another cat home, and even threatened to put my own cat Sammy-Joe to sleep if I didn’t make plans for Trouble. My roommate, who was staying in Grand Junction for a while, agreed to keep Trouble until I found an apartment. When I said goodbye to the kitty I’d fallen in love with, I assumed I would see her again in a few months! I didn’t even make it a long goodbye, because I’d learned that long goodbyes were terrible for me and it was easier to act like it was just another day. My last glimpse of Trouble was as she ran up the stairs to what had been my bedroom.
Well, in Illinois, things went horribly awry. I ended up homeless. Sammy-Joe, my first cat, again stayed with my parents, who I’d had a huge falling out with. I lived in my car, and then stayed temporarily with my older brother, who had a drug problem and lived in a building full of drug addicts.
Then my roommate from Colorado got ahold of me to tell me she was moving, and that if I didn’t have a place for Trouble to live, she was going to give her away. Broke and basically homeless, my heart shattered! I tried to find a way for Trouble to come live with me, but I couldn’t even take care of Sammy-Joe at the time! So my roommate gave her away to someone she knew. I hated myself for being such a loser, and even thought of suicide.
After living at the edge of the world for about a year, I patched things up with my parents and moved back in temporarily with me, so I could go back to college full-time. I am now scheduled to move to a town in another part of the state (into my own place, FINALLY) next summer to finish college! Of course this time I will take Sammy-Joe with me!
I think of Trouble all the time. I have her photo on my door, and often at night when she crosses my mind I cry myself to sleep. I would love to know who has her! I have contacted my old roommate, but she doesn’t remember the name or contact information of the person she gave Trouble to. I worry so much about her. I know if I hadn’t rescued her she would have still been a stray, but I feel like I abandoned her again! I wonder if she stayed with the new owner and was happy, or if she looked for me and tried to go back to the neighborhood she was so familiar with? Is she healthy? Is she alive? Does she remember me? Is someone taking care of her?
If anyone knows the answers to these questions, I would be eternally grateful to you for contacting me!
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU KNOW WHERE TROUBLE IS! OR AT LEAST PASS MY INFO ALONG TO THE PERSON WHO HAS HER! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF SHE IS OKAY! AND IF SHE STILL NEEDS A PLACE TO LIVE, I WILL BRING HER HOME WITH ME AGAIN! PLEASE SET MY MIND AT EASE AND FIND MY ANGEL CAT!
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