Age: 11 Years Sex: Female Weight: 8 lbs.
|Home:Chicago/Lincoln Square, IL |
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May 5th 2005
Tie: Food and people.
Loud, sudden noises! Being alone on the streets.
Anything small that can be batted around.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Anywhere soft and cushy.
Whatever it is, she wants it!
Not sure yet!
A Chicago woman had a little stray female cat hanging around her house for over a month. The cat didn't seem to have a home, although it wore a pink collar with a tiny bell. The woman had been feeding the cat whenever it showed up in her yard and was slowly gaining its trust.
Obviously the collar was a sign that the cat had once been "owned" by someone, but the cat was extremely skinny, a bit dirty, and quite stinky! And it never seemed to really relax, startling at loud sounds and barking dogs. The cat would run and hide in some secret places when it became afraid. It seemed that the cat had been abandoned. The woman put up flyers about the "found" cat and tried to find out if anyone was missing the kitty. But no one contacted her.
The woman who was feeding the stray has a deep love for cats and all animals. In fact, she is already caring for SEVEN cats (including a shy feral in the basement) and an elderly dog in her own home. Her daughter and grandson also live with her. It is a very full house!
The woman needed help. She didn't want the stray kitty to be hungry and alone on the streets. It didn't seem to belong to a nearby colony of semi-friendly ferals, so it truly was all alone. There were also at least two un-neutered male cats known to be roaming the neighborhood, and the woman didn't want the stray kitty to ever encounter those boys! (Perhaps the stray hadn't been spayed yet.)
The woman and one of her cat-loving friends decided to post an ad in the Community/Pets section of Craigslist - Chicago to see if anyone could take in the stray, preferably to adopt it. The friends included photos of the stray lounging on a patio in the shade. The stray looked so sweet, on an impulse I called the woman and offered to help. I had never rescued a stray cat before, so I wasn't really sure what I was doing or how to proceed! I got some advice from a friend who has rescued strays and trapped feral cats before. My friend gave me encouragement and I was then determined to get this poor little stray off the streets.
When I was finally ready to act, I asked the caretaker to trap the stray in a humane trap. I could then take the kitty home with me and then bring her in to PAWS Chicago's busy Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic to get her fixed, if necessary, and get her rabies shots and other vaccines.
Everything went relatively smoothly and as planned, and the stray, now named "Sandy", was found to have already been spayed. Hooray!!! She was pretty healthy, despite being very hungry and skinny. No fleas, no ear mites, no worms.
After Sandy's exciting day at the clinic, my husband and I brought her to our home and settled her in our second bedroom -- safely behind a closed door to restrict encounters with my own two cats! I have learned that Sandy is a people-lover, enjoys playing, has lots of energy (now that her belly gets regular attention!), can be a lap cat, uses her litterbox perfectly, and is an all-around SWEETHEART!
Sandy now spends supervised time out of the 2nd bedroom when we're home, and when we are at work she is fine around the other cats, too. When we are home we do have to actively keep the peace, but that's because all of the cats like to be near us--which means they are uncomfortably near to each other.
Sandy is very affectionate, but she can be a little sensitive, too.
Sandy does allow me to touch her front paws and toes and trim her claws without complaining or pulling away much. The rear paws seem to be more "off-limits" for touching.
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|June 28th 2007
||More than 9 years!
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