Likes: playing, chasing Ming, eating, sleeping, being cuddled when he feels like it
Pet-Peeves: people not sharing people-food, weird cats in his space, strangers, the vacuum
Favorite Toy: Ming, his puppet, peacock feathers, earplugs, moths, stringy things
Favorite Nap Spot: the couch, bed, computer chair
Favorite Food: whatever you are having, he will try most things
Skills: tripping people, giving drooly kisses, "talking," losing cat collars, looking and sounding pitiful at will, landing on sleeping people like a cannon ball
indoors and outdoors
Arrival Story: A neighbor found him, starving and meowing in the bushes. She saved his life and nursed him back to health. She kept him for a few weeks, but had to give him up to travel. I was planning to re-home him for her, as I had 2 cats in a 2 room shack already, but we decided to keep him as a playmate for Ming. We grew to love him too much to ever dream of giving him up.
Bio: Named after Vincent Price. When he wants to be picked up, he stands in front of me, looks up, and gives a long "meoooooow." He loves to give drooly kisses and to purr in my ears.
Vincent vanished after a psychotic man with 4 huge dogs moved next door. I am quite sure he was murdered.
Forums Motto: Vincent- a killer with a broken heart
Over 2 weeks after Vincent's disappearance and after providing AVID chip with my current phone number at least twice, I just discovered they did not actually put my current phone number in the correct spot in their information. It was down somewhere in "notes." Oh, but the kind lady on the phone has now supposedly moved the number to "where everyone can see it." Why would they put a phone number, the most essential piece of information, where not everyone could see it? How would that help Vincent? I am so PO'ed. So if anyone called about him, they would be given the WRONG number. My ONLY consolation in all of this was that if he ended up at a vets or shelter, they would find me with the chip. Now that is doubtful. The incompetents at AVID may have cost him his life. Do not trust them. If you have their chip, you may do well to get an additional chip from another company. I may well have doomed Vincent by getting that brand of chip. I'm not sure local shelters and vets bother with any contact info but the phone number. I see pets on Craig's list all the time whose chip phone numbers are wrong and all the shelter may do about it is post on Craig's list, I'm not sure they bother about mail or e-mail. I have to hope they do. Some of these owners may well have thought their information was updated, although it was not. I am so flipping mad. Why did I trust those idiots, and why did they lie to me? I had someone at the closest shelter looking out for Vincent, but if he ended up elsewhere...he may be dead. Thanks so much, AVID, thanks so much. -Mum
Update: I called a different person at AVID who at least confirmed no one had called yet and been given the wrong number, which is some slight consolation, though due to their past inaccuracies, hard for me to fully trust. The lady said she removed the incorrect old phone numbers, this is now at least try #4 at updating them. So I still strongly recommend an additional chip if you have AVID. Also, if you loose a pet, don't just report it lost to them and call it good, call periodically to see if anyone has called to report your cat, as they may have been given the wrong number. What are we paying them for, again? -Mum
Today I was about 50 miles from home at a chicken festival with a friend. I got a call that Vincent had been seen. The lady was sure it was Vincent. I came home and looked where they said they found him. I didn't see any cats at all, but there was a man with a leaf blower, and lots of noisy cars. I decided to come back in the still of the night to look.
Later I got another call from the same woman. She said Vincent had been captured. What did he look like? One brown cheek, one white, a white "scar" on the nose. It sure sounded like Vincent.
Finally, the nightmare was over. I'd lock Vincent indoors and set up an underground fence system, and train him to it. I'd give him so many kisses. Nikolai would be so happy to see him again. I'd even be a little cross with him for running away.
I went to the ATM to get the reward money, then went to their house.
The children there were so proud of themselves when they showed me the kitty in the carrier. The little boy was excited by the reward. They had worked as a family and used a can of tuna to catch the kitty.
I've never seen a cat that looked so much like Vincent. One cheek brown, one cheek white, and a very wide white "scar" up the side of his nose. And he was found only a few blocks from where Vincent was last seen. But I had to tell them he was not Vincent.
I told them a vet would scan for a microchip for free so they would know where he lives, but the kitty probably lived wherever they found him. There were a few large apartment complexes there, and he looked cared for. The children wanted to at least keep the cat, but ma would have none of it, perhaps suspecting as I did that this kitty already had a home and an owner worried sick or soon to be worried sick over where there cat was. Everyone was sad.
I left, back to a world where Vincent was not found, but lost, and very likely dead.
I talked to my cat rescuer friend about it later. I felt pretty bad, that cat looked so much like Vincent. She suggested I give them $10. I'll drop by the families house tomorrow with a color photo of Vincent they can have on hand for comparison if they happen to see another kitty that looked like him and $10 consolation prize for their efforts. Maybe a small gift would be less tacky than cash, but the little boy was pretty excited about the money, he had probably already spent it in his mind, just as I'd already started kissing Vincent in mine.
Have I created a nuisance for that poor Vincent doppelgänger with this reward? Will people keep kidnapping him? I think if that happens again I'd like to see him returned to exactly where he came from so I know some annoyed person didn't release him just wherever, or take him to the pound. Maybe I should tell people specifically not to catch any cats who seem to be Vincent, and only to tell me where they are. It already says information leading to his return alone will get you the reward on the flier, these folks were just being extra nice.
Anyway, totally heartbreaking. Now I'm concerned about the doppelgänger kitty and if it got home, if it has a home for sure. I will try to find out tomorrow. I should have been mentally prepared for such a contingency, but I was not. Heartbreak all around. I need to try to turn it into something positive or at least neutral for those kids and make sure that cat does have a home if I can.
It seems just when I think a problem is resolved a dozen more pop up. Very discouraged tonight.
This is Vincent's mum. I have no news and am still searching. It is too sad for me to be on catster right now so I will probably not be for a while. I will post developments if there ever are any. Thanks for the purrs and paws Nikolai #24 and Mercy and for all the messages with advice. I'm trying a number of things, let us hope something works. -Mum