April 18th 2010 11:24 pm
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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.
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I'm so sorry it was not Vincent, how sad all around...
Sending you purrs. What a disappointment.
We still hope Vincent will be found soon.