Thursday, June 25, 2009

Found a Kitty

I arrived home yesterday to find a furry neighbor moved under the Japanese yew outside our front door. Verbal cat, this one. Thin and very very hungry, it made short work of the 6 month old cat food I hadn't thrown out. The only thing it consumed faster was the bowl of water I proffered. I bought some wet food today, and the cat hoovered that down.

It hasn't left the old dog bed I put out for it, except to poop on my neighbors lawn (which my husband hurriedly picked up.) Watching it, I noticed he (or she) walked with a slight limp.

This was someone's cat. It's super friendly and social. Did someone just dump it? Did it run away? From the look and feel, it's been outdoors for awhile - I suspect fleas and malnutrition. Pretty though, a nice tabby, brownish/grayish with flecks of black.

My husband is adamant - no new pets. Frankly, I don't blame him. Our last cat cost us a bundle. This one looks like it's in need of some looking after. Besides, our dog would probably eat it.

So, what do I do? I hate to relegate it to the shelter - I suspect in this economy, she'd be another euthanized statistic. If I keep feeding it, it'll probably hang out and use the neighbors' lawn as her personal bidet - that is until the neighbors revolt. I've tried Craigslist and other online sites. I think most rescue places are full up with hordes of discarded animals. Besides, who would want to take on a loud gimpy kitty with fleas? Albeit a really nice gimpy kitty with fleas...

Any takers?