I headed outside tonight to throw some last minute items into the garbage bin before pickup in the morning and to wheel it all out to the curb. As I accomplished the second part of my task I heard a meowing from near the neighbors trash bin and when I looked over I saw two tiny eyes and a patch of white fur peaking from under their bin.
When I went to get a closer look this little guy came out and began rubbing up against me like I was his long lost friend. As I petted him I noticed he was not only thin (I could feel his ribs) but he also had some fresh cuts on him and no collar or tags either.
Since I wasn’t sure if he would let me take him inside I decided I would at least set out a bowl of food for him and some water. I really shouldn’t have worried about it though because as soon as I got to the door he walked in like he had lived here all along.
The other cats didn’t seem to appreciate his presence though. Misto hid, Wicket hissed and ran upstairs, Cooper sniffed at him and then hissed and backed off, but Zane, our cat who has no fear of anything, sniffed at the new guy until he got hissed at and then he just backed up and laid down like “It’s OK, I’ll stay over here so we can still talk”. He even tried to bat a toy over to the new guy so they could play ball – the gesture wasn’t returned though.
We have decided that if we can’t find the owner of this pretty boy we will keep him and name him Quigley. As of now Quigley is up in the painting studio with some wet food, some dry and a big bowl of water and seems to just be happy to be away from the great outdoors. Zane is hanging out near the door wanting to hang out with the new guy, and the others are looking at us like “Why did you let that one in here?”
I hope we can find the owner, but I get a strong feeling that we have another mouth to feed from now on.
Quigley is hanging out in the painting studio right now to keep him away from the others. When I walked in he was curled up on the shelf near the window enjoying the sunshine. He barely moved but it was more out of being comfortable than anything else. He drank about 1/4th of the water we put out for him (I refilled it) and has eaten some of the dry and wet food too. Seems like all he really needs is a steady supply of food, a good brushing (and a bath) and a neutering which will cost $85.00
Well, no microchip and the vet says he’s about nine months old. Handled the drive really well but is now conked out under the easel. Guess it’s all up to the fliers now