I’d planned to write something about this past week’s national birthdays but I’ve been busy – dealing with someone else’s problem, I think. We have a new cat. We didn’t seek him out, didn’t want a new cat. But he’s here and my hope that he will return to his real home is fading fast.
Monday evening he was wandering the parking lot at Waterworks Park, meowing. People said he’d been there for an hour or so. He came right up to us, purr-purr and headrubs. Dark was coming, what are you going to do?
Put him in the car, stopped at a nearby variety store. Nope, he didn’t look familiar and nobody asking about him. So he’s been in our garage, slowly venturing into the house. Our nasty cat hisses and spits at him.
Posters are up, ads are placed. If someone has lost their pet, I hope they find us. And he definitely is a pet cat. He’s neutered, he’s not starving, he looks healthy, and he loves cuddling on laps and being petted.
But he’s been here two whole days now. If I lost my cat, I’d be beating the bushes, going door to door – I’d call in the police if I thought I could. If someone is doing that and just hasn’t found us yet, please accept my apology for what I am about to say.
If this cat no longer fits in your plans or if you thought you could help solve a difficulty by dumping him, thanks for giving us your problem. If you drove him to the park thinking “somebody will take him in and give him a good home”, thanks for disrupting our lives for two days so far.
Yes, we did take him. A crying cat alone in a public place with no houses near by, almost dark. What kind of person wouldn’t? The people there were all concerned about him, and I could see the looks of relief when they realized a sucker was there willing to take him. Lucky them!
So he’s now being treated for parasites – no evidence of any, but just as a precaution because I don’t know anything about his history. If he isn’t claimed soon, he’ll have to get vaccinations. He might be up to date on them but, again, I don’t know.
So, I have a request for anyone planning to dump their pet for someone else to look after. Spend one last dollar and buy a collar. Attach a note with information on vaccinations, age and medical history. If you want me or some “nice person” to clean up your mess, that’s the least you can do. We’re paying money to do preventive vet care that may not be needed.
Again I apologize if someone is frantically looking for him. Please contact me if he’s your cat. We like him, are calling him Wally, but would love to see him reunited with his people.
Here’s a July 29th update on Wally – still with us!