Just curious- how many other cats do you have? I have five, all rescued in some shape or form so I love knowing that there are other crazy cat people out there too. =)
Four. I had three, two adult rescues plus Roswell, trillian_stars
brought one with her.
I had to go the pound (local no-kill shelter) today to pick up some flea/tick/heartworm stuff for my dogs, and as I'm wont to do, stopped to look at kittens. I came SO CLOSE to bringing home the cutest little girl, Siamese cross that had marking that made it look like she'd stuck her nose in the fireplace ashes. Three indoor cats and two big dogs (plus the 3 dozen baby chicks that are due to show up next week) are my limit for now, though.
I'm just going to blame you for the fact that I have an adorable kitten living in my garage right now. She has to stay out there because she's on antibiotics for an ear infection and upper respiratory infection. She's a calico/tortie who showed up on my back porch a week and a half ago. I just couldn't leave her outside. Once she is healthy, she will move into the house and be introduced to our two other rescue kitties.
Also, her name is Trillian Rockets.
Awww. Such a heart breaking story.
Reading back through Roswell's story is amazing. So glad she found you and you found her.
And much love to all the strangers who have helped along the way, not just for Roswell, but for all the other liitle ferals out there that needed love.
I read that an teared up. Beautiful.
My gorgeous Ariadne was a stray, actually all three of our cats were but two were trapped with their mothers and she was trapped when she was six months old and on her own. Here in Christchurch there is a Catch-Desex-Release program for cats they believe cannot be domesticated and because she was older, they marked her by snipping off the tip of her ear and they were going to release her again. And then Cat Rescue Christchurch decided to foster her, socialise her and re-home her.
She came to us a little wild and very shy. She lived in one room for a little while to give her the time to get used to us, but eventually she branched out to the entire house. And she couldn't possibly be any sweeter. All she wants to do is curl up with people and sleep on them.
When I take her in for vet checkups they always ask in an astonished voice, "was she a stray?!" because of her ear. But they are always shocked because she is the sweetest, most loving little girl now. She is still shy and a little strange, but I love that about her.
She has bad allergies and her eye has some issues that we have been told will always be there. She had feline influenza as well, and thankfully got through that. I am so thankful CRC decided she could be re-homed and they didn't just give up on her and put her back out in the cold. Especially since she would have been outside for our horrible earthquakes and the really bad winter we had here last year, if she had even made it that long. Instead she's safe with us, making our lives all the brighter.
It is good you are in the world, and I am glad to know you.
In my recent B.A. level ethics class, we discussed what do we "owe" animals. A lot of the more modern ethics show animals are just as valuable and need of ethical treatment as humans. You're caring for a stray when you really didn't have to was wonderful. It also shows how a 'throwaway' can withe some patience and love grow to be the meme sensation that is Roswell.
i've thought about this -- ethics of animals -- a lot. i believe that we (humans) couldn't have gotten to where we are without treating animals unethically and i think that we won't evolve further until we do. trying to be part of that difficult curve.