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Earlier this year, a little tuxedo cat showed up at my door. I have water & dry food out for a feral cat-this little cat inhaled the food, so I fed him more. After that, while he would wander around the yard, he never left. He really did not have any hunting instinct, & loved being petted. I think he was a "throw-away"-always a sad thing. He slept under my porch-I have a box & cedar chips there for whoever needs it-it is a dry area, out of the cold & wet. During a thunderstorm, he kept crying to come in, but I couldn't let him-I have two rescue cats, one of whom is a feline blood donor, so I could not risk him coming into contact with a possibly infectious cat.

Finally, it seemed obvious that he was not the type who could live outside during the winter-so I took a chance, put him in a carrier-easily, which was good, and took him to my vet. We checked for a micro chip-no chip. When the blood work came back, it showed no diseases at all, for which I was very glad. No signs of parasites, either-which is unusual for an outdoor cat. He got all his inoculations, and I left him to be neutered the next morning. There was a call from the vet-they were going to have to go up into the abdomen, because one testicle had not dropped, and if left, could become cancerous. When I got him back that evening, he was all stitched up, & very nervous. When I brought him in the house for the first time, my cats were not too happy, but in the month since then, they have all adjusted well. I named him Rogue, because, while he is very well mannered, there are times when he will do unexpected love bites, or grab with his paw {but no claws}-which can be startling. I think Rogue and Belladonna and Bagheera will do well together, in their Forever Home, and whoever threw him away lost a charming & friendly little cat.

S.Raven Diamant
Sparta, NJ

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