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Tigger and his siblings were born in an empty house after the owner passed away. They were forgotten, until a local organization, MEOW Cat Rescue, was alerted to their situation. Tigger's family was brought in the very hour that my husband and I reached the location MEOW was operating in that day. We were looking for a (non-threatening) kitten to keep Ally, another rescue, company.
Tigger was a frightened little ball of fluff. He was so small, and just covered in fleas. They bathed and vaccinated him, took blood for tests, and told us what little they knew about him. I hugged him to me, wrapped in an old towel after his bath, and promised never to let go. He was terrified and exhausted, and shivering even in the towel... so in spite of the damp and the dead fleas, I put him under the oversized sweatshirt I was wearing. He gave a single, tiny purr, and then fell fast asleep.
Socialization was tough. He actually got himself completely stuck behind the dresser in a blind panic, trying to hide. But once he came to realize we were all friends, he really started his kittenhood. He's been my best friend ever since. When we had a baby, he alerted us with a worried meow every time she cried. When our beloved Ally Cat passed away, he comforted us the best he knew how. When we adopted another (sweet but slightly neurotic) adult cat, he was patient when she hissed... though these days he will occasionally poke fun at her. At thirteen years old, he still plays like a kitten, purrs like a motorboat, and protects me assiduously from windblown autumn leaves.
Meet my rescued boy, Tigger. He'd love sit with me at the computer while we read your rescue story.
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