I think we’ve been adopted!

Did I mention the stray cat that’s been hanging around? It’s not exactly a recent thing – we’ve been leaving food out for him for a good few months now. We started because he was such a skinny malinky long legs and it was so cold out. Now he spends a lot of him time sleeping and just relaxing in our all-weather cat kennel (the one we bought for our cat, because we don’t have a cat flap, except our cat won’t go in it). Most evenings he likes to come indoors for an hour or two to watch TV and get cuddled. He’s a beautiful big ginger tom with huge eyes and lion’s paws. He gets on well with our existing cat and dog.

We kind of think maybe he belongs to the scary cat lady a few doors down, but we’ve never seen him round there and if that’s who owns him she’s sure not looking after him. So we sort of claimed him.

But tonight, I think we became official. He’s been off his food for a few days and last night I stood and watched him and noticed that as he was trying to eat, at one point he leapt back and yelped, before abandoning the attempt. Bad teeth?

We took him to the vet tonight – bad teeth. And sore, sore gums. Poor little love. So, we’re looking at paying for an antibiotic injection, an anti-inflamatory injection, a week long course of antibiotics and a full dental once the infection has cleared up. Anyone wants that cat back now, they’re going to have to stump up for the vet’s bills before he goes anywhere!

So, without further ado, I bring you our new addition (looking rather sorry for himself as he waits for the anti-biotics to kick in and recovers from the roughing up he got at the vets – ooh the indignity of that thermometer):

Mr B

vee xxx


13 responses to this post.

  1. awww poor kitty, so glad he found such a wonderful home.


  2. Oh, such a pretty kitty! He’s lucky he found you.


  3. Posted by tbean on May 29, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    What a cutie!!!


  4. Posted by jessie on May 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm



  5. So so cute!
    What is his name?!?!


  6. Posted by Att on May 30, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Aww, cats are always such a lovely addition to any family. Who cares if it further flings us lesbians into that stereotype. He’s lovely =)


  7. Posted by scarredbellybutton on May 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    He’s beautiful, so pretty!


  8. He is so handsome! I have always wanted an orange boy cat. He is lucky to have you both. Have you settled on a name yet?


  9. Posted by yup, another sara on May 30, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    He’s beautiful! What are you naming him?


  10. Posted by reproducinggenius on May 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    He is so cute, and he’s lucky to have found you!


  11. This is exactly how we ended up with our big yellow tabby tom Max. He showed up in the backyard cuddling up to our kind-of-scary-sometimes but heart-in-the-right-place dog Rosie. We felt sorry for him and fed him and then of course couldn’t get rid of him. The last straw was taking him to the vet for what we thought was just mercy tests, shots, and neuter. We found out he had FIV. After that, he was ours– and suddenly an indoor cat. He’s the sweetest boy ever.


  12. Oh, let me tell you about our orange boy (who we got from a shelter) and his EXPENSIVE teeth. He was doing the eating and yelping thing and we brought him in and after much (expensive) testing and several courses of steroids, medicines and antibiotics (it is not fun to force a pill into a cat’s mouth when the mouth is sore and inflammed) for various possible illnesses, he was diagnosed with bartonella’s disease (it causes cat scratch fever) which causes stomatitis (bad gums) for him. We had a full teeth cleaning (a couple hundred dollars) and then were told we should repeat that every 6 months. Ummm, no thanks. So, he has had 4 teeth removed so far (several hundred dollars) and we will have to keep removing his teeth as they deteriorate. He will also have to lose his claws when we have a little one because cat scratch fever is not good for babies and kids. But he is a love….he purrs and cuddles and greets us at the door and loves and loves and loves. And we don’t think he minds removing all his sharp parts as long as he gets to keep loving us and us him.


  13. Our two cats are adopted as well. You have a heart of gold!


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