A Time to Rescue (Part Two)

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-01-17 14:01:39 -0600
Started 2012-01-16 19:10:26 -0600

This is a narrative of taking as much care of yourselves
as you would another person or a creature who needs rescuing.
To catch up on the story, here is Part One

Elizabeth is a tiny wisp of a cat who cried in the cold
night air right into my heart.
She joined living quarters with my menagerie of 3 cats and two dogs
each with a face and personality all their own.
Peanut and Tink are patient kitties and gentle souls
They look at her but do not try and touch her.

Mr Beeblebrox however is 18 months black and white with fu-manchu
white whiskers that drapes down and curly hair.
He is pure mischief and wants to touch her, giving no proper space
leading to much caterwauling and singing of warning.
He knows he is a bad boy to trouble her and amazingly if
I the Mama am not swift enough to dispatch him
Lucy The pit bull puppy jumps in and puts an end to it.

She sleeps on a box on top of my old model TV in the bed room
or finds her way into the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink
She loves to drink water from the faucet
and even has some meat to her bones although still tiny.

Well, here comes the confession.
I believe I found her owners.
They are a young guy and his girlfriend
He inherited his parents home.
His Dad died suddenly from a heart attack in his 50's
and his mom has breathing problems so bad
that she is in a home.
I saw him walking the dogs and asked him if he had a cat
He said he did but she was missing
I asked him if she was an outdoor cat and he said no
but he would leave her out all day until he came home from work
I then remembered seeing her out at night too

She is 15 years old and he thought she had gone off to die
I did not tell him I had her but that she was at my end of the street
and she was being cared for I thought.
That half truth burns within me and I feel the shame of it

Winter is not over, and I can not bear
the thought of her tiny figure in the cold.
Its two months more till spring and warmer days
I will return her when its warmer and she is healthier.
Along with a care package of food, flea medicine and the things
to keep her comfy.

Right now she never asks to go out and sleep fills her days
She is tired…like many of us
There is a time for everything in its season
A time to rest, a time to get well, a time to care
a time to say I am sorry and a time to rescue…

14 replies

dietcherry 2012-01-17 10:27:39 -0600 Report

Christy I first was focused on the fact that Elizabeth wasnt happy where she was and how much she came to love you, as we all do. I missed just how badly you may be feeling about fudging to him regarding her whereabouts.
My thoughts were how I would react if my Rufus or Blu disappeared—frantic and scouring the neighborhood posting MISSING signs.
He seems resigned to the possibility that she has died and perhaps that explains his lack of anxiety.
If you read the link I posted below, there may be an explanation in it. Elizabeth doesnt want to be outside this time of year and has maximized her comfort level by visiting your home. She may want back out when spring arrives.
I agree with your decision to keep her for now and then reassess come spring.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 14:01:39 -0600 Report

I think she was happy but picked up by the kids who lived next door to me. They threw her in the garage because they were not allowed to have a cat. I now know who she is and she is a friendly little thing who wants to talk to you as you walk past. The kids have moved. If I see her out it would be nothing to snatch her back up. I am a pied piper when it comes to pets but I am a renter who is only supposed to have one dog. I am unemployed and money will be scarce when my severance runs out and unemployment kicks in. Cat litter is pricey. I do love her and she is no trouble at all. I Mom everything and everyone in my sight

Young1s 2012-01-17 09:50:45 -0600 Report

I think you are doing the right thing Christy. Returning her now would wipe out the past months of care Elizabeth desperately needed and still needs. If I read this correctly, her "owner" lied to you. If she's a house cat, who is only set out during his working hours, why then have you seen her during the evening on more than one occasion (I'm assuming)? And who does that, anyways?

I'll admit it's been over a decade since my last cat, but my housecats were just that, period. And my outside cats came and went on their terms, but knew when to come home and would meow quite loudly until let in again. Never once do I recall my mother setting my cats out while she was at work and we were at school. It's just a very odd explaination.

I put "owner" in parenthesis because the term is subjective to interpretation. Even if his story is true and Elizabeth went missing even for a few days, why then was she found in such dire strates? Given your original description of what she looked like when rescued, he would have to be blind to not see her dwindling away. Deterioration (for lack of a better word) like that doesn't just happen over night or within a matter of days. No…he forfeited the right to be called "owner" long before you found her.

I know that it is eating you up inside to hold on to Elizabeth for a while longer without his knowledge but it's the healthiest and humane thing to do for her. The decision to return her this man, someone else who will love on her as you are, or at all is way down the road. For now, let the continuation of your much needed TLC be your focus on her. The only thing you are guilty of is wanting what's best Elizabeth. And right now, he's not it.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 13:54:27 -0600 Report

She was locked in my neighbors garage with no food or water for a week.
I know my indoor cats are never allowed out but sometimes Peanut will slip past your leg. Once I know he is out I do not sleep until he is found and in. I will wait and see in the spring. He said "what is he to do when he has to go to work and she sneaks past him in a bolt". If he had told me he would keep her in all the time, I would not have kept it from him that she was in my care.

dietcherry 2012-01-16 22:24:22 -0600 Report

Christy I agree with Carol! This kitty pleaded to you to care for it as its needs werent being met at "home". Elizabeth traded up in life to a more suitable home and owner. Since she not attempting to escape then I think she is sending you a clear message. :X)

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 22:37:03 -0600 Report

Elizabeth says: I want to stay here. This is home. I love you.

dietcherry 2012-01-16 22:49:47 -0600 Report

And shes surrounded by furry mates who dont seem to mind her presence. Maybe she didnt get along with the dog she used to live with. Cats arent pack animals like dogs but they definitely prefer some cats/dogs over others.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 02:56:07 -0600 Report

I think cats are pack animals. Many assume they are not because they can be independent. Think about how lions have prides. My menagerie all gets along like best buds but it took time. Peanut only had my dog Ruby at first. He followed her around and slept next to her every night. I will have to get a camera and take a picture of all these little faces especially when they are in a small herd looking for treats together. They wait their turns as each may get a niblet of turkey or chicken lunch meat

dietcherry 2012-01-17 09:45:06 -0600 Report

Prides are cooperative structures and lions are the only members of the feline kingdom to live like this.
Here is a good definition of what packs are and why cats dont fit the description but I warn you that part of this is extremely graphic!
I would love to see pictures of all those furry faces!!!!!!!

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 20:08:20 -0600 Report

Interesing delemma, Christy. To him she is already gone away to die and won't be back. She on the other hand has found a safe haven with you and is enjoying her days as she could not have been while out freezing in the cold.

If you return her and she is still alive next fall, then what … she goes out during the day to freeze again? Some people through conscious choice or distraction by circumstances are unable to care for a pet as the pet, who totally depends on that person for their very life, deserves.

As with many children I have worked with in the past, I would feel a need to protect the vulnerable one who cannot protect herself. Pet ownership is not a right, not when a life can hang in the balance.

pixsidust 2012-01-16 20:11:38 -0600 Report

I know. I thought if I saw her out in the cold again, I would scoop her up and bring her home again. If can convince him not to let her out! She never asks to go. I have a couple of months to decide. She is staying in until then for sure

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