Sunday, June 22, 2014
After four months of tying to locate the Chartreux cat’s family I finally met someone who recognized the cat and that is when I learned that this cat’s people had passed and that the cat was taken by a neighbor.
The neighbor had no experience in caring for a cat, and thus did not realize that the cat was mourning the loss of his master and was uncomfortable with the new home.
The new cat owner thought the cat had unwarranted behavior issues and put the cat outdoors during. It was winter when that cat was put outdoors. There was snow and ice on the ground and the temperature bitter cold.
Being put outdoors caused the Chartreux to suffer as he did not know where to go for cat food or to seek shelter. The neighbor that took the cat did not provide a cathouse or any type of outdoor shelter.
I am not sure why my husband decided to take a walk in a blizzard, but he did and at two in the morning he discovered the Chartreux cat sitting in the snow and meowing at the top of his lungs. It was a distress meow and my husband reacted by lifting the cat and putting him under his overcoat.
The cat suffered from a minor case of frostbite. We took care of the cat and he regained his healthy and his spirit.
During the time that I cared for this cat I noted that he did not like women in general and I attribute that to the neighbor and that he may think all women are uncaring. I worked with the cat every day and came to the conclusion that he would be best suited living with a single man.
At first we were going to keep this cat but he never warmed up to me and he did not get along with other cats. I am happy to say that this Chartreux gray and white cat was adopted today into a forever home and will live out his life as a housecat with a senior citizen man.